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30th November 2018


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International News

Bushboard's statement splashbacks launch on Monday

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Available from Monday, Lush tropical palms, on trend Moorish patterns, 60s style geometrics, weathered London brick and soft, time faded vintage prints are just some of the inspiring options in Bushboard's new Vista splashback collection.

The new collection, which includes 14 designs in 9mm mdf and six in 4mm acrylic, can be used to create either a focal point splashback behind a sink or a hob, to create a feature wall, or all around the kitchen if desired.

Perfect for the festive season!

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Entertaining at home continues to be one of our favourite pastimes and William Garvey Furniture Makers' freestanding bar cabinets will enable householders to do it in style.

Kitchen taps that dare to be different

Move over bold colours and minimal design, there is a new trend on the kitchen catwalk and it comes in the form of the unusually designed tap!

Choose a style or finish that breaks from the norm and an instant style update is made, transforming the entire kitchen and turning one of its busiest areas into a focal point.

A modern twist to a classic sink

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The Silgranit Legra from Blanco UK is the ultimate classic sink design for today's kitchens.

Each model has a wide tap ledge and a basket strainer to prevent food from going down the drain. Whether rinsing food, washing dishes or filling a vase, the large, deep bowl of the sink is ideal and most models in the Legra range are available for reversible installation.

Sleek stainless steel tap for kitchen elegance

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Blanco UK continues to offer kitchen elegance with the beautiful Lanora-S stainless steel tap.

The L-shaped spout is practical as well as fashionable; it allows for plenty of space to fill and wash larger saucepans or vases and can be turned by 190 degrees for easy use while the cleverly-designed, retractable hose is seamlessly concealed within the spout which enhances the sleek style.

Say hey, good lookin' - what ya got cookin'?

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Joining Caple's collection of metallic gunmetal ovens, a fridge-freezer, wine, sink and tap for those who require a cohesive look in their hub of the home, the 67-litre Sense C2401GM pyrolytic oven benefits from Caple's signature MotionHeat+, which browns food evenly, while preventing flavour or aroma transfer.

KitchenAid launches new freestanding combination microwave oven

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KitchenAid has launched a new freestanding combination microwave oven that has been inspired by the professional culinary sphere. The KMQFX 33910 (UK) has an impressive range of chef-inspired functions, to enthuse and embolden those who are serious about food.

With a 33 litre capacity, more than 50 pre-programmed recipes and five professional functions, the appliance is a triumph in the kitchen.

British icons team up to launch bold new collection of bathroom accessories

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Croydex has teamed up with one of the UK's best-loved artists, Steven Brown, for a new range of McZoo shower curtains and toilet seats. The collaboration between the 100-year-old bathroom accessories specialist and the Ayrshire artist sees the launch of shower curtains and Flexi-Fix toilet seats featuring the iconic Angus McCoo, and giraffe double-act, Francie and Josie McZoo.

Stoves launches retro-style fridge freezer

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UK 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.

'Strength in Detail' with MGS Ergon from Grange Design

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The 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.

Welcome to the



I had to chuckle at the Facebook 'memory' that popped up today: a screenshot of the fridge freezer I was thinking of buying, that I'd posted to see what people thought of the colour. It struck me as funny (well, I've had one of those weeks!) that exactly two years down the line, the fridge part has stopped working. The retailer - not giving anything away but it's probably also in a town near you - says I need an engineer's report. If a manufacturer's fault is found, I'll get 'some' money back on a pro rata basis (though probably not enough to cover what's gone off in the fridge this week).

Another memory that surfaced today was how 'in the old days' people used to give the TV a hard bash when it stopped working. Why? Because the 'manufacturer/engineer' customer services rep told me to unplug the appliance for a couple of hours to see if that got it working again. Apparently, no-one knows how this works; only that it sometimes does!

Naturally I was concerned, since if I have to do this now, there's clearly a problem with the appliance & even if it did the trick (which it didn't), the fridge would likely fail again in a couple of months or even less. In my view, this isn't acceptable; nor is a fridge freezer that breaks within two years.

I asked if I'd have to pay for the engineer's visit. The response was: "I believe the visit would be free however if any work needed doing they would more than likely charge as you have had the item longer than 12 months. When they call you later they should be able to advise further."🙂

I expressed concern about the "I believe" and the rep checked for me, eventually coming back to say he'd been wrong. I'd need to get someone out either way though, to prove that the appliance hadn't failed because of wear and tear. What on earth do they think I might have been doing - holding parties in it?

I think it's appalling that a large 'fixed' appliance like this, might be considered by the retailer to be fit for purpose if it fails after just 12 months - the length of a normal warranty.

