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19th November 2010


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International News

Get the Regency feel from British Ceramic Tile

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Following the success of the recently launched Brighton range of wall tiles from British Ceramic Tile, a selection of new border & feature tiles has also now been released in the same striking colour palette.

New self-builder's/renovator's contract pack could save £ thousands

Self-Build Zone has teamed up with ContractStore.com and construction lawyer Giles Dixon to produce a suite of contract templates specifically for self-builders and renovators for just £49 + VAT.

Painted palette perfection for English Revival

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In-frame has never been so diverse.  With a beautiful palette of painted pastel colours, natural oak and a primed ready to paint option, Mereway Kitchens allows designers to display their creative flair with this spectacular timber product.

Franke's flow restrictor is perfect for saving water in the kitchen

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Aiding adherence to the Building Regulations in terms of water consumption and adding to the list of 'green' initiatives in the home, Franke's flow restrictor is a really simple tool.

When attached to a Franke kitchen tap - such as the Olympus pictured here - the amount of water is almost halved from six litres per minute in line with regulations, with no loss of performance or power in the flow.

The flow restrictor is a small screw-in aerator which can be retrospectively fitted to a number of popular Franke models.

T:  +44 (0)161 436 6280

F: +44 (0)161 436 2180

E: [email protected]

W: www.franke.co.uk

Whirlpool's new white oven from the Ambient line is a winner

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While different colours abound on the current kitchen appliance scene, the dynamic trio of stainless steel, black and white continues to top the charts with the majority of consumers. The timeless appeal of the classic monochromatic look and the gleam and famous durability of stainless steel have an enduring appeal.

Next Chapter of 'Vac from the Sea' initiative revealed

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Electrolux has revealed five unique vacuum cleaners that have been made from plastic waste collected from the world's oceans. The event marks the next chapter and continuation of the 'Vac from the Sea' initiative that aims to raise awareness around ocean plastic waste and inspire consumers and industry to recycle more.

Stoves unveils new built-in collection and switches production back to UK

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Leading cooking appliance manufacturer Stoves has unveiled its new built-in collection of ovens and hobs and has moved production from Europe back to its Merseyside base.

Composting the clean and easy way with Brabantia's new biodegradable bin liners

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Keep waste bins clean and dry with Brabantia's 100% biodegradable and compostable bin liners - specially designed for all organic kitchen waste and now available in three convenient sizes - 10lt, 12lt, 18lt.

Modena tap by Carron Phoenix is a move outside of the design box

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With its new Modena tap, Carron Phoenix has definitely been thinking outside of the design box.  Modena is an aesthetically pleasing departure from the conventional upright pillar tap offering a slim, angled spout that poises elegantly over the sink.

Making a splash! The new addition from Leisure Sinks

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The Linear Reversible (LR9502) is the latest addition to Leisure's popular and cost effective Linear range of UK manufactured stainless steel sinks.

Lighting display boards from HiB are a fantastic aid for retailers

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With one of the most wide ranging and advanced portfolios of bathroom products available today, HiB's other strengths are in distribution, supply and helping retailers to put their products in the market spotlight.

EverGrip and new Sealants Catalogue launched by CRL Europe

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A new high strength, fast curing Mirror Adhesive was launched at Glassex by CRL.

EverGrip has been specially formulated for the installation of mirrors, with or without backing tapes, to a wide range of substrates.

Welcome to the


What should I find in my inbox this week but a press release entitled ‘How safe is your house insurance?’! The writers must have thought all their Christmases had come at once as the flooding in the South-West will have guaranteed that every journalist with the slightest involvement in housing, restoration and refurbishment, will have opened it up and read it!

I had already been discussing the issue of insurance with some friends who have a house in St Austell (which was one of the towns most seriously damaged) who happened to be spending the week in Surrey. We couldn’t quite work out whether it would be less stressful for them to remain up here or whether they might be relieved to return home and find that things weren’t quite as bad as expected...

Some years ago I spent a few days with some flood restoration professionals and insurance assessors, when Lewes was badly flooded. It was a real eye-opener as what you see of the clean-up on television really only scratches the surface – and there is the real nightmare of finding that your neighbour’s insurers handle things in a completely different way from yours and that while they seem to be looked after very well, you realise you’ve drawn the short straw when it comes to choosing your provider.

And although all this extra business which is soon to come is great news for those in our industry who will get to manufacture, supply and install all these new kitchens and downstairs bathrooms – as well as the Government, as VAT will have risen by the time most householders will be in a position to have new products installed – my heart goes out to those whose homes have been ruined.

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Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Night Black laminate slate from Faus

* NIGHT_BLACK_SLATE_sml.jpgRomantic, handsome, intriguing... these are the emotions engendered by one of the latest laminate flooring designs from world leaders Faus - its Night Black Slate.

Night back Slate is one of a number of new laminate floor designs that faithfully replicate the richness of natural stone and the elegance of ceramic and marble tiling both visually and from a tactile dimension. This is what Faus calls 'Realfeel'.

Croydex taps into the beauty of wood

* Croydex_Kingston_shelf_sml.jpgCroydex is excited to launch its brand new Kingston range, a stunning collection of bathroom accessories made from natural wood.

Accessories in the Kingston range have been carefully crafted from solid oak, a warm and richly textured wood that adds instant character to the bathroom. Combined with elements of glass, chrome and ceramic, the range is a simple but striking fusion of materials that works in both classic and contemporary bathrooms.

