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18th November 2016


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International News

New freestanding bath offered in several finishes

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Victoria + Albert Baths has announced its latest freestanding modern bath design - the Terrassa.

Named after the Spanish city province of Barcelona, the Terrassa features a synonymous rimless design taking many of its design cues from the Barcelona bath, one of the company's most popular designs found in hotels worldwide.

The contours of the bath are highlighted by smart, sculpted 'swage' details on the inside, creating unique shadows to emphasise the Terrassa's distinctive shape.

Comprehensive grab rail range can't be beaten

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Inclusive bathroom solutions supplier AKW offers a comprehensive range of grab rails in many configurations for installation as a mobility support in bathrooms, particularly for the elderly and disabled.

'Spa-luxe' bathroom heating by Vogue (UK)

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Lavish spa interiors are now entering households on a much grander scale, just as couture fashion has hit the UK high street. In answer, Vogue (UK) presents its range of deluxe contemporary heating solutions with Stendy and Stendy Quad - epitomising spa-luxe design in the home.

Introducing the Esteem monobloc kitchen tap

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Abode added 16 stylishly designed kitchen taps to its portfolio, at KBB earlier this year. All of these new, practical taps are now available through Abode's distributor partners and can be purchased from specialist kitchen outlets on the high street, nationwide.

One of the latest products to be launched is the contemporary styled Esteem monobloc.

Neolith Polished - a real winner!

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Neolith Polished finish by Spanish Sintered Compact Surface manufacturer TheSize has received the Plus X Award seal of approval for Innovation, High Quality, Design, and Functionality. The company has also been presented with the Materialica Design + Technology Gold Award Certificate in the Surface & Technology category.

New and improved spec for Prima Brand

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The Prima Appliances, Sinks & Taps Collection, exclusive to distributor PJH, has been upgraded and a higher specification range launches next month.

Welcome to the




The Government has today given the go-ahead for Buckingham Palace to undergo a 10-year overhaul, costing some £370 million, with ‘essential works’ to include replacing electrical wiring, water pipes and the heating system (installed in the aftermath of the Second World War), as well as improving visitor access.

The press statement doesn’t mention new kitchens or bathrooms, but I hope for our industry’s sake that at least some of these will be refurbished too.

The work is needed, if we are to protect one of Britain’s most prestigious buildings and one of the country’s most popular attractions, which more than half a million people visit during its Summer opening. With these visits and the millions of tourists flocking to the Palace’s gates every year to see the Changing of the Guard, it helps deliver a £multi-billion boost to the economy, so my view is that it will be money well spent.

The project seeks to prevent a serious risk of fire, flood and damage to both the building and the priceless Royal Collection of art belonging to the nation. Windsor Castle suffered a fire in 1992, which raged for nine hours and caused devastation to large parts of the building. The restoration took more than five years, and it is estimated that similar damage to Buckingham Palace could cost up to £250 million for a single wing.

Ancient electrics don’t sound very safe to me!

The phased programme will be sequenced wing-by-wing to enable the Palace to remain occupied and fully operational, and allow the Queen to carry on with her official duties for the country. Significant national events, such as the Changing of the Guard, Trooping of the Colour and Garden Parties will continue throughout the overhaul and the Palace will remain open to visitors.

I often receive releases from manufacturers in this industry that have donated all manner of goods to charity projects, to help those in need of a new kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or appliances. What price for the kudos companies would gain by getting involved in this particular project and supplying the Royal Household with top-of-the-range new products?

I doubt that Palace approval of a supporting press release would be forthcoming, but I’m aware of how quickly the word can get around…

Worth a try perhaps?


This Week's News

New BiKBBI logo unveiled

* Bikbbi-logo.jpgFollowing last month's announcement of its name change, The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) has this week, unveiled its new branding ahead of schedule.

The logo and branding will be phased in by the organisation over coming weeks, with members receiving van signage in December in time for the New Year. Retail partners and corporate members received access to digital logos last week to help them prepare for their winter sale activity.

Abode wins designer award for Pronteau

* Abode-Design-award.jpgAbode tells us it is delighted to have won yet another Gold Design Award at the annual Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards 2016 ceremony.

This year the Award was for Abode's creatively designed Pronteau 4 in 1 hot water kitchen tap, which the company launched earlier this year. The Award entry was in the 'Innovation in Functionality' category.

Burgbad's Coco Collection wins German Design Award 2017

* Coco.jpgThe new collection from bathroom furniture specialist Burgbad wowed the expert jury of one of Germany's most prestigious design competitions - dressed not in a 'little black number' but a simple outfit in matt grey. The jurors declared Coco one of the German Design Award 2017's winners in the bath and wellness category.

The German design council has been holding the international competition since 2012. Every year, it looks for unique design trends which are then presented and honoured as groundbreaking contributions to the international design landscape.

Triumph for CIH members as they scoop six Retailer Awards

* CIH-ERT-Awards.jpgThe winners of the 2016 ERT Awards were announced at a much-anticipated London ceremony recently, with CIH members' taking home six retailer awards.

The ERT Awards honour both retailers and suppliers for their dedication and innovation in the electrical retail industry. Winners of the retailer categories were selected by an expert panel of judges, from an array of sectors, with extensive knowledge of the industry.

Britannia Living unveils refreshed Fleet collection

* Fleet-Twin.jpgBritannia Living has updated its Fleet range cooker collection by revamping design elements and adding exciting new colours.

The models have been updated with the addition of a refined new oven door-handle and the introduction of a new fascia panel, which proved a huge hit on the Delphi platform.

The neat and multi-functional Blanco Delta II sink: perfect for smaller kitchens

* BLANCO-DELTA-II.jpgPerfect for smaller kitchens, the Blanco Delta II sink is designed to fit perfectly in the corner of a workspace.

