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24th April 2019


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International News

Be inspired by new kitchens from Keller

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Keller's new Kitchen Inspiration brochure for 2019 showcases a portfolio of high-quality kitchen schemes that will inspire customers and make kitchen planning a joy.

The brochure is packed with beautiful imagery of stylish kitchens and a focus on each model's detail such as handle trims and lacquer cabinetry, to show it off to its full advantage.

New Hotpoint fridge freezers offer extended freshness

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Hotpoint has launched a new range of Total No Frost fridge freezers that incorporate a variety of technologies to ensure long-lasting food freshness and minimal food waste.

TKC adds Dust Grey colour to its contemporary Lucente and Vivo+ ranges

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TKC has introduced Dust Grey as a stocked colour to two of its contemporary ranges, Lucente and Vivo+, in gloss and matt, tapping into the trends for grey tones and tactile finishes in the kitchen.

LochAnna Kitchens now available on Compusoft's Winner Design

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LochAnna Kitchens' collection of 17 kitchens, including the recently launched Form range, is now available to download for free on Winner Design kitchen planning software by Compusoft.

Cool concrete sinks for today's industrial style kitchens

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Building on the popular trend for industrial style kitchens, a truly unique range of concrete-style sinks has been introduced by design pioneer, Blanco UK.

Grohe presents first 3D metal-printed taps

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3D printing has long been regarded as the manufacturing technology of the future. Components made via 3D printing have set new standards for premium manufacturers in the automotive and aircraft industry. In the sanitary sector, Grohe is now offering Atrio Icon 3D and Allure Brilliant Icon 3D - two unique tap designs created using 3D metal-printing.

Bushboard Vista now available from Ireland's Potter Cowan

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Vista, Bushboard's recently launched collection of statement splashbacks, is now available from one of Ireland's leading trade-only kitchen product and component distributors. Potter Cowan has branches in Belfast, Dublin and Cork and now offers Bushboard Vista alongside a comprehensive collection of household name brands for kitchens, appliances, taps, sinks worksurfaces, and splashbacks.

Complete colour coordination from Abacus

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Abacus Bathrooms has developed a unique portfolio of stunning brassware and accessories so that retailers and designers can offer a completely colour-matched scheme in the bathroom.

Trend - for beautiful surfaces

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As one of the world's leading producers of coloured glass mosaic, Venetian enamel, gold leaf tesserae and engineered stone surfaces, Trend Group works with today's most celebrated designers, architects and artists.

Introducing Diesel Living

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Inspired by the industrial and metropolitan world, CTD Architectural Tiles has introduced the Diesel Living collection to its growing portfolio. Exploring a variety of materials, colours and finishes, Diesel Living combines the iconic urban aesthetic associated with the brand with trend-led designs to deliver truly eye-catching tile solutions for contemporary spaces.

Experience the future with app-activated and smart kitchen appliances

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Kitchens International is asking its customers: "Why become a slave to your kitchen when you can control many appliances from an app or even your voice?

Reflecting mirror technology

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A bathroom mirror isn't just a mirror anymore now it's loaded with so much style, choice and technology. An illuminated mirror has therefore become a real must have for any new bathroom.

Königquartz - 28 colours to keep kitchens on trend

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With a pedigree in supplying top quality materials with a top-quality service, Königstone is proud of its growing range of quartz worktops: Königquartz.

Welcome to the


As you might imagine, I was delighted to learn that Grand Designs Live is to feature a new area for those of us who hate to see anything thrown away if it's at all possible to save it or cannibalise it to create something new.

At the 'Upcycling Hub', we'll be able to closely observe some of the skills used by these master craftspeople to create bespoke pieces, and talk to them about what works and what doesn't, and how they get the best results.


It will be interesting to learn more about where they acquire their pieces... I'd like to know whether it was a 'one-off' that a woman was recently threatened with potential arrest at the civic amenity tip unless she left without the cabinet she'd acquired from a man about to dump it, or whether these facilities are completely out of bounds when it comes to taking goods away. I know some have shops where decent but unwanted items intended for landfill/breaking up for recycling are rescued by the handlers and sold to raise money for the council, but these are, sadly, all too rare.

I'm going to make sure my daughter Melissa goes along to the Upcycling Hub... she's into upcycling furniture as it was the only way she could furnish her flat. The results have been impressive but I do wonder whether she's always taking the best route. The quicker and more accomplished she becomes in her work, the less I'm going to have random pieces of furniture stored at home, awaiting her 'treatment'!


