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3rd February 2017


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International News

Freestanding bathroom furniture from Mereway offers best of both worlds

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Mereway Bathrooms has launched a new range of freestanding bathroom furniture that is traditional in style with a contemporary twist. Knightsbridge is a design-led collection that taps into the trend for painted furniture in the bathroom and offers an affordable alternative to bespoke hand painted furniture.

'Le Baou': A contemporary island in Hi-Macs inspired by the jagged lines of a rock

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We couldn't help but stare at the centrepiece of this kitchen: an island called 'Le Baou' - a Provençal word meaning 'rock'. This Crystal Beige monolith appears to have been carved from a single block and contrasts with the wooden wall in the background.

New Calla sink from Carron Phoenix offers durability of granite at entry-level prices

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The new Calla 150 inset sink from Carron Phoenix offers the durability and easy maintenance of granite at an entry-level price point. Its curvaceous bowl design distinguishes it from other Carron Phoenix granite sinks and combined with its simple lines, offers across-the-board appeal for a wide range of kitchen styles.

Liebherr's new 390 litre BluPerformance fridge 'takes it to the max'

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Liebherr tells us its new BluPerformance KPef 4350 fridge boasts the largest capacity of all its standalone refrigerators from the pioneering BluPerformance Collection, and when compared to a typical standalone fridge of 200 - 300 litres, is almost double in size thanks to its 390 litre capacity.

Bauhaus beats bathroom blues when it's bitterly cold

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For a towel rail that's sure to make an impact, look no further than bathroom furniture specialist Bauhaus's Gallery collection. 

Blending both contemporary and traditional radiator designs with the latest in thermal bathroom technology, the exclusive range is guaranteed to add a stunning design feature to any bathroom, en-suite or cloakroom whilst offering the ultimate in premium functionality.

Gorenje brings the sunshine with new retro fridge

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Gorenje, has introduced a new sunrise finish to its hugely successful Retro collection of fridge freezers. Available on Orb freestanding, single-door models, the new Sunrise Retro fridge will add vibrant splashes of colour to any kitchen.

Boasting the highest achievable energy-efficiency rating (A+++), the fridge has a gross capacity of 260 litres and includes IonAir and DynamiCooling food preservation technology.

Kitchen and bathroom inspiration on show in Bury St Edmunds

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Bringing high quality, Italian styling and interior design inspiration to the people of Bury St Edmunds and beyond, the new Design Republic showroom is now open.

Celebrate the trend for the 'fifth wall' with the Feature Floors collection from the House of British Ceramic Tile

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There's a new design movement sweeping through homes. First it was the feature wall; then it was all about the ceiling. Now it's the 'fifth wall'; floors that demand serious attention. Gone are the days of plain surfaces without personality, today's floors are much more visually exciting with ceramic tiles now delivering the wow factor.

Blomberg slimline dishwasher awarded Which? Best Buy

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The Euronics exclusive Blomberg built-in slimline dishwasher, the LDVS2284, has been awarded a sought after 'Best Buy' rating from Which?, as well as being given an 'Energy Saver' label. The appliance impressed the testing team for its cleaning and drying standards, and for being 'very energy efficient'.

Creative and considered storage with PWS's YouBoXx

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PWS, exclusive UK distributor of Kesseböhmer, has enhanced its comprehensive portfolio of clever storage solutions with YouBoXx.

Raise the Bar with new Cluster and Bohemia Contemporary towel warmers by Aestus

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Why not persuade your customers that to go 'off the rails' could be as clever as observing Dry January, if they upgrade their next towel warmer to a stylish heating solution that makes the best use of space and heat in the bathroom?

Amica moves sales, marketing and service to Nottinghamshire

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Following Amica's acquisition of CDA in December 2015, the Amica UK business has been successfully transferred to CDA's impressive facility in Langar, Nottinghamshire. Amica sales, marketing and customer service operations, along with the UK's comprehensive stockholding, have been relocated.

This Week's News

Date announced for KBSA AGM & National Meeting 2017

* KBSA_AGM.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced the date of the 2017 AGM & National Meeting, which will take place on Tuesday 3rd October in Stratford upon Avon.