Why relaxing in a VitrA bath is also peace of mind

* VitrA-bath_sml.jpgWhat do people consider when buying a bath? Shape, size, maybe colour... but not much else. They wouldn't normally ever think about the bath's construction and how that will affect the eventual comfort and pleasure in use.

Leading international bathroom products manufacturer VitrA make a huge range of acrylic baths but each differs from other bath makes in a number of important ways.

Freshness packed in

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Extend the life of food and improve the space and efficiency of your freezer with the help of Baumatic's Vacuum Packer from its PremiumLine compact range.

Freezing freshly cooked food for re-heating at a later date is a great time-saver and food lasts up to five times longer when vacuum packed, as well as freeing up extra space in the freezer. Baumatic's Vacuum Packer is easy to use, simply place a plastic bag in the chamber, close the door and press start. The appliance will then remove the air from the bag, seal it and return the atmosphere within the unit back to normal, ready for freezing.

Fabulous fusion worktops and eyecatching ceramics from Mereway Bathrooms

* Bruno_Fusion_Worktop_sml.jpgThe brand new Fusion Worktop collection from UK manufacturer Mereway Bathrooms is continuing to lead the way in innovation and design. Inspired by opulence and beauty, the range brings stunning gloss and matt finishes that evoke elegance and timeless appeal.

New Fusion composite worktops boast a high quality construction and are more consistent in colour and texture than granite. Made from a special blend of polyester and acrylic non-porous surface resins, these surfaces are highly durable, heat resistant and extremely hygienic. 

Stuart Turner updates Pump Solutions brochure

* ST_Cover.jpgStuart Turner, thought to be the UK's largest shower pump manufacturer, has updated its successful Pump Solutions brochure to include the latest new products and accessories. Retaining the same crisp, clean and easy-to-read style, the new brochure includes the new Showermate Universal, updated Monsoon Extra Pressure Sets and has a new 'Accessories' page that includes the new Stuart Flange. 

Atag Hobs have starring role on Market Kitchen: Big Adventure

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, appears in the new series Market Kitchen: Big Adventure, on the Good Food channel.

Two of Atag's stunning HG1111MBB Panorama gas on glass hobs, from the 2010 Magna Design line, have been installed in the studio kitchen set.

DR Services has shower and bath leaks taped


* DR-y glaze.jpgIf you come across a leak around a bath or shower, perhaps caused by shrinkage or settlement, it can be difficult and costly to fix.

But all that disruption is now a thing of the past since D R Services (London) has it taped! The company's DR-y Seal is simplicity itself to apply. Simply peel back the paper on the inside of the tape (100mm at a time) and then apply to a clean and dry surface. 

Being a tape it wraps around corners perfectly and since there is no cure time, tiling can begin as soon as you have it taped and the tape is invisible in the finished installation.

Have you seen 'Britain's Ugliest Bathroom'?

Old fashioned, rusty, dripping taps...limescale covered showers that can barely manage a trickle....novelty shower curtains....brown swirly wallpaper from the 1970s - do these sound familiar?  If so, you might have Britain's Ugliest Bathroom and you could be in for a treat - a complete bathroom makeover!

Latest issue of 'Housebuilding and RMI Forecasts Bulletin Great Britain' now available

The 4th issue of the 'Housebuilding and RMI Forecasts Bulletin Great Britain' is now available. Providing a quarterly review of the domestic construction sector including new housebuild and RMI, it contains the very latest statistics and information on housebuilding, together with medium and longer term forecasts. The information covers Great Britain and includes regional statistics and forecasts for England, Wales and Scotland. Also included are data and forecasts for the English regions.

Spooky PJH fundraising aims to make a difference

* PJH_Halloween_sml.jpgGhostly goings on at PJH Group this Halloween formed another one of the bathroom and kitchen distributor's fundraising events for its 2010/2011 regional charity of the year, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity.

The charity, as voted for by regional staff at PJH's head office and depots in Bolton and Manchester, was chosen due to the vital support work it provides at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. Fundraising money ensures continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the hospital, improving the lives of thousands of children each year.

Sponsors needed...

The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers has launched a campaign to attract further sponsors, who would join AnyJunk, Blum, Classic Marble, Ezystone and Franke in promoting the Institute and its aims.

Launched in 2007, the not-for-profit registered organisation has just celebrated its third birthday with the announcement that it has over 500 installation businesses registered nationally.

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News in Brief

RhinoFloor's Nottingham slip-resistant vinyl bathroom flooring has the appearance of timber planks. It comes in two, three and four metre rolls. T: 0845 287 6197

Marmox floor-level, barrier-free, solid shower boarding trays are now sold by Essex-based online plumbing, heating & bathroom supplies retailer PlumbClick. T: 0844 8000 932

Fisher & Paykel's double ovens and 5-burner gas hobs are being used by the 'Hairy Bikers', hosts of a family cook off show every weekday on BBC2 at 17.15. T: 0845 600 1934

Graham Hayden's new KBB Industry training courses on Body Language (19th Jan) and 'Presentation skills using 'inner game' techniques' (16th Mar) will be held at Whirlpool, Croydon. T: 0207 712 1558

Harshad Patel has joined the Furniture Industry Research Association's Technical Services Department to help Phil Reynolds on research and technical projects. E: [email protected]


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