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24th June 2019


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International News

Crosswater launces luxury Italy brassware collection

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New for 2019, the elite Italy collection from Crosswater is the latest addition to the sumptuous Vanguard range, offering the very highest level of cutting edge design and innovative technology in basin brassware to elevate each individual's bathroom scheme.

A combination of time-honoured manufacturing techniques, quality materials and tried-and-tested components are brought together to offer a complete brassware range that proudly wears the Crosswater seal of approval.

'Glitz and glamour' with new White Sparkle by Vogue UK

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Vogue UK has tapped into the market's unwavering admiration for luxury bathroom design, with its new and exclusively distinct White Sparkle finish.

Glistening upon Vogue's mainstream Focus MD001 towel warmer, the new White Sparkle colour option is exclusive to Vogue UK, infusing a dazzling iridescent finish across one of its flagship multi-rail designs.

Verona taps into the tactile trend with the launch of Marmi

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With surface trends embracing tactile designs and three-dimensional effects, leading UK tile distributor, Verona, has added a capsule collection of porcelain split face tiles to its ever-growing portfolio with the launch of Marmi.

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.

Bette launches British Institute of Interior Design CPD factory visit

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

K├Ânigquartz - 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.

HIB'S Exos emanates elegance

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

VitrA launchES WC with built-in bidet

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WCs 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.

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.

Welcome to the


At a time when our military veterans are in the news - not just because of the recent D-Day anniversary celebrations but also thanks to the harrowing stories of elderly ex-military people being pursued by the authorities for possible war crimes committed decades ago when they were young servicemen following orders, I was delighted to learn that one of our industry organisations is doing something special to support them.

As part of Armed Forces Day 2019 (29th June), The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation has teamed up with Defence Discount Service to offer British military veterans and current reservists subsidies on BiKBBI membership as well as opportunities to connect with new career opportunities.

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Launched this week, the scheme not only provides a generous subsidy to current and former military personnel, but it is also designed to attract this highly skilled and disciplined workforce into our industry - connecting them to our retail partners and those consumers in search of a professional installation service.

Said BiKBBI CEO Damian Walters (pictured with his children, Alfie, Sienna and Harvey):

"Those who have served and continue to do so, give so much and have so much more to give. It's only right that we give them something back and capitalise on their expertise as we rebuild our own industry workforce. Supporting veterans to start or continue a new chapter in their lives, whilst building a bridge over the skills gap for our industry, is an absolute no-brainer."

What a great idea! 'Killing two birds with one stone' probably isn't the best phrase to describe this initiative, under the circumstances, but it certainly tells it like it is! Well done to all those involved in putting this scheme together and I really hope it enjoys the success it deserves.

The scheme is accessed via The Defence Discount Service at: www.defencediscountservice.co.uk


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Shortlist for KBSA Designer Awards announced

* Shortlist-KBSA-Awards.jpgThis year's shortlist of finalists for the KBSA Designer Awards has been announced by the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, whose national chair, Richard Hibbert, said:

"We had an amazing response this year, the largest number of entries since 2012, and the standard was extremely high. The judges faced a difficult task but have agreed on the finalists, our congratulations go to all those that made the shortlist, we look forward to welcoming them to the Awards Dinner on 25th September.

KBBG supports the institute

* Der-Kreis.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group, part of Europe's leading kitchen and bathroom buying group Der Kreis, is sponsoring the British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation.

The sponsorship will give KBBG members access to the Institute's approved installers, affording them an excellent new resource to better manage kitchen installations and make them more cost-effective.

New handleless kitchen for Trend Interiors

* Trend-handleless-kitchen.jpgTrend Kitchens has added a true handleless kitchen, 'Profile' to its portfolio of affordable, modern and stylish kitchens.

The new range has a choice of eight fashionable profile finishes which include Brass, Copper, Bronze, Dust Grey, Graphite, White Gloss, Black Gloss and Aluminium, providing a wide range of possible looks when matched with one of the 33 door finishes available across Trend Kitchens. From urban Concrete to modern Gloss White, trendy textures and cool Scandi style Greens, there is tremendous flexibility and choice to design a kitchen for every customer.

