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15th July 2016


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International News

Utopia prepares for major product launch

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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.

Weston Homes & RAK partner to create stunning bathroom concept

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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.

Double Trouble: the rise of the 'sexy bathroom'

- His-and-Hers bathrooms on the rise as busy couples say the bathroom is the number one sanctuary where they can spend time together

Franke's new Nyon tap is a modern classic

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The 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.

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.

Welcome to the


Well it’s been another week of surprises when it comes to politics, hasn’t it? We’d barely had time to recover from the thought of Boris’s potential performance as Foreign Secretary, when we learned that the Department of Energy & Climate Change is to be scrapped and that Justine Greening has been appointed Secretary of State for Education with responsibility for apprenticeships.

The Federation of Master Builders believes – as I do – that Theresa May’s decision to scrap the DECC is alarming as it signals that improving the energy efficiency of our existing buildings has been pushed ever-further down the list of Government priorities.

Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, says: “Three years ago Cameron told his officials to ‘cut the green crap’ and May has taken this further still by dissolving DECC. This means that there will be no Cabinet-level Minister championing climate change issues, which is bound to result in less emphasis and less action. Andrea Leadsom’s appointment as Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs provides little solace when you consider that she has regularly voted against measures to tackle climate change in the past. This matters because for May’s newly-formed Government to side-line its green policies, would be to sacrifice their numerous economic benefits.

“May should make improving our existing buildings an infrastructure investment priority as the knock-on benefits for jobs and growth are enormous. A programme to make British buildings more energy efficient would generate £8.7 billion of net benefits and unlike large infrastructure projects, is not at the mercy of the lengthy and protracted planning process – it could start tomorrow.”

 “We welcome the appointment of Justine Greening as Secretary of State for Education with responsibility for skills and apprentices, which previously came under the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. We hope that she continues the good work of Nick Boles in improving the quality of apprenticeships, which will in turn help elevate their status so that they are recognised by society as of equal worth to university degrees. Greening has a solid background in transport and treasury briefs which will no doubt help her understand the importance of having a properly skilled construction workforce.

“As we face the prospect of Brexit, combating the construction skills crisis has never been more important.”

I couldn’t agree more…



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Survey of SMEs across Europe and the USA reveals differing outlooks

Well over a third (38%) of UK small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) believe that if they don't adapt their business models they will go out of business in five years. However, only a mere 2% have done something about it. These are the findings of the 2016 'SME Barometer Research' commissioned by Exact - an annual survey looking at technology adoption among 2,500 SMEs across Europe and the USA - which reveals a number of differing outlooks, across the countries studied.

Gaia takes control of the whole house

* GAIA.jpgGaia provides the unique opportunity of being able to control either a hydronic or an electric underfloor heating system from a distance. Combining the wireless element with an app-able feature enables homeowners to effortlessly control their home heating system via an app on their smartphone.

The Gaialink system is based on an innovative, centrally-placed colour touch screen panel which enables all room temperatures and electrical devices within the home to be easily controlled individually or together.

SieMatic receives the highest possible brand endorsement with a golden accolade

* GDA16_GOLD.jpgPremium kitchen brand SieMatic has recently been bestowed with the prestigious 'German Brand Award in Gold.'

Established after a directive from the German Bundestag (House of Representatives) over 60 years ago, the 'German Design Council' acknowledges international design and brand activity in Germany with its esteemed 'German Brand Award'.

Grohe and Philips Sound bring the joy of music to the shower experience

* Aquatunes.jpgGrohe and Philips Sound have unveiled the Aquatunes waterproof Bluetooth speaker, bringing a high-quality, immersive musical experience to the bathroom. Users simply pair the speaker with their smartphone or tablet and enjoy their favourite music, radio station or any other source of audio.

Aquatunes has been designed to be a great-sounding, good-looking addition to any bathroom.

New cooling ticks A+ box

* Amica-cooling.jpgWhen Amica, one of Europe's fastest growing domestic appliance manufacturers, launches a new product, it is carefully designed to fill a well-defined gap. Perhaps a gap in consumer demand or a gap in its own portfolio, or, as in the case of this latest fridge freezer, a wide gap in the overall UK cooling and freezing market - for a 60cm (width) no-frost, premium design, feature-loaded fridge freezer at an everyday price...

Bisque unveils its new Lissett radiator collection

* Lissett-towel.jpgBisque, the UK-manufactured designer radiator brand, has announced the launch of the Lissett; a new model to add to its growing Aluminium collection.

With its slim profile and graceful curves, the Lissett is a subtle, elegant design that beautifully complements contemporary interiors. Its elliptical sections, topped by chrome caps, create a play of light across the radiator surface and its discreet brackets allow for minimal projection from the wall.

No need to be without a kitchen during renovation works...

* Kitchenpod.jpgKitchenpod has announced the launch of an exciting and unique product. The company offers high quality, temporary kitchens for hire to homeowners during kitchen and renovation projects. The services can also be provided in partnership with kitchen designers, interior designers, architects and building contractors. Clients will now have a cost effective alternative to moving out or 'making do' without a fully functioning kitchen, during what is often a very disruptive period.

Kerridge Commercial Systems celebrates 40 years of software innovation

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The company was established in 1976 - the same year as the Apple computer company.

Polaris Home Design launches a new line of bathroom vanities

* Polaris.jpgPolaris Home Design, a Californian company specialising in high-quality bathroom and kitchen fixtures, has announced the launch of its new line of bathroom vanities, which are expected to appeal to a wide range of consumers.

With a variety of styles and products that range from antique bathroom vanities all the way to modern bathroom vanities, the company says that this new line promises to be one of its most successful to date. It has been in the works since the beginning of 2016.

Candy reveals new 'Built-in kitchen appliance collection 2016' brochure

* Candy-brochure.jpgCandy has published its new 'Built-in kitchen appliance collection 2016' brochure, which showcases the latest product portfolio available to kitchen studios and includes ovens, hobs, hoods, microwaves and range cookers, as well as integrated dishwashers, washing machines, wine storage and refrigeration.

"The brochure clearly highlights each product's unique selling point in a way that they can simply translate to their customers, notes Owain Harrison, UK head of sales and marketing Hoover Candy Baumatic. "We have also included a selection of stylish lifestyle images showcasing specific products in a kitchen environment.

Coram Group UK appoints James Walker as new national specification manager

* James-Walker_Coram.jpgCoram Group UK has announced the appointment of James Walker into the newly created role of national specification manager, within the company's national specification team.

James has been recruited to concentrate on building the company's strategy within the national house builder, care home and retirement sectors and to manage some of the Group's key accounts as well as strategic market sectors. He will be responsible for selling Coram Group UK's whole showering solutions portfolio including Coram, Impey and Geesa products.

Hello London!

* Hello-London.jpgPhillip Watts Design tells us it is "just a little bit excited" to announce that its London showroom is now open.

Burbidge boss bikes for charity

* Burbidge-bike-ride.jpgBen Burbidge, managing director at Burbidge and master of The Furniture Makers' Company is preparing to embark on a gruelling 470 mile bike ride in September, all in aid of charity.

Ben, along with 25 other keen cyclists, has signed up to ride from London to Bordeaux on September 11th, with pit-stops along the way for some much deserved French food and wine. The peloton is hoping to reach Bordeaux on 16th September, just five days after starting.

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Recent 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:

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 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.

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

The 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.

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.


Ideal Standard appoints Jim Moore as managing director UK & Ireland

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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.

Ripples founder wins lifetime achievement award

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

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.


Whirlpool repositions as a premium brand

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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.

Saniflo UK now on a TV near you

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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.

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.

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