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3rd July 2015


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International News

New recess shower solution for compact bathrooms

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UK shower enclosure manufacturer Aqata has launched a new recess option for the bathroom, increasing its line-up of luxury shower solutions for recessed spaces. The new Spectra SP462 Double Door Recess option features hinged inward opening doors allowing easy access to the shower.

It offers a simple yet practical solution for compact bathrooms, allowing maximum showering space outside the shower area whilst providing ample showering room inside.

Aging population needs 'future-proofed' bathrooms

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With approximately 3000 people turning 65 every day of the week in the UK, Ripples says it is seeing the demand for future proofing for stylish accessibility continuing for years to come. With recent medical advances and a greater awareness of how to live a healthier lifestyle, many people are not only living longer, but they are also living fuller lives.

New for 2015: Abode's Modo

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Abode has launched Modo, an eight piece range of beautifully designed, eco-friendly bathroom mixer taps for both basins and baths.

Cascading flows of water are the inspiration behind the Modo range and the spouts have been designed to be non-splash to ensure that water cascades evenly into the basin or bath. The design-led taps feature rectangular lines, contrasted against cylindrical forms and this luxury chrome tap collection looks stunning even when water isn't running.

Five modern natural stone baths for stunning Clearwater Portfolio

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Clearwater Baths, the stunning Natural Stone freestanding bath and basin collection from Bathroom Brands, has been fine-tuned, replacing models that were non-stone with a brand new range of Modern Natural Stone freestanding baths, in five new sleek and forward thinking models.

Natural Stone has proved so successful that the manufacturer has streamlined the range in favour of all natural stone. Natural Stone provides a rigid and strong bath of great elegance, without any need for ledges or surrounds. It is cleverly priced to offer not only great value for money but is also very competitive in this part of the market.

Whirlpool launches award-winning Supreme Care laundry range

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Whirlpool has launched a new, award-winning Supreme Care range of perfectly matching front loading washing machines and tumble dryers. The product's strongest asset is its exceptional performance level in noise, which claims the quietest spin cycle on the market, thanks to Whirlpool's revolutionary new ZenTechnology.

Hoover Wizard launches at London's Saatchi Gallery

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On Wednesday, London's Saatchi Gallery saw Hoover unveil the UK's first full family of WiFi enabled kitchen appliances, Hoover Wizard. The event attracted over 100 guests and journalists, who enjoyed presentations from the senior Hoover team, live demonstrations of the appliances, as well as a specially choreographed performance from robotic dance act 'The Dance Mob.'

Perfect Fit - a new bespoke kitchen concept from Schmidt, custom made to suit individual space

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When it comes to kitchens, no two rooms are alike. With architectural features to work around, awkward areas to negotiate and narrow gaps to fill, it's essential to maximise the space and incorporate as much storage as possible to create a clean, clutter-free kitchen that's as functional as it is fabulous.

Tonic II Range makes a splash for Ideal Standard at London's iconic OXO Tower

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Some 200 delighted guests attended the launch of Ideal Standard's Tonic II with AquaBlade flush technology launch. The new collection was designed by award winning German design studio, Artefakt and comprises of ceramics, fittings, furniture and bathtubs.

Get the look: metallic copper

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Kitchen replacement company, Dream Doors, is tapping into the fashion stylist and interior designer's ongoing love affair with all things copper with the launch of the new Ultragloss Copper Leaf doors.

Welcome luxurious, sensual Rouge into your kitchen or bathroom and lead the catwalk!

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Use Lustrolite in Rouge to add a pop of colour to your home...

Business travellers routinely add days to work trips for personal travel

Four out of every 10 business travellers add extra days onto trips so they can enjoy personal travel without incurring the extra cost, new research has revealed.

Streamlined and elegant: the latest swan neck taps from Rangemaster

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The latest additions to Rangemaster's tap range offer homeowners a swan neck design to suit all types of interiors.

The models were designed to complement the company's existing range, allowing consumers to choose a tap that suits their personal tastes and requirements. The recent additions include the Mini Pro, Belfast Monobloc, Vertex, Parma, Bari Single Lever Pull Out Spray, plus an expansion of the Aquatrend family.

Welcome to the



Something really odd is happening at my home which I’m hoping those of you in the bathroom installation business (or if you employ specialists to fit bathrooms for your clients) will be able to help me with…

Whenever I water my garden with my hose, my bathroom cistern starts filling until it overflows – sometimes showering me with cold water if I happen to be watering those patio tubs, which sit under the overflow, at the time!

This doesn’t make any sense to me and everyone I’ve asked is at just as much of a loss.

My water comes straight from the mains so I’m assuming it’s something to do with the change of pressure when I turn the garden water tap on, but why it should suddenly affect the cistern upstairs is beyond me – particularly as it doesn’t happen in the downstairs cloakroom.

