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24th June 2016


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International News

Stanza makes a poetic addition to the Britannia family

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Premium kitchen appliance specialist Britannia Living has launched a brand new range cooker collection - adding the Stanza to its suite of products.

The professionally-styled 90 and 100cm twin cavity, dual fuel appliances are available in stainless steel or gloss black.

Thirty6 - new thinking for the smallest room

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Despite the typical British bathroom being only six feet square or smaller, today's bathroom remains one of the most considered spaces in home design. With new homes including two or more bathroom spaces as standard - most of which are small in dimension - builders and plumbers are actively seeking products that make the best use of available space for the homeowner.

Mix & match with the handless Arcos collection from Schmidt in a range of on-trend colours

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Keeping it simple is the key to a calm, clutter-free kitchen. That's why the Arcos range of fitted furniture from Schmidt is perfect for a sleek, contemporary look that combines clean lines with practical elements and functional pieces ideal for modern living.

Showerwall updates its range with distinctive new decors

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The June relaunch of Showerwall sees it get a major design update with seven new decors added to the standard range, together with the introduction of a new designer-led Infinity Collection.

Floor-standing Crystal Obelisk joins RAK sanitaryware range

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RAK Ceramics has launched its new, floor-standing Crystal Obelisk cistern. Featuring a distinct, ultra-slim format, the on-trend cistern can be used alongside all RAK Resort wall-hung and back-to-wall WC's. It is offered alongside a variety of frame formats, with easy top access for installation and maintenance. All 'invisible' flush and mounting technology is included, for a fast fit and a very chic, contemporary look.

Bette to launch new matt colours for showers trays, shower floors and washbasins

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German enamelled steel shower tray, shower floor, bath and washbasin specialist, Bette, offers a huge range of colour options for its products, including 22 exclusive matt shades. The company is updating these matt colour options for shower trays, shower floors and washbasins, with the launch of nine new colours, which will be available from September.

Sanicubic XL goes out to sea

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One of Saniflo's leading products for the commercial sector, the Sanicubic XL, continues to enjoy great success and is specified for some very unusual and heavy-duty projects. Three of the robust pumps, which feature Vortex technology, are now sitting out at sea on a drilling rig providing drainage from toilet and bathing facilities for up to 24 people at a time. Two Sanicubic XL pumps are in use at any one time with one as a back-up.

Blanco's induction hobs bring water to the boil in seconds with 14 heat levels

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Speed is one of the benefits of induction cooking. Blanco provides absolute precision while cooking with 14 different heat levels on the BH467830 and BH467831 models.

Challenge is on for tradespeople

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To kick start the nation's football fever, Screwfix is providing tradespeople with the chance to participate in some football fun with its 'Back of the Van' 2016 football challenge. At selected Screwfix stores across the UK, tradespeople have the chance to be rewarded for their football skills whilst stocking up on trade essentials for work.

Smoothly does it - The Masterclass silk story

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With a luxuriously tactile finish that is smooth to the touch, Masterclass has introduced Silk, a new painted range that offers quality and perfection which is only possible due to superior manufacturing processes.

Axor asks experts to "create your own spout" with alternative materials and forms

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Building on the technological capabilities of the Axor U-Base, Axor envisioned a new dimension of individualisation: washbasin spouts crafted from alternative materials with total freedom of form for seamless integration in the interior design or for creating a personal statement. Within this creative brief, Axor invited world-renowned design partners to present their visions for the meaning of water within the living spaces of tomorrow.

Smeg unveils limited edition collection of MG FAB28 fridges

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Smeg has unveiled a limited edition run of MG-inspired fridges to celebrate its new UK headquarters, built on the site of the sports car company's original factory.

Welcome to the


Did you, like me, slouch on the sofa all night watching the referendum count unfold, in the hope that you could stay awake the entire time? It didn’t work for me but I managed to catch most of it, just missing the announcement that Brexit had won, later falling through the non-reclined centre of my sofa and onto the floor when I opened my eyes, saw the newsflash on screen and tried to sit up too quickly in astonishment.

It’s been a lively few weeks, hasn’t it? And the fact that no-one really knew which way it was going to go, made it an even more nail-biting event. Now I feel blank.

So what’s next?

Well, Parliament’s going to debate the possibility of holding a second referendum, which means that like those in Eire some years back, we could be asked to vote again! A petition on the Government website currently has more than 150,000 signatures, so cannot be ignored.

While I don’t like a lot about the way the EU is run and the money it wastes (and I certainly didn’t like being bullied by the likes of Juncker and Hollande!) there is a great deal that’s good about it and I’m hoping that once things settle down, we can all look at things more calmly and find a way to work together for the benefit of us all. Comments made by those running the EU, show they are clearly now aware that many of us throughout Europe actually do have plenty to grouse about and – frustratingly – some are saying that the issues need to be addressed. With 27 entities debating them, it’s not going to be a quick fix though, is it?

John and I have been working very closely with our European friends and counterparts for many years now and count lots of those we’ve come to know well, as some of our dearest friends. Whether we’re ‘in’ or ‘out’, we don’t feel it’s going to make the slightest difference to our business relationships or our friendships and I hope that this is echoed by Europeans everywhere.

Something that demonstrates the benefits of collaboration, is The European Water Label and we’ve just heard that it’s running a competition to highlight the label’s strength and visibility across Europe.

