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7th December 2018


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International News

The best for beautiful basins

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Established 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.

Fish scale/mermaid tiles conjure up a little mythical magic

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With 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.

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.

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Having been fridge-less since the middle of last week and not expecting the manufacturer's engineer to work on my errant appliance until next Tuesday - despite it still being under guarantee - I've been feeling somewhat disgruntled with life as you might imagine. The mild weather hasn't made it easy to prevent our fresh produce from spoiling, while the rain has just added to the misery at having to go outside to replace ice we've made in an attempt to keep things cool, or grab the milk every time we fancy a cuppa. And while many in my position might be salivating at the thought of being given a new appliance if the broken one can't be saved, I'm dreading that happening in case we have to go through Christmas continuing to store our food and drinks in boxes on the patio!

Having also had flu, I've spent hours whingeing in my head about how nothing's as good as it used to be, with items no longer lasting as long as they did (and should) and never being able to get good tradespeople.

So although the British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation's Damien Walters may well have been hinting at something completely different, his comment this week (see more below) about installation failing to keep up with innovation in other areas of the industry, just backed up these thoughts. I must add here that it's not the Institute's members I've been disliking, but those in other trades who've let me down over the years!

The Federation of Master Builders may have an angle on things with its statement yesterday that apprenticeships are plummeting because of the Apprenticeship Levy. Its reaction is in response to statistics published by the Department for Education, which show that there's been a 24% fall in apprenticeship starts for the 2017/18 academic year compared with the previous academic year.

The FMB's CEO Brian Berry says that the reforms announced at the recent Conservative Party Conference, don't go far enough. He feels that instead of large firms being allowed to pass 25% of Levy vouchers down through the supply chain to smaller firms, this figure should be increased to 100%, since in construction, it's the smaller firms that train more than two thirds of all apprentices. I have to say, I agree with Brian that more flexibility is needed - and although he didn't say it, a little more forethought by Government too!




Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

New award is essential part of strategy to promote compliance, says BMA

* New-award.jpgA new industry award which was won for the first time by Roman is an essential part of a strategy to raise awareness of the dangers of using non-compliant bathroom products, says Bathroom Manufacturers Association CEO Yvonne Orgill.

The BMA sponsored the NHIC award for Innovation & Initiatives to Promote Consumer Safety through Compliance in Bathroom Products & Installation, which was announced at a gala presentation dinner on 22nd November.

Nuance secures Professional Builder 'Top Product' Award

* Nuance-award.jpgProfessional Builder Magazine, one of the leading titles in the building sector, has recognised Bushboard Nuance bathroom wall panelling as a Product of The Year for 2018. This is quite an accolade as the Award was voted for by the readers...

Marcus Hooper from the magazine said of the win: "The Nuance Bathroom Panelling range from Bushboard was a reader favourite last September when we featured it." Marcus went on to acknowledge that the product's popularity probably has something to do with its under three hours installation time.

2019 Conference set to be "extraordinary"

* 2019-Conference.jpgThe British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) has this week confirmed that it will be holding its Annual Conference at The Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 30th January 2019.

The organisation, which celebrates its 13th year since launch in 2019, hinted that this Conference will be "extraordinary", as it plans to make a very special announcement, which will be broadcast across its social media channels.

Saniflo launches Sanifloor+ Tray

* sanifloor-tray.jpgSaniflo UK has launched the Sanifloor+Tray, adding to its portfolio of showering solutions. The Sanifloor+Tray offers a complete solution for easily installing a shower when traditional gravity drainage is not available and it does not require any major installation work.

The kit includes a pump, a low-level shower tray and the waste. The 55mm tray can be installed directly onto the floor and is very easy to maintain. The pump features wireless communication between the pump and plug installation and has all the features of the standalone Sanifloor+.

Sleep + Eat Success for VitrA

* VitrA-Sleep+Eat-2018.jpgVitrA has reported that the new look Sleep + Eat 2018 was a great success for the international bathroom company. The exhibition formed part of a series of high-profile events for VitrA during 2018 that has included designjunction and the RIBA + VitrA Talks series.

The two-day Sleep + Eat show attracted architects, designers, builders and specifiers from the contracts and hospitality industries.

Beko recognised for fire safety by UK's leading electrical safety charity

* Beko-recognised.jpgBeko has won this year's Safety Innovation Award at the Electrical Product Safety Conference 2018 for adding flame-retardant back panels to all of its refrigeration models.

The panels have been applied to Beko's full range of built-in and free-standing refrigeration models, making it the first-mass market manufacturer to do this across the whole range.

Danby looks ahead to SS19

* DANBY.jpg"Spring and Summer 2019 is set to bring continued growth for brands targeting outside, ancillary and multi-generational space in UK homes"

John Welbourn, who is spearheading the European launch for Canada's Danby specialist appliances in the UK explains:

"After the Summer and Autumn of 2018, UK consumers will feel justified in investing in gardens; bars and outside kitchens, but also in building-on, extending up and out to provide living and social space for teenagers, stay-at-home older children and annexes for older family members.

New CIH chairman Steve Scogings addresses suppliers and presents Awards at Christmas lunch

* New-CIH-chairman.jpgSteve Scogings joined Combined Independents (Holdings) members at a fabulous Christmas lunch at London's Dorchester Hotel last week and took to the floor to address everyone for the first time, at what has become a much-anticipated annual gathering.

He also presented the Group's Annual Awards.

Durable D-Style from Abacus Bathrooms

* Durable-D-Style.jpgThe modern D-Style portfolio of bathroom brilliance from Abacus Bathrooms features compact handwash basins, standard-sized basins, WCs, bidets and complementary mirrors. There are five contemporary colours - White, Beige, Nilo, Walnut, Wenge - and two sizes to choose from for the complementary basin and vanity unit.

The compact handwash basins are ideal for cloakrooms while there are also models in 55cm and 60cm widths for main full bathroom suites.

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Recent News

Don't always buck the trend, says HiB

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It'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:

'Best Installer 2018' winner announced

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The 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.

Roman scoops NHIC Award

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Shower 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.

TKC partners with leading kitchen design software companies to support Jigsaw

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To support the further growth of its Jigsaw brand and kitchen retailers, TKC has partnered with specialist kitchen design software companies ArtiCAD and Compusoft. The complete portfolio of doors, cabinets, storage, sinks, taps and worktops is now available in a digital format on both platforms.

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.


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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