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15th April 2016


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International News

Extension design 'flows' from steel windows

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Having found the house of their dreams in a quiet North London street, Marcelle and Robert Schogger decided to extend to create a spacious kitchen and dining area. They were determined that steel windows should be the key architectural feature of their project and, with this in mind, they appointed Steel Window Association member, Steel Window Service & Supplies, to supply and install a large window and door screen.

Liebherr hails the success of its Blu Performance launch

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In early March, Liebherr introduced its groundbreaking Blu Performance Premium range of cooling appliances to the UK market with an exciting launch at the remarkable Mercedes World in Brooklands, Weybridge in Surrey.

Fila surface care regime specified alongside national Porcelanosa applications

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Porcelanosa has specified FILA's award-winning surface care regime for all of its new build projects. As part of the National Housebuilder specification, Fila Deterdek will be used to clean all Porcelanosa kitchen and bathroom surfaces prior to handover.

Local students explore 60 years of manufacturing history in support of upcoming GCSEs

Thirteen Year 11 students from Barnard Castle School enjoyed a tour of the modern manufacturing facilities at Wilsonart UK in County Durham earlier this month.


For the beauty of ice in the home; go for Glacier from Lustrolite

If your clients say they're tired of looking at the same old tiles in their kitchen, or are perhaps bored with their plain white bathroom, why not suggest that they revamp their home and inject a subtle hint of colour with Glacier from Lustrolite?

British Ceramic Tile expands popular Ted Baker ArTile range

British Ceramic Tile's latest addition to the ArTile collection showcases one of Ted's signature prints - Flight of the Orient. Transporting homeowners into a far-flung paradise, the newest splashbacks are heavily influenced by the Orient, with exotic birds and blossom trees being married with a soft palette of blues and pinks.

Promising start to 2016 for UK tradesmen

2016 has got off to an encouraging start for UK tradespeople as they declare revenues are up, according to new research.

All hail the Harrow - Burbidge launches new bathroom beauty

Burbidge is continuing to hone in on the bathroom realm with the introduction of the stunning new Harrow bathroom furniture range.

Tilemaster launches new neutral-cure Silicone 3000+

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Tilemaster Adhesives has developed a new neutral-cure formulation for its popular range of silicones. New Silicone 3000+ now provides a premium anti-mould solution that can be used with acid-sensitive stone, as well as porcelain and ceramics. Other improved features include enhanced adhesion properties and increased flexibility. The new formulation is now also available in 14 shades, to colour-match Tilemaster's extended Grout 3000 range.

Blanco - German perfection at impressive KBB

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Blanco UK's passion for perfection was reflected in a comprehensive portfolio of hobs, sinks, taps and extractor hoods - focusing on 'perfection above the countertop'.

TKC showcases new Lucente Cashmere kitchen range, premium wirework and revamped lighting collection

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TKC used its third appearance at KBB to showcase a new kitchen range, premium wirework and a revamped lighting collection.

Sanipex Group UK showcased new ranges

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Sanipex Group UK, distributor of quality bathroom brands including Bagnodesign, Galassia and Bossini, showcased the latest designs was home to new ranges in Bagnodesign's sanitaryware and brassware collections.

Kitchen design that is as smooth as silk: that's Masterclass

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We made Masterclass our first visit of the day on Tuesday and the stand was already packed by just gone 10:00. We soon understood why. What a collection - and made in Wales too!

Trend Interiors: creating a stir

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Trend Interiors created a stir with its largest stand ever, as it launched three major collections of worktops, media furniture and sliding wardrobes as well as additions to the kitchens, bathrooms and fitted bedroom ranges.

Smart surfaces and clever ideas from Bushboard

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Showcasing its commitment to 'smart surfaces and clever ideas' Bushboard's stand had four dedicated kitchen zones showing the depth and breadth of its portfolio of premium Prima and Omega laminate and pioneering installer-ready Encore solid surface and M-Stone quartz worksurfaces, offering retailers a choice of products to meet all design needs and price points.

Carron Phoenix underscores popular brand values with new products and a new drive behind Carron Centres

In a strategic move to strengthen it base in the mid-to-value end of the market and expand its retail following, Carron Phoenix used the show to launch a reinvigorated offer for its Carron Centre partnerships as well as display some new ranges.

Pronorm on-point with new products to create luxury kitchens

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Luxury kitchens demand luxury touches and Pronorm demonstrated its ability to offer just that with the launch of its impeccable new Pro-Tech drawer box system available in a choice of titan aluminium and oak finishes.

