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28th July 2017


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European Bathroom Forum promotes creation of environmental label

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The European Bathroom Forum, a new platform made up of 57 European manufacturers and nine Trade Bodies and associations from the bathroom industry, is promoting the creation of an environmental Water Label for the bathroom space.

LDL launches Pullboy Z for Blum Legrabox

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LDL is extending its range of Wesco built-in household bins with the launch of the Pullboy Z with fully assembled Blum Legrabox drawer.

The popular Pullboy Z waste bin system has two separate compartments to facilitate efficient sorting of household rubbish and has previously only been available with Blum Antaro drawers supplied in component form.

Intuitive control: A new remote control app for Geberit AquaClean Mera and Tuma

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Operating the Geberit AquaClean Mera and Tuma shower toilets is now even simpler, with a new remote control app for smartphones. The remote control app with extra features makes operating the Geberit AquaClean Mera and Tuma shower toilets simpler than ever.

Alongside a simple-to-use control panel and intuitive remote control, the latest Geberit AquaClean shower toilets can also be operated via an app on an Android or Apple smartphone.

Glass act: new glass basins for Svelte 120 bathroom unit set new design standards

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Pioneering bathroom manufacturer, Bauhaus, has launched a new range of moulded glass basins to accompany its design-led Svelte basin unit. Reflecting light in a crystal clear finish, these unique glass basins set a new standard in innovative bathroom design.

Following the distinctive curves of Svelte's 120 basin units, the exquisite cast-glass basin and worksurface is available in two distinctive finishes of Charcoal and Ice White.

Keeping warm with Gaia's underfloor heating

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Gaia Climate Solutions provides two main types of underfloor heating systems; a water-based system (often referred to as hydronic or wet) and an electric system.

Water-based systems essentially use warm water from the central heating system and pump it through pipe circuits underneath the floor. This type of heating uses water at a lower temperature than standard radiators which helps to reduce heating costs.

After the storm: Cintas offers retailers a Summer storm checklist

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Would you know what to do if a severe summer storm damaged your retail facility? Time is critical following a natural disaster. With Summer storm season just beginning in parts of the US & well underway in much of Europe, Cintas Corporation offers retailers a checklist to help limit downtime following a severe storm.

HiB urges retailers to take stock of 3g living

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With World Population Day taking place this week (on Tuesday 11th July), HiB has been highlighting the importance of catering to the growing trend for 3G living, especially when it comes to the bathroom.

Utopia scoops 'Best British Bathroom Brand' award

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Utopia Bathrooms tells us it is delighted to have been voted Britain's Best Bathroom Furniture Brand at the recent BKU Awards.

As a leading British manufacturer of bathroom furniture, Utopia has consistently made the shortlist for the Best Bathroom Furniture Brand category in the annual award scheme run by BKU (Bathroom & Kitchen Update) but this is the first time it has won this coveted award.

In frame and in colour - Benchmarx launches four new kitchen ranges

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Being able to recommend products that offer quality finishes and match the latest kitchen trends is vital when it comes to meeting customer needs. Now, trade-only supplier of high-quality rigid kitchens, Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, has launched four new ranges to its collections to ensure fitters can do just that and, importantly, at the right price.

Add elegance to any home with Lustrolite carbon panels

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This rich carbon panel is the perfect addition to any kitchen.

Welcome to the


'Appliances Home Alone (safely)' was how the release was headed up and although my first thought was that I'd be preaching to the converted by mentioning it here, my subsequent realisation that I'd not got around to registering my fridge freezer - purchased several months back - despite it still carrying a large orange sticker on the front suggesting that I do so immediately, made me change my mind.

The London Fire Brigade's warning that at least one of the fires tackled each day in the UK involves white goods, should be ringing alarm bells with us all - especially when one considers that in 90% of cases, the cause was a fault in the appliance or its electrical supply rather than human behaviour! 

Luckily many of these fires are extinguished before too much harm is done, but the Grenfell tower block fire - reportedly started when an appliance exploded - shows how important it is that we become less complacent about the potential failure of these items and more switched on about safety.

