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2nd June 2017


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International News

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

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Interior 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.

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.

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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

Howarth At Home has recipe for success at Laura Ashley kitchen collection Stockist Awards

* Howarth-At-Home.jpgHowarth at Home has swept the board at the new Laura Ashley Kitchen Collection Stockist Awards for its work promoting and selling the Laura Ashley Kitchen Collection.

Franke scoops four prestigious design awards

* Franke-scoops.jpgSink, tap and appliance manufacturer, Franke, has scooped four prestigious design awards. It has won three Red Dot Design Awards for its Maris Pull-Out Slim hood, Style sink and Pescara tap range in the latest round of winners. In addition, the Pescara tap range has been given an iF Gold Award for 2017.

To win a coveted Red Dot or iF award, products must display a combination of outstanding design, functionality, quality and innovation.

Utopia champions British design

Utopia-Opula.jpgIn a strategic move to expand its share of the growing modular sector of the bathroom furniture market, Utopia Bathrooms is launching a groundbreaking collection of three new contemporary modular ranges.

Targeting the top end of the market, Utopia is deliberately competing against European brands to prove inspired British design can not only match but surpass the continental offering.

Bathroom inspiration at every turn -BagnoDesign Chelsea

* Bathroom-inspiration.jpgMore than 200 specially invited guests attended a sparkling evening on Chelsea's Kings Road, as the flagship BagnoDesign London showroom celebrated its official opening late last month.

Located in the heart of the capital's interior design hub, the new flagship showroom offers a welcoming, inspirational environment where customers can find everything needed to create their dream bathroom.

Smoothly does it with Setaplano, the new shower surface from Geberit

* Geberit-Setaplano1.jpgTapping into the floor-even shower trend, Geberit presents Setaplano - a new shower surface material that creates a seamless finish. Suitable for new build and renovation projects alike, Geberit Setaplano transforms the shower area into the focal point of a wetroom bathroom.

The high-quality solid surface material is pleasantly warm and silky-smooth to the touch.

Dynamic Dial

* Dynamic-Dial.jpgNew for 2017, the intelligent technology and sleek design of the Dial collection from Crosswater has been combined into a selection of handy shower kits, simplifying the experience when it comes to choosing the ideal showering solution.

The range has the latest push-button technology offering complete showering control at the touch of a button. Smart on the inside, Dial allows the user to precisely control the flow of water and temperature simultaneously, bringing function and luxury into everyday bathing routines.

Salice proves perfect for LochAnna Kitchens from Faith Furniture

* Salice-MAIN-PIC.jpgSalice UK tells us it is pleased to have teamed up with Faith Furniture Company to supply its Silentia and Titanium hinges for installation in all units within their LochAnna kitchen range.

Faith Furniture is a specialist in the supply of kitchens and appliances to the KBB industry, serving independent retailers, merchants and the contracts market across the UK - run by a team passionate about kitchens, with over 100 years' combined industry experience.

V-Zug confirms WEEE compliance

Premium kitchen domestic appliance manufacturer, V-Zug, will be registered as a WEEE Producer and awarded its WEEE compliance certificate with effect from 1st June, 2017. The certificate is awarded to manufacturers of large appliances who agree to comply with strict WEEE environmental and waste standards.

New for 2017, kitchen sink & tap brochure from Abode

* Abode-New-2017.jpgAbode introduces its latest kitchen sink and tap brochure which is available in a hard copy format as well as viewable online, via the company's interactive brochure or downloadable in a pdf format.

The Abode kitchen ranges are ahead in terms of on-trend design and technology and are created to fit into contemporary and classically styled kitchens. All ranges can now be seen illustrated in this one beautifully produced brochure.

Maurice Lay Distributors publishes 60th trade price guide

* Maurice-Lay.jpgMaurice Lay Distributors, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, has published a new version of its trade price guide. Highlighting the company's four decades in business, this special edition has been completely redesigned and features a beautiful collage of images of the most iconic issues of the guide on its front cover along with the strapline 'Celebrating 40 years'.

WaterAid and H&M Foundation join forces for sustainable water, toilets and hygiene in poor communities

* WaterAid.jpgOn Tuesday, the H&M Foundation and WaterAid embarked on the second phase of their global partnership for safe water, sanitation and hygiene in some of the world's poorest communities, with the goal of achieving long-term transformational change and improved living conditions.

Football & rugby battle it out during K&B showroom bake-off event

* Bake-off.jpgTo celebrate the first anniversary of The Room Works, a kitchen and bathroom showroom in Exeter, Exeter City FC and the Exeter Chiefs rugby team battled it out during a charity bake-off last Thursday and, following a highly competitive showdown, City were crowned the baking champions.

Smeg supports Young Enterprise in local Oxfordshire school

* Smeg-supports.jpgSince moving to Abingdon and unveiling its new HQ, Smeg has been keen to support the local community. In September 2016, the Young Enterprise team Nascent - which translates as 'the beginning of existence with the potential to carry on' - was formed consisting of year 12 girls from neighbouring Larkmead School.

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Recent News

Ideal Standard announces Bathroom of the Future winners

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Following 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.

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

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Cosentino 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.

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.


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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