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21st September 2018


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International News

New for 2018 at K├╝chenmeile: Holland Trend Haus

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Keller Kitchens, Dekker Zevenhuizen and ATAG Benelux have joined forces and will open the doors of Holland Trend Haus on 16th, 17th and 18th September. At ServicePoint A30 in Bünde, the three Dutch companies will present the latest trends and innovations in the field of kitchens, worktops and kitchen appliances.

Salice set for SICAM success

Salice tells us it is looking forward to showcasing its extensive product range at SICAM 2018, the International Exhibition of Components, Semi-finished Products and Accessories for the Furniture Industry, held in Pordenone, Italy between 16th-19th October 2018.

Miele's new CM 7550 bean-to-cup countertop coffee machine incorporates WiFi technology

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Premium domestic appliance manufacturer, Miele, showcased at IFA a new model for its range of countertop coffee machines, the CM 7550 Coffee Machine.

Blanco introduces super stylish stainless steel taps

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Ever the innovator in kitchen sinks and taps, Blanco UK has introduced a range of brushed stainless steel taps designed for today's busy home. The Ambis, Candor and Lanora-S have been designed to complement any design scheme, be it traditional or modern, and all stainless steel sink models from Blanco.

NoCode Versobox - innovation in shower valve technology

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NoCode's Versobox combines stylish looks with easy installation for any bathroom setting. The install box ensures a watertight installation for optimal product performance and tanking is also provided for additional waterproofing. The clear plastic front cover protects the valve during any plastering or wall finishing and acts as a tiling guide for an accurate finish.

Rangemaster updates iconic Elan range cooker by launching the Elan Deluxe

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Rangemaster has updated its popular Elan range cooker with the launch of the brand-new Elan Deluxe, available in both Dual Fuel and Induction models.

Sleek with no leaks for the perfect wetroom

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"A few manufacturers have attempted to create something similar but, in our opinion, Abacus Elements has really nailed it with this clever design making it one of the best wetroom trays we have seen," Roger Bisby, Skill Builder.

Better than ever ceramic hobs from Amica

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Amica has redesigned two of its best-selling ceramic hobs, adding sophisticated features and safety improvements.

Matt black finds its surface match with CRL Quartz Vicenza

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Responding to many of the key trends in interior design while offering several practical advantages, CRL Quartz Vicenza is a new colour from CRL Stone suitable for kitchens and bathrooms.

Traditionally modern design for your kitchen

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Think traditional kitchen design and brass and ceramic are two materials that instantly spring to mind and the latest products from Abode combine both for a modern twist that turns the sink and tap into a stand-out feature.

Welcome to the



With the UK High Street having posted its worst August performance for three years and 50,000 retail jobs already lost this year because of people's apparent preference for buying online, the Federation of Small Businesses is calling for a series of clever measures to give our traditional way of shopping a better chance of survival. As well as the added costs local shops have to pay for rates and rents, the FSB says they also suffer because of the high cost of parking, poor infrastructure, potholes and the loss of banking services.

I agree something needs to be done to stop the rot - and soon, too. And being selfish, while we can research and perhaps enjoy lower prices online, there's nothing like real 'hands on' experience and human contact, is there?

My friends were in Homebase, South Wimbledon, a couple of weeks back; waiting for a staff member to check something out. As I joined them one said: "If all retail staff were like that, we wouldn't be seeing so many stores closing." I knew who they were talking about... the same chap who'd called out cheerily when my daughter and I wandered into the paint aisle the previous week: "Good morning ladies - can I be of any help to you?" We didn't think he could, but of course later we availed ourselves of his product expertise with regard to paint and many other items too. We shopped there twice more because we were confident we'd be advised by someone who knew what he was talking about and once he even finished his lunchbreak early as he'd seen us and knew we'd need his help.

During another visit, no-one was about so we tried customer services. "You should ask Andy," the assistant said. "I'll call him." Naturally, he came up trumps. He knows the stock inside out - and where to find it. He gave us advice that in cases saved us money, but alongside that he encouraged us to visit more often and to buy more whenever we did. It's not often I'm so impressed that I'll do this, but will someone please give Andy Sloan a job? He's been at Homebase for 16 years and his store is closing in a few weeks. And great as he is on the shop floor, he should really be training and managing other staff to be just like him.

Online shopping or service 'Andy style'? It's a no-brainer. Believe me, improving the in-store experience can really improve the bottom line!




Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Over 20% growth forecast for UK kitchen & bathroom worktops market over next five years

* Over-20-percent-growth.jpgAccording to a new report by AMA Research, there has been good growth in the domestic kitchen and bathroom worktops market in recent years and this is set to continue, with over 20% growth forecast over the next five years.

