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10th January 2020


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International News

Dine in style with afternoon tea on a Königstone worktop

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When 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.

'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.

Welcome to the


Welcome to our first KBzine of the new decade. So much has happened since our last broadcast... the world seems to be on something of a precipice, doesn't it, what with the frightening escalation of tensions affecting the Middle East (and potentially beyond), unusually severe weather conditions in many parts of the world and the Brexit agenda - under pressure to be finalised by the end of this month and the scaremongering still ongoing about its impact on the various parts of our continent’s ability to trade and even, in some cases, to remain friends. Naturally, the world's prayers have been focused on Australia and its need for rain. What a catastrophe to have to deal with and please may it never happen on this scale again!

Most people (or we’re supposed to, anyway) look forward to Christmas and the New Year as a time of celebration and – importantly – as it offers for many a few days away from the workplace. Every other year though, I tend to get excited about what’s coming after Christmas… Yes – the KBB Birmingham show, which is, as I write, just eight weeks away.

My inbox is already filling with a taster of what we’ll be able to see at this year’s event and I have to say it’s all looking very exciting. There are more than 400 exhibitors and we’re promised collection debuts from many brands and of course the all-important networking opportunities that such a dynamic hub of activity brings.

I’m on the edge of my seat!

The show runs across 1st – 4th March. You can register to attend at:



Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

Wren Kitchens will open inspirational Bradford showroom this month

* Wren-Kitchens.jpgAn inspirational Wren Kitchens showroom in Bradford, Forster Square Retail Park, will open on Friday, 24th January. The 14,103sq.ft. former Mothercare unit is undergoing a complete transformation with a top spec fit-out incorporating over 40 kitchen displays, a 3D virtual reality room to help bring dream kitchens to life and an interactive appliance studio.

As one of the best places to work in the UK, and the fastest growing bricks and mortar retailer, Wren Kitchens is on the lookout for the last three talented people to join the 16-strong Bradford team.

Introducing Jet: a collection of the deepest black ceramic for dramatic intensity

* Introducing-Jet.jpgAptly named after the precious gemstone found along the Great British, North Yorkshire coastline, the new capsule Burlington Jet collection encapsulates the deepest blackness and high gloss qualities of the Whitby Jet Stone.

A bathroom collection with infinite depth and a daring presence, the range of ceramics creates a striking existence in any interior. The high-shine chrome brassware, matching black indices and dark, glossy accessories, including customisable baths and furniture, complete the collection for an on trend, breathtaking bathroom aesthetic.

Roxor completes rebrand of Premier Bathrooms to 'nuie'

* Roxor-Nuie-New-Brochure.jpgThe arrival of the aspirational new 'nuie' bathroom brochure from Roxor - which showcases many new products - completes the transition of the Premier Bathroom Collection to the new brand 'nuie'.

'nuie', which takes inspiration from the concept of 'renewal' that we all experience when we come out of the bathroom, expresses how the previous 'Premier Bathroom Collection' brand has evolved to become an exciting portfolio of on-trend, quality-made products, from classic to contemporary, boasting an extremely competitive price point.

New operations director for KBB lighting firm Sensio

* Sensio_Stuart_Law.jpgSensio Lighting has appointed a new operations director to the Board. Stuart Law will be taking over the role from Paul Harvey, who after four years of success in the position will be moving to focus on special projects for the business.

Stuart Law, a senior operations professional, has spent the vast majority of his career in manufacturing at one of the world's largest FMCG companies, Procter & Gamble. Starting his career as an engineer and following progression into senior manufacturing management, he worked for many years throughout Western Europe and the UK from a Brussels base.

Lighten up the kitchen with Königstone's Concrete Sand

* Konigstone-Sand.jpgFor homeowners looking for a natural-looking engineered stone, then Königstone's KönigQuartz worktop is the ideal material; the new neutral colour, Concrete Sand, perfectly complements all schemes.

The light tones of the worktop will contrast with dark cabinetry to lighten a kitchen scheme or will blend seamlessly with muted coloured doors and drawers.

MHK appoints David Morris as sales manager

* MHK_David-Morris.jpgMHK Holding UK, a subsidiary of MHK, one of Europe's leading buying groups for independent kitchen, bathroom and bedroom retailers, has announced the appointment of David Morris as sales manager.

David will work with UK independent kitchen retailers, advising them of the benefits that membership of MHK brings - including first class purchase prices and a range of innovative services.

New decade starts with four new members and new KBB 2020 partner for KBSA

* KBSA-Ascot-Bespoke-Kitchens.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has moved into the new decade with a bang; boasting four new members signed up at the end of December and a new partner for KBB 2020 – Mereway.

The two new retail members are Ascot Bespoke Kitchens from Derby and Cloisters Design from Hemel Hempstead. The two new Corporate members are Flo Marketing - based in Solihull - and Italian Luxury Surfaces in Berkshire.

'Go Figure' with Fog by Aestus

* Go-Figure-Aestus.jpgAestus celebrates the graphic beauty of Fog: a highly-expressive heating design, made available in either a contemporary Matt Black or Matt White finish.

"Confirming once again that 'expressive shapes and creative forms' will become a key ingredient for next-generation heating solutions in 2020, Fog is a textbook choice for the modern homeowner wanting to create a statement piece in the modern bathroom," says Steve Birch, sales director, Aestus.

The 2020 interior design trend is Timber-tastic, says German brand Schuller

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'We can expect raw appeal with refined surface,' it says. 'Think natural wild oak and black flamed effect, all with high quality and low maintenance.

Verona introduces January promotional offer with 10% off extensive Definitive collection

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A hugely popular ceramic tile collection that has proved to be a strong seller for retail customers, Definitive offers over 50 individual ranges with a wide selection of contemporary designs from distinctive marbles through to understated concrete.

Showroom success for Lakes with Jewson

* Lakes-Bay-Slider-Jewson.jpgNational builders' merchant Jewson has recently updated its showroom in Flitwick to include Lakes' new Bay Series and premium stone resin trays, Lakes Stone. The branch has five Lakes' displays, which now include the Bay Slider and Lakes Stone in Cotswold Grey.

Lakes is a preferred supplier for showering spaces to Jewson. Its Flitwick branch in Bedfordshire has been supplying Lakes' products for approximately six years and displaying its Island, Coastline and Classic Collections since the branch revamped its showroom three years ago.

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