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26th October 2018


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International News

Special display offer for Evolve retailers

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Buying a kitchen is a big decision for most customers - and nothing works quite so well in driving that decision as seeing products in an appealing display - which is why Bushboard is offering retailers an unmissable opportunity to show off new Evolve solid core worksurfaces at their best.

Terramix recreates exposed brickwork with ease

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Inspired by the wave of industrial trends that have captured the interiors world in the past couple of years, the Terramix collection from Gemini Tiles recreates exposed brickwork with ease.

Solid Core Zenith makes a style statement

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Sleek cream furniture combined with a super slimline worktop in an inspiring natural finish give this kitchen designed and supplied by retailer Hitchings & Thomas a timeless, yet forward-thinking look.

Be bold with blush: Meet the new Illusion from British Ceramic Tile

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Blush is back and is set to make a big impact in the kitchen and bathroom market. While rose gold and fuchsia have had their time to shine, British Ceramic Tile is embracing the return of the muted millennial pink hue, adding a playful, feminine vibe to homes with the launch of the new Illusion feature tile.

Danby launches in the UK as first part of European expansion project

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Danby Appliances, the leading Canadian manufacturer/distributor, has announced its expansion to Europe commencing with the UK market.

Making waves in kitchen design with new granite sinks

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A bold design statement for the contemporary kitchen, Londa is just one of a complete new collection of beautiful granite sinks now available from Abode.

Welcome to the



An industry such as ours relies on freight transport more than many others - and with so many of our appliances, kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and components coming from overseas, I've been wondering whether companies are worried, because of the way Brexit negotiations are going and some of the threats that are reported to have been made about lorries being deliberately delayed at the ports.

Perhaps there's no need to worry though, since, according to today's Logistics Update published by the Freight Transport Association in partnership with Santander, 'resilience dominates business thinking and planning where trade and the movement of goods are concerned.'

The study polled the opinions of more than 370 freight and logistics businesses operating in the UK and internationally, to provide industry insight into the latest political and economic developments. And three quarters of them are confident that their businesses will grow over the next three years.

So if they're not worried, perhaps we shouldn't be either? Companies trade with other companies. They want their businesses to thrive and I'm sure that whatever deal (or no deal) we end up with, we'll all be working together - whatever side of the channel we're on - to ensure that we can all continue to thrive.

Anything else would be stupid, wouldn't it?




Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Bathroom & kitchen business conference that looks to the future hailed as great success

* ID-S_conference.jpgThe 2018 Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference, delivered by the BMA, was hailed as a huge success by delegates that attended the event at the Vale Hotel and Resort, in the Vale of Glamorgan, last week.

A total of 170 delegates attended the conference and enjoyed the line-up of speakers that focused on a theme of 'building a new future'.

VitrA presents its latest designer collaboration and most iconic designs at Sleep + Eat 2018

* VitrA-show1.jpgPlush bathroom brand VitrA Bathrooms will present its latest designer collaboration alongside some of its most iconic designs on Stand J23 at Europe's prominent hotel design event Sleep + Eat, taking place for the first time at London's historical venue Olympia (20th - 21st November).

VitrA will introduce new additions to its emblematic Istanbul collection conceived by Welsh designer Ross Lovegrove. Influenced by the cultural and architectural diversity of the Turkish city, the range combines elements from both East and West. Ross Lovegrove imagined products that represent VitrA's heritage fused with its visionary approach to design.

Roca's 'jumpthegap' design competition returns

* Roca-jumpthegap.jpgThe 8th edition of Roca's jumpthegap International Design Contest is now open for registrations.

Jumpthegap is a biennial competition launched in 2004 by bathroom brand Roca in collaboration with the Barcelona Design Centre. The aim of the contest is for architects, designers and students to showcase their talent and submit new, innovative and sustainable concepts for the bathroom space of the future.

Entrants are encouraged to use their vision and create conceptually futuristic and innovative bathroom solutions, whether it's a new product, new space or even new uses and functions for the bathroom.

Striking Naya 6 sink from Blanco offers is stylish and spacious

* Blanco-NAYA-6-sink.jpgThe Naya 6 sink from Blanco UK is the perfect finishing touch to create a stylish modern kitchen. The Silgranit PuraDur compact sink offers a spacious bowl with an integrated overflow. The rectangular outer edge means the sink has a sleek frame which blends seamlessly into the kitchen worktop.

Andrew Robinson Joins VitrA as contracts sales manager

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Bertazzoni launches its first ever dishwasher

* Bertazzoni-dishwasher.jpgIn a move that marks the brand's venture into new domestic appliance categories, high-end cooking product manufacturer Bertazzoni has launched its first ever dishwasher models to the UK and Irish markets, available to consumers from early 2019.

The new A+++-rated integrated models, available with or without a built-in sliding door, were showcased to positive reactions at design exhibition, EuroCucina, in early 2018. The 60cm products offer 14 place settings and eight wash programmes, including a self-cleaning function.

Investment in future with marketing internship

* marketing-intern.jpgMasterclass Kitchens continues to invest in its future, with the appointment of Alex Walmsley who joins the Wales-based head office on a year-long marketing internship.

Currently studying Business Management at Swansea University, Alex has been given a range of responsibilities at Masterclass, including inputting and quantifying leads, copywriting for the company newsletter and website, managing brochure requests and social media.

