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23rd October 2015


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International News

Merlyn unveil new Source collection to join installer-friendly Ionic range

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Merlyn Showering is launching a new collection of enclosures, called Source, to join its 'installer-friendly' Ionic range. Ionic is a brand of stylish, easy fit shower enclosures specifically designed for plumbers and installers.

Perrin & Rowe innovates with Goddard Littlefair, at hotel design event, Sleep 2015


British luxury kitchen and bathroom brassware manufacturer, Perrin & Rowe, has announced its participation in the hotel design event, Sleep 2015, taking place at the Business Design Centre in London from 24th through 25th November.

Two new ranges and a fresh strategy see Coram stride ahead

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UK showering solutions brand Coram Showers, known for its quality, durability and ease of installation, is launching two new product ranges and a stunning updated brochure. Not a brand to rest on its laurels, its latest product offerings include two inventive new ranges which serve to confirm the company's reputation as a frontrunner in the UK shower enclosure industry.

Bella Bathrooms announces new range of Tavistock Bathrooms

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Bella Bathrooms has announced that it is now an approved retailer of Tavistock Bathroom products. The new range contains everything you need to create your perfect bathroom and with a wide range of products available, there is something to suit every style and every home.

IFA success for AmicaIn and new double ovens

The 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.

New acrylic bath range is big on user comfort

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

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.

Welcome to the



New research, conducted by Beko, reveals that ‘kitchen envy’ is well and truly upon us with almost one in five 26 – 30 year olds saying they are envious of their friends’ kitchens and appliances.

The research, which surveyed 2,000 UK homeowners aged between 21 and 50, found that more than 1 in 10 would forgo a holiday so that they could afford a new kitchen kitted out with the latest appliances. Kitchen envy is a growing phenomenon for the younger generation with over 40% worrying that their kitchen is not as impressive as their friends’ kitchens, or worse – that their friends will judge them.

The younger you are the more likely you are to worry about how impressive your kitchen is. Almost a quarter of 21 – 25 year olds are worried that their kitchen isn’t impressive compared to only 7% of those aged between 46 – 50.

The study shows that this new ‘Come Dine With Me’ culture seems to have fostered an element of competitiveness, with 1 in 10 men admitting they would seek the best kitchen gadgets to compete with friends – for example, having the biggest and best fridge freezer.

The research also revealed that young people are choosing to socialise at home rather than nipping to the pub or dancing the night away in a club. With recent news that half of UK nightclubs and pubs have closed down in the last 10 years, it’s not surprising that over half (50%) of those surveyed said that they now entertain more often at home, therefore turning the heat up on pressures for the perfect kitchen.

The survey also revealed that 52% of people enjoy having friends over for drinks, with 50% hosting dinner parties. Over a third (35%) of couples entertain their friends together. It doesn’t matter if you are single, married or living together, the home is now the centre of our social culture and a covetable kitchen will make entertaining – and being entertained – a real pleasure. 



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

iKBBI unveils historic initiative

* iKBBi-Apprentice.jpgThe Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers (iKBBI) announced this week an historic and exciting collaboration with PROCAT (Prospects College of Advance Technology), the UK's first college of advanced technology, to create the first ever iKBBI approved Centre of Excellence for KBB installation apprentices.

The monumental agreement will initially enrol around 1,000 16 - 19 year olds as iKBBI Apprentice Members by Christmas 2015 as part of the research and development phase.

Touch points at Bathroom & Kitchen Conference 2015

* BMA-Conference.jpgToilet touch points, contact lenses with built-in blood-sugar analysis for diabetics and the subjectivity of colourful six-sided beach balls were just three of the topics discussed at the recent Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference.

"The annual conference has always been designed to expand the minds of its delegates by getting them to look outside of their usual four walls, by challenging norms and by creating some disruptive thoughts," says Amy Kirk. "And as you can see, it certainly did that!"

Abode adds new thermostatic showers to its stunning portfolio

Abode-thermo.jpgVisit the company's stand at any exhibition and you can see that Abode is at the forefront of design, engineering excellence and advanced technology in the bathroom shower market. Its designers continue to add new creations to the range, expanding its offering to the marketplace with products that co-ordinate perfectly with Abode's complete collection of bathroom brassware and showering portfolios - as these two latest thermostatic showers testify.

