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2nd November 2018


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International News

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

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Plush 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).

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

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Bringing 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.

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.

Welcome to the



While there were both winners and losers with this week's budget, one thing I was pleased to see is that the Chancellor is taking seriously our need to halt the demise of the 'Great British High Street' with the announcement of the £675 million 'Future High Streets Fund', which will support and fund local areas' plans to make our high streets and town centres fit for the future.

According to Office for National Statistics figures, between 2007 and 2018 online sales increased six-fold while in-store sales dropped dramatically, leading to the closure of many long-established and much-loved stores. Friends and family grumble about these closures but the younger ones are shopping online more and more; seemingly unconcerned by any "use it or lose it" warnings. In 2000, online retailing accounted for less than 1% of retail sales while in August 2018 almost a fifth of all retail sales took place online. It's scary, isn't it?

Online retailers can offer competitive prices, more choice and greater convenience than many town centre competitors. In turn, we consumers are changing what we want from our shopping centres: The Institute of Place Management reports that there is an increased importance placed upon the overall 'experience' of high street shopping; we want our town centres to provide convenience, a sense of community and to add value through services not offered online.

Evidence from the Public Health England British Property Foundation shows that high streets with a wide choice alongside well-designed and planned residential and office space are more resilient to these changes and are adapting more successfully. In contrast, high streets that rely heavily on traditional retail without sufficient office space and housing, have found it harder to adapt and tend to be the ones that are struggling.

Through my work in estate agency I'm well aware of the lovely spaces above our town centre shops - many of them devoid of any useful purpose which is a real shame when one considers the general lack of available housing. The moves to make these spaces useful again are most welcome and filling them with people who may well patronise the shops below will help make our town centres vibrant again.

News that something's finally going to be done about our nation's potholes was also welcome, although I do wonder whether enough money has been set aside, bearing in mind the size and number that need to be tackled...




Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Industry is missing opportunity to gain more sales and impact on water efficiency

* BMA-behind-bathroom-door.jpgBathroom Manufacturers Association CEO Yvonne Orgill has called on the bathroom industry to provide more water efficiency information on products, following the results of its consumer research.

The comments were made at the Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference. Yvonne said that the industry was missing a chance to gain more sales as their research showed that consumers would be positively influenced to buy products if they had more information about water efficiency.

Stay trendy with Keller's industrial style

* Keller-industrial-style.jpgThe new kitchen from Keller comprises a choice of artistic melamine cabinetry in various shades and finishes to offer an industrial look. The Elba model is available in nine colours from the Master Collection and 14 colours from the Comfort Collection, including Graphite Fleetwood (pictured) which gives a wood-effect appearance, whilst remaining less vulnerable to scratches and scrapes than real wood.

The simple industrial style offers homeowners and designers the opportunity to create trendy 'personal' kitchens. Complemented by statement pieces and fashionable accessories, such as brass or copper-coloured light fixtures which can be matched with bold coloured appliances - such as a striking metallic fridge - Keller's Elba model enables homeowners to turn their dream kitchen into a reality.

Laufen congratulates 2018 Aia UK Student Charrette winner: University of Westminster

* Laufen-congratulates.jpgThe AIA UK Student Charette returned for its eighth consecutive year and once again the one-day student design competition was hosted by the Roca London Gallery and supported by Swiss bathroom specialist Laufen.

Rangemaster unveils broader strategy as it launches four new built-in products

* Rangemaster-Coffee-machine.jpgRangemaster has launched four new Built-in products with a view to creating an enhanced offering, which will enable retailers to cross-sell to customers across the portfolio.

The new products that have been added to the portfolio include:

The Signature Collection by Masterclass Kitchens offers design flexibility

* The-Signature-Collection.jpgWith kitchen design now based around lifestyle choices and no two spaces ever being the same, Masterclass Kitchens introduces The Signature Collection, a series of iconic products that make every kitchen special and confirm that beauty is more than skin deep.

