* KBZ-Logo-7.png


KBzine: the original kitchen and bathroom industry e-newssince 2002
6th November 2015


We strongly recommend viewing KBzine full size in your web browser. Click our masthead above to visit our website version.


English French Spanish Italian German Dutch Russian Mandarin

Please note that you are viewing an archived issue of The KBzine.

International News

Lustrolite helps householders stay calm and collected

* Blue-Atoll-kitchen.jpg
Relaxing at home after a long day is something that we all look forward to. So why not make your own 'me-time' - or that of your client or customer - even more worthwhile by using colours in the home that enhance feelings of calm?

Abode launches the ISO bathroom taps collection

* Abode-Iso-basin-mono.jpg
Iso is just one of the eight new tap ranges launched by Abode this year. The Iso collection features a stylish and detailed channelled tap head design, inset handle and contrasting curved spout - a prominent design with sharp edges to suit the most contemporary of bathroom settings.

Abode adds new thermostatic showers to its stunning portfolio

Visit 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.

Hotspot House: the functional app

* bma-app3.jpg
The 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.

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

* SONA-anthracite.jpg
Whether 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.jpg
As 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.

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

* Ionic_Source_2DR_Quad_HR.jpg
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

* Coram-1.jpg
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

* tavistock.jpg
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.

Welcome to the


Having been involved in property for more than 10 years now, enjoying what has become something of a weekend hobby-job at Epsom’s leading estate agent, I was in initially surprised to learn of a new survey which showed that ‘ample storage space’ was top priority for potential buyers, with 26% claiming that this is most important to them. I’ve registered thousands of applicants over the years and only a tiny minority have mentioned storage and it’s not listed on the specialist software estate agents use, which focuses on minimum number of bedrooms, budget and location.

The study of 1,000 UK homeowners by Furniture123.co.uk revealed that one in four wouldn’t buy a house with a lack of storage space and that 19% have previously dismissed a property due to its lack of storage. Reading further, it all started to make sense… We estate agents think we’ve matched buyers’ requirements and while they seem excited as they view the property, so often they’ll comment that there’s little space for storage or that the property is simply too small. When, however, there’s an abundance of storage space, it rapidly becomes a stand-out feature, so while criteria such as budget, bedrooms and location may be non-negotiable, lack of storage could be the deal breaker.

Cosmetic appeal such as fitted kitchen and bathrooms that suit the buyers’ tastes was the second most important aspect for 23%, while having a second toilet was the biggest priority for 14% - good news for our industry.

Mark Kelly of Furniture123.co.uk says: “What’s interesting is that a lack of storage deters buyers. Those selling need to enhance the space they have wherever possible.

“There are ways to make the most of limited storage, such as fitted wardrobes, shelving inside the boiler cupboard, furniture that offers both storage and decoration such as an ottoman, making use of alcoves by fitting a dresser, bookshelf or cabinet to make best use of the often unusable space and fitting appliances such as microwaves and fridge/freezers to improve kitchen space.”

I would add that sellers should take advantage of some of the clever bathroom storage options available now.  And in future, when viewers point out an interesting use of space for storage, I’ll know it’s not just a throwaway comment…



* Jan-new-15.jpg

Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Linear kitchens become the design for 2016

* ki.jpgTrending in kitchen design for 2016 is a very sleek, linear look with handleless cabinetry and a few hi-tech appliances that make cooking, entertaining and living easier and more enjoyable, according to designers from independent kitchen retailer, Kitchens International.

For most contemporary homes - and even some traditional ones, a more linear look appears to be the most popular. Matt cabinetry in grey, off-white or taupe are in, while the yellow and creamy colours seem to be less fashionable. New textures, such as Leicht's concrete finish or fine textured wood veneer are offering greater choice in finishes. Brass and copper is beginning to be seen as an accent in the kitchen, either in accessories or for certain finishes.

