* KBZ-Logo-7.png


KBzine: the original kitchen and bathroom industry e-newssince 2002
16th September 2016


We strongly recommend viewing KBzine full size in your web browser. Click our masthead above to visit our website version.


English French Spanish Italian German Dutch Russian Mandarin

Please note that you are viewing an archived issue of The KBzine.

International News

Utopia introduces luxurious freestanding bath

* Utopia-Sensuelle-Peacock-Blue.jpg
Utopia Bathrooms has introduced Sensuelle, its first freestanding luxury bath. The new bath is part of the Roseberry Collection, Utopia's recently launchednpainted timber range, but can also be teamed with other Utopia furniture.

Dream Doors launches new door styles and colours for 2016

* Dream-Doors-bella-cambridge.jpg
Kitchen makeover specialist Dream Doors has launched a new range of door styles and colours, available to customers for Autumn / Winter 2016/17.

Utopia creates a stir

* UTOPIA-Roseberry-London-Grey.jpg
With the new Roseberry collection of painted timber bathroom furniture, leading manufacturer Utopia Bathrooms has brought something genuinely different to the market. It has developed a unique range that is packed with choice and inspiring design ideas and one that has universal appeal, at home in any style of property.

Daval launches Mayfair & Varenna Kitchen Furniture Collection

* Daval-Mayfair.jpg
Daval, a leader in the design and manufacture of fitted furniture, has just launched the Mayfair and Varenna Kitchen Furniture Collection: a classic design that is both fresh and modern.

Stylish fairytale furnishings for little princesses

* Little-Mermaid-bed.jpg
Little girls can feel like real princesses, even if only in their dream world in the bedroom...

The various children's room ideas and furnishings for princesses, from Portuguese manufacturer Circu, offer a big choice for interior design, with the availability of everything that corresponds to the fairy tale - down to the last detail.

Dream Doors launches new kitchen design tool to allow customers to plan their perfect kitchen

Kitchen makeover firm Dream Doors has launched a new a new online 'visualiser', a kitchen design tool that allows consumers to plan their perfect kitchen, from door style and colour to different wall colours and flooring.

Perrin & Rowe adds a new extra special finish 'Aged Brass'

* PERRIN.jpg
Perrin & Rowe has announced its new finish, Aged Brass, which completes its collection of five extra special finishes.

Welcome to the



I do love working from home… I rarely suffer sitting in traffic during the extended rush hour; nor do I have to squeeze myself onto ridiculously crowded trains where I’ll remain wedged in by fellow commuters – not needing to hold the rail because there’s no way I can move; let alone fall over (can we really afford to spend all that money on HS2 when our heavily-overburdened suburban lines are in such a mess?).

With this week’s sunny weather, I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to cart my iMac and ‘phones into the garden where I’ve produced copy and conducted conversations in an idyllic setting that’s offered a cooling breeze. Today’s downpour means I’m back in the office – not so pleasant but at least I’ve not had to negotiate floods, unlike some unlucky commuters! If you’re one of those who have had trouble getting into work this week, may your journey home be easier!

Next week, as always happens at this time of year, I’m envious of those who work and perhaps even live in London, who can simply nip out of the front door to attend what appear to be daily launches and press breakfasts, before making a brief show the office prior to enjoying a day of discovery (without having to worry about extra costs or any real travel) to visit the many delights that go to make up the London Design Festival. There is so much going on and so much I would like to see and experience, that logistically it will be impossible to fit everything in thanks to the commute at either end of the day and copy to produce at some stage. I’m going to be getting around to as much as I possibly can, but am disappointed at having to miss out on so much of it.

Whether you’re unveiling anything new at, say, 100% Design, or opening the doors of your workshop to inquisitive journalists, potential retailers, or specifiers on a ‘Design Quarter’ tour, I hope your efforts are rewarded with success. All the latest Office for National Statistics show that despite predictions, the Brexit vote has not caused a catastrophe and that we are in buoyant mood. Fingers crossed that next week will prove fruitful.

If you see us out and about, do make sure you come and say ‘hello’, won’t you?



