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10th March 2017


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International News

More than a kitchen: The new Kyra range from in-toto

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In-toto Kitchens opts for a cosy cottage atmosphere with its new Kyra range. With its grooved, wood-effect doors, and charming appearance, Kyra epitomises traditional country house and Nordic styles. A handled design (pictured with a Metal D-handle in Matt Black), this kitchen creates a tranquil, homely environment and provides a fresh approach to a classic kitchen look.

Installing sustainability is an education for Geberit apprentices in Poland

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Ten Geberit apprentices have recently returned from a working trip to Poland, where their sanitaryware installation skills were put to the test in upgrading the toilet facilities at a primary school in Warsaw.

Inexpensive 'stone look' floors are easy to install

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While Select First has always been a champion of wood and carpet, the company believes that there is something enticing about stone underfoot with its shade and texture versatility.

Traditional glamour yet modern manufacturing: Ideal Standard's new Waverley collection

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Ideal Standard has launched Waverley, a collection inspired by the elegance of the Victorian and Edwardian bathroom, which offers authentic period detail combined with the quality and reliability of modern manufacturing.

Methven UK launches new bath shower mixer: thermostatic offering extends Kiri range

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Methven, the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, has extended its range of bath shower mixers with a new model for the UK market.

New marble-effect quartz for PWS Worksurfaces' Strata brand

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PWS Worksurfaces' Strata brand has been extended with a new range of marble-effect quartz finishes. Available in differing depths of veining, from subtle to very prominent, there are five options within the palette.

Hoover launches supersized 16 place setting dishwasher

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Hoover, has launched its largest ever capacity dishwasher, boasting 16 place settings and the space to hold up to 176 items.

Knit wall murals - perfect for that cosy night in when it's cold outside

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One of the latest big interiors trends in which Hygge and Lagom say we should all be indulging, to give our homes (and overselves) some extra love during these colder months, this charming Knit mural collection celebrates the comfort and sentimentality of knitted pieces by bringing them to the walls of our homes.

Belling launches freestanding microwave collection: Five models and two new looks

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Popular appliance manufacturer Belling, part of Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, has launched a collection of freestanding microwaves to complement its existing cooking ranges. The new collection includes five products and offers two distinct aesthetics - a collection of sleek modern appliances and a Retro range in racing-car red, glossy black or vintage cream.

Ripples franchise appeal to industry-insiders!

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Established in 1988, Ripples has become famed for designing and creating beautiful bespoke bathrooms, they have built up an impressive collection of showrooms nationwide, employing almost 30 bathroom designers.

2017 saw the doors open on one of Ripples' largest showrooms in Birmingham, based within Cookes Furniture the new showroom is already proving to be a huge hit, with hundreds of visitors heading to the inspiring new showroom in its first month.

Introducing the Regent Furniture Range

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Thomas Crapper & Co is introducing bathroom furniture for the very first time to complement its extensive range of heritage WC's and sanitaryware.

The new Regent furniture collection is the ideal solution for any bathroom, providing ample storage without compromising on style. Regent has a classic aesthetic with a modular design, playing on the key modular living trend and offering an elegant and flexible solution for all bathrooms.

Welcome to the


I know people say you shouldn't do it as it prevents you from getting off to sleep, but I tend to do it anyway as I find it helps me relax while I'm warming up the bed so when I do shut down, I'm warm and cosy and ready for sleep and can avoid those minutes of shivering a little (which can sometimes drag you right out of sleep mode).

Yes - be on the laptop or similar, in bed!

If one of the various MasterChef offerings isn't on - which much as I love them, tend to send me to sleep, leaving me to wake up with a start later, with the laptop on my middle - I tend to flick through online newspapers and click through to some obscure articles that I'd never normally read. I do come across some weird stuff and if there is a 'comment' section and the subject matter is of interest, I tend to read those too. This is where the damage can be done because if they're political I can end up feeling cross and wanting to respond. 

