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16th November 2019


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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.

Embrace Scandi-styles and creativity with Keller’s new kitchen

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The new Pebble Beach model from Keller Kitchens embraces Scandinavian style with soft pebble tones and combines it with brighter contemporary trends to offer homeowners a chic, modern kitchen.

Hotpoint fridge freezers can help reduce food waste

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Food waste is a huge global issue and Hotpoint believes it is important to encourage consumers to become more sustainable, by providing practical solutions to reduce food waste at home.

Saniflo launches mid-market Kinesurf Pietra shower tray

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The lightweight Saniflo Kinesurf Pietra shower tray is a simple, classic design for the mid-market featuring a stunning mineral textured surface. This versatile shower tray is available in four colours - white, black, anthracite and grey - and is easy to cut at just 40mm thick.

Push button perfection from Old London

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Old London, Hudson Reed’s traditional bathroom collection, has welcomed a new range of hi-tech push button valves to its Topaz Shower category.

Made in Britain, the new Push Button Thermostatic Showers beautifully blend nostalgic Period design with modern technology.

Luxury brassware from Asquiths – the power to ‘Restore’

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Premium bathroom brand Asquiths from Roxor Group, has introduced Restore, a timeless collection of classically styled brassware that will enhance any traditional bathroom scheme, to create a place of pure luxury.

Embrace the dark side trend with Königstone

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This year has seen a rise in popularity for dark coloured kitchens as people look to create that ever-trendy industrial flair in their homes, and with Königstone’s dark coloured worktops, homeowners can easily incorporate the popular style into their kitchen scheme. Whether it’s a ‘moody blues’ scheme or black colours or any dark shade in between, Königstone offers the perfect surface to complement any kitchen.

HIB products gain official Bluetooth qualification

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HiB, has gained qualification status for all of its Bluetooth enabled products as part of its ongoing commitment to quality assurance.

HiB's Bluetooth products, including multiple mirrors and cabinets, underwent the Bluetooth Qualification Process managed by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), to ensure complete compliance with Bluetooth standards.

MHK celebrates 40th anniversary with Eurovision Kitchen Contest 2020

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MHK, an innovative and dynamically expanding full-service company for specialised trade and retail companies in the kitchen, residential and construction sector, will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2020 by hosting the Eurovision Kitchen Contest.

Welcome to the


Retailers are worried about a number of challenges they're currently facing - and things don't look as if they're going to improve for some time, with the uncertainty created by the general election and the 'will we/won't we - and if we do, how?' regarding Brexit. Add to that the frustration caused by the many accusations of dirty dealings being flung around like the contents of a food processor without its lid, and it's not surprising that everyone's so unhappy, is it?

New research released today by Duologi, which provides bespoke finance solutions for retailers, reveals that 35% of smaller retailers in the home and DIY sectors cite the continued uncertainty over Brexit as being the biggest challenge they face, with 29% saying that they feel unprepared for Brexit - if, of course, it goes ahead!

More than 21% fear that bigger players such as Amazon will steal their customers, as such companies are able to offer lower prices and enjoy greater visibility online and are likely to fare better through Brexit financially than their smaller counterparts.

Only 8% believe that the decline of the High Street will be the hardest hurdle to overcome in the coming year, as its well documented demise continues, while 10% believe meeting customers' needs could be a challenge, as members of the EU may be able to offer more competitive prices and products.
"With political uncertainty continuing into the new year, SME home and DIY retailers are still unclear on how this will affect them and how they can prepare," says Duologi. "Despite additional resources being made available ahead of an exit from the EU, deadline extensions scupper existing plans and safeguards, putting small home and DIY businesses in a difficult position. The economic uncertainty also fuels further consumer hesitancy when it comes to spending on significant purchases, as they are unclear on what the immediate impact of an EU exit means for them."

Duologi quite rightly adds that smaller retailers will also be troubled by the fact that the bigger players are generally able to undercut them price-wise, while also taking advantage of a strong online presence; reaching a larger number of customers than smaller retailers.

Oh for a crystal ball to be able to see now, how things will stand a year from now! Let's hope that when that time comes, we can look back and realise that we didn't need to worry quite so much after all...


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

KBSA announces date for 2020 Conference

* KBSA-conference-date.jpgThe 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."

Get the natural stone look with Kinestone

* MAIN-Kinestone-slate-effect.jpgNatural 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

* KitchenAid-vacuum-machine.jpgKitchenAid 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.

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

* Bushboard-Evolve-KItchen.jpgYour 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.

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

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

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Antique brass finish is a serene look for tradition bathrooms

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All concealed with Prima+ venting induction hob

* prima-venting-induction-hob.jpgPrima+, the exclusive range from distributor PJH, has added a sleek, modern 80cm venting induction hob to its range. The PRVH001 combines the much in demand sleek and minimalist appearance of the induction hob with an integrated high efficiency extractor for that ultimate low profile on-trend look.

Stockton mayor opens showroom and unveils first child safe kitchen

* Stockton-mayor-opens-showroom.jpgThis 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.

Amica reaches out to hungry families

AMICA-kids.jpgChildren arriving at school hungry because there is no food at home is a growing problem for teachers. Reach2 Academy Trust which runs schools in Essex has teamed with Amica in a new approach to combat hunger among the poorest and most disadvantaged families.

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.

KBBrecruitment is a niche recruiter for the KBB and home interiors industry that has been established since 2003. Based in Essex, the company has built a reputation for delivering exceptional service to the jobseeker and the recruiter.

CIH raises over £20,000 for charity

* CIH-Auction-2019.jpgCombined Independents (Holdings), raised over £20,000 for charity at two of its recent member and supplier events.

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Recent News

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.

City Plumbing/PTS achieves DVSA Earned Recognition for vehicle operators

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This week City Plumbing/PTS was awarded the DVSA Earned Recognition award for vehicle operators - the first in the industry and a first for the Travis Perkins Group. This follows the recent win of Fleet Van Operator of the Year at the Motor Transport Awards.

Wren Kitchens lands in Stockton

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Wren Kitchens continues to rapidly expand its retail offering with the opening of its 85th state-of-the-art showroom at Lustrum Retail Park in Stockton on Friday, 1st November.

Graham Hayden merges training programmes with Acres Consultancy

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Acclaimed KBB customer service and sales training provider Graham Hayden has confirmed his intention to merge his future training commitments with KBB and merchant service provider Acres Consultancy.

Bushboard Evolve used for BBC's DIY SOS: The Big Build

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Bushboard Evolve, solid-core laminate worksurface has been chosen for DIY SOS Big Build.

Buy it Direct rescues Better Bathrooms in another turn around win

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The Buy it Direct Group, one of the UK's leading online appliance, IT and home retailers, has turned around bathroom retailer, Better Bathrooms from administration to being a profitable company in six months, since acquiring the business in March this year.

Consumers desire permanent germ-free solution for tiles

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Hygiene has always been a priority in the kitchen and bathroom, whether in residential or commercial properties.


Wilsonart appoints new product manager for Advanced Surface Technology

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Wilsonart UK, of Shildon, County Durham, has appointed Andrea Freeman to the role of product manager for Advanced Surfacing Technology.


Kinedo showroom offers. One to show. One to go

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Following the introduction of the Kinespace, Eclipse and Fast 2000 shower enclosure ranges into the Kinedo portfolio earlier this year, the team at Kinedo has put together some tempting display offers for showrooms.

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