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4th May 2018

 

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UrbanTop range extended with new finishes

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The UrbanTop brand from Mereway has been extended with four new finishes adding even more choice to this contemporary worktop collection.
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A multitude of mounting options with Matrix R15 sink range

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Adding to an already extensive collection of sinks to ensure there is a solution to suit all kitchens, Abode has introduced the Matrix R15 range of stainless steel sinks.
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Bette products now on Virtual Worlds CAD system

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German glazed titanium-steel bathroom specialist, Bette, has announced that its baths, shower trays/floors and washbasins are now available to users of Virtual Worlds CAD software.
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Countertop class: the Clearstone range

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The feeling of luxury in the bathroom can be enhanced with Clearwater's collection of Clearstone basins. Beautifully crafted and expertly designed, the offer the very best in contemporary and classic basin style.
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British Ceramic tile celebrates the raw, urban qualities of concrete with the new Smokestack collection

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When it comes to surfaces, this year it's all about concrete. Smooth and polished or raw and exposed, concrete in its various guises is a material in demand as homeowners continue to be inspired by the trend for industrial styling.
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Hoover launches integrated heat pump tumble dryer

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Hoover has launched a fully integrated 7Kg heat pump tumble dryer - claimed to be a market first by the domestic appliance manufacturer.
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TKC gains extra curves by significantly expanding its door choice

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TKC has significantly expanded its range of curved doors with 715mm, 895mm and the company's unique 1245mm sizes now all available from stock on six of its ranges, to open up greater design flexibility for customers.
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Textural and neutral - introducing Larna by Masterclass

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Made in the UK to the finest standards, Larna is a new furniture range from Masterclass Kitchens that responds to the latest trends in interior design in the most stylish of ways.
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Saniflo Kineduo walk-in shower-bath offers new features

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Sanifo - a leading designer and manufacturer of pumps, macerators, shower cubicles, shower trays and inclusively designed bathroom products - has added several new features to its walk-in shower-bath, the Kineduo, making it completely customisable.
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This Week's News

Kitchen & Bathroom Business Conference now open for registration

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As usual, this event provides a great opportunity for manufacturers, distributors, retailers, architects, designers and the media to be inspired by thought-provoking presentations and gain valuable insights which will benefit their businesses.
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British Ceramic Tile set to celebrate homegrown design and manufacture at Clerkenwell Design Week

* BCT-Rock_Polished.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile will be opening its showroom doors from 22nd - 24th May, inviting visitors to join the team during Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) as the company dedicates its celebrations to honouring the best of Great British design and manufacture.

One of the UK's few remaining tile manufacturers to design and produce products here in Britain, the company is incredibly proud of its longstanding heritage and its' in-house design credentials, and will be marking the occasion through a range of activities that reflect the best of British.
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Going round, round...

* Roca-going-round.jpgRoca has introduced Round WC options to its popular Debba range. The new rimless WCs are available in close-coupled and wall-hung variants which complement the existing range of Debba basins perfectly.

"From its initial launch, Debba has always been a fantastic range for Roca," says Claire Gay, sector marketing manager at Roca. "Its elegant and simple design makes it the ideal choice for a variety of bathroom decors. By introducing Round options to our Debba WCs, we are allowing homeowners to choose a style that best suits their lifestyle and design preferences. The range is design-led, extremely easy to install and competitively priced. It ticks all the boxes."
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New mirror effect finish to sliding wardrobes from Trend

* Trend-mirror-effect.jpgTrend Bedrooms has introduced a new mirror effect finish to its popular sliding wardrobe collection. The mirror effect finish can be used alone or with another finish, providing even more design solutions within this flexible range.

In keeping with the brand ethos of Trend Bedrooms, quality and value are key. The strong cabinet based system fits the same planning frame as traditional fitted wardrobes and is available in a variety of widths from 1200 up to 2000.
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Amazing Grace from Hudson Reed

* Amazing-Grace.jpgThe new Grace ceramic bathroom suite from Hudson Reed is a beautiful blend of organic curves and clean lines that create an elegant, yet totally functional design, which delivers the 'wow' factor.

The wall hung WC (H380 x W350 x D490mm) is a modern rimless design, featuring a soft-close seat and concealed cistern.
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Blanco's modern farmhouse-style sink

Blanco-Cronos-XL8.jpgThe latest addition to Blanco UK's Steelart collection, Blanco Cronos, combines contemporary designs with traditional farmhouse-style. The stainless-steel sink comes with a matt finish which imitates the trims of electric kitchen appliances creating a modern look.