I was horrified to learn from a YouGov survey that almost 32% of us would continue to use white goods even if they started making strange noises, (even I wouldn't do that!). I wasn't surprised though that 70% had never checked whether their white goods were the subject of a product recall. The news that 27% of those said that they hadn't checked because they wouldn't know where to find the information, bothers me. Are we as an industry doing enough to get the message across, I wonder?

Also - and more worryingly, the figures show that despite a substantial reduction in household fires (13% between 2011 and 2015) the number of blazes involving white goods has dropped just 5% during the same period. Maths has never been my good point but doesn't that mean that a higher percentage of fires is now down to a faulty appliance, rather than other causes? 

The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, which issued the press release I mentioned earlier, suggests that with the holidays upon us and many of us going away, we should register our appliances to ensure that we don't miss out on any vital product safety repairs or product recall information. All it takes is a look around your kitchen and a visit to www.registermyappliance.org.uk I'm going to do it now...



This Week's News

Kitchen market in strong position

* Kitchen-market.jpgThe 2017 edition of JKMR's Overview Report shows that despite the growing pressure on the economy and consumer confidence, the UK fitted kitchen market saw another strong year of growth in 2016, with further growth projected for 2017.

Franke offers sponsorship opportunity for Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design

* Franke-red-dot.jpgFranke is offering an exclusive 50% scholarship to a studio designer at one of its More in Store retailers to support them completing the Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design at Bucks New University. Applications are now open and retailers have until Friday 4th August to apply.

New brochure for Vitra Designer Collection

* VITRA-Designer-collection1.jpgThe VitrA Designer Collection has a new 450 page full-colour glossy brochure. The new perfect-bound 2017 directory provides the company's 180 plus specialist Showrooms of Excellence and contract customers with an easy-to-use bathroom manual each of VitrA's designer bathroom pieces.

The VitrA Designer Collection brochure highlights seven new ranges, launched at ISH in March, which are now available in the UK.

Tradespeople are contributing to the growing landfill problem

* Tradespeople-landfill.jpgAn overwhelming number of tradespeople are failing to recycle efficiently, according to new research. The survey of 1,055 British adults carried out by tradeskips.com, found that 73% do not recycle their waste materials in their place of work, compared to 22% who do not at home.

Gaia rewarded for its environmental responsibility

* Gaia-rewarded.jpgUnderfloor heating specialist Gaia Climate Solutions, has been awarded the Bronze level accreditation from the Carbon Charter Panel, thanks to the company's effective carbon monitoring and attitude towards taking environmental responsibility seriously, with several reduction plans in place.

British Ceramic Tile inspires fashion students with tile competition

* BCT-inspires1.jpgBritish Ceramic Tile has once again shown its support for the next generation of designers at Plymouth College of Art with a London Fashion Week inspired tile competition.

The UK's largest ceramic and glass tile manufacturer set students on the BA Printed Design & Surface Pattern course a challenge to design a fashion-inspired tile using a textile-based pattern.

Moores Furniture Group become BiKBBI Installation Standards Partner

* Moores-Furniture-partners.jpgIn what has been a busy month for The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation, the organisation today announced, that Moores Furniture Group had become its latest 'big scalp' Installation Standards Partner, joining a fast growing network of high profile retailers and manufacturers.

Shop the Blanco collection with the a la Carte brochure

* Shop-the-Blanco.jpgChoosing the perfect kitchen sink has never been simpler with the Blanco a la Carte Inset and Undermount Studio Collection brochure. With over 40 sink models on display, this glossy brochure guides the buyer through the nuances and accessories of each one.

The brochure uses beautiful, high quality imagery and detailed descriptions to present every product. Helpful information such as dimensions, pricing and materials of each sink and tap is included, making the selection process as simple as possible.

'100 Years of Roca | 100 Years of Design'... from raw material to finished product

* 100-Years-of-Roca.jpgIn the second exhibition marking '100 Years of Roca | 100 Years of Design', taking place in September at the Roca London Gallery, Roca will draw on the expert knowledge it has amassed since 1917. It will explore how the experiences and insights over the last 100 years have successfully influenced Roca product design, challenged established thinking and mirrored changes in our lifestyles and society at large.