Welcome to the


The forthcoming EU referendum is dominating the press and some of the ‘news’ that’s being published, beggars belief. And then of course there are the things we should be being told, which are not being reported on.

I for one feel insulted by some of the stuff we’re being fed, which is, quite frankly, ridiculous if you think about it, but of course there are many who’ll swallow everything without a further thought and those who won’t read anything other than their usual Daily and thus won’t be aware of the full picture, before casting their vote. It’s rather frightening, isn’t it, when you consider what’s at stake?

In business, we have to be careful about making our views known because feelings can run so high when it comes to the EU, that relationships can be damaged when those holding opposing views get into discussion about it. One only needs to look at Facebook to see how angry some of those arguing, have become!

I have to commend The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom Installers then, for doing what most of us have wanted to do, by asking people in the industry what they think.

iKBBI members have come down squarely on the Brexit side as you’ll see from the report below – but of course that’s probably not surprising, since it’s their trade that has been one of the hardest hit by an influx of competent and willing competition from other parts of the EU.

What has surprised me though is the response! 4,203 people felt strongly enough about the subject to make their views known and 93% of these said they will be voting, which perhaps shows just how high feelings are running. And while the majority of these were installers, other parts of the industry were also represented in the results.

Backing up what I said at the beginning, 87% said they were not in a position to make an informed choice as they didn’t feel that they had the full facts.

This is where the Internet comes in and my advice to those who feel misinformed is to use the Internet to do as much research as possible. You’ll read some odd things I’m sure, but unless you’re aware of the full facts of the issue, you could end up letting down an awful lot of people…



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

KBB Industry Brexit poll reveals one-sided results!

* UK-EU-flags.jpgThe Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom Installers (iKBBI) has conducted its own Brexit poll which has revealed strong support for an OUT decision by its members.

In all, 4,203 participated in the poll, 82% of whom were installers / installation businesses, 15% were retailers / designers and 3% were manufacturer / distributors.

Foundations for success: the future looks bright for family businesses in the construction sector

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New research by Oxford Economics for the Institute for Family Business (IFB) Research Foundation reveals the vast contribution family firms make to the UK economy - employing over 11.9 million people and making up 87% of all private sector firms in the UK.

Shaws extends classic collection

* Shaws-Classic-Brindle.jpgShaws of Darwen has launched three new models, expanding its Classic Collection and Inset/Undermount offerings. Each new hand-crafted sink carries the Shaws of Darwen logo, which is a guarantee of traditional quality in a modern product. Sinks are manufactured with a 31/2" waste outlet which is suitable for basket strainer or waste disposer.

The Classic Collection is a wide range of sinks designed to appeal to more contemporary styles, yet true to the heritage of handcrafted fireclay. The Classic Collection has stylish slim side walls for a contemporary appearance with no compromise to construction quality.

Methven secures Red Dot Product Design Award

* red-dot.jpgMethven has won a 2016 Red Dot Award for product design for its Aio shower featuring Aurajet technology.

Aurajet uses water deflection to create fan-shaped sheets of water. The showerhead's hidden nozzles generate single jets of water that produce a wide, even shower spray with no gaps and enhanced droplet density, delivering up to 20% more total spray force and twice the amount of skin contact - yet using as little water as nine litres per minute - continuing Methven's commitment to savings on water and energy bills for consumers.

Whirlpool announces new 'two and 10' warranty on home appliances

Whirlpool is now offering a two year labour and 10 year parts guarantee across the whole new range of Whirlpool appliances. It covers all replacement parts for 10 years and free labour for two years from the date of purchase, once the new appliance is registered.

Cast iron classics from MHS Radiators

* MHS-Liberty.jpgMHS Radiators offers a range of traditional cast iron models for period and modern interiors, guaranteed to satisfy the needs of homeowners and designers alike. As a material, cast iron has its own unique properties, including the ability to retain heat for extended periods.

There are four beautifully crafted models from which to choose: Blenheim, Burlington, Clasico and Liberty. Each of these is available in a variety of sizes and colour options, ensuring each radiator makes an elegant statement in the home.

Victoria + Albert Baths unveils oceanic-inspired Pescadero bath at Salone Del Mobile

* Pescadero.jpgVictoria + Albert Baths, the luxury British bathing brand known worldwide for its beautiful Quarrycast freestanding baths and basins, has unveiled its newest design - the Pescadero - at this year's Salone del Mobile exhibition in Milan.

