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3rd May 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?

Welcome to the


It's the time of the year that many of us take part in the annual Spring clean of our homes, yet few of us have a clue about where to start when it comes to specialist surfaces and appliances. Speaking to friends and family, I've realised that those who think they know what they're doing, are often doing it incorrectly and that some 'sworn by' methods are likely to cause irreversible damage. Wearing my Cleanzine editor hat, I've been on cleaning training courses and although it's easy to think that 'anyone can clean', I quickly learnt that it's really something of a science if you want to get it right. For example, I know people who tip bleach down the loo every night, who think I'm daft when I warn that this can damage certain sanitaryware, causing what I'll describe here as thousands of tiny pockmarks, which will harbour germs and encourage further staining.

I don't of course, have to explain how to safely check for drugs paraphernalia such as syringes before starting the clean, but there's an art to that too!

A press release from stone and wood specialists Stone Age and Root London (www.stone-age.co.uk / www.root-london.com ) sharing their tips on how to clean stone and wood, made me wonder how many retailers offer, as a matter of course, specific advice on how to clean the products being sold.

After all, if a product fails to look its best (or perhaps breaks) because of incorrect care, who's going to get the blame? It certainly won't be the person who's inadvertently caused the damage, will it? You can guarantee that the retailer or manufacturer - or both - will be slated and their reputation/s tarnished through subsequent conversations with, or social media posts by, the disgruntled customer, when really the suppliers are not at fault at all.

I'm thinking that an illustrated and comprehensive 'how to clean & maintain your product/appliance' page would make a handy addition to any manufacturer's or supplier's website, and that this advice should be referred to verbally during the sale as well as on any literature and packaging.

And if you're planning on Spring cleaning over this coming Bank Holiday weekend and are likely to tackle any stone or wood products, may I recommend some thorough research before you start, if you haven't taken this important step already?


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Wall-hung WCs made easy with striking glass casing Vitrus from VitrA

* Wall-hung-WC-Vitrus.jpgVitrA has pioneered easy, fuss free installation for wall hung sanitaryware with its extensive range of in wall frames and has now taken another step forward with the introduction of Vitrus, an elegant glass casing-control panel combination that means wall-hung, or back to wall WCs can be retro fitted and new installations can be made without the need for a false wall.

Vitrus comprises an in-wall-frame and cistern within a slimline glass case that seamlessly combines a modern dual-flush plate. The pan is attached to the casing which can be fixed to most types of wall. Available in either opaque white or opaque black shatterproof glass, Vitrus has been designed with a large cover opening so that the cistern is easily accessible for maintenance.

BMA supports Water Saving Week with two consumer videos

* BMA-WATER-SAVING-WEEK-logo.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association is supporting Water Saving Week (29th April - 3rd May) by promoting two new videos, designed to help consumers think about how they use water and look for products with the Unified Water Label (UWL).

The videos are part of a consumer campaign to promote the UWL and encourage more consumers to select bathroom products that carry the label, in order to make informed choices that will help save water.

Orsoni from Trend for beautiful mosaic surfaces

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Award-winning artist Dror designs masterpiece tap for Franke

* FRANKE-Maris-tap.jpgInspired by the ever-shifting lines of flowing water, Franke's new Maris Free tap created by award-winning contemporary artist Dror Benshetrit, is designed with sculptural characteristics featuring a tactile, twisted-effect neck and spout in distinctive Matt Black or SilkSteel PVD.

The Maris Free stands tall at 425mm with a spout reach of 195mm, a 90-degree rotating side lever for easy water flow and a swivel spout which rotates 360 degrees.

People ask friends, family, or Twitter for water saving advice, rather than their plumber

* WRAS-logo.jpgOnly 6% of Brits ask their plumber for water saving advice, with people more likely to ask friends and family (18%) or social media channels (13%) - with the majority (40%) seeking advice from their water company.

A new survey, commissioned by the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme to coincide with this Water Saving Week (29 April - 3 May) found that 38% of Brits do not actively look for water saving advice, despite almost a quarter of Brits (24%) admitting they have no idea how much water they use.

