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10th January 2014
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Tina is a worthy winner as not only did she share details of the event she is running in the showroom on Saturday with the KBSA but her business was also profiled on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page www.facebook.com, which has 8,409 likes!
After all the excitement of the holiday period, getting back into the work groove can be a little difficult and many people confess to feeling somewhat miserable at this time of year. Not us though… with kbb Birmingham less than two months away, it’s a bit like anticipating the joys of Christmas all over again!
Well over 200 brands will be represented at the event (which is less than two months away) and we understand that more companies are signing up as the weeks go by – many of them new to kbb Birmingham.
Our coverage of this eagerly-anticipated event kicks off this week as a rolling preview and will eventually become a ‘live’ report from the show, so if you’d like to be included, do please send in your press information for consideration.
And if you’d like to get a bit more of a flavour of the show now, visit: www.kbb.co.uk
This Week's News
A brand new, £8m initiative, designed to re-invigorate UK high streets, has been announced by Science & Universities Minister, David Willetts, today.
The initiative, a funding competition run by the UK's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, will allow businesses to compete for funding awards, in order to trial innovative ways of addressing the challenges facing UK high streets. The competition is seeking innovative technology solutions to boost the high streets by exploring new approaches to retailing/services, logistics and travel and traffic.
Towns and city centres have until Friday 31st January to apply for the Revive & Thrive Challenge which aims to bring people and businesses together to breathe new life into their high street.
The Revive & Thrive Challenge will provide a package of prizes to the winning town or city to help residents bring their high street ideas to life. Entrants must suggest a way of connecting the different elements of their high street so that it engages residents and businesses throughout the year. The Challenge winner will work with a team of retail, branding and street cleaning experts to bring the project to life.
The Award winning Bathroom Sale that was run by Bathroom Brands during October, saw over 700 retailers taking part in one of the most successful marketing initiatives the industry has ever seen.
FagorBrandt (France) has announced that all French production sites have reopened. This follows the announcement on November 8th that FagorBrandt (France) had legally separated its activities from Fagor Electrodomesticos (Spain).
Richard Walker, sales & marketing director of De Dietrich Kitchen Appliances says:
One of the newest and most exciting appliances includes the stunning Electrolux InfinitePure EHD8740FOK Induction Hob (pictured here), which creates a centrepiece for any kitchen. The hob's sleek black rectangle is retained until the hob is turned on - that's when the intuitive rotary sliders appear. With functions including Stop and Go, Booster and Grill, this intelligent induction hob provides a really professional cooking experience.
"It is our mission to support the independent kitchen, and ultimately the bathroom specialist, by offering members the best buying terms, in an effort to create a strong and independent channel," explains Bill Miller, managing director of KBBG.
The popular Vessini range by Abacus Direct, from which the designer, retailer or installer, can create the ultimate bathing solution, has been enhanced to answer the demand from today's designers, installers and housebuilders.
Refrigerants used in millions of air conditioning and refrigeration systems across the UK and Europe are to be subject to strict new EU regulations. Those that are not up to date with the changes, might well benefit from a visit to the ACR Show 2014, which takes place at the NEC, from 11 to 13 February, 2014. At the show, industry experts will brief visitors on the changes and their practical consequences in a series of free seminars.
The revision of the F-Gas Regulation, formally proposed by the European Union in late December 2013, will result in a phase-down of commonly-used HFC refrigerants with a High Global Warming Potential (GWP).
Julia has a long history in the kitchen industry and joined Poggenpohl as the Dealership Manager in November 2010. In this role, Julia was responsible for all stores selling Poggenpohl; in her new role, she will still hold responsibility for these stores but with further support.
More than 200 premier brands will be setting up home at the NEC Birmingham, from 2nd – 5th March, to show off their wares at the industry’s eagerly-anticipated event - kbb Birmingham 2014.
The show’s organiser, UBM Live Built Environment, promises that a multitude of key brands from the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom arena will be joining a whole host of well-established international, component and appliance companies such as Laufen, Blum, Sensio and British Ceramic Tiles – and that the line up will include many familiar favourites, plus new brands to the show, such as Samat, Terrence Ball Kitchens and RotPunkt Kitchens. There will also be a packed seminar programme, which is being sponsored by Formica.
More in Store is the big business message on the Franke stand at KBB, where the company is re-affirming its support for its specialist showroom retailers with a major campaign initiative, together with a strong new product line-up.
The More in Store campaign was launched on January 1st offering retailers an extensive range of exclusive display and promotional benefits scheduled throughout 2014 to help them generate sales and enhance their margins. It will be on full display and the entire Franke team on hand to discuss it in more detail.
Bushboard's approach to KBB will be to showcase brand new and existing products across its Encore solid surface, Omega and Prima laminate, and M-Stone quartz worksurface brands, as well as its strong commitment to retailers with installer training, POS and 360 customer service.
Focusing on its expertise in installer-ready composite worksurfaces, the popular Encore solid surface range gets a design update with seven sensational new effects, including luxurious marbles and four new glass-based effects that elevate this range to a new design level.
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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association tells us that, having analysed the results of its recent research project, it is going to work towards repositioning itself in order to develop consumer interest and awareness. This will include new messaging and a new value proposition for both consumers and current / potential members.
The latest report on the UK Bathroom Retailers Market has now been published.
You can never have too many Daves - we know that's true because at Utopia they have got 12 of them! This unusual fact has prompted the team to celebrate its Daves and Christmas together with its new festive Facebook campaign, 'The 12 Daves of Christmas'.
Van users are being advised not to follow outdated advice on winter driving. Steve Clarke says: "There is a long-held view that reducing tyre pressures will increase grip on awkward surfaces. This might be all right for driving over desert sand, but it is certainly not safe for winter driving." As marketing manager for The Fuelcard People, part of Fuel Card Group, he has been working with van users for years and knows the challenges they face.
More in Store is the major new campaign being launched by Franke on January 1st and continues Franke's strategy to directly support its independent specialist retailers.
The campaign follows on from the recent introduction of new sales and distribution policies designed to uphold the values of the Franke brand and protect retailers from unregulated internet trading by 'market free-riders.'