* Jan-new-15.jpg

Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

R&D tax relief claims by construction firms rise by a quarter

* RSM_Kelly-Boorman.jpgNew statistics from HMRC have revealed there was a 26% year-on-year rise in the number of claims for research & development tax credits submitted by construction firms in 2014-15.

The latest data shows that construction companies submitted 480 claims for research and development tax credits in 2014-15, up from 380 in 2013-14. The total amounts claimed in the period rose from £20m to £35m, a rise of 75%.

Small kitchen? No problem with the new Elon 45 S sink

* Blanco-Elon-sink.jpgSmall spaces no longer have to compromise with the new Blanco Elon 45 S sink.

This model has a compact single bowl with a maximum bowl size for a 45cm cabinet and a bowl depth of 190mm. The innovative 205mm x 436mm stainless steel drainer grid, which fits with the unusual curved design of the sink drainer, provides extra space, making this a truly multi-functional kitchen.

'Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the fairest of them all?'

* Audio-mirror.jpgSurprisingly, many of us overlook the impact a finishing touch can have on a room, yet The Bathroom Shop recognises that it's the finer details which can give that all important WOW factor. Arguably one of the most reliant features in the bathroom, a mirror or mirrored cabinet is a must-have consideration in the early stages of design and one that should never be neglected.

With bathroom interiors continuing to develop in terms of design and style, the market has moved away from the more typical mirror with few or even no features. Instead, advancements have come to the fore and welcomed a rise in digital communication which continues to mature across both home and lifestyle.

Back in black and white: the amazing Arc from MHS Radiators

* MHS-Arc-Black.jpgMHS Radiators has added the handsome Arc Black and refined Arc White to its stunning range of designer radiators. There are 10 models of each radiator available, with either single or double tubes.

Arc Black is a striking, dark radiator with elongated oval tubes, which effortlessly blends in with a range of traditional or contemporary interior styles. Finished in Black RAL 9017, Arc Black makes a design statement without becoming overpowering.

Glossy new looks and spec for K

* K-Collection-Merino.jpgThe K Collection of kitchens, available exclusively from PJH, has introduced four new furniture ranges to its enhanced portfolio, including the sleek Merino kitchen.

With a high gloss finish, Merino is a slab door design, available in three earthy shades of Ivory Gloss, Lava Gloss and Cashmere Gloss - and is pictured here in Cashmere.

Abode and Barwick form new partnership

* Abode-Vedo-Tall-Basin.jpgAbode and renowned bathroom distributor, Barwick Bathroom Distribution, have formed a partnership to promote and sell the company's vast range of designer-led bathroom taps and showering solutions throughout the UK.

Barwick is a long established and respected distributor within the bathroom sector.
Pete Phelan, Abode national sales manager comments: "We are absolutely delighted Barwick will be working with us to distribute our portfolio of designer bathroom brassware and showers. It's exciting times for us here at Abode and this new partnership is perfectly timed to capitalise on recent portfolio additions and extensions".

Whirlpool launches premium, built-in, side-by-side, refrigeration pair

* Whirlpool-Supreme.jpgWhirlpool has launched a new premium, built-in, refrigeration pair, which may be coupled together to emulate the must-have side-by-side.

Storing food is a constant challenge, particularly for those who lead busy lives and prefer the convenience of doing bigger shops less frequently. However, poor, inadequate storage can have an impact on how well food is preserved - and even worse, may result in food going to waste.

Enjoy subtle extraction with Caple's new DD903BK Flip downdraft hood

* Caple-DD903BK.jpgCaple's new Flip downdraft hood is designed to integrate seamlessly within the worksurface when not in use and, when switched on, allows users to achieve effective extraction at low level with an innovative tilt operation.

This downdraft can be flush fitted for use with both gas and electric hobs and features an illuminated, touch control panel with four speed options and an auto timer, which ensures that extraction continues for up to 10 minutes after cooking is complete.

Swan celebrates success at IFA 2016

* Swan.jpgBritish brand Swan is returning from the world's leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, IFA, having celebrated a successful show in Berlin.

