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26th November 2010


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International News

Night Black laminate slate from Faus

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

Croydex taps into the beauty of wood

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

Why relaxing in a VitrA bath is also peace of mind

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What 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.

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.

Fabulous fusion worktops and eyecatching ceramics from Mereway Bathrooms

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The 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

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Stuart 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. 

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

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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.

Welcome to the


I love this time of year and if we're lucky enough to have snow where I live (sadly it's very rare) I'm one of the first to don my ski gear and go out to enjoy it - whatever time of day or night I've discovered that it's fallen. Sadly it's missed me yet again but that doesn't mean that it's not very cold!

Working from home my bills tend to be higher than many people's with similar sizes and styles of houses so I do my best to ensure that I waste as little energy as possible by switching off lights that aren't needed, not overfilling the kettle or leaving the fridge or freezer open for too long and through clever use of the cooking facilities etc.

One of my real bugbears is those appliances that don't have an 'off' switch, which force users to either leave them on standby or switch them off at the plug, which means that - in the case of many hi-fi's - the clock and all the radio station settings are lost. My energy supplier tells me that anything left on standby will cost as much in electricity as if it is actually in use so I'm forever having to hunt for my favourite programmes.

Hmmm... where's my Christmas wish list?...

I've also got used to having the heating thermostat on a much lower setting and wearing extra layers of clothing but I still seem to have far higher gas bills than I did last year. My heart goes out to the elderly who've worked hard all their lives but can't afford to heat their homes at all and when I think about the situation they're in I get really cross!

It was with great delight then that I learned today that energy regulator Ofgem - following the recent announcements by three of the main suppliers that they are to increase prices yet again - has decided to investigate the recent energy price rises that have widened the suppliers' profit margins by almost 40%. I am sad that the review will not immediately lower our bills, but hold out hope that there might be a reduction in the future.

I'm also encouraged that those in the KBB industry are working hard to develop appliances that will keep our expenditure on gas and electricity to a minimum. I daresay it won't be long before consumers, while making a decision to buy, will be asking just how much an appliance will cost to run, rather than simply relying on the general ratings information that each appliance now has to display.



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Water For People hosts first Accountability Summit at WEFTEC

* Water_for_People_latrine.jpgWater For People hosted its first Accountability Summit during the 83rd Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition & Conference held in New Orleans. CEO Ned Breslin invited peer organisations, donors and stakeholders to view Water For People's data, discuss the implications, and ask tough questions about the organisation's work. 

CRL Shower Door Hardware and Accessories

CRL_Hydroslide_sml.jpgC R Laurence offers a wide range of shower door hardware and accessories, including the Hydroslide sliding shower door kits. These are available in 90 degree wall-to-glass installations and 180 degree wall-to-wall installations. 

The Hydroslide system accommodates the option of floor to near ceiling glass panels with a sliding door. Bottom fixed glass attachments and handles can be ordered separately.

New Whirlpool brochure showcases stunning freestanding collection

Whirlpool, which is celebrating its centenary next year, has produced a stylish new brochure for its freestanding collection.

Printed in full colour with high-quality photographs of each product and detailed specifications, the A4-sized, portrait brochure reflects Whirlpool's ethos of combining ease of use with good looks - and is a powerful marketing tool for the kitchen retailer.

The brochure explains Whirlpool's principles when addressing issues such as technological innovation, cutting edge design and protecting the environment, where it is leading the way with its Green Generation range. It is divided into eight sections; washing, drying, dishwashing, cooling, freezing, microwave ovens, customer service and the web.

Stevenage furniture body celebrates 60 years and a new strategy for growth

The Furniture Industry Research Association marked its recent 60th anniversary, new branding and considerable investment in its headquarters operation in Stevenage with an event attended by local MP, Stephen McPartland, who has recently taken on the role of Chair of the all-party Parliamentary furniture group (APPFG). 

An Industry to be Proud of!

* An-industry-to-be-proud-of-sml.jpgBCG's 'Big Challenge', which was launched to the press in June and has run alongside the organisation of this year's Big Tour will, if completed, directly help over 650 children living and benefiting from Action for Children projects here in the UK.

"Completing this challenge is looking more and more likely every day," promises Chris Honer, BCG's Managing Director.

