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10th January 2014


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International News

Renolit new solid colours: modern colours in trend setting textured surfaces

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The Renolit 3D stock range new introductions in 2013 included a number of stunning new solid colours and such has been the success of the range that further colours have now been introduced.

British Ceramic Tile extends its HD collection

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Leading tile manufacturer and distributor, British Ceramic Tile, has expanded its high definition (HD) collection with even more colours, styles and finishes to keep up with demand from retailers.

Galaxy Showers refreshes its product range to meet customer demand

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Galaxy Showers has announced plans to refresh its brand image and streamline its product portfolio to better suit the needs of its customers. The decision for this change came about following extensive consumer research into the showering market and will open new opportunities for Galaxy in a range of sectors.

New countertop basins from Bauhaus are beautifully crafted

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Bauhaus bathroom furniture has added to its extensive collection of designer basins with the introduction of a new range of four beautifully crafted, cultured-mineral marble counter top designs.

Luna cabinets offer a flexible bathroom storage solution

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Helping to maximise storage potential in the bathroom, Roca has launched Luna, a new range of mirrored cabinets.

Abode splashes out in John Lewis

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John Lewis, the well known high street department store, recently chose Abode to supply the group with a host of design-led bathroom taps and showers for its new, in-store bathroom departments. The group's programme of new bathroom studio openings is going extremely well with its flagship store in Oxford Street, London, being the latest to make its debut.

PWS injects new colour palette to Metris collection

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PWS has introduced an extensive line-up of new design options to its contemporary Metris collection. In response to the demand for personalisation in the kitchen Metris has launched a 15-strong colour palette in matt, high gloss and textured finishes.

Coram introduces shower tray collection for new Premier Range

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Premium British manufacturer of quality shower enclosures, showertrays and bathscreens, Coram Showers, introduces its collection of elite shower trays for its just launched Premier Range of enclosures.

Save time and money with Space-Plug

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Introducing Space-Plug, a revolutionary and ingeniously simple new way of securing kitchen base units to the wall, guaranteed to save time, effort and money. Space-Plug is a tough, adjustable spacer designed specifically for this purpose and now available from LDL.

New Elite mirrored doors and side panels from Simpsons Enclosures offer discreet showering

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Thanks to its mirrored doors and side panels, the new Elite Mirrored enclosure range from Simpsons provides the most discreet form of showering. Ideal for adding a feeling of extra space and light in all bathroom spaces, Elite Mirrored is also the perfect finish for modesty in a shared family bathroom or in Jack and Jill en suites.

Modern Homes wins KBSA Small Business Saturday promotion

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Congratulations to Tina Riley of Modern Homes, winner of the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association 'Small Business Saturday' promotion.

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!

Astracast appoints Louise Craven to position of National Account Manager

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The exciting developments at Astracast have continued with a new addition to the team; Louise Craven.

Welcome to the


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





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

£8 million technology boost for UK high streets

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.

Last chance to apply for £150,000 high street challenge prize

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.

Bathroom Sale Award Winners: doing the industry proud!

* Megan-King_solo.jpgThe 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.

Production resumes as FagorBrandt reopens all French factories

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:

New Year, New Kitchen?

* Electrolux-Inspiration-InfinitePure-hob.jpgElectrolux, AEG and Zanussi have a range of appliances to help bring every kitchen into the New Year.

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.

Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group announces latest recruits

* Bill-Miller_KBBG.jpgThe recently launched Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group (KBBG), part of the DER KREIS, has added a number of leading kitchen furniture and appliance brands to its product portfolio.

"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.

Vibrant Vessini - for the perfect bathroom

* Vesinni.jpgThe 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.

Industry experts to brief on impact of new EU Regulations on common refrigerants

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 Bunney promoted to UK Sales Director at Poggenpohl UK

* Poggenpohl-UK_Julia-Bunney.jpgPoggenpohl UK has announced the promotion of the incumbent UK Dealer Manager, Julia Bunney, to the role of UK Sales Director.

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.

The countdown to kbb Birmingham 2014 begins…

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.

KBB Preview: Franke puts retailers centre stage at KBB 2014 with its More in Store campaign

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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.

KBB Preview: Bushboard showcases its progressive approach to worksurfaces at KBB 2014

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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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