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29th February 2020
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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.
Including a comprehensive selection of bathroom essentials, the Accessories range typifies the innovative approach for which HiB is known.
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!
This Week's News
Regarding Coronavirus issue
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.
In 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:
The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation has announced an innovative strategic partnership with the End-Point Assessment (EPA) Organisation, Achieve+Partners.
Damian 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 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.
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.
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?
This appliance is incredibly energy efficient with an A+++ energy rating with an A for wash class and spin efficiency, too.
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.
Michelin 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.
The 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.
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.
Due to significant growth in its product ranges for 2020, particularly in sanitaryware, RAK Ceramics has launched not one but two product brochures.
The 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.
Kitchens 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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