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10th December 2010


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International News

KitchenAid's Hero gas on glass hob packs a punch

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It is not hard to see why luxury manufacturer KitchenAid's sleek and classy KHGL 9010 model is the hero product of the company's prolific range of professionally-styled gas hobs.

CRL Shower Door Hardware and Accessories

C R Laurence offers a wide range of shower door hardware and accessories, including the Hydroslide sliding shower door kits. These are available in 90 degree wall-to-glass installations and 180 degree wall-to-wall installations. 

The Hydroslide system accommodates the option of floor to near ceiling glass panels with a sliding door. Bottom fixed glass attachments and handles can be ordered separately.

Chamber Furniture - ingenious, sleek hidden cooking areas

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Chamber Furniture combines the best of traditional cabinetmaking skills with the latest in technology and has achieved this and more in this Figured oak kitchen.

Night Black laminate slate from Faus

Romantic, handsome, intriguing... these are the emotions engendered by one of the latest laminate flooring designs from world leaders Faus - its Night Black Slate.

Croydex taps into the beauty of wood

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Croydex is excited to launch its brand new Kingston range, a stunning collection of bathroom accessories made from natural wood.

Why relaxing in a VitrA bath is also peace of mind

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What do people consider when buying a bath? Shape, size, maybe colour... but not much else. They wouldn't normally ever think about the bath's construction and how that will affect the eventual comfort and pleasure in use.

Freshness packed in

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Extend the life of food and improve the space and efficiency of your freezer with the help of Baumatic's Vacuum Packer from its PremiumLine compact range.

Fabulous fusion worktops and eyecatching ceramics from Mereway Bathrooms

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The brand new Fusion Worktop collection from UK manufacturer Mereway Bathrooms is continuing to lead the way in innovation and design. Inspired by opulence and beauty, the range brings stunning gloss and matt finishes that evoke elegance and timeless appeal.

New Fusion composite worktops boast a high quality construction and are more consistent in colour and texture than granite. Made from a special blend of polyester and acrylic non-porous surface resins, these surfaces are highly durable, heat resistant and extremely hygienic. 

Stuart Turner updates Pump Solutions brochure

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Stuart Turner, thought to be the UK's largest shower pump manufacturer, has updated its successful Pump Solutions brochure to include the latest new products and accessories. Retaining the same crisp, clean and easy-to-read style, the new brochure includes the new Showermate Universal, updated Monsoon Extra Pressure Sets and has a new 'Accessories' page that includes the new Stuart Flange. 

Welcome to the


It's that time of year again when many of us are thinking about winding down, ready for the Christmas holidays - and if you're anything like me, you're looking forward to having a much needed break.

I daresay that all the KBB retailers generally feel differently at this time of year though, what with the pre-Christmas and January sales to get through. And of course with VAT going up at the start of 2011, the frantic invasion by customers keen to bag a bargain is likely to be a little more tense than normal.

So if you're going to be spending a chunk of the festive season being harassed by agitated shoppers, good luck!

My good wishes also go out to those who have spent the last few weeks struggling to get to work to fulfil orders promised by Christmas, as well as those tasked with making deliveries. Pretty as it might be when it first arrives, the snow and ice don't help matters, do they? Of course in some parts of Europe, there has been heavy flooding too, which will only have added to the problems for those having to drive enormous delivery lorries across several regions.

And while people are happy to complain when things go wrong, they rarely seem to notice the efforts that have been made when they go right, do they? Maintaining delivery schedules when conditions are as bad as they are in some parts of Europe right now must be nigh on impossible!

One US tradesman has found a way of bringing a smile to people's faces - and no doubt by attracting attention will have won extra business as a result. I think it's a clever idea but John wonders whether it bothers him, having to wear a blue shirt every day...

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This is our last issue of KBZine prior to Christmas. Our next broadcast will be on 7th January, although any urgent breaking news will appear on the website as and when it happens.

Merry Christmas and let's all hope for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2011.



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

David Cameron takes tea with InSinkErator's Joe Ferrara

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It's not every day that InSinkErator sits down with the Prime Minister but that's exactly what happened when David Cameron came to meet companies based at the Watford business park where InSinkErator has its UK headquarters.

InSinkErator's Managing Director for Europe, Joe Ferrara, chatted to the PM about the company's activities, including the promotion of food waste disposers as a means of reducing landfill.

Affordable luxury and minimalism lead the way for 2011 kitchen trends

2011 will see a surge in minimalist and luxury kitchen styles, according to solid surface distributor Staron UK.

The company, which is the sole distributor for Samsung-branded solid surfaces, predicts that the two contrasting trends are set to soar in popularity throughout next year.