The two new exposed thermostatic 'all-in-one' wall mounted showers in a chrome finish are available nationwide through Abode's distribution partners. These showers are the ideal solution to most showering needs; offering easy-to-operate controls plus the reduction of installation time.

Britannia keeps cool with Humble Pie

* Humble-pie.jpgBritannia has provided a stainless steel Montana American style fridge-freezer to new UKTV cookery series, Humble Pie, which is hosted by Melanie Sykes and stars celebrity chef Marco Pierre White.

"It will be great to see the contestants and Marco Pierre White using one of the hero products in our range throughout the series," says Michael Haigh, marketing manager at Britannia Living.

Hotspot House: the functional app

* bma-app3.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association has been working with the Children's Burns Trust to create a fun and educational app to warn children of the dangers of hot water in the home.

Burbidge gets a handle on the final touches with new brochure

* BURB-OTTO_cashmere.jpgBurbidge is continuing to provide customers with innovation and an eye for detail with its brand new Handle Collection brochure.

Having recently consolidated its handle and knob offering, the company says its new literature offers a snapshot of its most exquisite designs, all of which combine an acute attention to design detailing and exceptional craftsmanship.

Blanco Sona Silgranit sinks in classic and contemporary colours suit any kitchen scheme

* SONA-anthracite.jpgWhether it's for a complete kitchen update or a quick fix makeover, a new sink can transform the look of a kitchen. As one of the largest manufacturers of Silgranit, ceramic and stainless steel sinks, Blanco Germany understands how functionality, practicality and aesthetic design are equally important...

A cosy bath counteracts Winter chills

* VandA-cosy.jpgAs the cold nights draw closer and the days get shorter, seeking sanctuary in a luxurious bath - such as the Toulouse, pictured - is one of the simplest ways to warm up in Winter. Be it a cosy log cabin in the mountains, a contemporary bathroom in the city or a cottage in the country, Victoria + Albert Baths has a range of luxury tubs to escape to this winter, in modern and traditional styles.

Toto reveals new washroom gallery at Narita Airport

* toto.jpgMore than just a conventional public toilet, the Toto Gallery, a 145sq.m space recently opened in the waiting area of the new Terminal 2 at Tokyo's Narita Airport, gives visitors the opportunity to experience Toto bathroom products first-hand.

Travellers from around the world stand still, walk in and are inspired: the hall to the toilets, normally an inconvenient part of public buildings, is transformed into a journey through a world with much to discover: performances, art and an especially pleasant, hygienic and inspiring area for the bathrooms.

Reap the benefits of the One Fuelcard

* steve-clarke.jpgThe Fuelcard People have announce the launch of a new product that will offer exclusive benefits to its customers - the One Fuelcard.

The One Fuelcard offers access to the largest fixed price fuel network in the whole of the UK (more than 50% of all UK filling stations). It also covers all Shell sites and all Esso stations, as well as all Topaz, Total, Texaco and Gleaner facilities.

PWS announces new appointments to the board

* PWS_Directors.jpgAfter 35 years of service, during which he has played a pivotal role in the development of the business, Andrew Elenor, managing director of PWS, has announced his retirement.

Mel Reid hosts masterclass to raise money for Armitage Thanks campaign

* Armitage-bunker-shot.jpgIdeal Standard has held a golf day featuring a masterclass with European number one Mel Reid to raise money for Armitage Thanks, its charity campaign which aims to raise £200,000 by 2017.

The event, which took place at Breadsall Priory in Derbyshire, was attended by 60 Ideal Standard team members, customers and suppliers. They were given advice on improving their game by Mel, who finished unbeaten at the recent Solheim Cup in Germany. As well as receiving training, the team members had a Texas Scramble round of golf across the course.

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Recent News

Money isn't everything for 75% of tradespeople

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Bonuses often involve sizeable investment by UK employers, but new research has found that the majority of workers in the trade sector are not motivated by lump sums.

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.

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Abode designer hits the D-list!

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Paul Illingworth, design manager at Abode, has been selected as one of 20 industry designers who, Designer Kitchen & Bathroom magazine feels, 'the industry should know about'.

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Dream Doors appoints new director of franchising

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Paul Pickering promoted to channel manager

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

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Retailers 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.

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