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16th January 2015


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International News

Light up the life of a bathroom or kitchen with impressive new Abacus lighting portfolio

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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.

Milestone for Nolte Kitchens in Russia

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Less than a week after the opening of a studio in Tallinn, Estonia, a Nolte Kitchens flagship store was unveiled in Moscow.

Whirlpool's new 6th Sense induction oven can save 50% in time and energy

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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.

Electrolux's Design Lab 2015 theme and upgraded prize fund announced

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Electrolux's popular global design competition, Design Lab, annually receives more than 1,700 submission forms from over 60 countries.

Introducing the complete outdoor kitchen: the latest cooking trend for your home

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California-based brand Lynx tells us it is delighted to introduce its range of beautiful, bespoke complete outdoor kitchens to the UK market; the ideal solution for outdoor entertaining.

Swan celebrates a stellar year

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As 2014 draws to a close, one of Britain's longest established brands, Swan, is celebrating what has been an exciting and successful trading year.

Geberit AquaClean range enhanced with new enhancement sets

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Enabling consumers to raise the comfort levels in their bathroom and enjoy the wellness benefits a shower toilet offers without the need for a complete refit, Geberit has launched a range of enhancement sets to its market-leading AquaClean range.

Blanco's story of quality will be showcased at LivingKitchen

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As one of the world's leading manufacturers of sinks, mixer taps and waste systems, Blanco Germany will be showcasing its impressive portfolio at the LivingKitchen exhibition, being held in Cologne, Germany, from 19th - 25th January 2015.

Hotel picks Max-Top for 5* quality

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Surface specialist Max-Top is thrilled to announce that the Alexander Hotel group has begun to install Max-Top Quartz surfaces in number of its luxury hotels throughout the UK. The 5* Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa in Sussex is the first to receive the product, that has been installed in a number of its stylish en suite bathrooms.

New palette of painted colours adds an individual touch to the hub of the home

Responding to the trend for painted finishes in the kitchen, Masterclass Kitchens has introduced five new natural tones to its range of painted colours.

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.

Chic and stylish towel warmers from Ben de Lisi

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Known for his work as a prolific fashion and interior designer, Ben de Lisi teamed up with Abacus Manufacturing Group back in 2005 to develop his own range of exclusive bathroom products. The latest portfolio includes the striking, contemporary styled Zola towel warmer which offers the ultimate in bathroom chic.

Welcome to the


Having suffered yet again at the hands of tradespeople during the holidays – the first a roofer who was supposed to repair/replace whatever was allowing rainwater to drip through a ceiling, who charged a small fortune for rebedding ridge tiles then left me with the same problem as before by damaging two roof tiles on his way down… the second a heating engineer asked to replace the boiler’s thermistor, pcb or wiring in between, who strung things out for 10 days and charged £350 for pulling up carpets and floorboards searching for a non-existent leak -  it was with interest that I read this week that The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers has signed up its first female member. Does Pamella Edwards live locally enough to help me find out whether it’s just men I’m having a problem with, I wonder?

Other changes may well be afoot of course, when it comes to women’s roles in the KBB industry, following the ‘Chicks with Bricks’ reception held at the House of Commons last week, when Nicky Morgan MP, championed the role of women in construction.

“Too often we see women feeling ‘shut out’ of certain careers or routes into work and we know that this includes industries like yours - long being seen as ‘something for the boys’, despite the incredible opportunities it can offer,” she said. “Stereotypes still persist. For many, a job in construction too often still conjures up an image of a man in a high-vis jacket on a building site, wearing his trousers slightly lower then he should be…”

The Government is asking schools and careers advisors to encourage young women to study the subjects that could lead to a career in the industry and asking companies to commit to running apprenticeship schemes that will allow young women to get a foot on the ladder, arguing that technology and innovation have rendered the ‘brawn versus brains’ debate largely immaterial when it comes to construction.

Let’s hope everyone takes up the challenge so that we can soon see builders bottoms of a different type and that the powers that be, ensure that competence and good service are top of the curriculum!





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Liebherr appliances now to be supplied directly to the UK trade

From the beginning of this year, new stocks of Liebherr appliances have only been available from Liebherr GB.

Products from the innovative and high-quality appliance manufacturer have previously only been available in the UK through distribution but now the company is serving the market directly from a new specialist division at its base at Liebherr GB's, 3.7 hectare site at Stratton Business Park, Biggleswade, in Bedfordshire.

Miele is star performer in the Which? 2015 Best Appliance Brands Survey

* MIELE-Which.jpgIn the Which? 2015 Best Appliance Brands Survey, the German premium domestic appliance manufacturer, Miele is the 'Best Brand Overall' in five (cylinder vacuum cleaners, upright vacuum cleaners, washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers) out of the eight categories it is featured in.

Simon Grantham, (pictured) managing director for Miele GB says: "We are committed to offering customers products that embody our ethos of 'Immer Besser' (Forever Better) and it is great to receive this recognition in the Which? 2015 Best Appliance Brands Survey."

