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15th September 2017
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British Ceramic Tile introduces a contemporary Laura Ashley splashback collection
The new Space Tower from LDL - too good to hide
Available now, the new Space Tower offers virtually unlimited co-ordination opportunities with the external kitchen design.
Major update project transforms Marpatt graphics catalogue in ArtiCAD-Pro
Amica launches new cooling that will help to tackle food waste.
Neolith celebrates the workshop professional with 'Top Fabricator' competition
Bushboard to exhibit Nuance at Sleep 2017 (Stand DG6, London Design Centre)
Hotpoint launches new range of dishwashers
Alno AG - production continues
Achieve instant kitchen appeal with Caple's new Ceramica island hood
With the weather the way it's been lately, I'm sure I'm not the only one in need of a bit of a fillip and if we can't enjoy an Indian Summer then at least we can be inspired by the interiors extravaganza we're about to experience around the Capital, in terms of the London Design Fair in the East End, 100% Design at Olympia (www.londondesignfair.co.uk) and Decorex International (www.decorex.com) over at Syon Park.
I've been really excited by some of the press releases and images I've been sent over recent weeks, giving me a taster of what will be on display and what the assembled experts will be talking to us about. I can't wait to see everything first hand! Hope to see you there...
This Week's News
Designjunction (21st - 24th September) is London's most prestigious design trade show presenting over 200 brands and attracting over 27,000 visitors over the four days of the London Design Festival - and VitrA will be making a real impact.
This year, tiles from VitrA 's Pro Arkitekt and Miniworx series will be playing a starring role in an installation from international designer Adam Nathaniel Furman for Turkish Ceramics designed to promote the ceramics industry from Turkey.
Michael Holmes announced as final KBSA AGM guest speaker
The KBSA has announced the final guest speaker for the 2017 National Conference. Michael Holmes, one of the UK's leading property experts, will be joining Sir Clive Woodward and Richard Askam at the highly-anticipated event taking place on 3rd October.
Michael is a respected property journalist and broadcaster who also works as a property developer and investor, with over 28 completed projects. He has appeared on and presented a variety of shows including BBC1's 'Trading Up', Discovery Real Time's 'Build, Buy or Restore' and Channel 5's 'I Own Britain's Best Home'. His written work has appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Daily Mirror and The Daily Express.
Porcel-Thin wins Business Innovator Award
The Porcel-Thin team is proud to announce that the brand has been named 'Best Porcelain Tile Manufacturer - UK' by Corporate Vision in their esteemed Business Innovator Awards 2017.
Designed to honour pioneers of the corporate sphere who strive to achieve exceptional results, the 2017 Corporate Vision's Business Innovator Awards celebrate the commitment and talent displayed by trailblazers such as London-based Porcel-Thin over the last 12 months.
GM Distribution joins the expanding BMA
GM Distribution of Milton Keynes has joined the Bathroom Manufacturers Association as a new affiliate member. This takes the number of brands which the trade association supports to well over 100 and GMGB's additional wealth of understanding and knowledge of the industry will be much appreciated throughout the BMA.
Abode's collection of Dune sinks shortlisted in House Beautiful 2017 Award
The Dune family of reversible granite sinks, which boasts two in an eye-catching, striking Black Granite and two in a contemporary Frost White Granite, has been shortlisted in this year's House Beautiful Awards.
The four sinks have a strong organic design style to them... rounded corners, sumptuous bowls and a stunning ripple-effect practical drainer pattern. These creative features are the backbone to the design which is right 'on trend' with current kitchen design fashion.
Roman produces international videos
Roman has launched French, German and Spanish versions of its company video to help promote its showers internationally and the video will soon be available in other languages too, with a view to presenting the Brand all over the world.
Roman recently won the Queens Award for International Trade as it showed a substantial and sustained increase in export earnings over three consecutive 12 month periods, to a level deemed outstanding. And with the international side of the business expanding and a growing International department with the team speaking German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Italian, the company felt that this was the ideal time to make the video more accessible to non-English speakers.
