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23rd February 2018


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International News

Sensor technology at its best with Blanco's Solenta-S tap

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Blanco UK has redefined sensor technology to make life in the kitchen easier. The Solenta-S tap has a manual or hands-free Start-Stop mode. With a near field sensor detection located in the hose arm, unwanted activation is prevented.

Utilising a professional design, the stainless steel product is elevated with a precise magnetic spray holder for user accessibility. Designed for convenience, the Solenta-S is available with the lever on either the left or right side making it a perfect match for user's preferences.

Roca goes above and beyond at KBB

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Roca, the world leader in creating imaginative, beautifully designed and sustainable bathroom solutions, will be unveiling innovative new designs at kbb Birmingham. At the show, which takes place from 4-7 March 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham, Roca will be launching its eagerly-awaited Beyond and Carmen collections as well as exhibiting the new Armani/Roca range.

Velvet Victoria sleigh bed will provide that bedroom glamour

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With grey still going strong and velvet and metallics both set to be big news in 2018, the Victoria sleigh bed from Hyder Living ticks all the trend boxes.

New Kinemagic model even more accessible

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The Kinedo range of cubicles from Saniflo has been extended with an extra model in the Kinemagic range.

The Kinemagic Serenity Plus is a high quality, all-in-one shower cubicle that has been designed to fit in exactly the same space as a standard bath and can be installed with the minimum fuss and hassle.

KBB 2018: Rehau's Rauvisio to take centre stage - M123

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Rehau will be showcasing its innovative and flexible Rauvisio surface materials and edge banding product range, which add a stylish and durable finish to any surface or furniture.

One of the products taking centre stage will be the Rauvisio Crystal Mirror. Technically known as polymeric glass, Crystal Mirror is one of the most advanced mirror materials in the world, and is a great alternative to mirrored glass.

It is aesthetically as beautiful as real glass yet has none of its limitations, opening up new and exciting opportunities in the design and production of kitchen, bathroom and bedroom furniture and surfaces.

Alongside Crystal Mirror, Rehau will also be introducing visitors to Rauvisio Wave, Karat polymer-stone and Mineral solid-surface ranges plus its new Crystal Decors portfolio.


British Ceramic Tile combines the old with new to advance its production techniques

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While some tile manufacturers threw out the old with the new, British Ceramic Tile chose to re-evaluate its production techniques fusing together two manufacturing processes to deliver product collections with the extra wow factor.

With sales of collections such as Luna and Ted Baker Geometric growing month on month, the company has plans to increase its product portfolio to include more ranges that offer this innovative production process which sees the latest in inkjet technology combined with rotocolour printing.

Bijoux accessories are perfectly formed

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Perfectly formed to complement small en suites and bathrooms short on space, the new 45cm towel rails from Vado have been elegantly fashioned to coordinate with bijoux sanitaryware to create the perfect finishing touch.

Not everyone wants a towel ring, or has the space for a standard 60cm rail. Recognising the shift in trend towards smaller, minimalist bathrooms, the new shorter rails have been developed to satisfy this market need.

Innovative modern design with Blanco's Collectis 6-S sink

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The Collectis 6-S sink demonstrates the innovative modern design from Blanco UK which meets the users' needs. The generous sized functional sink has a central sorting bin to make it convenient for the user when organising and preparing food.

The sorting bin comes with a lid to cover the bin when not in use and is integrated with a sorting compartment which is fitted with a space-saving waste pipe to collect the waste cuttings.

The Collectis 6-S can be combined with BlancoSelect to make the ideal waste disposal system.

With an elegant look and practical outflow, the Collectis 6-S is available in White, Tartufo, Pearl Grey, Nutmeg, Rock Grey, Jasmine, Coffee, Champagne, Anthracite and alumetallic. The large range of colours offers the user multiple choices to suit a particular kitchen style.

