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31st March 2017


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International News

Wake up and smell the coffee...

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Bring warmth into the bathroom with this aromatic, elegant Mocha shade from Lustrolite panels...

Lustrolite's glass effect acrylic wall panels are the perfect way to update both the bathroom and the kitchen.

LochAnna Kitchens expands portfolio, launching 18 ranges and additional kitchen features

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LochAnna Kitchens has added 18 new ranges to the portfolio, increasing the offer to an incredible 64 kitchens designs.

Roca brings together the future and the past to its stand at ISH

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In the year of its centenary, Roca attended the ISH fair in Frankfurt with a new concept of stand, the Roca Mall - a modern shopping centre of over 1000sq.m that puts together the history, the present and the future of the brand through its different collections and products.

Grohe launches new water security system for the home

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Grohe Sense and Grohe Sense Guard are Grohe's latest intelligent solutions for the smart home. The Sense smart water sensor monitors humidity, detects leaks and alerts homeowners instantly in case of a problem, while the Sense Guard is installed in the main water pipe and can switch off the water supply in case of a burst pipe. Both use ground-breaking smart technology, allowing them to be monitored and controlled using the new Grohe Ondus App.

Indesit introduces a new stylish and efficient cooker hood

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Today's modern family is busier than ever, and as a result, requires an extractor that can do the job without hassle and fuss. Indesit's new 60cm cooker hood, part of the Aria built-in cooking collection, features angled black glass and is designed and engineered to give users more room in the kitchen when cooking.

Aquavision introduces the Tailored Collection

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Aquavision has announced its new Tailored Collection - off-the-shelf MirrorVision+ televisions from the Bespoke Range. An invisible television in a perfectly reflective mirror, it will be highly desirable to designers, architects and home owners. The developers at Aquavision have taken the three most popular sizes of MirrorVision+ glass from the Bespoke range that have been requested over the last three years and made them available in this collection.

Saniflo launches raft of new products, new product catalogue and extended warranty

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Saniflo - inventor of the macerator with more than 60 years' experience and the number one in the UK macerator market - is launching a raft of new products featuring new technological advancements for the domestic and commercial plumbing sectors, a new product catalogue available now and an extended warranty for domestic products.

Carron Phoenix's new Carronade Elite waste disposal units: easy to fit; efficient to use

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The new Carronade Elite CE-50 and CE-75 waste disposal units (WDUs) available now from Carron Phoenix offer consumers an easy, hygienic and eco-friendly method of food waste disposal.

Sunshine on a rainy day

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Smeg has launched the latest addition to its range cooker collection; the stunning Portofino. Smeg's freshest design yet, the Portofino will come in eight colour-pop finishes: sunshine yellow, olive green, deep red, burnt orange, classic stainless steel, anthracite, black and white.

British Ceramic Tile talk texture with New Brighton and Luna

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British 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.

Blue Atoll - a calming shade from Lustrolite

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Lustrolite'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.

A license to thrill with spectre from HiB

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With 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.

Welcome to the


Around three years ago I was having trouble with a builder who was due to fix a couple of cisterns (you may remember, the one who instead of fixing the cisterns, painted my already newly-painted 'Contemporary' dining room wall and my equally neutral, newly-painted kitchen, bright yellow, in my absence and without my say-so).

For some reason I was never able to establish, he also delivered two new toilets (minus seats and lids) to my front door. They remained in my porch for some days, before I removed them while cleaning, onto my drive in the vain hope that he'd collect them.

They were too heavy for me to be able to lift into my car, so there they stayed. Eventually I filled them with compost and planted Spring bulbs, Summer flowering climbers and Fuschias whose colourful blooms last until the first frosts. As well as being easy to keep moist thanks to the reservoir in the u-bend, they make a cheery display and a great talking point when visitors see them for the first time. The white ceramic also works as a useful marker when I'm reversing into the drive after dark!

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My daughters and some colleagues are embarrassed by them but as an ex-Loo of the Year Awards judge, I find them rather appropriate and I'm proud of them, so I'm happy to take any stick I'm given by those who think I'm daft.

It was with much delight that I opened up a press release from Hull-based Ideal Standard's press relations guru Corey Kitchener today, with pictures showing how men's urinals have been turned into art for the new Hull Capital of Culture exhibition - a collaboration between Ideal Standard, which owns the famous Armitage Shanks brand; and the Hull School of Art and Design.

Having looked at how some of the urinals have been decorated, I can see I'm in good company in making use of superfluous sanitaryware and I'm wondering whether there would be any call for a permanent exhibition... a Salvador Dali-esque village of sanitaryware - painted, decorated and placed exactly where you wouldn't expect to find it...



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Ruth Ward resigns from KBSA

RUTH_WARD.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has today announced that sales & marketing director Ruth Ward has resigned due to personal circumstances.

Ruth joined the KBSA in January 2007 and has most recently been working with current acting CEO and consultant Uwe Hanneck, to implement a new strategy for future growth of the KBSA.

