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11th December 2019

 

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Seamless Living

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After the launch of the brand back in 2013, new to the UK market for 2019 Wooothy (composed from two words Wood and Dorothy - English for Doroteja, founder and CEO of the brand) has continued to go above and beyond both in cutting edge design and quality craftsmanship.
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Go clever in the kitchen with Blanco's Smart Tap Collection

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Blanco UK is entering a new era with its innovative range of kitchen Smart Taps which is geared towards highly specific uses within the kitchen; each is designed to solve an everyday problem.
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Focus on greener distribution to continue for kitchen & bathroom distributors

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Climate change is a still a hot, if controversial, topic. It will continue to be prevalent in all walks of life, from business to personal. So how can kitchen and bathroom distributors improve not only their green policies but their impact on the environment?
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An induction of range cookers creates a climate change for retailers

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For many years, gas hobs have been favoured by both home and professional chefs but increasing concerns over the impact of fossil fuel and the impact on climate change is turning attention to induction cooking. For forward thinking consumers with traditional values, a combination of the much-loved range cooker with the undeniable benefits of the induction hob, is an increasingly appealing proposition.
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Modern neutrals with Caple's new Lyde kitchen

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Caple has introduced a beautiful new kitchen collection, called Lyde, for the modern home. Featuring a distinctive matt finish, the colours in this collection look ultra-smooth and solid.
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Get the natural stone look with Kinestone

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Natural 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.
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Kitchenaid 'special products' extend opportunities for kitchen designers

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

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

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Entering the bathroom is discovering a little world of luxury and relaxation, well away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Curating a collection of products that draws on years of exceptional manufacturing and modern design, Crosswater's extensive range of high-quality signature finishes and textures can be used to create a mindful, restful bathroom environment.
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Antique brass finish is a serene look for tradition bathrooms

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In an exquisite Antique Brass finish, the new Serenitie brassware collection from Abode makes a strikingly elegant impression in the bathroom.
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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.
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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.
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Welcome to the

KBzine 

It must have been almost 10 years ago that the Bathroom Manufacturers Association last threw its weight behind a campaign to reduce the VAT charged on home repairs and maintenance (correct me if I’m wrong!) and while I’m pleased that it’s once again on this particular hobby horse, I’m disappointed that the Government didn’t take note the last time. I can’t help wondering whether we might not have lost so many shops had the general public been encouraged to spend on home improvements by not having to pay so much VAT…

I’m 100% behind the call to reduce the tax from 20% to 5% as it offers so many benefits. It will stimulate economic growth, create thousands of jobs, improve our housing stock and create more homes, encourage spending on energy-efficient home improvements which will reduce the damage we’re doing to the planet and it will also dramatically reduce the competitive advantage many ‘cowboy’ builders now enjoy.

More consumer spending in these areas will release budget for research into more energy-efficient products; research which may not currently be affordable for some manufacturers. Newly-developed products are likely to be more energy-efficient and water-saving too. What’s not to like about that?

The creation of more jobs means that there will be more taxpayers and surely at some stage a tipping point is likely to be reached, whereby a cut in VAT will actually increase Government revenue. Add to that the advantages better products will have on the environment and it’s a no brainer, don’t you think?

It must have been almost 10 years ago that the Bathroom Manufacturers Association last threw its weight behind a campaign to reduce the VAT charged on home repairs and maintenance (correct me if I’m wrong!) and while I’m pleased that it’s once again on this particular hobby horse, I’m disappointed that the Government didn’t take note the last time. I can’t help wondering whether we might not have lost so many shops had the general public been encouraged to spend on home improvements by not having to pay so much VAT…

I’m 100% behind the call to reduce the tax from 20% to 5% as it offers so many benefits. It will stimulate economic growth, create thousands of jobs, improve our housing stock and create more homes, encourage spending on energy-efficient home improvements which will reduce the damage we’re doing to the planet and it will also dramatically reduce the competitive advantage many ‘cowboy’ builders now enjoy.

More consumer spending in these areas will release budget for research into more energy-efficient products; research which may not currently be affordable for some manufacturers. Newly-developed products are likely to be more energy-efficient and water-saving too. What’s not to like about that?

The creation of more jobs means that there will be more taxpayers and surely at some stage a tipping point is likely to be reached, whereby a cut in VAT will actually increase Government revenue. Add to that the advantages better products will have on the environment and it’s a no brainer, don’t you think?

