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30th January 2015


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International News

Barwood Products welcomes DisabledGo report

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Barwood Products, which manufactures and supplies bathroom products for the disabled market, has welcomed a new report compiled by accessibility information provider DisabledGo, as 'sad but true.'

Tap into traditional and contemporary bathroom interiors with Laura Ashley

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Designed to complement its sanitaryware ranges, the Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection's three brassware ranges cater for a variety of tastes and styles and come with a 10 year guarantee.

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.

Las Vegas anyone?

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Rev-A-Shelf's Shari McPeek has been in touch to remind us that there's a huge KBB exhibition & conference about to kick off in Las Vegas.

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

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Create the ultimate luxury wetroom with Abacus Elements wet floor systems and installation guides...

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.

Sensio launches curved acrylic LED over mirror light

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Sensio'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.

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

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Following 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.

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.

Welcome to the


Speaking as someone who only worked out last night that my boiler thermostat is probably in Fahrenheit rather than Centigrade (no wonder my house always felt so cold unless I made the conscious decision to subject myself to ridiculously high heating bills that never seemed to arrive!), I am clearly mindful of the welcome difference that can be made to one’s bills by setting the thermostat a couple of degrees lower than normal and how little difference is made to the temperature by upping the thermostat a few degrees (well – in my case anyway, when it comes to ‘upping’!).

Although it’s not KBB specific as such, I felt that – with the temperatures having dropped so much over the past couple of days and with the threat of worse to come – an item outlining the difference in costs was worth including in today’s issue. As it includes a degree by degree table of potential annual heating costs, it offers a more graphic picture of the results of any decisions made.

It’s not just money though, is it? It’s all about the environment too and I’m proud to be part of an industry that’s working so hard to embrace sustainability and provide us with appliances and bathroom equipment that use as little energy and water as possible without us being able to tell the difference when it comes to results or experience.

* himacs.jpgAnd while I’m on subjects that aren’t quite KBB specific, I had to chuckle at the image of these highly unusual tables made from Hi-Macs material. They’re called ‘Dizzy’ and I can imagine them bamboozling someone coming across them for the first time, having perhaps had a drink or two more than they should. Of course Hi-Macs can be used in kitchens in a myriad of ways but I have to say that much as I love these tables, I’d question this type of treatment of Hi-Macs throughout the entire kitchen space. It would quite put me off my breakfast…





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Some like it hot... (but women like it hotter)

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The new poll of 2,000 co-habiting UK adults found that more than half of women like their homes to be around 24°C or hotter, whereas only 35% of men want their thermostat higher than 22°C.

It's a fine life...

* BRITTON1.jpgClean lines and a clever combination of a narrowing shape with curved pedestals have made Fine one of the most popular ranges in the Britton Bathrooms collection.

The latest addition to a basin range that already includes a wide selection of pedestals, semi pedestals and under mount designs is a neat 500mm semi recessed basin that is ideal for use with furniture.

May Design Series returns for 2015

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Furniture, Lighting, DX, kbb and Decor. Taking place at London's ExCeL from 17th - 19th May and carefully 'Curated for Business', the show will welcome 500 exhibitors from across the world to this commercially focused trade exhibition.

High impact basins from Arcade offer several design options

* Arcade_Set.jpgA large basin presents a brilliant opportunity to make an impact in the bathroom and is an inspiring alternative to the traditional pedestal model.

Featuring an authentic Belle epoque design signature, 900mm console basins from Arcade are now available with either ceramic console legs, a smart nickel finished stand or options of furniture helping to create a statement piece in your bathroom.

New & innovative product for members unveiled

* TYB.jpgThe Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers is proud to unveil a co-developed innovative software solution for its members, allowing them to produce instant and professionally designed quotes, estimates, invoices and receipts for their customers.

Working with Hertfordshire based YourTradeBase.co.uk the iKBBI says that the software solution enables members to instantly produce professionally formatted commercial documents, to include KBB-specific terms & conditions as well as invoice creation, tracking and payment processing.

KBSA announces 2015 AGM date

* Welcombe-Exterior.jpgThe Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that the 2015 AGM, National Meeting, Designer and Performance Awards presentations will be held on Wednesday, 16th September, once again at The Welcombe Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Magnet Trade ready to reward Community Champions

Magnet Trade, has just launched Magnet Trade 'Community Champions', a campaign that will see hero community causes across the UK rewarded with cash prizes.

Nominated causes will be asked to describe what makes them a 'Magnet of the community', with £10,000 split between the 10 most worthy causes based on a public vote, and an additional £1,000 awarded to the public's overall national favourite.

Abode Tempeau: an installer's dream

* Abode-Bliss-Tempeau.jpgRaising awareness of the dangers of hot water in the home was the basis of a debate and press conference linked to the last BMA conference.

Amanda Redman MBE, actress and Patron of the Children's Burns Trust, who was badly burned as a child, attended the campaign launch to raise awareness of the dangers of hot water in the home and to promote how thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs) can help to drastically reduce the risks of scalding, specifically in the bathroom.

Buckinghamshire New University to provide FDA sponsorship of the 2015 KBSA Designer Awards

* David-Gillett_Bucks-Uni.jpgThe Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has reported that it has reached agreement with Buckinghamshire New University for sponsorship of the 2015 KBSA Kitchen Concept Designer Award.

This will include a brand new award: the 2015 KBSA Student Kitchen Concept Designer of the Year (open to students on the inaugural Foundation Degree (Arts) Kitchen Design course).

Dream Doors opens 50th retail showroom as demand for kitchen makeovers continues to grow

* Dream-Doors_Kempston.jpgThe Dream Doors kitchen makeover franchise launched its 50th UK showroom yesterday, with the opening of a new retail showroom in Kempston, Bedfordshire.

Dream Doors offers kitchen makeovers for a fraction of the cost of a full re-fit, replacing doors, worktops and drawer fronts to transform a kitchen within just 48 hours. With more than 5,000 kitchen makeovers completed across the Dream Doors network in 2014, the market opportunity for franchises is huge, with demand set to increase even further in 2015.

Electrolux named Industry Leader in RobecoSAM sustainability rating

For the fourth consecutive year, Electrolux has been ranked Industry Leader Household Durables in RobecoSAM's Sustainability Yearbook, an annual rating of companies' sustainability performance.

Over 3,000 of the world's largest companies were invited to participate in the RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment. The top performing company from each of 59 industries received the Industry Leader award.

Bauknecht appliances - available from in-toto Kitchens

* Brauneckt.jpgIn-toto Kitchens, one of the UK's largest kitchen specialist networks, has launched the prestigious range of German, award-winning Bauknecht appliances at a special celebratory launch party at in-toto Milton Keynes.

Bauknecht appliances are now available directly to UK homeowners, exclusively through in-toto's 50 kitchen design studios nationwide.

Total relaxation in a customised luxury bathroom - what Grohe Spa is all about

* Grohe.jpgAs the hectic pace of our everyday lives puts strain on our bodies and minds, the Grohe Spa range offers a space of calm and relaxation for all age groups, from professionals with young families to older generations.

When setting out to remodel a bathroom, many people continue to believe that the bathroom should remain a space of privacy and seclusion, a room to indulge in me-time, and focus entirely on ourselves and our personal needs.

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Recent News

Inclusive kitchen and bathroom products to grow by 20% to 2018

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With the ageing UK population and the increasing number of people with disabilities, inclusively designed bathroom and kitchen products have been progressively installed in UK homes.

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

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Methven goes back to school with L&Q

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Tom Howley opens new Bristol showroom

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

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.


iKBBI welcomes first female member

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

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