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7th June 2019


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International News

Bushboard launches new designer collection decors and adds acrylic into Nuance bathroom panelling collection

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Bushboard's patented and award-winning Nuance bathroom wall panels have been a well-deserved success for the company - and now the range is even better with the addition of an exciting new Designer Collection comprising eight new decors and at the same time, seven new, stylish, glossy acrylic panels.

Bring steel windows and doors into the bathroom

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Steel in the home continues to dominate in the home fashion stakes; internal partitions and large steel windows replace solid doors and walls in contemporary homes. And, with advice from the Steel Window Association, homeowners can enjoy plenty of options if they want the look!

Grohe Bau: affordable bathroom solutions for low-pressure buildings

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Grohe has introduced several new products for those working with customers in a low pressure setting. The new BauEdge deck mounted bath filler and bath and shower mixer are designed specifically for vented systems, allowing the user to enjoy a more fulfilling and pleasurable shower experience. Both products are suitable for installations with a minimum water pressure of just 0.2 bar.

Super Subway shapes from Trend

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The Subway range of glass mosaic tiles from Italian specialist, Trend, has been developed to add class and glamour to any feature surface - tiling, walls, splashbacks, and customised artwork. The colours and textures have been selected to answer the demand for natural, brilliant designs in today's corporate and residential interior schemes.

AKW launches new plumbing fittings range

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AKW, one of the UK's leading providers of accessibility solutions, has announced the launch of its new range of plumbing and pipe fittings. Available from June, the range has been introduced to enable installers and specifiers to get everything they need to fit an accessible bathroom from AKW's one stop shop.

The sideboard renaissance, a contemporary serving by next125

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"With a history that dates back to the 18th century, the old-fashioned sideboard is experiencing a renaissance in the contemporary home," says Wayne Dance, managing director at InHouse.

"Originally gaining popularity in well-to-do households fortunate enough to have a separate dining room, sideboards became the statement piece for storage, display and serving.

VitrA Bathrooms announces its first RIBA-accredited CPD 'Bathroom Design and Specification: Ceramic Sanitaryware'

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Leading bathroom manufacturer VitrA announces its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module, approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Earning professionals a valuable eight points, the seminar Bathroom Design and Specification:

TKC launches new sink and tap range

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TKC has launched a new range of sinks and taps supported by an eight-page full colour brochure, reflecting the latest design requirements in styles, colours and materials at a variety of price points to suit customer needs.

Transform bathroom designs with new panelling from Abacus - a clever alternative to tiling

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Abacus Bathrooms has launched a new interior decorative wall and ceiling panelling system. The transformative M1 Series is a portfolio of fantastic panelling solutions to answer today's demand for design-led, innovative bathrooms and kitchens.

Launched as the perfect alternative to tiles, the inspirational home-improvement range is equally at ease in both modern and classic schemes and offers the retailer and designer the edge in a competitive world.

New Origin brassware and accessories come in copper, matt black, brushed nickel and chrome

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VitrA, one of Europe's leading bathroom companies, has expanded both its Designer Collection and the recently launched Signature Collection with a new range of brassware and accessories, available to retailers from the end of June.

Subtle elegant design is the key theme of the outstanding new Origin brassware and accessories range from VitrA. Origin presents retailers, designers and consumers with a complete and versatile collection that is the perfect partner for contemporary sanitaryware.

Crosswater introduces Svelte grey ash veneer & mirror collection

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Crosswater has extended its increasingly popular Svelte collection with a beautiful new Grey Ash Veneer furniture finish and an elegant illuminated mirror collection.

Ideal for the design conscious, the Svelte collection focuses on the key principles of practicality, simplicity and beauty to create stunning furniture for the bathroom. Specially manufactured using the highest quality materials, the collection is presented across four distinct sizes and finishes to suit all bathroom schemes.

