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1st July 2016


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International News

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

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The 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.

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

The 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.

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

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No 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.

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

To 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.

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.

Welcome to the


Well – it’s been quite a week, hasn’t it? A fortnight ago, none of us could be sure about the outcome of the EU referendum and while the vote was split pretty much down the middle as the polls had predicted, no-one could have foreseen all the fallout & mud-slinging that’s followed. The four horses of the apocalypse haven’t galloped into town but with the battles still raging both amongst our leaders and their troops, and our social media contacts, one could perhaps be forgiven for thinking that they had!

I’ve a feeling that things aren’t going to calm down for a while yet, too.

Ben Burbidge, of Burbidge Kitchens, believes that now is the time to take strides forward together rather than dwell on what some may feel are negative implications of the vote.

“Inevitably, the coming months and probably years will be uncertain and this may have a dampening effect on the KBB market, as consumers defer making high ticket purchasing decisions and people weigh more carefully the commitment to borrow significant sums to buy into the housing market,” he says. “All we can do is to continue to operate with ‘business as usual’ while we await further news on the exit strategy.”

“As one of the UK’s longest standing private companies, proudly manufacturing in Britain for almost 150 years, we will continue to invest in honing local talent and aiding the wider community.  In this way, we can ensure a ‘Great’ Britain, as we look to the future.”

I strongly believe we can talk ourselves into recession and it’s easy for a throwaway comment to take on more importance than it should and consequently spread doom and gloom like wildfire. Yesterday a market trader complained that petrol prices had gone up locally and it was “only going to get worse”. I checked the Web and prices are actually lower than they were before the vote – they may well go up at some stage but why spread negativity over something that’s not even true? It’s damaging!

I like Ben’s ‘business as usual’ stance and feel it’s one we should all adopt. If we’re confident, others will pick that up and we’ll all do better as a result. For after all, this industry is very much a global one, with goods made all over the place and international teams involved in the process. We all work well together and I’m sure we’d all like it to stay that way! Do you agree?



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Double Trouble: the rise of the 'sexy bathroom'

* COUPLE-AT-BASIN.jpg- His-and-Hers bathrooms on the rise as busy couples say the bathroom is the number one sanctuary where they can spend time together

KBSA designer awards - entries judged anonymously

The Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association reports that judging is now underway for the KBSA 2016 Designer Awards, and that the shortlisted applicants will soon hear whether they have been successful in making it through to the next stage.

The Judges, as always, will be judging each entry without knowing which entrant has submitted it, which is one of the unique features about this Awards programme. It is only when the winners and runners up are announced on the evening of the Awards dinner that judges are able to put designs to designers!

RAK Ceramics wins Best Sanitaryware Brand at the BKU Awards

RAK-award-winners.jpgRAK Ceramics PJSC, one of the world's largest hi-tech manufacturers of lifestyle ceramics solutions, was voted 'Best Sanitaryware Brand' at the BKU Awards 2016. "It is an honour to receive the award for 'Best Sanitaryware Brand' at the BKU Awards 2016," says Abdallah Massaad, Group CEO at RAK Ceramics.

"RAK Ceramics has enjoyed 25 years of ceramics expertise and our products feature in some of the most iconic buildings in the world. We are known for our wide product range and our ability to produce bespoke ranges for both small and large scale projects, enabling our clients to bring their ideas to life. In 2016, we will continue to release even more designs across tiles, sanitaryware and faucets that are smart, stylish and innovative."

Whirlpool reveals all change in the UK's busy kitchens

A new qualitative research project, conducted by Whirlpool, carried out to mark the launch of its new SmartCook induction hob, has learnt that cooking trends in the UK are evolving to accommodate new experiences, such as a wider range of gastronomic choices and healthier eating trends, but with convenience and ease of preparation considered increasingly important.

The in-depth study, which focused on one-to-one interviews with individuals in London and Birmingham, revealed that food is increasingly seen as a source of pleasure and self-expression in the UK.

