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17th April 2015


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International News

Striking new thermostatic showering from Burlington

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This month has seen leading traditional sanitaryware brand Burlington further extend its reach in to the showering market. A brand new range of thermostatically-controlled, 10 year guaranteed TMV2 showers is now available from the classically styled brand to further increase the portfolio of products.

Aptly named after famous British rivers the Trent, Spey, Tay, Eden, Stour, Severn and Avon; the new Burlington Traditional Showers combine period styling with modern know-how that comes complete with TMV2 approved valves for added safety, an 11mm bore on hoses (the standard is 8mm), internal filters to remove impurities and a non-return valve.

SBID International Design Awards 2015 now open

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The SBID International Design Awards 2015 are now open for submissions. Since its inception in 2011, the SBID Awards has served to recognise, reward and celebrate all design excellence, from super luxury projects to innovative design and new talent on limited budgets.

Following the success of previous editions, this year's SBID Awards are designed to surpass the rest. The 2014 edition saw a 15% increase in entries than previous years from over 30 countries around the globe including the UK, Canada, Turkey, China, Russia, USA, Australia, UAE and more.

Blanco launches new CombiColour shade for Silgranit sinks

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As the interiors trend for all things grey continues, Blanco Germany, one of the largest manufacturers of granite sinks worldwide, has unveiled a brand new CombiColour shade for its Silgranit series - Pearl Grey. Sleek, sophisticated and contemporary, Pearl Grey is a muted mid-grey shade that complements the natural grain of wooden cabinetry as well as the high sheen finish of gloss lacquered units.

Whirpool launches new Absolute design built-in and freestanding appliance range

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Whirlpool has launched a new and innovative Absolute design range of stylish built-in and freestanding appliances.

The combination provides a distinctive and matching profile across both product categories.

Angular and artistic: the new Tratto from MHS Radiators

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MHS Radiators has added the modern and elegant Tratto to its collection of radiators and towel rails.

Striking new thermostatic showering from Burlington

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This month has seen leading traditional sanitaryware brand Burlington further extend its reach in to the showering market. A brand new range of thermostatically-controlled, 10 year guaranteed TMV2 showers is now available from the classically styled brand to further increase the portfolio of products.

Leisure Sinks meets the university challenge

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Fifteen Linear LR1160DB stainless steel double bowl sinks from Leisure Sinks have been installed as part of a refurbishment of the Moor Lane Halls development, Preston. The 99-bedroom apartment block has 15 communal kitchens, each shared by up to seven students.

Utopia extends Qube range with new floorstanding option

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Utopia Furniture Group is extending the popular Qube range with the addition of floorstanding options, co-ordinating bath panels and full height toilet units.

More than 160 new products unveiled by Croydex for 2015

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Quick-fix Click 'N' Lock bathroom furniture, illuminated mirrors and rust free wire ware are among more than 160 new products featured in the latest catalogue from Croydex.

Gorenje signs Sirius Buying Group as an official supplier

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Appliance manufacturer Gorenje has announced the appointment of Sirius Buying Group as an official UK supplier. As a result of this partnership, Sirius will be able give its members access to Gorenje's entire portfolio of products, including new lines added for 2015.

Manufacturing apprentice talks about learning safety and new skills, in unison

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The British Safety Council's priority is to raise young people's awareness of health and safety risks. A new video, Manufacturing risks: an apprentice's view, features Leila, a young apprentice engineer, walking a production line while she talks about risk and learning new skills.

Tradesmen call upon future government to increase availability of skilled workers through support for apprenticeships

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UK tradesmen, ahead of 2015 elections, are calling for Government support to increase the availability of skilled workers through the encouragement of apprenticeships, according to new research conducted by multi-channel retailer Screwfix.

Infrarad - the smart way to heat it up

Working in a different way to other forms of heating, infrared heating potentially consumes half the energy required to run conventional radiators so can heat a commercial or residential property for less than the cost of older, inefficient gas and oil boilers. Infrared heating also substantially cuts electricity bills where it replaces an electric boiler, electric convector heaters, storage heaters or electric space heaters.

