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20th June 2014


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International News

New copper finish from Mereway

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Copper is the must have metallic in the home this season and the Gloss Copper finish from Mereway Kitchens is proving to be the hottest new finish from this season's latest Cucina Colore collection.

The mineral finish is one of three robust acrylic doors available in a rich Copper; bold Bronze and a shimmering Pearl Basalt.

In keeping with the Cucina Colore ethos of mixing colour and texture for dramatic effect, all three work well when teamed with a wood grain finish to add interest and individuality to kitchen designs.

Badea - new compact and colourful bathroom storage solutions

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Badea by Bauformat is designed to provide retailers with access to a high quality and stylish range of bathroom furniture, washbasins and mirrors. Bauformat is delighted to showcase its latest range of bathroom storage solutions, ideal for compact bathroom spaces in neutral and vibrant tones.

The Badea collection consists of six distinctive modern and contemporary ranges with a multitude of finishes, styles, colours and configurations options. New additions in 2014 to the 'Gaste' and 'Sky Colour' ranges - perfect for cloakrooms and en-suites - are really exciting.

Ben de Lisi keeps it pure and simple

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Iconic American fashion and interiors designer, Ben de Lisi's brand new 'Pure' and 'Simple' sanitaryware and furniture collections are available to buy at Abacus Manufacturing Group via www.ben-de-lisi.com

'Simple' (pictured) is an elegant range of bold, contemporary sanitaryware that offers effortless chic and streamlined design with Nano Tech easy clean coating and a choice of products that includes a wall hung basin, back to wall and wall hung WCs and wall hung bidet.

New colours for Bauhaus Solo

Compact in size and clever in its use of space and proportions, Solo is perfect for both smaller bathrooms and cloakrooms. Designed by Bauhaus, Solo is a useful basin and furniture unit combination which is now available in two smart new glossy colours. Quartz, a soft grey and Azure, a gentle blue join the existing Graphite, Calico and White options, bringing the colour choice to five.

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

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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.

Stoves stands out with launch of stylish fridge freezers

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Popular 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.

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.

Abode launches Astbury three-part mixer

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.

Sitting pretty - Kitchen Furniture Co introduces new Milly stool

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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.

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.'

Welcome to the


We’re one week into the World Cup and whether you’re a football fan or not, the tournament is likely to affect you – either because you want to watch the matches and can’t as you’re working - or because your colleagues or employees take time off to watch, which means that either your workload will increase or you’ll have to find someone to cover the absence.

According to a survey, huge numbers of Brits are threatening to ‘throw a sickie’ rather than miss a game – and of course there will also be those who will arrive at work hung-over from imbibing too much while watching the previous night’s game, so employee relationships could become a little fraught unless care is taken to try and keep everyone happy.

While many organisations will have agreements in place regarding time off, sickness absence or even watching matches on TV or online in the workplace, a more flexible approach will go down well with the workforce if it’s at all possible to have one.

One option would be for workers wishing to follow the football, to come in a little later or finish earlier, or perhaps swap shifts with those that haven’t got the World Cup bug. Perhaps breaks could be extended and taken during match times or staff could listen to the match on the radio or watch it online or on TV, while continuing to work.

Handled correctly, the tournament could create a real feel-good factor in the workplace… A clever employer will use it to encourage staff loyalty and even see an improvement in productivity, whereas someone sticking rigidly to the rules just for the sake of it, may find that their actions will provide the tipping point to encourage good employees to find a boss that’s a little more human. An employee that may be in line for promotion, who throws a sickie or arrives at work bleary eyed, smelling of beer and wearing a crumpled shirt, may find that his or her progress up the career ladder comes to a sudden halt (or worse) so do look at the possible long term consequences of how you handle yourself during this and any other sporting tournament and make sure that the only ‘own goals’ scored are on the pitch!

Also in this week’s news are some more responses to my comments about the plastic shopping bag tax. I love learning of other people’s opinions, which can often kick my original thoughts into touch, so do keep them coming…





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

A night of celebration as The European Water Label wins its 4th award!

At the Water Efficiency Awards awards on Monday, the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, which administers The Water Label Company, won its fourth award.

The UK Government's Environment Agency and Waterwise UK Water Efficiency Awards 2014 is the most high profile awards scheme in the UK to recognise the water efficiency achievements of the public, private and third sector organisations who promote water efficiency. The award was given in the Campaigns & Education category.

Kelly Hoppen collection number six...

KHZERO6-Bath-Filler.jpgKH ZERO 6 is the latest addition to leading designer Kelly Hoppen, MBE's brassware collection for Crosswater. Known for her signature cool, contemporary look, the renowned interior designer has created another beautifully minimalist range that combines linear designs with gentle curves. It was launched on June 1st 2014.

