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10th January 2020
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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.
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:
This Week's News
An 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.
Aptly 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.
'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.
Sensio 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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
'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.
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.
National 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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