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25th May 2018


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International News

KBBG announces new supplier

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The Kitchen & Bathroom Buying Group has partnered with Küppersbusch to provide KBBG members with an ever-expanding choice of suppliers.

New quartz surfaces are the perfect match for Summer colours in the kitchen

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The trend for hyper-realism in quartz worktops makes the latest additions to the CRL Quartz collection the ideal contrast to Summer colours in the kitchen.

USB charging ports are the new must-have, says HiB

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Two thirds of people now own a smartphone, using it for nearly two hours every day to browse the internet, access social media, bank and shop online.

New bedroom range from Trend Interiors

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Trend Bedrooms, part of the Mereway Group of companies, has added a contemporary style matt panelled shaker door to its Trend Bedroom collection.

Going round, round...

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Roca has introduced Round WC options to its popular Debba range. The new rimless WCs are available in close-coupled and wall-hung variants which complement the existing range of Debba basins perfectly.

New mirror effect finish to sliding wardrobes from Trend

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Trend Bedrooms has introduced a new mirror effect finish to its popular sliding wardrobe collection. The mirror effect finish can be used alone or with another finish, providing even more design solutions within this flexible range.

UrbanTop range extended with new finishes

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The UrbanTop brand from Mereway has been extended with four new finishes adding even more choice to this contemporary worktop collection.

A multitude of mounting options with Matrix R15 sink range

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Adding to an already extensive collection of sinks to ensure there is a solution to suit all kitchens, Abode has introduced the Matrix R15 range of stainless steel sinks.

Bette products now on Virtual Worlds CAD system

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German glazed titanium-steel bathroom specialist, Bette, has announced that its baths, shower trays/floors and washbasins are now available to users of Virtual Worlds CAD software.

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Thank goodness it's almost over!

Yes - the General Data Protection Regulations finally come into force today which means that my inbox will no longer be engulfed by a multitude of emails threatening that if I don't 'opt in', I'll be eliminated from the sender's database forever. Bearing in mind that I'm a journalist and thus rely on being on people's databases, the threat of not responding to these emails is a real one. I've had, literally, hundreds of them over recent weeks (and a real flurry today!) and the time and effort it's taken to deal with them is ridiculous.

The good ones (sadly not enough of them) tell me to ignore them if I want to stay subscribed; the bad ones force me to fill out my details all over again. To see which category they fall into, I need to read them right the way through, anyway. As you can imagine, I'm thoroughly fed up! A number of very worried public relations professionals I know, confessed that they wished they'd thought a bit longer over how they were going to handle the regulations.

Many of them sent out emails to their entire databases asking people to opt-in if they wanted to continue receiving their releases. Even this week, many had only received a handful of responses, as opposed to the dozens they were expecting- and because they've asked the question, they need to abide by the answers (or lack of them)!

I can see why the regulations might need tightening up but (and probably like many readers) I've not checked the details of what I'm opting into. I've stopped reading the preamble and haven't checked what precedes the boxes I've ended up ticking. Goodness knows what I might have signed up to! I've also received quite a number of these emails from companies that are completely alien to me... I've come to the conclusion that some clever (but unscrupulous) marketeers have used GDPR to expand their 'fully-requested' lists.

Am I the only one who thinks that this whole GDPR thing could have been thought through a little better, and that we'd at least have been advised on the best way of handling our databases? And while I'm on the subject, if you no longer wish to keep receiving KBzine, the 'unsubscribe' button is at the bottom of every page. I hope, of course, that you decide not to use it...




Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Congratulations to British Ceramic Tile on another Award win!

* Congratulations-to-BCT.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile is celebrating picking up a prestigious industry award for its National Tile Week campaign. The company received the hotly contested excellence in marketing award at the Tile Association (TTA) Awards where manufacturers and suppliers from across the industry came together to celebrate a successful 2017.

The number and standard of award entries was exceptionally high for the TTA awards, with British Ceramic Tile also shortlisted in the best wall tile of the year category.

BMA Charity Golf Day - book your place!

* BMA-Charity-Golf.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association tells us that places are being snapped up fast for its Charity Golf Tournament 2018, being held on 15th October 2018 in support of the Children's Burns Trust.

Nestled within a 650-acre private estate in the beautiful South Wales countryside, the venue - the Vale Resort, Hensol Park, Hensol, in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan, is far more than your average luxury hotel.

Sleek, neat and truly handle free: Benchmarx Kitchens unveils nine True handleless kitchens

* Benchmarx-Eton-Gloss.jpgAs the popularity of handleless kitchens continues to grow, Benchmarx Kitchens has unveiled nine True Handleless options that will allow you to recreate this look for customers with ease and at a more affordable price.

The True Handleless collection features seven of Benchmarx Kitchens' new and existing slab fronted doors but, as so many of these doors work together, it opens up the possibilities to mix and match styles, colours and finishes, to create countless looks. Whether you are asked for industrial chic to pale oak effect to fresh white and delicate pastels, this range can certainly deliver.

Zypho shower heat recovery device improves energy efficiency

* Zypho.jpgSome 15-30% of a typical home energy bill is spent on heating water, despite almost 90% of the energy used to heat your shower water 'going down the drain'. This is about to change...

A heat recovery device that reduces shower water heating bills by up to 30%, improves energy efficiency and cuts carbon footprints, is now being installed in bathroom units across the UK.

Customised Keller kitchen creates perfect contemporary look

* Customised-Keller-kitchen.jpg"We used our own kitchen fitters and our fitter commented that it was the best quality kitchen that he had installed. I'm really happy."