Construction staff remain in high demand

The latest 'Report on Jobs', published today by KPMG and the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, highlighted slower, but still robust, growth of demand for permanent and temporary staff in the construction sector during October.

Adjusted for seasonal factors, the index for permanent workers in the construction sector fell from 64.7 in September to 62.8 in October. The latest reading was indicative of a sharp, although softer, expansion in permanent vacancies and one that was stronger than the UK-wide trend (62.1). Among the nine monitored sub-categories, construction was ranked fourth place in terms of demand for permanent workers in October.

Season: the Exclusive Cookery School

* season-lh-cookery-school.jpgHobsons|choice has completed a unique kitchen project at historic Lainston House, Winchester. Working with Exclusive Hotels&Venues, the talented design and installation team created the kitchen area of the new Season, Exclusive Cookery School - the brainchild of Exclusive Hotels & Venues managing director, Danny Pecorelli, who says:

"Season is set to make a fantastic addition to the luxury facilities on offer at Lainston House, and will provide a superb outlet for our multi-award winning chefs across the group to relay their expertise and knowledge.''

Burbidge's commitment to craftsmanship is commended with Manufacturing Guild Mark

* Burbidge_Gold_Mark.jpgRenowned kitchen manufacturer, Burbidge, has been awarded the prestigious Manufacturing Guild Mark (MGM) following over 40 years' work designing and developing truly innovative and exceptionally crafted premium kitchens.

To mark the occasion, Burbidge's managing director, Ben Burbidge, was recently presented with the much-coveted award by Paul von der Heyde, past master of The Furniture Makers' Company.

Britannia breezes into retro refrigeration

* Britannia-Breeze-Retro.jpgBritannia has announced the launch of a new retro-style cooling range, Breeze.

The collection - available now, features three A+ rated models in a variety of configurations: 70/30 fridge freezer split, top mount fridge freezer and standalone fridge, in up to three colours, including Gloss Black, Vanilla and Chilli Red.

"The launch of this exciting new range is a significant step forward in the evolution of the Britannia Living brand," says Michael Haigh, marketing manager at Britannia Living. "These bold and stylish appliances will create the wow factor in any kitchen and we are confident that they will provide our network of retailers with a real talking point and great profit margins."

Recycled leather creates warm effect

* Echelon-Mahogany-leather.jpgEcoDomo recycled leathers can be used as leather veneers (for doors, cabinet inserts, table tops, counter tops, etc); tiles and planks (for floors and walls) and as wall panels to impart a feeling of warmth to your project.

LDL to stock Blum Servo-Drive flex

* BLUM-SERVO-DRIVE1.jpgLDL Components is now offering the new Blum Servo-Drive flex intelligent, electrical opening system for handleless, integrated refrigerators, freezers and dishwashers from stock.

New Servo-Drive flex can be used with any standard integrated refrigerator, combination fridge/freezer, freezer or dishwasher. Simple to assemble, it is installed in four easy steps and, thanks to plug and play, does not require a qualified electrician.

Campaign raises awareness of the dangers of scalding and makes over £5000 for charity as it does so

* hotwater.jpgIn just 12 months, the Bathroom Manufacturers Association has raised over £5,000 for its favourite charity, the Children's Burns Trust.

"Time flies and what now seems a long time ago, the Bathroom Manufacturers Association launched its latest campaign, Hot Water Burns Like Fire," says the BMA's Amy Kirk. "The campaign is aimed at stopping scalding accidents by raising awareness of the dangers of hot water and by promoting the use of simple thermostatic devices to eliminate the risks. The campaign's websitewww.hotwaterburns.org together with its dedicated social media, has been recruited to spread the word.

Carpenter in court after trainee's fingers were severed

The owner of a Bedfordshire joinery and carpentry business that manufactures - amongst other products - kitchen and bathroom furniture, pleaded guilty to failing to report an accident that had occurred at his workshop, where a person had two fingers amputated.

Alex Defeo, a woodworking trainee, was employed at Fabs Designs' workshop in Bedford, Bedfordshire, when the incident occurred in December 2012.