My daughters have been nagging me to call a plumber to fit a new ballcock ever since the weather turned hot, but as I’m about to finally choose a new bathroom, I don’t want to waste money on paying for something new to be fitted when it’s only going to be used for a few weeks. Also, if it’s perfectly natural occurrence, I’ll be wasting my money anyway, won’t I, as the same thing will happen with the new one?

If you have any ideas on why this may be happening, do please email me. I’ll include your comments in KBzine so you may well be rewarded with some new business for sharing your expertise!

Finally – and I’m not sure how long this heatwave’s likely to continue but fingers crossed… There are some useful tips below on how to keep staff safe and happy during hot weather. Something that’s not included in the piece, but which should be, is that anyone involved in the transportation and installation of goods should be cut some slack over timings and even perhaps be given extra time for breaks. It’s a difficult job at the best of times but when the weather’s as hot as it is, it can become dangerous for those on a tight schedule who are humping washing machines and the like up and down people’s stairs.



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Hoover Candy UK announces kitchen channel restructure… Merger of UK Built-in divisions for Hoover, Candy and Baumatic

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The new Built-in division is led by Owain Harrison, (pictured) previously marketing director of Baumatic who has been promoted to UK head of sales & marketing, Hoover Candy Baumatic (Built-in).

Amica forecasts seismic shift to induction

* Amica-New-Induction-Hob.jpgAmica home appliances in the UK and Ireland is anticipating a shift to induction hob top cooking and to meet demand has announced a new generation of feature packed, great value induction hobs to complement a refreshed product line-up of built-in and freestanding products.

Simon Freear, Country Manager for Amica says: "Induction cooking will be the energy of choice for future generations of appliance buyers now that prices are within easy reach. The high speed, ultra-safe operation, super easy to clean and ultimate energy efficiency all contribute to what is likely to be a seismic shift away from ceramic and electric-plate hobs.

As heatwave threatens, lack of clear guidelines on maximum workplace temperatures puts employees at risk

With the mercury rising this week, British workers’ health could be put at risk due to a lack of clear, legal guidelines on the maximum temperatures allowed in the workplace, according to office space search engine, Office Genie.

As the UK faces a heatwave, it’s been revealed that British employees are not fully protected by law against high temperatures under which they may be forced to work.

Take a walk on the wild side

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Lustrolite's glass effect acrylic wall panels are the perfect way to breathe life back into a kitchen and bathroom and a great way to incorporate current trends into a home. Lustrolite is available in nine amazing colours - Arctic, Glacier, Blue Atoll, Rouge, Mocha, Safari, Forest, Titan and Carbon - all of which can be used for both kitchen splashbacks and shower and bathroom walls.

TTA Technical Seminars 2015 now booking

* tta-tips.jpgThe Tile Association has introduced a series of technical seminars in 2015 to help professionals in the industry gain a deeper understanding of specialist areas in tiling. The first few seminars were well received with positive feedback and good attendance.

Held at TTA headquarters in Stone, Staffordshire, the seminars are held in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board. All are based on the TTA's invaluable technical documents on specialist tiling topics, and presented by members of the TTA Board and the TTA Technical Committee, enabling participants to draw on their wealth of knowledge and experience.

New website and brochure design for Tom Howley

* Tom-Howley-kitchen.jpgTom Howley, designer of luxurious bespoke kitchens, has revealed its new look website - www.tomhowley.co.uk - and announced the launch of its new 100 page inspirational brochure. Both have been designed to inspire and excite, showcasing the company's stunning photography on a grand scale.

The website shows to perfection the design diversity, from contemporary to traditional styles. This is highlighted in the case study images which prove that Tom Howley's kitchens sit equally well in an award-winning restored Gothic tower, country manors or contemporary town houses.

Methven launches three new tapware ranges with 20-year guarantee

* METHVEN-BRBCPUK.jpgMethven - the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware - has extended its tapware offering with three contemporary ranges; Breeze, Indra and Cari. The new ranges are characterised by elegant lines and add further depth to Methven's current suite of tapware, all guaranteed for 20 years.

The three ranges each feature a mono basin mixer, a bath filler and a bath shower mixer. All bath shower mixers include a Maku shower handset, which incorporates Methven's patented Satinjet twin jet technology with over 300,000 droplets per second providing an immersive full body showering experience.

Burbidge recruits experienced industry figure to head up the Bathroom Furniture Co.

* Mark-Bailey.jpgBurbidge has appointed Mark Bailey to head up its new bathroom division, The Bathroom Furniture Co. by Burbidge.

