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6th July 2019


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International News

Lights Action Awards!

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It'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.

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

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Bathroom 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.

InSinkErator introduces new development on hot water tank

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InSinkErator 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.

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.

Welcome to the


It's not just the sad demise of Bathstore, but everywhere I look I see reports of how much the High Street is suffering against the lure of purchasing online. My local high street is rehashing the area in the hope of attracting more shoppers, but cosmetic enhancements are not going to do it, as far as I can see. Without a wide selection of the sort of shops I want to visit, what's the point of braving traffic queues, potholes and parking costs if at the end of it, I'm unlikely to enjoy my shopping experience?

It's sad, as apart from the loss of jobs and a fear that one day there will be no shops for us to visit, there's the knowledge that some people visit shops regularly because they're lonely and it gives them an opportunity to interact with others, without having to commit to anything such as joining a club. Online shopping is so isolating, isn't it?

Forgive me if I've mentioned it before (it's my age!) but I recall from my teenage years, my father telling me about a conversation he'd had with a colleague, whose daughter ran a shoe shop. A customer had been in the shop for ages, trying one pair of shoes after another and involving several of the staff, to the extent that they became fed up with the time he was taking up and informed the manager who then asked the customer to leave as he clearly wasn't about to make a purchase. The man burst into tears, saying that this was the only way he ever got to talk to anyone and because everyone had been so friendly and helpful, he'd stayed as long as he could.

That tale had a huge impact on me. Since then, I've made a point of talking to anyone I see who's alone. I'll comment on whatever I can, so they see it's more than just good manners. It might be their outfit, a reassurance that the hill they're climbing will shortly flatten out, or that I hope they've not got too far to go with their shopping. I might tell them I've seen a traffic warden looking for cars to ticket, or ask if the market's busy. I figure that if I'm the only person they get to speak to that day, it's been cheerful and heartfelt. From the responses, I know I've brightened a lot of people's days. I only wish I could have a similar effect on our shopping centres!


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

BMA introduces new structure and strategy at AGM

* BMA-introduces.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association held a successful AGM at the Leicester Marriott on 26th June, announcing a number of changes designed to streamline the management of the association and support CEO designate Tom Reynolds as he implements a new three-year strategy.

The meeting voted for a change in governance structure that will bring together the Board and management committees into one governing committee, along with a number of changes to the articles of association.

Kitchen tap design goes back to black

Kitchen-tap-black.jpgWith matt black taps being one of the hottest trends in kitchen design, creating a sleek, sophisticated and modern impression with this must-have look is now simpler than ever, with Abode adding this popular finish across even more of its ranges.

Giving the kitchen a fresh, edgy and different appeal, matt black adds a sense of industrial cool to the contemporary kitchen, making this one finish that is far from going out of fashion.

Bathstore retraining offer helps designers stay in the industry

KBB design software specialist Virtual Worlds is reaching out to former Bathstore designers affected by the collapse of the retail chain, to offer them free training on its interactive 3D and 4D programmes.

With the first training session providing a foundation on Virtual Worlds' software, former Bathstore employees can go on to complete further training sessions at an exclusive 50% discounted rate.

Meet the OBE recipient who's dedicated his career to preventing falls from height

* OBE.jpgThey may not realise it, but anyone who has ever climbed a ladder, ascended a mobile access tower or used any other type of equipment to work at height has good reason to thank Glaswegian Peter Bennett, 59. Plenty of those in this industry then...

On average, 36 people die every year following a fall from height at work, according to figures released by the Health & Safety Executive this week, and thousands more are injured. Peter has dedicated his career to minimising these numbers and this week, his contribution to height safety was recognised when he was invested with an OBE by HM the Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.

Classically beautiful and beautifully versatile - new ceramic sinks from Blanco

* Blanco-classic.jpgBlanco UK's new ceramic sinks collection has been developed to answer the demand for a choice of styles in this timeless material - combined with high-tech manufacturing and quality standards.

The everlasting appeal of ceramic sinks and bowls lies in the natural look and feel. A tactile, deep glaze finish creates a beautiful work space while modern production techniques allow for contemporary shapes with slim rims and small radius designs.

Blanco appoints new sales account executive

* BLANCO-new-sales.jpgBlanco UK is continuing to grow the sales team with the appointment of Stuart Claydon as sales account executive. Stuart joins the team with plenty of knowledge of the kitchen industry having previously worked for Wilson Fink, Alno and Homebase.

BMA welcomes new regulations on market surveillance

* BMA-welcomes.jpgBMA CEO Yvonne Orgill has welcomed new EU regulations on market surveillance that could make a substantial difference to combating the sale of non-compliant bathroom products. The regulations apply to all industrial products and outline new powers for market surveillance authorities (MSA) to act if there is a suspicion of a product presenting a risk, or to ensure corrective actions are taken to remedy a case of non-compliance.

"These regulations are well overdue, as up until now there has been no means for MSA's to bring companies to task over non-compliant products," says Yvonne.

Total Eclipse

* Saniflo-MAIN-PIC-Eclipse.jpgIt's been a busy year of product launches for Saniflo. And now, hot on the heels of numerous Kinedo enclosure and shower tray launches, another range, the versatile Eclipse, has been added to the growing portfolio. It joins Kinesmart, Fast 2000 and Kinespace in the rapidly developing line-up of easy to install shower enclosures from Kinedo.

Better known for its range of integrated cubicles, Kinedo has developed a reputation for delivering shower products that save on installation time, look great and offer versatility.

Caesarstone UK opens second distribution centre

* Caesarstone2.jpgCaesarstone UK has opened its second distribution centre in Trafford Park, Manchester. The 20,000sq.ft warehouse will act as a hub, serving customers in the north, cutting delivery times and improving service levels.

A permanent Caesarstone showroom will open on the same site at some stage over the coming months.

Calling all designers: Grand Designs Live launches new 'Under the Stairs' competition

* Calling-all-designers.jpgAfter its success at the London show in May, Grand Designs Live's 'Under the Stairs' feature will be reimagined at Birmingham's NEC this October. A new series of eight installations, each imagined by a different interior designer, will be on display only at Grand Designs Live, from 9th - 13th October, 2019.

The competition will focus on the increase in the use of unconventional spaces and Grand Designs Live is inviting pioneering interior stylists bring their ideas to life at the show.

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Recent News

Wren Kitchens offers roles to Bathstore employees

Wren Kitchens is offering employment opportunities to staff at Bathstore, which announced that it had gone into administration with 500 jobs at risk.

BMA launches Ageless Design bathroom competition

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has launched an Ageless Design bathroom competition to raise awareness of the importance of inclusive design and share best practice.


The Sink Space launches Summer promotion to mark 10th anniversary

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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.

VitrA launches VitrA Academy

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VitrA has launched a new online learning site, VitrA Academy, which is designed to be an unbeatable professional resource for retailers, installers, architects and designers.


New consumer brochure showcases JP Kitchens

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JP Kitchens & Bathrooms has produced a new consumer focused brochure to showcase its Bretton Park and new Town & Country kitchen collections, including new on-trend cabinet handles.

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

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

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