T: 01923 635 200
W: www.blanco.co.uk

KBB 2018: InSinkErator to launch new products - G120, Hall 19

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As well as launching new products, InSinkErator will be showing its extensive product portfolio encompassing all product categories, including the award-winning Brushed Gold 3N1 L Shape steaming hot water tap, while the premium Showroom Collection will have pride of place to attract independent kitchen specialists.

KBB 2018: British Ceramic Tile sets out to sell the dream, bringing the latest interior trends and new product launches to retailers - D89

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'Sell the dream, not just the tile' is the key message to retailers from British Ceramic Tile at KBB this year. The company is looking to work with retailers at the show, communicating the key trends set to influence the market and the solutions that will help consumer dreams become a reality.

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I was having a giggle with a friend over some of the issues I've had with so called experts from the building trade (well, what else can one do?), so as you may imagine, the press release I've received from the Federation of Master Builders really hit home. Well actually, it appeared to have been written with people like me in mind...

Headed up: 'Consumer fears over cowboy builders costs UK economy £10bn', it highlighted new FMB research, which has revealed that the UK economy is missing out on potentially £10billion each year because homeowners are so fearful of hiring a cowboy builder, they simply don't commission building work.

"A third of homeowners are so anxious about the possibility of choosing a bad builder, they don't commission any building work whatsoever," it said. "This means that the UK economy could be missing out on £10billion of activity every year."

Indeed, the FMB's latest research shows that on average, your typical homeowner would spend £40,000 on major home improvement projects over the next five years if they could be guaranteed a positive experience. "If we were able to unlock this pent-up demand from fearful consumers, the benefit to jobs and growth would be enormous. Last year the UK experienced its slowest growth since 2012 with a rise in GDP of just 1.8%. With Brexit just around the corner, it's vital that the Government pulls as many school leavers as possible to turbo-charge the economy and protect it from any potential economic wobbles."

I agree wholeheartedly that we need to end the cowboy builders' reign of terror so we can all have the confidence we need to invest our cash in building work. And I'd love the Government to consider introducing some form of mandatory licensing system for domestic builders so we consumers know that all building firms have a base level of skill, competence and professionalism.

Something like the Gas Safe Register would be great! Unlike in Australia and Canada, this country allows anyone to play at being a builder and that's why there's a significant minority of rogue traders out there giving the whole construction industry a bad name and too few consumers are aware of the professional bodies the KBB industry boasts. We need to do something about the cowboys and as an industry, do our best to promote the people who know what they're doing!



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

KBB Birmingham 2018: BiKBBI confirms its programme - T125

* KBB-Birmingham-2018_Mel.jpgBritish Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation has confirmed its programme for KBB Birmingham 2018 - a series of talks at its mini auditorium that is focused on a wide variety of installation related topics.

Sunday 4th March:

Soundbathe in good company at KBB as Google enters hidden speaker market

* Soundbathe.jpgWith KBB Birmingham around the corner, Techvision has announced that soundbathe will be making a 'discreet' appearance in Birmingham. Delivering hidden music, soundbathe transforms (almost) any surface into a high-quality Bluetooth speaker. It can turn baths, walls, splash-backs, cabinets and furniture into giant sensory-audio music systems.

There are no visible wires, it's waterproof, hidden and completely safe and hygienic, all simply controlled from your smartphone!

KBB Birmingham 2018: Karonia to launch additions to Mistral worktop range - M100

* Karonia-Mistral.jpgKBB Birmingham 2018 will see the launch of four exciting new additions to the Mistral worktop range, including two marble-inspired decors. The stand itself will put the brand's 'Inspire, Imagine, Create' ethos to the fore to demonstrate the benefits to retailers of having Mistral products in their portfolio and highlight the comprehensive support provided as they sell, design and install this luxurious 25mm solid surface worktop.

There will also be a section of the stand dedicated to Karonia's contracts/large projects division with examples of how products can be used for student accommodation, city apartments, housing developments, hotels and schools.

KBB Birmingham 2018: Rotpunkt to showcase new launches - N110

* KBB-2018-Rotpunkt.jpgGerman Kitchen furniture manufacturer Rotpunkt tells us it will be seizing this invaluable opportunity to launch a range of new products, sizes, materials and finishes with the philosophy of 'Inner Beauty', with the hope of inspiring and breathing new life and interest into 'what's behind the kitchen door' as well.

