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20th January 2020


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Introducing Jet: a collection of the deepest black ceramic for dramatic intensity

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Aptly named after the precious gemstone found along the Great British, North Yorkshire coastline, the new capsule Burlington Jet collection encapsulates the deepest blackness and high gloss qualities of the Whitby Jet Stone.

Lighten up the kitchen with Königstone's Concrete Sand

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For homeowners looking for a natural-looking engineered stone, then Königstone's KönigQuartz worktop is the ideal material; the new neutral colour, Concrete Sand, perfectly complements all schemes. The light tones of the worktop will contrast with dark cabinetry to lighten a kitchen scheme or will blend seamlessly with muted coloured doors and drawers.

'Go Figure' with Fog by Aestus

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Aestus celebrates the graphic beauty of Fog: a highly-expressive heating design, made available in either a contemporary Matt Black or Matt White finish.

The 2020 interior design trend is Timber-tastic, says German brand Schuller

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German brand Schüller says timber will be high on the must have list for 2020 designs. 'We can expect raw appeal with refined surface,' it says. 'Think natural wild oak and black flamed effect, all with high quality and low maintenance. These new timber style fronts create appeal that fits perfectly in both contemporary and urban interiors.'

Dine in style with afternoon tea on a Königstone worktop

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When homeowners have spent money making their house into a home, it makes sense to make the most of it. That's why Königstone, the champion of engineered quartz and natural stone worktops, has pulled together a recipe to enable homeowners to invite friends over and enjoy afternoon tea at home.

To Infinity and beyond

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Crosswater has extended its Infinity range with the introduction of some sleek new WC and mirror designs. The latest additions are brought together to offer customers the utmost in high-quality bathroom design without ever compromising on quality or function.

Tilted toilet seat aims to improve business efficiency

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Latest Industry research suggests that an average person spends around 25% greater time in workspace lavatories then necessary and it is estimated that in the UK alone, extended employee breaks cost industry and commerce £4billion per annum.

Franke releases Maris 2.0 Hood

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Franke has updated its Maris glass cooker hood range, whilst retaining its polished glass design, high levels of functionality and energy saving features. The Maris 2.0 has a sleek and slim aesthetic and is available in classic black and new grey on black glass colourway.

Extend your tile offering with supersized surfaces from Verona

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Verona has extended its Grande large format collection, adding seven versatile new designs to its popular portfolio of tiles.

'A new angle to heating design' with Anglia by Aestus

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Aestus serves the growing desire for inspired shapes in the bathroom with its high-profile, multilateral Anglia towel warmer: a geometric-style heating solution crafted from high quality mild steel.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen launches lush bed design with handcrafted furniture brand Aspire

Renowned designer and TV presenter Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen has announced his collaboration with UK-based handcrafted furniture brand, Aspire.

Welcome to the


When, whilst writing for the cleaning industry, I discovered microfibre, it was marketed as a miracle product. Soon, all types of equipment was manufactured from it - or adapted to incorporate it - and we became convinced that its reusability and ability to clean without chemicals made it kinder to the planet. I hadn't realised that it wasn't just cleaning products which were made from this material, but clothing and throws too... and nor had I realised, that far from being kinder to the planet, the material brought its own problems in as much as the fibres were leaching off in the wash and entering our water systems.

Soon we were encouraged to treat the material gently to reduce this leaching; research suggested that drum spin speed, number of spinning direction changes and length of pauses in the cycle (agitation) was the most important factor. This was overturned by later studies which discovered that delicate wash cycles were more damaging. Later research revealed that the volume of water used, rather than spinning action, was the key factor: the higher the water-volume-to-fabric ratio, the more damaging the process.

Now a new study by the University of Leeds with Proctor & Gamble has found that laundering at 25 degrees C for 30 minutes halves the number of microfibres released compared to an 85 minute, 40-degree cycle. It stops items from fading, too.

Some people think I'm daft when I say we no longer need to separate lights from brights and darks since at 30 degrees colours don't run (there are exceptions, as my red silk blouse proved!) and that it's best economically and environmentally - and personal energy-wise - to wash a full load whenever possible. I also argue that there's no need to boil wash items that have blood on them. A 30-degree wash will do the trick. Putting items in too hot a wash can damage them, causing them to fade, lose their 'stuffing', wear more quickly and lose their shape, often meaning we have to discard them which adds to the landfill problem.

This idea that a 20 degrees wash is even better is all very well, but aren't most washing machines manufactured so that a 30-degree wash is easy to achieve? And aren't most detergents formulated to work best at 30 degrees? While washing at even lower temperatures is better for the environment, surely there comes a time when the environmental costs of the drive to develop such machines and detergents - and have us all start using them, outweighs the benefits achieved?


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Trustmark builds new independent Financial Protection Panel to further enhance consumer protection

* TrustMark_Lynn-Hugo.jpgA new Financial Protection Panel of independent experts and industry representatives has been formed by TrustMark, the Government endorsed quality scheme, to assess the financial protection available to consumers looking to undertake any home improvements, repairs, maintenance or energy efficiencies in or around the home.

The new year starts with a new home for Saniflo

* SANIFLO.jpgAs one of the most recognisable brands in the plumbing sector, Saniflo has been based in an office block in South Ruislip in South West London for more than 30 years with separate warehousing and showroom facilities in Bedford. Now, in time for a New Year start, the company has moved to a fantastic new facility in Watford which brings together all the elements of the business under one, much larger roof.

