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22nd July 2011


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International News

Amazing grates!

Unislope, the new all-in-one-pack solution for installing a wet room floor and linear drain, now offers a comprehensive range of superior grade solid stainless steel grates and custom panels that complement both the function and the form of a designer wet room.

New classically elegant basin stands from Imperial Bathrooms

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Imperial Bathrooms - the leading British manufacturer of bathroom products for the discerning client - continues to distinguish itself in the bathroom market with the launch of a new and extensive basin stand collection that recreates the classical elegance of the British bathroom.

Summer Style from British Ceramic Tile

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Whether you're looking for something soothing & restful or something with a bit more pizzazz, the Summer product launch from British Ceramic Tile will have a range to suit many of your needs.

AEG's new oven puts expertise of 100s of professional chefs at your disposal!

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The new Culisense oven from AEG offers the future right now in cooking with an abundance of expert functions, including the innovative AutoCook. The Culisense oven is equipped with a rich database of expert recipes and advanced sensors which can detect the weight and volume of the food to be cooked - calculating the right cooking temperature and time. The Culisense oven does the work for you; so you don't have to.

SBID announces International Design Awards as Official British Partner of Maison & Objet

As the official British partner of Maison & Objet,The Society of British Interior Design is delighted to be launching the inaugural International Design Awards to both SBID and non-SBID interior design professionals from around the world. The competition will measure six categories of interior design excellence.

Welcome to the

The Board of the Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that this year's AGM will be held at the Barcelo Billesley Manor Hotel, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 6NF, on Tuesday 4th October 2011 .at 16.00.

The plan is to hold the meeting in the late afternoon - so if you're a retailer you won't have to leave your showrooms too early! After the AGM there will be a networking dinner, with after dinner speaker, at the same venue, where there is plenty of accommodation for those who wish to stay overnight and perhaps continue the networking into the early hours.

The 2011 KBBR Kitchen Conference is the following day, October 5th, at The Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire, which is around 30 minutes away from Alcester - so it offers an ideal opportunity to take in both events.

The cost for KBSA retailers is £160 (including VAT) - which will include the dinner, overnight accommodation and also free entry to this year's Kitchen Conference at Gaydon. Obviously, attendance at the AGM only is also free.

The KBSA has asked us to ask members planning to attend some or all of the events to let the team there know your intentions as soon as possible. If you wish to reserve places for yourself and/or any colleagues, please contact the KBSA with the names of the delegates, which of the events you're/they're attending and whether you/they require overnight accommodation at the hotel.

As someone who's organised exhibitions and conferences in the past, I know what a nightmare it can be - particularly when it comes to matching delegates to hotel rooms (block book too many and you have to pay for them whether they're used or not... reserve too few and you have to find another nearby hotel and organise transport for everyone that can't be accommodated at the original hotel - which never goes down well with those who feel they've been ousted!) so please make things easy and don't leave your bookings until the last minute.

Dawn ([email protected]) is awaiting your instructions... 




Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Member of The Furniture Ombudsman Standards Board becomes Fellow of the Trading Standards Institute

* Jim-Potts_TSI_Fellowship.jpgThe Furniture Ombudsman is proud to announce that Standards Board Member, Jim Potts, has been admitted as a Fellow of the Trading Standards Institute.

Jim is the former Head of Trading Standards for Lancashire County Council and has worked with the Trading Standards Institute for over 40 years. He was admitted as a Fellow at its recent conference, in recognition of his services to the Trading Standards profession.

A marriage of form and function: new extractor hoods from Blanco by Gutmann

* Blanco-Visual.jpgStrikingly attractive, with an entirely new way of extracting moisture and unwanted odours, the latest hood from the Blanco by Gutmann range, genuinely offers something new to homeowners looking for the ultimate in extraction technology.

The Visual hood is an elegant chimney style design with filters designed as delicate cutwork panels. The hood uses an ingenious internal frame extraction system, which draws in smells and moisture from both top and bottom, and boasts an extraction rate of 1200m3/second using an internal motor - and an even higher rate with an external motor. It's available in a variety of sizes in wall-mounted or island options and features halogen lighting and a choice of motors.