Minister highlights safety concerns as too few people register their domestic appliances

Thousands of consumers are missing out on product safety warnings as they fail to register appliances such as fridges, freezers and washing machines, according to research published yesterday. Consumer Affairs Minister Jo Swinson is encouraging more people to take this important step and use 'register my appliance.'

A YouGov survey for The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) found that just over a third of consumers currently register all of their appliances with the manufacturer leaving thousands of owners untraceable if a safety repair is needed.

Methven goes back to school with L&Q

* METHVEN-Tap.jpgGlobal designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, Methven UK, has completed work on a prestigious central London development, as part of its contract with leading housing developer London & Quadrant (L&Q).

The Schoolyard is a new residential development, comprising of 139 hi-spec apartments with accessible shared spaces, in the vibrant Wandsworth area of London.

Las Vegas anyone?

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KBIS (The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show), which takes place from 20th through 22nd January in the Convention Centre, is North America's premier annual kitchen & bathroom industry event.

Abacus Elements wet rooms - high on technology, low on carbon footprint

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Abacus Elements is a range of easy to install, tileable wet floor systems for domestic and commercial applications. Made by specialist manufacturer and distributor of bathroom products, Abacus Manufacturing Group, the waterproof structural foam boasts high insulation properties and high compressive strength.

iKBBI welcomes first female member

* Pam.jpgThe Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers is delighted to announce that Pamella Edwards, of Plumbing Angel, became its first female member in December.

The former language teacher from East London, who gained her City & Guilds NVQ plumbing qualification in 2014, is set to add to her qualifications in 2015 when she completes her formal assessment for Gas Safe Registration.

Karonia Store: The online resource for all things solid surface

* The-new-Karonia-Store.jpgKaronia Store, the specialist website for solid surface installation tooling and accessories, has been relaunched at www.karoniastore.com

Following a period of evaluation after its first four years, the website has been enhanced with additional features and benefits based on both advances in e-commerce and also Karonia's analysis of previous customer interface with the site.

Sensio launches curved acrylic LED over mirror light

* Sensio-Cascade.jpgSensio's Cascade curved acrylic LED over mirror light is just one of the innovative furniture lighting solutions from the company's new bathroom lighting collection.

Cascade creates a diffused LED lighting effect and is available in both a 'cool white' option that's perfect for contemporary, minimalist bathrooms, and a 'warm white' fitting that will create a cosy atmosphere.

InSinkErator's stylish range of 3N1 taps adds an affordable splash of colour to any kitchen

* InSinkErator-tap-colours.jpgFollowing the launch of the 3N1 kitchen tap with filtered steaming hot, hot and cold water, InSinkErator, the global leader and inventor of food waste disposers, and major player in the steaming hot water tap market, has unveiled three brand new shades for the 3N1 range.

The stylish yet affordable one-piece kitchen tap is now available in three new finishes of Natural Stone, Orange and Pearl White; keeping with contemporary design trends and exhibiting an eye-catching splash of colour in any showroom.

Belling launches first 80cm and 90cm induction hobs

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Both hobs feature five induction zones with individual touch slider controls and timers, 13 power levels and a Power Boost function which increases the power to cook zone by 60%.

Tom Howley opens new Bristol showroom

* Tom-Howley_Bristol.jpgTom Howley, luxury bespoke kitchen expert, has got 2015 off to a good start with the opening of another new showroom - this time in Bristol.

Following on from the success of the company's nationwide expansion, the new Clifton, Bristol showroom is a direct response to the growing demands of customers from the South West of England.

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Recent News

KBSA report says 2014 business increased by 7%

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.

Soapbox: Addressing skills gap and improving industry image will be key for construction in 2015

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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...

Save the date!

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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.

Kitchen refurb puts chef out front

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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.

Franke Water Systems raises valuable funds for Cancer charities

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Franke Sissons' (aka Franke Water Systems) senior management team has successfully summited Mount Snowden to raise money for three important cancer charities including Chesterfield's own Ashgate Hospice.

Wirquin staff support Cash for Kids

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Santa's sleigh left Wirquin, the Doncaster-based sanitary equipment specialist, loaded with presents donated by staff for disadvantaged children in South Yorkshire.

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.

Home extension planning applications estimated at 400,000

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The overall level of residential planning decisions granted in Great Britain has remained fairly stable over the last five years despite the economic uncertainty and relatively low levels of consumer confidence.

Shower market builds head of steam for 2015

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.

KBB industry raises £1340 for WaterAid

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KBB at May Design Series, KBB Birmingham and the Bathroom Manufacturers Association have announced that £1,340 has been raised for WaterAid UK by the Bathroom Industry Golf Challenge, held a few weeks ago during the annual BMA conference.

Elis Furniture awards further apprentices

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Cabinet makers of Ellis Furniture Patrick Madigan and Jake Sykes, both 18, have successfully completed their apprenticeship levels 1 and 2 in Wood Machining, which focused on the specialist machinery side of furniture making.

Water Label appears at the Big One

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 supports independent retailers

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.

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