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6th June 2014


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International News

Award-winning tiling fixed with BAL

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The stunning redevelopment of Tate Britain, with extensive use of BAL tile adhesives, has won The Tile Association Award 2014 for 'Best use of tile in the leisure or hospitality sector.'

Deva introduces award-winning Satinjet to bestselling bath shower mixer

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Deva, part of the Methven UK Group, has introduced award winning Satinjet technology to its bestselling thermostatic pillar mounted bath shower mixer.

Atoll brings linear high fashion to bathrooms

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Smart, contemporary Atoll is the latest high fashion look from Crosswater.

Featuring a straight geometric spout and a slim, one touch control lever, the Atoll range can be operated with just a gentle lift or push. As well as being a great choice for new bathroom installations, Atoll can be a quick fix for updating a tired bathroom that is past its best.

Fixers applaud BAL Rapid-Mat cost savings

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Tilers nationwide are leaving feedback on new BAL Rapid-Mat at www.see-it-for-yourself.com and are unanimous in their praise for the tiling market leader's latest innovation. They are singling out the ease and speed of use, but are especially pleased with the amount of adhesive saved when using BAL Rapid-Mat.

In-toto celebrates 22% increase in 2013 kitchen sales

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In-toto kitchens has just announced its annual sales figures for 2013 and is celebrating a 22% increase on the previous year.

Founded over 30 years ago, in-toto is now a well-established kitchen brand in the UK with nearly 50 Design Studios nationwide. 

Family-friendly: the new washer dryer from Amica

Amica, one of Europe's fastest growing freestanding and built-in appliance manufacturers, has launched a new washer dryer. Designed to make life easier for families, Amica's AWDS914DJ washer dryer will wash a hefty 9Kg load and dry 6Kg.

Latest member, Vado, boosts BMF P&H Sector

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The Builders Merchants Federation's Plumbing & Heating Sector is rapidly gaining momentum and attracting more specialists to join the Federation. The BMF's latest new member, Vado, is one of the country's best-known manufacturers of taps, showers, accessories and fittings.

Industry leading guarantee announced by the Kitchen Door Workshop

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The Kitchen Door Workshop has promised since the launch of its Trends and Visions replacement doors, that these two collections would be dispatched in seven working days or less. To back up this statement, the company has now said that it will give the doors for free in the eventuality that this claim is not met.

Homeowners desperately seek space solutions as stay-at-home children count soars

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As more young adults chose to live at home with their parents, unable to get on the property ladder, IronmongeryDirect, the online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products to the trade, is seeing a significant rise in products designed to save space and offer storage solutions.

Abode Matrix SQ GR15 with Zucca tap: smooth lines and pure angles

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For 2014 the Abode designers captured new ideas and shapes with both stainless steel and composite material to add seven new families of sinks to the Abode sink portfolio. The quality and design innovation of the new comprehensive collection opens up a wide range of benefits reflecting the same cutting edge design ethos as Abode's kitchen mixertaps.

Top five tips to capitalise on cooker hoods

Comments provided by Jacqui Hoctor, commercial manager at Best

Cooker hoods can often be overlooked by both consumers and kitchen retailers. However, choosing to stock stunning, stylish hoods can be both a business boost for kitchen specialists, and also invaluable for consumers who are looking for a complete kitchen solution.

Linear thinking from Leisure Sinks

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Practical and robust, the Linear range of sinks from Leisure Sinks is proving to be a hit throughout a number of market sectors, especially local authorities, housebuilders and developers.

Hafele announces its 'must have' kitchen product predictions for Summer 2014

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Drawing inspiration from its global experts and prominent international kitchen furniture trade shows, such as EuroCucina, design solutions expert Hafele UK has announced its predictions for the top kitchen products for 2014.

Grass Nova Pro Drawer System

Britannia Living launches recycling innovation Krushr

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Premium kitchen appliance specialist Britannia Living has announced that it is bringing revolutionary new recycling compactor Krushr to the UK market. Krushr, which has joined the portfolio of Britannia Living brands, is launching in the UK following huge success in the USA and Europe.

