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16th October 2019


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International News

Cabuchon launches easy access soaking tub - the Takara

British bath manufacturer Cabuchon Bathforms has launched its sixth-generation deep soaking tub, the Takara.

Like the other baths in its deep soaking range, it is inspired by the traditional Japanese ofuro but it includes a host of refinements designed to enhance comfort and to better suit Western bathing habits. It will also accommodate modern technologies such as spa hydrotherapy.

More affordable kitchens than ever: Faith updates Evo Kitchen Collection for AW 2019/20

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Faith Furniture Company (FFC) has announced the launch of its new 2019/2020 Evo brochure which showcases a collection of six kitchen designs with 12 door choices.

Evo offers retailers a simple and affordable range of kitchens for customers that doesn't compromise on quality and looks.

VitrA launches two statement collections at Cersaie 2019

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As a leader in manufacturing innovative ceramic surfaces, VitrA launched two new tile systems, CementMix and Wood collections, at the ceramic fair, Cersaie, in Bologna, Italy.

Introducing new materials and textures, the tile ranges demonstrate VitrA's expertise in ceramic design and technology. The tiles can be used in residential and commercial environments, from kitchen and living spaces to swimming pools and terraces.

Aqualisa kicks off Installer Club relaunch with National Roadshow

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To celebrate the relaunch of Aqualisa's new Installer Club, the company will be running a national radio campaign touring 65 locations throughout the UK.

In partnership with Fix Radio, Aqualisa will be touring trade showrooms and merchants during October and November of this year.

Delicate wash cycles in machines found to release more plastic microfibres than other cycles

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New research led by Newcastle University has shown that it is the volume of water used during the wash cycle, rather than the spinning action of the washing machine, which is the key factor in the release of plastic microfibres from clothes.

Hoover achieves potential 'world first' with H-KeepHeat oven launch

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Hoover is set to revolutionise the kitchen with its new built-in WiFi oven; H-KeepHeat - which the manufacturer says is the only oven designed to both cook and preserve food. Representing a real transformation in the world of home cooking, the H-KeepHeat is a 75-litre oven that can be split into two cavities. It can keep cooked food in preservation mode for seven days.

Global kitchens study by Silestone Institute reveals that UK households are leading the way

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The Cosentino Group has announced the results of its latest study into the use of the kitchen worldwide. Cosentino's insights platform, the Silestone Institute, has researched and produced its second Global Kitchens study, entitled 'The Domestic Kitchen in the Globalisation Era'.

Collaborating with 23 eminent experts on all things kitchens - chefs, architects, interior designers, nutritionists, sociologists, food historians and influencers - the study focuses on the role of the kitchen in today's 21st century society.

Tin is trending with BC Designs

British bath maker, BC Designs, has gone back to its classical routes with the launch of its Tin Bateau. Made using 18th century techniques, giving it a raw beauty, the Tin Boat Bath has curving ends to support both the head and shoulders.

Amica to sell Fagor appliances

Amica has signed a license agreement with Fagor S.Coop to sell major home appliances under the Fagor brand. "This will enable the brand, which is well known in Spain, to return to the market with modern, top quality products," comments Jacek Rutkowski of Amica. The license agreement will also give Amica the opportunity to establish a presence in the Spanish market."

VitrA invests in growth

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VitrA has made a TL250 million (£35m) investment in expanding its manufacturing plant in Bozüyük, Turkey. The additional production line has increased sanitaryware manufacturing capacity by 1.1 million units, giving a total of 5.6 million units a year - putting the brand in a leading position to meet increased demand from Europe.

Bushboard Evolve chosen for solar powered narrowboat

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When Tim Knox, founder of Mothership Marine, wanted a stunning kitchen for his company's remarkable solar-powered narrowboat, he chose Bushboard's Evolve Caldiera for the worksurfaces.

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Last Thursday was World Mental Health Day, an internationally recognised day in which organisations and individuals come together to break the silence surrounding mental ill-health. This year's theme focused on suicide prevention. According to The Office of National Statistics, in 2018 there was a rise in the number of deaths by suicide with 6,507 recorded in the UK alone - the highest level since 2002.

There is growing awareness of the scale of the mental health crisis. The facts are stark: one in three in the UK will be diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point while three out of five have experienced mental health issues due to work. Given that the average person now spends a third of their adult life at work, we all have a part to play in safeguarding mental as well as physical health at work.

I agree with the British Safety Council when it says that just as with physical health and safety, prevention is the best cure and the wisest investment. Changes that reduce stress, encourage early intervention and remove the mental health stigma deliver significant long-term benefits and its training courses prove that.

Evidence gathered along with mental health charity Mates in Mind, shows that taking a 'whole organisation' approach is having both quantifiable and qualitative impact, such as improved sickness absence and staff retention rates and more engaged workforces. For example, in the last two years, Tideway has reported a 12% rise in the number of staff who felt that they could approach their boss about a mental health problem - up from 64% in 2017 to 76% in 2018?. A similar increase was reported in RSE Building Services, an SME firm, where there was a reported 9% rise in staff feeling supported in relation to mental health - up from 66% in 2018 to 75% in 2019?.

