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9th October 2015


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International News

Cosentino launches 25th anniversary colour for Silestone: Acqua Fraccaroli

The Cosentino Group has developed a new Silestone worksurface colour in collaboration with the renowned Brazilian interior design architect, Brunete Fraccaroli. 'Acqua Fraccaroli' commemorates Silestone's 25th anniversary; an exclusive limited edition colour which will launch simultaneously in London, New York, Vancouver, Sao Paulo, Sydney, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Milan, Brussels, Belgium and Barcelona Cosentino Centres, as well as at this week's 100% Design show in London.

Lakes Bathrooms launches in USA

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Lakes Bathrooms has launched a new business in the United States. The shower enclosure and bathroom products manufacturer has joined forces with Ark Bathrooms to form Lakes Bathrooms LLC, a subsidiary of the UK parent.

coBuilder UK helping companies create and distribute accurate data across construction industry

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The creation and use of data is about to become part of the day-to-day construction business in the UK. But how is the industry actually going to face the challenges, especially in the context of Building Information Modelling Level 2 becoming mandatory in the UK in April 1st 2016?

Keep clients mindful of home water use with Smart, wall-mounted device

Oasys helps households save water by providing meaningful information on their daily consumption, displayed on a friendly touch-screen console mounted anywhere in the home.

Sottini's new design-led collection defined by craft and creativity

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Sottini relaunched at 100% Design this week with a confident and elegant collection of new design-led bathroom products that are based on a foundation of quality and innovation.

First class surfaces for student halls

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Manchester student accommodation, Liberty Living at Sir Charles Groves Hall, has recently been refurbished to include Max-Top Quartz surfaces in all 78 flats.

Hi-Macs brings a splash of colour to the bathroom

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Attention to detail makes the difference between a design that is merely practical and a bit boring and one which is attractive and eye catching.

To furnish a bathroom, you need to take all possible aspects into consideration, including both the design and the functionality as well as the material used, since this will have a big impact on the final result.

The American Hardwood Export Council to present four projects at 100% Design

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The American Hardwood Export Council is to present four projects at 100% Design, as part of the London Design Festival 2015.

Latest LED lighting innovation from LDL

LDL's latest lighting innovation is the new Targa slimline LED light from lighting specialist Leyton.

Available now, the sleek 5mm light features chip-on-board (COB) technology and is both remarkably powerful and extremely efficient.

Welcome to the



As many businesses are turning their attentions to Christmas bonuses, new research reveals that 75% of employees working within the ‘trade’ industry would not be motivated to work significantly harder in exchange for a bonus equivalent to 10% of their annual salary. Even incentives equivalent to 25% of annual salaries would not motivate over half of employees!

A bonus linked directly to an individual's work performance would however, result in an increase in output for more than one in three.

While I can understand that we all have different motivations, I can’t get my head around that fact that some of use aren’t doing our best. Surely, as well as letting our employers/employees and colleagues down, we’re letting ourselves down by not performing as well as we can, all of the time.

You can read the survey below and I’d love to know what you think about the results. Perhaps I’m odd in thinking that if I want to feel satisfied at the end of my working day, I’ll have had to put my whole self into whatever I’ve done. Or perhaps I’m not so odd… either way, your comments will be welcome.

Also in this week’s issue is a letter from Barry Ashmore of StreetwiseSubbie, which you may find a little controversial. John Austen and I have always felt that one of the benefits of the Internet is that it provides a great platform for discussion, so again, whether you agree with Barry’s sentiments or not, it would be great to learn of your reaction to his comments.



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Money isn't everything for 75% of tradespeople

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One4all Rewards' Push the Button Report questioned 1,000 UK workers about what motivates them in the workplace.

Granite Transformations franchise conference previews brand transformation

* Senior-Mgt-with-Sarah-Beeny.jpgGranite Transformations, the home improvements brand owned by the international Trend Group, held its most important and best-attended UK franchise conference ever, last month. Franchise owners and their partners from around the national network, prospect franchisees, head office support staff from Tunbridge Wells and senior corporate executives from Florida, including Trend CEO Andrea Di Giuseppe, all took out time for the conference, held at Sarah Beeny's magnificent Rise Hall.

The event provided the launch pad for the UK element of a major global rebranding programme, which will see the small yet significant brand transition from 'Granite Transformations' to 'Trend Transformations' - first through a year-long pilot project, then a subsequent national rollout.

We have Mail: Build UK

Dear Jan,

The 1st September 2015 saw the launch of Build UK, the organisation formed as a result of the merger between the National Specialist Contractors Council and the UK Contractors Group.

Build UK's claim is to provide, "for the first time, a single voice for the whole of the contracting supply chain and offers a real opportunity to transform construction".

IFA success for AmicaIn and new double ovens

* AMICA-HOODS.jpgThe original concept of AmicaIn was introduced at IFA 2014 by Amica and following a further year of investment and research, officially launched at this year's international IFA exhibition last month.

The company, which also markets the Gram and Hansa brands alongside Amica across the different European regions, dedicated a substantial part of this year's stand to the formal unveiling of the intelligent interactive new range which will be launched in the UK during 2016.

Porcelanosa bites into the Big Apple

* Porcelona-New-York.jpgWith showrooms already in London, Paris and Milan, Porcelanosa has enhanced its brand presence in the world's style capitals with the opening of its flagship store in New York. The six-storey showroom on the corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue has been designed by prestigious UK architect Foster + Partners.