Hull bathroom maker hopes for Cup Final flushed with success as it creates Steve Bruce Tigers toilet seat!

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Hull-based bathroom manufacturer, Ideal Standard, has created a commemorative tiger striped toilet seat featuring an image of Hull City manager Steve Bruce, in tribute to him leading the team to the FA Cup final for first time in club's history.

Welcome to the


I know I’m always banging on about being caught out by dodgy trades people so it’s only fair that I share my good experiences too…  Water had made its way into the workings of the Triton shower in the flat that I let, causing the shower to make a loud popping noise and the thermostat to stop functioning.

This time, instead of contacting friends of friends or trades people my friends and colleagues have used just once (when they may simply have been lucky!), I visited websites such as Trustmark and CheckaTrade to do some research first.

Scoring well on the websites, TMB Electrics scored well with me too. My CheckaTrade feedback says it all:

“I was confident that this company would perform well right from my first dealings with Phil and Trevor and I wasn't disappointed. They advised me on how to choose a replacement so that it fitted as closely as possible, the template left by the broken shower and so that it wasn't too powerful for the existing electrics. This reduced the time they needed to spend on the job and kept my costs down. They explained why the old one had blown (water ingress) and put extra sealant around the new one to prevent a recurrence. And they worked in socks to protect my carpets! I'll definitely use them again. “

But it’s never just about the fitters, is it? Amy on the Triton switchboard and Mandy, who talked me through my options, made recommendations and ultimately took my payment, were friendly, professional and knowledgeable.  Mandy even found me a deal which was part of that month’s special promotions.

I must add that none of those I dealt with knew that I’m an editor in the KBB sector, so I’m confident that the excellent service I received is the standard service both organisations offer. Another happy customer? You bet!





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Here's one for Dad: Whirlpool's Max Sport Limited Edition perfect for Father's Day!

* Whirlpool-MAX-Sport.jpgStyled in sleek white with a magnetic England flag on top, Whirlpool's new MAX Sport Limited Edition microwave oven has a special championship football flavour and is perfect for dad on Father's Day, 15th June. And with the football championships running in Brazil from the 12th June to 13th July, the timing couldn't be more perfect for a double treat.

Tasty Father's Day snacks and scrumptious international dishes can be produced effortlessly in this versatile microwave, while the England flag can safely accommodate hot dishes on top of the oven, or double up as a heat resistant place mat at the table.

Stoves stands out with launch of stylish fridge freezers

* Stoves-FD90-B-room.jpgPopular British kitchen appliance manufacturer, Stoves, has extended its collection of cooling products with the addition of two A+ energy rated side-by-side and French-door fridge freezers.

The Stoves FD90 and SXS90 are 90cm wide models that offer the latest in convenience and efficiency and are available in sleek black and modish stainless steel.

We have Mail: faulty appliances

One of our lovely PR contacts writes in response to last week's leader, in which I questioned some of the issues and consequences of manufacturers having to recall faulty appliances. The lady in question has asked to remain anonymous...

"Hi Jan,

Just read your editorial on dishwasher fires. We just replaced ours last weekend following several occasions when our fuses kept blowing and finally last Friday morning I could not reset them. I did the "unplugging everything and plugging things in one at a time" thing and traced it to the dishwasher.

New manufacturers' graphics now available from ArtiCad

KBB sector CAD software specialist, ArtiCAD, has announced the availability of a large number of new manufacturers' graphics. Designers using the ArtiCAD-Pro software can access these new catalogues and quickly and easily choose the specific items they wish to include in their design to ensure that they are as realistic - and as stunning, as possible.

British Ceramic Tile supports homegrown talent

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Builders' merchant, Haldane Fisher, fits out seven bathroom showrooms with new Ben De Lisi collection from Abacus Manufacturing Group

* HALDENE-FISHER.jpgIconic American fashion and interior designer Ben de Lisi has launched his second exclusive bathroom collection available from Abacus Manufacturing Group via www.ben-de-lisi.com and the collection is now displayed at three - soon to be seven - Haldane Fisher showrooms (www.haldane-fisher.com).

