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DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen helps citizens 'age in place'

...ement, try accenting with rich purple or golden hues. T: 254-523-9605 E: Jamie.Brooks@dreammakerbk.com W: www.dreammaker-remodel.com ...

Electrolux reveals more about Design Lab competition finalists

Click image to watch the video Electrolux has just released eight superb mini video clips about each of the Electrolux Design Lab finalists. From a gel fridge to a dishwasher that composts food left on your plates, they really do make you wonder why no-one's thought of them before. Check them out on the website and then make sure you see them for yourself at 100% Design, which is taking place at London's Earls Court from 23rd to 26th September 2010. www.electroluxdesignlab.com ...

News in Brief

...e is offering a free five-year parts and labour guarantee on its black or white WA72145 and WA72145BK washing machines and D72325 and D72325BK condenser dryers. T: 0208 247 3980 Tile Depot has launched several new tile ranges. They include metallic finishes, natural stone and stone-look ceramics, marble effect, porcelain with a natural slate-...

Get your business on track with help from new tools

Around 40% of SMEs in the UK - two million businesses - do not keep adequate records, even though they are legally bound to keep them, to make sure they make a correct income tax or corporation tax self assessment return. Failure to take reasonable care in record-keeping leads to a loss of around £6.5billion in tax every year. Free tools ...

Kbb London reveals innovation leaders

... products will be showcased in the Innovations Centre at the kbb London exhibition are:[TRIMTO] ABK InnoVent Britannia Living Caple CDA De Dietrich Appliances Fisher & Paykel Appliances Franke Grohe Hafele Hansgrohe Hoover KitchenAid Roman S-Box Scholtes Sensio Taptile Teuco The Pure H20 Company Whirpool "We are delighted to inspire and s...

Gorenje re-runs popular laundry promotion

...bour guarantee on any one of four washing machines and dryers. These include the WA72145 and WA72145BK washing machines and the D72325 and D72325BK condenser dryers; available in either a classic white or stylish black finish. Ruth Ferguson, Gorenje's Marketing Manager, says: "This promotion has been very popular, and by running it again we are ...

Terence Ball kitchens launches six new ranges

Building on the successful 2010 launch of TBK rigid built kitchens, six new ranges are now introduced. Painted ash timber doors in a traditional style with tongue & groove effect centre panels lead the way in creating a luxurious look without busting the budget. Natural oak and painted Ivory finishes are available from stock with 13 other ...

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Welcome to the KBzine It takes something like the story in this week's news of the worker crushed to death by three tonnes of stone slabs to remind us that workplace health & safety regulation is actually there for a reason. It's sad that the overzealousness of some has served to make the rest of us take our eyes off t...

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Welcome to the KBzine We've heard a great deal about the Olympic Village where they'll all be staying, the new stadia and aquatics centre where the sports men and women will be displaying their prowess and the surrounding parklands that have been established for them, as well as visitors, to enjoy, but nowhere have I seen an...

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Welcome to the KBzine It's all very well getting your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom into one of the sets on a TV programme but it only really does you any good if people know that you're the manufacturer. Some interested viewers may take the trouble to 'phone the TV channel to find out, but most won't bother. Channel  ...

BKoncepts welcome new Financial Director

Lee Moss FCCA, BA (Hons) joins kitchen manufacturer BKoncepts as Financial Director. He will oversee all financial matters within BKoncepts and comes to BK from Nabarro Poole Chartered and Management Accountants.[TRIMTO] Lee graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2000 with a BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance. E: sales@amckitchensupplies.co.uk W: www.bkoncept.co.uk ...

Michael's Marathon for Sense

... Michael, please visit his Just Giving page at: www.justgiving.com T: 0208 4980600 W: www.dbkdesigns.co.uk T: 0121 765 3629 W: www.merewaykitchens.co.uk ...

Franke launches its quietly stylish Maris cooker hood in black glass

Franke has enlarged its range of highly popular decorative cooker hoods with the launch of its new Maris model in sleek black glass. In a stylish design with 90cm wide flat front and rounded corners, this is the only hood in the range which, when in recirculatory mode, does not require a chimney so it can be fitted to a wall compactly, similar...

Holloways of Ludlow open new kitchen showroom in London's Brook Green

...isplays are hardwearing and fully functional, featuring working appliances from Gaggenau, Wolf and ABK, which will be utilised for cooking demonstrations in the near future. Throughout the showroom, the company has created displays, which blur the lines between furniture design and kitchen design. The first display to greet customers provides a ...