More than just a range, each piece in The Signature Collection can be chosen to suit the needs of the consumer, enabling the kitchen to be tailor-made to individual requirements.

Introducing the V&A Brompton collection from British Ceramic Tile

* BCT-Brompton.jpgTap into the nation's passion for pattern in the home with the V&A Brompton range. No longer a style choice confined to the more adventurous designers amongst us, pattern is everywhere and it's packing a punch. From walls through to floors, retailers can help consumers embrace the current pattern trend, transforming a plain, neutral space into one brimming with individuality with this new collection.

Victorian decoration at its finest, the new Brompton range from British Ceramic Tile and the V&A delivers style and sophistication. Celebrating the Victorian fascination with medieval geometric floors, this striking collection of porcelain tiles can be used inside and out, decorating the home with authentic character.

Blanco UK supports young kitchen designer

* Blanco-UK-supports-designer.jpgBlanco UK has, once again, sponsored an aspiring young kitchen designer, Beth Elson, so that she can progress her career by taking a course with The Kitchen Education Trust (TKET) in Bucks University.

Beth completed her first year of the course in June, having been on three trips where she was able to interact with speakers from the industry and visit various kitchen locations, including the Roundhouse factory, Miele Experience Centre and the Weald and Downland Museum.

Stuart Wilson Joins Wilsonart as senior national account manager

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New specification sales manager for Saniflo

* Saniflo-Fahim.jpgSaniflo has announced the appointment of Fahim Karim as specification sales manager for the South. This new role will focus predominantly on the Kinedo range of cubicles, enclosure and trays.

Having graduated from Brunel University in Uxbridge with Masters in Molecular Medicine and Cancer Research, Fahim was subsequently attracted to a career in sales and has since spent over seven years in Specifications.

Margarida Jesus Joins VitrA as specification manager

* Margarida-Jesus.jpgInternational bathroom manufacturer, VitrA, has appointed Margarida Jesus as specification manager at its UK head office in Oxfordshire. Lisbon-born Margarida has a background in interior design and luxury consumer-goods sales.

Saniflo launches new website

* Saniflo-homepage.jpgSaniflo UK - the country's leading designer and manufacturer of macerators, pumps and shower cubicles - has launched a new website available at saniflo.co.uk, offering access to a a raft of information for homeowners wishing to find out more and upgrade their homes using a Saniflo product.

The new website makes it easy for homeowners to search and find the products they need.

Ahead of the curve - new photography from Clearwater

* Clearwater-bath.jpgRenowned for its stunning, handcrafted baths and coordinating basins, Clearwater is embracing the finest materials with a range of baths and basins crafted from polished natural stone and dynamic ClearStone.

InSinkErator wins contract with Galliard Homes

* InSinkErator-win.jpgInSinkErator is supplying its 3N1 steaming hot water taps to the new Galliard Homes development, Maine Tower, in London's Docklands. The Maine Tower, a focal point of the Harbour Central development, is to comprise 297 exquisite apartments situated over 42 floors. Each will feature an InSinkErator 3N1 L Shape steaming hot water tap finished in Brushed Steel.

Not only will this addition streamline the worktop, reducing the clutter of a kettle, the tap brings a number of convenient benefits to the end user.

Half hour test success for SWA creates new openings for steel doorsets

* SWA-internal.jpgA painstaking programme of development and testing, conducted by the Steel Window Association's technical committee, has led to the UK's top-rated fire testing centre granting a half-hour test certificate for both single and double W20 doorsets. Ongoing work by SWA member companies over the past eight months has culminated in the full fire test, carried out at the facilities of Exova Warrington, under BS 476:Pt 22: resulting in a 30-0 rating.

Where such tests are normally carried out on fire doors set into masonry or gypsum boarded wall constructions, the SWA opted to mount both the single and double doorsets within a glazed screen, replicating the situation in which they are routinely specified by architects and interior designers.

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Recent News

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

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The 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.

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.


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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