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10th July 2015


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International News

Amica forecasts seismic shift to induction

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Amica 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.

Take a walk on the wild side

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Add a touch of nature to a kitchen or bathroom with this raw, untamed Safari shade from Lustrolite... Let Safari's woody grey-green tones transport you, or your clients, to the broad plains of Africa and make your home an adventure...

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.

Methven launches three new tapware ranges with 20-year guarantee

Methven - 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.

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

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Made 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.

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...

Welcome to the



That was some budget, wasn’t it? The penny had only dropped the previous week that it was we taxpayers who’d been topping up the income of the lowest paid in the form of tax credits and I’d had a whinge about it in KBzine’s sister publication, Cleanzine, arguing that it was the responsibility of companies that could afford to pay their employees more, to do so… Then the Chancellor announced that the National Minimum Wage is effectively to become the National Living Wage, that it is to grow much faster than it has done in previous years and that it will reach £9.00/hr by 2020…

Bearing in mind that the London Living Wage is already at £9.15/hr, the changes will need tweaking, but the idea is, nevertheless, a good one. I know with the cuts in Corporation Tax also announced, taxpayers will still be helping fund the increased payments, but the new system will afford the recipients some dignity and make it easier for them to rent homes, because they will no longer be benefit claimants. I’ve yet to work out whether it will give them more spending power though – and of course the cuts to allowances a little further up the employment chain are likely to have a negative impact on spending.

I like the idea of reducing the tax perks currently enjoyed by career landlords as it should even things out a little. At my weekend estate agency job, I’m upset at the despair of potential buyers who seem to be thwarted at every offer, by buy-to-let investors with cash in their pockets. And with even a one-bed flat above a takeaway in my area going for just under £200K, there’s very little about for people to buy.

The announcement that planning laws are to be relaxed, should – I hope – make a big difference.

If, as is being mooted, developers are given automatic planning permission to build on disused industrial sites, councils get to seize disused land and fast track housing projects and scrap the need for planning permission for buildings to be increased to the height of neighbouring properties, it could give us all the boost we need. After all, every new home needs a kitchen and a bathroom, and when people do extend, a larger kitchen and an extra bathroom are never far behind, are they?



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Has there ever been a better time to be an independent kitchen specialist?

asks Bill Miller, managing director of the Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group, the UK arm of Der Kreis buying group

"All recent consumer surveys point to the fact that independent retailers are winning the battle against the national retail chains, particularly when it comes to a big ticket purchase, such as a new kitchen.

New Furnipart 2015 designs available exclusively from LDL

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A 43 page brochure detailing the new styles is now available alongside the 121 page brochure illustrating the existing collection. To demonstrate the beautiful quality and finish of these contemporary design-led products LDL is offering free handle samples to customers.

ISO 9001 Quality Management System final draft standard published

* Charles-Corrie.jpgISO 9001 has benefitted millions of organisations worldwide with users reporting increased growth and productivity and significantly higher customer satisfaction and retention.

In September the 2015 edition of ISO 9001 will publish - the first major revision of the standard since 2000. A final draft of the standard has now been released which incorporates changes made following feedback from users and experts around the world. Terms crucial to understanding ISO 9001 are defined in ISO 9000, which has also been revised, and will publish at the same time.

Introducing Utopia's all new website!

* Utopia-web-site.jpgUtopia Furniture Group says it is delighted to present its brand new website, which details the newly extended product portfolio in a bright, new, easy to navigate format at www.utopiagroup.com

Launched in early July and specifically designed to be user-friendly and very simple to follow, the website has an inviting home page introducing the extensive bathroom and bedroom collections, together with a host of other information, all presented in a logical and accessible format.

KBSA announces further speaker for 2015 National Meeting

* Vanessa-Brady.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced another keynote speaker for its 2015 National Meeting and Networking Dinner being held this year at The Welcombe Hotel, Stratford on Avon, on 16th September.

Vanessa Brady OBE is an international multi-award winning interior designer, business consultant and founder of the Society of British and International Design with over 30 years' experience in B2B procurement and post analysis of the design profession.

The MX Collection: catalogue now available! 'Shower Bible' for specifiers and installers...

