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3rd October 2014


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International News

The BlancoAttika sink... perfect for the design-focused kitchen

The new handmade stainless steel BlancoAttika XL 60 sink and 60-T drainer are practical additions to the Blanco Germany Steelart range. The sink measures 520 x 420mm and has a deep bowl which is ideal for washing large pots and pans.

People news...

Latest: Bathroom Manufacturers Association strengthens team... Crosswater Cucina gets dedicated team... Andy Vaughan moves on from kbb Birmingham... A fond farewell to John Brunton, Hansgrohe's Pioneering Project Manager... Wirquin sales team expands to meet customer demand across UK and Ireland... Insinkerator appoints new Marketing Manager, Europe... Promotion and appointment at Lakes Bathrooms... Whirlpool appoints new head of marketing... New Chief Executive sets sights on growth at TrustMark...

New striking 'shower temple' from Belle epoque brand, Arcade

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Launched Sept 1st, this striking new freestanding shower temple is Arcade Bathrooms' most timeless product.

Arcade includes beautiful ceramic sanitary ware, free-standing baths and stunning showering masterpieces. Every piece is hand finished with exceptional care using the finest materials and manufacturing process. A nickel finish is used throughout all brassware, fittings and accessories within the Arcade range, completing the luxury concept and setting the range apart, as the most acclaimed in bathroom styling.

Franke Minerva boiling water taps are hot topic in BBC Good Food Magazine with exclusive sponsorship of 52 page cookery booklet

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As part of its ongoing support of retailers through its More in Store initiative, Franke is exclusively sponsoring a 30 Minute Meals booklet which is included with the October edition of BBC Good Food Magazine, on sale from early September.

A great retailer opportunity to display great value Abode designer taps

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Abode, one of the UK's largest kitchen sink, tap, bathroom brassware and shower manufacturers, is offering retailers a unique opportunity to display five of its latest kitchen designer taps at a special discounted price.

This promotion runs for a three month period from 1st October through to the end of December 2014 and is outlined on a promotional flyer as well as through the Abode e-marketing campaign.

Welcome to the


You may recall me questioning the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ which saw people donating to charity for the privilege of being doused with icy water – it was meant to be a bucket-load but some used dustbins and industrial tippers instead, in an attempt to outdo everyone else. My concerns were about the waste of water, bearing in mind that people living on vast swathes of our planet don’t have enough to drink, while industries everywhere are striving to reduce the water used in their products and processes – the KBB industry being a fine example of the difference that can be made by those that care enough.

On Monday, the US-based DigDeep charity is launching the second annual ‘4Liters Challenge’ – similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge but superior in every way. This month-long social media campaign, challenges participants to raise $40 in donations and use just four litres of water for an entire 24 hours-worth of drinking, cooking, cleaning and bathing, while sharing their funny, difficult or inspiring moments on their social networks. Once done, they earn the right to challenge four friends. The money raised, funds water projects globally.

The goal of 4Liters is to give people new insight into the value of water and the hardships faced by those without… Considering that the average person with access to running water, uses almost 100 times that every day, the challenge will be a difficult one. One previous participant said: "The simplest things like shaving or washing dishes suddenly become so hard. It's amazing how the experience sticks with you after it's over."

Last October, 604 people lived on four litres of water and raised $17,437 to fund clear water projects. I’ve not been able to find out how much the Ice Bucket Challenge raised but I do know that it went viral and that participants were nominating their own pet charities rather than the one the challenge was initially designed to benefit. Let’s make the 4Liters challenge go viral too and if you’d prefer to donate to WaterAid I’m sure the money would be just as welcome! I’m doing my challenge on Monday and will let you know how I get on. If you care to join me, visit: www.4liters.org





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

New Design Britain Awards 2015 open for entries

* New-Design-Britain.jpgNew Design Britain Awards organised by UBM Live Built Environment launched on Monday with a new set of initiatives to add to its already established awards programme. The first in the calendar is the opening of entries for the New Design Britain Awards 2015 to design graduates to apply until Friday 16th January 2015.

New Design Britain is a respected initiative bringing talented young graduates to the forefront of the international design industry with a new focus on growing the programme to include mentoring, online resources as a source of info for business advice, fully-fledged progression initiative and campaigns raising awareness and support for issues in the design education community. There is a dedicated hub within the May Design Series website where entrants can find out more about

Refinery Showcases the Future of DIY Retail

* Refinery-Homebase-DIY.jpgAs part of its Store of The Future retail estate refresh programme, Homebase has unveiled the blueprint for its DIY store concept, designed by integrated brand communications agency Refinery.

The result of in-depth research designed help to future-proof the DIY shopping experience at Homebase, the new DIY zone includes new interactive screens to deliver more help and guidance for customers.

Toasty taste in towel warmers and radiators from Ben De Lisi

* Tiempo.jpg"I want my bathrooms to be a haven of good taste - understated but supremely rich in detail and materials" - Ben De Lisi.

World famous American fashion and interior designer, Ben de Lisi, has designed a portfolio of towel warmers and radiators for the ultimate in bathroom chic. Exclusively available from Abacus Manufacturing Group via www.ben-de-lisi.com, the beautiful products feature sharp lines that reflect contemporary design and style.

Maytag's premium tumble dryers surpass consumer expectations

* Maytag-MTD09HPWH1.jpgYour customers expect nothing but the best when paying a premium price, and you can deliver them even more with a Maytag appliance.

Proud and protective of its American heritage and reputation as a top quality manufacturer, the company's consistent aim is to surpass the expectations of its consumers, with the latest profile of tumble dryers a perfect example. The models don't come in fives or tens, but in the form of three top class aces of the finest craftsmanship and quality.