A colourful future for classic kitchen design

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Contemporary-classic is without doubt the stand out trend for 2015 - the merging of classical and contemporary says schueller. From the muted colours of a more historic palette used across contemporary designs and finishes, to modern high gloss fronts on classical country style cabinets, it's all about creating options that suit both personal style and architectural surrounding.

Welcome to the


According to the Office for National Statistics report released this morning, there are 31.05 million people in work - 248,000 more than for September to November 2014 and 557,000 more than for this time last year. These figures support the findings of the Screwfix’s Trade Pulse report, (see news below) which reports that 97% of UK tradespeople taking part in the survey say they are in work and reveals that nearly one in six are so busy they have more work than they can handle.

With the General Election just a couple of weeks away, I’m wondering how things will pan out over the coming year and keeping my fingers crossed that whoever’s elected doesn’t put the kybosh on everything!

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As you’ll know if you’re a regular reader of my leaders, I’m really big on environmental issues and proud to be involved in an industry that’s working so hard to reduce the volume of water we use as we go about our lives. I thought you might be interested then in news of some new technology that’s not a kbb product as such but one that could be used to reduce water consumption in your company vehicles as well as your own car.

WiperFill is an inline, under-bonnet system that converts rainwater (or other liquids near the windscreen area) into wiper fluid or antifreeze. It collects water at the base of the windscreen and directs it into its multi-chamber mixing device to produce clean, spot-free cleaning and antifreeze fluid, using wiper fluid and/or antifreeze concentrates to achieve the right saturation level. No – I’m not on a commission or anything, but was inspired by the thought of how much clean tap water could be saved if we all fitted one of these in the vehicles for which we’re responsible! For details, visit www.wiperfill.com



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Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Jobs growth is encouraging but we need to see improvements in productivity and pay

* Mark-Beatson.jpgCommenting on the labour market statistics released today by the Office for National Statistics, Mark Beatson, Chief Economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, the professional body for HR and people development, said:

“The last set of statistics before the General Election show jobs growth continues on its upwards trend. 

British Ceramic Tile launches Trace, a new premium ceramic tile collection in collaboration with Conran and Partners

* BCT-TRACE.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile is poised to launch a new high-end collection for 2015 in partnership with Conran and Partners; the collaborative British design studio founded by Sir Terence Conran working across brand, product, interiors and architecture.

The company has worked closely with Conran and Partners to produce a contemporary, yet commercial, ceramic collection with broad appeal. Known as Trace, the collection blends contemporary design with an on-trend colour palette, coupling strong structural forms with tactile design.

Renowned designers head up an impressive line-up of showroom content for upcoming Clerkenwell Design Week

* Designers.jpgInternationally renowned designers David Adjaye, Michael Young and Patrizia Moroso are among the highlights which make the strong list of over 80 showrooms the key destinations for visitors to this year's Clerkenwell Design Week (19-21 May 2015), sponsored by Renault.

The festival, now in its sixth edition, will see leading UK and international showrooms showcase an array of designs from contemporary contract furniture to material innovation and high-end kitchen and bathrooms.

New compact wall-hung basin: the best option for a smaller bathroom

* Compact_Wallhung.jpgDesigned to make the most of the limited area in the typical British bathroom, Compact from Britton now offers even more space-saving options with the addition of wall hung semi pedestal basins and a wall hung WC that complete the range and make it one of the most comprehensive space-saving ranges available.

Wall hung is perfect for making a small area seem larger as the fittings hang clear of the floor, making cleaning easier and reducing visual clutter. The semi pedestal basin is available in 45, 55 and 65cm sizes, all with a 40cm projection, leaving ample space to move around in a small bathroom, shower room or ensuite.

