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9th November 2018


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International News

Stay trendy with Keller's industrial style

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The 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.

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

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Rangemaster 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.

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.

Welcome to the



The Bathroom Manufacturers Association's Yvonne Orgill has been in full flow this week, with two comment pieces that are of real importance to our industry and, I believe, mankind in general.

One of the pieces is featured below and please make sure you read it as it's the other piece I'm mentioning here - the need for the entire bathroom industry to get behind the Water Label to help us all make better choices and save water. Yvonne's calling for the industry to take action in a week that toilets - specifically toilets which work without water - have been in the news.

Yvonne refers to Microsoft founder Bill Gates unveiling a toilet that doesn't need water but instead uses chemicals to remove waste. Regular readers of my leaders will be aware of waterless urinals (which use a chemical to improve hygiene and reduce odour) and the compost loos I use when I'm away at festivals - which don't require water or chemicals. Sadly, neither of these is practical in most people's homes but I'm hoping that the concepts can be adapted so they can be more readily available to us in the civilised world in the near future. I can vouch for the fact that compost loos are the perfect solution for the millions who don't have access to toilets and whose lives involve water shortages on a scale that most of us can't comprehend. I can't opine on waterless urinals though!

Like Yvonne, I believe that our industry must take seriously the need to save water, particularly as 22% of water used in the home is due to toilet usage and 25% for showering. We could really make an enormous difference, couldn't we? And with the predictions that Britain will need an extra 4,000 million litres a day by 2040 to cope with a drier climate and increased population, and Government wanting targets of around 80 litres per person per day, as opposed to the current estimate of around 142 litres, it would be better to be more proactive than to end up facing imposed restrictions.

"Many manufacturers have developed water saving products but we need greater support for the Label and help to communicate its benefits," says Yvonne. "It is currently used on 12,500 products and supported by 144 brands, this could be so much more but we need the industry to get behind it and drive forward real change."





Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Seven new members as KBSA continues recruitment drive

* 7-new-members.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that seven new members have been accepted into the Association, continuing the drive towards 50 new retail members by summer 2019.

The latest new members include one corporate member, Ashley Ann, with eight kitchen, bathroom and bedroom showrooms in Scotland; as well as Foundation member Kessler Furniture Group, based in Cumbernauld.

Soapbox: A good week for toilet talk

Yvonne-Orgill-BMA.jpgBy Yvonne Orgill, CEO of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association...

"It has been a good week for toilet talk. First we had the chancellor making numerous toilet jokes as he announced in the budget that owners will no longer pay business rates on public toilets. Then Microsoft founder Bill Gates unveils a futuristic toilet that doesn't need water by making a presentation with a jar of human faeces on show beside him.

The Chancellor's announcement caused much merriment in the house and Bill Gates's stunt made the headlines, which is great news for the bathroom industry, as it brings the toilet and water use to the top of the news agenda.

Stoves launches retro-style fridge freezer

* Stoves-retro-ff-1.jpgUK appliance brand, Stoves, has launched a new retro-style combi fridge freezer. The new A+ rated 70:30 combi is available in three gloss colours - black, red and cream - with stylish chrome handles and bold chrome branding.

The 1.9m tall, 60cm wide appliance offers 230 litres of net cooling capacity and an 87 litre, 4* rated freezer. The appliance is Total No Frost and boasts high quality internal fridge furniture including a five-bottle wine rack, three glass shelves, two salad drawers and four door racks.

'Strength in Detail' with MGS Ergon from Grange Design

* MGS-Ergon.jpgThe newest interior fashions set to hit the bathroom in 2019 feature 'usability design' with ergonomic product solutions.

To answer this trend, UK based designer, manufacturer and specialist distributor, Grange Design, has introduced MGS's Ergon Collection: a knurled handle tap collection that optimises utility and impact.

The only way is SX...

* SX.jpgWith excellent price-performance, the especially hygienic Toto Washlet models have become an exclusive standard choice for private households and luxury hotels. The new, streamlined SX model is the latest addition to Toto's range of shower toilets.

