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6th October 2017


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International News

New Zion Furniture from Crosswater: stunning yet functional

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New from Crosswater, the Zion floor-standing basin unit looks to redefine the concept of bathroom furniture for modern family living. Combining simple yet stunning style with everyday functionality, each aspect of the design has been carefully considered using the latest materials and resilient surface technology to ensure a high-quality furniture collection that will cater to every member of the family.

Hansgrohe bolsters growth

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Hansgrohe Group is strengthening its management team and increasing its focus on key areas that will fortify sales and sales-related functions - the cornerstones of the company's growth strategy. As of 1st January 2018, the Hansgrohe SE Executive Board will include two members responsible for sales as well as a chief financial officer as of 1 October 2017.

Step into the future with Hoover's touch-screen oven

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Hoover has launched its most innovative, high-end appliance to-date, with a new oven, boasting a 19-inch, fully interactive touch screen with just one single on/off button.

Small bathrooms have huge design potential with the Geberit Bathroom Collection

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The smallest room in the home can be big on style, with clever solutions and products that are designed with compact spaces in mind. Every bathroom needs good storage, but the smaller the bathroom the more important it becomes. Whether it is a cloakroom, en suite or small bathroom, The Geberit Bathroom Collection offers the perfect solution to maximise on space.

'Transitional Living' with open-plan kitchens by Rotpunkt

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Rotpunkt is answering the demand for transitional living: where traditional and contemporary design coalesce to become one unified interior solution.

Bringing a well-balanced fusion of 'classic meets modern', the traditional features of this kitchen are defined by Rotpunkt's Pastel Smoke Oak shaker-style cabinetry with one-panel design door and drawer fronts.

New magic box: innovative first-fix solution for thermostatic shower solutions from VitrA

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Designed to make the installation of built-in bath and shower mixers fast and simple, V-Box from VitrA is the new generation of standard and thermostatic shower solutions. The box can be used with X-Line, Pure, Nest and Suit brassware from VitrA and is the ideal money and time saving choice for both installers and consumers.

Bushboard Nuance at Kitchens & Bathrooms Live (Stand M635)

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Bushboard, now part of the Wilsonart Group, and the UK's leading producer of laminate worksurfaces, is exhibiting at the Kitchens & Bathrooms Live event at the NEC, Birmingham, 10th - 12th October 2017.

The complete bathroom solution from Crosswater

Transform bathrooms into a luxurious retreat with the complete collection of brassware, furniture units and accessories from British bathroom specialist, Crosswater. Combining modern functionality with on-trend aesthetics, each product from the brand's extensive offering is manufactured to the highest specifications, offering customers assured quality and superior performance.

Easy use for everyone - a new classic from VitrA

Offering a compelling design solution for every bathroom, new Z-Line from VitrA is a sleek, modern range of bathroom brassware featuring a smoothly contoured body with an easy-to-use flat lever control conveniently mounted on the side.

Bertazzoni goes to new lengths with 110cm range

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Due to demand, Bertazzoni has chosen to develop 110cm models of its Professional and Master Series range cookers, complementing its existing product portfolio of 60cm, 90cm, 100cm and 120cm lines.

VitrA stars at Designjunction

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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.

Porcel-Thin wins Business Innovator Award

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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.

Abode's collection of Dune sinks shortlisted in House Beautiful 2017 Award

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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.

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Had to have a chuckle at the findings of the recent survey by Samsung Electronics (www.samsung.com/uk)...  Having surveyed 2,000 men and women in the UK, the company has revealed the UK's most annoying domestic habits - the top three being:

1) Food left in the fridge: 83% of people get frustrated when rotten & out of date food is left festering in the fridge
2) Messy kitchens: 81% said that the kitchen being left in a mess causes them stress
3) Not closing the fridge: 72% hate it when someone leaves the fridge door open, causing all the food to get warm...

My top one is getting up in the morning to find that the grill or oven (and sometimes both) has been left on all night - something I experienced many years ago when sharing with someone who would occasionally came home late at night, a little worse for wear. 

It didn't cause too much of a problem other than a higher gas bill than normal but I'm grateful that the pizza left in the oven at maximum temperature on one occasion didn't burn and perhaps ignite (if that's possible?) because the door had been left open too. My other grouse is the freezer door being left open, as this normally means endless rounds of batch cooking of food I'd not wanted to cook just yet and a defrost and clean out job I'd not scheduled into my day.

The fridge freezer my mother's just purchased has an alarm which beeps when the fridge door has been open for rather too long; I find it odd that the freezer part doesn't have a similar alarm too, which to me would be far more useful, if it's a case of 'either/or'.

Samsung's survey also highlighted the number one kitchen necessity as the fridge, with 41% saying they couldn't live without it. This was followed by the washing machine (21%), with the kettle and oven tying at 16%. The washing machine rated more highly - quite understandably in my book - with women (30%) than with men (11%). The kettle was the biggest hit amongst the older 65+ age group - it must be all those cups of tea... 



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

'Better Together' presentation from Sir Clive Woodward closes KBSA conference

* KBSA-Better-Together.jpgThe final presentation at the KBSA AGM Conference & Networking Dinner, by Sir Clive Woodward, was hailed as a great success and brought together the theme of 'Better Together' perfectly for delegates, reports the KBSA.

