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26th May 2017


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International News

Enjoy a night in on the tiles with the Spring Summer Ted Baker Collection from British Ceramic Tile

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British Ceramic Tile has extended its partnership with global lifestyle brand Ted Baker, introducing a standout new collection of tiles for 2017. Featuring a stylish selection of Ted's signature prints, each new range blends strong fashion influences with expert manufacturing techniques.

The new Indesit chest freezers easily adapt to consumer shopping needs

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Indesit has introduced a new range of chest freezers (100 litre or 250 litre capacities) that can be switched between cooling and freezing modes on demand.

LDL launches new PEKA Fioro range

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Leading distributor LDL Components is now stocking the brand new Fioro pull-out shelving system from PEKA, the Swiss manufacturer of premium quality storage solutions and accessories. 

In a contemporary combination of anthracite metal and oiled oak, the new pull-out shelving system includes a larder unit and various solutions for base units, including Magic Corner options to maximise the usable space in hard to access corners.

Get into the groove

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The perfect combination of style and substance, the new Groove cabinet from HiB is bound to hit the right note with homeowners...

'Catch a Wave' with new Surf contemporary radiator by Aestus

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Aestus, has introduced the new Surf radiator: a contemporary heating design with elliptical contouring.

Bertazzoni to cook up a storm in the UK

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Italian cooking appliance specialist, Bertazzoni, has established a subsidiary in the UK to support ambitious growth plans. Bertazzoni UK will occupy a 1,600sq.ft premises in Prenton, Wirral, comprising offices and a showroom. The facility is set to open in the coming months.

Abode's new Pronteau 3 in 1 steaming hot water tap come in two designs and five finishes

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Abode's new Pronteau 3 in 1 steaming hot water tap comes in two designs and five fabulous finishes: Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Graphite, Matt Black and Urban Copper, to smarten up any kitchen or office environment.

As with all new products from Abode, the technical and design side is hard to beat. The new mixertaps offer all the benefits of a standard kitchen mixer but with the addition of steaming hot filtered water available instantly at 98 degrees C.

Exotic meets Tranquil with Blanco's new nutmeg shade

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Never before has it been so easy to emphasise distinctive colour accents with Blanco Silgranit PuraDur - tone in tone or with an exciting contrast.

Nutmeg, the new CombiColours' hue, is a true feast for the eyes.

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Following on from last week's leader in which I shared the sad story of a tradesman who met his demise as a result of a lapse in safe working procedures, I'm delighted to see that the UK'S safest house builders have been honoured by the NHBC, which has announced the winners of the first round of its annual Health & Safety Awards; the UK's only awards scheme to honour the safest home builders.

Frighteningly, every year several thousand construction workers are injured while working on a building site. Through effective management of working areas and access routes many of these injuries could be avoided, whilst also helping to reduce the number of working days lost to a business. The matter of health, safety and environment continues to be one of the top priorities in housebuilding and construction.

NHBC's role is to support the industry in maintaining and improving the build quality of new homes for homebuyers, whilst providing the benefit of its 10-year Buildmark warranty protection, when required. The NHBC Health & Safety Awards, now in their seventh year, are designed to recognise and reward the very best in health & safety, and are also helping to drive up safety standards in the industry by showcasing and sharing best practice.

A total of 56 site managers have been awarded Commended status for their sites and will now go on to compete for the Highly Commended and National titles, which will be announced at a gala event next month. All of the competing sites have been visited by NHBC Health & Safety advisors and were scored against the highly stringent health & safety standards set for the competition.

Stephen Ashworth, NHBC health and safety services manager, says that in 2017 there was a record number of entries into the Awards programme and the shortlist of finalists was "outstanding." 

That delights me and I really hope that awards programmes such as these, soon spread throughout the KBB industry. I spend my life writing about the quality of items produced by this industry and occasionally how they've been manufactured to be 'easy to fit'. Anything that avoids being difficult to fit or transport is going to make life easier for those tasked with the job, and with it their safety at work, so the more often I come across that term, the better.



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Ideal Standard announces Bathroom of the Future winners

* IDEAL-STANDARD-design.jpgFollowing a nationwide competition to find the bathroom of the future, Ideal Standard is excited to announce the names of the three lucky architect and design professionals who are celebrating after their ideas on how bathrooms will look, feel and perform in the future, were chosen by the judging panel. Competition winners design a bathroom that might be on sale in 20 years' time.