Alno UK board announcement

* Alno-UK-board.jpgJonathon Wagstaff (left of picture) - previously Alno UK managing director before becoming CEO, has resigned from his position at Alno UK.

Stuart Welburn (right of picture) - previously Alno UK finance director and more recently, Alno Contracts managing director - has been appointed managing director of Alno UK, and will be taking up his post on 1st August 2017. Stuart will also be acting as the Alno UK Board chairman.

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Recent News

Hotly contested shortlist for KBSA Designer Awards announced

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This year's hotly contested shortlist of finalists has been announced by the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association. The judges for the Awards, who judge all entries anonymously, announced the shortlist and noted that this year the standard of entry was better than ever.

KBSA support for In-toto and Alno retailers

The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, has offered support to In-toto and Alno retailers following the news that Alno AG has filed for insolvency in self-administration.

Older people and children most at risk this Summer from Legionella

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Older people, parents and business owners are being encouraged to stay vigilant against a potentially deadly disease that has infected over 200 people in the UK and many more overseas, this year alone.

Cosentino UK supports The Kitchen Education Trust (TKET)

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Cosentino UK tells us it is delighted to be supporting The Kitchen Education Trust (TKET) and that it is offering one of its Elite Studios a 50% scholarship to send a member of staff on the award-winning foundation degree course in Kitchen Design at Buckinghamshire New University from September 2017.

25 years in the UK for VitrA. Do you have stories or images to share?

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VitrA is celebrating 25 years in the UK this weekend. The high profile VitrA brand has enjoyed significant growth, due to its commitment to producing products that people really want in their bathrooms. Celebrations have kicked off with a party for staff at its UK headquarters in Didcot, Oxfordshire. To mark the occasion VitrA is also asking retailers to share any bathroom stories or images from the early 1990s.

BMA conference to tackle Brexit and other important issues

How will industry cope?

Industry leaders are bracing themselves for a raft of inevitable changes which they see coming their way in the next few years.

Alno UK - business as usual

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Alno AG, Alno Logistik GmbH and Gustav Wellmann GmbH & Co. KG applied to the German Court for insolvency on Wednesday.

KBSA announces two new corporate members

The UK distributor of Corian - CDUK, and wine cellar specialist Wine Corner, have joined the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association.

Aqualisa becomes BiKBBI Corporate Sponsor

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Premium shower manufacturer Aqualisa was this week unveiled as the latest bluechip industry brand to become a Corporate Sponsor of The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI).

TKC upgrades its trade-only showroom to further improve customer service

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TKC has upgraded its showroom and trade counter to incorporate more kitchen displays, more ancillary products and a separate area for trade customer transactions as part of its continued expansion plans.

Fatalities in the workplace - how can they be avoided?

According to recent statistics released by HSE, there were 137 workers killed at work in the UK in 2016/17. These statistics are based on a wide variety of industries, such as manufacturing, construction, agriculture, waste, transport |& storage, and wholesale & retail trade.

Call to end 'one in, three out' deregulation gains wide support

More than 700 organisations and individuals have now signed an open letter to UK Prime Minister Theresa May which challenges arbitrary deregulation of health & safety.

Official workplace fatality figures hide tens of thousands of related deaths

The GMB Union, which has members across every sector of the British economy, says yesterday's official workplace death figures hide tens of thousands of related deaths.


Double promotion celebrated at HiB

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HiB has announced the promotion of two of its longest serving employees to directors. Brothers Neil and Richard Berry have taken on the positions of operations director and logistics director respectively.

Having each worked at the company for almost 20 years, Neil (left) and Richard (right) are the latest example of HiB's investment in staff progression and development.

Smeg UK welcomes Garry Leveridge as national account manager

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Smeg UK has announced the appointment of Garry Leveridge as national sales manager to its ever-growing team of commerce experts.

Garry joins with 28 years of industry experience; he will not only be developing new and existing business, but will also manage the Smeg accounts for John Lewis, Homebase and B&Q.

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