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

KBSA 'Staying Ahead' conference is open for bookings

* KBSA-Staying-Ahead.jpg The 2019 Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association Conference, AGM and Awards Dinner is open for bookings and members are being encouraged to book early to secure a place.

"We have a significant number of new members this year and have already had a lot of interest in bookings," says KBSA chair Richard Hibbert.

Treasury claws back £300m+ from apprenticeship training at expense of small employers

L* Treasury-claws-back.jpgast week it was announced that the Treasury took back over £300m of funds allocated to apprenticeships despite small employers being turned away. With 90% of employers in the furniture and interiors sector being non-levy payers, this means that excellent and often specialist training providers of essential skills are having their funding allocations cut to the extent that they can do little more for SME's than complete existing apprentices on their programmes.

Mark Dawe, chief executive at AELP says of the announcement: "It's desperately disappointing to hear the DfE admit that such a significant sum of money went back to the Treasury when we know that all of it could have been spent on funding apprenticeships of SME employers.

Grohe shows sustainability savvy with record number of energy/water/materials-saving innovations

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In addition to quality, technology and design, sustainability is an integral and crucial part of Grohe's corporate strategy. It is integrated into all products and processes and shapes the daily actions of employees worldwide. The global brand consistently pursues a 360-degree sustainability approach that incorporates the entire value chain, partners, customers, suppliers, employees and contribution to society in equal measure.

Two new iF Design Awards for Unidrain Reframe Collection

* iF-Design-Award.jpgUnidrain tells us it is delighted with its two new iF Design Awards; for products from its Reframe Collection of bathroom accessories; the corner shelf and the toilet brush.

Designed by Kenneth Waaben, the Unidrain corner shelf was selected as the best product in the Bathroom Fitting discipline and the toilet brush was awarded the iF Design Award under the Bathroom Accessory discipline.

Union joins Crosswater's portfolio

* Union-Crosswater.jpgCrosswater's Union collection from has been engineered to provide unparalleled functionality and designed to make a statement. Presenting Italian artisan brassware craft at its finest, each piece is cast, precision machined, polished and perfected to offer an elevated bathing experience.

The latest addition to Crosswater's luxury Vanguard collection, Union offers a complete range of brassware that includes basin mixers, bath fillers, and an exposed valve with kit and shower head.

Gary Nolan is promoted to regional sales manager, Blanco UK

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Gary has worked for Blanco for seven years. His new role means he is responsible for developing effective sales strategies and focusing on customer satisfaction within the Kent and Essex areas.

Smeg introduces elegant white induction hobs this Spring

* Smeg-elegant-white.jpgSmeg has unveiled a new crisp white finish on its popular MultiZone induction hobs, just in time for Spring. Ideal for homeowners looking to create a bright kitchen space, white appliances lend themselves to a minimalist environment due to the products light and clean finish. These new hobs have been specifically designed with crisp white surfaces and high gloss kitchens in mind, both popular choices in today's kitchen market.

The hobs epitomise the very best of Italian design. Combining cutting-edge technology with exceptional performance and a glossy, polished aesthetic, this new pair of hobs make a welcome addition to urban and city kitchens.

Roman opens architectural showroom in Malaysia

* Roman-Malaysia.jpgInternational shower designer and manufacturer, Roman, officially opened a new showroom with Cosentino in Malaysia on 12th April.

The grand opening of the Cosentino showroom partnered with Roman, had a huge attendance of 600 visitors from across South East Asia including major architects, interior designers and key journalists. The grand opening included the launch of the new Roman showroom, beautifully showcasing the British manufacturer's latest shower enclosures and solid surface capabilities.

Keller's beautiful Blonde Oak kitchen

* Keller-beautiful-blond-oak.jpgKeller makes use of beautiful Blonde Oak cabinetry with model, GL2000. The units can be complemented with modern man-made materials, such as a cool concrete-look worktop (as pictured), or a bright coloured splashback (as pictured).

Open cupboards can be combined with wall-hung shelving to make the most of an open-plan or broken-plan kitchen scheme to increase space and storage. Designers can also add a rail or shelving to frontless cupboards to create quirky storage spaces which makes homeowners' most used items easily accessible.

New operations manager appointed for Kitchens International

* New-ops-manager.jpgScottish kitchen designer and retailer Kitchens International, has recently appointed a new operations manager. Francis Waite, in this new role, is responsible for overall warehouse management, vehicle fleet, tools and consumables, management checks and reports, CPD and training.

Having spent 22 years in the British Army as a movement controller for the Royal Logistics Corps, Francis is well versed with the movement of personnel and equipment worldwide in support of operations and exercises. His army career enabled him to gain a BSc (Hons) in Logistical Management, as well as qualifications in leadership, management and operational planning.