The pressures we're under workwise are growing as most organisations don't have the luxury of a less than fully employed workforce. If one team member is off sick, colleagues tend to be able to cover for a while to ensure tasks are carried out successfully to deadline, but if this carries on long term, standards are likely to drop alongside morale and the rest of the team's mental health too. Orders may not be fulfilled and contracts can be lost. There's too much at stake to ignore mental health, isn't there - not just for the individual/s concerned but for the employer, too?


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Buy it Direct rescues Better Bathrooms in another turn around win

* Buy-it-Direct-rescues.jpgThe Buy it Direct Group, one of the UK's leading online appliance, IT and home retailers, has turned around bathroom retailer, Better Bathrooms from administration to being a profitable company in six months, since acquiring the business in March this year.

The news comes following the acquisition on 18th March 2019 by the Buy it Direct Group, which also owns popular retail websites such as AppliancesDirect.co.uk, LaptopsDirect.co.uk and furniture123.co.uk

BMA pledges to make compliance number one priority

Incoming Bathroom Manufacturers Association CEO Tom Reynolds laid out bold plans to tackle non-compliance in the bathroom industry at a compliance seminar, held the day before The 2019 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference.

Tom promised that the BMA was determined to ramp up the noise on the compliance issue, educating consumers and stakeholders as well as lobbying Government in order to break through the myths and lack of understanding about the level of non-compliance.

Consumers desire permanent germ-free solution for tiles

* Consumers-desire.jpgHygiene has always been a priority in the kitchen and bathroom, whether in residential or commercial properties.

Bathroom industry pays tribute to Yvonne Orgill as new CEO takes over at BMA

* Industry-tribute-Yvonne-Orgill.jpgThe bathroom industry paid tribute to the significant contribution that outgoing Bathroom Manufacturers Association's CEO Yvonne Orgill has made to the bathroom industry, at the 2019 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference.

A presentation was made by BMA President Alan Dodds (pictured with Yvonne) at the gala dinner to mark Yvonne's 33 years in the industry, as she passed the baton of leading the BMA to new CEO Tom Reynolds.

Walk-In Showers and Baths bosses admit fraud charges

* Walk-In-Showers-fraud.jpgA Telford business, its managing director and general manager have admitted charges of defrauding elderly and vulnerable clients buying specially adapted showers and baths from their firm.

Kinedo showroom offers. One to show. One to go

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Following the introduction of the Kinespace, Eclipse and Fast 2000 shower enclosure ranges into the Kinedo portfolio earlier this year, the team at Kinedo has put together some tempting display offers for showrooms.

HIB products gain official Bluetooth qualification

* HIB-Bluetooth.jpgHiB, has gained qualification status for all of its Bluetooth enabled products as part of its ongoing commitment to quality assurance.

HiB's Bluetooth products, including multiple mirrors and cabinets, underwent the Bluetooth Qualification Process managed by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), to ensure complete compliance with Bluetooth standards.

´╗┐Nicolas P├ęcheur joins Bushboard as product manager

* Nicolas-Bushboard.jpgNicolas Pécheur has joined Bushboard as the new product manager for Engineered Panel Systems Western Europe.

Responsible for new product introductions, market planning and product lifecyle management, Nicolas will spearhead links between new and existing customers, marketing plans, operations and supply chain management for all wall panel products throughout Europe.

kbb Birmingham to collaborate with The Used Kitchen Company to create more sustainable Show

* kbb-Birmingham-Used-Kitchen-Co.jpgkbb Birmingham and The Used Kitchen Company (TUKC) have announced a partnership to help exhibitors sell their displays ahead of the show and encourage a more sustainable event.

Exhibitors at kbb Birmingham selling their kitchens with TUKC, will be making a valuable contribution towards recycling within the kitchen industry.

MHK celebrates 40th anniversary with Eurovision Kitchen Contest 2020

* MHK-celebrates-40th.jpgMHK, an innovative and dynamically expanding full-service company for specialised trade and retail companies in the kitchen, residential and construction sector, will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2020 by hosting the Eurovision Kitchen Contest.

Samantha Donnelly joins Wilsonart as marketing content manager

* Samantha-Donnelly_Wilsonart.jpgWilsonart UK, based in Shildon, County Durham, has expanded its marketing team with the appointment of Samantha Donnelly to the role of marketing content manager within the company's marketing team, where she will be responsible for aligning and strengthening Wilsonart's multiple UK brands as the company continues to grow its product portfolio.

Wilsonart UK, is the UK head office and manufacturing site of one of the world's largest producers of laminate surface products, Wilsonart USA.

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KBSA 'Staying Ahead' conference is fully booked

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Grohe establishes new EMENA division for Watersystems, Filter and Kitchen Channels

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Formica Group Procurement Team of the Year in the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2019

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Andy Birkbeck joins Karonia as head of sales for Projects Division

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