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18th July 2014


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International 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.

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.

Welcome to the


Apart from the storms that kept me awake for much of last night, (almost continuous lightning has a great way of lighting up the bedroom when you are temporarily without curtains!) the weather has been pretty good lately which has meant that my 86 year old mother has been able to enjoy a few al fresco meals on our patio. My office, which is next to the patio, is built around the old Victorian outside loo, which although far nicer than one might picture, still has the original loo because it’s set at an angle and replacing it with something more modern will involve digging out and replacing all the drains, which I can’t be doing with right now.

I’ve noticed over the past couple of years that rather than use this loo, my mother has chosen to make her way through the house to tackle the very steep stairs to our upstairs bathroom instead and last night she told me why. Apparently, as she gets older, she’s finding it more and more difficult to sit on – and get up from - the low seat of the downstairs WC.

A press release from our friends at DRA Public Relations informed me today that as we are all growing taller (they supplied the figures to prove it) their client has started manufacturing basins and WC’s  in taller versions, to make life easier for us. Now that’s really what you call providing solutions for your users’ problems, isn’t it? And with all the recent figures showing that many of us in the developed world are becoming more obese than ever, I can see everything having to be built to withstand heavier weights too!

In kitchen news, I learned from XFM radio today that a company is selling the option of the ‘toaster selfie’. You supply an image of yourself (or, I presume, anything else of interest) and it adapts a toaster so that it will produce slices of toast featuring the image.

Makes a change from Jesus, doesn’t it?





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Search is on for next Master Craftsmen

The Tile Association has urged the finest tile fixers across the UK to apply for the Master Craft Award, the highest honour that can be bestowed in the industry.

The TTA worked closely over a number of years with the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers to reinstate Master Craftsmen into the wall and floor tiling industry in 2012.

British Ceramic Tile enhances its portfolio with a stunning new capsule collection of Mosaics

* BCT-Dark-mother-of-pearl.jpgThis Summer sees the launch of British Ceramic Tile's new Mosaics collection. Designed to complement the company's existing portfolio of wall and floor tiles, this new capsule collection of Mosaics sees British Ceramic Tile continue on its journey to become a one-stop shop for all tiling needs.

Offering retailers four equally strong ranges within one collection, Mosaics has been designed with the aim of inspiring homeowners to use mosaic tiles in new and unique ways.

Why less will always mean more for the successful independent kitchen specialist

Bill-Miller_KBBG.jpgBill Miller, Managing Director of The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group, is urging independent kitchen specialists to appreciate the value of the adage, 'less means more' when updating their kitchen displays.

"Very simply, says Bill, "Customers want to be enthralled and wowed by your kitchen displays - not confused. By showing fewer, but larger layouts, you will have more scope to show your design flair and be able to show realistic sized settings, which relate more closely to an actual, real world kitchen. Do not confuse your customers with unnecessary clutter and too much product for the eye to handle.

Roman upgrades to ultimate 3D interactive CAD design software for retailers

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The result is a major boost for Roman's extensive nationwide network of retailers. They are now able to design specifying from the complete Roman range, including enclosures, showers and accessories, using the latest CAD technology. This will allow them to create bathroom designs faster and more accurately than ever before.

Britton Bathrooms makes life easier

* Britton1.jpgSometimes just a simple, thoughtful touch can make all the difference. This is certainly the case with Britton Tall, a clever design to make life easier for taller people, the elderly, less able or anyone with back or knee problems.

For a tall person, a standard height pedestal basin can, quite literally, be a pain in the neck because using it involves stooping.

New Spanish Oak adds striking masculine touch to new Linea finish

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Spanish Oak joins Graphite, Blackwood and White Gloss finishes to extend the appeal of this sleek, contemporary range.

Team 7 increases international reach with expansion to China

* Team7.jpgOn Sunday, Team 7 is opening its first flagship store in China as part of the company's ongoing efforts to take the Team 7 brand international.

The Austrian furniture manufacturer's 300sq.m showroom in Beijing showcases the company's classic designs and bestsellers from the kitchen, dining, living and sleeping ranges, including high-class kitchens such as vao and k7, the award-winning flaye table and the flexible cubus and cubus pure modular systems.

Abacus designs and fits new showroom for G H Brooks

* GH-Brooks-installation.jpgThree years ago family-run builders' merchant, G H Brooks, decided to refurbish its 2,500 sq ft tile showroom to include bathrooms. A strong product range with good displays was key so the Harrogate-based firm turned to Abacus Manufacturing Group to create the displays and to be its main supplier of bathroom products.

Small business of the year award for Modern Homes

* small-business-of-the-year.jpgLeamington Spa based Modern Homes has won a local business award - the Small Business of the Year - in the Touch FM's Pride of Warwick Awards.

The Pride of Warwick Award was a very hotly contested award, with the judges looking for a clear business plan, the ability to demonstrate achievement of business objectives, and a strong understanding of customers' needs.

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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).


British Ceramic Tile reveals its new global sales director

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British 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.

Recruitment news at Holloways of Ludlow

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


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.

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