* MX-CAT.jpgThe MX Group's 'MX Collection' catalogue is hot off the press and creating a stir with specifiers and installers up and down the country.

It's the first time MX has provided a quality catalogue that lists and illustrates every product in its extensive portfolio of shower related products and its 152 pages are stacked with quality products including its full range of thermostatic mixer valves, its electric showers, its shower rays, shower enclosures, shower accessories and for the first time its range of brassware.

It's 'Armitage Thanks' as brand launches new charity initiative to celebrate 200 year anniversary

* armitage-kiln.jpgIn celebration of the 200th anniversary of Armitage Shanks, parent company Ideal Standard has launched a campaign to raise £200,000 for charity by the end of its bicentenary year, 2017.

The 'Armitage Thanks' initiative marks the run-up to the historic milestone of 200 years in business and aims to support charities and the local communities where Ideal Standard's three facilities are based, through fundraising events and activities.

Industry icon Glyn Hughes retires after 49 years in bathrooms & plumbing sales

* Hughes.jpgLegendary figure in the bathroom industry, Glyn Hughes, will retire in August of this year from his role as area sales manager with bathroom distributor Barwick.

Pegler Yorkshire launches range of CPD modules

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With this in mind, plumbing and heating manufacturer, Pegler Yorkshire, has launched a portfolio of Continuous Personal Development (CPD) modules which are suitable for industry professionals across a variety of sectors.

Uform boasts Best Sales Representative plus Runner Up in Kitchen Brand of the Year category at 2015 BKU Awards

* Uform-Best-Sales.jpgUform has added to its award wins with two more accolades at the 2015 BKU awards which took place in London's Madame Tussauds on 25th June. As a finalist in four individual categories, the company now boasts Mark McNulty as Best Sales Representative of the Year together with being highly commended in the overall Kitchen Brand of the Year category.

Uform's area sales manager for Northern Ireland, Mark McNulty comments: "I am absolutely delighted to have received the award for Best Sales Representative of the Year. Having worked within the kitchen industry for 20 years and for Uform for 10 of those years, this win has provided me with a great sense of achievement both on a personal and a professional level.

Matt Rotherham takes the helm at J. Rotherham

* Matt-Rotherham.jpgJ. Rotherham, one of the oldest and most respected stone masonry companies in the UK and one with an enviable reputation for its solid stone countertops, tells us it is proud to announce that the fourth generation of the Rotherham family is taking the helm as managing director.

This appointment will see Matt develop his role from commercial director to top management, using his new responsibilities to develop the company's design, manufacturing and customer service resources.

Geberit training - a module to suit all requirements

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With a wide range of washroom and bathroom products helping to create a modern bathroom installation, plus piping systems providing a means to supply water, heat and energy to buildings, the free-to-attend training modules are ideal for installers wanting to know about Geberit's latest bathroom innovations. Installers can choose from a selection of training modules, tailored for their specific needs and level of experience.

Celebrated TV chef Jenny Bristow and InSinkErator host masterclass cookery events

* InSinkErator-Jenny-Bristow.jpgOne of Northern Ireland's most celebrated cookery writers and broadcasters, Jenny Bristow, has teamed up with InSinkErator to give fans the chance to attend bi-annual cookery Masterclasses at her own home and studio.

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News in Brief

“Don’t discount the undermount,” argues Rangemaster Sinks, launching two ranges with 16 options between them - www.rangemastersinks.co.uk … Create a country-chic style retreat with Roper Rhodes’ new Hampton bathroom furniture range - [email protected]Drinking water appliance manufacturer Zip,is rebranding to align more closely with refreshment and hydrationAnglia Tool Centre says its new store in Angora Business Park, Colchester, will be home to the UK’s largest Makita power tool display - www.angliatoolcentre.co.uk

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Recent News

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

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Hoover Candy UK has confirmed a new commercial structure for its UK Built-in divisions. The commercial teams for the Hoover, Candy and Baumatic brands have merged to become a centralised Built-in division based at the Hoover Candy Baumatic office in Reading, Berkshire.

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.


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

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

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.


New website and brochure design for Tom Howley

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Tom 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.

Distinctly promotional Abode kitchen taps for display

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

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.


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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