'Taste the Rainbow' with Pure S2 Kitchen from Urban Interior (London)

* Taste-the-Rainbow.jpgInterior design studio, Urban Interior (London), is expressing its passion for colour in the kitchen with the Pure S2 Kitchen by SieMatic: seen here in sky blue and sunshine yellow finishes.

This Pure S2 kitchen concept is distinct and fresh, seeing its handleless block-colour styling embody the colours of Summer. Appreciating the beautiful form associated with minimalist design, the Pure Kitchen Collection by SieMatic gives focus to exquisite materials and craftsmanship.

LochAnna Kitchens introduces seven new on-trend colours

* LochAnna-Profile.jpgLochAnna Kitchens has announced the launch of seven new colours which have been added to its signature Profile Collection; a contemporary, handleless door showcasing the very best in modern Italian styling

Designed to give customers an even wider choice of stylish shades to revitalise their kitchen, the new palette offers shades in new Gloss and Matt finishes including:

Whirlpool Corporation opens new EMEA headquarters in Milan

* Whirlpool-new-HQ.jpgItalian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni recently opened the new headquarters of Whirlpool EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) in Pero, Milan.

The building will accommodate more than 600 employees from 28 countries in a modern and collaborative working environment.

TKC launches new Vero handleless rail system

* TKC-vero.jpgTKC has launched the Vero handleless rail system for use with five of its slab door ranges, the ex-stock best-selling Vivo matt and gloss ranges, alongside Coniston, Glacier and Lastra which are made to measure.

Vero, meaning 'true' in Italian, is a complete system of aluminium rails, profiles and fixings that is easy to install into wall and base cabinetry. Vero allows retailers to build a true handleless kitchen combining style and value that will hit the market sweet spot for TKC customers, while earning them healthy profit margins.

Browns 2000 range coming to Articad-Pro

* Browns-2000-Kitchen.jpgThe entire range of products from Browns 2000, including doors for kitchens and bedrooms, as well as glass splashbacks, will shortly be available as a comprehensive graphics catalogue within the ArtiCAD-Pro design software.

Northumberland-based Browns 2000 has long been known for its vinyl wrapped doors; however in 2011 it took the significant step of producing laminated products in-house for its Glacier range, spanning both high gloss and supermatt finishes. The laser edge banding on the company's range is regarded as the 'Rolls Royce' of production techniques. Glass splashbacks made to any size and colour, have also been added to the portfolio and are proving a real winner with their customer base.

New BetteLux Oval Circular built-in washbasin has flowing lines

* BetteLux-Oval.jpgBette has enhanced the BetteLux Oval range to include a circular built-in washbasin. The combination of organic interior design and a slim, eight millimetre rim show how design can be pared-back to create the most restrained and elegant bathroom object.

State-of-the-art manufacturing expertise in forming technology and skilled craftsmanship are required to create this visual lightness in finely glazed titanium-steel.

Dekton chosen for Gaze Burvill Furniture & Outdoor Kitchen at Chelsea Flower Show

* Dekton.jpgCosentino is delighted that its ultra-compact surface, Dekton, has once again been chosen to showcase the outdoor furniture by Gaze Burvill at the Chelsea Flower Show, happening this week. Located in the heart of Chelsea's show gardens on Main Avenue, the stand is unveiling Gaze Burvill's latest contemporary furniture exclusively designed by Katie Walker, as well as its outdoor kitchen displays.

The Apex of style with HiB

* HiB-APEX.jpgHiB is continuing to lead the way with its innovative combination of style and practicality by adding the new Apex cabinet to its growing portfolio of design-led products.

With elegant design and practical features at its core, the cabinet combines a sleek design with contemporary flourishes. This includes two internal integrated charging sockets inside the cabinet which are ideal for electric toothbrushes, shavers and trimmers, for ultimate ease of use.

Methven appoints UK head of marketing

* METHVEN-Cornelius.jpgMethven, global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, has appointed its first UK head of marketing as it strives to cement its place within the UK and European market.

Simon Cornelius joins Methven having worked previously in senior marketing roles at Aqualisa, where he was instrumental in the launch of the UK's first smart shower.