Inspired by the sea, the Pescadero features a dynamically undulating rim, designed to form a distinctive, asymmetrical 'wave'. The contours are accentuated by smart, sculpted 'swage' details on the inner and outer sides of the bath, creating crisp shadow lines to emphasise the Pescadero's unique shape.

Striking a note at Eurocucina: Grundig unveils built-in collection

* Eurocucina.jpgGrundig is unveiling its collection of built-in products at EuroCucina in Milan this week, which includes everything from a complete range of smart connected appliances, to the much-anticipated experience of Virtual User Experience Technology (VUX). Innovations include an eco-friendly dishwasher that uses just 5.5 litres of water to clean a full load, and intuitive washing machines that detect everything from fabric type to common stains.

This range attaches great significance to eco friendliness along with the brand's strong attributes - high quality, refined pleasures, ease of use and exclusive design.

Upgraded AEG WaterSave dishwasher provides a sustainable solution for the home

* AEG-watersaver.jpgUsers can save over 2,000 litres of water per year with the the new AEG F67622Vi0P built-in ProClean dishwasher, featuring innovative WaterSave technology. The dishwasher is also very efficient, rated A++ energy class.

Said to provide superior cleaning results, whilst using half the water of standard dishwasher models, the WaterSave technology stores water from the final rinse and reuses it in the next cycle to pre-wash the dishes, reducing water consumption by almost 50%.

New customer recognises enhanced performance potential of exclusive Aeon worksurfaces

* Brent1.jpgBrent Plastics is a brand new distribution customer for Wilsonart UK and is stocking the exclusive Aeon collection. Aeon is an enhanced-durability laminate worktop range exclusive to Wilsonart UK.

Interiors expert Tristan de la Haye, joins award-winning Hampshire kitchen design specialist

* Tristan-de-la-Haye.jpgHampshire-based kitchen design specialist, The Myers Touch, has bolstered its senior sales team with the appointment of widely-recognised and well-loved industry expert, Tristan de la Haye, as sales manager, ahead of the company's ambitious expansion and new partner initiative.

Tristan is no stranger to the design industry and has excelled in a number of high profile positions since entering the profession back in the early 1990s. Since then, he has had the privilege of travelling the world, working for private clients and developers alike, creating beautiful interiors for royalty and celebrities, along with heads of state and business leaders.

Steve Moss becomes regional sales manager - built-in electricals channel for the south, at Hoover Candy Baumatic

* Steve-Moss.jpgHoover Candy Baumatic has appointed Steve Moss as regional sales manager - electricals channel for the South.

New senior kitchen designer appointment at Holloways of Ludlow

* Matthew-James.jpgAward-winning kitchen designer, Holloways of Ludlow, has announced the appointment of Matthew James as senior designer.

Cosentino UK and Ireland proud to support the Blood, Sweat & Gears charity bike ride

* Consentino.jpgChampioned by managing director, Christophe Gontier, Cosentino UK and Ireland has announced that it is proud to be supporting the Blood, Sweat & Gears charity bike ride in aid of Help for Heroes.

The gruelling seven-day cycle ride will take place from 24th April - 1st May, and challenges riders to a demanding 320-mile route across the Western Cape of South Africa, encompassing 22,000ft of punishing climbs and seven mountain passes.

Roman sponsors young talent

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The team played against a combination of four local clubs in Les Landes and despite the Landais Barbarians team being much larger and used to the 25 degree heat, Barnard Castle was victorious in a very physical and high quality game 51-24.

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Recent News

BMA announces conference host and first speakers

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, organiser of the Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference 2016, has announced the host and the first of its seven speakers for the day-long event.

Abode acquired by Norcros plc

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As announced as breaking news last week, on 1st April 2016 Norcros, leading supplier of innovative branded showers, taps, bathroom accessories, tiles and adhesives, announced its acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Abode Home Products for a total of £4.8m.

League table of the top districts in Great Britain for home improvement in 2015

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With many households across the country in the process of a spring clean, it was Kensington & Chelsea that led all regions in Great Britain for home improvement planning applications in the last year.

Bathtime decline, but showering Brits are still a nation of water-wasters

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A new report by the UK's authority on water efficiency, Waterwise, has found that despite more of us than ever making a conscious effort to save water, Britain unconsciously remains a nation of 'water wasters'.


Karonia launches new Mistral consumer brochure

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Insinkerator introduces new product brochure

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