MHS Radiators unveils new retail catalogue

* NEW-MHS-Rad-cat.jpgFollowing a successful 2014, MHS Radiators has expanded its product portfolio and launched a brand new, 72-page retail catalogue for 2015. The new brochure contains details of the company's vast array of radiators and towel rails, while also showcasing an extensive palette of new colours and textured finishes.

Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group announces annual members' meeting

* KBBG-Annual-Members-Meeting.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group (KBBG), part of the Der Kreis Group, has announced that its Annual Members' Meeting will take place on Monday, 18th May 2015 hosted by the Miele Company at the manufacturer's Experience Centre in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

A day of lively discussion, sharing of ideas and the opportunity to meet some of our industry's leading suppliers are all promised on the agenda, as well as the presence of the eclectic guest speaker Wayne Hemingway.

Baumatic appoints C&F Quadrant as exclusive distributor for Ireland

* Baumatic-Premium.jpgFollowing the appointment of Leaker Direct as exclusive distributor for Scotland in February, Baumatic, part of the Hoover Candy Group, has announced the appointment of C&F Quadrant as exclusive distributor for Ireland.

C&F Quadrant is a major distributor with an extensive portfolio of white goods brands that are supplied to the retail and kitchen trade. 

Trend Bedrooms launch hailed a resounding success

* Graham-Jones.jpgThe launch of Trend Bedrooms has been hailed a resounding success as more than 70 retailers have taken it on board.

Busy start to 2015 for UK tradespeople - 97% are in work

* Screwfix_Trade_Pulse.jpg2015 has got off to a busy start for UK tradespeople, according to new research released by multi-channel retailer, Screwfix. An impressive 97% of the plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other tradesmen questioned in Screwfix's Trade Pulse report are currently working.

In fact, nearly one in six are so busy they have more work than they can handle and 78% have enough work to keep them busy, compared with 74% for the same period last year and only 72% in 2013.

Abode launches latest exclusive retailer tap promotion

* Abode-2015-catalogue.jpgThe latest kitchen tap display promotion for Abode retailers has been launched and will run until the end of June 2015. 

Dave's quarter of a century milestone

* Dave-Carmody.jpgCelebrating 25 years of delivering excellent customer service on behalf of Sigma 3, the parent company of Masterclass Kitchens, Dave Carmody was recognised for his loyalty to the business recently.

Three AEG Grassroots rugby teams have won the training session of a lifetime!

* AEG-Grassroots.jpgThe winners of the AEG Grassroots competition for a training session with a Rugby Legend have been chosen. They are:

* Letterkenny RFC U14s from Co Donegal, Ireland,
* Abercwmboi RFC U12s from the Cynon Valley, Wales and
* Trojans U14s from Southampton

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News in Brief

New products joining Moduleo’s Select vinyl flooring collection are of increased thickness for greater durability – T: 01332 851 500‘Mist’,  joins Ivory and Pistachio in PJH Group’s Picasso Painted Collection of Moods bathroom furniture - T: 0800 877 8899 … Hoover is launching ‘Dynamic Next’ - a new generation of cooling and laundry appliances – T: 0151 334 2781 … Roman tells us it is eagerly preparing its new showering products for launch at the May Design Series – T: 01325 311318

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New sales & design director for Alno Contracts

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Alno Contracts has announced the appointment of a new sales & design director based at its Sevenoaks office.


KBSA announces new social media campaign

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The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that its 2015 social media campaign will headline its Twitter (consumer) activity, and it that it has worked with corporate members Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, and Swift Electrical to offer a monthly prize for consumers who retweet.

Dream Doors an eight-time winner at Franchise Marketing Awards

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Kitchen makeover franchise, Dream Doors, has become an eight-time award winner in the Franchise Marketing Awards (FMAs), the national awards ceremony that recognises the franchise industry's most innovative and effective marketing campaigns.


British Ceramic Tile predicts trends set to influence the tile world with Tile Trend Edit brochure launch

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Statement marbles, eclectic geometrics and opulent metallics are just some of trends set to sweep the tile world this year, according to the design experts at British Ceramic Tile.

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