Having lived in their large duplex apartment in the town of Lenzie, near Glasgow, for three years, Leigh and David Campbell-Wan decided to reconfigure their kitchen and the adjoining living room to create an open plan layout. With a clear idea of the look and style of kitchen they wanted, the couple was delighted to discover the opportunities that Keller Kitchens provides when creating highly customised and contemporary designs.

Saniflo launches customer friendly configurator

* Saniflo-configurator-iPad.jpgSaniflo has launched a new, user-friendly, interactive configurator that enables customers to specify the Kineduo bath most suitable for their needs at the click of a button.

Neolith announces Instagram sensation @pepitamola as its new brand ambassador

* Neolith-Instagram.jpgPepita Sierra, better known on social media as @pepitamola, has become the new brand ambassador for Sintered Stone brand Neolith.

The three-year old's life has already won over 200,000 followers through an Instagram account on which her mother, Fabiola, narrates the day-to-day of a little girl with Down's syndrome. Every day Fabiola shares her daughter's zest for life, and the joy and happiness she brings to her family, friend and many fans.

KBSA reaches out to those planning a new kitchen at Grand Designs Live

* KBSA-reaches-out.jpgThe Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has experienced another busy year at Grand Designs Live, which took place last month at London's ExCel. Five KBSA retail members were on hand to discuss visitors' kitchen projects throughout the show in the 'Ask an Expert' area and all were kept very busy meeting couples and families keen to receive expert advice on their kitchen plans.

New literature showcases Abode taps and sinks in full colour

* Abode-New-Literature.jpgShowcasing the manufacturer's full range of design-led kitchen sinks, taps and bathroom brassware, the latest brochures from Abode are available to order and download now. Featuring innovative new designs, an array of products with the latest features to make everyday tasks that little bit simpler and on trend designs/finishes, the trio of brochures focus on Abode's comprehensive range.

A useful guide for retailers to see new products from Abode at a glance, comes in the form of the New Additions 2018 brochure. This highlights the main selling points of its latest launches, with inspiring photography and is complete with prices.

Wilsonart launches Zenith Revolution

* WILSONART-Glacial-Whisper.jpgWilsonart's Zenith has led the revolution in worktops with the very first ultra-thin solid core laminate worksurface. Launched two years ago by Shildon, County Durham-based Wilsonart UK, (part of the mighty and innovative American owned international Wilsonart Group), Zenith is now striding ahead again with the next generation of decors.

Wilsonart which has already reported the success of the Zenith product this year, with sales so far beyond expectation that the company has invested heavily in its manufacturing sites.

Salice provides the ideal ingredients for Mereway Kitchens

* SALICE-MEREWAY.jpgSalice UK tells us it is delighted to be working in partnership with Mereway Kitchens, supplying its Eclipse pocket door system and Wind lift system for installation within Mereway Kitchens' ranges.

Mereway Kitchens is a leading independent manufacturer of high quality kitchen furniture, with a reputation for producing outstanding products, complemented by an unprecedented level of customer service. Its inspirational kitchen collections offer something for all tastes, budgets and lifestyles.

Italian brand Steel adds sleek new colour way to Ascot collection

* Italian-brand-Steel.jpgSteel, the Italian manufacturer of beautifully crafted, bespoke kitchen appliances, has introduced a striking mineral blue option to its Ascot collection. With elegant aesthetics, this contemporary shade adds a sophisticated touch to Steel's timeless range.

Anyone for cocktails?

* Anyone-for-cocktails.jpgEntertaining friends and family this Summer can be a breeze with Lynx's CocktailPro Centre. Made by highly experienced craftsmen in the US, the cocktail centre boasts an insulated ice bin within, making sure drinks are kept cool for hours on end - meaning more time for the hosts to sit back and relax.

A built-in bottle opener with integrated cap catcher and bottle boot for chilling juices, wines and mixtures ensures that everything is available to those wishing to show off their cocktail making skills.

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Recent News

KBSA 40th Anniversary conference is a not to be missed event

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The 2018 Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association Conference and Awards Dinner are shaping up to be a not to-be-missed event, according to Kbsa chair Richard Hibbert, who says: "We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year and to celebrate this important milestone we have introduced many new features in order to make this year's event the best yet.

Kitchen & Bathroom Business Conference now open for registration

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Register now for the Kitchen & Bathroom Business Conference, to ensure you get the chance to meet the experts and learn from world class speakers at one of the most eagerly awaited industry events of the year.

GDHA to shed up to 300 jobs at its Prescot, Merseyside cooker factory

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Glen Dimplex Home Appliances is planning to cut almost 300 jobs from its 1,000-strong workforce in Prescot, Merseyside. The company says that changes on the High Street have affected sales and that it needs to cut costs and change its product range if it is to remain viable.

New Housing Secretary must unleash potential of small builders, says FMB

Commenting on the announcement that James Brokenshire MP has been appointed the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: "Sajid Javid passes the housing baton to James Brokenshire at a crucial time for the sector.

One Day Design Challenge returns to the Roca London Gallery

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Following a hugely successful first edition in 2017, the international One Day Design Challenge is returning to the Roca London Gallery next month. Taking place on Saturday 26th May, this exciting competition presents an against-the-clock brief in which the participants have to design a product related to the bathroom space in just one day.

Homebuilding & Renovating Show reports growth of over 16% in last five years

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The Homebuilding & Renovating Show has experienced a 16.27% growth in visitor numbers in the past five years. This increase reflects the continuing rise in live projects, with 82% of the active audience that recently attended the Show at the NEC in Birmingham (22nd - 25th March) stating that they are currently working on a self-build or renovation project (80% cent in 2017).


LDL introduces brochure library

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To help kitchen specialists promote accessories and to simplify the selection process for customers, LDL is rationalising its sales literature by introducing separate brochures for each brand. 

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