Franke's new Nyon tap is a modern classic

* Nyon-monobloc-tap.jpgThe modern classic styling of the new Nyon monobloc tap from Franke's Specialist Range, makes it a design-versatile tap for both traditional and contemporary kitchens, while its solid stainless steel manufacture assures a robust tap that's built to last.

BMA finalises conference line up for conference looking at the Circular Economy

* CIRCULAR-ECONOMY.jpgThe old-school manufacturing model of Take... Make... Waste is on its way out. Today the approach is changing to Take... Make... Take... No waste. Yes - the principle of the Circular Economy is on the way in and is set to be a huge change for industry, revolutionising the way we firstly produce goods and then, at the end of their lives, dispose of them.

Children's charity chooses Max-Top surfaces

* Maxtop3.jpgModular quartz worktops from kitchen surface specialist Max-Top Quartz have been selected for children's charity Ronald McDonald House in Glasgow.

Max-Top Quartz surfaces have been installed throughout the facilities, which provide 'home from home' accommodation for families of children in the adjacent Royal Hospital for Children.

Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group annual members' meeting an immense success

* KBBG_DER-KREIS-team.jpgThe third annual members' meeting for the Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group (KBBG), the UK arm of Der Kreis buying group, took place at Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey recently, and was the group's most successful yet.

Illustrating how quickly the group has grown, almost every seat was filled in the Moss & Campbell Suite at the stunning venue in Weybridge.

Dream Doors sees 50% upturn in quality franchise applications vs 2015

* Dream-Doors-LoS.jpgKitchen makeover franchisor Dream Doors has reported a 50% increase in quality applications to become one of its franchisees compared to 2015.

Last year Dream Doors saw an average of 72 applications each month, with an average of 30 of those progressing to a telephone interview stage. The first six months of 2016 has seen an average of 78 applications, with 45 of those progressing to a telephone interview, a 50% increase.

Ripples founder wins lifetime achievement award

* Roger-Kyme.jpgRipples founder and chief executive Roger Kyme has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement award at the BKU awards.

Roger has spent an impressive 40 years in the bathroom industry with a career that spans the Atlantic. His passion to run his own showroom brought him back to the UK and in 1988 he opened the doors to his own bathroom showroom 'Ripples' with his wife Sandra.

Llandaff Laminates stocks Wilsonart's Aeon

Llandaff-laminates.jpgLlandaff Laminates, established supplier of kitchen worktops in Wales and the South West, has recently added the enhanced durability laminate work surface Aeon, from Wilsonart UK, to its extensive range.

Managing director of Llandaff Laminates, Mark Phillips, explains: "We were one of the first distributors of the Synergii range from Wilsonart UK and have confidence in the product.

HiB takes on the Wimbledon experience

* HiB-Wimbledon.jpgTo mark six months since HiB rebranded its logo and strapline with 'Making Bathrooms Beautiful', HiB's area sales managers and marketing team visited London SW18 during the Wimbledon Championships which are coming to the end of the first week.

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CDM15 one year on

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By Louise Hosking MCIEH CMIOSH IMaPS AIEMA SIIRSM, Chartered Safety & Health Practitioner and Director at Hosking Associates Ltd

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.

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.

SOAPBOX: What does the new 14 day self-certification proposal mean for patients and employees?

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With self-certification to be extended to 14 days, the Faculty and Society of Occupational Medicine discuss the benefits of the current 7-day system for patients and employees.

Are you working with water safely?

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Quinoa and spiralisers? Brits still have soft spot for retro dining, reveals survey

Despite the rise in popularity of superfoods such as quinoa, kale and avocado - and gadgets such as spiralisers and juicers - Brits still place cottage pie and toastie makers as firm favourites when it comes to dining.


PJH appoints new CEO

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Bathrooms, 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.

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.


Geberit AquaClean goes on tour for the first time

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Leading 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.

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

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British Ceramic Tile's recently launched Retailer Club has got off to a flying start, with over 590 premium retailers already signed up to the reward and loyalty scheme.

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