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9th November 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.

Welcome to the


I got into a discussion with some readers last week about my wish to promote both the ethical sourcing of materials and the recycling of goods that are no longer required by the consumers who've been enjoying them - either through repurposing or through passing on - and also my desire to write about anything designed to improve safety, conserve energy or reduce the use of water.

As you might imagine, I found it frustrating to read the results of research, released yesterday by the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme, which revealed that Joe Public doesn't seem to be as fussed as we in this industry are, about wasting water...

Quick to blame the water companies for not fixing leaking pipes, Brits are, apparently, wasting huge amounts by not dealing with simple plumbing issues, with 40% prepared to wait more than four days to fix a dripping tap and 30% admitting that they would wait the same amount of time to report a leaky tap that someone else is responsible for. A shocking 27% confessed to waiting over a week to fix a dripping tap (oh the noise!). And when it comes to fixing a leaky loo, 22% are prepared to wait more than four days.

Around 400 million litres of water are estimated to leak from UK toilets every day; enough water to supply 2.8 million people - the populations of Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool and Bristol combined. Fixing leaky loos alone could contribute around 10% of the additional water capacity needed to cope with an extreme drought in England by 2050.

The research follows a recent Defra consultation on measures that could reduce personal water use, which highlights the fact that our high population density means that the available water per person is less than in many Mediterranean countries. It recommends that a 'twin-track' approach of increasing supply and reducing demand, (currently 141 litres per person in England) is needed to secure the resilience of water supplies.

If, like me, you don't yet have a smart meter for your gas and electricity supplies I daresay that you're also being subjected to a pushy marketing campaign to have one installed as the suppliers struggle to meet Government targets. The price of energy encourages us to use it frugally though and waste it at our peril. Surely the marketing money would be better spent on persuading everyone to have a water meter installed? If we got rid of the 'easy come, easy go' attitude to water usage, we'd soon stop wasting the stuff, wouldn't we?


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

BMA steps up campaign on non-compliance with Primary Authority Status

* BMA-steps-up-campaign.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association has announced that it has achieved Primary Authority Status with Nottinghamshire Trading standards, having been successfully nominated by the Secretary of State.

The Primary Authority Status is a formal partnership that is recognised in statute and overseen by the Office for Product Safety and Standards.

BC Designs' latest bath launch brings a feminine touch to bathroom design

* BAS005-Viado-1580-Set.jpgLeading bath maker, BC Designs, is supporting retailers with the launch of its popular Viado bath in a smaller size of 1580mm.

KBSA offers new contract hire deals for members

* KBSA-offers.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has enhanced its membership benefits package with the addition of exclusive deals on contract car hire, via a new partnership with Marshall Motor Group.

KBSA growth continues with two new members

* KBSA-two-new-members.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has welcomed another retail and corporate member this month, continuing the upward trend in new membership that began 12 months ago.

Colour pops that cut the mustard in the latest kitchen designs from Schüller

* Schuller1.jpgUsing a splash of colour to create a focal point in the open-plan kitchen is a game changer, instantly injecting va-va-voom into spaces that have style but perhaps, lack lustre. Enter the colour pop, the clever way to use colour to direct the eye and heighten the response to a living space.

Granite & Trend Transformations celebrates 15 years in the UK

* Granite-Trend-15-years.jpgGranite & Trend Transformations UK, known for its kitchen and bathroom transformations using high-quality, sustainable materials, is celebrating 15 years of business. The company, which started out in Perth, Australia in 1996, has expanded globally, with the UK business established in 2004.

Teka taps into flexible cleaning with Pull-Out Spray

* Teka-taps.jpgTeka, exclusive to distributor PJH and one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of sinks and taps, has added a contemporary Pull-Out kitchen spray tap to its range, which can be used in a variety of different heights and positions for the ultimate in flexible use.

Lakes hosts Fortis buying group at HQ

* MAIN-PIC-FORITS.jpgLakes, a leading manufacturer of showering spaces, recently hosted Fortis merchant buying group at its HQ in Tewkesbury for its annual board meeting. The visit included a tour of Lakes' newly refurbished showroom, which now displays Lakes' new Bay series and Lakes Stone shower trays launched earlier this year.

Airuno expands collection of island hoods

* Airuno-island-hoods.jpgDesigner cooker hoods brand Airuno has expanded its product range with the launch of its first new island cooker hood in more than a year.

One of Airuno's most powerful hoods, the Verdi Island Hood delivers effective recirculation extraction at a maximum rate of 765cu.m/h, making it suitable for use even in particularly large kitchens, as well as eliminating the need to install ducting to vent fumes outside.

Victoria + Albert Baths launches new addtions to its Kaali basin range

* VictoriaAlbert-Baths-Kaali-basin.jpgVictoria + Albert Baths, the luxury British bathing brand, has launched three additional sizes to its Kaali collection of undermount basins. The collection now offers greater flexibility than ever before, thanks to new shapes and sizes to fit a wide selection of bathrooms.

The range will now feature two new oval basins - the Kaali 60 and Kaali 65, and one new round basin, the Kaali 48. Each basin is identified in size by its number, which indicates its diameter.

Embrace Scandi-styles and creativity with Keller’s new kitchen

* Keller-Pebble-beach.jpgThe new Pebble Beach model from Keller Kitchens embraces Scandinavian style with soft pebble tones and combines it with brighter contemporary trends to offer homeowners a chic, modern kitchen.

Hotpoint fridge freezers can help reduce food waste

* Hotpoint-fridge-freezers.jpgFood waste is a huge global issue and Hotpoint believes it is important to encourage consumers to become more sustainable, by providing practical solutions to reduce food waste at home.

According to new research commissioned by Hotpoint, cheese, bagged salad and mince are within the top 10 most wasted foods in the UK.

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