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16th November 2019


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International News

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

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Leading bath maker, BC Designs, is supporting retailers with the launch of its popular Viado bath in a smaller size of 1580mm.

KBSA growth continues with two new members

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The 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.

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.

Welcome to the


Retailers are worried about a number of challenges they're currently facing - and things don't look as if they're going to improve for some time, with the uncertainty created by the general election and the 'will we/won't we - and if we do, how?' regarding Brexit. Add to that the frustration caused by the many accusations of dirty dealings being flung around like the contents of a food processor without its lid, and it's not surprising that everyone's so unhappy, is it?

New research released today by Duologi, which provides bespoke finance solutions for retailers, reveals that 35% of smaller retailers in the home and DIY sectors cite the continued uncertainty over Brexit as being the biggest challenge they face, with 29% saying that they feel unprepared for Brexit - if, of course, it goes ahead!

More than 21% fear that bigger players such as Amazon will steal their customers, as such companies are able to offer lower prices and enjoy greater visibility online and are likely to fare better through Brexit financially than their smaller counterparts.

Only 8% believe that the decline of the High Street will be the hardest hurdle to overcome in the coming year, as its well documented demise continues, while 10% believe meeting customers' needs could be a challenge, as members of the EU may be able to offer more competitive prices and products.
"With political uncertainty continuing into the new year, SME home and DIY retailers are still unclear on how this will affect them and how they can prepare," says Duologi. "Despite additional resources being made available ahead of an exit from the EU, deadline extensions scupper existing plans and safeguards, putting small home and DIY businesses in a difficult position. The economic uncertainty also fuels further consumer hesitancy when it comes to spending on significant purchases, as they are unclear on what the immediate impact of an EU exit means for them."

Duologi quite rightly adds that smaller retailers will also be troubled by the fact that the bigger players are generally able to undercut them price-wise, while also taking advantage of a strong online presence; reaching a larger number of customers than smaller retailers.

Oh for a crystal ball to be able to see now, how things will stand a year from now! Let's hope that when that time comes, we can look back and realise that we didn't need to worry quite so much after all...


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Caesarstone UK welcomes new sales manager for London

* Caesarstone_Delara-Etemadi.jpgCaesarstone has appointed a new sales manager for London. Delara Etemadi has joined Caesarstone's UK sales force as part of the team's ongoing expansion, in line with the brand's continuing nationwide growth.

KBSA announces date for 2020 Conference

* KBSA-conference-date.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced the date of the 2020 Conference, AGM and Awards Dinner, which will be on 30th September.

Get the natural stone look with Kinestone

* MAIN-Kinestone-slate-effect.jpgNatural finishes in the bathroom are bang on-trend and the new Kinedo Kinestone shower tray from Saniflo ticks the aesthetics box for highly popular and desirable slate.

Kitchenaid 'special products' extend opportunities for kitchen designers

* KitchenAid-vacuum-machine.jpgKitchenAid boasts a wealth of 'special products' within its portfolio, to empower kitchen designers to create unique culinary spaces, specially designed around each customer. Included are a shock freezer, vacuum machine, ice maker, coffee machine, cooling and warming drawers and special columns, all designed to take inspiration in the kitchen to new heights.

Bushboard chosen for BBC's 'Your Home Made Perfect' again

* Bushboard-Evolve-KItchen.jpgYour Home Made Perfect is the first ever British virtual reality and visual effects property show. Presented by Angela Scanlon, the groundbreaking property and makeover series sees innovative architects, Laura Jane Clark and Robert Jamison, transform ordinary homes into extraordinary ones. The results are presented to the homeowners using virtual reality headsets, giving them a real life look at how the changes will work.

WRAS approval secured for Abode 4 in 1 steaming hot water taps

* WRAS-approval-Abode-4-in-1.jpgAll Abode 4 in 1 steaming hot water taps, filters and boilers now have full WRAS approval, giving developers, designers and retailers complete peace of mind across the entire range.

WRAS is the UK standard against waste, misuse, undue consumption or contamination of the water supply, with approval meaning that these Abode Pronteau and Proboil products comply with the necessary regulations for new build and refurbishment projects.

The art of making time: the mindful bathroom scene from Crosswater

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Antique brass finish is a serene look for tradition bathrooms

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All concealed with Prima+ venting induction hob

* prima-venting-induction-hob.jpgPrima+, the exclusive range from distributor PJH, has added a sleek, modern 80cm venting induction hob to its range.

Stockton mayor opens showroom and unveils first child safe kitchen

* Stockton-mayor-opens-showroom.jpgThis week, the Mayor of Stockton cut the ribbon to open Wren Kitchens' 85th showroom which has created 29 new jobs locally. The inspirational hub at Lustrum Retail Park in Stockton has over 40 kitchens on display including edgy industrial, charming country and ultra-modern designs as well as the launch of an all new concept - a child safe kitchen.

Amica reaches out to hungry families

AMICA-kids.jpgChildren arriving at school hungry because there is no food at home is a growing problem for teachers. Reach2 Academy Trust which runs schools in Essex has teamed with Amica in a new approach to combat hunger among the poorest and most disadvantaged families.

Acres Consultancy acquires kbbrecruitment.co.uk

KBB and merchant service provider Acres Consultancy has acquired the online recruitment specialist kbbrecruitment.co.uk, expanding its business in line with increasing sales and demand for services.

KBBrecruitment is a niche recruiter for the KBB and home interiors industry that has been established since 2003. Based in Essex, the company has built a reputation for delivering exceptional service to the jobseeker and the recruiter.

CIH raises over £20,000 for charity

* CIH-Auction-2019.jpgCombined Independents (Holdings), raised over £20,000 for charity at two of its recent member and supplier events.

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Recent News

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

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The 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.

KBSA offers new contract hire deals for members

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The 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.

Granite & Trend Transformations celebrates 15 years in the UK

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Granite & 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.

Lakes hosts Fortis buying group at HQ

Lakes, 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.

KBSA enhances Croner benefits with extra discounts for members

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

Sensio Lighting recognised in Parliamentary Review

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

Small spaces, big ideas!

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Zoe 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.

Buy it Direct rescues Better Bathrooms in another turn around win

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The 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.

Consumers desire permanent germ-free solution for tiles

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Hygiene has always been a priority in the kitchen and bathroom, whether in residential or commercial properties.


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.

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