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17th September 2010


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International News

Sheer quality: the Stalto Professional tap from Abode

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The Abode Stalto Professional tap offers cutting edge, up-to-the-minute creative styling with multiple functionality. This majestically tall stainless steel tap has been created for people who want the perfect blend of design, performance and sheer quality.

The tap is designed to complement a contemporary kitchen without dominating the space. The moveable spout and single lever operation allows for one-handed control of flow and temperature.

With its diverse application of use, this high specification monostem mixertap is also designed to provide flexibility in food washing and preparation with its extendable pull-out hand spray which requires a minimum 0.75 bar pressure.

Abode taps form a perfect partnership with the company's newly created range of kitchen sink designs.

T: 01226 283434
F: 01226 282434
W: www.abode.eu

KitchenAid's double dishwasher is super functional

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For those who like their dishwashers to be super discreet and super functional, KitchenAid's flexible Dishwasher Drawer represents a special touch of luxury. This spacious and versatile built-in model, offering an optional stainless steel door, will blend seamlessly into kitchen layouts of different sizes and formats.

Work the look with Nuance worksurfaces in the bathroom

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Bushboard's recently relaunched Nuance range of bathroom surfacing offers an increased choice of 20 worksurface designs and materials that will chic up any bathroom interior.

Welcome to the

It's not often that I agree with anything the European Union does and I consider membership to be an enormous waste of money that could be spent so much more wisely, yet very occasionally it comes up with something rather useful...

Monday saw an agreement between European Parliament and Council negotiators on new rules to ensure that small firms no longer face financial problems due to the late payment of bills by public authorities or companies. MEPs also secured important concessions on the general payment and verification periods, the capping of payment periods by public authorities and the interest rate payable if payments are made late.

This new legislation updates the existing EU Late Payments Directive. The standard deadline for both public and private sectors to pay a bill for goods or services will now be 30 days. The Commission's initial proposal in practice left the deadline open for debtor and creditor to agree, but Parliament's negotiators succeeded in persuading Member State representatives to accept an EU-wide 30-day rule.

Four key points were settled in the negotiations:



Jan Hobbs

This Week's News

New appointments made at KBSA AGM

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has appointed two new officers at the AGM which was held yesterday at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon.
Martin Thomas has taken on the role of chairman of the general committee and Simon Acres was confirmed as corporate vice chair.

Martin Thomas brings a wealth of experience to the chair as he has been involved with the KBSA for 25 years. During this time he has held the position of national chair and been active on the board on three occasions, most recently as Scotland's Regional Chair.

Baumatic and E-cloth add sparkle to the kitchen

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Leading appliance manufacturer Baumatic is giving away five of its top of the range BRC4IV dual fuel range cookers as part of a special promotion with EnviroProducts, the name behind the innovative E-cloth.

The Baumatic BRC4IV is a rustic-style 90cm dual fuel range cooker with a hob featuring four burners and a wok burner, a 61 litre multi-function oven and a separate static oven with grill.

Furniture built to last a lifetime: new brochure available

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Chamber is delighted to announce that it has a new brochure showing a selection of its beautiful custom built kitchens, bedrooms and media rooms in both traditionally classic and contemporary styles.

Chamber is a long established family run business, producing hand-built bespoke kitchens in its purpose built factory/showroom in Halstead, Kent.

Be fully supported with Autumn seminars

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Leading CAD software developer for the kitchen and bathroom industries, 20-20 Fusion, will be running a series of free seminars for its supported customers this Autumn, to ensure they are getting the most out of their software and to bring them up to date with the latest developments available.

The Fusion Care Seminars will kick off in November, as part of the BCGXL Big Tour, starting in Scotland on 4th November, Birmingham on 10th November, Manchester on 12th November, Bristol on 16th November and London on 18th November.

Myth-busting truths about using a dishwasher by AEG-Electrolux

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It's hard to believe but only four in 10 households in the UK have a dishwasher! To anyone who has had one, being without a dishwasher would be like being without your washing machine - you simply can't live without one once you have had one!

Many people still justify their reason for not having one because "they guzzle so much water and energy". In fact this is one of the biggest myths. Just take a look at what a dishwasher holds - 12 place settings or 120 pieces of cutlery and crockery. Now - can you imagine washing all these in one tiny bowlful of water (as little as seven litres of water) - that's what the AEG-Electrolux Proclean dishwasher can do! It's a fact that using a dishwasher saves water and

FIRA reinvigorates Innovation Award: Italiana Ferramenta wins with new range of cabinet hangers

FIRA's Innovation Award has been given a new lease of life, with new guidelines and a completely new look, as part of the organisation's aim to encourage new creativity and thinking in the furniture industry.

First off the blocks to receive this new-look award is Italiana Ferramenta, which specialises in producing high quality accessories and ironmongery for the furniture industry and gained the Award for its LIBRA H1 range of cabinet hangers and wall plates.

Exciting new wall tile ranges to inspire...

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Whether you're looking for something subtle or bold, the new ceramic tile ranges from British Ceramic Tile offer a range of options to suit a variety of tastes and styles.

The new designs are ideal for use in high profile areas such as hotels, bars and restaurants or are equally at home, specified for residential installations.