To participate (and be in with a chance of winning an iPad), just upload a picture of the label – whether it’s in a magazine, at a trade show, in a stockists or printed on packaging or literature. When you see the label, use the hashtag #EWLspotted stating where you have seen it, retailer, merchant, manufacturer and also the country/area it was in.



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This Week's News

CDM15 one year on

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The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) meant significant change for anyone using contractors from 6th April 2015; not only due to a change in duty holders and their responsibilities, but because smaller scale works and domestic projects were required - for the first time - to follow the CDM process. Anyone commissioning works, using contractors, designing, pricing, scoping or delivering projects has had to review their arrangements and act.

Blanco conjures up an innovative material mix with the new Subline 500-IF SteelFrame sink

* BLANCO1.jpgThe new Blanco Subline 500-IF SteelFrame sink showcases an innovative material mix of stainless steel and Silgranit. The sink is made from Silgranit PuraDur, an invincible material, while the extra-flat, modern stainless steel frame is what makes this sink set-up truly different.

Thanks to this IF rim, the Subline SteelFrame sink can be installed from above the counter. However, inset installation in stone or glass is possible with the 1mm edge of the sink sitting flat on the worktop creating a modern flush-mounted look.

Working together - the KBSA and the KBB NTG

Following the dissolution of the Kitchen Bedroom Bathroom National Training Group Member Council, the KBB NTG and the The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association have announced that are working together to ensure the ongoing training support of the kitchen industry during this period of change.

"We are working towards safeguarding the excellent work and achievements carried out by Renee Mascari and the NTG," said Tina Riley, KBSA national chair.

New Carron Phoenix Elena tap offers distinctive design at a competitive price

* FRANKE-CARRON-P-Elena.jpgThe clean lines of the square base on the new Elena from Carron Phoenix, combined with its elegantly curved ribbon spout, offer a distinctively-designed tap to suit any modern or contemporary kitchen. As well as being competitively priced, it comes with the assurance of a five year guarantee.

The monobloc Elena in chrome is available now. It features a swivel spout which rotates through 360 degrees and the design of the square base is complemented by a single joystick-style square side lever. It has an overall height of 375mm and a spout reach of 230mm.

Good growth forecast in the UK Domestic Kitchen & Bathroom Worktops market

* AMA-worktops.jpgThe value of the kitchen and bathroom worktop market is estimated to have reached a value of more than £200m in 2015, reflecting a recent recovery in the market after the difficult post-recession trading period, reports market research organisation AMA Research.

There has been steady growth in the market since 2011, as a result of an increasing level of consumer confidence and a return to favour of the housing market in particular. The worktop market has grown fractionally faster than the equivalent kitchen furniture and overall bathroom products market.

Abode Matrix R50 Xl: fit for the heart of the home

* Abode-Matrix-R50-XL.jpgNo more a simple piece of utilitarian or functional design, Abode kitchen sinks are innovatively created by the manufacturer's talented in-house designers. Every piece is produced to withstand everyday usage in the kitchen which is, in effect, the heart of the home.

Abode launched this generously proportioned stainless steel, Matrix R50 XL kitchen sink at KBB this year and it is now widely available through Abode's distribution partners.

Now this is what you really call 'Multi-tasking!'

Haier.jpgTo simplify the tedious task of doing laundry and help families save time, Haier has launched the revolutionary washing machine, the Haier Duo, in the UK this Summer. A one-of-a kind innovation, Haier's latest laundry appliance features not one, but two drums, allowing up to two wash cycles to run simultaneously, according to the user's needs.

Only one water mains inlet is required to supply both drums which makes it practical for installation anywhere at home.

Geberit AquaClean goes on tour for the first time

* Geberit-AquaClean.jpgLeading the way in introducing the very latest shower toilet technology to consumers and raising awareness of the many benefits of cleaning with water among a growing audience, Geberit is taking to the road this Summer on the Geberit AquaClean 'My First Time' tour.

Visiting key destinations throughout the UK, the Geberit My First Time tour will stop off at Edinburgh, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds, with a variety of activities taking place at each stop to encourage people to get on board with this latest bathroom technology in the most innovative of ways.

PJH appoints new CEO

* Richard-George_PJH.jpgBathrooms, kitchens and appliances supplier PJH has announced that Andrew Yates, present CEO of PJH has been appointed CEO of parent company Globe Union Industrial Corporation - succeeding Scott Ouyoung, who will take up the role of Chairman.

Andrew, who has been successfully leading PJH for over 10 years, is succeeded by Richard George, who takes up the role of CEO having served the company since 2011 - latterly as COO.

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Recent News

Kitchen market boost from 'cooking culture' in 2016

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A new report from MTW Research on the UK kitchen products market suggests kitchen sales will surpass £3 billion for the first time in 2017, with the market strengthening in 2016 as consumer confidence and the housing market remains buoyant.

The KBSA's national chair, Tina Riley, writes...

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Following the recent board meeting, I am pleased to advise that the KBSA future strategy project is progressing well and we will continue to drive this forward with the assistance of Uwe Hanneck who will continue to work as a consultant to The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association.

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2016 Trends in the Home

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VitrA welcomes Tamara Harris to its team

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VitrA, which tells us it is proud to have become a member of the Bathroom Manufacturer's Association, has appointed Tamara Harris FMAAT ACCA to the position of Finance Manager following the retirement of Peter Skeggs.


British Ceramic Tile's Retailer Club gets off to a flying start

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