Aqata showering luxury at the Ideal Home Show Village

* Aqata-Spectra.jpgAqata, the renowned UK shower enclosure manufacturer, tells us it is delighted to be part of the Ideal Home's Show Village. The show homes feature products from Aqata's Spectra range, which uses 8mm thick toughened glass with smooth polished edges to create, contemporary shower enclosures or screens, including straight and curved panels, spacious walk ins, bi-fold, sliding and hinged doors with minimal framing.

The Spectra range is suitable for both tray and wet room applications and made-to-measure options are also possible to create truly bespoke solutions for even the most challenging spaces. The stunning Spectra SP350 sliding door quadrant, Spectra SP400 shower screen and contemporary Spectra SP410 walk-in are showcased throughout the Ideal Home show houses.

'Organisational Business Communication' with Sirius Buying Group preferred suppliers

* Organisational.jpgHelping to bridge the gap between manufacturer and retailer, Sirius Buying Group, one of the industry's major buying groups of electrical appliance and kitchen retail, proudly highlights its mutually beneficial alliance with kitchen appliance and furniture brand Caple, and one of the UK's largest independent showrooms in South Wales, Enterprise 2000 (Swansea).

Sirius has been working closely with long-established preferred supplier Caple, to promote its kitchen furniture as a new avenue for retailers to develop in their businesses as another opportunity for increased margins. Caple has already demonstrated the power of effective and organisational business communication to allow for a successful and transparent distribution chain.

Designworks tiles launch new Zen mosaic tile collection

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The products offer a matt texture in a range of tranquil colours which evoke relaxation in every inch.

Kartell by Laufen takes part in Milan Design Week with new collection

* Kartell-by-Laufen.jpgKartell by Laufen is taking part in Milan Design Week, from 4th to 9th next week, with a collection enhanced by new products and furniture accessories, to narrate an exclusive, original interpretation of the bathroom environment

At the show, Kartell by Laufen will be presenting new ceramic pieces, furniture, accessories and special finishes that evolve the products into iconic and stimulating objects, capable of triggering emotions and embellishing the bathroom, which becomes a true retreat.

Stoves unveils new built-in Richmond Collection

* Stoves-Richmond.jpgLeading appliance brand Stoves has unveiled a new collection of built-in ovens and gas hobs which emulate the classic design of its Richmond range cookers. The new Stoves Built-In Richmond range includes a 60cm multifunction single oven, available in four colours, and co-ordinating 60cm and 70cm gas hobs, which are available in three colours.

The premium ovens feature the traditional design of the Richmond range cookers with key elements such as large robust handles, chrome finish knobs and new glass and window apertures. Additional features include soft close doors and dual telescopic shelves.

UK Plumber of the Year annouces Watersafe as official judging partner

* UK-Plumber-Watersafe.jpgThe UK Plumber of the Year 2017 has announced WaterSafe - the national register for approved plumbing businesses in the UK - as the official judging partner, with chairman Chris Sneath MBE sitting on the judging panel to choose the worthy winner of the huge prize fund.

This year's search to find the finest plumber of 2017 and recognise the remarkable level of talent from plumbers across the UK, will launch on 3rd April. The initial round asks plumbers to put themselves forward for the award by showcasing one job from the past year outlining their outstanding skill and professionalism.

NHBC's top tips for preventing trips and falls on site

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NHBC, the leading provider of health & safety services to the home building industry and the organiser of the UK's only industry health & safety awards scheme, recommends the following top tips to help identify some of the more common risk factors and how to avoid them for a safer site:

New and improved hot water tank from InSinkErator

* Insinkerator.jpgInSinkErator has introduced the NeoTank, a new and improved hot water tank for the company's full range of steaming hot water taps.

Modelled on the previous hot water tank, the innovative NeoTank features a precise and adjustable thermostat, enabling users to set the desired temperature of the water between 88 and 98°C. The compact 2.5 litre tank takes up only a small amount of valuable, under-the-sink, cupboard space and the enhanced internal and external design ensures a quiet operation and increased product longevity.

How Britain's foremost river rescuer is helping construction companies

* River-rescue.jpgOne of Britain's most renowned river experts is training construction workers along the Thames in London to help combat health & safety issues. Ant Eddies-Davies, who runs Live the Adventure in Shropshire, has been tapped up for his rescue skills having previously trained everyone from international defence forces to emergency services in how to stay safe on the water.

With so much building work taking place alongside one of London's prime access routes, this particular project will see Ant giving vital training to some of Britain's leading construction firms on projects around the capital's leading building ventures.

TKC makes three further key senior appointments

* TKC_3.jpgTKC, a UK specialist suppliers of doors, accessories and components to the kitchen and bedroom industry, has made three further key additions to its senior management board, appointing Stuart Ovington as sales director, Adam Haydon as business improvement director David Goulden as chief financial officer.

Stuart joins TKC with a wealth of sales experience starting his career at Marks & Spencer, spending 20 years in the kitchen, bathroom and commercial/FMCG sectors, including recent industry experience with Moores.

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Budget relief on business rates welcomed KBSA

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The KBSA has welcomed the relief offered to businesses facing huge hikes in their business rates.

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