Details will be announced in the coming months but the popular 'Meet the Corporates' morning, which was introduced last year, will be expanded and improved for 2017.

LDL presents new Furnipart handle finishes for 2017

* LDL-new-Furnipart-handle.jpgLDL Components, leading distributor of furniture fittings and accessories, is now offering exciting new finishes for 2017 from leading Danish handle manufacturer Furnipart.

Already available in Inox Look, Edge Straight is a stylish aluminium handle, 41mm wide, and is now available in four new finishes - Brushed Rose Gold, Brushed Anthracite, Antique Bronze and Brushed Brass. The perfect complement for the current trend for vintage or industrial looks, the new handles carry a lifetime guarantee along with all Furnipart handles.

BiKBBI welcomes Wilsonart's sponsorship

The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation, tells us that Wilsonart is the latest business to demonstrate its faith in the credo of the BiKBBI by becoming a sponsor with immediate effect.

Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces is a world leading manufacturing and distribution organisation that has been designing and developing decorative surfacing solutions for 60 years.

Abacus Bathrooms - innovations for 2017 by expert in advanced bathroom and wetroom design and build

* ABACUS-grey.jpgEstablished in 1989, Abacus is one of the UK's leading manufacturers and distributors of bathroom and wetroom products. The company's comprehensive 2017 product range has been developed alongside some of the world's most prestigious bathroom brands including world-class German sanitaryware and stunning contemporary designs, and encompasses the Abacus philosophy of innovation and build quality.

The Elements brand, manufactured by Abacus in the UK, offers what is arguably the most comprehensive range of wetroom and waterproofing products currently available.

Glasgow bathroom superstore boosts ecommerce capacity with £3.5m investment

* Glasgow-bathroom-superstore.jpgWholesale Domestic, the family-owned bathroom goods supplier, is consolidating its role in the UK ecommerce revolution by opening a new 133,000sq.ft new facility in Hillington, outside Glasgow.

The newly-refurbished premises, close to its existing 45,000sq.ft outlet, is expected to create up to 40 new jobs by the end of 2017.

Expansion prompts Aquavision to move to new premises

* Aquavision.jpgAquavision, a pioneer of in-wall and waterproof televisions, have moved its headquarters, factory and warehouse to new larger premises in Stockport near Manchester.

The company outgrew its previous premises and can now boast a 10,000sq.ft facility - nearly four times larger than the previous one. The relocation follow's a significant increase in business over the last 12 months.

Lustrolite - the easy way to create beautiful kitchen splashbacks and shower walls

Lustrolite-brochure.jpgA brand new brochure from Abacus Manufacturing Group explains everything you need to know about Lustrolite, leading name in acrylic high gloss wall panelling.

Lustrolite is an advantaged multi-layer acrylic sheet that looks just like glass, weighing less than a quarter of a traditional glass sheet and while boasting 20 times the impact strength. Lustrolite applications include shower walls, bathrooms and kitchens.

Maurice Lay Distributors mourn death of popular employee Rod Rose

* Maurice-Lay-Distribs.jpgMaurice Lay Distributors has paid tribute to Rod Rose, one of its longest standing employees, following his sudden death on 15th December 2016. Rod, aged 71, joined the company in February 1980 as transport manager.

During the 36 years Rod spent with the organisation, his duties varied and in 1995 he became an HGV Driver. Rod chose to work beyond retirement age and remained a key driver within the company until his death.

Rearo appoints marketing manager to support 2017 growth

* Rearo-appoints.jpgRearo, the interior manufacturer and supplier headquartered in Govan, Glasgow, has strengthened its team with the appointment of a new marketing manager.

Ian Wright will lead Rearo's marketing and communications across the UK and internationally.

UK Surface Solutions appoints a new national account manager

* Craig-Martin.jpgCraig Martin has been appointed by UK Surface Solutions to the role of national account manager, looking after the development of existing key accounts and managing the overall customer relationship.

Martin will also be responsible for securing new clients, ensuring that the company maximises on business opportunities and sales growth.

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Age UK Trading CIC & BiKBBI announce strategic partnership

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KBSA reveals new website and brand refresh

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New Smeg brochures separate different collections

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