Yours,

Jan Hobbs

 

 


This Week's News

BMA warns about continued uncertainty for 2020

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BMA repeats call for cut in VAT on repairs and maintenance in the home

* BMA-cut-VAT.jpgAs the general election date draws closer, The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has again called for a reduction in the rate of VAT on repairs, maintenance and management of homes from 20% to 5%.

BMA CEO Tom Reynolds, added his support to a letter sent to the three main party leaders by The British Property Federation and the Federation of Master Builders, detailing the economic benefits that this change would bring.
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Best Installer 2019: Award winner announced

* Best-Installer.jpgThe British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation says it is delighted to announce that Billy Ashcroft of Ashcroft Kitchen Installations was unveiled as Best Installer 2019 at the recent ek&bbusiness Awards & Review ceremony in London.

The Cumbrian based kitchen installer was awarded the coveted title as the industry celebrated successes and reviewed progress through the year.
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Grohe Inspirational Bathroom competition winner receives £1000 prize

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Stunning Königstone showroom – a feast of high-end worktops

* Konigstone-showroom.jpgKönigstone, worktop supplier who prides itself in helping homeowners’ turn their house into a home, has opened a new 2,200 sq ft showroom in Market Harborough. Königstone dealers and trade partners can send their customers here if they need more inspiration on surfaces or help visualising such products in their own home.
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BiKBBI calls for retailers to 'Get on the Bus!'

* BiKBBI-Bus.jpgThe British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation is once again partnering with KBB, the premier industry trade show held between 1st and 4th March 2020 at the NEC Birmingham, and is calling upon independent retailers to 'Get on the Bus'!

In a change to the more traditional exhibition stand, BiKBBI plans to drive a bright red London Routemaster bus into the exhibition hall, from where it will host a series of themed events - kindly sponsored by Victoria Plum Trade.
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New company name to reflect growth at Acres Consultancy

* New-company-name.jpgKBB and merchant service provider Acres Consultancy has changed its name to reflect its growth since its inception at the beginning of 2019.

The company will trade on the reputation and growing brand awareness of Simon's name and will now be known as Simon Acres Group, with separate divisions for each of the specialist services offered. These will include Simon Acres Recruitment, Simon Acres Training and Simon Acres Media.
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'A new angle to heating design' with Anglia by Aestus

* A-new-angle-to-heating-design.jpgAestus serves the growing desire for inspired shapes in the bathroom with its high-profile, multilateral Anglia towel warmer: a geometric-style heating solution crafted from high quality mild steel.

"Expressive shapes and creative forms will become a key ingredient for next-generation interiors in 2020, and modern heating designs that bring a heightened level of functionality like Anglia, will emerge as the next 'statement piece' to revolutionise the modern bathroom," says Steve Birch, sales director, Aestus.
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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen launches lush bed design with handcrafted furniture brand Aspire

* LAURENCE-LEWELLYN-BOWEN.jpgRenowned designer and TV presenter Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen has announced his collaboration with UK-based handcrafted furniture brand, Aspire.
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Visualising end result with Articad-developed Virtual Tiler at Topps Tiles

* Visualising-end-result.jpgTopps Tiles, with a third of the UK market share for tiles, is using the Virtual Tiler, developed in conjunction with KBB CAD software specialist, ArtiCAD. Currently in use in 250 of Topps' 360 stores as part of the Design Advice Area, the Virtual Tiler enables colleagues to overlay a design of the customer's kitchen or bathroom with their choice of tile.

The system has been in use for nearly 12 months, which has given Topps plenty of opportunity to monitor the results. Sian O'Neill, director of marketing, Topps Tiles, says:
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Devon&Devon consolidates presence on English market

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LochAnna Kitchens celebrates 5th anniversary

* LochAnna-5th.jpgBritish kitchen brand LochAnna Kitchens is celebrating five successful years of trading since it launched in November 2014 as a dedicated kitchen supplier aiming to make selling kitchens easier and more profitable for kitchen retailers and their installers.

Five years on, founder and managing director, Paul Jenkinson, is delighted to report that the business is doing really well, with 2019 seeing continued growth despite unpredictable market conditions.
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Virtual Worlds helps spread charitable Christmas cheer

* Virtual-Worlds.jpgThe season of goodwill is in full swing at Virtual Worlds, as it rounds off a charitable year in support of the Rowan Varey Memorial Fund by selling Christmas cards designed by some of the Ugandan children who are helped by the cause. These come in printed and eCard forms, and can be purchased from www.ksfdacademy.com

The Rowan Varey Memorial Fund, founded by Virtual Worlds Chairman Dave Varey in 2002, raises money to help sick or needy children. Since 2004 it has been supporting a project in Uganda, helping to build and equip a school for deaf children.
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