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9th January 2015
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Adding warmth, character and personality to any style of kitchen, the new colours of Biscuit, Light Blue, Light Grey, Heritage Grey, Dust Grey and a Primed finish ready for painting on site, bring the total number of painted colours available from Masterclass to 15.
"Practicalities are key to a wet room - a waterproof foam material, such as Abacus Elements, is ideal, as when sealed, it makes the room completely waterproof. This is the same technology that is used in steam rooms - which are essentially the ultimate wet rooms.
Elite bathroom furniture from Bauhaus is one of those magic ranges that will lift a bathroom or cloakroom from functional to fabulous - at a very reasonable price.
We hope the festive season was a good one for you and that – unlike us and most of the people we know, you weren’t laid up with a heavy cold or the flu!
We received some lovely Christmas greetings prior to our break but if there were to be a prize for the most memorable, it would have to go to the “rogues, rascals, rakes, plus a few scoundrels and a couple of degenerate wretches” (their words, not ours!) from Blanco. We couldn’t resist sharing their greetings with you!
Happy New Year to you and here’s to a healthy, happy and prosperous 12 months!
This Week's News
The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association says initial figures indicate that overall value sales from its members increased by 7% in the year ending December 31st 2014. This figure confirms anecdotal reports that were seen throughout the year, with members being extremely positive about sales.
The overall average value of projects was 20% higher than the 2010 average, widely regarded as mid-recession, and members have reported good growth in both volume and value since then.
Richard Threlfall, KPMG's Head of Infrastructure, Building & Construction, argues that in 2015 the construction industry will need to address the widening skills gap and take further steps to improve the image of the industry...
"Many in the industry are nervous about what the General Election will mean for construction, but I am confident we will not see a repeat of the mass cancellation of schemes that took place in 2010.
Organisers of the well-established Annual Bathroom and Kitchen Conference have declared the 2014 event the biggest and most successful yet with well over 240 delegates attending over the two days of activities.
They have now secured the same venue - the Crowne Plaza at Heythrop Park in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, for the 2015 event, which will be held from 12th - 13th October.
As a non-profit making organisation, the Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers relies heavily on support from the industry and those individuals who operate within it. Working with a cross section of the sector, including installers, retailers, supplier / distributors, manufacturers and the press, the iKBBI has built a vast network of contacts since its inception almost eight years ago.
Abacus Manufacturing Group has launched an impressive lighting portfolio to complement its ranges of bathroom and kitchen products. The LED lighting kits combine excellent performance levels with great aesthetic appeal while being extremely simple to install.
The downlight and lamp kit from Abacus Manufacturing Group is a cost-effective yet attractive solution for ceiling recessed lighting in both domestic and commercial installations. The 5W LED lamp incorporates the latest generation of chip-on-board (COB) technology which combines many LED chips in one module. This ensures higher light levels with a more uniform appearance, good levels of light dispersion, increased stability and reliability, improved heat management and a life of up to 30,000 hours.
Owner and Managing Director Rinata Safina welcomed more than 150 guests during the ceremony, including representatives of the trade and lifestyle press as well as renowned architects and designers.
Whirlpool has announced the launch of a new multifunction 6th Sense induction oven, the AKZM 8790/IX. The new oven is at the forefront of cooking technology for faster cooking times and greater energy efficiency; it saves us up to 50% in time and energy.
A traditional oven is probably the one we are all used to, however the big difference between the two becomes immediately apparent in the way of an easy to use cooking experience that will save users personal time, money and energy. The wonder of induction technology, which is clean, fast and super-efficient, makes the whole cooking process a joy.
Instead of spending money on designing, printing and posting hundreds of Christmas cards, this year Abode used the money instead to support its local community; in particular, the Barnsley Food banks, of which there are currently seven within the city.
Just like everywhere else in the UK in recent years, South Yorkshire has been hit hard by the economic downturn. Now, with the new government welfare reforms, many lower income families and individuals alike, are struggling even more to meet the costs of day to day living, resulting in many not being able to afford to buy food.
This year there is even more reason to join the competition, as the cash prizes have been doubled and the winner now receives as much as 10 000 € and a six-month paid internship at one of the global Electrolux design centres.
The Grassington House Hotel kitchen is undergoing a massive £100k refurbishment during January, but far from closing, John Rudden and his team are turning the two week transition period into a new dining experience at the award-winning establishment.
From 7th January to Thursday 22nd, a 'pop-up' kitchen will be created in part of the dining room so that diners will be able to enjoy watching the masterchef and his team preparing their meals 'Chef's Table' style. John's masterclasses have always been held in the dining room with minimal equipment, but the Chef Out Front experience will feature a full-scale mini kitchen.
The kitchen is the heart of home entertaining, and with the trend for outdoor living becoming increasingly popular, these outdoor kitchens are the ideal solution for welcoming friends and family to your home all year round.
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The toys were dropped off at the local Asda supermarket and will be distributed by Santa's helpers, aka the Cash for Kids charity, to young people living in poverty to help make their Christmas morning that little bit brighter.
A new report on the UK shower market from MTW Research has uncovered inflation busting growth returning for some sectors for the first time since 2007, with sales set to strengthen in 2015.
The award-winning European Water Label will be making an appearance at the Big One - ISH Frankfurt, the world's biggest showcase for innovative bathroom design, and water and energy efficiency.
Britannia Living has announced that its Wyre range cooker collection has been repositioned to support independent retailers. The Wyre, which is one of four range cooker collections from Britannia, is characterised by its solid doors and matte finish.