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24th June 2019
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Crosswater launces luxury Italy brassware collection
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
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
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
Königquartz - 28 colours to keep kitchens on trend
VitrA launchES WC with built-in bidet
Bushboard launches new designer collection decors and adds acrylic into Nuance bathroom panelling collection
Bring steel windows and doors into the bathroom
Grohe Bau: affordable bathroom solutions for low-pressure buildings
Super Subway shapes from Trend
AKW launches new plumbing fittings range
The sideboard renaissance, a contemporary serving by next125
"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.
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.
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
This Week's News
Shortlist for KBSA Designer Awards announced
This 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.
The 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 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 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.
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 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
The 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
MHK welcomes sales manager to growing team
MHK 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
For 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.
News 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
Kitchen 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
Solus 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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