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20th December 2019


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International News

'A new angle to heating design' with Anglia by Aestus

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Aestus 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.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen launches lush bed design with handcrafted furniture brand Aspire

Renowned designer and TV presenter Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen has announced his collaboration with UK-based handcrafted furniture brand, Aspire.

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.

Go clever in the kitchen with Blanco's Smart Tap Collection

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Welcome to the


Have you heard about the toilet seat that tiIts you forward and downward several degrees? Mainstream media has majored on the fact that it was designed to save employers money and reduce queues for toilets by preventing 'social media breaks', since it becomes uncomfortable very quickly - just like the seating in fast food restaurants. Reading something about shorter toilet breaks impacting on the growing use of flexible zero hours contracts made me a bit cross and less inclined to believe that the design had been approved by the British Toilet Association, as the manufacturer claimed.

As one of the original Council members of the BTA when it was formed 20 years ago, I'm well aware that it's a highly professional body that knows all about the technicalities and legalities involved in designing washrooms and what goes into them, as well as the extra problems faced by disabled and elderly users. That it would endorse something that might cause hardship to those with bowel issues didn't quite sit right so I gave the director a call.

What I learnt about the accessibility benefits of the design, along with hygiene advantages that hadn't occurred to me, is not to be sniffed at. Nor is what I discovered about the way the human body works. I'd thought the 'squatting' method that's healthiest warranted a seat angled backwards, rather than forwards - but there's more to it than I'd realised.

While we're all enjoying the Christmas break, I'm going to be speaking at greater length to my ex-colleague to find out more about this new toilet, and you can read my article early in the New Year - but probably not in our first issue which will be with you week ending 10th January. In the meantime, I'd love to know what you think about the tilting seat and whether your design team - if you're involved in bathroom manufacture, has ever considered the concept!

Until then, let me wish you a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Brexit planning: consider your commercial contracts

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In the wake of the recent election result which saw the Conservatives gain a large majority in the House of Commons, prime minister Boris Johnson has again promised to deliver Brexit and in his words, "get Brexit done". Remaining in the EU is not foreseeable currently and so businesses should start making Brexit plans to ensure they are prepared.

KBSA responds to unprofessional kitchen fitters claim

The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has responded to recent survey results which found that kitchen fitters are ranked as the most unprofessional tradespeople, with figures that show KBSA retailers are ranked highly for their overall level of service.

The KBSA results are gathered from customers of retail members, when they are asked to rank their satisfaction with the overall service received. Results for the 12 months 2018 to 2019 showed that 81% of respondents, gave their KBSA retailer a score of more than 4.5 out of 5, with 57% giving their KBSA retailer a perfect score of 5 out of 5.

Dine in style with afternoon tea on a Königstone worktop

* Dine-in-with-style.jpgWhen homeowners have spent money making their house into a home, it makes sense to make the most of it.

That's why Königstone, the champion of engineered quartz and natural stone worktops, has pulled together a recipe to enable homeowners to invite friends over and enjoy afternoon tea at home.

KBBG announces expansion with new sales team appointment

* KBBG_Neil-Whitaker-Johnson.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group has announced the appointment of Neil Whitaker-Johnson as regional sales manager, Midlands.

Neil joins the KBBG with substantial experience and expertise in the industry. He has held positions of national and regional sales manager in various roles across companies including Blanco, Faith Furniture Company, Astracast and 1810.

Surveyed: 74% of us would use POS finance when buying from SME DIY retailers

* Duologi.jpgAs buy now, pay later payment options continue to surge in popularity, new research finds that the majority of customers (74%) would use point of sale finance when purchasing from SME home and DIY retailers.

To Infinity and beyond

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BMA launches events programme for 2020

* BMA-launches.jpgThe Bathroom Manufacturers Association has announced a new events programme for 2020 designed to support the strategic aims of promoting sustainability and helping improve product compliances across the industry. Consisting of a series of forums and training days, the events take place in London and Stoke-on-Trent.

Grohe announces management changes

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Tilted toilet seat aims to improve business efficiency

* tilted-toilet.jpgLatest Industry research suggests that an average person spends around 25% greater time in workspace lavatories then necessary and it is estimated that in the UK alone, extended employee breaks cost industry and commerce £4billion per annum.

KBSA announces new venue and two platinum sponsors for 2020 Conference

* KBSA-2020-Conference.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced a new venue for the 2020 Conference, AGM and Awards Dinner, which will take place on 30th September 2020.

Daval appoints new business development manager, Nigel Palin

* DAVAL.jpgDaval Furniture has begun 2020 with purpose, following the appointment of Nigel Palin as business development manager. Responsible for implementing new growth strategies and providing continued cultivation of new and existing customers, Nigel has a great deal to bring to the table…

Formerly the sales manager at the now dissolved Prentice Furniture for over two decades, Nigel is able to exploit his extensive industry experience as a skilled negotiator, strategic planner and expert sales and customer provider.

Franke releases Maris 2.0 Hood

* Franke-Maris-hood.jpgFranke has updated its Maris glass cooker hood range, whilst retaining its polished glass design, high levels of functionality and energy saving features. The Maris 2.0 has a sleek and slim aesthetic and is available in classic black and new grey on black glass colourway.

Extend your tile offering with supersized surfaces from Verona

* verona.jpgVerona has extended its Grande large format collection, adding seven versatile new designs to its popular portfolio of tiles.

Influenced by the popularity of open plan living, the trend for oversized interiors still continues to be embraced in UK homes, across floors and walls, both indoors and outdoors. 

TKC further enhances CRM system

TKC, one of the UK's leading specialist suppliers of doors, accessories and components to the kitchen industry, has further improved its exceptional customer service offering by upgrading its customer relationship management system, as part of the company's ongoing strategy to ensure its working processes are in line with the latest technical advances.

VitrA dedicates new brochure to brassware, accessories and showers

* VitrA-Brassware-Catalogue-2020.jpgVitrA Bathrooms has one of the largest collections of brassware and complementary accessories on the market, catering for every style and need.

Moores swaps Secret Santa for donations to local foodbank

* Moores-swaps-secret-santa.jpgFor the second year running, the Special Projects team of the leading kitchen manufacturer Moores decided to skip the well-loved office tradition of exchanging Secret Santa gifts and instead, the money they would have spent was used to purchase essential food items for those less fortunate than themselves.

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