KBB Review Awards 2014 winners announced at landmark 20th ceremony

...g Compactor Series * Fisher & Paykel: 90 litre Built-in Single Oven OB60SL11DCPX1 * Caple: DD930BK Induction Downdraft * Mereway Kitchens: Modern Classic Collection from English Revival * Quooker: Quooker Fusion with Combi System * Miele: Miele Generation 6000 DGC 6800 XL Combination Steam Oven Kitchen Customer Service of the Year * In every...

Uform boasts Best Sales Representative plus Runner Up in Kitchen Brand of the Year category at 2015 BKU Awards

Uform has added to its award wins with two more accolades at the 2015 BKU awards which took place in London's Madame Tussauds on 25th June. As a finalist in four individual categories, the company now boasts Mark McNulty as Best Sales Representative of the Year together with being highly commended in the overall Kitchen Brand of the Year category...

Terence Ball Kitchens: everything for your favourite tipple but all hidden away!

The bars some people fitted in their living rooms back in the 70s were all very well in terms of keeping everything in one place, but they didn't exactly look wonderful or create a good impression for visitors who weren't there to party, did they? Terence Ball Kitchens has come of with a great solution, as our picture illustrates. Yes - everyt...

RAK Ceramics wins Best Sanitaryware Brand at the BKU Awards

...t hi-tech manufacturers of lifestyle ceramics solutions, was voted 'Best Sanitaryware Brand' at the BKU Awards 2016. "It is an honour to receive the award for 'Best Sanitaryware Brand' at the BKU Awards 2016," says Abdallah Massaad, Group CEO at RAK Ceramics. "RAK Ceramics has enjoyed 25 years of ceramics expertise and our products feature in so...

Ripples founder wins lifetime achievement award

...Ripples founder and chief executive Roger Kyme has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement award at the BKU awards. Roger has spent an impressive 40 years in the bathroom industry with a career that spans the Atlantic. His passion to run his own showroom brought him back to the UK and in 1988 he opened the doors to his own bathroom showroom 'Ripples...

Enjoy subtle extraction with Caple's new DD903BK Flip downdraft hood

...which ensures that extraction continues for up to 10 minutes after cooking is complete. The DD903BK also benefits from perimetrical extraction, which lowers sound levels and increases the pressure for improved motor performance. Caple managing director Danny Lay says: "You can use this model's tilt position, which offers discreet and unobtrus...

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Welcome to the KBzine     First, please accept my apologies for the late arrival of this issue of KBzine. Unfortunately I’ve been grappling with that hazard of modern living – running water!   Living at the foot of Epsom Downs means my water is i...

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Welcome to the KBzine     Gas Safe Register is calling for private renters to be more gas safe as research reveals that 2.7million tenants are at risk from dangerous gas appliances. The campaign launched yesterday and is supported by Dominic Littlewood, (from TV shows Fake Bri...

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Welcome to the KBzine     The Government has today given the go-ahead for Buckingham Palace to undergo a 10-year overhaul, costing some £370 million, with ‘essential works’ to include replacing electrical wiring, water pipes and the heating system (i...

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Welcome to the KBzine     If you’ve been reading this column since John Austen & I took over the reins from our friends Richard and Debbie Schwarz, you’ll already be aware that I’m a big advocate of industry associations – not only from a c...

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Welcome to the KBzine     Happy Black Friday to you! I can't quite make up my mind whether this buying extravaganza is something retailers love or dread... Yes - in terms of sales, it can make a huge difference to the end of year figures, but in terms of logist...

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Welcome to the KBzine     What do you think of kitchen islands? As a retailer, do you like them and do your customers... Do they try to shoehorn them into too tiny a space or is it a case of 'take them or leave them'? Or as a manufacturer, are you happy about produc...

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Welcome to the KBzine       Welcome to the first 2017 issue of KBzine. I hope you had a good break and that you are one of the few people who managed to avoid that dreadful virus that's had the majority of us laid low with rag...

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Welcome to the KBzine     I was lucky to have been able to attend the CIH suppliers lunch at the Dorchester this week - not only because it was a jolly event and a nice lunch at a great venue, but also because it's always good to be able to chat to folk 'at the sharp e...

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Welcome to the KBzine       Fleet managers are being urged to make additional licence checks for temporary hires and staff delivery drivers covering the Christmas & New Year sales period to ensure that drivers are qualifi...

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Welcome to the KBzine       Waterwise and Ideal Standard commissioned a water usage report at the end of last year, the results of which, reveal that more of us are actively using less water - up to 88% of respondents in 2016 ...

