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15th July 2019


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International News

Kitchen tap design goes back to black

With 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.

Classically beautiful and beautifully versatile - new ceramic sinks from Blanco

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Blanco 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.

Total Eclipse

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It'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.

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.

Welcome to the


Last week I wrote about some things we'll lose if we continue to boycott the High Street. Two experiences since, underlined some hazards of shopping online...

One involved a mission by one daughter and I to complete our Whittard of Chelsea kitchenware collection, which we must do online since the Gunwharf Quays outlet closed (we'd buy some whenever we visited, never dreaming we'd run out of time)! A lot had been auctioned on e-bay and Gumtree which we were lucky enough to win, so we were awaiting several parcels - as were my other daughter and a paying guest.

I'd also been emailed a Yodel tracking number by Who Gives A Crap - the toilet tissue brand I buy online as 50% of the profits help build toilets for those who don't have them. I'd been keeping an eye on the delivery, via an app. I was indoors and thus was miffed to find a 'sorry we missed you; parcel in porch' card, four minutes after it had been left. No-one had knocked and there was no parcel. I opened online chat via my Yodel tracking number. A much shortened version follows:

Welcome to Yodel, how can I help?

Hi. I'm tracking a parcel that's not due yet. I've just found a 'sorry I missed you; package in porch' card, barcode 51346467. Nothing's in porch & I was near door at time on card.

Sorry. Can you provide me with name and address on parcel details?

There aren't any; just, 14:25, tick in 'safe place' box & 'porch' written in. No courier name/ number. No-one knocked.

It seems this was meant for someone else as address and name do not correspond.

Another surname here is Warner.

This parcel is for Brian Warner. Can you provide me with his address if you know him?

Our Warner's name is Lee. He's at work so I can't ask if he's expecting a Hermes parcel.

Can you to ask him to chat with us directly as it is not the same address and name?

OK, but I'm concerned that a parcel has supposedly been left by your driver who hasn't knocked. How do we find out what's missing?

I will raise this with the depot. Many thanks for contacting Yodel.

It was then I realised I was holding a Hermes card...

Yesterday, four new, sub-standard pasta bowls (not Whittard - as none of us can find any!) arrived. Amazon refunded my daughter, who now has to find something else for my birthday next week.

Oh, the hazards of online shopping!


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Duravit support Blueprint for the Future

* Duravit.jpgDuravit tells us it is delighted to be part of Blueprint for the Future - a three-day event designed to showcase of the work of the brightest, most interesting and challenging architecture students graduating Part II across London and the UK.

The event has paired 13 leading architecture schools with 13 international design brands, resulting in a 'trail' of exhibitions which are held over three days (9th, 10th, 11th July), in showrooms across Clerkenwell, London's beating heart of design.

VitrA extends Scandi-style Sento bathroom furniture

* VitrA_Sento_new.jpgAesthetic and minimalist Scandinavian styling has made the Sento range from VitrA a top choice for bathroom buyers looking for modern and versatile design.

The wide range of options within the Sento range has now been extended with the addition of new washbasin units, designed to work with countertop bowls.

The future of Health and Safety. New software company aims to make everything digital

A new health & safety management tool is said to be about to 'revolutionise' how businesses approach health & safety in the workplace by providing a 'one stop shop' for firms. The online software, launched by Protecting.co.uk, offers savvy business owners a number of tools to help them protect their business.

Helping businesses tackle the required legal documentation they need to stay compliant in their day-to-day operations, the software will allow firms to generate unlimited amounts of crucial documents such as risk assessments, method statements in just minutes.

BC Designs brings colour to its bath collection

* MAIN-Vive-Colourkast.jpgBritish bath maker, BC Designs, is launching Colourkast; a collection of eight colourways which will be available across all its Cian baths and basins.

Offering retailers a broad spectrum of colours, Colourkast is an assortment of jewel shades, earthy tones and pastel hues including Gunmetal, Khaki Green, Mushroom, Powder Blue, Light Fawn, Industrial Grey, Satin Rose and Powder Grey - as shown in our image of the colour-capped push down waste collection.

HSE releases annual workplace fatality figures

* HSE-annual-fatalities.jpgThe Health & Safety Executive has released its annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for 2018/19 as well as the number of people known to have died from the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, in 2017. The provisional annual data for work-related fatal injuries revealed that 147 workers were fatally injured between April 2018 and March 2019 (a rate of 0.45 per 100,000 workers).

The three most common causes of fatal injuries continue to be; workers falling from height (40), being struck by a moving vehicle (30) and being struck by a moving object (16), accounting for nearly 60% of fatal injuries in 2018/19.

Grohe launches cashback offer for Sensia Arena shower toilet

* Grohe-Sensia.jpgGrohe has launched its latest cashback offer to its customers. The new promotion entitles any consumer who purchases a Grohe Sensia Arena shower toilet through a participating retailer to claim £100 cashback via its online claims form.

The cashback offer is eligible for all purchases made from now until 30th September, where a valid proof of purchase is provided. Customers can claim their £100 cashback online until 31st October 2019 by entering their details on Grohe's website.

'Go Eco' with new coffee-inspired wood colours by Rotpunkt

* Go-Eco.jpgRotpunkt, award-winning designer and manufacturer of quality German kitchen furniture, has responded to the growing trend for eco-friendly interior design with the launch of two coffee-inspired wood colours:

* Euca Caramel - a golden wood effect with smooth structure and highly visual contours
* Euca Mocca - a rich, dark wood effect with distinct vertical pattern and even texture

LDL presents at Granite & Trend Transformations Summer Conference

* LDL_Josh-Penrice.jpgLeading distributor LDL Components was delighted to be given the opportunity to present to industry colleagues at the recent summer conference hosted by Granite & Trend Transformations at The Belfry in Birmingham.

Bristan Group gets creative about sales at annual company conference

* Bristan-Sales-Conference.jpgCreative thinking was the theme for the Bristan Group sales conference last week, as teams from across the business met to discuss strategies for the future.

On 4th July, the team came together at Ashorne Hill Conference Centre to discuss the group's 2020 and beyond sales strategy for its Heritage and Bristan brands.

Spread Mudd right through the house

* Spread-Mudd.jpgA new tiling brand from Building Adhesives, Mudd products gets the job done. No fancy names, no gimmicks - just a range of hard-working products to see you right through the installation. If you're looking for prepping and levelling, then look no further.

Get your projects off to the perfect start with:

'Your deliveries in safe hands'

* Your-deliveries.jpgCity Plumbing and PTS, part of the Plumbing & Heating Division of Travis Perkins based in Northampton, scooped the Fleet Van Operator of The Year award at the 2019 Motor Transport Awards, held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel .

The ceremony was hosted by TV presenter Claudia Winkleman with the award given to the City Plumbing and PTS Team by comedian Omid Djalili. These awards are the equivalent of the Oscars for the Transport industry!

Twice as nice with Caple's new double ovens in the Classic collection

* Caple-dual-oven.jpgCaple's new double ovens have been carefully curated to match the other new cooking appliances in the Classic collection. Each features an LED display, programmable electronic timer, metal dials, easy-clean enamel interior, tangential cooling fan, removable chrome shelf racks and a light.

"We have added these double ovens to our new Classic collection for those who are looking for a sleek, matching aesthetic on their appliances at an affordable price," says product manager Luke Shipway. "Each has a stylish stainless steel and black glass finish with stainless steel square handles and triple-glazed door with heat-reflective glass."

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