Wolf celebrates 10 years with Sub-Zero

Kitchen appliance company, Wolf, celebrates the 10th anniversary this year, of its successful partnership with Sub-Zero. With its pioneering technology and cutting-edge aesthetics, Wolf has become popular with aspiring at-home cooks, leading chefs, celebrities, designers and architects and has also starred in Hollywood blockbusters and TV programmes including Mr & Mrs Smith, Sex And The City, The Da Vinci Code, Along Came Polly, The Sopranos, Desperate Housewives and The Oprah Winfrey Show, to name but a few. The innovative and robust designs have achieved international status due to the advanced and easy to use technology. This ultimate control offers perfect cooking results every time whether it's boiling an egg or preparing a multi-course dinner.

Running for the toilet!

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Ripples' Managing Director Paul Crow and Brand Manager Juliet Harris took part in the Bristol Half Marathon earlier this month, taking 2 hrs 14 mins and 2 hrs 5 mins respectively to complete the 20.1km/13.1 mile course.
Ripples has joined forces with UK charity Wherever the need (WTN), which provide secosan (composting) toilets and clean drinking water to those less fortunate than us in the UK.

Ripples is hoping to raise £22,000 for the village of Arasur which is five miles from Pondicherry in India and home to about 500 people.

Graeme Freedman joins bespoke kitchen company - Figura

* Graeme_Freedman.jpgFigura, the cabinet made kitchen/furniture designer, has appointed Graeme Freedman as senior designer at its Chiddingfold showroom, close to Guildford, in Surrey.

Graeme has been designing handmade kitchens for Crabtree Kitchens for over 12 years and will be bringing his outstanding skills to Figura to create the individually designed, truly original kitchens for which the company is so well known.

Graeme will be working closely with Figura's discerning clientele - whether in Surrey, the Home Counties or further afield, using his knowledge of product design and his desire to innovate, to create something really special.

T: 01428 686500
F: 01428 685624
E: graeme.freedman@figura.co.uk
W: www.figura.co.uk

KBSA recognises supplier excellence

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has presented the inaugural KBSA supplier awards at the 2010 kbbr Kitchen Conference. The awards recognise excellence in those companies that supply products to KBSA retailers and are the first awards of their kind that represent the views of retailers and not a panel of judges.

The winners include Neff for best product supplier and Miele for best training provider, while a joint award went to Omega and Mereway Kitchens/Wentworth for best display support.

We Have Mail

Hi Jan,

Just a big thank-you for covering the news about the death of Niall Geldard in last week's issue of the K&BZine.

This was very timely as it was his funeral that morning and many of his colleagues and friends from Hansgrohe attended.

With best wishes

Tracy, Esprit PR

T: 01428 714546

Take off with Magnet Trade's Autumn Flights promotion

Magnet Trade customers will be rewarded for their spend this Autumn with free flights to Europe and beyond.
The 'Flight Rewards' promotion offers two return flight tickets to account holders who spend £2000 (ex VAT) or more during September and October. There are 19 European and Worldwide destinations to choose from. The higher the spend, the further the flight with top destinations including Miami, Las Vegas and LA!

Accounts spending over £2000 (ex VAT) can choose to fly to European destinations including Paris, Amsterdam, Malaga, Palma, Prague, Dublin, Rome, Barcelona, Berlin and Ibiza. For spend over £5000 (ex VAT) you can increase flying distance to include Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. Spending over £10,000 (ex VAT) will land you flights to the USA!

Just nine days to Decorex International

With a few days until the start of London Design Festival and just 11 days until the opening of Decorex International 2010 (26th - 29th September, Royal Hospital Chelsea) London is a frenzy of design excitement. The marquee is being constructed and the building underway for this year's interiors feast.

Why should you take the time out of your busy working week to attend Decorex International? Read on...

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News in Brief

Glasgow-based Alliance Sanitary Products has launched a bath mixer fixing kit incorporating a patented 'quick release' tap platform which enables taps to be repaired or replaced in minutes rather than hours and without the usual problems of having to pull out the bath and disturb tiling. T: 01355 241 111 / E: sales@alliancegb.com

Aspace, renowned for creating practical and beautiful furniture for children, has published a 112 page, full colour Autumn/Winter catalogue that features lots of new beds. www.aspace.co.uk

The latest collection of Fagor built-in and freestanding kitchen appliances benefits from several additional safety, energy and power-efficient features that make them an ideal choice for environmentally-conscious consumers and people with young families. Tel: 01732 860360 / W: www.fagorindustrial.com

Winterhalter has launched a 'TwinSet' version of its Energy+ GS 515 pass through dishwasher. It links two units side by side, allowing combined operation but with the option of using one machine alone during quieter periods. The units recycle energy from the steam and wastewater, to heat the incoming cold water.
T: 01908 359000 / E: info@winterhalter.co.uk

Moods Bathrooms has launched a range of eight free-standing baths, including the double-ended Cavendish, whose angular form is set off by highly polished chrome feet,.
T: 0800 8 77 88 99 / E: info@pjhgroup.com

How to contact us at The KBzine:
Jan Hobbs
Publishing Editor
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Mobile: 07980 288 373

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