Keller's elegant Elba: warm wood with a sturdy industrial touch

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Keller's Washed Oak Elba model is perfect for kitchens large or small. The rustic timber effect melamine-fronted cabinetry provides symmetrical patterns which can be combined with all sorts of worktops and appliances.

Whether it's a large open plan kitchen where units have been used to create an island, or a narrow kitchen where homeowners have opted for the galley-style design, they can add stylish components such as copper light fittings or an integrated extractor hood (as pictured).

Welcome to the


In my other life as a part-time estate agent some years back, I was showing a potential buyer around a smart apartment in a converted period mansion when we were both surprised to encounter our first bathroom with a washing machine in it. Luckily the Spanish owner of the apartment was in during the viewing (something general discouraged as it prevents the agent from selling properly, in cases where the property is perhaps cluttered, smelly or badly decorated and we can't be totally honest for fear of upsetting the vendor). I say 'luckily', since she told us that siting the laundry facilities in the bathroom was commonplace where she came from and that this layout was popular in Portugal too. She said she couldn't understand why we British have all the noise as well as the smells of the laundry process spoiling the convivial atmosphere where people gather and tainting the delicious aromas of cooking in the kitchen, which tends to be the hub of the household.

We both agreed that she had a point; the viewer ended up buying the apartment and I was able to impart my 'superior' knowledge to subsequent viewers of other properties that had been fitted out in a way that combined laundry rooms with bathrooms, rather than kitchens.


I'd forgotten all about this until I came across the Twitter discussions this week, in which people from various parts of continental Europe were arguing that the bathroom is indeed the correct place in which to house one's laundry appliances, rather than the kitchen which is the norm in the UK for the many properties that don't have space for a utility room.

Many of those who'd not come across the concept of being able to undress at night and put the discarded clothes straight into the wash, realised how useful this would be - something my Spanish vendor had pointed out to us.

In my capacity as editor of an e-zine focusing on cleaning & hygiene though, I wonder how clever it is to wash, dry and wear clothes that are, potentially, splattered with faeces and tiny droplets of urine, which fly about the bathroom and settle on surfaces if the loo is flushed when the seat is open?

It's known in the cleaning industry as the sneeze effect (image courtesy of purewashrooms.co.uk)...

What's your take on this?


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Broadview completes acquisition of Formica Group

* Broadview-Formica.jpgBroadview Holding B.V. has completed the acquisition of the Formica Group from Fletcher Building. This transaction was announced on 18th December 2018 (www.thekbzine.com).

Verona taps into the tactile trend with the launch of Marmi

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Made from premium Italian porcelain, Marmi replicates the look and feel of natural stone but with a whole host of additional benefits. Featuring a split face design, highly textured surface and realistic HD stone-effect print, Marmi brings depth and perspective to walls with detailed shading and veining adding to the visual interest of the tile for a striking aesthetic.

Interested in sponsoring BMA Conference 2019?

The Bathroom Manufacturers Association is offering a limited number of sponsorship opportunities for the event which are outlined below:

£3,990 - ONLY ONE SPOT
* Two delegate places to the full two-day program including dinners & accommodation
* Prominent branding at the event
* Logo on conference website with link
* Logo on all promotional material including over £100k in trade media adverts
* Conference mention
* 500-word article in the conference programme and full page advert
* Literature in conference goodie bag

ArtiVR revolutionises design and saves money at TMS Direct Kitchens

ArtiVR1.jpgBased in East Kilbride, TMS Direct Kitchens, which also incorporates the retail brand Jackton Moor, is an early, and avid, user of ArtiCAD's new ArtiVR software. ArtiVR delivers real-time ultra-high-resolution design walkthroughs, taking 3D designs from ArtiCAD-Pro software.

It produces a high definition 360° VR walkthrough of a complete room, enabling designers to showcase their work as a web-based virtual reality presentation (which can also be shared via web links or embedded on web pages).

