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6th July 2018


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International News

British Ceramic Tile emulates natural beauty of Indian slate with new porcelain tile collection, Mumbai Slate

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Replicate the beautiful appearance of Indian stone with the new Mumbai Slate collection from British Ceramic Tile. Known for its impressive colour variation and textured finish, Indian Slate has become a highly sought after surface material within interior design. Featuring rich base colours, the look is warm and inviting for a striking natural design aesthetic.

The superior Mumbai Slate porcelain collection from British Ceramic Tile provides a stunning floor covering, emulating the true beauty of Indian slate. Strong tonal variation and a matt, riven finish deliver an authentic interpretation, bringing the unmistakable raw, earthy qualities of slate indoors.

Abode presents a professional image with new 3In1 tap

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With saving time of the essence for modern families, steaming hot water taps are a hugely popular way of clearing worktop clutter and making a round of hot drinks quicker than ever before. Creating an on-trend industrial-inspired image, Abode has expanded its best-selling Pronteau 3In1 range to include the Pronteau Professional.

Croydex inspires with innovative additions and new-look for firm favourite in latest collection

Additions to the Aqua Air, Flexi-Fix and Hang 'n' Lock collections, and a revamped Stick 'n' Lock range are among the new products unveiled in Croydex's latest catalogue.

Big on performance but low on water consumption, each of the six new water-efficient Aqua Air showerheads use the latest water-saving technology to draw in air and blend it with water flow, making each droplet bigger and softer. By enhancing the system's spray power, Aqua Air promises to reduce water use by up to 50% compared to normal showers.

BMA looks to the future at AGM

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association held a successful AGM at Hogarths Stone Manor, Kidderminster, electing a new presidential team that will help deliver the Association's ambitious plans for the next three years.

Blanco's Catris-S tap; for the ultimate in flexibility

Blanco UK continues to create innovative designs for the ultimate flexibility for users. The Blanco Catris-S tap is the perfect example of Blanco displaying a striking and modern yet functional design.

The flexible spout can be swivelled from side to side, it also can easily be removed from the holder. The spout is fitted with two buttons for the user to change the water flow from normal to a spray.

No more leaks! See how it all works...

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People have been saying for decades that a picture tells a thousand words, so what would a video be worth in those terms, we wonder, to companies such as Abacus Bathrooms, which boasts its own YouTube channel?

Shades of grey find new lease of life in kitchen design with matte finish

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Formica Group reviews the kitchen surface trends making their mark in 2018

Shades of grey, white and black are dominating kitchen design in 2018. These versatile, albeit no frill tones, pair with any colour and finish, making them perfect for the modern kitchen.

With moodier aesthetics in demand, as seen at EuroCucina, grey, white and black décors are the perfect building blocks to design a kitchen around. Facilitating this trend, the Formica Infiniti Worktops range comes in 12 modern décors including four core neutral colours: Graphite, Fog, White and Diamond Black.

Kitchen TVs make handy save as World Cup kicks off

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Love it or loathe it, for the next couple of months there'll be no escaping it; the 2018 World Cup is here, ready to polarise the nation's TV opinions once again.

More than 20 million UK viewers tuned in at home four years ago and there's no doubt that the tournament will be dominating the airwaves again this year. While that may be great news for football fans, it's likely to lead to disagreements in households where not everyone's as passionate about the beautiful game.

Arty Artago sink will stun in the kitchen

The new Artago sink from Blanco UK will fit perfectly into any kitchen scheme. It is available in two models, Artago 6 and Artago 6 IF/A. The Artago 6 comes in 10 Silgranit PuraDur colours; Alumetallic, Anthracite, Champagne, Coffee, Jasmin, Nutmeg, Pearl Grey, Rock Grey, Tartufo and the Artago 6 IF/A comes in two colours; Alumetallic and Anthracite.

Featuring a concealed C-overflow and the innovative InFino waste system, the unique models are incredibly hygienic and easy to keep clean.

