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8th July 2016
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Double Trouble: the rise of the 'sexy bathroom'
Franke's new Nyon tap is a modern classic
Blanco conjures up an innovative material mix with the new Subline 500-IF SteelFrame sink
New Carron Phoenix Elena tap offers distinctive design at a competitive price
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
Now this is what you really call 'Multi-tasking!'
Stanza makes a poetic addition to the Britannia family
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
Mix & match with the handless Arcos collection from Schmidt in a range of on-trend colours
Showerwall updates its range with distinctive new decors
This Week's News
KBSA announces finalists in designer awards
Following a meeting of the judges for the 2016 KBSA Designer Awards, whereby all entries are judged anonymously, the finalists have been named for all categories as follows:
Kitchen Designer of the Year under £30,000 - sponsored by Omega:
Utopia prepares for major product launch
Utopia Bathrooms has invested over £250,000 in a sophisticated new automated through-feed painting line at its Wolverhampton manufacturing facility and headquarters. By offering an additional painted furniture finish alongside pressed and laminated options, the company is poised to take full advantage of lucrative opportunities in the bathroom furniture market.
Burbidge chairman receives CBE
It was certainly time for celebrations at kitchen manufacturer, Burbidge this month as chairman, David Burbidge received a CBE for his services to cultural philanthropy in the West Midlands.
David, who is currently an OBE, has received the title on account of his unrelenting commitment to the region, particularly in Coventry where he continues to lead the bid for the city to become the UK City of Culture 2021.
Whirlpool repositions as a premium brand
Whirlpool UK Appliances has announced a repositioning of the Whirlpool brand with a dramatic relaunch of its new premium range of appliances at a venue in London's Design Quarter in Clerkenwell Green.
Since the acquisition of the Indesit Company Spa, Whirlpool UK Appliances has repositioned the Whirlpool brand in the premium market sector, to ensure the group's portfolio is well-positioned, with a range of exciting brands to reflect the variety of market sectors providing choice for both the retailer and consumer.
New president and vice presidents take BMA helm
A huge turnout marked the recent AGM of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association. The record 85 members, associates, press people and guest speakers attended the event which was held for the first time at the Breadsall Priory in Derbyshire.
In the formal proceedings, members elected Paul Massey, Group CEO of AKW and DLP Group as the new president of the Association where he will remain in post for two years.
Weston Homes & RAK partner to create stunning bathroom concept
Weston Homes has partnered with RAK Ceramics to create a new stunning bathroom concept that features throughout its Southpoint project. Located in Southend-on-Sea, the new high-spec development includes 97 one and two bedroom apartments.
A breath of fresh air: the new Eton kitchen from Benchmarx
Fresh for spring 2016, Eton is a new addition to national, trade-only supplier, Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery's portfolio.
Modern styling with clean lines makes Eton a bright and breezy choice for any home. Offering a versatile and on trend light grey high gloss finish, this kitchen range looks smart and complements many different looks as well as the demands of busy family life.
GDHA introduces Flex+ induction hobs
Popular UK cooking appliance manufacturer, Glen Dimplex Home Appliances (GDHA), has launched its first flexible induction hobs across its three cooking brands - Stoves, Belling and New World - including one of the most powerful induction hobs on the market.
Aimed at introducing flexible induction to consumers at all price points and to suit all cooking styles and life stages, the new products offer clear trade-up opportunities for retailers between the New World, Belling and Stoves brands.
Ideal Standard appoints Jim Moore as managing director UK & Ireland
Ideal Standard has announced the appointment of Jim Moore as managing director UK & Ireland. Jim will oversee the Group's activities in UK & Ireland and assume responsibility for the business development across the Group's Armitage Shanks, Ideal Standard and Sottini brands. The appointment will be effective from 1st August 2016.
Jim (pictured) is an accomplished senior professional with significant international experience in the construction sector. He served over the last 12 years in senior management positions of the Vaillant Group.
Saniflo UK now on a TV near you
Saniflo is kicking off its Summer TV campaign this week with a comprehensive schedule covering all regions of the UK throughout the whole of July.
The 30-second advert, which highlights the ease of adding facilities with a Saniflo, will air nearly 3,500 times across multiple channels including ITV 3, Sky, Dave, MTV and a host of specialist channels and covers programming such as news, sport, movies, music, home interest, food, drama, documentaries and general entertainment.
iKBBI confirms Parliamentary line-up
The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Installers commemorates its 10th anniversary this year and is focusing its landmark on a reception event at The House of Commons on Tuesday 19th July.
Guest speakers at the prestigious and landmark event include Dean Weston, chief operating officer at Bathstore, Mandy Garnham, commercial training executive at Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSi) and Ben Burbidge, Master of The Furniture Makers' Company - the furnishing industry's charity.
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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
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.
BMA finalises conference line up for conference looking at the Circular Economy
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
The KBSA's national chair, Tina Riley, writes...
Ripples founder wins lifetime achievement award
Geberit AquaClean goes on tour for the first time
British Ceramic Tile's Retailer Club gets off to a flying start