New washrooms have the 'wow' factor at Abacus HQ

* Abacus-washroom.jpgAbacus Bathrooms has transformed the female bathrooms at the company's Harrogate HQ; showcasing a stunning portfolio of products.

The wall hung WC complements bespoke White Marble Elements basins, which feature the innovative Infinity Tray drain. The elegant White Gloss Marble Trex3 tiles open up the space by reflecting the natural light.

We have mail

The Domestic Cleaning Alliance's Stephen Munton writes in response to my question about whether we should be siting our washing machines in the bathroom rather than the kitchen, if, of course, we're not lucky enough to have a laundry or utility room...

I used to live in a house where the washing machine was in the airing cupboard on the landing and it was really good because it meant I didn't have to carry the laundry very far to wash it, but of course I still had to bring it down stairs to hang it outside on the line and I will say the noise of the washing machine being upstairs on a suspended wooden floor was not quite the experience of having it downstairs on a concrete floor.

TKC's Jigsaw brand boasts its largest ever range and launches new brochure

* TKC-Jigsaw-Brochure.jpgTKC has enhanced its Jigsaw offer and produced a new supporting brochure featuring its most extensive range of complete kitchens to date.

The new 276-page brochure provides a comprehensive guide for kitchen retailers looking to purchase complete kitchens. It is packed full of aspirational lifestyle imagery, as well as details of new Jigsaw products and colour additions.

Free the imagination with the new Liberty tile range from Trend

* Trend-Tiles-Liberty.jpgThe Liberty collection of glass mosaic tiles from Italian pioneer, Trend, has been created to inspire the imagination when designing feature surfaces - tiling, walls, splashbacks, and customised artwork for example.

There are 20 vibrant colours in various subtle textures to choose from and they have been developed for brilliant modular designs in today's corporate and residential interior schemes. Darker Liberty shades range from Onyx to Noir; golden hues include Topaz and
Ochre; Red leads the vibrant colours. Pictured is Liberty Diamond which is joined by
White, Pearl and Opal for neutral backdrops.

MHK welcomes sales manager to growing team

* MHK-sales-mgr.jpgMHK Holding UK, a subsidiary of MHK, European buying group for independent kitchen, bathroom and bedroom retailers, has announced the appointment of Steve Woodworth as sales manager.

Keller Kitchens' countryside style

* Keller-country.jpgFor a chic countryside style in the heart of the home, Keller Kitchens' latest model, Maine, is perfect. Executed in warm, earthy tones (as pictured), the cabinetry can be beautifully complemented with a natural marble or granite worktop.

The flat robust veneer fronts blend the higher cabinetry and lower units; perfect for providing your kitchen with more storage without making it look too crowded.

Blue is the colour...

* Blue-main-pic.jpgNews that dark blue is the most relaxing colour comes as no surprise to Utopia Bathrooms where Peacock Blue, a deep shade of blue, is the most popular colour from the Roseberry range.

Roseberry was introduced in 2016 with Peacock Blue as one of six heritage shades offered to complement this classic solid timber collection. Within the first year, it had become that best-selling Roseberry offering.

Uform announces new appointments

* Uform-New-Recruits.jpgKitchen components manufacturer and distributor Uform has recently expanded its team with the recruitment of new roles across the finance, sales, business development and the IT functions of the business.

Simon Snoddy has joined the board of directors as the new group finance director and will be responsible for the company's financial strategy to ensure profitable long-term growth. Simon brings a wealth of experience with previous roles including finance director for recruitment agency Staffline Ireland where he was pivotal in the acquisition of its main competitor, Grafton Recruitment. Previous to this Simon worked in the media sector for Independent News & Media (NI) as finance director for eight years and also worked as senior management for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Belfast.

The Sink Space launches Summer promotion to mark 10th anniversary

* SinkSpace-main-pic.jpgSolus Carron Phoenix and KWC distributor, The Sink Space, is offering a special promotion of £250 credit to trade customers to mark its 10th anniversary this year. The Summer promotion runs until 31st August 2019 and is open to customers spending £1500 (ex VAT) in a single order.

The discount applies across The Sink Space's wide range of sinks, taps, waste management systems and accessories from Carron Phoenix and premium Swiss brand KWC.

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VitrA launches VitrA Academy

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Summer promotion launched for Bushboard's Vista

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