Sometimes though they're incredibly funny, and I end up in fits of loud giggles and probably cost the neighbours their sleep too.

Recently, I stumbled across a Daily Mail story about how Prince Charles is suggesting we have two bins in our bathrooms to encourage recycling, since currently only 50% of bathroom material is recycled, compared with 90% of kitchen items.

It's not hard to work out why, is it, and I doubt it has much to do with the number of bins we have! Even when my two girls lived at home, a bottle of shampoo or shower gel would last about six months (since we each have our own) and apart from the toilet roll cores there isn't anything recyclable, is there?

Most of the commenters (I didn't read all 400) said, that like me, they have tiny bathrooms and simply take spent bottles/cardboard cores down to the kitchen recycling bins when they go, rather than put them into the bathroom bin with all the 'nasties', for sorting later. It got me wondering whether there's a call amongst consumers for proper sanitary bins for private homes, from those who are blessed with larger bathrooms, or indeed whether any manufacturers make a dual bin which enables people to recycle immediately, that I could publicise?



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Budget relief on business rates welcomed KBSA

* Spring-Budget-2017.jpgThe KBSA has welcomed the relief offered to businesses facing huge hikes in their business rates.

Newly appointed chair of the KBSA, Richard Hibbert, said: "It is good to see that the Chancellor has listened to the business community on business rates. The £435 million promised will provide much needed relief in the short-term.

"However, the system is still a mess and we look forward to a more thorough reform in due course."

T-Levels must match A-Levels, says FMB

T-Levels must match A-Levels if we are to ensure that technical education has 'parity of esteem' with the more academic route, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Responding to the Chancellor's Spring Budget Statement, Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: "The Chancellor clearly understands that the UK won't address the productivity challenge unless we rethink our approach to technical and vocational education. T-Levels could be the answer if they genuinely rival A-Levels in the eyes of parents, teachers and young people.

British Ceramic Tile talk texture with New Brighton and Luna

* BCT-Dust.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile has extended its product offer with the addition of two contemporary ranges, New Brighton and Luna. Featuring a subtle linear design, both collections bring visual interest and texture to walls, tapping into consumer demand for tiles with raised surfaces.

A favourite amongst consumers, linear designs continue to be a strong seller for retailers marrying classic good looks with a neutral colour palette. With the addition of subtle surface texture, New Brighton and Luna are well suited to bathroom and kitchen environments and deliver in the style stakes, with each range of ceramic tiles offering its own design appeal.

Individual Vehicle Approval for lorries: 'help to get a pass'

* iva-lights.jpgThe Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency has just updated its 'help to get a pass' guide.

This guide tells you how to avoid the top 10 reasons that lorries and other heavy goods vehicles fail the IVA inspection, with clear illustrations on the correct and incorrect way of doing things.

"These guides focus on the most common reasons for failure that we see when vehicles are presented for an IVA test," explains Gordon Thomson, head of vehicle testing policy.

Blue Atoll - a calming shade from Lustrolite

* Blue-atoll-LUSTROLITE.jpgLustrolite's Blue Atoll shade is perfect for bathrooms and the shade is known to be calming, so worth suggesting to customers who lead busy lives and need their bathrooms to be restful and relaxing, to help them unwind.

Lustrolite's glass effect acrylic wall panels are available in nine amazing colours - Arctic, Glacier, Blue Atoll, Rouge, Mocha, Safari, Forest, Titan and Carbon; all of which can be used for both shower and bathroom walls and kitchen splashbacks.

TKC achieves Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody certification

* TKC-forestry.jpgTKC has achieved the prestigious Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Certification for all 50 of its stocked door ranges and cabinets, reinforcing the company's ongoing commitment to the environment and the use of sustainable materials and timber sourced from well managed forests.

The FSC sets higher standards than any other forest certification scheme and certification ensures that materials and products have been checked at every stage of processing.