The sink's eye-catching apron front can be customised to the user's kitchen whereby the height of the sink can be levelled with the worktops and kitchen cupboards, ensuring a seamless and smooth design.
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Abode welcomes new marketing manager

* Abode-marketing.jpgLeading designer and distributor of innovative brassware and sinks, Abode, has welcomed Leanne Adamson to its South Yorkshire head office, as she takes on the role of marketing manager.

Leanne joins the company from Sensio Lighting, where she worked for over 10 years, with responsibility for the marketing for five and a half years and new product development for just under two years.
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Binopolis expands built-in bin offering with introduction of premium-quality Blanco range

* Binopolis.jpgSpecialist retailer Binopolis.com has boosted its comprehensive collection of in-cupboard bins and added premium German brand Blanco to its offering for the first time. Designed to make optimum use of space, the models being stocked include the Select range of pull-out bins, which is the recipient of a coveted Red Dot Product Design award.

Ideal for planning into a new fitted kitchen, Blanco bins are among the easiest on the market to retrofit so you can effortlessly transform a cupboard in the existing kitchen into a neat and discreet waste management system.
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LDL strengthens senior management team

* LDL_new2.jpgFollowing the recent management buyout, LDL's managing director Simon Ogden has strengthened his senior management team with the appointment of Simon Noble and Ross Darroch.

Simon Noble joins as operations manager with overall responsibility for the smooth and efficient running of the business. An accomplished and driven leader with over 12 years' people management and leadership experience in the KBB industry, Simon is passionate about delivering solutions that increase business value through continued efficiencies.
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K Kitchens unveils new collection & simplified terms

* K-Kitchens.jpgK Kitchens has launched a new range of doors to add to its popular collection, as well as strengthened its offer by simplifying its terms, pricing structure and range content, to help both its kitchen stockists and the consumer during the purchasing process.

Five new stylish doors add to K Kitchens' appeal and charm, and taking centre stage is the new Hanover door (pictured). A premium, high quality constructed door, Hanover remains competitively priced, especially considering its high specification - a 22mm thick gloss J-handle door.
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Kaldewei's new floor-level sealing kits benefit from illustrated usage guide

* Kaldewei-new-floor-levelling-seal.jpgKaldewei's new floor-level sealing kits benefit from an illustrated guide showing the correct and compliant way to achieve waterproofing in an installation.
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Recent News

GDHA to shed up to 300 jobs at its Prescot, Merseyside cooker factory

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Glen Dimplex Home Appliances is planning to cut almost 300 jobs from its 1,000-strong workforce in Prescot, Merseyside. The company says that changes on the High Street have affected sales and that it needs to cut costs and change its product range if it is to remain viable.
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New Housing Secretary must unleash potential of small builders, says FMB

Commenting on the announcement that James Brokenshire MP has been appointed the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: "Sajid Javid passes the housing baton to James Brokenshire at a crucial time for the sector.
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One Day Design Challenge returns to the Roca London Gallery

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Following a hugely successful first edition in 2017, the international One Day Design Challenge is returning to the Roca London Gallery next month. Taking place on Saturday 26th May, this exciting competition presents an against-the-clock brief in which the participants have to design a product related to the bathroom space in just one day.
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Homebuilding & Renovating Show reports growth of over 16% in last five years

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The Homebuilding & Renovating Show has experienced a 16.27% growth in visitor numbers in the past five years. This increase reflects the continuing rise in live projects, with 82% of the active audience that recently attended the Show at the NEC in Birmingham (22nd - 25th March) stating that they are currently working on a self-build or renovation project (80% cent in 2017).
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LDL management buyout complete

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The management buyout of LDL Components led by former director Simon Ogden is now complete. This follows the company's announcement last Autumn that it intended to centralise its business operation at its Northern premises in Hadfield, near Glossop in Derbyshire.
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BMA announces host and first speaker for 2018 Conference

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has named the host and first speaker for the 2018 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference, set to take place on 15th October at The Vale Resort in the Vale of Glamorgan.
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Be a design winner with Wilsonart Zenith

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Wilsonart is offering creative designers the chance to win high street vouchers and valuable publicity through social media in an exciting new competition featuring the company's unique Zenith slimline work surfaces.
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Wayne Hemingway to be new head judge for KBSA Awards

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that English designer Wayne Hemingway is to be head judge for the Designer Awards 2018.
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Marketing

Take a virtual tour of Blanco's showroom

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Blanco UK has launched a virtual showroom live on its website. Customers can explore the new range of products on display in Blanco's St Albans showroom from the comfort of their own studio, office or home.
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Literature

LDL introduces brochure library

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To help kitchen specialists promote accessories and to simplify the selection process for customers, LDL is rationalising its sales literature by introducing separate brochures for each brand.
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