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12th January 2018


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International News

Roca creates new forms with Modo

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Roca places a huge importance on innovation, design and style and its new Modo collection is the epitome of all three. Modo's unique quality is that it can be moulded and sculptured into bespoke and individual pieces ready to suit all interior decors.

Belling releases first 50cm induction cooker

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British appliance manufacturer Belling has launched its first 50cm induction cooker, the FS50DOTi, the only appliance of its kind on the market.

Tactile and luxurious, Fenix NTA is the new 'wonder metal' material

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With the current trend for material mix, everyone knows that adding a touch of metal to an interior project will elevate it instantly, but that cost, fabrication and performance can be drawbacks.

Step forward the new 'wonder metal', Fenix NTA, a unique material in its field and the result of three years' research and development.

Abode introduces Serenitie bathroom taps in rose gold

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The Abode ranges of bathroom brassware and showers are created with a perfect blend of design, performance, functionality and quality. A new 'on trend' finish has been added to the Serenitie range - Rose Gold - which is right up-to-date with the predicted colour trends for 2018 and is available now through Abode's distribution partners.

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One of the many things I've always loved about this industry is the commitment of various individuals or teams of employees to give up their time to raise funds for charity. Generally though, these are individual company efforts, rather than industry-wide.

As you can imagine I was excited to learn this morning that Vado has announced the return of the Vado Rally for June 2018.

Competing to raise money for the Rainy Day Trust and Variety charities, members of our industry who are so inclined will once again have the opportunity to rally through some of Europe's greatest cities and scenery as they raise funds for charity. I can imagine that - as there is in terms of vying to be the first, or the best, when it comes to introducing new products and technology - there will be a great deal of competition, but in terms of bonding, it will be fantastic. I daresay too, that as happens on the golf course, new work partnerships will be established and business is likely to be done...

The Rally has been a major success since its launch in 2016, with a staggering £65,000 raised after 37 cars successfully covered 1,300 miles through eight countries in just four days. Our picture shows the 2016 winners, Chandlers Building Supplies Lewes branch manager Stuart Campbell and timber trading director Trevor Mudd, who raised over £1,500 in their Mercedes E230, which they bought for a mere £147.
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They completed challenges along the way and ensured that they and their car were dressed and decorated in a different theme each day - something teams in this upcoming rally will also be encouraged to do. To add to their points and fundraising total, Trevor also completed a 220 metre bungee jump off the Verzasca Dam in Switzerland whilst dressed as the pair are here, as a Fearless Fraulein!

It will be interesting to see this year's fancy dress ideas as drivers from builders' merchants to retailers, manufacturers and buying groups, will be challenged to trek through Copenhagen, Namur, Amsterdam, Lüneburg and Malmo in a road-legal car worth under £500. Will you be one of them? The closing date for entries is 31st January. Email [email protected] for details.



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Moderate growth for UK shower market in 2017; market penetration now at c.90%

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Kaldewei Iconic World offers multisensory experience of brand and material

* Kaldewei-Iconic.jpgWith the opening of its new Iconic World after a year and a half of planning and construction, Kaldewei has created a fascinating, interactive and multisensory space that enables visitors to thoroughly explore and understand the brand.

The exhibition allows insights into the premium manufacturer's understanding of design and gives visitors the opportunity to see the quality and durability of Kaldewei steel enamel for themselves. Additionally, the experience is enhanced by a tour of the factory during which visitors get a close-up look at the manufacturing process.

New Retro fridge freezer joins Amica catalogue

* Amica-Retro-FF.jpgAmica, one of Europe's fastest growing domestic appliance brands, has added a compact 55cms(w) but compellingly spacious retro fridge freezer to its comprehensive range of freestanding A+ refrigeration.

The new Amica Retro range (FDR2213) is available in Chilli Red, Cappuccino Cream, Duck Egg Blue, and Olive Black and unlike most of the retro fridge freezers on the market it has been designed to fit into smaller kitchen spaces, without compromising on storage space.

New Year, new Rangemaster: stylish Nexus SE released for contemporary kitchens

* New-Rangemaster-nexus.jpgModern chefs looking for an update to their homes in 2018 need look no further. Rangemaster has revealed its newest offering in the range cooker series, the Nexus SE 110 Dual Fuel. It is available in stainless steel, black, slate and ivory.

Building on the success of the Nexus range cooker by offering ultra-modern styling with a symmetrical design - perfect for the contemporary kitchen, the Nexus SE offers users the same high standard of performance expected from Rangemaster, with a host of distinguishing new features that make cooking for any occasion simple and stylish.

Samsung Electronics debuts next generation of Family Hub refrigerator at CES 2018

* Samsung-next-genFF.jpgOn Sunday, Samsung Electronics unveiled the next generation of its award-winning Family Hub refrigerator. A winner of the 2018 CES Best of Innovation award, Family Hub sets a new standard for connected living.

Family Hub in 2018 offers a wide range of smart features that allow consumers to do what they could not do before.

Crosswater Contracts team grows and rebrands for an exciting 2018

* Crosswater-Contracts.jpgCrosswater Contracts has announced an exciting rebrand for 2018, and will now be known as Bathroom Brands Group Projects. Providing the same superior level of service to its contract-based clients, which caters to jobs in the hospitality, residential and commercial sectors, the team will now offer a much wider portfolio of bathroom products.

Joining the current ranges from Crosswater, Simpsons and Bauhaus, the merged team will now offer clients products from the Bathroom Brands range, including Burlington, Britton, Clearwater and Thirty6.

Steel yourself: Appliances are now in Pantone colour of the year!