Bringing with him a wealth of experience gained with market leading bathroom furniture manufacturers, Mark was strategically hand-picked by the business to develop and head up its newly launched bathroom arm.

Let kitchen creativity flourish with the new feature-packed Haier 70 Series fridge-freezers

* haier-Fridge-setting.jpgMade up of premium-design, multi-door models, Haier's new 70 Series range of combi fridge-freezers is characterised by best-in-class performance in energy efficiency (A++) and low noise level (38dB), as well as excellent access via both the refrigerator door and ergonomic pull-out drawers.

The 70 Series fridge-freezers all feature an XXL capacity to provide the maximum amount of storage space, while the flexible MyZone compartment and a host of easy-to-use features encourage the creativity of users in their kitchen.

Leather countertops - a new offering from EcoDomo

* leather-counter-tops.jpgUS manufacturer EcoDomo is offering extremely tactile leather countertops that can be made to measure within two to three weeks of ordering.

EcoDomo leather countertops are available as standard in a 1in. or 2in. thickness in a selection of five colours.

Distinctly promotional Abode kitchen taps for display

* Abode-promo.jpgAbode, one of the UK's largest kitchen sinks and taps plus bathroom brassware and shower manufacturers, is offering retailers a unique opportunity...

Choose all four of the kitchen taps shown on the promotional flyer, specifically for display purposes in retail showrooms, and receive at a specially discounted rate.

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News in Brief

Congratulations to Better Bathrooms’ Colin Stevens; shortlisted for CEO of the Year at the Private Business Awards … Also to Hotpoint; a winner for its Open Space oven in the Housebuilder Product Awards … Launching this week; Vado’s Tablet, an elegant range of horizontal and vertical thermostatic valves – E: [email protected] … Grohe is working with premium Italian sink designer Foster, create a complete solution for kitchen taps and sinks - www.grohe.co.uk

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Recent News

BMA conference line-up is complete

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With the final four world-class speakers approved at the recent Bathroom Manufacturers Association Marketing Committee meeting, the BMA - the organiser of this year's Bathroom & Kitchen Industry Business Conference, has announced its complete line-up of speakers for the event on 13th October.

Mistral worksurfaces specified for new CDA showroom

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Solid surface specialist Karonia was selected by appliance brand CDA for a number of recent joint collaborations, including the new showroom at its Nottinghamshire headquarters.

Some questions answered as census reveals swing to renting began early this millennium?

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If you've been wondering why this millennium has seen a drop in numbers of buyers going for top end furniture, fittings and appliances, the latest 2011 census figures, released today, may have the answer.

Industry leaders uniting to discuss future of construction, address issues of skills shortages

Skills shortages, planning restrictions and the need for cultural change were the key topics arising from a high level debate attended by leading voices from around the industry, as UK Construction Week's expert advisory panel met for the first time recently.

KBSA Designer Awards - entries up on last year

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Following the closing date for the KBSA 2015 Designer Awards, the association has confirmed that the number of entries received in all categories is up on last year. Shortlists are currently being discussed by the judging panel, and an announcement will be made shortly.


KBSA's CEO, Graham Ball, has retired

Graham Ball, The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association's CEO, has resigned from his position due to unforeseen family reasons after seven years of heading up the KBSA.

Abode expands salesforce

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Rob Wagg has joined the ever-expanding - and successful - Barnsley-based, Abode Home Products to further strengthen the sales and support team.


Baumatic teams with Virgin Wines to launch Summer Wine Storage promotion

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Baumatic has teamed up with Virgin Wines to launch a three-month summer gift with purchase promotion on wine storage appliances from its collection. Starting from next Wednesday, 1st July, purchasers of selected wine cabinets will receive a complimentary gift set of up to five bottles of wine, specially chosen by the expert sommeliers at Virgin Wines.

Amica launches new marketing suite

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Amica is underscoring its commitment to UK appliance and kitchen retailers with a new suite of marketing materials including a brand new 96pp full colour printed brochure and matching brochure-app.

Karonia introduces Mistral Connect

Solid surface specialist Karonia is introducing Mistral Connect, a retailer partnership scheme, as a key part of the evolution of the Mistral brand.

Electrolux Group launches 'Simple Switch' campaign for new Premier Partners

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Electrolux Group has this month launched the 'Simple Switch' campaign as part of its Premier Partner Programme. 'Simple Switch' is designed to support and guide independent kitchen studio businesses into a smooth and lucrative transition to the group brands; AEG, Electrolux and Zanussi, whilst guaranteeing a wide range of benefits and rewards.


New Utopia brochure designed to reduce carbon footprint

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Utopia Furniture Group has introduced 'Inspired by Utopia', a new concise version of its 2015 bathroom brochure aimed at reducing the company's carbon footprint.

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