Chamber Furniture - ingenious, sleek hidden cooking areas

* Chamber-showroom.jpgChamber Furniture combines the best of traditional cabinetmaking skills with the latest in technology and has achieved this and more in this Figured oak kitchen.

The doors of this kitchen are on concealed hinges with touch latches that enable the centre doors to effortlessly fully retract, to reveal a cooking station which is left fully open when in use and hidden away when not. This is one of Chambers' favoured signature and highly practical design features.

LDL launches new 2011 catalogue


* LDL-2011-catalogue-sml.jpgLDL Components, the nationwide distributor of quality fittings for the furniture industry, has introduced a glossy new brochure for 2011. Split into six clear sections, the 272 page catalogue details the entire stock range which now exceeds 3,500 products. There are significant new innovations in each section, all imaginatively presented in attractive lifestyle photography with product features and benefits clearly highlighted.  

UK's first conference on Retrofit sees unveiling of University of Salford's Energy House

* Retrofit-Salford-House-sml.jpgOn 26th and 27th January 2011, the University of Salford will be holding the UK's first conference on the challenge of how to sustainably retrofit existing housing stock. The event will also feature the unveiling of the world's first Energy House.

The conference, which is being sponsored by construction and fit-out specialists ISG, will see delegates drawn from across industry, the public sector and academia. They will be sharing insights on sustainability challenges and the government's policies to meet them.  

The Wine Show confirms shift in consumer market

Having recently exhibited, supported and sponsored this year's Wine Show at Olympia, Steve Woodworth, Sales Director for Liebherr, maintains that the market for wine storage is now split obviously into two categories; high end and low end. He believes that the middle ground within this particular market has effectively disappeared.

 "Multi-temperature wine cabinets and wine storage cabinets offer the benefit of innovative climate technology, engineered specifically for storing wines, combined with premium quality equipment with a classical, elegant design," he says.

Mellow Yellow oven scoops awards for Baumatic

* Baumatic-yellow-sml.jpgQuality kitchen appliance manufacturer Baumatic, has signed a deal with the global building supply company Wolseley to distribute its popular Premium-line and Slim-line appliance ranges.

To celebrate this new alliance, Baumatic took part in Wolseley's BCG Big Tour last month, taking to the road to showcase its appliance line-up to potential customers at five venues around the UK. 

New face makes the Welsh connection for Moores

* Moores-Jessica-Davies.jpgMoores Furniture Group, which manufactures and supplies quality kitchen and bathroom furniture to the private and public sectors as well as to retail customers, has bolstered its already strong team in Wales with the appointment of Jessica Davies to the role of Business Development Manager.

In her new role Jessica will head up the company's Business Development in the Public Sector in the South West and South Wales. Jessica brings a wealth of experience to the position, having worked within the social housing sector for a number of years.

The Cotswold Chef Partners Everhot

Rob Rees MBE, The Cotswold Chef, international chef and former restaurateur, is one of the country's leading campaigners for better food culture in the UK.

Based in Gloucestershire, Rob has chosen an Everhot 120 for his home in The Cotswolds and also hosts Everhot's cooking demonstration days at Everhot's watermill showroom in Dursley, Glos.

Spend on presents - not plumbers

Managing Director Robin Johnson of Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward's Chartered Surveyors, advises on how to prevent emergency repairs on your property over Christmas

"Your property, just like your car, needs an annual service to prevent costly repairs. As we get closer to Christmas, prices for emergency repairs inflate. If you service essential items, like your boiler or gas fire, prior to December you will not only avoid winter malfunctions you will also allow yourself time to acquire two or more quotes from different professionals. 

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News in Brief

New World has added a range of freestanding microwaves to its expanding collection of affordable kitchen appliances. T: 0844 24 84 149

Fitted kitchen and bedroom specialist Betta Living has introduced five kitchens, with solid timber doors, to its 'top end' range. T: 0800 269 945

Pipes Direct has announced an end of year surplus stock sale. E: [email protected]

Darlings of Chelsea's new Kent single sofa bed has a two-fold metal action frame and a fully sprung 5" mattress suitable for frequent use. T: 0207 3715745

The Furniture Ombudsman, which covers more than 2000 UK retail outlets, has recorded a 67% increase in take-up of its training courses over the same period last year. E: [email protected]

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