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28th February 2014


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International News

Soak away stress in a soaking tub

There's nothing quite as pleasurable as a long lounge in a deep, comfortable bath - in fact doctors recommend a soak with candlelight and music as a stress buster and as a soothing treatment for anyone suffering from arthritis or joint injuries.

Ingenious space saving with Aqua-Cabinets

British bathrooms and cloakrooms are usually small - but that doesn't mean that there's no room for imaginative and inspiring design. Aqua-Cabinets has ingenious solutions that make the most of a limited floor area, giving every homeowner the chance to enjoy the benefits of modern bathroom design.

Whirlpool's Max microwave oven wins Which? Best Buy and Great Value award

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Whirlpool's popular Max 38 microwave oven has been awarded a Best Buy and Great Value award by Which? Magazine for the best microwave with a grill under £150.

Moduleo creates new products ideal for statement kitchen and bathrooms

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Luxury vinyl flooring manufacturer Moduleo, has unveiled a collection of 16 new statement products to its Transform range, in-line with trend predictions for kitchens and bathrooms in 2014.

KBB Preview: Kitchen Door Workshop doubles the size of its stand

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Stand J80

Kbb Birmingham is just around the corner and Kitchen Door Workshop tells us that after an immensely successful year, it has decided to more than double the size of its stand for the event this time around.

The company first exhibited at kbb LDN in 2013 with a stand size of 15sqm and this year at Birmingham it will take on a stand double the size at 33sqm.

InSinkErator products are a real time saver for the Mistley Kitchen cookery school

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InSinkErator, a global leader and inventor of food waste disposers, and a major player in steaming hot water taps, has been chosen for use in Essex's renowned cookery school, The Mistley Kitchen.

Innovative BAL Rapid-Mat cuts project costs, saves time

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Contractors and tilers will reduce project costs and duration significantly with new BAL Rapid-Mat. The innovative uncoupling solution requires around 20% less adhesive than most cavity uncoupling mats, which need almost 'an extra layer of adhesive' to fill the surface cavities or dimples. The saving amounts to using 1.5 kg less adhesive per square metre, a major saving of 45 kg adhesive per 30 metre roll.

Steel appeal from Just Taps Plus

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Just Taps Plus has introduced a superbly engineered, Italian-made stainless steel range to the top end of the British bathroom market - Inox.

Showering with a splash of colour and innovation from Vado

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Bathroom retailers keen to capitalise upon consumer demand for premium technology and high end style need look no further than Vado's exclusive new collection of electric showers which are designed to add more than a splash of colour to the bathroom.

Abode Zeal 'on display' with Splinter Works Vessel Bath

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The architecturally tall, innovatively designed, Abode Zeal floor-standing bath filler with shower handset has been chosen to accompany the stunning Splinter Works 'Vessel' hammock style bath, on display at the Ideaworks London Experience Centre in Great Portland Street, London for the Carbon Fibre exhibition from January 28th to March 20th.

Bushboard relaunches premium Omega laminate worktop range with a design upgrade

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Bushboard is relaunching its premium Omega 40mm laminate worktop range at the end of February and it will be on full show at the KBB exhibition. The range upgrade is a fashion-forward mix of popular stones, trendy woodgrains and practical splashbacks in modish colours and a linear texture that keeps laminate on the button for today's kitchens.

Ascent, by Vado

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Design and innovation, coupled with an astute understanding of the domestic and global bathroom brassware markets, have been crucial to Vado's phenomenal success over recent years. Integral to this is the company's product development programme which has recently developed the Ascent range of basin, bath and shower mixers.

Sourcing timber for furniture?

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Is your company able to show where its timber is sourced? European legislation and a growing requirement for sustainability accreditations are making the traceability of your timber supply chain of increasingly high importance.

Distinctly Abode: the new Mikro sink

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Prior to KBB Birmingham, Abode has launched a new addition to its stainless steel range of kitchen sinks - the Mikro. The unparalled simplicity of the clean lines and patterned drainer of this modern sink create a sleek, contemporary design. When complemented by other stainless steel appliances within the kitchen, Mikro is an unobtrusive, yet stylish addition to the overall kitchen aesthetic.

Mike Pro brings designer style to commercial bathrooms

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A sleek, unassuming yet sophisticated design with appeal to the architect, interior designer, specifier and residential developer, and offered in a choice of two finishes and with many technological advanced features, the new Mike Pro range from Crosswater is an ideal choice for hotels, public buildings and luxury homes.

KBB Preview: Exploring the true potential of Mistral

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Stand: M100

Visitors to the Karonia stand can expect to be stunned by the ground-breaking displays of Mistral 25mm solid surfacing and by three new additions to the range. The stand has been specifically designed to explore the true potential of Mistral and fuel the imagination of visitors.

