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26th October 2019


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International News

HIB products gain official Bluetooth qualification

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HiB, 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.

MHK celebrates 40th anniversary with Eurovision Kitchen Contest 2020

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MHK, 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.

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.

Welcome to the


Love or loathe the EU, I think those of us who are reasonable can see both positives and negatives from membership, wherever we might be placed across the bloc.

One of the things that concerns me about leaving - and it’s not just because of my involvement in this industry but also because of my desire that we live more sustainably – is the potential change in the standards of goods. What a nightmare! Yes, I know the Government’s promising that the UK will continue to match and may well even exceed EU product regulations, but with the shambolic performances we’re seeing in the Commons, can we trust the assurances we’re being given?

I’ve grumbled on here about the awful light emitted by EU regulation lightbulbs, but when it comes to the ability to have something repaired or replaced, the EU gets my vote every time. If you’re a regular reader of my Leaders you may recall that last year my fridge-freezer was – after a long battle – replaced free of charge because it was found to have a technical fault; more recently my MacBook Pro was repaired free of charge because of a common technical fault that had been discovered in the batch from which it came. Had I been living in the US the computer repair would have cost around $600 and I’m assuming that I’d have had to buy a new fridge freezer too. That’s a lot of money!

As you can imagine, I love the new EU rules which decree that from 2021, appliance and lighting product manufacturers will not only have to ensure that appliances are built to last longer, but spare parts will have to be available to professional repairers for up to 10 years. The parts that may need repairing will have to be accessible with commonly-available tools and without damaging the product, too. A headache for manufacturers no doubt, but we are of course, all consumers too so it will benefit us all in the long run. And although campaigners are arguing that we should also be allowed to buy spares and mend our own machines, I really don’t think this is a good idea safety-wise, unless we’re suitably qualified, however much money it might save us, do you?

Now, how do we go about ensuring that the cost of repairs will not continue to mean that it will be less expensive to replace, than it will be to repair?


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

KBSA enhances Croner benefits with extra discounts for members

* KBSA-enhances-Croner.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has enhanced its membership benefits package by offering access to a range of premium products from business partner Croner.

The new packages are available to members at a 19% discount on commercial rates. There is also an additional offer for members which is supported by the KBSA with a further discount for the first 10 retailers that sign up. This offer is open until 31st December 2019 and applies for the first year only.

Sensio Lighting recognised in Parliamentary Review

* Sensio-Lighting.jpgYorkshire-based Sensio Lighting has been selected as one of eight Manufacturing and Services representatives in The Parliamentary Review 2019/2020.

Saniflo launches mid-market Kinesurf Pietra shower tray

* Kinesurf-Pietra1.jpgThe lightweight Saniflo Kinesurf Pietra shower tray is a simple, classic design for the mid-market featuring a stunning mineral textured surface. This versatile shower tray is available in four colours - white, black, anthracite and grey - and is easy to cut at just 40mm thick.

Small spaces, big ideas!

* Small-spaces-big-ideas.jpgZoe Perks of Beautiful Rooms By Zoe’s under the stairs Cocktail Bar was named as the overall winner of the Under The Stairs competition, at the recent Grand Designs Live.

The panel of expert judges including Kevin McCloud; Jenny Gibbs, principle of the KLC School of Design; Kunle Barker, property expert, journalist and TV presenter; and Harriet Forde, president of the British Institute of Interior Design.

Push button perfection from Old London

* Push-button-perfection.jpgOld London, Hudson Reed’s traditional bathroom collection, has welcomed a new range of hi-tech push button valves to its Topaz Shower category.

Made in Britain, the new Push Button Thermostatic Showers beautifully blend nostalgic Period design with modern technology.

Triton's new approvals & training manager brings 35-years-worth of expertise

* Triton-new-manager.jpgWith over 35 years of experience at Triton Showers, Paul Rowley has been appointed as approvals & training manager.

In this highly technical role, Paul will continue the vitally important aspect of product approvals, ensuring the safety of all items entering the marketplace. The issue of compliance will also form a vital part of Paul's training remit for both existing and the next generation of installers, with the ultimate aim of improving installation techniques and the safety of installers on the job.

Luxury brassware from Asquiths – the power to ‘Restore’

* Luxury-brassware.jpgPremium bathroom brand Asquiths from Roxor Group, has introduced Restore, a timeless collection of classically styled brassware that will enhance any traditional bathroom scheme, to create a place of pure luxury.

Wilsonart appoints new product manager for Advanced Surface Technology

* Wilsonart-Screenshot.jpgWilsonart UK, of Shildon, County Durham, has appointed Andrea Freeman to the role of product manager for Advanced Surfacing Technology.

Andrea joins during an exciting period of growth for the group. Wilsonart UK is part of the largest laminate surfaces company in the world, Wilsonart USA, and Andrea is tasked with driving innovative product development and launch to market of AST products, which include digitally printed decorative surfaces for a variety of commercial uses.

Embrace the dark side trend with Königstone

* Dolomite.jpgThis year has seen a rise in popularity for dark coloured kitchens as people look to create that ever-trendy industrial flair in their homes, and with Königstone’s dark coloured worktops, homeowners can easily incorporate the popular style into their kitchen scheme. Whether it’s a ‘moody blues’ scheme or black colours or any dark shade in between, Königstone offers the perfect surface to complement any kitchen.

City Plumbing/PTS achieves DVSA Earned Recognition for vehicle operators

* City-Plumbing.jpgThis week City Plumbing/PTS was awarded the DVSA Earned Recognition award for vehicle operators - the first in the industry and a first for the Travis Perkins Group. This follows the recent win of Fleet Van Operator of the Year at the Motor Transport Awards.

Wren Kitchens lands in Stockton

* Wren-Stockton.jpgWren Kitchens continues to rapidly expand its retail offering with the opening of its 85th state-of-the-art showroom at Lustrum Retail Park in Stockton on Friday, 1st November.

Graham Hayden merges training programmes with Acres Consultancy

* Hayden-merges.jpgAcclaimed KBB customer service and sales training provider Graham Hayden has confirmed his intention to merge his future training commitments with KBB and merchant service provider Acres Consultancy.

Graham, who will also feature in the Acres Consultancy ‘Industry Legends’ series later this year, has trained more than 2,500 people over the last 13 years, and will continue to champion training within the KBB industry via an ongoing association with Acres Consultancy.

Bushboard Evolve used for BBC's DIY SOS: The Big Build

* Bushboard-DIY-SOS.jpgBushboard Evolve, solid-core laminate worksurface has been chosen for DIY SOS Big Build.

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Buy it Direct rescues Better Bathrooms in another turn around win

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