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12th August 2011


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This will be the last broadcast issue of KBzine until the 2nd September as John and I are taking the holiday season opportunity to get some IT housekeeping and back office work done! I leave my desk with a heavy heart knowing that the world is watching us in England, no doubt as horrified as the majority of us here are, about the rioting that has spread to many parts of the country.

I bought my sofas from Reeves in Croydon which featured in Monday night's news as it went up in flames. Whenever I shopped there I was beautifully looked after by helpful, friendly staff who may have now lost their livelihoods. I do hope this was the only KBB business wrecked by the thugs we have in our midst, but I doubt it.

I had spent the last couple of days wondering how on earth we were going to cope with the clean-up, when I saw on the news that several of the 'nicer' citizens of London had used social networking - so damned for the part it played in gathering the rioters to do their dirty deeds - to set up groups that would summon other decent people to start the clean up it helped restore my faith in human nature a little. 

Do please keep your news coming in over the next couple of weeks as we will be checking our emails and we'll post any major breaking news.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe and if you're taking a break of any sort, have fun and try and make the most of the summer!



Jan Hobbs


This Week's News


We have mail from the Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association

We have been advised that there are several scams in operation at the moment targeting specialist retailers for appliance purchases. Requests are received via email/internet and when a contact phone number is requested, an email response is received citing a hearing impairment so they cannot communicate verbally.

Abode goes Dutch

One of the UK's most eclectic, award winning kitchen sink and tap designers/manufacturers' - Abode, has launched its products onto the Dutch market.

The full range of both modern and contemporary kitchen taps, including the newly launched 'Quintessentially' Abode collection plus the stainless steel, ceramic and composite sinks portfolio, are now being distributed across Benelux, the Netherlands and Northern Germany.

Utopia completes intensive training programme

Following its major new product launch in May, Utopia Bathroom Group has now completed an intensive three week training programme for retailers dedicated entirely to the recently launched new products.

The June programme of events took place at the company's Bilston headquarters where a new 7,000 sq ft showroom has been installed to showcase the four new product ranges.

Rocking Roller hood from Franke is hugely efficient

* Franke-Roller-Hood.jpgEver a leader in kitchen technology, Franke has introduced the Roller hood which is compact at 90cm wide, unobtrusive, with its steeply-angled design - and hugely efficient. This sophisticated unit will complement all kitchen schemes whatever the layout and size.

The stylish black glass surround contrasts beautifully with the stainless steel strips while ambient lighting is achieved with halogen lights. There is a choice of touch or optional remote control.

Charming Couture from Uber

* Uber_Cameo-Anthracite.jpgKeep up with the catwalk trends this summer with the Couture collection of kitchens from Uber. You may have noticed that the new trend in Europe is all things matt. Uber's Couture collection embraces this new look beautifully so that retailers can offer something really different.

The Couture collection is stylish with handle-less doors for a minimalist streamlined look. It is also versatile with nine different colours. For example, the Anthracite colour balances bold and stylish, yet warm and homely.

New Reno tap works the trend for texture and colour

* Carron-Phoenix-Reno-Jet-Black.jpgCarron Phoenix has updated its popular Reno tap style by introducing it in a stylish combination of textured granite and polished chrome finishes. The tap was launched on July 1st, when the company unveiled its newly updated 2011/2012 portfolio with nine new taps and several new sink models including the Sapphira ceramic, Carlow ceramic, Deca Belfast and Ergo 200 in stainless steel.

Bushboard's upgraded Encore solid surface range offers moulded acrylic sinks and new designs

* Bushboard-Crystal-White.jpgBushboard has taken its Encore solid surface worktop range up another notch with the launch of white moulded acrylic sinks and four new Crystal designs, opening up even wider design flexibility for retailers to capitalise on the popularity of solid surfacing with consumers. The new products will be available from August 8th.

There are two new moulded sink models in 100% pure white acrylic guaranteeing the highest levels of hygiene and performance being durable, non-porous and inherently robust enough to cope with the high speed demands of a waste disposal unit.

FIRA to exhibit at Timber Expo 2011

FIRA (The Furniture Industry Research Association) International will be exhibiting at Timber Expo 2011, a dynamic new event designed to bring the timber industry under one roof for the first time. The event will be held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 27th and 28th of September, 2011.

With its unparalleled furniture industry knowledge, FIRA works to raise performance throughout the furniture supply chain by offering research, testing and certification schemes. FIRA also offers consultancy services in business process improvement, environmental management, ergonomics, tendering and specifications. FIRA is also well known for its FIRA Service Technicians which are the leading, independent after sales service, and The Furniture Ombudsman which operates independently to raise standards withi

Methven Kiri Satinjet ultra low flow shower wins Green Good Design Award

* Methven-Satinjet-Kiri-Ultra-Low-Flow.jpgMethven - the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware - is celebrating yet another award win after its Kiri Satinjet Ultra Low Flow Shower won a 'green' medal in the 2011 Green Good Design Awards from The European Centre for Architecture Art Design & Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture & Design, the largest and oldest awards for contemporary design in the world.

The Kiri Satinjet ultra low flow shower became available in the UK and Europe earlier this year. Judges praised the shower for its sophisticated design, superior performance and impressive water and energy saving credentials.

Tile Depot winds back tile prices for Newbury

Tile Depot, the UK's largest independent tile, stone and wood retailer, has opened a brand new store in Newbury, Berks.

Tile Depot's 18th branch occupies Unit 1 on Newbury Trade Park, a prominent position on the Hambridge Road near Jewson's, and is easily identified displaying the retailer's distinctive yellow and green signage. Tile Depot is a totally new type of tile store for Newbury and Thatcham featuring inspirational room-like displays throughout and a massive choice of the latest wall and floor tiles to suit all tastes, from budget ranges to designer collections. The new store has created three jobs for local people.

IDS launches Twitter

* IDS-Twitter.jpgSurface materials specialist IDS has become the first distributor in its field to launch Twitter. The site went live mid July with the company tweeting regularly about its extensive portfolio in worktops, flooring, laminates, Showerwall and solid surfacing. IDS has attracted 80 followers so far and based on the initial response is confident of accelerating the number of followers significantly in the coming months.

Followers of IDS Twitter have access to a range of benefits and services including real time product updates; product tips and tricks as well as IDS 'Twoffers' which include discounts or promotions exclusively available to Twitter devotees.

Breathtaking bathrooms from Neptune

Renowned for its beautifully crafted garden, kitchen and interiors furniture, Neptune, keeping its promise to become the 'whole house solution', has announced the launch of its new Chichester Bathroom Collection. Exceptional quality and fine details have been applied with the same ethos that Neptune gives to every piece it creates to ensure this luxurious collection combines style and function in perfect harmony with the same affordable price tags.

The Chichester Bathroom range comprises under and over-mounted cabinets and wall pieces. Several sizes are offered allowing for a choice of basins. The freestanding cabinets provide endless combinations - combining the basin and drawer bases or adding open curved cabinets on the ends. The space in any bathroom can be maximised as these cabinets p

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News in Brief
Royal Warrant holder Stoneham, has added five Low Emission 7.5 ton vehicles to its fleet. E: [email protected] 

De Dietrich's new DVY1010J 45cm slimline, 'AAA' rated dishwasher, handles 10-place settings and has with a useful half load facility. T: 01256 308 067

AKW's 'Level Best' wet-room system is perfect for those of limited ability. T: 01905 823298

Gorenje's new GIC63140 AX built-in compact dishwasher accommodates six standard place settings and is very energy- and water-efficient. T: 0208 247 3980
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