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27th June 2014


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International 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.

Kelly Hoppen collection number six...

KH 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.

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

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Industry 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.

Classic Capri from Just Taps Plus is a smart choice

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

Prize winner adds 'wow factor' with Trend

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Marian 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.'

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.

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I've just finished contemplating the XFM radio DJ's comment on a listener's tweet, that statistically, we're more likely to be bitten by Luis Suarez than we are a shark. With the Summer holidays soon upon us, it's comforting to have our fears put so graphically into perspective, isn't it?

Also on the World Cup, Brittania Living has created a selection of dishes from some of the countries whose teams we're going to be watching (or perhaps I should say, "had been expecting to watch"!) over the coming couple of weeks - read more about the initiative below.

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Bearing in mind we have a two week break in August while Europe sits on the beach, (which means everything stays up on the website a little longer) this really is an idea worth taking a shot at, so why not strike while the iron's hot and get in touch today!





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

New Phoenix July 2014 Catalogue now available

* PHOENIX-FC.jpgThe eagerly anticipated new Phoenix July 2014 catalogue is now available from Phoenix Inspirational Bathrooms.

During the last two years Phoenix has launched one of the most comprehensive new ranges of any bathroom manufacturer and distributor and the company's new July brochure is no exception! Focussing on providing more designer-led products of high quality, Phoenix has yet again raised the bar with its new Vue range of modular furniture.

KBBG buying group's first Annual Members' Meeting hosted by Nobilia

* KBBG-Annual.jpgThe first annual members' meeting for the Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group, the UK arm of DER KREIS buying group, was hosted this month by Nobilia.

Following a chartered flight to Germany, members enjoyed an evening meal and overnight stay at the Lind Hotel in the picturesque and historic town of Reitberg. The following day, members visited Nobilia, said to be the the largest kitchen manufacturer in the world.

Britannia celebrates World Cup with world recipes

* Britannia-celebrates.jpgPremium kitchen appliance specialist Britannia Living is celebrating the 2014 World Cup in Brazil by launching a selection of recipes from competing nations.

The recipes form part of the company's social media strategy which was launched in February and are now available to see on the Britannia Living website. The collection of dishes highlights the best of international cuisine and gives a real flavour of the nations that are entertaining us on the pitch.

David Osborne appointed as new BMA President

* BMA-AGM-June2014.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association's Annual General Meeting took place this week at the Army and Navy Club in London. The Managing Director of Roman, David Osborne, was appointed as the new President, replacing previous President Steve Lee, of Methven.

The BMA appoints a new president for a two year term, who is tasked with promoting the BMA as the main voice of the bathroom industry.

The steel revolutions: new Alnoinox!

* ALNOINOX-Wigmore-street.jpgAlno, a leading German kitchen manufacturer, has revolutionised the luxury market with the launch of a new steel kitchens range. The Alnoinox steel kitchen has a sleek and elegant design, perfect for creating a contemporary space, inspired by the industrial trend.

Building Adhesives Ltd's business excellence recognised

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MX is a business improvement and awards programme designed to support and promote UK manufacturers in ensuring industry productivity and worldwide competitiveness.

KBSA announces keynote speakers at its 2014 National Meeting

* Marianne.jpgThe KBSA has announced one of the keynote speakers at its 2014 National Meeting and Networking Dinner being held this year at The Welcombe Hotel, Stratford on Avon, on 23rd September.

Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director - Dulux, Design Director - Dulux Design Service, has been an integral part of the recent development and launch of the new partnership agreement of the Dulux Design Service with the KBSA.

British Ceramic Tile introduces its new on-trend Feature Floors range

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Made using the latest HD inkjet technology, it's the perfect route to a statement floor, offering retailers and style-conscious consumers a wide choice of designs, from imitation pebble and grass effects to decorative patterns and motifs.

Health and safety for an ageing workforce

Workplace equipment supplier Slingsby has seen demand increasing for health & safety products that specifically appeal to an ageing workforce in recent years and it's an area that's set to continue growing with recent figures revealing the number of pensioners with jobs in the UK has smashed through the one million barrier.

According to research from the Office for National Statistics, the number of over-65s in work is now at the highest level since records began in 1992, with almost one in 10 people in this age group now employed. Of those 615,000 are men and 388,000 women.

F & P Wholesale enjoys mobile bathroom showroom success

* FP-Wholesale-mobile.jpgThe F & P Wholesale mobile bathroom showroom has now completed its tour of the UK, having made pit stops at F & P Wholesale's nine distribution centres nationwide - allowing customers to explore the new bathroom product collections first hand.

David Dalglish set to retire - but not completely!

* David-Daglish.jpgDavid Dalglish, founding Director of Knaresborough Kitchens and current National Chair of the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, has announced that he will step back from day-to-day involvement with his business at the end of this year.

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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).


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.


Saniflo launches new trade brochure

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Available 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.

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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