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16th December 2016
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Kaldewei extends its Meisterstücke Collection
Whirlpool washing machine proclaimed a Which? Best Buy
Assessing the washing machine, Which? noted that it is 'dead easy' to use; the testers also loved the 'large and clear digital display' and the wide door opening, which enables easier loading and unloading of large items, such as a duvet, and particularly commended the way in which the FSCR 10432 'kept washing and spinning noises to a minimum'.
Utopia upgrades and expands Halo range
With immediate effect all washbasin units and occasional units will have LED under unit mood lighting fitted as standard. This accent lighting offers subtle illumination below the unit, perfect for creating an atmosphere of subdued lighting or for use as low level lighting at night-time.
Tutti frutti! Everhot launches tangerine range cooker
CRL launches new collection of porcelain surfaces
Drawing on its 20 years' expertise in the stone industry and responding head-on to current trends in worksurface design, Ceralsio surfaces from CRL tap into the huge move towards ceramic worktops coming out of Europe.
New compact oven and warming drawer for Amica Built-In
Amica's Platinum Design features a choice of two compact ovens. Both provide a 38-litre combination of oven with built-in microwave and grill and both offer touch control LED clock and time. Five power levels for the oven and three for the grill feature on the AMMB44E1GI which also features a 1000W power combi oven with a 1500W grill.
BETTE shower trays and baths chosen for luxury St James developments
"Disney chairman Bob Iger once said: 'The riskiest thing we can do is just maintain the status quo'. I was reminded of this when members of our team here at Darren Evans Assessments visited the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon.
Abode Zorb - a 'steel' of a stainless tap
They are hygienic and practical, retaining a natural lustre for years and the resistance of stainless steel to corrosion and staining, together with its low maintenance and sheen, make it an ideal material for the kitchen.
Holloways of Ludlow launches three kitchen designs to celebrate move to Shropshire
Fleet managers are being urged to make additional licence checks for temporary hires and staff delivery drivers covering the Christmas & New Year sales period to ensure that drivers are qualified to be on the road; with repeat checks undertaken, so any endorsements collected during the festive period are revealed early.
Licence Check warns that drivers are under huge pressure to make deliveries on time and many are working long hours, without appropriate breaks, to meet challenging schedules. It worries that employers are turning a blind eye to the fact that drivers are being overworked, without breaks, and that they may be tempted to push drivers out in vehicles without the usual safety checks, putting lives and property at risk.
Advice worth taking, I think, particularly with the KBB industry under such pressure at this time of year…
On that note, may I wish you well for the holidays? This is the last issue of KBzine until 6th January and if you're also having a break, I hope it's a good one and that 2017 is happy, healthy and peaceful for us all.
This Week's News
Duravit announces training dates for 2017
As part of the ongoing commitment to support its dealer network, Duravit announced that new training dates are now available to book for 2017.
Based at either Milton Keynes or the International Head Office in Germany, the training events enable attendees to choose the type of training to suit their needs, depending on their existing knowledge-base of Duravit products.
British Ceramic Tile's 2017 design trend predictions...
Key colours Greige: Grey has been softened with a mixing of palettes for 2017. Organic, natural and incredibly versatile, greige combines the cool base tones of grey with the earthy qualities of beige. A subtle neutral, greige is the perfect backdrop for accent shades of paprika and rust, as well as vibrant blues and green.
BiKBBI chief executive to raise £100,000 for Furniture Makers by climbing Everest
Damian Walters, chief executive of the British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI), is attempting to raise £100,000 for The Furniture Makers' Company, the furnishing industry's charity, by scaling the icy precipices of Mount Everest in 2017.
Damian's journey to the summit of Everest starts in April 2017 when he travels from London to Kathmandu, Nepal.
Outstanding reaction to Utopia's Roseberry Collection
Just four months since the launch, Utopia's Roseberry Collection of luxury painted bathroom furniture is poised to become a best-selling range for the company as demand from showrooms for displays continues to increasealong with consumer interest in the range.
Gorenje reveals six new stylish extraction hoods
Gorenje has unveiled six new additions to its cooker hoods portfolio including curved glass hoods, chimney hoods, an island hood and a telescopic hood, all of which are available now and come in either 60cm or 90cm configurations.
