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29th February 2020


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International News

PJH signs distribution deal with Elica Appliances

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PJH has agreed a distribution deal with Italian appliance brand, Elica. The new partnership, commencing 1st March, will see a comprehensive range of premium Elica cooker hoods, including downdraft, island, integrated and wall mounted, being added to PJH's branded appliance offering.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?

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Two leading lights of British business - both well-known specialists in their field - have formed their own eye-catching partnership.

VitrA launches Smart Panel flush plate

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The VitrA Smart Panel flush plate uses the latest digital sensor technology to create the most hygienic and efficient WC flush available.

Steel Cucine: The appliance of design - with knobs on

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For consumers and retailers looking for innovative designs that extend planning flexibility, the Enfasi Design40 All Black range, from Italian appliance manufacturer Steel Cucine, has it all, with knobs on.

Verona introduces its revamped product catalogue

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Tile distributor Verona will be launching its newly revamped trade catalogue to customers this month. Featuring the company's hugely popular product portfolio, the catalogue has been redesigned to ensure it is simpler for customers to navigate and thus identify ranges for selection.

New year, new colour scheme: Vasco to launch six new on-trend colours for 2020

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Vasco is introducing six new 'Noble' colours across all its designer radiator collections.

Enhancing an already impressive palette, the new 'Noble' colours introduce three metallic shades in bronze, gold & silver, the warm tone of curry provides interest & depth, whilst pearl beige and pink add light, providing the finishing touches for a modern interior be it in the home or office.

HiB launches design-led Accessories range

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HiB has announced the launch of its elegant new Accessories range, designed to complement its existing portfolio of mirrors, cabinets, furniture, lighting and ventilation.

Including a comprehensive selection of bathroom essentials, the Accessories range typifies the innovative approach for which HiB is known.

Transform the kitchen in as little as one day: Have breakfast in your old kitchen and dinner in a new one!

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Ready for a new kitchen in a day? There is a new Trend developing and all you need to know is at granitetransformations.co.uk - Don't start over; makeover. That is the message from Granite & Trend Transformations, with showrooms all over the UK, which means you can transform your kitchen in just one day.

Bold as brass with Caple's new Frampton tap

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Caple's Frampton model now comes in a beautiful new finish, antique brass, for an elegant style statement in the wet zone. Durability is still key for this design as the tap has been designed in solid stainless steel, however the muted tone of brass makes this the perfect choice for a classic in-frame or painted kitchen.

Black to the Future

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A black grid hinged door with 10mm glass thickness is the newest addition to Roman’s Liberty Black Grid collection. The door, which features a silicone free matt black wall profile and the ceramic printed glass, replicates the on-trend black grid latticed style which encapsulates industrial chic with an elegant twist.

Welcome to the


I'm sure the nerves set in for most of us in the KBB industry at this time every other year in the lead up to KBB Birmingham... I always feel sorry for those whose job it is to load and unload all the products - many of which are cumbersome and heavy, as well as anyone involved in building or breaking down a stand. I've never had to get involved in that side of things myself, although I have organised shows and conferences (albeit smaller than this one) and found the whole operation to be very stressful indeed - even when things run perfectly smoothly!

This year we have severe flooding, snow, ice and high winds to contend with - not to mention the Coronavirus which has some of us in meltdown while others don't seem that troubled by it. Will these issues put people off attending KBB, or perhaps make it impossible to do so?

I certainly hope not... and I say this not because of the hard effort everyone puts into having everything ready in time for the opening, but because it's always such a brilliant event with so much to see and learn about. It would be a real shame for anyone to miss it as the next one's two years away.

The event organisers are continuing to closely monitor the developments regarding Coronavirus, through the advice of public health authorities. They assure us that the health & safety of all visitors, customers and colleagues is always their top priority.

KBB Birmingham enjoys the support of many international brands of which the vast majority come from across Europe. "For those few companies based in China, we are working with them to close their physical stand and instead create an exclusively online digital pavilion," say the organisers. "This is due to the travel restrictions currently in place, brought about by COVID-19.

"Our attendees and exhibitors can all be reassured the rest of KBB Birmingham is going ahead as planned. Registrations for the show are tracking significantly ahead year on year with the highest recorded registrations received this week, and it's entirely business as usual for this amazing event."

KBB Birmingham connects the world's leading brands with 15,000 retail, design and development buyers, creating an unrivalled environment for sourcing and networking.

I, too, hope to see you there!


Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

We Have Mail: From the organisers of KBB Birmingham

Regarding Coronavirus issue

Dear Jan,

Our thoughts, wishes and support go to all colleagues and partners in China and beyond for responding to this challenging time with strength and good faith. In order to remain consistent with the customer experience we strive to provide at KBB Birmingham, we are working with our small percentage of Chinese based exhibitors to close their physical space and transition to an exclusively digital pavilion.