This 183 mm bowl is large and deep, and its uniquely slanted shape provides excellent space for washing up large saucepans and baking trays. Alongside the main bowl, there is an additional one with an integrated stainless steel colander and a large drainer area making this a truly multi-functional sink.

Saniflo roadshow boosts Kinedo sales

* SANIFLO-Kinedo.jpgSaniflo UK, a leading designer and manufacturer of pumps, macerators and shower cubicles, says its 2016 'Building better bathrooms' roadshow has been so successful that it will take to the road again in 2017 visiting new venues with new products.

This year, the brand new, purpose-built roadshow truck took in 80 venues in England, Wales and Ireland from May through October with more than 600 installers and builders visiting the truck in England and Wales, and more than 220 installers visiting in Ireland. Those who attened, chatted with the Saniflo technical and sales teams who were on hand to answer questions and discuss how installers can improve their earnings by fitting Kinedo cubicles - often in just a couple of hours.

British Ceramic Tile relaunches its impactful splashback collection

* BCT_French-Navy.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile has relaunched its Impact glass splashback collection, revealing a capsule new range that brings together a concise offering of best sellers and on trend new colours.

As a company always looking to make a big impact when it comes to developing its product portfolio, the new collection reflects current design trends and consumer demand, providing retailers with a versatile range that is simple and straightforward to sell in store.

Sirius Buying Group secures two more 'Preferred Kitchen Retail Suppliers'

* Sirius1.jpgThe Sirius Buying Group continues its bid to attract leading kitchen suppliers with two more new 'Preferred Kitchen Retail Suppliers' signed up: home appliances manufacturer Fisher & Paykel and exclusive UK distributor of De Dietrich and NordMende appliances, AB Distributors.

Both companies realise the value of joining Sirius and now take advantage of the Group's capacity, reach and services.

Indesit makes dinner time a breeze with innovative turn&cook function

* Indesit-Aria-KFW-3844HIX.jpgIndesit has developed a simple solution for creating perfectly cooked family meals in just one hour - bringing harmony to the kitchen. Its new built-in cooking collection, Aria, includes the KFW 3844 H IX electric oven, which boasts the innovative and time-saving Turn&Cook function.

Recognition in a rugby shirt

* Yvonne-Orgill-with-Dave-and-Gerry-Osborne.jpgIf you know Yvonne Orgill, boss of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, you will know what she likes. Her Welsh upbringing may have something to do with it. She likes rugby. A lot.

New staff for ArtiCAD

ArtiCad_Sarah-Emma-Helena-Luke.jpgCAD software specialist supplier to the KBB industry, ArtiCAD, continues to grow with four new members of staff joining the company.

Emma Leigh is one of the company's three new internal sales co-ordinators. Looking after the south-west region, Emma already knew ArtiCAD and was keen to join a company with 'high morale' and lots of team spirit.

Franke and its More in Store retailers fund over 400 hours of nursing care for Marie Curie

* Franke_Marie-Curie-cheque.jpgFranke has presented a cheque for £8,272 to Marie Curie at the company's Manchester HQ, following its Blooming Great Tea Party fundraising campaign for 2016. The money raised by Franke and 190 of its 'More in Store' retailers will fund over 400 hours of vital nursing care for the charity.

Marie Curie supports people living with any terminal illness, and their families, offering expert care, guidance and support.

Hoover Candy Baumatic appoints Matthew Walker as head of sales - multiples and merchants

* Matthew-Walker_Baumatic.jpgHoover Candy Baumatic has appointed Matthew Walker as head of sales - multiples and merchants in a role that will maximise the development and growth of all three brands to major national retail accounts.

With 24 years working in the DIY, merchant and grocery channels both in-house and as an account manager for supplier businesses, he brings specialist skills in the areas of product development, planning and promotions together with an impressive list of senior contacts.

British Ceramic Tile lend a helping hand to home development charity

* BCT-giving.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile has made a generous donation of stock to Huddersfield based charity, Fusion Housing. A variety of ceramic tiles and contemporary glass splashbacks have been donated by the company, with the intention of renovating houses across the region to help people gain access to habitable accommodation.

"We were amazed with the generosity displayed by British Ceramic Tile and that the company chose to support our cause," says Hana Nadat, representative for Fusion Housing. "The donation will help us cut costs for some of our future projects and allow us to provide more housing to those who need it."

Kaldewei showcases new product segment - washbasins - at this week's Sleep exhibition

* Kaldewei_Scona.jpgKaldewei, showcased an exciting line-up of recently launched products at Sleep this week, including models from its new product segment - washbasins. With the introduction of this new segment, hotel bathrooms can now be styled using a single material, a harmonious design vocabulary and a matching colour scheme.

Created in collaboration with designer, Anke Salomon, the Silenio is distinguished by exceptionally soft interior lines - with the baths and washbasins harmoniously combined.

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Recent News

Now officially the best of British: iKBBI

The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers announced yesterday that it had been granted permission, by The Secretary of State, to change its name with immediate effect. The organisation is now to be known as The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation.

British Ceramic Tile represents manufacturing alongside Philip Hammond in The Parliamentary Review

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British Ceramic Tile has been selected to appear in the 2015/16 edition of The Parliamentary Review . Established by former minister The Rt Hon David Curry shortly after the 2010 general election, The Parliamentary Review's September release has become a key fixture in the political calendar.


InSinkErator appoints new marketing manager, Europe and Russia

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InSinkErator has announced the appointment of Denise Lordache to marketing manager, Europe and Russia.


Utopia launches new-look brochure

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Utopia Bathrooms' latest brochure has a brand new format designed to inspire and assist end-consumers planning and selecting a new bathroom.

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