Unidrain welcomes Kim Maretti as marketing manager

* Unidrain_Kim-Maretti.jpgKim Maretti has been appointed as the new marketing manager for Danish design company Unidrain, inventor of the linear floor drain. Previously at Nilfisk, Kim was responsible for marketing the brand to 16 different markets.

Kim has more than 20 years global marketing experience within the retail and B2B sectors, which enables him to look at the industry from an international perspective. It is this ability and comprehensive outlook that will be most beneficial as he commences his role to market Unidrain; not only at home but in other territories.

New year, new colour scheme: Vasco to launch six new on-trend colours for 2020

* Vasco_noble-colours-2020.jpgVasco is introducing six new 'Noble' colours across all its designer radiator collections.

Enhancing an already impressive palette, the new 'Noble' colours introduce three metallic shades in bronze, gold & silver, the warm tone of curry provides interest & depth, whilst pearl beige and pink add light, providing the finishing touches for a modern interior be it in the home or office.

HiB launches design-led Accessories range

* HiB-jan20.jpgHiB has announced the launch of its elegant new Accessories range, designed to complement its existing portfolio of mirrors, cabinets, furniture, lighting and ventilation.

Including a comprehensive selection of bathroom essentials, the Accessories range typifies the innovative approach for which HiB is known. Highlights include a toilet roll holder with smart device shelf, removable, easy clean shower baskets and a shower shelf with integrated magnetic squeegee and grab bar.

Transform the kitchen in as little as one day: Have breakfast in your old kitchen and dinner in a new one!

* Belgravia-Parisian-Blue.jpgReady for a new kitchen in a day? There is a new Trend developing and all you need to know is at granitetransformations.co.uk - Don't start over; makeover. That is the message from Granite & Trend Transformations, with showrooms all over the UK, which means you can transform your kitchen in just one day.

Dust, debris, disruption, delay, wasted units destined for landfill; no longer a challenge!

Bold as brass with Caple's new Frampton tap

* Frampton-tap.jpgCaple's Frampton model now comes in a beautiful new finish, antique brass, for an elegant style statement in the wet zone. Durability is still key for this design as the tap has been designed in solid stainless steel, however the muted tone of brass makes this the perfect choice for a classic in-frame or painted kitchen.

Black to the Future

* Black-to-the-future.jpgA black grid hinged door with 10mm glass thickness is the newest addition to Roman’s Liberty Black Grid collection. The door, which features a silicone free matt black wall profile and the ceramic printed glass, replicates the on-trend black grid latticed style which encapsulates industrial chic with an elegant twist.

Schmidt's Arcos Supermat kitchen combines innovative storage with a rich red finish

* Schmidt_NANO CANEO.jpgWhether it's a low maintenance design for family living, a contemporary look for first-time buyers or a seamless, fuss-free finish for compact spaces, the Arcos Supermat range from Schmidt is the perfect choice for all homeowners.

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Recent News

Bushboard returns to KBB for 2020 (Stand G95)

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Bushboard, the UK's leading producer of laminate worksurfaces and waterproof bathroom panels, is exhibiting at KBB Birmingham 1st - 4th March, 2020. On the stand, Bushboard will be showcasing several brand developments, including striking décor launches and restructuring highlights to the well-known Options and Omega collections.

Wren Kitchens will open inspirational Bradford showroom this month

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An inspirational Wren Kitchens showroom in Bradford, Forster Square Retail Park, will open on Friday, 24th January. The 14,103sq.ft. former Mothercare unit is undergoing a complete transformation with a top spec fit-out incorporating over 40 kitchen displays, a 3D virtual reality room to help bring dream kitchens to life and an interactive appliance studio.

New decade starts with four new members and new KBB 2020 partner for KBSA

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has moved into the new decade with a bang; boasting four new members signed up at the end of December and a new partner for KBB 2020 – Mereway.

Showroom success for Lakes with Jewson

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National builders' merchant Jewson has recently updated its showroom in Flitwick to include Lakes' new Bay Series and premium stone resin trays, Lakes Stone. The branch has five Lakes' displays, which now include the Bay Slider and Lakes Stone in Cotswold Grey.

Brexit planning: consider your commercial contracts

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By Karen Holden, award-winning solicitor and founder of A City Law Firm

In the wake of the recent election result which saw the Conservatives gain a large majority in the House of Commons, prime minister Boris Johnson has again promised to deliver Brexit and in his words, "get Brexit done". Remaining in the EU is not foreseeable currently and so businesses should start making Brexit plans to ensure they are prepared.


New operations director for KBB lighting firm Sensio

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Sensio Lighting has appointed a new operations director to the Board. Stuart Law will be taking over the role from Paul Harvey, who after four years of success in the position will be moving to focus on special projects for the business.

MHK appoints David Morris as sales manager

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MHK Holding UK, a subsidiary of MHK, one of Europe's leading buying groups for independent kitchen, bathroom and bedroom retailers, has announced the appointment of David Morris as sales manager.


Verona introduces January promotional offer with 10% off extensive Definitive collection

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Customers placing orders of Verona's Definitive ceramic tile collection through the company's trade portal will receive 10% off throughout January 2020.


Roxor completes rebrand of Premier Bathrooms to 'nuie'

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The arrival of the aspirational new 'nuie' bathroom brochure from Roxor - which showcases many new products - completes the transition of the Premier Bathroom Collection to the new brand 'nuie'.

VitrA dedicates new brochure to brassware, accessories and showers

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VitrA Bathrooms has one of the largest collections of brassware and complementary accessories on the market, catering for every style and need.

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