Triton empowers retailers with new wireless digital mixer
Triton Showers has launched its Host wireless digital mixer, helping the country's retailers to tap into a growing market with a unit designed specifically for British homes.
With digital showers proving increasingly popular, Triton's newest thermostatic mixer allows end-users to benefit from the very latest technology and enjoy a truly personalised experience. The contemporary wireless panel is available in black, white or cloud grey, with a clear digital display that allows users to choose one of three pre-set programmes, or select their own custom settings using 16-temperature and 10 flow steps.
Successful thought leadership summit focuses on food and design trends, expert voices and experiences
The first edition of Franke's new flagship thought leadership event 'Think Next by Franke' brought almost 500 guests to the company's headquarters in Aarburg, Switzerland.
Saniflo launches Kinerock shower tray with patented mineral material
Saniflo - the UK's leading designer and manufacturer of macerators, pumps and shower cubicles - has added a new contemporary shower tray featuring its patented mineral material, the Kinerock, to its portfolio of bathroom products.
The Kinerock is no ordinary shower tray. Not only is it made from an extremely durable and versatile patented mineral material, it can be easily cut to measure to fit into any shower area. Available in a variety of standard and large sizes and colours to suit most tastes and requirements, the anti-slip surface reduces the risk of falling in the shower.
I-Sells celebrates growing business with move into new premises and showroom launch
Online ventilation expert, i-sells.co.uk has plenty of reasons to celebrate this year, having achieved unprecedented growth. To celebrate the success and set the firm up for further expansion, it has confirmed a move into new office premises and the opening of a showroom in Sidcup, Kent.
Currently trading from a warehouse, by the end of the month I-Sells will have taken on a new fulfilment centre, allowing for it to guarantee next day delivery on many of its orders - so ventilation kit can reach customers faster than ever before. In addition, I-Sells is adding a showroom style venue, giving the public an opportunity to see the impressive kit in action prior to purchasing and ask any questions they might have about how extractor fans and ducting work.
Explosive deals come as standard as Benchmarx sets off its 2017 big bang promotion
With five new kitchens under its belt and a host of new branded appliances now added to its portfolio, the trade-only supplier of high quality, pre-assembled kitchens, Benchmarx Kitchens & Joinery, is now set for its popular promotion period with the launch of its 2017 Big Bang deals.
With the ongoing aim to 'save the trade time and money', this much-loved annual promotion runs from 18th September until 31st October 2017, and means that builders and tradesmen can benefit from a range of great deals across an array of appliances, accessories, flooring and ironmongery.
Ideal Standard appoints Stephen Ewer as managing director UK & Ireland
Ideal Standard has appointed Stephen Ewer as managing director UK Cluster, which includes the UK, Ireland and operations in Australia.
Stephen joined the business on Monday and will oversee the Group's activities in UK & Ireland and assume responsibility for the business development across the Group's leading brands Armitage Shanks, Ideal Standard and Sottini.
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Mayor's focus on small sites can help solve London's housing crisis, says FMB
Over 5% of UK homes now have a wetroom installation
BMA finalises industry conference line up
KBSA announces another speaker for National Conference
Abode products appear on ITV's 'Love your home & garden'
Triton - now installing showers in living rooms
Consumers can meet a kitchen expert at Grand Designs
BiKBBI announces latest member benefit
Laufen collaborates with new Nobu Hotel Shoreditch
One of London's most eagerly anticipated new hotels, the property is one of the first European hotels from the internationally renowned Nobu Hotels brand.
Hoover Candy UK appoints specialist logistics partner to support independent retailers
Wilsonart UK adopts Lean Six Sigma collaborative business approach
Designed to eliminate waste, reduce unwanted variation and improve process flow, Lean Six Sigma is a combination of two powerful methodologies brought together to enhance overall customer experience and value, whilst keeping staff happy and motivated.
Rotpunkt UK complete its latest series of training
Barwick appoint Bob Ashley as operations director
New trade catalogue from Croydex provides professionals with in-depth technical specifications