FTA asks businesses to cease commercial driver toilet ban

* FTA-smileydriver.jpgIn response to reports from Freight Transport Association’s members that commercial drivers are being refused entry to businesses toilet facilities due to COVID-19 concerns, Sally Gilson, head of skills policy at FTA, comments:

BiKBBI confirms new Apprenticeship Partnership

* BiKBBi.jpgThe British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation has announced an innovative strategic partnership with the End-Point Assessment (EPA) Organisation, Achieve+Partners.

BiKBBI CEO expresses concern over immigration policy to the PM

* Damien.jpgDamian Walters, chief executive of The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation, has written to The Prime Minister expressing his concerns following the announcement of the Government’s proposed immigration policy, due to take effect next year.

Damien believes the policy has the potential for "catastrophic consequences" for the kitchen, bedroom & bathroom industry and urges the Government to work with Trade Associations to better understand the ‘grass-root challenges’ faced.

A S Helsingö launches Bagel Mini and Novel Mini handles

* Helsingo.jpgA S Helsingö has launched two new handle models - the Bagel Mini and Novel Mini. These knobs are new members of the existing Bagel and Novel handle series but are more petite in size and pair perfectly with both smaller furniture and kitchens.

VitrA launches the Voyage collection by award-winning designer Arik Levy

* VitrA-Voyage1.jpgLeading bathroom brand VitrA introduces the Voyage collection, a collaboration with the award-winning multi-disciplinary artist and designer Arik Levy.

Inspired by his time living and working in Japan, Arik Levy worked closely with VitrA's in-house design team to create a bathroom collection that allows both mind and body to relax.

Bank of England to present at BMA Finance Directors Forum 2020

The Bathroom Manufacturers Association has confirmed that Graeme Chaplin, West Midlands agent at the Bank of England, will make a presentation on 'current economic headwinds' and lead a debate on the current state of the sector, at its Finance Directors Forum on 31st March.

Graeme will be joined by an impressive line-up of other speakers that will cover; what every bathroom manufacturer should know about cryptocurrency, trends in FX strategy, the legislative horizon and what are the next generation risks?

Match made in heaven with Caple's new WMI4000 washing machine

* WMi4000-washing-machine.jpgCaple's new WMI4000 washing machine has been designed to complement Caple's new TDI4000 tumble dryer for a match made in heaven in laundry.

This appliance is incredibly energy efficient with an A+++ energy rating with an A for wash class and spin efficiency, too.

New Brooklyn range for Kinedo

* Saniflo-Kinedo1.jpgDesigned to bring the industrial trend to life, the new Kinedo Brooklyn shower cubicle range offers a desirable showering solution for mid to high-end specifications. 

Available in two colour options - industrial chic with a black version; and, grey profiles and chrome shower giving the traditional a modern twist - Brooklyn features transparent glass on the grey version and black silk screen printed lines on the black version.

Michel Roux Jr. officially opens first Roux Kitchen show home in Scotland

* Michel-Roux-cutting-ribbon.jpgMichelin Star Chef Michel Roux Jr. has officially opened the first Scottish showhome to feature the Roux Kitchen collection designed, developed, and manufactured in partnership with British housebuilder kitchens manufacturer, Moores.

Judging panel announced for KBSA Awards

* Judging-KBSA.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has confirmed the judging panel for the 2020 Design Awards. Ainhoa Bilbao, kitchen designer at Bulthaup, takes on the role of head judge.

Nuance Designer and Nuance Acrylic: fresh new designs for a stand-out bathroom

* Nuance-Designer.jpgBushboard's Nuance collection of luxury wall panels offers high design, excellent performance and easy maintenance; perfect for making a statement in any bathroom.

With wall panels becoming a go-to favourite over tiles in recent years, Nuance brings fresh new designs in Designer and Acrylic collections including weathered timbers and luxury stones, all designed to create a high-end look with less mess and less cost than tiling.

Double the brochures to support product expansion from RAK Ceramics

* RAK-SANITARYWARE-COVER.jpgDue to significant growth in its product ranges for 2020, particularly in sanitaryware, RAK Ceramics has launched not one but two product brochures.

'Designed around you' - New 2020 Brochure by Vogue (UK)

* VOGUE-MAIN.jpgThe UK's largest manufacturer of premium designer radiators and towel warmers, Vogue (UK) celebrate 30 years in business and the launch of its new brochure for 2020 with new-look branding, renewed design and comprehensive product offering.

Moores holds celebratory lunch for employees with over 30 years of service

* Moores-30th.jpgKitchens manufacturer Moores recently organised a lunch to thank long-standing employees who have worked at the company for 30 years or more.

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Recent News

BMA cautiously optimistic for Boris Bounce

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Bathroom Manufacturers Association CEO Tom Reynolds has welcomed the 11 months of certainty on trading terms and regulation that began on 1st February, as the UK finally left Europe, but is cautiously optimistic about the longterm outlook.

And they keep on coming!

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Pland debuts on Radio 4'S Today Programme

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Sovereign Bathrooms joins KBSA

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Duravit offers new RIBA-approved CPD: 'Material Innovation in Bathroom Design'

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BiKBBI welcomes Victoria Plum Trade as Corporate Sponsor

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