The glittering launch party was attended by more than 700 guests including Sarah Jessica Parker, Richard Gere, Irina Shayk, Isabel Preysler, Spanish model Nieves Alvarez and the doctors Valent'n Fuster and Jose Baselga.

New acrylic bath range is big on user comfort

* ROCA-MALAGA.jpgIdeal for compact bathrooms and with water-saving in mind, Roca has launched Malaga, a bathtub available in seven different versions for flexibility of design.

Made from high-quality acrylic for durability and ease of cleaning the standard version has a total capacity of 160 litres, while an Eco option holds up to 131 litres, to encourage water-saving without compromising on user comfort. Both baths measure 1700mm x 700mm and feature an integrated headrest.

Abode's best sellers get even better... exclusive Autumn promotion

* Abode-Autumn-Retailer-promo.jpgRetailers eagerly awaiting the next exclusive Abode Autumn sink and tap promotion can now entice their customers to buy and install before the busy Christmas period. This new promotion runs from 1st October through to end of December 2015 and all details are outlined on a promotional flyer.

This fantastic value-for-money promotion runs across two of Abode's best selling products. The classic polished stainless steel Matrix R50 1.5 undermount sink, available in both left and right hand designs, complete with the Abode Orbit waste and plumbing kit, as standard. The Matrix sink is teamed up with the architecturally tall, solid geometric form, Atlas monobloc mixer tap in chrome finish.

Utopia refreshes You and i-Line modular ranges

* Utopia-modular.jpgUtopia has refreshed its popular You and i-Line ranges of modular bathroom furniture with a new complementary full height toilet unit and a substantial price reduction. In addition, there is now the option to purchase units without the factory fitted handle options. Instead, any style from the extensive Utopia handle collection can be selected and then fitted to suit personal preference, giving far greater design freedom.

Burbidge bolsters Bathroom Division with new recruit

* BURBIDGE-BOLSTERS-BATH-DIV.jpgBurbidge has boosted its new division, The Bathroom Furniture Co. by Burbidge, with the appointment of a new area sales manager.

Derek Toogood joins the new bathroom arm bringing with him a vast experience in the sector, having started his career as a bathroom designer for Simply Bathrooms back in 1995 where he was heavily involved in research and new product development. Most recently, Derek occupied the role of area sales manager for brassware manufacturer Hansgrohe, where he managed accounts in the South of England, Wales and the Channel Islands.

Lec launches new chest freezers

* GDHA_LEC-chest-freezer.jpgRefrigeration specialist Lec has launched two new chest freezers in response to consumer demand; one with a freezing capacity of 61 litres and the other offering an impressive 420 litres' freezing capacity.

British Ceramic Tile donates tiles to BBC One's DIY SOS veterans' village

* BCT-BnW.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile has donated a selection of ITS Colour Compendium tiles, adhesive and grout to a new veterans community that is being built in Manchester and featured on BBC One's two part programme 'DIY SOS: The Big Build Veterans' Special'.

The Colour Compendium tiles were used in the transformation of eight existing houses into two larger adapted residential homes for veterans and their families, along with one further home and a specialist veteran support and advice centre.

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Recent News

New Year membership restructure for iKBBI

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As part of two major announcements due in October, The Institute for Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers will be unveiling a restructured accreditation offering, which will include five tiers of membership, following feedback from the industry.

Trustmark assures advice to its firms through partnership with Bucks and Surrey Trading Standards

As the new consumer legislation comes into force yesterday, TrustMark, the only Government-endorsed scheme for all trades in and around the home, announced a new 'primary authority' partnership with Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards to provide assured advice for its Scheme Operators and TrustMark registered firms.

EWL pushes for incentives to replace old bathrooms with the latest water/ energy efficient products

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Yvonne Orgill, managing director of the European Water Labelling Scheme, argues the case for cash incentives that will persuade householders using dated products to swap to more efficient alternatives

Quooker dealers to cook with John Torode

Quooker, manufacturer of the 100-degree boiling water tap, is to reward a selection of its extensive dealer network by inviting them to an exclusive cookery class with celebrity chef John Torode.

KBSA proud to report another successful AGM & National Meeting

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has said that this year's AGM, National Meeting and Networking Dinner were even more successful than last year's events, with 120 delegates in attendance and more than 40 retailers and almost 50 corporates.


Dream Doors appoints new director of franchising

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Kitchen makeover franchise firm Dream Doors has announced the appointment of Bill Owen as the company's new director of franchising. Bill is a well-known and respected figure in the franchise world, and has been recruited to help the UK's largest kitchen facelift retailer through a period of unprecedented growth.

Paul Pickering promoted to channel manager

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Hoover Candy UK has announced the internal promotion of Paul Pickering to channel manager - electrical retail channel built-in MDA Division for Hoover, Candy and Baumatic brands.

Gorenje promotes national sales manager

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Gorenje has promoted its national sales manager, Stuart Benson, to the role of sales director. Stuart boasts more than 25 years' experience within the appliance & kitchen industry, and joined the company in early 2013 as national sales manager for the UK & Ireland.

Indesit makes changes at the top

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Indesit has announced two structural staff changes within its marketing departments. Piero Pracchi, previously marketing director UK & Ireland, has been promoted to senior director, Brand & Digital Marketing [EMEA], in recognition of his UK success, while Fiona Hope has been appointed marketing director UK & Ireland.


Duo of promotions on Roca wall-hung installation systems

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With the Autumn months a popular time for sprucing up the bathroom in time for entertaining guests over the festive season, Roca is offering retailers and consumers a duo of promotions on some of its best-selling wall-hung WCs and installation systems.

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