Between 2014 and 2017, the UK overall worktops market is estimated to have grown by 13%. The worktops market has performed fractionally better than in the kitchen furniture and overall bathroom markets over the last few years, reflecting a shift to higher value worktops and a trend for larger worktop areas, such as islands and peninsulas with waterfall worktops.

VitrA launches new Plural range at Design Junction. See it while you can!

* VitrA-Plural1.jpgThis week through to the evening of 23rd September, beautiful bathroom brand VitrA is participating for the first time in designjunction, London's premier exhibition for contemporary design and one of the main destinations of the London Design Festival.

The first bathroom brand to ever exhibit at the show, VitrA has chosen designjunction to launch Plural, the latest addition to its growing designers' portfolio, in the UK.

Who's Sirius' Manufacturer of the Year? Hoover, that's who!

* Sirius-Hoover.jpgHoover Candy has been crowned the Sirius Manufacturer of the Year for the fifth time in seven years. Judged and voted for by Sirius members, brands are scored on a range of criteria, including outstanding sales team support, service, products, innovation, quality and head office support.

The manufacturer, which has been a member of the Sirius Buying Group for more than 15 years, was the winner at the awards, held at The Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel and Country Club, on Wednesday.

Six new retailers boost KBSA membership

* KBDSA-6-new-retailers.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that six new retailers have joined the association; that four new members also joined last month, and that there are a further 10 applications being progressed.

The latest new retailers include 3D Kitchens.Net in Halesowen; Luton Kitchens, Bathrooms & Bedrooms; Omni Home Design in St Albans; Oxford Kitchens & Bathrooms; John Ladbury & Co in Hertfordshire and Kitchen Livingin Hampshire.

Which? Best Buy accolade for Amica fridge freezer

* Amica-Best-Buy.jpgAmica is delighted to report that the FK3213DFX fridge freezer has been chosen as a Best Buy by Which? "This is a feature-rich model and has been a great seller for Amica," comments marketing manager Steve Corbett, "so we are thrilled to have this acknowledgement."

British Ceramic Tile refreshes retailer Rewards Club

* BCT-Retailer-Club.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile's reward scheme has been relaunched with a host of exciting offers, promotions and prizes in a move to make the scheme more attractive and beneficial to retail customers.

After months of development, premium retailers can join the new and improved scheme, which now offers an enhanced user experience and a number of incentives to encourage and support retail sales.

A 40th birthday celebration and pledge to invest in the future from KBSA

* KBSA-40th.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association's 2018 AGM Conference and Networking Dinner was a hailed as a huge success as the association celebrated 40 successful years and looked to the future with confidence. Over 115 delegates, with 55 of these being retailers attended the event which was held at The Stratford Manor Hotel, Stratford upon Avon.

An exclusive retailer dinner the night before included two presentations from Simon Jones, Director at BSH Home Appliances and John Seaman, Head of Sales at Blanco UK.

New Kinerock presenter from Saniflo

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Rehau introduces new production line to UK plant

* Rehau.jpgAs Brexit draws ever closer there is more and more focus on the British manufacturing industry. At Rehau's plant in Amlwch they know how important the manufacturing trade is and the firm has recently introduced a new production line to the factory.

The move sees the production line for polypropylene edgeband material moved from a Rehau plant in Germany to the Welsh plant - something that was co-ordinated and carried out by the UK team itself.

Blanco ArchPro offers the expert look

* Blanco-ArchPro.jpgThe Blanco ArchPro series of taps demonstrates the expert design from Blanco UK. The semi-professional mixer tap has a twin lever to regulate the temperature of the water flow to suit the user's requirements.

Abode takes up the Bake Off Challenge

* Abode-Bake-off1.jpgWith the Great British Bake Off back on the TV, the team at Abode HQ have been putting on their aprons and rolling up their sleeves to show off their own baking talents, in the Abode Bake Off Challenge.

Jumping on the baking bandwagon and giving Prue Leith a run for her money, cake creations in the challenge so far have included a culinary version of the Abode Vixo mixertap complete with cascading water and the rose gold Serenitie shower valve made from tasty orange cake.

Smeg teams up with Disney for limited edition, Mickey Mouse anniversary FAB fridge

* Smeg-Disney.jpgTo mark a year signified by two landmark anniversaries - its 70th anniversary as a company and the first birthday of its flagship London store - Smeg has teamed up with Disney to create a limited edition commemorative fridge.

To celebrate the special nature of the partnership, there will only be a total of 90 fridges made for the collection, one for each year since Mickey's debut back in 1928 - making this a true collector's item. Each fridge is decorated with a limited edition silver plaque signifying its unique number.

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