SmegZones enhance immersive shopping experience

* smegzone.jpgSmeg is rolling out its own 'shop in a shop' dedicated displays with the aim of supporting independent electrical retailers. SmegZones are the Italian brand's bespoke package of products and displays tailored to fit a specific store's demographic and catchment.

The displays are designed to be a hub for all things Smeg, featuring signature lines such as Classic, Linea and Victoria, and incorporating built-in and freestanding appliances.

Knowing it's right - Trustmark supports National Consumer Week

* Trust-Mark.jpgIn support of National Consumer Week, which finishes today, TrustMark has been supporting organisers Citizens Advice Bureau, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, urging consumers and businesses to grasp the new provisions in the Consumer Rights Act to empower them to buy and sell with confidence and to increase consumers' understanding of - and their ability to - exercise these new rights.

To help steer and support TrustMark's 13,000 firms through the Act, assured advice has been jointly developed between TrustMark and Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards, as part of a dedicated primary authority scheme.

Roper Rhodes extends Hampton furniture range with two new units

* Roper-R-Hampton-700-SCT.jpgRoper Rhodes has taken its popular Hampton furniture range to greater heights with the addition of two new units. Joining the classically styled range, which comes in a variety of sizes and timeless finishes, is a statement 700mm basin unit and a neat and petite cloakroom unit.

Hand-built and finished, Hampton features five-piece doors with tongue and groove side panels and comes in a real oak veneer finish or hand-painted in chalk white, mocha or vanilla.

Haier appoints Vincent Rotger as general manager for Northern and Eastern Europe

* Haier.jpgAppliance manufacturer Haier, has strengthened the organisational structure of Haier Europe with the appointment of Vincent Rotger (pictured) as general manager for the Northern and Eastern Europe regions.

Hayley heads home improvement franchise

* hayley.jpgAs Granite Transformations' chief operating officer, Danny Hanlon, has taken up an equivalent post in the Group's North American operation, general manager Hayley Fenn has now assumed day-to-day responsibility for running the UK and Ireland retail franchise, renowned for its high quality kitchen and bathroom makeovers.

Hayley will manage the head office team, oversee business growth across the showroom network and provide franchise owners with effective marketing, technical and operational support. She is one of a growing number of women engaged in senior management and ownership roles within the UK franchise industry, far above the average proportion in other sectors.

The KBzine Archive Search

We keep an extensive archive of news stories and product information that have featured in past issues of The KBzine. If you would like to run a search of the The KBzine web site using the search tool below please just go ahead by entering in the name of the person, product or company or any other key words that you are looking for.

Search The KBzine:

How to contact us at The KBzine:
Jan Hobbs
Publishing Editor
Email:[email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1372 811 307 
Mobile: 07980 288 373





John Austen
Publishing Director
Email:[email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1580 755 863
Mobile: 07766 707 888
* John Austen-cutout-kbz.jpg


www.facebook.com/KBzine FB2.jpg

* Zenius_Media.jpg


The KBzine is broadcast every Friday. You may receive it FREE each week by clicking the link above.
To prevent this newsletter from getting swept up by overzealous email filters, we suggest that you add [email protected] to your address book.

Recent News

Soapbox: Celebrate being truly independent

* Bill-Miller.jpg
Writes Bill Miller, Managing Director, Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group

"Being a truly independent kitchen or bathroom specialist is something to be cherished and celebrated. It is essential that we constantly promote the many advantages we hold over our multiple competitors. We are the true specialists of our industry, offering a wealth of knowledge and expertise, as well as a distinctive atmosphere of warmth and intimacy that is so lacking in multiple outlets.


Abode designer hits the D-list!

* Paul-Illingworth_Abode.jpg
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'.


Burbidge gets a handle on the final touches with new brochure

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

© The KBzine 2024.
Subscribe | Unsubscribe | Hall of Fame | Cookies | Sitemap