"We want to gain greater awareness for both brand and business, as well as forge new retail partnerships and routes of supply," explains Matt Phillips, head of UK operations, Rotpunkt UK.

Stoves relaunches Community Kitchens Competition

* Stoves-community-kitchens.jpgA competition, by British cooking brand Stoves, offering community kitchen projects, charities and organisations the chance to win kitchen appliances to support their work, has reopened for entries.

The £10,000 Stoves Community Kitchens campaign, which aims to transform kitchen facilities on community projects across the UK, has been running for three years. In that time, it has helped a wide range of organisations including youth clubs, schools for children with additional learning needs, community projects that support the homeless, a pensioners' dinner club and organisations that help to educate people of all ages about cooking, food and nutrition.

Bertazzoni joins forces with several distributors

Bertazzoni is set to realise its distribution potential, having partnered with several companies across the UK. Gardiner Distribution, KA Distribution, KTS (Kitchen Trade Suppliers), MCD, Sinks & Things and Swift Electrical will be supporting the Italian-headquartered kitchen appliance manufacturer in achieving greater reach to kitchen specialists and independent retailers.

"As an established brand offering quality appliances, we needed to make sure that those we joined forces with, matched our business aspirations and could supply the infrastructure and service needed to reach our target audience," explains Maurizio Severgnini, managing director at Bertazzoni UK and Eire.

British Ceramic Tile inspires local students with creative project

* BCT-inspires_Emma.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile has shown its support for young designers at Plymouth College of Art once again, setting a creative brief to inspire second year students.

The BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern students were challenged to design a collection of ceramic tiles tapping into the trend for white or natural stone effects. Not just a design or a moodboard, students were asked to show an understanding of current market activity and trends, and were encouraged to be bold and brave with their ideas, experimenting with different materials and effects.

Croydex partners new national campaign to Love The Home You Live In

* Croydex-campaign.jpgCroydex is continuing its mission to makeover Britain's bathrooms by becoming an official partner for the newly launched National Home Improvement Week. The nationwide campaign, which runs from 12th to 18th March 2018, offers advice and inspiration to help people make the most of their living space.

"Croydex is committed to providing no mess no fuss bathroom accessories and is delighted to support this exciting new initiative," says managing director, Nick McGrellis.

Training success at Abode

* Training-Abode.jpgAbode sales office administrators Ellie McCall (left) and Abbie Wilkinson (right) have qualified at NVQ Level 3 in Customer Service.

Having previously gained NVQ Level 2 in Business & Administration as part of the Abode apprenticeship scheme, Ellie and Abbie studied with North Lancashire Training Group, on a course funded through the European Social Fund. This supports activities to extend employment opportunities and helps employers develop a skilled workforce.

Whirlpool offers Spring cashback promotion with supporting POS for retailers

* Whirlpool-Spring-promo.jpgWhirlpool is launching a consumer cashback promotion, on a selection of freestanding and built-in appliances, from 28th February through to 29th May 2018.

Consumers can receive cashback of up to £150 on a range of cooking, cooling, laundry and dishwashing appliances and retailers will be provided with a raft of point of sale material, to support and alert consumers in-store to the promotion.

Cal joins the Saniflo team

* Cal_Saniflo.jpgA new appointment at the back end of 2017 has further strengthened the Saniflo sales team in the UK. Cal McCarthy joined as area sales manager for the North West region with a remit to develop sales of both Saniflo and the range of Kinedo shower cubicles.

With experience in specification sales from his previous role at Yorkshire-based Cavalier Bathrooms, Cal will use his skills and knowledge to deliver additional contract business. And with 30 years under his belt working in the sector and many established contacts in merchants and distributors, he has been able to hit the ground running in his new role.

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KBB 2018: Blum set to create its biggest stand ever at Birmingham show - T120, Hall 17

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Blanco launches online spares website

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