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Welcome to the KBzine   Have you seen the video that's gone viral on social media, of the OaSense shower that switches itself off when whoever's in the shower, moves out from underneath? Forgive me if this type of gadget is old hat (I've never come across one before) but what a great idea! I'd always thought t...

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Welcome to the KBzine   Well... may I start by wishing you a Happy Thomas Crapper Day! My thanks go to Fiona Pavely of Shelan Communications for reminding me that today's the day for counting our blessings for the birth of Thomas Crapper (who died this day in 1910). If you're unfamiliar with the name, Mr Crapper i...

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Welcome to the KBzine     Wednesday's Office for National Statistics announcement that UK employment reached 74.6% in the last quarter of 2016 - the highest rate since such records began in 1971, while unemployment remained at its record low since 2005 on 4.8%, compared w...

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Welcome to the KBzine       Wednesday’s Office for National Statistics announcement that UK employment reached 74.6% in the last quarter of 2016 – the highest rate since such records began in 1971, while unemployment...

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Welcome to the KBzine   While many in this industry have been enjoying themselves out at ISH this week, John Austen and I have been at a cleaning show at ExCel in London's Docklands. The KBB sector was never far from our hearts and minds however, particularly so since all the wonderful things this industry ...

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Welcome to the KBzine       Last week's Office for National Statistics announcement that UK employment reached 74.6% in the last quarter of 2016 – the highest rate since such records began in 1971, while unemployment remai...

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Welcome to the KBzine   The first time I ventured into Ecobuild I was absolutely blown away by everything on offer and it struck me that this was the way, we as human beings, need to live in the future, if we're to make the most of the Earth's valuable resources. I often say when visiting shows related to the KB...

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Welcome to the KBzine   I know people say you shouldn't do it as it prevents you from getting off to sleep, but I tend to do it anyway as I find it helps me relax while I'm warming up the bed so when I do shut down, I'm warm and cosy and ready for sleep and can avoid those minutes of shivering a little (which c...

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Welcome to the KBzine   One of the things I mentioned in last week's leader was that I'd been in discussions with the Domestic Cleaning Alliance's director Stephen Munton about some of the problems caused to his members when KBB appliances, fixtures and fittings aren't designed with cleaning in mind. I received...

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Welcome to the KBzine   Around three years ago I was having trouble with a builder who was due to fix a couple of cisterns (you may remember, the one who instead of fixing the cisterns, painted my already newly-painted 'Contemporary' dining room wall and my equally neutral, newly-painted kitchen, bright yellow,...

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Welcome to the KBzine   As the years go by, we're seeing more and more women learning one of the building trades, running their own businesses and making an excellent living out of what has traditionally been 'a man's job'. Since the take-up of a trade by women is something that's relatively new, I was surprise...

V-ZUG live Gourmet Academy enabled displays

...eriors, Leeds Bower Willis Designs, Shipston on Stour B&H Kitchens, EC1 London (Cooking studio) BK Nolte Contracts, SW1 London Concept One, Hertfordshire Cucucine Homes & Kitchens, Oxfordshire BK Nolte Contracts, Wrexham Clearly Interiors, Lancashire Day True, SW10 London Day True, W9 London Eggersmann Design, SW6 London Freestyle Kitchens,...

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Welcome to the KBzine   Kitchen gadgetry and innovations have certainly made it into the nationals over the past couple of weeks, haven't they? One that surprised me, was the article about how the use of a blue plastic ball-like object, popped in with the wash, reduces the need for laundry powder/liquid and thr...

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Welcome to the KBzine   On Sunday, a record 40,000 dedicated souls (or should that be so many thousand soles?) pounded the streets of England's vibrant capital city in the 2017 London Marathon. Many were elite runners for whom this type of effort is a way of life but tens of thousands of them saw it as a life c...

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Welcome to the KBzine   I'm an avid MasterChef fan although I think that the fact that I watch it in bed, laptop-on-chest, until I fall asleep, isn't the only thing that makes me odd. Unlike most Brits, it doesn't inspire me to cook - although I'll confess that have bought several celeriacs (to puree, then swis...

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Welcome to the KBzine   The focus in recent years has been so much on ensuring we’re not bringing anything into the country which (or who) shouldn’t be here, that it appears we’ve lost focus on the awareness that others might want to take stuff out! Vehicle leasing specialist Arval ( www.se...

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Welcome to the KBzine     It's funny, isn't it? We work in the KBB industry but unless we're involved in a makeover or are removing an old appliance/ripping out an unwanted bathroom or kitchen, we always picture everything as being in perfect condition. Our industry spends a fortune on designing new ...