Boasting impressive luxurious functions including a heated seat, the Tornado Flush, a deodoriser and the retractable wand with warm water spray, the new slimline Washlet SX is pre-programmable for two personal profiles, offering adjustable seat and water temperature and an alternative wand direction setting.

Blanco's smooth Zia sink portfolio offers something special for everyone

* Blanco-Zia1.jpgThe Zia sink range from Blanco UK combines beauty and practicality. The modern design of the Silgranit PuraDur sink includes a deep spacious bowl, for reversible installation, and a draining board which is surrounded by an indented tap ledge to widen the draining area.

All sink models are suitable for modern kitchens with some featuring specialist designs to suit the user's requirements.

CIH announces new Associate Membership

Combined Independents (Holdings) has introduced an associate membership package, to extend the benefits of being part of Europe's largest buying group to even more independent retailers of electrical appliances.

Associate members can benefit from CIH's buying power, have access to its fully stocked warehouses and three deliveries a week, with minimal joining fees and no upfront investment. CIH associate members will be able to retail Euronics agency products, from all of the major brown and white goods suppliers with exclusive models from brands such as Blomberg and Dyson, which their customers are unable to purchase anywhere else on the high street or Internet.

Masterclass retailers cook up a treat at Smeg HQ

* Masterclass-retailers.jpgMasterclass Platinum Partners put their culinary skills to the test on a recent visit to Smeg UK headquarters, cooking up authentic Italian pizzas for lunch.

The event held at Smeg's Abingdon HQ enabled Masterclass retailers who are also Smeg dealers to take a tour of the showroom and gain an insight into the range of products in a very practical way.

Danny steps up to new customer service management role

* ABODE-Danny.jpgLeading sinks and tap manufacturer Abode has bolstered its customer service team with the appointment of Danny Atkinson as its new customer service team leader. Danny has been with Abode for eight years and is very familiar with the business and its products, having been a warehouse operative for five years, before moving to the customer service department to answer customers' technical queries.

In his new role, Danny will put his extensive technical knowledge of Abode products to good use, managing the company's expanding customer service department. The team has recently welcomed three new additions, with Ros Ormston, James Dickson and Mike Beavon joining the business.

New southern business development manager for Wirquin

* New-Wirquin.jpgRichard Whittington has been appointed as the new business development manager for Wirquin, supporting customers in the South West, Wales & West Midlands region.

Richard had previously worked for 13 years selling a technical pipework system into a variety of commercial industry sectors and this role included looking after a number of merchant customers too. His key focus at Wirquin is to develop business in his region both with merchants and to the specification market.

Rangemaster unveils new 'inspired' sinks and taps price guide for the trade

* Rangemaster-Sinks-and-taps.jpgRangemaster has unveiled its new 16-page, full-colour sinks and taps pricing supplement - The Inspired Price Guide 2018 - which features a comprehensive round-up of the company's latest stainless steel, composite and fireclay sinks, which are available in various inset and undermount options.

Also featured in the brochure is a significant discount that retailers are able to offer consumers, who stand to benefit from a 10% saving when purchasing both a sink and a tap at the same time. Retailers may purchase a sink and tap at the normal invoice price.

Bushboard wears-it-pink for breast cancer awareness

* Bushboard-pink.jpgManagement and staff at Bushboard's head office in Wellingborough dressed up in pink to raise valuable funds for Breast Cancer Now during October 2018.

"It's such a great cause, it touches so many people's lives," says Hannah Abbott from Bushboard. "Everyone got into the pink-spirit as you can see."

Dan Doherty cooks up bonfire night feast with Leisure Range Cookers

* Leisure-range.jpgTo position its range cookers as the perfect partner for creative cooks, Leisure is running a new campaign with Dan Doherty, chef and owner of refurbished Marylebone pub The Royal Oak.

Dan created a series of Bonfire Night recipes, videos and social content, to engage foodies with the versatility of cooking on a Leisure range cooker, particularly on Bonfire Night which is fast becoming a feasting occasion for people to get together, have fun and enjoy quality food.

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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.


Saniflo launches new website

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

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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