Kelly Hoppen, who has designed five exclusive ranges for Crosswater, has fashioned three pieces in this latest KH Zero 6 collection - a monobloc basin filler, a two hole bath filler and a bath shower mixer complete with a sleek pencil handset. All feature a flat topped spout finished with a sleek slimline handle.

How increasing the number of apprenticeships in the building trade could solve more than one problem

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With the UK housing market finally showing signs of recovery, demand for building work is also on the rise. Property prices climbed up by 8% in the year to the end of March to reach their highest price post-recession, and the prognosis for the upcoming months is also positive.

One in five businesses don't know if their website is optimised for mobile use

A third of UK based businesses are yet to develop their website to work on mobile devices, whilst a further fifth simply 'don't know' whether their website is mobile ready or not.

According to a new report, released this month by a catalogue marketing specialist, 34% of UK businesses haven't taken the necessary steps to ensure their website is suitable for mobile devices. Whilst an additional 17% admit to not knowing if their website is optimised for smartphone or tablet use.

Breakthrough thinking for Bathroom & Kitchen Conference 2014

* Schneider.jpgIndustry watchers might be wondering why a stand-up comedian who is an obsessive Twitter fan, and a Visiting Professor at Brighton University, have been booked as speakers at the Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference 2014 in October.

"Actually the bookings are entirely consistent with our stated aims to bring fresh ideas and breakthrough thinking to the industry," says Yvonne Orgill, CEO of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association which is organising the event.

Classic Capri from Just Taps Plus is a smart choice

* Capri-basin-mixer.jpgFeaturing minimalist, capstan style control handles, the Capri range from Just Taps Plus is a smart choice for either traditional or modern bathrooms.

The range includes a full selection of bath, basin and shower fittings, mainly low pressure and ideal for use with the typical UK gravity plumbing system!

SBID's Vanessa Brady awarded OBE

* vanessa.jpgVanessa Brady, President and Founder of the Society of British & International Design, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Honours List. The international multi-award winning interior designer has been awarded an OBE for her services to the design industry.

Vanessa's central London based ISO 9001 design practice; Interior Design Services, has amassed an award winning portfolio including past projects such as Hard Rock Cafe, the Design Council, the Kabaret Club, British Luxury Club, Unilever, high security government offices, Head of State Palaces and the private residence of numerous diplomats.

Changes at Portway...

* Portway.jpgLeading white goods distributor, Portway, has announced the retirement of longstanding area salesman Dave Gray. Dave was with the company for almost 13 years and will be greatly missed by his customers across the South West and his colleagues at Portway.

Commercial Director John Bainbridge will also miss him and says: "Dave was a real asset to the business and a great character. I'd like to personally thank Dave for his hard work and wish him and his wife Lynn a long and happy retirement."

Prize winner adds 'wow factor' with Trend

* Trend-PrizewinnerBathroom.jpgMarian Davison was recently selected as the lucky winner of a Your Home competition to receive £1,500 worth of Trend bathroom products, which she says has given the smallest room in her house the biggest 'wow-factor.'

We have Mail: plastic bags 2

Hi Jan,

I have followed the plastic bag issue with interest, and as with many green issues, feel the facts are not as clear cut as it first appears. I like to consider myself 'green', and I, like most people who do use supermarket disposable bags, reuse them as bin liners, as apart from being free, I find them stronger than liners that are available to buy.

Saniflo launches new trade brochure

* Saniflo-Front-Cover.jpgAvailable from the end of June, the new trade brochure from Saniflo is designed to make the lives of installers and vendors easier. For the first time, the, easy to use product catalogue features both the domestic and professional range - along with Saniaccess and Sanicondens - in one handy piece of literature.

In addition, alongside each product there's a 'why choose this product' section, which clearly indicates how and when each product is best used, with the aim of simplifying selection and providing installers with an excellent reference guide.

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Recent News

KBSA AGM & National Meeting - Date and venue confirmed - as well as some speakers

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has confirmed that the 2014 AGM, National Meeting and Networking Dinner will be held on Tuesday 23rd September 2014 at a new venue - The Welcombe Hotel, Stratford on Avon.

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

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).

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.


Methven announces appointment of new CEO

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Methven, the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, has announced the appointment of Martin Walker as the new CEO of Methven UK, following the resignation of Steve Lee.

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.


Ellis Furniture unveils new 1891 kitchen collection and brochure

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One of the industry's leading designers and manufacturers of high quality kitchen and bathroom furniture, Ellis Furniture, is celebrating the launch of its striking, new flagship 1891 Collection of real wood, painted kitchen furniture and the accompanying, equally stunning 1891 kitchen brochure.

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