Ellis Furniture gears up for product launches

* Ellis-Furniture-cameo.jpgEllis Furniture is gearing up for the launch of new bathroom and kitchen ranges this August. The launch forms part of the company's ongoing and significant investment programme, which has recently seen new state of the art machinery reduce bathroom lead times to just two weeks, a new consumer focused website, new point of sale material for every Ellis Furniture retailer in the UK, and an expanded team.

Whilst the high street is experiencing one of its toughest periods, Ellis Furniture is supporting all its customers and will continue to do so, investing in them and building consumer awareness of the Ellis Furniture brand.

B&Q invests in FIRA Gold Installation Certification

* Jonny-Westbrooke_Billy-Quinn_FIRA.jpgFIRA hasd announce that B&Q has received FIRA Gold Installation Certification for its kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms installation services.

The accreditation means that the installation processes used by B&Q have passed a rigorous series of tests to ensure that installation in customers' homes is carried out to the highest standards each and every time.

New retail sales manager focuses on wall-hung

* Marnie_Geberit.jpgAs it continues to spread the good word about the benefits of wall-hung sanitaryware to the UK market, Geberit, a leading supplier of innovative sanitary systems, has further extended its retail sales force to a team of 13 with the appointment of Marnie Hopkinson to the position of Retail Area Sales Manager Yorkshire.

Joining the company from Triton Showers where she worked for more than 10 years in a variety of sales roles, (readers may know her as Marnie Parker but she's recently married) Marnie tells us that her new role at Geberit will involve developing the wall-hung concept and sales across the Yorkshire and Humberside region, with a particular focus on retail showrooms.

'Dry Clean' in your own home!

* AEG-ProTex-L98699FL-LS.jpgAEG believes that great clothes deserve great care which is why its washing machine range includes an innovative steam function amongst its many other state of the art features. Its steam feature can change the way we clean our clothes forever. AEG's ProTex washing machines can 'refresh' and 'de-crease' even dry-clean only garments, which means you can cut back on those costly and time consuming trips to the dry cleaners!

With the days getting busier and more hectic by the hour, AEG washing machines are designed for your convenience. The anti-crease steam programmes are a highly practical feature to have as they remove creases and wrinkles, making ironing a much easier task. The steam functions can also 'refresh' clothes by removing odours and the 'worn all day' look when you are in a hurr

Construction repair specialist Plastic Surgeon wins National Recycling Awards

recycling_awards.gifPlastic Surgeon - cosmetic repair specialist and expert in material and building product repairs such as plastic and GRP, woods and veneers, stone and brick, ceramics and enamel, glass and glazing, metals and Ffoils and other surfaces, scooped an award at last week's 2011 National Recycling Awards, under the category of 'Waste Minimisation' for its 'repair not replace' sustainable strategy.

The company's construction repairs can include anything from fixing scratches on shower doors and chipped kitchen worktops to restoring damaged sinks, baths, stone facades and uPVC windows. The team of experienced finishers make invaluable repairs that save clients hundreds of thousands of pounds on replacements.

Mark Wilkinson OBE: Bringing together special charities

* Rowden-School.jpgMark Wilkinson OBE, said to have turned the kitchen into the heart of the home when he created the lifestyle-focused English Country Kitchen in the late Seventies and broke the grip that the efficiency-led German manufacturers were beginning to exert on the UK luxury kitchen market at that time, wielded a little more of his magic recently when he was at the heart of an initiative to raise funding for two environmentally-related charity initiatives.

A committed environmentalist, Mark was asked to design two keepsake trophies for the 2011 winners of the Royal Park's Foundation Half Marathon that takes place in London in October.

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News in Brief
The eight finalists for Electrolux Design Lab 2011 have been announced. See their designs at www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP8AHsgPNQQ&feature=player_embedded
R & D Marketing's demista  heated mirror pads are providing steam-free preening in the recently opened luxury Crowne Plaza hotel in St Petersburg. T: 01932 866600

Most of MX Group's new Atmos range of thermostatic mixer showers carry TMV2 approval. All suit high and low pressure systems. E: [email protected]

's new insert basin corner unit and corner mirror have been designed to fit into and function beautifully in the tiniest of spaces. T: 02476 717 129
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