Grohe's XXL Truck Tour returns to the UK for its third year

* GROHE-Truck-Tour.jpgThe Grohe XXL Truck Tour, a vast mobile showroom that has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors all over the globe, is returning to the UK for the third time with a jam-packed schedule that looks set to be its most successful yet.

With three visits to the UK planned for 2019 and a fourth scheduled for early 2020, the Tour will be an unmissable attraction at a number of consumer and industry events across the UK.

Bora Pure: Design on a whole new level, scaled down to the bare essentials

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Miele's new G7000 dishwashers have automatic detergent dispensing systems

* Miele-G7000.jpgMeile's new G7000 dishwashers offer a revolutionary automatic detergent dispensing system. Using Miele AutoDos with PowerDisk technology, the new models take cleaning flexibility to even greater heights. Users can also turn their machine on and off remotely at a pre-set time, thanks to the Miele@mobile app.

The PowerDisk, which is inserted in the inside of the dishwasher door panel, contains 400g of Miele's all-in-one granular detergent. This is automatically dispensed via the AutoDos function depending on the selected cleaning programme, or when used with the Automatic programme, the degree of soiling.

Exciting plans in store for Moores and Roux Kitchens

* Exciting-plans.jpgMoores and Michel Roux Jr. have announced big plans for the Roux Kitchen collection which include wider distribution to premium housebuilders and selected kitchen retailers, new colours in the collection and R&D into how it can further meet consumer needs.

Michel Roux Jr. visited the Moores factory in Wetherby, West Yorkshire in early April where he spent one-on-one time with the highly qualified teams that work on the Roux Kitchen collection.

Compact Sanipump for all situations

* Sanipump-In-situ.jpgThe Sanipump from Saniflo is a submersible black water pump for use with bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms and is ideal for waste water and sewage disposal from underground pits and tanks. It can also be used for grey water when pumping away from a pit or flood water situation.

An easy product to install, the compact pump is delivered ready to use and can be quickly deployed in domestic and commercial applications where the maximum immersion depth requirement is 5m or less.

Don't let dirty laundry hamper bathroom style, says bathroom design expert Pelipal

* dirty-laundry-hideaway.jpgHaving a built-in laundry basket is such a simple idea; it's hard to believe this is not standard in every bathroom. Let's face it; it's hard to maintain a stylish space with a pile of discarded laundry in the bathroom.

Fortunately, German bathroom brand Pelipal knows that the secret to creating luxurious and relaxing spaces, is keeping dirty laundry out of sight.

'Free Trade' with Euro Brochure by Vogue (UK)

* Free-Trade.jpgVogue (UK) has launched Prelude by Vogue (UK) - a brochure aimed at those who live outside the UK.

Pictorially led for easy reading, Prelude covers each specification by country to ensure international standards are upheld for quality, safety and efficiency wherever the designer radiators and towel warmers are to be used in the world. Users can email enquiries to Vogue (UK) in their preferred language to discover what design is right for them.

Dublin distribution partnership marks further expansion in Ireland for Maxtop Quartz

* Dublin-distribution.jpgMaxtop Quartz has signed a second distribution deal with Ireland's specialist supplier for the furniture industry, OSB Group. Founded more than 40 years ago, OSB Group serves the whole of Ireland with an extensive product portfolio including, worktops, flooring, kitchen doors, sliding wardrobe doors, sheet materials and kitchen accessories.

The firm's Cork depot has been on board with Maxtop Quartz since 2017 and decided to introduce the entire range to its Dublin centre, owing to the success of the initial launch.

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Recent News

KBSA 'Staying Ahead' conference is open for bookings

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 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.

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

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ast 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.

Two new iF Design Awards for Unidrain Reframe Collection

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Unidrain 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.

Union joins Crosswater's portfolio

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Crosswater'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.

Smallbone and Mark Wilkinson make three milestone career awards

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Smallbone 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.

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.


Gary Nolan is promoted to regional sales manager, Blanco UK

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Blanco UK has promoted Gary Nolan from sales executive to regional sales manager.

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.

New operations manager appointed for Kitchens International

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Scottish 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.


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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