* Steel-yourself.jpgIf your customers are looking for something a little different, it might be worth pointing them in the direction of Steel, which has manufactured a range of appliances in the Pantone colour of the year - Ultra Violet!

Whether it's a fridge freezer, modular units, range cooker or cooker hood, the family owned bespoke Italian manufacturer, Steel, tells us that its exclusive collaboration with Le Creuset means that its Ascot, Genesi and Oxford appliances are all now available in a stunning purple Le Creuset shade, - perfect for adding a contemporary update to any kitchen.

Marvellous mirror cabinets from Abacus

* Abacus-mirror-cabinets.jpgAbacus, has released an exciting new collection of beautiful mirror cabinets; perfect for any stylish, modern bathroom.

Offering a practical, sophisticated design, every cabinet is fitted with a shaver socket, adjustable shelves and low energy LED lighting. Each is easy to install and there is a range of sizes to suit any bathroom decor.

Bright and beautiful bathroom lighting

* Bright-and-beautiful.jpgBathroom designs can be taken to the next level with Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection's elegant wall lights and stunning collection of illuminated mirrors.

Those looking to add some period-style charm and incorporate useful lighting for tasks such as shaving or applying make-up can tap into the growing trend for wall lights with the Collection's Bathroom Wall Light (pictured). 

British Ceramic Tile appoints new commercial director

* BCT-Comm-Dir.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile has made a strategic new appointment to its Board, announcing John Chater as commercial director - a new senior position within the business.

John will assume responsibility for the company's sales, marketing, design and product development departments, with a focus on driving forward the company's impressive portfolio and brand across all markets.

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Recent News

A positive message from the BiKBBI

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The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation ended 2017 on a high note and its chief executive Damian Walters is equally positive about the Institute's prospects in 2018.

New CIH and KBBG partnership will offer benefits to all

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Electrical buying group Combined Independents (Holdings) and The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group - part of Europe's leading kitchen and bathroom buying group, have signed a partnership that will increase trading opportunities for members of both organisations.

American cherry brings sophistication to London home

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min Taha Architects + Groupwork have renovated a 1950s house in London's Bayswater area, cleverly restoring Travertine and cherry panelling using American cherry - a premium wood with a creamy white sapwood and rich reddish brown heartwood, with a fine uniform straight grain and smooth texture.

Caple kits out Black Cow distillery with high-performance appliances

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Caple has joined forces with boutique vodka brand Black Cow to supply appliances to the kitchen in the distillery's new 'brand home', which features a kitchen and bar alongside the distillery at Childhay Manor Farm, West Dorset.

Rewards and penalties: taking bold steps to protect your company's data

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A study from Veritas Technologies, a leader in multi-cloud data management, has found that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has the potential to drive major cultural changes in businesses worldwide.

Date set for KBSA Annual Conference

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has started the ball rolling with regard to next year's Annual Conference, setting the date for Wednesday 12th September.

Hotpoint Multiflow ovens perfect for the festive season

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Hotpoint has partnered with brand ambassador Jamie Oliver to inspire consumers to get cooking this festive period and create special food memories with friends and family.

Tile Trader's 'Tiling for a Good Cause' winner announced

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Complete Kidz, a community interest company in the West Midlands, has been crowned the winner of a bespoke tiling makeover worth £500 to transform its community centre.

Franke's innovative M-Box makes boiling water tap installation faster and easier

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Aimed at streamlining and simplifying the installation of its Minerva boiling water taps, Franke has developed the innovative new M-Box, allowing the fitting of a Minerva in as little as 20 minutes.

The M-Box has no single parts, just one compact box containing Franke Pro M filter, inlet combination, mixing valve set, gasket set and control box.

CIH Chairman Robin Millwood says industry must pull together to increase margins

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Combined Independents (Holdings) Chairman Robin Millwood has called on the industry to pull together to increase margins, singling out retailers in particular as being able to do more.

Conran collaboration secures gold for VitrA

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VitrA secured a gold award for 'Collaboration with a Designer' for its inspirational Eternity accessories range, designed by Sebastian Conran, at the recent Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards.

BiKBBI Installer of The Year 2017: LSI Interiors

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Congratulations to British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation member Layne Ives of LSI Interiors, who has been awarded the Installer of The Year Award at the ek&bbusiness Awards & Review 2017 ceremony in Central London.

Going for gold: Bushboard's Options collection recognised for Material Innovation

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Congratulations to Bushboard for winning the Gold Award for Material Innovation, with its Options collection, at the 2017 Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards. Now in their 15th year, the awards celebrate the very best talent in kitchen and bathroom design.

Armitage Shanks closes bicentenary celebrations with gala evening

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One of Britain's oldest businesses, Armitage Shanks, has culminated its bicentenary celebrations with a gala evening, which included rewards for colleagues as well as celebrity performances.

British Ceramic Tile takes customers on a tour with tiles

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When is a biscuit not a biscuit? When it's a tile. It's all these small details and more that are brought to life in British Ceramic Tile's new corporate video, launched to the trade this month.


Wilsonart develops blogger collaboration for real feedback

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"Working with interiors bloggers is proving a compelling way to get consumer trend feedback and product exposure," says Ruby Larvin, marketing communications manager for Wilsonart UK.

Blanco announces 75% discount on popular Etagon sink and/or Panera-S stainless steel tap

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Blanco UK is offering retailers a 75% discount on any Blanco Etagon sink and/or Panera-S stainless steel tap when purchased for displays from today to 31st January 2018.


KItchenAid produces new major domestic appliance brochure

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KitchenAid, the luxury appliance manufacturer, has produced a new brochure for trade partners, which presents highlights of its major domestic appliance product portfolio.

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