Focus on stainless steel new tap range from Abode

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The first company to launch stainless steel kitchen taps in the UK, Abode continues to be ahead of the curve with six new trend-setting taps joining the range.

All manufactured from hard-wearing and natural 304 grade stainless steel, the new taps present a professional image in the kitchen, with their own distinct style, innovation and high quality finish.

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I received a press release this morning and I consider the subject matter to be so important that I've pulled the leader I'd already written, to ensure that this new information is given coverage this week rather than next.

It's not often I highlight a company's actions in these leaders, but as part of its 'Refill not Landfill' initiative, Franke has compiled a short Snapshot Survey on plastic waste, to coincide with the worldwide 'Plastic Free July' campaign, and it wants you to take part. So do I.

The Survey is designed to get a view across our industry of attitudes to, and consumption of, single-use plastic bottles. Results will be published to share the insights gained. I've just taken the survey myself and although I've not bought a small plastic bottle of drink in around three decades, the questions asked, still made me think about what I do and why. If you're not someone who's been called 'weird' for decades for washing up other people's plastic bottles for your family to fill with their own drinks, or taken binned plastics home from your workplace to wash and recycle (as I have), then you need to take this survey now.

"We'd love to see as many people as possible taking part," says Neil Clark, managing director at Franke UK. "We believe small changes can make big differences and this short survey is designed to encourage us to think about the individual and collective actions across business that can help reduce plastic waste. The results will give us a snapshot of where we are at now on this topic and we hope it encourages people to think about the changes they can easily make in their everyday lives."

I couldn't agree more.

Franke's 'Refill not Landfill' campaign is aimed at reducing the use of plastic water bottles in everyday life through a promotion run by its retail studio partners nationwide, with consumers receiving two free water flasks on purchasing any Franke (or sister-brand Carron Phoenix) tap which includes filtration, until 31st October.

Please find the survey at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FrankeSnapshotSurvey and be in with a chance of winning one of 50 smart, brushed-chrome, reuseable water flasks.

The campaign can be followed on Twitter using #RefillnotLandfillUK and the Franke website.




Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Online sales of plumbing products in the UK to increase by 43% by 2022

* Online-sales-plumbing.jpgThe Internet is the fastest growing channel of the overall UK plumbing and heating products market and has experienced strong growth levels in the last five - seven years. In 2017 alone, the UK Internet plumbing market is estimated to have increased by 17% in value terms.

However, forecasts indicate that the pace of growth is gradually slowing down over the course of the review period. This change of pace can be partly attributed to market saturation of Internet users and fewer new suppliers entering the market.

Subtle and sophisticated - the bathroom is multigenerational

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Simple wall-hung modern furniture in subtle wood shades, soft creams or soft graphite teamed with either a counter-top or vanity basin in an appealing shape or a super-size slab top with one or two bowls and complemented by wall-hung sanitaryware, a walk-in shower and a freestanding bath, are the essential base ingredients for design success.

InSinkErator invests in UK distribution facility

* InSinkErator-invests.jpgInSinkErator has invested in a dedicated UK distribution facility in the Borough of Milton Keynes, to improve customer service levels and support the company's growth.

The tremendous growth of the InSinkErator brand in the UK has led to a significant investment offering InSinkErator customers' improved service levels and next day delivery. The new and improved services include reduced lead times and direct delivery to customers; enhancing customer experience with the brand.

Benchmarx Kitchens reveals its softer side with the new Somerset Natural Oak kitchen

* Benchmarx-Main-Somerset.jpgThe appeal of a real wood kitchen has an understandable draw, especially due to its inherent luxury, understated warmth and texture.

Soapbox: Poor project managers: Are they contributing to the rise in insolvency?

* Soapbox-poor-project-mgt.jpgMike Smith, managing director of Ripley Training, argues that the increase in the number of insolvency cases in the construction sector, is linked to poor management...