78% of construction workers use their personal smartphone whilst at work

The average British worker spends as many as 120 hours per year using their smartphone in the workplace, and those working in construction are among the worst culprits, with more than three quarters (78%) of construction workers admiting to using their smartphones during working hours.

Recent research involving 2,012 UK adults carried out by gadgets and technology e-tailer, LaptopsDirect.co.uk, has revealed that 78% of construction workers regularly respond to personal text messages during working hours, and 59% regularly take personal phone calls whilst working.

A license to thrill with spectre from HiB

* HiB-spectre.jpgWith a license to thrill and delight retailers and consumers, HiB's latest innovative mirror collection, Spectre, continues to showcase the ultimate in luxury, style and practicality.

Featuring a unique mirror on mirror design complete with chamfered LED lighting between the mirrors, the new Spectre range is as decorative and sophisticated as it is eye-catching. Its striking style is matched by a design that enables ease of use for the customer, including a clever soft-start touch switch.

Moores boosts transport planning with routing and scheduling software

* Moores-Kitchen.jpgMoores Furniture Group is using Paragon Software Systems' routing and scheduling software to increase delivery capacity, better control driver hours and streamline transport planning.

The software solution is helping to optimise the performance of its furniture delivery fleet in line with the growth strategy of the business and to meet the changing supply chain needs of its diverse customer base.

Burbidge launches nostalgic colour palette marking its 150th year

* Burbidge-nostalgic.jpgMarking its 150th anniversary year, Burbidge has released a limited edition five-colour palette for 2017, as a reminiscent - yet contemporary nod to its most popular kitchens over the past few decades.

Available as a paint finish across its entire kitchen product range, each colour in the palette incorporates the moods, trends and lifestyles of the sixties through to the noughties, to create a beautiful, nostalgic palette for its anniversary decade, the 'tenties'.

Worktops leverage Levenshulme housing project

* Worktops-Levenshulme2.jpgA housing scheme in Levenshulme, Greater Manchester has maximised budgets and installation times thanks to specification of surfaces from Maxtop Quartz. The Black Onyx Sparkle Maxtop Quartz worktop was selected by MCI Developments and has been installed within six of the 42 properties.

Allen Burns, commercial manager of MCI Developments, comments: "We offered to try the Maxtop Quartz surface because the housing scheme is located close to the Maxtop headquarters. We're always looking at new and innovative products, so wanted to give them a try.

Liam Ryan joins Hansgrohe UK as new sales director

* Hansgrohe_Ryan.jpgHansgrohe UK has announced that Liam Ryan has been appointed to the position of UK sales director, with immediate effect.

This is a new position and is part of Hansgrohe UK's growth and restructuring plan. Liam will be responsible for leading the UK sales organisation and driving sales strategy through all channels to deliver profitable share growth.

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New point of sale displays for retailers

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Providing retailers with a powerful visual aid for marketing its Ceralsio porcelain and CRL Quartz surfaces, CRL Stone has introduced new point of sale displays.

Utopia launches new online lead generation tool for retailers

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Utopia Bathrooms has upgraded its online showroom locator to help drive more traffic into its network of retail showrooms. It now not only provides consumers with a list of local showrooms to visit, it also identifies the specific products they will be able to see, together with a list of services the showroom has to offer from interior design to fitting.

Karonia launches brand new company website

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Solid surface specialist Karonia has launched a brand-new company website at www.karonia.com. The result of an intensive period of redevelopment, the new site comprises dedicated microsites for each of the company's retail brands, Mistral worktops, Orello sinks and Karonia Store tooling and accessories.


Häfele launches latest edition of go-to reference guide

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Häfele has launched the latest version of its guide 'The Complete: Häfele Furniture Fittings Design' showcasing its design-led product range for furniture buyers, designers and manufacturers.

Abode introduces new bathroom brochure for 2017

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A new 232-page bathroom brochure has been introduced for 2017, emulating the creative lines of the Abode product range. It has been designed as a complete product information guide providing both Abode's retail partners and the consumer with everything they need to know, to make those all-important decisions.

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