You're in the industry and no doubt you own a fridge freezer. Tell me, do you think two years' life expectancy for something costing more than £400 reasonable? I certainly don't!




Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Don't always buck the trend, says HiB

* Trend-HiB.jpgIt's vital for any business to update and refine its product portfolio, and introducing products that meet changing customer needs is an important driver of product-line expansion. Ash Chilver, sales director at HiB, comments on the importance on taking stock of the latest trends:

"A product range should be the result of customer opinion and consumer feedback, not to mention the latest design trends. When it comes to the once humble mirrored cabinet, for example, today's offering has evolved to include integrated charging sockets and USB ports - ideal for toothbrushes, shavers and trimmers.

'Best Installer 2018' winner announced

* Best-Installer-2018.jpgThe British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation tells us it is delighted to announce that Liberty Fitting Services was unveiled as Installer of the Year 2018 at this week's ek&bbusiness Awards & Review ceremony in Central London.

The Scottish based kitchen, bedroom and bathroom installation specialist and BiKBBI member since 2009, was awarded the coveted title as the industry celebrated successes and reviewed its progress this year.

The best for beautiful basins

* best-for-beautiful-basins.jpgEstablished in 1989, Abacus Bathrooms is one of the UK's leading manufacturers and distributors of bathroom and wetroom products and is well known for a philosophy of pioneering development for the ultimate bathroom build.

New to the portfolio of clever innovations for the installer, designer and retailer is a range of four products for simple, effective installation of basins.

Roman scoops NHIC Award

* Roman-NHIC-Award2.jpgShower designer and manufacturer, Roman, has won the consumer safety award for compliance in bathroom products at the National Home Improvement Council Awards black tie ceremony.

Roman won the Award for innovation and initiatives to promote consumer safety through compliance in bathroom products and installation. The award focused on Roman's exemplary product safety and particularly on the ongoing promotion and communication of CE Marking at all stages of product communications in all channels.

TKC partners with leading kitchen design software companies to support Jigsaw

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Jigsaw is aimed at customers who prefer to buy complete kitchens rather than sourcing in components from multiple sources for manufacture and assembly. Jigsaw kitchens are supplied complete and offer retailers the time and cost saving benefits of dealing with a single point of contact.

Revamped training facility for Rangemaster

* Revamped-training-facility.jpgRangemaster has updated its Leamington Spa Training Academy to present the company's full range of appliances in a modern new space.

Visitors to the Academy can now experience the British brand's manufacturing expertise, from the extensive Range Cooker collection and new Refrigeration range, to the latest Built-in products launched earlier in 2018, including new ovens, a coffee machine and warming drawer.

Fish scale/mermaid tiles conjure up a little mythical magic

* Fish-scale-tiles.jpgWith the influx of unicorns there has been in recent months, it was only a matter of time before the trend was extended to other mythical creatures...

Gold mermaid fishscale tiles from Otto Tiles & Design appeared on George Clarke's 'Old House, New Home' featuring a property in Portsmouth, Claverdon, recently.

Otto Tiles & Design sees fish-scale tiles as the new trend upcoming over the next year, possibly to replace terrazzo tiles.

Formica Group flushes away competition at international B2B Awards

Congratulations to Formica Group, which picked up 'Best PR Campaign' at the International B2B Awards last week. It won for 'Lifting the Lid on Washrooms' - a PR campaign targeting architects, designers and fabricators, particularly in the hospitality sector. The activity hinged around asking people what they thought of public toilets.

The activity was to support the launch of its new washroom sheet size, which is used to make toilet cubicles, allowing for deeper, taller sides.

Rob van Steen joins DKG Group's team of directors

* Rob-van-Steen.jpgThe DKG Group, the organisation behind successful brand Keller Kitchens, has made internal changes in line with the growth of the business, including expanding and strengthening the team of directors.

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Recent News

BiKBBI's HMRC approval is great news for membership

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The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation's recent approval by The Commissioners for HM Revenue & Customs is great news for both its retail and installer members, who can now claim income tax rebates against membership fees, which for most would equate to a significant reduction on their annual subscriptions.

Sirius Annual Awards & Gala Dinner 2018

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Sirius Buying Group honoured some of its approved suppliers and members at its Annual Awards & Gala Dinner recently.

Seven new members as KBSA continues recruitment drive

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The 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.


Top and shop with Evolve

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Bushboard's Evolve solid core worksurface promotion has been perfectly timed for festive season - particularly as the worksurfaces are proving a major success with consumers who appreciate the on-trend slim lines, easy cleaning and straightforward fitting offered by this unique material.

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