Exhibiting on its own stand for the first time, the company ensured that the complete commercial team were in attendance for the whole week, including commercial director Rob Wileman and sales director Paul Simpson, along with marketing manager, David Foulstone.

IDS expands its senior team with a new regional sales manager north

* IDS_Jamie-Ibbetson.jpgSurface materials distributor IDS has appointed Jamie Ibbetson to the new position of regional sales manager north.

Burgbad's John Drake

* John-Drake_Burgbad.jpgIt is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Burgbad sales manager, John Drake, on 5th September 2016.

The KBzine Archive Search

We keep an extensive archive of news stories and product information that have featured in past issues of The KBzine. If you would like to run a search of the The KBzine web site using the search tool below please just go ahead by entering in the name of the person, product or company or any other key words that you are looking for.

Search The KBzine:

How to contact us at The KBzine:
Jan Hobbs
Publishing Editor
Email:[email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1372 811 307 
Mobile: 07980 288 373





John Austen
Publishing Director
Email:[email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1580 755 863
Mobile: 07766 707 888
* John Austen-cutout-kbz.jpg


www.facebook.com/KBzine FB2.jpg

* Zenius_Media.jpg


The KBzine is broadcast every Friday. You may receive it FREE each week by clicking the link above.
To prevent this newsletter from getting swept up by overzealous email filters, we suggest that you add [email protected] to your address book.

Recent News

UK tradespeople quoting for more work than 12 months ago

Nearly half (44%) of the UK's plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other trades say they are quoting for more work than 12 months ago, according to multi-channel retailer, Screwfix.

Whirlpool announces first ever 'National Quiet Day'

* National-Quiet-Day.jpg
Recognised for its dedication to innovation and quiet technology, Whirlpool, has announced the very first National Quiet Day, taking place on Wednesday 14th September 2016.

BMA urges conformance and competence

* like-fire.jpg
Useful advice worth - if you're a retailer - sharing with potential customers...

Apart from price, which is always top of the list, there should be two main priorities for anyone investing in a new bathroom. The first is that the product should be of excellent quality and should conform with all the relevant standards and regulations. The second is that it should be installed correctly, safely and efficiently, by qualified and competent installers.

Brexit Bump & Bounce for Shower Market to 2020

* Shower-Market-Report.jpg
A new report on the UK shower market from MTW Research suggests above inflation growth in 2016, with new technology paving the way for a £50 million sales 'bounce' by 2020, despite Brexit dampening volume growth.


Burbidge finds the perfect fit as it opens its doors to new Simply Burbidge range

* Mike-Proctor.jpg
Burbidge, leading kitchen frontals and accessories manufacturer, has appointed a new operations director to oversee the businesses' two factory sites in Coventry.

Uform welcomes new sales representative in East Midlands & South Yorkshire

* Mark-Tomlinson.jpg
Kitchen door & component supplier Uform has announced a recent new appointment to its UK sales team. Mark Tomlinson joins the company with responsibility for the East Midlands and South Yorkshire area and will be key in helping to further penetrate the UK market in line with the company's planned growth strategy.

Further key management appointments at TKC

* Warren-Wood.jpg
Warren Wood has moved to the newly created position of technical and training manager at TKC and Sinead Gill has taken up the position of trade counter manager.

Ellis expanding every which way!

Ellis Furniture's Anna Hirst tells us that on the back of continued growth and thriving business, the company has expanded its Design and Marketing teams, with five new employees.


Franke launches completely revamped, responsive consumer website

* new-franke-website.jpg
Franke has launched a completely revamped consumer website, www.franke.co.uk boasting a faster and easier-to-navigate design that's optimised for mobile phones and tablets to enhance the browsing experience.


Exciting new 2016 kitchen sink & tap brochure from Abode

* Abode-kitchen-sink-tap-brochure.jpg
September sees the introduction of the latest Abode kitchen sink and tap brochure which is available in a hard copy format, as well as viewable online via Abode's interactive brochure, or downloadable in a pdf format.

© The KBzine 2024.
Subscribe | Unsubscribe | Hall of Fame | Cookies | Sitemap