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15th September 2017


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Designed to Suit

New Suit U and Suit L bathroom brassware from VitrA brings a distinctive finishing touch to any contemporary bathroom. Versatility is the key with both ranges which include a wide choice of basin mixers, bidet mixers, bath and shower fittings and chrome, copper and gold finish options.

British Ceramic Tile introduces a contemporary Laura Ashley splashback collection

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British Ceramic Tile and Laura Ashley have once again collaborated, combining their finely-honed design skills to launch a new collection of glass splashbacks.

The new Space Tower from LDL - too good to hide

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In yet another exclusive, leading components distributor LDL is launching a greatly enhanced version of the popular Blum Space Tower with an extended range of exciting new design elements and finishes.

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

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KBB CAD software specialist and technology innovator, ArtiCAD, has announced that a major project to update the entire graphics catalogue for Marpatt has been completed.

Amica launches new cooling that will help to tackle food waste.

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UK consumers throw away an astonishing £17 billion worth of food every year. A high percentage of this food is fresh fruit and vegetables that look tired in fresh produce drawers or has gone past its best because the food was not eaten while it was in perfect, unblemished condition.

Neolith celebrates the workshop professional with 'Top Fabricator' competition

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Spanish company, TheSize, is calling on workshop professionals and marble workers globally to share their very best work, using Neolith, for the second annual 'Neolith Top Fabricators' competition, which highlights the difficulty and immense technical complexity that fabricators face when working on highly-specific projects and celebrates their consistency and attention to detail.

Bushboard to exhibit Nuance at Sleep 2017 (Stand DG6, London Design Centre)

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Bushboard, the renowned producer of laminate worksurfaces which is now part of the Wilsonart Group, will be using this year's hotel design event - Sleep - to showcase its outstanding Nuance bathroom wall panelling.

Hotpoint launches new range of dishwashers

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Hotpoint has launched a new range of 600mm dishwashers, comprising both built-in and freestanding models and offering excellent cleaning results, flexibility and striking performance - thanks to sustainable innovations and technologies.

Alno AG - production continues

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After completing technical and organisational preparations, Alno AG has now been able to continue kitchen production at its German headquarters in Pfullendorf.

Achieve instant kitchen appeal with Caple's new Ceramica island hood

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Caple's new Ceramica island hood (CR750) makes the perfect choice for those looking for a designer extractor with the wow factor.

Welcome to the


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...



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

VitrA stars at Designjunction

* Gateways.jpgDesignjunction (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

* Michael-Holmes.jpgThe 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

* Porcel-Thin-CV-Award.jpgThe 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

* Abode-Dune-sinks.jpgThe 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-MAIN-PIC.jpgTriton 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-Kinerock.jpgSaniflo - 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

* Benchmarx-Soho-MAIN.jpgWith 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.jpgIdeal 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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Recent News

Mayor's focus on small sites can help solve London's housing crisis, says FMB

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The London Housing Strategy's strong focus on bringing forward more small sites will help solve the housing crisis by opening up the market to SME house builders, according to the Federation of Master Builders London.

Over 5% of UK homes now have a wetroom installation

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The value of the wetroom market has increased by 10% between 2014-2016, according to a report by AMA Research. The sector offers significant growth potential within the UK bathroom market, with demand for wetrooms having increased significantly in recent years.

BMA finalises industry conference line up

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, organiser of the annual Bathroom & Kitchen Industry Business Conference, has announced its final line-up of speakers.

KBSA announces another speaker for National Conference

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The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced another accomplished business speaker for the 2017 National Conference which is being held on 3rd October 2017.

Abode products appear on ITV's 'Love your home & garden'

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Two Abode kitchen products were featured on ITV'S Alan Titchmarsh's Love Your Home & Garden television programme, which aired on Wednesday, (Ed: still time to see it on 'catch-up').

Triton - now installing showers in living rooms

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Warwickshire based Triton Showers has invested an initial six figure sum into an update of the brand and development of a national advertising campaign, which is set to air in customers living rooms this Autumn.

Consumers can meet a kitchen expert at Grand Designs

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The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that it will have a
number of retail members present to provide advice on live projects at Grand Designs Live (11th -15th October 2017 at NEC, Birmingham).

BiKBBI announces latest member benefit

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The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) today announced a partnership with Diesel24, a fuel broker which will be providing members with access to discounted vehicle fuel nationally.

Laufen collaborates with new Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

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Nobu Hotel Shoreditch has chosen Swiss bathroom brand Laufen as the manufacturer for its bathrooms at the striking new Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, which opened on 1st July 2017. 

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

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Hoover Candy UK has announced that it will work with independent trade specialist, Yusen Logistics, to provide the best possible service to its independent retail customers, a move in line with its ambition to be the 'supplier of choice'.

Wilsonart UK adopts Lean Six Sigma collaborative business approach

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Wilsonart UK, one of the largest manufacturers of decorative surfaces, has adopted the internationally recognised Lean Six Sigma techniques to help underpin their Operational Excellence strategy.

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

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The future is bright for Rotpunkt partners and suppliers in the wake of its final batch of UK training days where attendees completed a series of comprehensive product training and received updates on current / future brand developments.


Barwick appoint Bob Ashley as operations director

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Independent bathroom distributor Barwick has announced the appointment of Bob Ashley to the role of operations director.


New trade catalogue from Croydex provides professionals with in-depth technical specifications

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Croydex has launched a new trade catalogue exclusively for professionals who need in-depth technical product information when working on bathroom projects.

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