KBB Preview: Selling made easier with ArtiCad - new versions launch at Show

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Stand number: M80

CAD software specialist for the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, will be seeking to wow visitors at this year's KBB show with the latest versions of all four of the company's core technologies - ArtiCAD-Pro, BathCAD, MyRoomPlan and MyRoomFinish - being featured. The four products have all been designed specifically and solely for the KBB industry with the aim of making it easier and faster for ArtiCAD clients to sell their products and services.

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TrustMark, the Government endorsed quality mark for tradesmen, is urging greater coordination between insurers, loss adjusters and local authorities to help flood victims find fully vetted and technically competent firms to repair homes and business premises and carry out flood resilience improvements. I feel that all of us in the KBB industry need to do our part in getting the message across too.

For while the Government’s £5,000 Repair & Renewal grant will help fund additional flood resilience or resistance measures for those affected, it will be money wasted unless we can cut out the rogue traders who are no doubt already salivating at the thought of all the vulnerable homeowners they’ll be able to exploit.

The grants system - administered by local authorities - will go live from 1st April. Funding will be for measures such as waterproofing external walls; repointing walls with water-resistant mortars; new types of insulation; raising ovens, boilers and electrics well above flood levels; replacing floors and installing new types of kitchen units.

“Too often insurers are encouraging policyholders to find their own local tradesmen for emergency repairs or longer-term reinstatement works,” warns Liz Male, Chair of TrustMark (www.trustmark.org.uk). “It is vital that the community of insurers, surveyors, councils and anyone supporting flood victims now consistently signpost to TrustMark. Here they will find reputable firms to do this work; tradesmen who are properly vetted, insured and working to the well-established Government-endorsed standards.”

During my years as a journalist in the cleaning industry I’ve visited several homes and businesses that have suffered days or even weeks under several inches (or more) of water and am well aware of how long the drying out and cleaning processes take before anyone can even think about the refurbishment stages. We, as an industry, have plenty of time to get behind Trustmark’s initiative and ensure that any money that’s going to be ploughed into refurbishment projects is money well spent. After all, however wonderful a new kitchen or bathroom is, it’s only as good as the tradesperson that fitted it. Consumers facing issues have a habit of blurring the two…

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This Week's News

Further eruptions expected as Designer Bathroom Concepts announces launch of full Etna Collection

* Etna-blue-light.jpgWith its upcoming appearance as a finalist at this year's KBB Review Awards imminent, Designer Bathroom Concepts adds further ripples to the UK bathroom market with its introduction of the full Etna Collection.

Just as the Etna Bath has added a truly state-of-the-art twist on the freestanding bath, so too does the full Etna Collection. With a continuation of the elegant ripples we have seen on the Etna, the collection features freestanding basins, countertop basins and most strikingly, a round, freestanding version of the Etna Bath.

Tiler wins brand new van with BAL

* BAL-draw-winner.jpgProfessional tiler Mark Ellam has enjoyed the best possible start to 2014, as the lucky winner of a brand new van from BAL. Tilers using BAL Micromax2, BAL Max-Flex Fibre and BAL White Star plus and logging their purchases online, had earned free entries into the draw during 2013.

Mark's name was chosen randomly from thousands of entries, winning him a Ford Transit Connect, bearing the livery of his company, Imperial Tiling.

KBB 2014 preview: Bauformat launches new handleless collection

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Renowned German kitchen manufacturer Bauformat is delighted to unveil at KBB2014 the UK launch of its new Linea Piantra handleless kitchen, the latest addition to its Burger brand.

Recently showcased at the company's in-house fair, Linea Piantra is a stylish addition to any retailer's portfolio and is competitively positioned to ensure an added value offering.

New electric shower range launched by MX

* MX-Inspiration.jpgMX Group has unveiled its new 'QI' electric shower range - a 'quick installation' range of electric showers that sets new standards for simple installation. Featuring eight entry points for water and electricity - these showers are amongst the simplest and most effective electric shower installation options in today's marketplace.

Ideal for new build or retrofit opportunities, these attractive showers are up to 30% slimmer than other units on the market. They're an ideal replacement product where an old shower has been removed or for shower replacement programmes for social and private landlords.

Setting fears aside, Kitchen Door Workshop retains 'Buy with Confidence' accreditation

* Kitchen-Door-Workshop.jpgThe online kitchen and bathroom replacement door specialist the Kitchen Door Workshop understands that many people can feel wary of buying online.

As such, it has applied and been accredited for the seventh year running for the Buy with Confidence East Sussex Scheme, once again reassuring cautious online shoppers that they are making a well researched choice.

Nicola brings wealth of industry experience to Bagno Brand Manager role

* Nicola-Norris.jpgBagnodesign, manufacturer and supplier of design-led bathroom solutions, has strengthened its marketing and sales team in the UK and Europe with the appointment of Nicola Norris to the role of Brand Manager.

A familiar face to many in the bathroom industry, Nicola brings a wealth of experience to her new position and joins the company from Ambiance Bain, where she was National Sales Manager.