Winchester by Keller Kitchens; a modern twist to a countryside style

* Keller-New-countryside.jpgBringing a modern country vibe into the home is Keller Kitchens' new Winchester model. The kitchen, pictured in stain on veneer colour Grey, creates a warm and natural look featuring flaming rough veneers, with vertical grooves spaced 15cm apart.

Available in silk gloss lacquer or structured lacquer, the Winchester kitchen boasts beautiful colours from the Master, Trend and Comfort Collections, including 1,950 hues and natural stain on veneer shades, such as honey and oak, allowing homeowners to create their favourite look and feel.

Perfect panelling from Abacus - the clever alternative to tiling

* Perfect-panelling.jpgAbacus Bathrooms has launched a portfolio of fantastic panelling products to answer today's demand for design-led, innovative kitchens and bathrooms. Launched as a perfect alternative to tiles, the inspirational ranges are equally at home in modern and classic schemes and offer the retailer and designer the edge in a competitive world.

The collection currently comprises two brands - the new M1 series PVC panels and the best-selling scratch-resistent Lustrolite glass effect panels. All panelling solutions are 100% waterproof and come with a 10-year guarantee. Super easy to clean and hygienic, and quick to install, the surfaces eliminate the need for grouting and are scratch resistant. They are suitable for both domestic and commercial applications.

Group pedal power by Wilsonart raises funds for autism charity

* Group-pedal-power.jpgPedal power came to the Wilsonart group business units when staff from Polyrey (France), Resopal (Germany) and Wilsonart and Bushboard in the UK took to two wheels recently to raise funds for Les Papillons de Bergerac, a charity close to the Polyrey factory that supports children with autism.

The group rode for over 282 km (175 miles) with climbs adding up to 2333m in elevation. The ride involved 15 punishing hours in the saddle and started at the Polyrey factory in Couze and finished 53 miles away in Bergerac.

Golf tournament and raffle raises over £2,300 for BMA charity Children's Burns Trust

* Golf-tournament.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association has raised £2,318 for its nominated charity, The Children's Burns Trust, from its 2018 charity golf tournament and an after-dinner raffle.

The annual golf tournament took place last week on the championship golf course at the Vale Resort Hotel, Vale of Glamorgan, the day before the bathroom and kitchen business conference. The raffle took place at the pre-conference dinner that same evening.

Everything plus the kitchen sink to help family in need love its home and garden

* Abode-Everything.jpgWhen architects working on the latest project for popular ITV show Love Your Home and Garden approached Abode to supply the kitchen sink, the manufacturer was only too happy to oblige.

The show, hosted by Alan Titchmarsh, recognises inspirational people struggling with disabilities or serious health issues, by giving them a surprise makeover to help improve their quality of life. Designed by professional architects, each project is completed to a very high spec.

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Recent News

ICE Interior showroom shows off Blanco products

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Design specialist, ICE Interior, has launched a new showroom in the New Forest at Angel Courtyard, Lymington, featuring Blanco sinks and taps. The award-winning kitchen and interior design business has relocated, having spent the last 10 years on Berkhamsted's High Street in Hertfordshire.

VitrA secures second consecutive Designer Kitchens & Bathrooms Award for Bathroom Innovation

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itrA Bathrooms has secured another prestigious industry award, this time for Plural, the ground-breaking bathroom range designed in partnership with Terri Pecora. The Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Award for Innovation in Bathroom Product Design is the fourth award for VitrA from Designer Kitchen & Bathroom in recent years, with last year's award received for the Eternity accessories developed with Sebastian Conran.

New British standard states tiling backer boards must replace plywood in the bathroom - Abacus Elements has the solution!

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The latest revision to the British Standard covering wall tiling (www.tiles.org.uk) includes a number of important changes. One states - tiling direct to plywood is no longer recommended for wall tiling; a bespoke tiling backer board should be used.

Cosentino UK supports The Kitchen Education Trust (TKET)

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Cosentino UK tells us it is delighted to be continuing its support for The Kitchen Education Trust (TKET), demonstrating its commitment to promoting talent in the kitchen industry.

Blanco's charity bake-off success

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Blanco UK joined most of the country and hosted a coffee morning in aid of cancer charity, Macmillan. The fun included delicious home-made goodies and competitions, including a 'cake bake-off', 'place the cherry on the cake' and 'guess the length of the sausage roll'.

Hotpoint's Fresh Thinking pop-up café will make us think twice about food waste

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The Hotpoint Fresh Thinking for Forgotten Food pop-up café, located in East London, opened its doors to consumers recently, serving dishes that have been inspired by the most commonly wasted food in the UK.

Best Installer finalists announced

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The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation has revealed the finalists for the prestigious Best Installer 2018 Award, with the winner set to be announced at the ek&bbusiness Awards ceremony on the 29th November at stunning London venue, The Brewery.

Plumbers' merchants market in the UK worth over £4.2bn

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The plumbers' merchants market was worth an estimated £4.2bn in 2017, representing growth of around 2% from 2016, according to a new report by AMA Research.

Blanco sponsors the 2019 RSA Student Design Awards programme

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After a successful year taking part in the 2018 Royal Society of Arts Student Design Awards, Blanco UK tells us it is proud to be returning to sponsor the Awards which provide students with an invaluable network and a brilliant platform to further their career in design.


Hotpoint launches £50 cashback laundry promotion

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In support of its recent introduction of the new ActiveCare range of washing machines, Hotpoint has launched a £50 cashback promotion.

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