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25th November 2019


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Get the natural stone look with Kinestone

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Natural finishes in the bathroom are bang on-trend and the new Kinedo Kinestone shower tray from Saniflo ticks the aesthetics box for highly popular and desirable slate.

Kitchenaid 'special products' extend opportunities for kitchen designers

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KitchenAid boasts a wealth of 'special products' within its portfolio, to empower kitchen designers to create unique culinary spaces, specially designed around each customer. Included are a shock freezer, vacuum machine, ice maker, coffee machine, cooling and warming drawers and special columns, all designed to take inspiration in the kitchen to new heights.

WRAS approval secured for Abode 4 in 1 steaming hot water taps

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All Abode 4 in 1 steaming hot water taps, filters and boilers now have full WRAS approval, giving developers, designers and retailers complete peace of mind across the entire range.

The art of making time: the mindful bathroom scene from Crosswater

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Entering the bathroom is discovering a little world of luxury and relaxation, well away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Curating a collection of products that draws on years of exceptional manufacturing and modern design, Crosswater's extensive range of high-quality signature finishes and textures can be used to create a mindful, restful bathroom environment.

Antique brass finish is a serene look for tradition bathrooms

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In an exquisite Antique Brass finish, the new Serenitie brassware collection from Abode makes a strikingly elegant impression in the bathroom.

All concealed with Prima+ venting induction hob

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Prima+, the exclusive range from distributor PJH, has added a sleek, modern 80cm venting induction hob to its range.

BC Designs' latest bath launch brings a feminine touch to bathroom design

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Leading bath maker, BC Designs, is supporting retailers with the launch of its popular Viado bath in a smaller size of 1580mm.

KBSA growth continues with two new members

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has welcomed another retail and corporate member this month, continuing the upward trend in new membership that began 12 months ago.

Colour pops that cut the mustard in the latest kitchen designs from Schüller

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Using a splash of colour to create a focal point in the open-plan kitchen is a game changer, instantly injecting va-va-voom into spaces that have style but perhaps, lack lustre. Enter the colour pop, the clever way to use colour to direct the eye and heighten the response to a living space.

Teka taps into flexible cleaning with Pull-Out Spray

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Teka, exclusive to distributor PJH and one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of sinks and taps, has added a contemporary Pull-Out kitchen spray tap to its range, which can be used in a variety of different heights and positions for the ultimate in flexible use.

Airuno expands collection of island hoods

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Designer cooker hoods brand Airuno has expanded its product range with the launch of its first new island cooker hood in more than a year.

Victoria + Albert Baths launches new addtions to its Kaali basin range

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Victoria + Albert Baths, the luxury British bathing brand, has launched three additional sizes to its Kaali collection of undermount basins. The collection now offers greater flexibility than ever before, thanks to new shapes and sizes to fit a wide selection of bathrooms.

Welcome to the


As you’re reading KBzine I can probably safely assume that you’re one of the lucky ones who can access a decent toilet when you need to and wash your hands afterwards. Sadly, more than four billion people aren’t as lucky and have to put up with the most appalling unsanitary conditions, with some not only unable to use a toilet but also having to source drinking water from a contaminated supply. I was about to say that it doesn’t bear thinking about, but of course it does and on November 19th each year - World Toilet Day - we do tend to think of those whose needs aren’t being met.

There’s a story below about how Saniflo is helping kit out refrigerated trucks that are no longer used for transport, with bathroom facilities so that they can be used to accommodate the homeless. That’s a wonderful gesture and I’m hoping that many more companies will use their resources in future to help those in need lead more comfortable lives. Not that I’m advocating the use of trucks as homes, of course… we really should be doing better, shouldn’t we?

Did you hear about the young girl who was hospitalised with constipation after her school removed the toilet tissue from the cubicles? Pupils were told to guess how much they might need and take just that amount with them into the cubicle, from the dispenser in the main washroom area. This left them too afraid to go to the toilet in case they ran out of tissue and – I understand – caused soiling problems amongst some. It reminded me of my early skiing trips to Eastern Europe when toilet attendants would hand out a few sheets for a small charge to those entering the washroom, which was pretty degrading for those of us not used to the concept… But we always had our own stash anyway - as, no doubt, will the pupils at this particular school before long. The headteacher has defended the move, saying it was to prevent blockages. I think it’s going to have the opposite effect and that the school will discover fairly early on that this type of controlled usage will create greater waste and more blockages, as children take more sheets than they need, ‘just in case. Then of course there’s the wasted water as they try to flush it all away. Sometimes people don’t think things through, do they?


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Saniflo supports charity that makes obsolete trucks into homes for up to 12 people

* Sanicompact-emergency-accommodation-truck.jpgAnnual World Toilet Day may spawn many jokes and can be a haven of comedy for all of us that take sanitation for granted. But behind the hilarity is a serious initiative that we all should all aspire to support.

Celebrated on 19th November every year, World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which promises sanitation for all by 2030.

Create the perfect contrast in the kitchen with Calacatta

* Calacatta.jpgThe Königstone ethos is helping homeowners feel at home by creating the perfect surface. The fantastic portfolio of worktops keep homes up-to-date with the latest modern trends with a range of colours and textures, including the Calacatta worktop.