"We are seeing an increasing number of consumers consider their selection of hood more carefully, taking extraction rates and aesthetics into account more than ever before," says Stuart Benson, sales director at Gorenje UK.
Built-in innovation from New World: Design Suites Collection to shake up market
Kitchen appliance brand New World has launched its highest specification collection of built-in appliances to date, at what it believes will be the lowest price point in the market.
The brand believes its latest offering, New World Design Suites, is set to disrupt the market by launching a range of fully coordinated, high specification built-in appliances - including a first-to-market innovation - at an affordable price.
Blanco's festive Jingle Bell Jog
Blanco UK kicked off the festive month of December with a 5K run around the town of St Albans in support of the Rennie Grove Hospice Care charity.
The charity is dedicated to providing care and support for patients, diagnosed with cancer or other life-limiting illnesses, and their families.
Not so grim up North as growth continues at NESP
North East Sheets and Panels (NESP), manufacturer and supplier of doors, panels, worktops and components, is ending this unpredictable year with excellent news as the company has seen sales of Mistral worktops double in the last two years, selling more than £1m in 2016 alone.
Daval Furniture tells us it is pleased to end 2016 with a bang, seeing an unprecedented level of enquiries this fiscal year and tripling its pick-up rate when compared to 2015...
With new design trends and concepts from Europe hitting the UK high street, Daval has seen the British furniture market open up to a new set of interior furniture solutions for the modern homeowner.
The New Range Generation: GDHA releases report on Range sector
Glen Dimplex Home Appliances has conducted one of the largest surveys of range cookers users in recent times to discover more about them, their cooking habits and how they choose and buy their appliance. GDHA surveyed 2,000 consumers across the UK who had recently bought a Range cooker to help it identify changing customer demographics for the Range cooking sector.
New national account executive for Wilsonart UK
Fiona Jardine has joined Wilsonart UK, County Durham as a National Account Executive. Fiona joins this renowned producer of laminate work surface products from the media sector where she worked in sales and management of national accounts.
Fiona's role supports the Account Management team and will be strengthening the collaborative relationship that Wilsonart has with its customers. Fiona will implement and execute projects to reinforce key business relationships.
PWS appoint new sales manager for East Midlands area
With over 10 years of KBB industry sales experience under his belt, Sam Berridge joins PWS as area sales manager for the East Midlands' area. Most recently Sam worked for Bristan, with responsibility for selling taps to both independents and merchants.
Prior to this he was with Kohler for six years, selling high-end shower doors, sanitaryware and brassware to independent and national retailers and he was previously working in showroom sales for an East-Midlands' based kitchen and bathroom retailer.
Hoover donates laundry appliances to Marina Dalglish Appeal
Hoover has donated two appliances to the Larks Breast Cancer Centre Liverpool branch of the Marina Dalglish Appeal, a charity aimed at improving the lives of cancer sufferers.
Hoover donated a DXP410AIW washing machine and DYC710AVBX tumble dryer, to be used by patients and visitors to the centre.
IDS launches new 72-page Solutions Guide for decorative surfaces
Specialist surface materials distributor IDS has updated its Solutions Guide. The 72-page, full-colour directory, showcases the depth and breadth of IDS's portfolio in flooring, worktops, sinks and taps, wall panelling, solid surface, laminate, compact and decorative panel products.
Designed to help customers browse, compare and choose the right product, the guide is rich with images, technical and product information on the 40+ leading surface material brands that IDS represents and distributes across the UK.
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Euronics postpones Showcase 2017 but will invest £multi-million to support growth
Cashflow problems undermine four in 10 small UK firms
Four-in-10 (38%) small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) have suffered cashflow problems over the past two years, according to new research by Amicus Commercial Finance, the specialist lender of flexible working capital to SMEs. The figure rises to two-thirds (65%) among medium-sized firms with between 50 and 250 staff.
Karonia freezes Mistral prices
"Strong demand for residential projects" reports latest Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI
Tiles market growth forecast for 2017
Taking time out for training: the Counter Interiors experience
A 'bluming' fantastic two-day event for Burbidge premium partners
AMDEA wins BSI's first industry leader award
Going green boosts contract kitchen firm's profits
AKW promotes independent living on Care England and ITN's 'Caring Communities'
Becky joins Crosswater Contracts team