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6th June 2014
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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.
Founded over 30 years ago, in-toto is now a well-established kitchen brand in the UK with nearly 50 Design Studios nationwide.
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.
Grass Nova Pro Drawer System
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!
This Week's News
Styled 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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Devon-based tile manufacturer, British Ceramic Tile, is set to nurture homegrown talent with the announcement it will be sponsoring British duathlete, James Stewart.
Iconic 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 Bathroom Group Ltd announced the appointment of Joanna Marston as Head of Marketing.
Abode 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.
The 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.
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.
Following 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.
Managed 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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