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25th January 2019


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International News

First in Danby's UK range arrived - and it's a Red Dot Award winner!

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Danby Appliances, Canada's principal household appliance manufacturer which announced its expansion to Europe in October, has revealed the first of its products to become available through distributors Exertis.co.uk.

CRL Stone launches six new colours of Ceralsio ceramic

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With the trend for nature-inspired materials, industrial lines and neutral colour palettes set to be strong in 2019, CRL Stone has added six new colours to its Ceralsio ceramic surface collection.

Splash up colour schemes with Lustrolite panels

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Lustrolite's acrylic panels are one of the most suitable materials for bathroom and kitchen splashbacks. Not only do they have a sleek, modern look and finish; they are incredibly easy to clean and maintain. The panels are highly-resistant to harsh chemicals and can be cleaned with just warm water and a soft microfibre cloth.

Spring cleaning in store with The Signature Collection

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If clearing the clutter and transforming the kitchen into a minimal oasis is on the home improvement checklist this Spring, then investing in some clever storage solutions is the perfect way to achieve it, courtesy of The Signature Collection by Masterclass Kitchens.

Bespoke concrete solutions from The Poured Project

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We'll be hearing a lot more about the 'The Poured Project' in future as KBB specialist The Lenny Agency has just been awarded the PR contract.

Swiss Krono's CamuStyleTX wins prestigious German Design Award

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CamuStyleTX, the latest collection from global decorative panel specialist Swiss Krono, has won the award for Excellent Product Design in the Material and Surfaces category of the prestigious German Design Awards 2019.

Gorenje joins Hisense family

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Gorenje, the global Slovenian-based home electronics manufacturer, has joined the Hisense family of consumer electronics brands. The Gorenje brand will continue to operate in the UK, with both sales and support continuing.

Minimalist vanity basin, WC & electronic-flush urinal for Istanbul

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The Istanbul collection designed for VitrA by Ross Lovegrove has been an international success since it was first launched in 2004. The sanitaryware and furniture collection draws its inspiration from the organic shapes found in nature and the fluidity of water.

Keller's chic Chelsea kitchen: vintage style with a modern twist

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Keller's new Chelsea kitchen reflects a vintage style; with a modern twist.

Fashionable tap for modern kitchens

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The beautiful, angular shape of Blanco's fashionable Luper tap brings a modern design to all kitchens. The cross-shaped mixer tap has ceramic disc control and provides a high-pressure water flow with a minimum of 0.5 bar pressure.

Quartz in a quarter of the time (and cost)

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Hardwearing, good looking and easy to care for quartz worksurfaces are growing in popularity. The downside with most quartz tops is that they cannot be fabricated on site, which causes delay and extra cost.

KBBG introduces a supplier of kitchen bar stools

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The Kitchen & Bathroom Buying Group, welcomes DF Sales as a new supplier of bar stools available to its members.

Welcome to the



If you read my leaders regularly you're probably aware that I'm a bit of a hippie at heart and that one of my passions is Planet Earth and our need to look after our environment. Nature is all about balance though and sometimes I wonder at the decisions made by those in power, which leave me confused at the thinking behind them. Take clean air zones... yes, they're a great idea but if in establishing them you're preventing people from working or you're adding to pollution by preventing them from getting from A to B by the shortest route, then you could end up doing more damage than good. Just where do you draw the line?

While I hate traffic pollution, I was pleased to learn today that the Taxpayers Alliance has won its campaign in Southampton, to prevent commercial vehicles from being charged £100 a day for the privilege of driving through the city. The TPA argued that in reality, it was just another unjustified attack on businesses and taxpayers. I have to agree. Just look at our industry... people travelling to and from their place of work in their vans, those carrying out repairs and/or servicing of appliances, delivery drivers, fitters, etc. Just think of the impact! Do those in charge ever think things through properly and look at the real consequences of their decisions?

And with several councils now considering introducing Workplace Parking Levies once more (a tax on businesses that have the temerity to offer parking places for their staff!) and public transport in such a mess, I sometimes wonder whether someone, somewhere, wants us all to down tools...

Finally, while I try to stay away from politics when writing, I felt swayed to congratulate Leeds-based Pland Stainless today. Why? Well with all the negative press Great Britain's been receiving as a result of the Brexit battle, which has led many of us to question whether we're capable of getting anything right, seeing a British manufacturer celebrating its Centenary has warmed the cockles of my heart. The celebrations included a tour by the Lord Mayor of Leeds and the presentation of some long service awards during a special luncheon, with a home-baked (but very professional) celebratory cake taking centre stage on the dining table. British manufacture and tradition at its best then! You can read more below and click through to the pictures via the link.




Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

KBSA launches new business funding benefit for members

* KBSA.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has introduced a benefit for members that will help them access funds to invest in their business. The new partnership with peer-to-peer lending company Funding Circle, offers members a fast, efficient and flexible vehicle to raise funds, with a special KBSA members' discount off the usual fee.