Burlington gets an angle on traditional design

* full-Burlington-installation.jpgAvailable from March 1st, here's an ingenious idea from Burlington Bathrooms... Installing a traditional high level WC when access to the soil pipe is near a window can be a planning conundrum.

Positioning a WC too far from the soil pipe causes flushing problems so the rule is, the closer the better. By using an angled pipe, the pan itself can be placed on the window wall where the soil pipe is usually situated while the high level cistern is on an adjacent wall.

Belling helps Temple Primary pupils to Cook It!

* Temple-Primary-School.jpgPupils at Temple Primary in Manchester are putting their cookery skills to the test, thanks to North West domestic appliance brands Belling and LEC.

As part of an extensive building programme which has seen the flagship Open Futures school expand its intake to three forms per year, the former staffroom was turned into a brand new Cook It studio.

Kitchens International announces major staff changes

In preparation for a highly successful year as the homes market picks up, Kitchens International has made some significant changes to its staffing.

AEG and Zanussi receive Best Buys in latest Which? Hob Testing

* AEG-hob.jpgThe AEG HK654200FB induction hob and the Zanussi ZGG66424XA gas hob have both received Which? Best Buy status after recent intensive testing.

The AEG hob scored an impressive 82% and Which? Said: "We were really impressed with this induction hob; it's quick, easy to use and has plenty of useful features. Not only does it cook brilliantly but it's very easy to clean when you've finished. In fact it's so good we didn't hesitate to make it a Best Buy.".

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Recent News

Brits expose brazen bathroom behaviour in cheeky poll from Splashdirect

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Bath-loving Brits bring a new meaning to a night on the tiles. A poll of UK homes, led by bath and shower company Splashdirect, reveals the racy role our bathrooms play in our romantic relationships:

- Half of Brits have indulged in frisky bathroom behaviour at home
- Almost 40% have had a steamy session in a hotel bathroom
- One in 10 have snuck off to a friend's bathroom at a party for a bit of passion

Back by popular demand: BMA's Annual Conference details announced

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has announced the venue and date for the Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference 2014.

Late payments concerns for tradespeople in construction sector

A survey recently compiled and published by the Construction Products association has revealed that in the fourth quarter of 2013, an amazing 76% of companies within the construction industry had reported that payments received had drifted to between 30 and 60 days.

Harvey Water Softeners receives Good Housekeeping Institute approval

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Harvey Water Softeners has become the first water softener manufacturer to receive the official stamp of approval from the Good Housekeeping Institute.

IDS relocates to new HQ at the Parkhouse Interchange, Stoke

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Surface materials specialist IDS has recently moved its head office and regional distribution branch to a brand new and purpose built, 65,000 sq ft site at the Parkhouse Interchange, Stoke.

F & P Wholesale fundraising efforts result in £37K donation to Whizz-Kidz

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F & P Wholesale, a distributor of heating, plumbing and bathroom products to independent builders' merchants, has raised thousands of pounds for national wheelchair charity Whizz-Kidz following two years of fundraising.

Internet Plumbing & Heating Market Report - UK 2014-2018 Analysis

AMA's latest industry report: 'Internet Plumbing & Heating Market Report - UK 2014-2018 Analysis', is now available.

iKBBI delighted to announce new consumer focused sponsorship deal

Insight Retail Group (IRG), owner of consumer price comparison websites Kitchen-compare.com, KitchenCompareTrade.com, Bathroomcompare.com and Bedroom-compare.com was unveiled today as the latest sponsor of The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers.

George Osborne pays a visit to Triton, the Great British shower company

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On 16th January the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne visited Triton - The Great British shower company in Nuneaton.

Mistoria Group hopes to 'clean up' with new business Mistoria Spotless

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Manchester based property investment company, the Mistoria Group, has announced the addition of yet another business to its portfolio. Mistoria Spotless will deliver a number of different elements, including house clearance, a 'builders clean' and a 'sparkle clean' service and is the newest arm to the company, bringing the number of divisions operating under the Mistoria Group brand to nine.

Roman sponsored kit brings success

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British shower manufacturer and designer, Roman, is the proud shirt sponsor of the Barnard Castle under 11s Rugby team. The manufacturer is sponsoring the under 11s Rugby team throughout its 16 matches of the season.

KBB Preview: Ideal Standard to throw a spotlight on new exclusive products at KBB 2014

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Stand E60

After confirming its return to the show, Ideal Standard has unveiled its initial plans for KBB 2014. Highlights include hosting a press conference and Designer Day on the stand, as well as the launch of a selection of products exclusively for the retail sector.


New Commercial Manager brings two decades of experience to role

Ben Viggars, one of the bathroom industry's renowned career experts has joined one of the country's fastest growing bathroom businesses as its Commercial Manager.

Utopia announces marketing department expansion

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Utopia Bathroom Group has announced the appointment of Victoria Wells as Marketing Assistant and the promotion of its existing marketing personnel.

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