Upcycling Hub; a new area for design-conscious and eco-friendly visitors at Grand Designs Live

* GD-upcycling-hub.jpgSupporting Britain's abundance of exciting eco-design talent, the Upcycling Hub at Grand Designs Live is an all-new feature for May 2019. The show will welcome six innovative brands that will showcase their skills and designs and give insight into their processes in creating unique and beautiful pieces of craft for the home - using found, recycled and repurposed materials.

Focused on the art of upcycling, this platform for talented upcycling designers will allow visitors to purchase or commission artisan pieces as well as gain an insight into their craft through live demonstrations on the Upcycling Hub stage - on each day throughout the show, at 10:00 and 13:00.

Smallbone and Mark Wilkinson make three milestone career awards

* Smallbone_Mark-Wilkinson.jpgSmallbone and Mark Wilkinson presented milestone career awards to three craftsmen that have together notched up 90 years' service at the Devizes workshop. Andrew Potter and Kevin Paget celebrated 25 years and Steve Webb was recognised for 40 years' service.

Andrew (left of pic) started his career with Mark Wilkinson, drawer making at his Bromham workshop. He then progressed into the workshop at Devizes and develop expertise in the furniture production process from raw materials to the finished carcass.

Caple's new furniture brochure is bigger & better than ever

* Caple-furniture-brochure.jpgCaple's new 167-page furniture brochure has been redesigned with a stunning new look to reflect the high quality and distinctive styles of kitchen and bedroom furniture in the company's comprehensive portfolio. Inside, every kitchen and bedroom style features its own dedicated colour palette from which to choose, with details on door finishes to help customers make a more informed choice.

The new guide features 14 new kitchens within five specific furniture categories - In-frame, Verse, Classic, Contemporary and Painted, to differentiate specific furniture styles. Verse is the newest collection, featuring Caple's first foray into true handleless kitchen design. Noted for its 14 smooth finishes, the range is so versatile, there is a choice of textured, matt or gloss doors in five styles and

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Recent News

KBSA experts to meet consumers at Grand Designs

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The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that it will have a number of retail members providing advice at Grand Designs, which takes place in London's ExCel 4th - 12th May.

Franke enlists help of award-winning culinary historian for its 2019 Blooming Great Tea Party

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Paying homage to Queen Victoria's 200th anniversary, Franke's 2019 Blooming Great Tea Party fundraiser for Marie Curie, held between 21st and 23rd June, will take on a royal theme this year with its exclusive Victoria Sponge cake recipe specially developed by Regula Ysewijn, an award-winning cookbook author and culinary historian with a love for Britain.

Euronics showcase a success

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Electrical buying group Combined Independents (Holdings), part of Euronics, hosted the Euronics Showcase at the NEC Birmingham this month after a three-year hiatus. It was a huge success.

KBSA offers mediation service for members

The KBSA has introduced a mediation service for members that can help resolve potential disputes swiftly and economically. The service is provided by Focus Mediation, a company that has an above average rate of over 90% in assisting parties to reach successful settlements and resolutions.

BMA says a voluntary label and changing consumer habits is best way to save water

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has responded to a recent statement from Sir James Bevan, chief executive of the Environment Agency, on ways to reduce average water consumption in England from 140 litres per person per day to 100 litres, by claiming that a voluntary - not a mandatory - water label is the best solution.

Nuance bathroom wall panelling celebrates new patent with new dedicated showroom

Bushboard, the renowned worksurface and bathroom panelling manufacturer, has secured a patent for its innovative, trim-free waterproof bathroom panelling system, Nuance. Invented by the Bushboard team, the Nuance brand leads the way as a more aesthetically pleasing and easier to install alternative to tiling.

LDL prioritises training and customer service

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LDL has declared its mission to prioritise training and customer service. Recognising the crucial importance of comprehensive product knowledge, the company is now running three product training sessions each week in the new dedicated design room at LDL's headquarters in Glossop.


Bathroom design ideas from new website

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VitrA, one of the UK's fastest growing bathroom brands, has launched a striking, intuitive, and multi-functional website designed for all. The newly launched interactive website makes it easy for all customers - from homeowners to architects and retailers - to choose a perfect bathroom.


Carron Phoenix releases 2019 brochure featuring new product ranges

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Carron Phoenix has launched its new Range brochure for 2019 including the addition of three new product ranges. The brochure is available to retailers now via the Carron Phoenix website, www.carron.com for next day delivery, or through their distributors.

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