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Welcome to the KBzine     Following on from last week's leader in which I shared the sad story of a tradesman who met his demise as a result of a lapse in safe working procedures, I'm delighted to see that the UK'S safest house builders have been honoured by the NHBC, which has announced the winners of ...

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Welcome to the KBzine       Following on from last week's leader in which I shared the sad story of a tradesman who met his demise as a result of a lapse in safe working procedures, I'm delighted to see that the UK'S safest house builders have been honoured by the NHBC, which has announced the w...

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Welcome to the KBzine     With the Election results now in, the Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom Specialists Association's national chair Richard Hibbert has been considering the outlook for the sector. Richard says that while much of the focus of the election has been on investment in the NHS, education and ...

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Welcome to the KBzine     Like everyone else, I've been distressed by the devastating news about Wednesday's fire at London's Grenfell Tower. I know that every day, people are injured or killed in their masses throughout the world and like most of us, I hurt for them all. With my daughter working for...

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Welcome to the KBzine     We Brits are regularly using social channels to find inspiration and show off our cooking accomplishments - with 57% of us saying we eat more adventurously than ever before as a result - either to impress our followers, or as a result of resolving to copy something we've seen o...

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Welcome to the KBzine     I made a conscious decision not to mention it in last week's KBzine but I've been thinking a lot about the impact the announcement will have made... Yes - the naming of the brand of fridge freezer purported to have been the cause of the Grenfell Tower fire has to be every manuf...

Wholesale Domestic set to 'go national' after breakthrough award

...operation, fought off tough competition to win Best UK Independent Bathroom Retailer at last week's BKU Awards. Wholesale Domestic is the first Scottish company ever to win the award. "This award, based on the votes of industry peers, reflects the quality of service we provide in all aspects of our offering, from sales, to warehousing and distri...

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Welcome to the KBzine       I visited a friend this week who was having work done on her bathroom. I knew the people who'd replaced her electric shower a couple of years ago and had expected that they'd done a good job, so was disturbed to join my friend at the consumer unit, as the electrici...

Utopia scoops 'Best British Bathroom Brand' award

...s 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 fi...

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Welcome to the KBzine       It takes a lot to make me cross, but sat in a queue of cars with a boot-full of garden waste for dumping at my local civic amenity tip, is not how I like to spend a hot sunny day. I'd not expected it to be busy either, since it was late morning, mid-week... Most pe...

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Welcome to the KBzine     Having received a press release referring to Legionella Awareness Day and deciding to look a little more deeply into the issues, I came across a report in the journal Eurosurveillance. Compiled from annual data submitted by 29 EU/EEA countries to the European Legionnaires' D...

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Welcome to the KBzine   '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 - despi...

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Welcome to the KBzine   Information technologies, smart data, digitisation and the Internet of Things have revolutionised many activities in our daily lives. For example, 15% of UK retail spending is now online, totalling £52 billion in 2015... eBay hosts 150 million active trades at any one time and l...

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Welcome to the KBzine   Having observed washing machines being delivered and even carried upstairs, and seen the sweat (and sometimes blood and tears) that results, I know how heavy they can be. There's never really been a way around the problem, although a friend of mine did try removing the concrete block ...

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Welcome to the KBzine   John & I are about to take our annual Summer break; this will be the last issue of KBzine until our September 8th edition. One of the things I tend to do over the warmer months is take part in small music/wellbeing/personal development festivals that bring out the inner hippie...

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Welcome to the KBzine   Welcome to our first post-Summer-break issue of KBzine. If you managed to get away or simply take some time off, I hope your batteries have been recharged too. Such a lot seems to have happened since we've been away but sadly, very little of it in our country has involved consistent w...

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Welcome to the KBzine   With the weather the way it's been lately, I'm sure I'm not the only one in need of a bit of a fillip and if we can't enjoy an Indian Summer then at least we can be inspired by the interiors extravaganza we're about to experience around the Capital, in terms of the London Design Fair ...

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Welcome to the KBzine   London Fire Brigade's latest campaign is going to impact quite heavily on this industry's appliance manufacturers... Its 'Don't turn your back on fridge fire risk' and 'Total Recalls' messages have been picked up by Which? - something that's likely to lead to demands from buyers in st...

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Welcome to the KBzine   Had to have a chuckle at the findings of the recent survey by Samsung Electronics (www.samsung.com/uk)...  Having surveyed 2,000 men and women in the UK, the company has revealed the UK's most annoying domestic habits - the top three being: 1) Food left in the fridge: 83% of ...

