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11th July 2014


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A fine heritage: from the kitchen to the sink

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Leisure Sinks is renowned for its range of stainless steel kitchen sinks and taps, but its origins are steeped in history, with a distinguished background in manufacturing.

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

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

The steel revolutions: new Alnoinox!

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Alno, 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.

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

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For floors with the wow factor look no further than British Ceramic Tile's new Feature Floors collection.

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.'

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The negative perception surrounding health & safety is unfounded, according to a poll conducted by business standards company, BSI, of visitors to last month's Safety & Health Expo at London's ExCel. Despite health & safety legislation often being perceived as being all about paperwork, legislation and bureaucracy, 67% of those polled don't believe this is the case and say that the benefits outweigh the costs.

The research found that to reduce the risk to their employees, 37% of businesses are operating in compliance (24%) with or certified (13%) to OHSAS 18001, Occupational Health & Safety Management System standard. A further 35% are managing health & safety in accordance with HSG65, 35% have put in place their own policies and procedures, whilst 31% have provided training to their staff.

Commitment from senior management is essential if an organisation is to manage risks effectively and encouragingly, 93% of those polled believe their own top management is committed to health & safety, with 67% saying that their company allocates the necessary resources to it, investing in areas such as staff, training and personal protective equipment. Interestingly, the poll found that over three quarters (76%) felt that internationalisation of the current standard for health & safety will have a positive impact on its adoption.

Whenever I'm out and about I hear people moaning about how EU legislation is impacting negatively on their businesses and that health & safety legislation in particular has become something of a joke. The results of this poll seem to show that the tide is turning. If this is the case, I'm wondering whether we've finally started to adapt to the new rules or whether those attending a health & safety event might be a little biased towards them?

I'm not knocking; just saying. What's your take on it?





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Wall-hung sanitaryware "to grow six fold in the next two years"

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Good design and ingenuity are increasingly sought in the UK bathroom market and designers and consumers are now turning to solutions that have long been commonplace in European countries such as Germany and Austria.

Nowhere is this truer than with wall-hung sanitaryware, which is fast becoming seen as the solution when specifying new bathrooms. Indeed, there is already considerable growth with wall-hung frame sales significantly up in the last 18 months and leading manufacturers predicting an increase in sales of five - six times in the next two - three years.

British Ceramic Tile reveals its new global sales director

* Neil-Anderton.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile, has named Neil Anderton as its new global sales director. Formerly UK sales director, Neil will assume a strategic global sales role, driving forward the company's ambitious growth strategy domestically and overseas.

New Italian-designed hanging bar from LDL reflects useful key trend

* LDL-Titan-hanging-bar.jpgReflecting a key trend very much in evidence at Eurocucina earlier this year, LDL has launched a beautiful new hanging bar. Designed and manufactured in Italy and exclusively available from LDL, the Titan hanging system makes effective use of otherwise redundant space underneath wall cabinets and is ideal for storing frequently used items or displaying accessories.

Lec launches new 55cm water dispensing products to answer consumer demand

* LEC-water-dispenser-roomset.jpgRefrigeration specialist Lec has launched a range of new 55cm products in response to consumer demand, including its first appliance to feature a water dispenser.

The TS55174WTD is a 1.7m tall static fridge freezer with a water-through-door dispenser that does not require plumbing.

Recruitment news at Holloways of Ludlow

* David-Barnsdale.jpgAward-winning kitchen designer and cabinet makers, Holloways of Ludlow have announced the appointment of David Barnsdale as Workshop CAD Technician.

Highly experienced in the design and production of bespoke kitchens and furniture, David will be tasked with translating completed furniture and kitchen designs proposed by the Holloways of Ludlow design team, into detailed workshop drawings for the cabinet makers at their West London workshop. This is a pivotal role in the company which requires an aptitude for problem solving, an inquisitive mind and an eye for detail.

BAL's unique product support network strengthened by industry expert

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Martin's role encompasses personal interaction with fixers, contractors and distributors across an area stretching from Lincolnshire to Oxfordshire. This includes product training and demonstrations, advising on specifications, helping to resolve project issues and answering questions on all aspects of professional tiling.

Abode's Harrington kitchen mixer tap: beautiful and practical

* Abode-Harrington_Tap.jpg"Good design is not just about problem solving, it's about creating beautiful and practical objects that can perform in the home over the long term." They should stand out within a home's decor design and integrate invisibly within a room's scheme," says Helen Clark, marketing manager of Abode.

"The challenge to our in-house design team is to deliver the right mixture of simplicity, elegance and innovation in equal measure for our kitchen taps and sink and bathroom ranges.  We strive for the best for our customers that's Abode. Distinctly ... Abode."

Karma, Karma, Karma Mosaic Tile

* Trend.jpgKarma is the unsung hero of the Trend glass mosaic collection. This drawn glass, hand-cut transparent mosaic, with its characteristic natural veining and deep internal fold lines, is the basis for Trend's highly-regarded designer patterns like Liberty, Metropolis and Subway, yet is also available as a tile range in its own right.

Architects and interior designers in the know prize Karma for its unique choice of tile formats up to 4cm x 8cm, even 48cm x 96cm on request, and its deeply saturated colours with distinctive radiant reflections.

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Recent News

Positive market prospects for kitchen and bathroom distributors

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In a new report on the supply chain for kitchen and bathroom products in the UK, AMA Research estimates that the distributor market was worth £840m, at distributors selling prices, at the end of 2013.

Design Council completes line up for Bathroom & Kitchen Conference

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"We have to find ways to make bathrooms and kitchens, for those with particular needs, more aspirational," says Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer at the Design Council. "We know that support for health and wellbeing is an opportunity of increasing size, especially as the number of older consumers grows disproportionately, but we also know that marketing such products and services is challenging."

Water Label praised by Minister

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At the recent AGM of the Keele-based Bathroom Manufacturers Association, a packed house of over 60 members heard a speech from Dan Rogerson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for water, forestry, rural affairs and resource management. He praised the work of the association and in particular its development of the European Water Label.

Kbsa agrees CITB sponsorship for Training Award 2014

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced a new sponsorship agreement with the Construction Industry Training Board for a Kbsa Apprentice of the Year Award in the 2014 Awards - which now also include a Customer Service Award as well as the established Designer Awards.

BAL: holding everything together in airport expansion project

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Major tiling work at London Southend Airport is being completed with the exclusive use of BAL adhesives and grouts. The tiling is being carried out within a signification expansion project, which has included a new control tower, new railway station, extended runway and new departure terminal.

British Ceramic Tile embarks on a major recruitment drive in response to increased demand

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British Ceramic Tile has this week announced a major local recruitment drive. The Devon-based tile manufacturer is adding 29 new full-time positions within its state-of- the-art factory as it expands its manufacturing capacity to cater for growing customer demand.

David Osborne appointed as new BMA President

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The 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.

Building Adhesives Ltd's business excellence recognised

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Building Adhesives Ltd have been recognised for business excellence by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as part of the Manufacturing Excellence Awards (MX).


F & P Wholesale enjoys mobile bathroom showroom success

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The 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.


New Phoenix July 2014 Catalogue now available

The eagerly anticipated new Phoenix July 2014 catalogue is now available from Phoenix Inspirational Bathrooms.

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.

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