Amica's glossy new catalogue introduces OptiGas

* Amica-Optigas.jpgLeading Polish brand, Amica, is delighted with its latest UK catalogue of built-in and freestanding appliances, available now.

Details of all Amica products, alongside images, dimensions and explanations of feature and functions, are provided within the 56 glossy pages, arranged into easy-to-find sections - cooking, first freestanding then built-in with ovens, hobs and hoods, refrigeration, dishwashers, laundry - and finally, Amica's first built-in microwaves in the UK.

Keep the heat in and the snoopers out this Christmas!

Window blinds are a useful winter product for the home - to seal in warmth and reduce the likelihood homes being targeted by thieves.

At this time of year, UK homes are not only under attack from the harsh winter weather pushing up winter fuel bills, but from thieves after festive booty, often proudly displayed under Christmas trees in the front window for all to see!

The Cotswold Chef Partners Everhot

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Rob Rees MBE, The Cotswold Chef, international chef and former restaurateur, is one of the country's leading campaigners for better food culture in the UK.

Based in Gloucestershire, Rob has chosen an Everhot 120 for his home in The Cotswolds and also hosts Everhot's cooking demonstration days at Everhot's watermill showroom in Dursley, Glos.

Whirlpool's gas hobs add further steel to stainless

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In an era where hobs are aplenty but often indistinguishable in terms of design and performance, the importance of staying one step ahead is paramount as budgets are being continually squeezed.

Whirlpool is pushing the barriers by adding a new and significant coat of armour to a trusted old favourite. The sheer style and enduring properties of stainless steel are well documented and hugely popular with consumers, but Whirlpool has advanced the concept on its new range of new built-in 600mm and 750mm gas hobs.

KBSA launches 'Boost your business' recruitment campaign

The KBSA has launched a major recruitment campaign for 2011 based around the theme of how KBSA membership can boost business.

A new recruitment flyer forms the basis of the recruitment programme which will be widely distributed via a number of different channels.This will be supported with an electronic mailing and a new recruitment presentation for when new prospects are followed up.

Wall-hung artworks for your bathroom - toilets with invisible fixings from Duravit

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The best-selling Starck 3 wall-mounted toilet from Duravit has received a facelift for 2010 that is set to prolong its popularity for many years to come.

Already well-known for its no-nonsense design with distinct lack of superfluous detailing, the revised version offers even cleaner, uninterrupted lines as the wall fixings are completely obscured from view. 

Sustainabilliy tops new year resolution for Pregis

Sustainability will be a major driving force in the new product development programme for Pregis Protective Packaging Europe during 2011.

Outlining plans for the forthcoming year, Kevin Baudhuin, Pregis Corp's recently appointed president, global protective packaging, says the company was working on the creation of a broad, innovative environmentally-friendly product portfolio, building on its existing successes such as its Superlite Poly Mailer and EP-Flex Renew biodegradable film, suitable for a wide variety of end markets, including household products.

Carron Phoenix launches upgraded retail brochure

* Carron-Phoenix-retail-brochure.jpgWith 2010 being one of Carron Phoenix's busiest for new product launches, the year ends with the launch of a new retail brochure available to the trade with immediate effect. The new brochure details all the new product launches including the two latest stainless steel sink ranges to be introduced - Contessa and Precision Plus. 

"We normally only upgrade our retail brochure once a year, however with all the new products which have been introduced throughout 2010, we thought it necessary to introduce an upgraded version for our retail customers to ensure they continue to be able to offer their customers the very latest Carron Phoenix products," explains Neil Clark, sales & marketing director at Carron Phoenix.

Brits are back doing it for themselves

The British public is falling back in love with DIY, a new study has revealed. More than one in two people said that they are now having a go at home improvement jobs that they would have got someone in to do five years ago.

A whopping 61% of Brits said that they are more likely to tackle simple DIY tasks versus five years ago, the study by Spaceslide has revealed.

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News in Brief

Moods Bathrooms' new 500x1800mm reflection radiator, which connects to a central heating system, doubles up as full length mirror.
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The stylish Jule basin mixer from Hudson Reed is now available with the clever 'eco-click' water saving system at no extra cost. Tel: 01282 418000

Look out for Gorenje's Raspberry Pink RB6288 Retro refrigerator, in the new advertisement for Giovanni Rana fresh pasta starring Tim Lovejoy. T: 0208 247 3980

Simpsons' new always Edge Corner Entry shower comes with a low profile coordinating shower tray in a square or rectangular design. T 0845 873 8840

The Guinness Trust is using 82 Leisure Sinks' Lexin inset stainless steel sinks in a North London estate refurbishment project.
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