"This is a great benefit for our members," says KBSA national chair Richard Hibbert says". Funding Circle has a fantastic track record of lending to small businesses. I have used the company for my own business and found it to be so much easier than dealing with the banks. You can pay off the loan when you like without penalty, it is very easy to apply and I had the money within 2 days."

The RIBA + VitrA Talks series continues into 2019

* Riba-main-pic.jpgThe RIBA + VitrA Talks series continues into 2019 with more emerging and established international voices in architecture. Last year leading bathroom brand VitrA announced the partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in the form of the RIBA + VitrA Talks series.

This flagship programme is aimed at showcasing the best in contemporary established and emerging voices in architecture, both in the UK and internationally, with talks taking place in London, Istanbul and regional cities in the UK.

Taps and showers one step closer to voluntary agreement says European Bathroom Forum

* Taps-and-showers-BMA.jpgA Voluntary Agreement for the Unified Water Label is a step closer after a programme for taps and showers was supported by the European Commission department DG Environment.

The European Bathroom Forum has circulated details of a Commitment that is required from the industry in order to develop an acceptable Voluntary Agreement for taps and showers.

Lord Mayor visit marks start of Centenary celebrations for Pland

* Pland1.jpgThe Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Graham Latty, visited Pland Stainless in Leeds this month to mark the start of the manufacturer's Centenary celebrations.

As well as touring the premises, the Lord Mayor presented some long service awards and met all the staff during a luncheon to celebrate the event.

Compliance and water efficiency best practice will improve safety in social housing, says BMA

* Grenfell.jpgSocial housing providers must look for compliance and water efficiency best practice, if there is a dramatic increase in building, in response to the calls for 'millions of new homes' to solve the housing crisis, says BMA CEO Yvonne Orgill.

Yvonne made the comments in response to a report from housing charity Shelter that said 1.2 million homes are needed for families who cannot afford to buy. She warned that failure to take on board the lessons learned from Grenfell could lead to another disaster unless attitudes change.

BAL invests in sales, support and specification teams

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The Stoke-on-Trent-based manufacturer has doubled its sales team while additionally creating a new training and technical support team of five and adding to its specification support team.

NSF International commends Altecnic's TMV2-certified products

* NSF-Altecnic.jpgReinforcing its credentials as a specialist supplier of quality heating and plumbing components for trade and consumer markets, Altecnic has received a coveted award from NSF International.

The global water testing, certification and auditing organisation has recognised Altecnic's adjustable T-type thermostatic mixing valves. These products are the first to be TMV2-accredited against the recently revised 2017 version of the European Standards BS EN 1111 and BS EN 1287 which ensure thermostatic products maintain safe temperature water delivery for bath, shower and washbasin use.

Smallbone & Mark Wilkinson appoint sales & marketing director

* Smallbone-appt.jpgLuxury furniture group SMWF, owner of Smallbone of Devizes, Mark Wilkinson Furniture and Brookmans, has appointed Graham Jones (pictured) to the role of sales & marketing director.

Graham joins a team led by executive chairman Ian Gray, who was appointed in September 2018 to drive forward the future success of the company.

Busy March for Saniflo at FutureBuild in London and ISH in Frankfurt

* MAIN-PIC-Saniflo.jpgMarch is set to be a busy month for Saniflo with two important exhibitions. From 5th - 7th, catch the experts from Saniflo at FutureBuild, ExCel, London, on stand B165.

Silestone launches the new minimalist kitchen sink, Integrity Q

* Silestone.jpgSilestone by Cosentino, is adding to its popular Integrity by Silestone kitchen sink range with the new minimalist kitchen sink, Integrity Q.

New colours, finishes and revamped brochure for Cucina Colore

* New-colours.jpgMereway Kitchens has launched a selection of new colours and finishes for its contemporary Cucina Colore collection, which are included within a stylish revamped brochure.

The latest additions reinforce Cucina Colore's position as one of the best solutions for modern kitchens, providing colour and texture, alongside contemporary furniture designed for open plan living.

'New Traditional' with Dark Gold Art Moderne II Towel Warmer by Vogue (UK)

* New-Traditional.jpgBritish designer and manufacturer of premium radiators and towel warmers, Vogue (UK), presents the growing style trend 'New Traditional' with its Art Moderne II Towel Warmer: a pioneering heating solution that redefines traditional styling with a modern perspective.

Bridging the gap between modernist and traditionalist at heart, Art Moderne II's heritage design with classic crosshead capstan-style valves work in perfect harmony with its contemporary finish and multi-rail design: hexagonal uprights and round horizontal bars.

HiB'S new brochure for 2019 helps customers find their wow

* HiB-2019-brochure.jpgHiB has published a new brochure to showcase exciting additions to its product portfolio and its much-loved existing ranges.

At the start of a new year when many people are inspired to renovate their homes, the brochure provides a comprehensive resource for retailers and end users alike.

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