TrustMark's new portal will improve communication between tradespeople and consumers

* TrustMark-Registered-Tradeperson.jpgTrustMark, the Government-endorsed quality scheme for tradespeople, is this week announcing the launch of a new Business and Consumer Portal, providing a secure, free and convenient platform for businesses and their customers to communicate and be transparent with each other.

The portals, which are available on the TrustMark website, are part of TrustMark's commitment to make it as easy as possible for consumers to find reputable tradespeople. They will also be strengthened with advice and guidance that supports the Scheme's Code of Conduct and Customer Charter.

Summer promotion launched for Bushboard's Vista

* VIsta-MAIN-PIC-Star-Grey.jpgBushboard is offering retailers a Summer 2019 opportunity to secure free displays of Vista, its new statement splashback range. Already underway and running through until August 31st, the promotion will give Vista retailers a rare opportunity to secure a showroom display completely free of charge!

The Vista splashback collection comprises lush tropical palms, on trend Moorish patterns, 60s style geometrics, weathered London brick and soft, time-faded vintage prints as just some of the inspiring options in the new Bushboard collection which includes 14 designs in 9mm mdf and six in 4mm acrylic.

Bette launches British Institute of Interior Design CPD factory visit

* BettePond.jpgGerman glazed titanium-steel bathroom specialist, Bette, has launched a British Institute of Interior Design-approved CPD and tour of its factory in Delbrück, Germany.

The CPD and factory tour provide a comprehensive understanding of the benefits, design and manufacture of glazed titanium-steel baths, shower trays and basins. Designers are provided with an in-depth look at the materials and processes used in manufacturing, along with installation and material experience workshops.

Königquartz - 28 colours to keep kitchens on trend

* 28-1.jpgWith a pedigree in supplying top quality materials with a top-quality service, Königstone is proud of its growing range of quartz worktops: Königquartz.

Quartz is one of the toughest natural substances making it the perfect material for kitchen worktops. The stone is mixed with silica, and sometimes crushed glass, and is then bonded together with polyester resin and colouring. Due to this blend of strong materials, quartz worktops are highly scratch-, stain- and heat-resistant, have a consistent design from the engineered aspect and are easy to maintain.

HIB'S Exos emanates elegance

* HIB-Exos.jpgIn response to rising consumer demand for modern minimalism, HiB has unveiled its beautiful new mirrored cabinet: Exos.

The sleek new unit epitomises effortless luxury; edged with simple yet stunning illumination, Exos affords homeowners an added dose of glamour suitable for any bathroom.

VitrA launchES WC with built-in bidet

* Aquacare1.jpgWCs that have a built-in bidet washing function have been used throughout the Far East and the Mediterranean for many years, and now a simple solution for enhanced personal hygiene is being launched in the UK on selected WCs from VitrA.

VitrA Aquacare is an innovative solution that makes it easy and quick to install a mechanical bidet function within a WC pan, and the advanced technology prevents any possible contamination with household water supply.

Vado: PHG Awards' 'Innovation Brand of the Year'

* Vado-PHG-Awards-Innovation.jpgVado, the British bathroom brassware manufacturer that provides high-quality taps, showers, accessories and fittings to customers across the globe, tells us it is thrilled to have been awarded the Innovation Brand of the Year at the PHG Awards.

Led by some of the most experienced merchants in the country, PHG is a specialist plumbing, heating and bathroom buying group for the UK sector. Voted for by PHG members, the award recognises enthusiasm, differentiation and identifies what makes each company stand out against other supplier deals.

Fisher & Paykel partner 'Ryan Riley's Life Kitchen' cookery school for those with cancer

* Fisher-Paykel-partner.jpgFisher & Paykel "honoured" to be a partner of Life Kitchen - a new, beautifully-designed cookery school from chef Ryan Riley that will offer free cookery classes for people living with cancer.