Abode's Matthew Pitt completes charity challenge

* Dales-Way-Challenge.jpgMatthew Pitt, commercial & operations director of Abode, has just completed a 90 mile walk along the Dales Way, a long-distance footpath, raising over £2,500 for his chosen charity, the Alzheimers Society.

Bob Baines, owner of KB Studios in Beaconsfield, passes away

* BOB-BAINES.jpgThe owner of KB studios in Beaconsfield, Bob Baines, sadly passed away on 11th May after a long illness. The Kitchen & Bedroom studios is a family business with Bob's three children currently working in the showroom. Bob founded the business 35 years ago with his wife Beverley.

"It is a very sad time and we will all miss Bob," says KBS project manager Brent Mullane. "He was well known and liked in the industry, inspiring laughter and smiles with the clients and colleagues he dealt with. He cared about our customers and inspired us all to build a great business.

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Recent News

A Year of Madness at Wirquin

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Family run sanitary equipment specifier, Wirquin, is celebrating 40 years in business this year and has pledged to have a year of madness which it is sharing across its new social media platforms.

The special Facebook page called 'Crazy 40 years', promoting lots of crazy stories and activities in which Wirquin customers and staff are taking part, can be followed and contributed at facebook.com/wirquin40years/. Other new platforms for Wirquin include Twitter and Linked In, so whether it's new products, career vacancies, new installation videos or problem solving tips the company is sharing it all on social media.

Consumer research shines light on laminate work surface popularity

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Wilsonart UK has completed consumer research designed to identify who is buying laminate worksurfaces in the 21st century and for what reasons. The research was commissioned at the end of 2016 in partnership with J M Blake Associates.

Ripples' Solihull designer wins 'Design Of The Year'

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Richard Fox, designer at Ripples' Solihull showroom, has won the coveted title of 'Design of the Year' at Ripples' annual Designer Day.

Designers from Ripples' 13 UK showrooms gather for a training day filled with inspiring and motivating speakers, they get the chance to compare design ideas and discuss techniques with their peers. The day is headed by Ripples' sales manager, Nicola Crow.

Judging line-up announced for KBSA awards

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The KBSA has announced a new line-up of judges for its 2017 awards which were launched last week.

New judges this year include Andrea Hillier, national retail services manager Blum UK (pictured); James Herriot, director, Callerton, and Dave Hewitt, managing director, Oakwood Bespoke. They join returning judges Martin Thomas, director, Denmore Kitchen & Bathroom Studio and Renee Mascari, director, Mascari Design Solutions and CEO of KBBNTG, who is also head judge.

Celebrating 150 years in style!

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Burbidge is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and to mark this special birthday, the company held an open day at its Coventry headquarters to enable visitors to learn more about Burbidge's past, present and future and examine its production facilities and latest kitchen ranges.

BMA representatives visit The Imperial Bathroom Company, Aldridge

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Imperial Bathrooms say it was delighted to welcome the Bathroom Manufacturers Association's environmental manager, Jonathan Green, (right of pic) and technical manager Christian Taylor-Hamlin, (left of pic) to its headquarters in Aldridge, Walsall, recently.

Learning with Blanco

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Adam Fitton, one of the Blanco regional sales team, spent a day at a school in Ubud, Indonesia, so that the enthusiastic group of children could practice their English. The school is charity-funded and provides free English lessons; it also supplies pens, books and uniforms.

The children were enthralled with everything - from learning new English words to playing games on Adam's iphone.

Checkatrade adds a touch of Hollywood glamour

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Consumer champion Checkatrade is best-known for providing reliable tradespeople across the country through its easy to use online database of vetted members, but it is also known for throwing an unforgettable party as its events has proven throughout the years!

Maurice Lay Distributors celebrates 40th anniversary

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Maurice Lay Distributors is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with the relaunch of the Sense range of design-led, high performance appliances from its Caple brand.

Set to become available to retailers later this year, the new-look Sense range will combine sleek, stainless steel and black glass with the latest technology to provide consumers with innovative appliances across all categories from cooking and cooling to laundry and dishwashers.


New marketing lead joins F & P as company enters fresh phase of development

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F & P, Primaflow and Connections has appointed Tim Ramsey as head of marketing to help drive the company forward as it embarks upon a period of expansive change. Tim will be responsible for developing the e-commerce offering, as well as helping the business to work even more closely with customers.

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