InSinkErator launches new WRAS-approved 3N1 kitchen tap with filtered, steaming hot water

* InSinkErator-3N1-tap.jpgInSinkErator, the global leader and inventor of food waste disposers and major player in the steaming hot water taps market, has launched the brand new, Water Regulations Advisory Scheme-approved, InSinkErator 3N1 kitchen tap with filtered steaming hot, hot and cold water.

Encased within a stylish but affordable one-piece Italian design, the new 3N1 affords the finest in function and fashion to more homes than ever before, extending to homeowners the savings on valuable resources that a steaming hot water tap delivers.

Laufen bathroom solutions help create luxury bohemia in the heart of Copenhagen

* Laufen-bathroom.jpgLocated in the Latin Quarter of Copenhagen, the newly refurbished bathrooms in the exclusive 4 start Hotel SP34 feature Laufen sanitaryware, helping it appeal to a 'luxury bohemian' clientele.

Hotel SP34, part of the Brøchner Hotels chain, has been designed to reflect the physical environment and atmosphere of Copenhagen's Latin Quarter, with an air of luxury and quality throughout.

Franchise makes concessions to High Street trading conditions

* Granite-Transformations1.jpgTrading conditions are still tough on the British High Street, with company failures already giving rise to over 1280 shop closures in 2014, although recent developments in 'omnichannel retailing', where consumers make purchasing decisions from different devices, using different apps in different locations, suggest that physical stores remain as important as ever.

One of the major retail trends is toward Researching Online, Purchasing Offline (ROPO) - and, according to Google, 38% of all buyers browse online before actually buying in-store, with home improvements (up 29%) and home electronics (up 25%) the biggest growth areas.

Luxury, bespoke utility rooms with Woodstock Furniture

* Hudson-bootroom.jpgThis luxury, bespoke utility room features a large Butler sink to brush away the mud from country walking and dedicated boot and shoe rack storage plus turned wooden pegs for coats and hats.

Generous cabinet and drawer space in a beautiful sage green makes the area perfect for storing away household necessities such as boot polish and shopping bags as well as washing powder and cleaning products.

Abode unveils inspirational new website

* Abode_Web_Slider_home_3.jpgAbode's new website is now live and brimming full of inspiration, stunning photography, product information and support, designed for the manufacturer's trade partners as well as end consumers.

Its clean, contemporary design, enables site visitors to find exactly what they want without difficulty, whether they have a specific range or product in mind - or simply wish to explore.

Gruelling three-day charity challenge beats target

T* Wilson-Art-cheque.jpghe North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund to support a vital breast care unit, has received a whopping £8700 from laminate and solid surface worktop manufacturer, Wilsonart, following three-day cycle challenge.

During June, 14 members of staff, including managing director Tim Pearson and event organiser Robin Myers, took part in a gruelling 300 miles-in-3-days charity cycle ride from London to Paris.

Celebration marks quarter of a century

* Portway-Delivery-Vehicle.jpgWhen Portway started distributing freestanding and built-in appliances way back in 1989, a mid-range washing machine cost £400! That same machine would cost under £200 today!

As Portway celebrates 25 years this month, supplying the electrical trade, the company is unveiling a range of promotions to mark this significant anniversary.

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Recent News

KBSA AGM and National Meeting breaks records

The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has said that this year's AGM, National Meeting and Networking Dinner were their most successful since the start of the recession. Attended by over 40 retailers and almost 30 corporates, the event attracted almost 120 delegates.

KBSA announces 'Excellence Award' winners

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The Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced the winners of the 2014 'Excellence Awards', which were presented at their 2014 Networking Dinner at The Welcombe Hotel, Stratford on Avon, earlier this week.

Diane Berry Kitchens wins 2014 KBSA Designer Awards

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The KBSA has announced the winners of the 2014 KBSA Designer Awards. Retaining her title as overall designer of the year was Diane Berry of Diane Berry kitchens in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, with her also repeating last year's success as kitchen designer of the year.

Kitchen Concept winner announced in 2014 KBSA Designer Awards

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The Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced the winner of the 'Kitchen Concept Designer of the Year' in the 2014 KBSA Designer Awards as Karen MacArthur from Kitchens International in Edinburgh.

Denby Kitchens wins 2014 KBSA Designer Awards

The KBSA has announced the winners of the 2014 Kbsa Designer Awards, and the winner of the Bathroom Designer of the Year was Barry Lavin, Director of Denby Kitchen Company.

Young designer stars in KBSA Designer Awards

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced the winner of the Young Designer of the Year in the 2014 KBSA Designer Awards as Rebecca Reynolds from The Kitchen Showroom in Sudbury, Suffolk.

Supplier Awards winners anncounced

The now traditional Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association Supplier Awards were announced at the 2014 KBB Review Kitchen Conference this week, and again, KBSA members voted for those suppliers that they thought had excelled in their service to them in 2013/14.

Revealed: 'Rainfall Showers' and 'Standalone Baths' voted ultimate wish list features for luxury bathrooms

New research conducted by an online bathroom retailer in the UK has revealed the top desirable wish list bathroom features which create the most luxurious bathroom environments.

LDL Components scoops Entrepreneur Award

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LDL Components has won the 'Most Impressive Growth' category at the recent National Entrepreneur Awards 2014.

Triton questions revised consumer rights bill

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The Government's 'one solution fits all' approach to its new Consumer Rights Bill has been criticised by a spokesperson for a leading UK shower manufacturer.

Ceramic tiles market strengthens in 2014

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Findings from a new report on the ceramic tiles market by MTW Research indicates that the market is now experiencing above inflation growth for the first time since 2007, with tile sales set to grow by more than £15 million in 2014.


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