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29th June 2019


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International News

New handleless kitchen for Trend Interiors

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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

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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.

Free the imagination with the new Liberty tile range from Trend

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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.

Keller Kitchens' countryside style

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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.

Blue is the colour...

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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.

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.

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The Freight Transport Association has expressed concern at the Government's proposals published this week, to tighten tyre safety standards for lorries, buses and minibuses, but not for commercial vans - used in huge numbers by this industry, both for the transportation of goods and equipment and by those involved in providing services. In response to the publication of the consultation, James Firth, FTA's head of road freight regulation policy, commented:

"The FTA is calling for the Government to include vans in its consultation on banning 10-year-old tyres; with more than 4.2 million of these vehicles on our roads, van operators must be held against the same compliance and safety standards as any other commercial vehicle.

"The FTA is committed to ensuring the highest safety standards are met across the logistics industry; we want to see a strong enforcement effort against all vehicles which may compromise road safety, including caravans and trailers.

"Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important."

The Government says it started looking into restricting the use of older tyres following a number of fatal accidents where tyre failure played an active part. Whether you agree with the FTA's sentiments or not, do have your say before the consultation ends on 31st August 2019 at www.gov.uk

We live in a litigation-conscious society and insurance providers have a reputation for wriggling out of paying claims if they can do so. My view is, that as a result of this consultation and whether commercial vans end up being included in future legislation or not, anyone driving or owning such a vehicle with tyres more than 10-years old, which happens to be involved in an accident, is likely to find themselves in trouble. The consultation is based on the idea that tyres more than 10-years old are not as safe as they should be, so anyone operating a vehicle with old tyres - however good a condition they may be in - is likely to be accused of failing in their duty of care. Don't you agree?


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

BiKBBI works to ease pain of Bathstore administration

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"For our installer members, our strategy is two-fold. Firstly, it's to act as a conduit for information, helping them to navigate the complicated process of recompense for monies owed. We have communicated with members on six occassions since the news first broke.

Wren Kitchens offers roles to Bathstore employees

* WREN-OFFERS-JOBS.jpgWren Kitchens is offering employment opportunities to staff at Bathstore, which announced that it had gone into administration with 500 jobs at risk.

As one of the fastest growing bricks and mortar retailers and a leading kitchen specialist, Wren Kitchens is always on the lookout for talent - especially skilled designers and those with a passion for delivering exceptional customer service.

New faces for marketing team at Masterclass

* Masterclass-New-faces.jpgKitchen manufacturer Masterclass Kitchens has strengthened its marketing team with the appointment of Jessica Green as marketing administrator and Becca Vincent as digital content executive.

The pair will ensure that the company's retail partners are well supported with useful print and digital marketing materials and that the brand continues to be seen by a wide consumer audience.

New consumer brochure showcases JP Kitchens

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Lights Action Awards!

* Lights-Action-Awards.jpgIt's not often you hear the words "international film awards" and "drains" in the same sentence. However, Unidrain is not your average drain company; in the last year it has won three international film awards for its corporate video!

Unidrain received a Gold REMI at the WorldFest-Houston, the Silver Award at the US International Film and Video Festival, plus a Silver World Medal at the New York Festival Awards, which took place earlier this year.

LochAnna Kitchens treats retail partners to a luxury Dubai break

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"Every year we run a quality incentive for our customers, both as a way of saying thank you for their business and as recognition of the partnership between our businesses," explains Paul Jenkinson, managing director of LochAnna Kitchens.

Bayswater London W2 collaborates with Divine Savages

* Bayswater1.jpgBathroom brand, Bayswater London W2, has worked in partnership with Divine Savages, purveyor of quirky wallpaper and home furnishings, on a range of lifestyle imagery to support the launch of the latest additions to the collection.

Bayswater, which focuses on Edwardian and Victorian bathroom products, has unveiled a range of new products for 2019 including new vanity units, brassware and sanitaryware. The new lifestyle imagery, along with new marketing collateral, advertising and PR will continue Bayswater's commitment to its network of retailers of pushing the brand to the consumer audience.

Euroline makes two new key appointments

* Euroline-BDMs.jpgEuroline, which imports Fulgor Milano, Falmec, Barazza and IoMabe into the UK, has made two key new additions to its sales team, with Brian Loynds (pictured right) and Charles Ireland (pictured left) both joining as business development managers.

Brian joins from Swift Electrical, where he was area sales manager and focused on
maintaining existing customers and looking for new business. Prior to that he worked for Bosch for 17 years. "I bring with me a wealth of experience from within the appliance sector and am looking forward to building awareness of Euroline and its brands," he says.

Moores receives 18th consecutive Gold from RoSPA for Order of Distinction

* Moores-RoSPA.jpgMoores has won the Order of Distinction Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. The company received the award which will proudly sit alongside 17 previous Awards from RoSPA at its headquarters in Wetherby.

Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants' overarching occupational health & safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Bathroom Brands Group's new MyHome collection by Britton: compact yet comprehensive

* Bathroom-Brands.jpgBathroom Brands Group has introduced the MyHome collection by Britton. Designed especially for the UK by British design group Bluefrog Design, the compact yet comprehensive collection of furniture, washbasins, WCs, baths and brassware aims to bring solutions to the space limitations of many UK homes.

The first in a line of new introductions for the contemporary bathroom brand, MyHome marks an exciting time for Britton as the Group embarks on a year of innovative product development.

BC Designs celebrates 20 years in the business

* BC-Designs1.jpgBritish bath maker, BC Designs, plans to celebrate its 20th year of trading with ambitious growth plans and a continued commitment to design and manufacture exceptional products.

The company, which is part owned by Roxor Group, has seen sales significantly increase over the course of the last year, as bathroom design becomes a focal point in interior design. With renewed confidence to invest, BC Designs is in the process of launching a new showroom based at their headquarters, as well as an expanded warehouse to better serve its retailers.

InSinkErator introduces new development on hot water tank

* InSinkEratorNeoTank2019.jpgInSinkErator has upgraded its hot water tank to reach a higher temperature for the complete range of steaming hot water taps and combination taps.

The upgraded NeoTank, suitable for use with the InSinkErator 4N1 Touch combination tap, benefits from a 1300W power level to efficiently heat the water in the tank up to 99°C. If a lower temperature is required, the NeoTank features a precise +/- 1°C thermostat.

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