Ryan Riley, food writer and stylist, has opened the UK's first cookery school dedicated to people living with cancer in memory of his mother who passed away from small cell lung cancer in 2014. Chemotherapy treatments can affect people's tastes and appetites; Ryan aims to bring back the flavours and joys of cooking and eating through accessible and creative recipes.

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Recent News

BMA announces first headline speaker for 2019 conference

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has named Cate Trotter as the first of a number of headline speakers for the 2019 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference, set to take place on 8th October at the stunning Carden Park Hotel, Cheshire.

PHG rewards Mermaid with New Supplier Award

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One of Europe's leading wall and shower panel suppliers, Mermaid Panels, Grimsby, has been awarded a prestigious New Supplier Award by PHG, the merchant buying group.

Mermaid has been a leader in the shower panel market for over 30 years, specialising in design, quality and innovations like anti-bacterial finishes on panels for showers, bathrooms and wet rooms and striking decor designs.

Final call for entries as KBSA announces Kevin Keegan as Awards host

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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, has announced that former manager of the England football squad and player at England and Liverpool, Kevin Keegan OBE, is to present the 2019 Designer Awards, along with a final call for entries.

Granite & Trend Transformations supplier visit: an inspiration

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Granite & Trend Transformations' franchisees were invited to attend a supplier event where Craig Condie, national accounts manager for Blanco UK, hosted the event and presented Blanco's new product portfolio.

Bushboard Evolve stars in 'Your Home Made Perfect'

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Your Home Made Perfect is the first ever British virtual reality and visual effects property show - and Bushboard's Evolve ended up playing a starring in the first episode. Presented by Angela Scanlon, the groundbreaking property and makeover series sees architects Laura Jane Clark and Robert Jamison, transform ordinary homes into extraordinary ones. The results are presented to the home owners using virtual reality headsets, giving them a real life look at how the changes will work.

ArtiCAD to sponsor Bathroom & Kitchen Conference

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Kitchen, bathroom and bedroom design software specialist ArtiCAD, is to sponsor the 2019 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference, set to take place on 7tgh and 8th October at the Carden Park Resort, Chester.

"Use UK training providers or risk losing them", warns FIESTA chairman

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"Companies in industry must use UK training providers or risk losing them." That was the warning Gary Baker, Furniture & Interiors Education, Skills & Training Alliance (FIESTA) chairman, issued to delegates at the Closing the Gap conference last month.

Franke sinks and tap chosen by couple on new TV show, 'Your Home Made Perfect'

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Two Franke Sirius sinks and a Neptune tap have been chosen by a couple on the new BBC2 series, Your Home Made Perfect, in which homeowners can design their dream homes using innovative virtual reality technology.

Leekes become latest high-profile retailer to join BiKBBI and Roman becomes sponsor

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The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation has confirmed that the leading independent home department store Leekes Group has become its latest Retail Installation Standards Partner today. The Institute has also confirmed that Roman is to become a sponsor.

Kitchens International launches commercial interiors division

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With the growing demand for cool commercial interiors, Kitchens International has created a new stand-alone division - KI Interiors.

LDL takes next steps in environmental campaign

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LDL is consolidating its drive to reduce the company's environmental impact with the introduction of recyclable drink cans and a new cycle shelter.

The move follows the recent announcement of LDL's zero-plastic packaging pledge by 2020 and the phasing in of eco-friendly recycled cardboard. According to managing director Simon Ogden, it's all about continually making little steps to pave the way for big change.


Marketing manager appointed at Kudos

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Katie Hodgson has been appointed marketing manager for UK manufacturer Kudos Shower Products. Based at the Head Office in Cumbria, Katie will be reporting to sales & marketing director, Nick Graville.


Hotpoint launches laundry cashback and free gift promotion

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Hotpoint is aiming to encourage consumers to wash their clothes at a lower temperature with the company's innovative ActiveCare technology. Hotpoint ActiveCare washing machines can remove more than 100 stains, including coffee and ketchup, at just 20˚C.

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