Sir Clive Woodward was the keynote speaker in a line-up that included entrepreneur Richard Askam and respected property journalist and broadcaster Michael Holmes.

KBSA announces 2017 Awards

* KBSA_AGM_Winners.jpgCongratulations to all the winners of the 2017 Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association Awards, announced last week.

'Support and growth for retailers' key messages from KBSA AGM and conference

* KBSA-2nd.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has hailed the 2017 AGM Conference and Networking Dinner as the best one ever, as more retailers than ever attended event.

There were over 120 delegates in total in attendance, with 43 retailers attending an exclusive dinner the night before - a new addition to the programme, providing retailers with an additional opportunity to network. The evening included two presentations from corporate sponsors Blum and Neff.

Bowls of beauty: new manufacturing process produces super-fine basins

* VitrA-matt-black.jpgInternational bathroom giant VitrA has launched Outline, a new range of ultra-fine wash basins manufactured using Cerafine, a brand-new material in bathroom production that allows for slim, elegant shapes with very defined edges.

Shapes and edges like this are not possible using more traditional materials as the shape would not survive the firing process.

New financial protection for BiKBBI members and their customers

* BiKBBI-financial-protection.jpgThe British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation, in partnership with Transpact.com, Europe's leading escrow provider, yesterday launched a new financial protection product to its members and their customers.

An escrow is a financial arrangement, where a third party holds and regulates payment of the funds required for two parties involved in a given transaction. The new service will allow members to provide optional, added peace of mind to their customers whilst protecting and increasing their own income and commercial interests.

LDL centralises business operation in Hadfield

* LDL_Matt-Lord.jpgLDL Components has announced its intention to centralise its business operation at its Northern premises in Hadfield, near Glossop in Derbyshire. The move follows a comprehensive review of the business and reflects its commitment to consistent improvement and future development.

The company was formed in 2010 when Bath-based business, Lord Distribution Limited and OML Limited, located in Hadfield, merged. Although there was natural synergy between the two companies and the resulting business has grown dramatically, there has always remained the challenge of working from two sites 170 miles apart.

British Ceramic Tile unveils its 2018 lookbook at its London Hub

* BCT_Look_book_2018.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile has revealed its 2018 look book at its London Hub at an invitation only media event last week.

Launched for the first time in 2017, the lookbook is filled with inspiration and advice, highlighting key directions and styles for the year ahead with expert advice from British Ceramic Tile's in house design and marketing team.

Full on performance with new BAL Rapid-Flex One - rapid on straights, smooth on bends

* BAL-Rapid-Flex.jpgNew from BAL, Rapid-Flex One is a high-performance S1 tile adhesive that provides fixers with superior qualities to get the job done on time and on budget.

Fast, strong and flexible, BAL Rapid-Flex One is an ultimate all-round adhesive with extended 30 minutes open time and 60 minutes working time - giving fixers speed but crucially all the control - and is still ready to grout in just three hours.

British Ceramic Tiles makes senior appointments within its marketing team

* BCT-Jayne.jpgWith British Ceramic Tile firmly focused on its brand strategy for 2017/18, the company has made strategic appointments within its marketing team as it embarks on establishing itself as the 'go to' brand within the tile industry.

A key move is the promotion of Jayne Adamson to head of retail marketing and brand. Formerly marketing manager at British Ceramic Tile, Jayne says her new role is pivotal to the company's strategic brand direction. With over 15 years 'experience in the surface covering and tile industry, Jayne will oversee three senior product managers and a newly appointed graphic designer, leading the company's vision to become the expert in the tile industry.

New website, new security, better experience...

* IKBBI-website.jpgAs part of our ongoing commitment to members, consumers and the wider industry, the British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation has upgraded its website and changed from the old 'ikbbi.org.uk' to the new BiKBBI domain.

Aquavision appoints director of business development

* Aquavision-appoints.jpgAquavision, has announced the appointment of Ronnie Turpie as director of EMEA business development with immediate effect.

Ronnie brings with him extensive international business management experience in the Pro AV, custom installation and consumer electronics industry both in the UK and overseas. He will be responsible for developing Aquavision's international territories, partners, channels and vertical markets

Abode's Abbie Wilkinson takes on a 'sky dive' for charity

* Abode_Abbie-skydive.jpgAbbie Wilkinson, one of Abode's internal sales administrators who is currently working towards gaining her NVQ Level 3 qualification in customer services took to the skies recently for a daring sky dive.

The dive was in aid of the charity Bluebell Woods Children's Hospice in Yorkshire who care for children with shortened lives to support them and their families.

Hoover plays it cool with freezer donation

* Hoover-plays-it-cool.jpgHoover has gifted a chest freezer to South Derbyshire CVS to help the charity cope with the volume of food donations it's receiving.

The charitable organisation, which provides food parcels to people facing difficult times, has noted a significant and rapid increase in those needing its service. As the community, including local supermarkets, has drastically increased the number of donations to help those in need, the charity was struggling to keep frozen food due to lack of space.

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