Worktop Express joins BIKBBI

* Worktop-Express-joins-BIKBBI.jpgThe British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation has confirmed that online retailer Worktop Express has become a corporate sponsor this month, joining a growing number of high profile manufacturers who support the organisation.

Seamless Living

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Go clever in the kitchen with Blanco's Smart Tap Collection

Blanco-clever.jpgBlanco UK is entering a new era with its innovative range of kitchen Smart Taps which is geared towards highly specific uses within the kitchen; each is designed to solve an everyday problem.

Hilco Capital and Moores win Turnaround of the Year Award

* Hilco-Moores.jpgHilco Capital, which backed a management buyout of Moores in 2017 and as a result saved some 500 jobs, has been awarded the Turnaround of the Year Award 2019 at the Turnaround, Restructuring & Insolvency Awards held in London recently.

Focus on greener distribution to continue for kitchen & bathroom distributors

* Focus.jpgClimate change is a still a hot, if controversial, topic. It will continue to be prevalent in all walks of life, from business to personal. So how can kitchen and bathroom distributors improve not only their green policies but their impact on the environment?

An induction of range cookers creates a climate change for retailers

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Modern neutrals with Caple's new Lyde kitchen

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City Plumbing/PTS extends partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust

* City-Plumbing.jpgIn 2012, the Plumbing and Heating division of Travis Perkins set out to raise vital funds for Teenage Cancer Trust. To date they have raised a massive £2.3 million, over an eight-year partnership, and this week signed to support the children's charity for another year.

Climbing the proverbial ladder: how Bobtrade CEO Shneor Crombie is transforming the building supplies market

* bobtrade1.jpgNine years ago, Shneor Crombie (35), CEO of Bobtrade.com, moved back to London where his family was originally from. "For years, it had been my dream to move and live in this amazing city: London," he says.

Bobtrade.com is the new online building supplies marketplace, currently taking the construction industry by storm. Headed up by CEO Shneor, Bobtrade is revolutionising the sector by connecting builders and merchants across the UK to deliver a more efficient way of buying and selling building materials.

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Recent News

KBSA announces date for 2020 Conference

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced the date of the 2020 Conference, AGM and Awards Dinner, which will be on 30th September.

"We are delighted to have announced the date for 2020 so early," says KBSA chair Richard Hibbert. "The 2019 event was fully booked, with attendance up 30% on the previous year, so we are urging members to save the date and book early, as soon as tickets go on sale."

Bushboard chosen for BBC's 'Your Home Made Perfect' again

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Your Home Made Perfect is the first ever British virtual reality and visual effects property show. Presented by Angela Scanlon, the groundbreaking property and makeover series sees innovative architects, Laura Jane Clark and Robert Jamison, transform ordinary homes into extraordinary ones. The results are presented to the homeowners using virtual reality headsets, giving them a real life look at how the changes will work.

Stockton mayor opens showroom and unveils first child safe kitchen

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This week, the Mayor of Stockton cut the ribbon to open Wren Kitchens' 85th showroom which has created 29 new jobs locally. The inspirational hub at Lustrum Retail Park in Stockton has over 40 kitchens on display including edgy industrial, charming country and ultra-modern designs as well as the launch of an all new concept - a child safe kitchen.

Acres Consultancy acquires kbbrecruitment.co.uk

KBB and merchant service provider Acres Consultancy has acquired the online recruitment specialist kbbrecruitment.co.uk, expanding its business in line with increasing sales and demand for services.

BMA steps up campaign on non-compliance with Primary Authority Status

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has announced that it has achieved Primary Authority Status with Nottinghamshire Trading standards, having been successfully nominated by the Secretary of State.

KBSA offers new contract hire deals for members

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has enhanced its membership benefits package with the addition of exclusive deals on contract car hire, via a new partnership with Marshall Motor Group.

Granite & Trend Transformations celebrates 15 years in the UK

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Granite & Trend Transformations UK, known for its kitchen and bathroom transformations using high-quality, sustainable materials, is celebrating 15 years of business. The company, which started out in Perth, Australia in 1996, has expanded globally, with the UK business established in 2004.

Lakes hosts Fortis buying group at HQ

Lakes, a leading manufacturer of showering spaces, recently hosted Fortis merchant buying group at its HQ in Tewkesbury for its annual board meeting. The visit included a tour of Lakes' newly refurbished showroom, which now displays Lakes' new Bay series and Lakes Stone shower trays launched earlier this year.

KBSA enhances Croner benefits with extra discounts for members

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has enhanced its membership benefits package by offering access to a range of premium products from business partner Croner.

Sensio Lighting recognised in Parliamentary Review

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Yorkshire-based Sensio Lighting has been selected as one of eight Manufacturing and Services representatives in The Parliamentary Review 2019/2020.

Small spaces, big ideas!

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Zoe Perks of Beautiful Rooms By Zoe’s under the stairs Cocktail Bar was named as the overall winner of the Under The Stairs competition, at the recent Grand Designs Live.


Caesarstone UK welcomes new sales manager for London

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Caesarstone has appointed a new sales manager for London. Delara Etemadi has joined Caesarstone's UK sales force as part of the team's ongoing expansion, in line with the brand's continuing nationwide growth.

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