The completed showrooms are in Isle of Man, Belfast and Bangor and Haldane Fisher is an exclusive distributor in the seven geographical regions (the other regions are Lisburn, Newry, Portadown and Coleraine).

Utopia appoints head of marketing

* Joanna-Marston_Utopia.jpgUtopia Bathroom Group Ltd announced the appointment of Joanna Marston as Head of Marketing.

Abode launches Astbury three-part mixer

Abode-Astbury.jpgAbode designers are continually seeking to create new designs for both modern and traditional homes and their latest, the Astbury three-part mixer, will look equally at home in a modern house or a refurbished older property. This rather striking new range was launched in March this year.

Sitting pretty - Kitchen Furniture Co introduces new Milly stool

* Otto-chair.jpgThe newly-launched Kitchen Furniture Co. by Burbidge has extended its stunning furniture range with the introduction of the new Milly bar stool, which combines minimalist design and a slender profile for a sharp, simple look so aligned to contemporary city living.

2014 product brochure now available on EQ Software

Providing kbb retailers with instant online access to its full portfolio of bathroom solutions, the 2014 product brochure from BagnoDesign is now on EQ software. Retailer and designers using this software can now select from the full BagnoDesign collection, including sanitaryware, furniture, brassware and accessories, adding products into their CAD designs at a click of a button.

The software enables retailers to quickly and simply draw up a detailed quote for their customers, with prices for each product clearly shown, and to create a purchase order to ensure that the products chosen are delivered promptly ready for installation.

Succession planning at InHouse Inspired Room Design

* Inhouse.jpgFollowing continuous outstanding years of business growth Wayne Dance, Managing Director of kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms agency, InHouse Inspired Room Design, has put plans in place to ensure an even brighter future for the coming generations of InHouse clients.

Working closely with Wayne, Directors Stuart Dance, Chris Dance and Malo Tasle, are assuming more business responsibilities in the running of the company.

Travis Perkins Group Managed Services is a winner at The Housing Excellence Awards

* TP.jpgManaged Services, a division of the Travis Perkins Group, delivers bespoke solutions to the public sector and its partners, providing a single source supply chain for all repair and maintenance needs of social housing associations. As a recognised leader in the sector, it has been named as The Housing Excellence Awards Supplier of the Year.

The Housing Excellence Awards are well-known in the sector and this year more than 700 affordable housing sector leaders gathered to attend the gala on 14th May. The event attracts ever-increasing audiences and a consistently high calibre of nominations.

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Recent News

May Design Series makes its mark

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The May Design Series closed its doors last Tuesday following three days of business, where high-calibre retailers, contract buyers and interior designers attended from across the UK and internationally. A total of 10,051 top-quality visitors attended - continuing the 1% year on year increase that the event is recording.

Water Label shortlisted for its sixth award

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The Water Label project, brainchild of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association - and now seen on bathroom and kitchen products in over 30 countries across Europe - has been shortlisted to receive an award in the UK Water Efficiency Awards 2014.

Two more speakers secured for Conference

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Pursuing the Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference theme of 'Marketing the Future', two more speakers, who are renowned for fresh and youthful thinking, have been signed up to the speakers programme.

iKBBI co-develops industry training for life-saving asbestos awareness

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The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers has announced a new training initiative for its members relating to life saving asbestos awareness specifically for kitchen, bedroom and bathroom installers.

Franke teams up with 'Great British Bake Off' winner Frances Quinn to support Marie Curie 'Blooming Great Tea Party' events with its More in Store retailers

As part of its More in Store campaign, Franke has partnered with Great British Bake Off Winner, Frances Quinn, to help its independent specialist retailers to host local charity events, to raise funds for the Marie Curie Cancer Care's 'Blooming Great Tea Party', between 20th and 29th June.


Britannia appoints new business development manager

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Premium kitchen appliance specialist Britannia Living has bolstered its external sales team with the appointment of David Murray as new business development manager.

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