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30th July 2019


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International News

The Shower Lab announces internal and external corporate rebrand in line with a new vision

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Popular UK shower designer and manufacturer, The Shower Lab, has this week launched a newly modernised brand complete with redesigned logo and website. The entire business rebrand has paved the way towards a more innovative placement amongst the competition.

Verona launches its most extensive ceramic tile collection yet with Definitive

Leading tile distributor, Verona, has launched an extensive, market-leading portfolio of high definition stone-effect ceramic tiles to fill a vital gap in the UK marketplace.

Kudos introduces Original6: UK designed & hand built shower enclosures

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UK Showering solutions manufacturer, Kudos, has introduced Original6, a new range of shower doors and enclosures based on the manufacturer's hugely successful Original Collection design.

It's softer...

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The last time the industrial look had a moment was in the noughties when exposed extractor pipes, stainless steel worktops and expandable taps were seen in glossy magazines and designer kitchens across the UK and beyond.

The Bora principle: the innovation behind the idea

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The original Bora cooktop extractor is more effective than conventional extractor hoods - but why? Bora stops cooking vapours and odours from rising in the first place by extracting them from the place they are created.

Bertazzoni strengthens refrigeration range with new BI models

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Bertazzoni has bolstered its refrigeration offering with the addition of new built-in fridge freezer models, hand crafted to the same high-quality specifications as the rest of the brand's offering.

VitrA extends Scandi-style Sento bathroom furniture

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Aesthetic 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.

BC Designs brings colour to its bath collection

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

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

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Rotpunkt, 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:

Spread Mudd right through the house

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A 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.

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

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Caple'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.

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.

Welcome to the


I wish Whirlpool luck in trying to trace all the owners of its tumble dryers that may potentially be unsafe. Anyone would think that the offer of a free replacement dryer; a free in-home modification; a refund based on the age of the appliance, or the chance to upgrade the dryer to a superior model for a fraction of the retail price, would be enough to have the owners beating a path to Whirlpool's doors, but I don't think it's going to be that easy - particularly with the thriving second hand market we have these days and people's general reluctance to register their new appliances.

In case you hadn't heard, the manufacturer has issued a recall of its tumble dryers that have not yet been modified under its long-running safety campaign, to encourage any remaining owners of affected dryers to make contact immediately. The campaign began in 2015 and has already resolved the issue for 1.7 million people - an impressive success rate of up to five times the UK average for a product recall, but not every owner has come forward.

The fresh appeal and recall is part of a renewed drive to raise awareness, which includes a £1 million advertising campaign. The safety notice relates to certain models of Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline dryers built between 2004 and 2015. Affected dryers pose a potential safety risk if not modified or replaced and anyone with an affected dryer should unplug it immediately and stop using it. People can instantly check if their dryer is one of those affected by calling 0800 151 0905, (the call centre is open seven days a week) or by visiting www.whirlpool.co.uk

I believe all of us in this industry have a responsibility to get the word out so that as many of those as possible, who may have an appliance that needs modifying, are aware of the action they should take. I often say to people that while we're all 'in the trade' we're also consumers in as much as we have kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and all that they contain. Indeed, some of us may even own one of the appliances that has been recalled and may not be aware of it...

Keep your eyes peeled, won't you? And if you see anyone with one of these brands, please get them to check that it's not on the recall list. Whirlpool's doing the right thing by recalling the appliances that require modification. Let's help the company get the message across. It may just save a life.


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Rising impatience leaves retailers forsaken: half of Gen Zs and Millennials avoid High Street

Paymentsense, Europe's largest merchant services provider, has just released new findings on the waning level of consumer patience in Britain.

Top tips for an organised kitchen

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Eggersmann's UK Director, Daniel Bowler, shares his top tips for creating an organised kitchen for your customers:

Lunar-inspired laminate celebrates 50th anniversary of moon landing

* Lunar-inspired.jpgTo coincide with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Formica Group has partnered with renowned artist Matthew Day Jackson to create a unique laminate design replicating the surface of the moon.

The bespoke laminate designed by Matthew complements the Formica Collection and showcases the possibilities opened up by Formica Group's ongoing series of designer collaborations, which has previously included Okuda San Miguel and Nina Mur. Named MDJ Kuu ('kuu' is Finnish for 'moon') the laminate texture replicates, to scale, the surface of the dark side of the moon.