"The UK's construction output was worth almost £164 billion last year, more than double its recorded value at the start of the century. This is all powered by the 2.7 million people working in the sector, which has seen a sharp increase in the number of new workers thanks to a construction boom in the wake of new legislation.

Keller Kitchens is on the search for new UK dealers to join the team

* Keller-Dealerships.jpgKeller Kitchens is recruiting new dealers to join the busy UK team. Keller Kitchens is one of Europe's prominent kitchen brands boasting a unique product range featuring Dutch design and carbon neutral production. With over 1,950 colours available, Keller Kitchens' products are increasingly popular with homeowners.

Candy invests £15 million in Turkey to produce household appliances of the future

* Candy-invests.jpgCandy Group has started a new production unit in Eskişehir, in the North-West of Turkey, where a modern structure was built on a 13,600sq.m area in a property already owned by the Group.

The new unit has gathered a total investment of 15 million euros in products and facilities and will employ 300 workers with an estimated annual production capacity of about 800,000 pieces.

Blanco's Vicus tap: classic design with modern functionality

* Vicus-tap.jpgIntroducing a classic design with modern functionality, Blanco UK has designed the Vicus range of taps. These mixer taps combine elegance with classical design, and are the perfect centrepiece in the kitchen.

Future Business Magnates pave Roman's road to an award win

* Future-Business-Magnates.jpgRoman has won the Marketing and Branding Award with its Future Business Magnates Team, following its successful mentoring of a team of Year 8 entrepreneurial students in the Future Business Magnates Competition.

This exciting and fun competition aims to build enthusiasm in young people and introduces them to the basics of starting and running a business. School teams are supported by a business partner from a local firm who works with the team throughout the competition, lending experience and expertise and guiding the team in its first business venture.

Kudos cohesion in sales & marketing

* Kudos_Nick-Graville.jpgCumbrian Shower products manufacturer, Kudos, has appointed Nick Graville as sales & marketing director for the business.

He joins Kudos with vast experience in the industry having previously held senior sales roles at Jacuzzi UK, Johnson Tiles, Lecico Bathrooms and Hansgrohe during his career.

Morgeous Design uses Bushboard Options for community centre kitchen transformation

* Lady-Barn-MAIN.jpgIn a hard-working environment such as a community kitchen, practicality combined with style are essentials. When the Ladybarn Community Centre in Manchester recently secured funding to give its kitchen a much-needed makeover the decision-makers wanted a wow factor look that would be easy to maintain.

Team, Morgeous Design took on the challenge which was made extra difficult because there was a time slot of just four days to complete the project.

New marketing appointment at InSinkErator

* Insinkerator-marketing-manager.jpgAnne Kaarlela has been appointed marketing communications manager for Europe and Russia at InSinkErator.

Anne joins the company with an impressive background in marketing communications and brand development having worked in both in-house and agency roles, most notably at sports technology brand, Polar.

Marrying traditional British craftsmanship with cutting edge technology

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Find comfort in ceramic with brand new Fibreglass from British Ceramic Tile

* MAIN-BCT.jpgScandinavian living continues to inspire our interior spaces. The new Fibreglass collection from British Ceramic Tile perfectly reflects this trend for understated, tactile and homely design.

Drawing inspiration from the real material, British Ceramic Tile's new Fibreglass range can instantly transform any room into a warm, inviting space. It imitates the sharp, woven fibres in an intriguing surface pattern, muted for a softer finish.

Gaia Underfloor Heating grows with new addition to the team

* Gaia-new.jpgGaia Underfloor heating has appointed a new senior account manager for the Midlands and Northern Regions.

Spencer Martin joins the team from Conex Banninger where he held the position of technical sales manager for over two years.

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Rotpunkt delivers on 'lead-time' promise to UK independent retailers

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BMA calls for more anti-scald education after man dies after falling into scalding bath

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