Keller Kitchens appoints new national sales manager for the UK

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Technology & training workshop aimed at retailers takes place 1st August

* Tech-n-training.jpgDedicated KBB and merchant service provider Acres Consultancy and award winning interactive design software company Virtual Worlds are hosting a training workshop for KBB retailers on Thursday 1st August.

The event offers KBB retailers the opportunity to experience the latest product developments from Virtual Worlds and gain valuable advice on digital media, recruitment and training from Acres Consultancy.

Combined Independents (Holdings) appoints new buyer

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Mix & play by combining three different designs from Schmidt, for something truly special

* Mix-n-play.jpgPlanning for a new kitchen can be a difficult task when there is so much to choose from in terms of cabinetry style, finish and colour. Add worktops, appliances, lighting and finishing touches to the mix and it's easy to see why it can be a daunting thought.

So why not open up your clients' options and pick a small selection of their favourite designs and blend them together to create a unique, personal space that your clients will love?

BMA announces motivational speaker for 2019 Conference

* BMA-speaker.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association has named Ellis Watson, executive chairman and former CEO of DC Thomson, one of the leading media organisations in the UK, as a speaker at the 2019 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference.

Ellis will open the conference with a motivational presentation using his experiences from rebranding, overhauling, reinvigorating and expanding a number of different businesses from entertainment to transport.

Copper finish added to VitrA's Eternity by Sebastian Conran

* VitrA-Eternity.jpgWarm, glowing copper is having its moment in the spotlight as interior designers use it with contrasting materials to create a variety of feels from mid-century cool to Scandinavian luxury. VitrA has extended its popular accessory range, Eternity by Sebastian Conran, by adding a luxury copper finish to the existing chrome and gold finishes.

Like all the finishes across the ranges, the new copper is easy to clean and does not need any special polishing or treatment. The copper is combined with either black or white accents in the bases of the soap dispenser, bin, toothbrush and WC brush holder.

Hoover reveals latest WiFi and large capacity laundry launches

* Hoover-reveals-latest.jpgHoover has unveiled details of its latest laundry launches, including WiFi-connected, large-capacity models and a heat pump tumble dryer with an ultra-quiet drum.

WiFi-connected washing machines can be controlled and monitored through the Hoover Wizard App, which provides access to additional washing programmes, maintenance advice and the user manual.

Lakes publishes new rollfold to support launch of premium stone resin shower trays

* Lakes-Stone-8-pager.jpgShowering space specialist Lakes, has introduced a new eight-page rollfold to support the launch of its premium stone resin shower trays.

The rollfold continues the lifestyle theme of Lakes' main 'Designed for Life' brochure for consistency in look and impact.

Wren Kitchens manufacturing facilities rewarded with ISO accreditation

* Wren-Kitchens-ISO.jpgInside the Barton-upon-Humber factory where, pictured here, they're manufacturing bespoke panels for creating dream kitchens, Wren Kitchens' staff are celebrating the fact that the company has fulfilled a dream of its own... having been internationally commended for its manufacturing facilities in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

Wren's state-of-the-art factories make over 2,000 kitchens every week and they've recently achieved an official stamp of approval by the worldwide standard-setting body - International Standards Organisation (ISO).

Wilsonart invests in life-saving defibrillator

* Wilsonart-defib.jpgThe head office of Wilsonart laminates in Shildon, County Durham now has an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Whilst it is not compulsory for companies/employers to invest in these lifesaving machines, Wilsonart ,which employs over 150 people at its busy manufacturing, sales and marketing facility in Shildon, recognised that people are becoming familiar with the concept and use of the machines in all walks of life.

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Recent News

MemberSafe initiative announced

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The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation today announced its MemberSafe initiative - the first of a number of measures planned to protect installers against financial loss when transacting with other businesses.

Secured your place at this year's KBSA Conference, AGM & Awards Dinner yet?

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This year's highly-anticipated Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association event will feature talks from Lady Michelle Mone and Kevin Keegan OBE, as well as insightful, expert workshops in the morning and a delicious dinner.

BMA announces judges for Ageless Bathroom Design competition

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has announced the judging panel for its inaugural Ageless Bathroom Design competition, which was launched last month. The competition is open to any bathroom retailer, architect or designer and the closing date for entries is 30th August.

Duravit support Blueprint for the Future

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Duravit 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.

BMA introduces new structure and strategy at AGM

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The 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.

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.

Caesarstone UK opens second distribution centre

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Caesarstone 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.


Grohe launches cashback offer for Sensia Arena shower toilet

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Grohe 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.

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