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Welcome to the KBzine   I've had an interesting response to last week's leader from my good friend Stephen Munton of the Domestic Cleaners Alliance (you can read it below). It has taken me back through a history of the electrical appliance industry that I hadn't known existed, because of the long break betwe...

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Welcome to the KBzine   As someone who's habitually found it difficult to employ an affordable tradesperson who's good at his or her trade and who can 'fit me in', a press release I received this morning really hit home. Heating and boiler specialist Warm.co.uk is warning that the UK is in danger of running ...

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Welcome to the KBzine   Sadly, our industry has made it into the press again this week, in a way that most of us wish it hadn't. The news that there are apparently some 1million tumble dryers in our nation's homes that pose a fire risk, has made many of us wonder whether our own appliances are safe. The ...

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Welcome to the KBzine   Sadly, another couple and their children have had their lives changed drastically thanks to a tumble drier fire which devastated their home and killed their cats. And as they weren't insured, it's not just psychological issues they'll have to deal with... I gather the appliance was...

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Welcome to the KBzine   Years ago, as assistant editor on Baker's Review, I was given a Dualit 4-slice toaster and a Warburton loaf at a press launch as a 'thank you for coming' gift. The toast was soon gone but the toaster went on for years, having pride of place in my kitchen where it was probably the most...

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Welcome to the KBzine   I used to work with a chap who'd disappear off to the loo every morning with a newspaper, which - no doubt - he'd read whilst in the loo as he was always gone for around half an hour. I wonder if he'd have stayed in there for as long, had he been faced with the view offered by the lat...

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Welcome to the KBzine   John Austen was lucky enough to attend the business aviation show in Las Vegas a few weeks back with a colleague who produces an e-zine for that industry. He posted a picture on Facebook, of him strapped into an aircraft seat, captioned something like: 'The nearest I'll ever get to fl...

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Welcome to the KBzine     It was interesting to read the Bathroom Manufacturers Association’s response to the Government’s creation of a national body tasked with identifying consumer risks and managing responses to large-scale product recalls and repairs (see Soapbox, below). The new ...

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Welcome to the KBzine   I almost didn't click on the link to the full article but curiosity soon got the better of me... And the first thought that popped into my head as I read was: "Why?" If you don't know what I'm talking about, a group of youths wasted the West Midlands Fire Service's already stretched r...

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Welcome to the KBzine   A friend of the family who manufactures and fits anything from high-end furniture for expensive apartments in the smart parts of London, to reception desks and other bespoke furniture and fittings for even smarter hotels and designer stores globally, had a perfect start to 2018... He'...

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Welcome to the KBzine   One of the many things I've always loved about this industry is the commitment of various individuals or teams of employees to give up their time to raise funds for charity. Generally though, these are individual company efforts, rather than industry-wide. As you can imagine I was ...

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Welcome to the KBzine   Britain has become a nation reliant on appliances, unable to carry out basic tasks without the help of a gadget, according to new research from AppliancesDirect.co.uk, as part of its 'Power On: The Evolution of Appliances' report. The research found that 46% of Brits would not be able...

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Welcome to the KBzine     I received an email this morning from Fiona Pavely, asking whether I'd be interested in sharing the news with you that it's 'Thomas Crapper Day' tomorrow. I quipped that I would of course use her press release as we have a great deal to thank the man for and it was only afte...

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Welcome to the KBzine     Whenever I’m out and about, I generally seek out the washrooms of whichever establishment I’m visiting – not because I need to, but because I like to see whose sanitaryware has been used, how it seems to be holding up to constant use by the building’s...

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Welcome to the KBzine     As someone who's needed to have a new bathroom fitted for more years than I care to remember (and when I say 'needed' I don't mean because I'm bored with my old one, but that it's no longer functioning properly), it hit home when I learned this week that consumer confidence ...

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Welcome to the KBzine     I was having a giggle with a friend over some of the issues I've had with so called experts from the building trade (well, what else can one do?), so as you may imagine, the press release I've received from the Federation of Master Builders really hit home. Well actually, it...

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Welcome to the KBzine     This is just what we need, isn't it? A country blanketed in snow, warnings of black ice everywhere, abandoned vehicles all over the place, trains welded to frozen tracks and no signs of improvement... All just a day or two before many of us plan to head to the NEC Birmingham...

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Welcome to the KBzine     Welcome to the second part of KBzine's KBB 2018 exhibition review, which includes more of our pictures of and reports on the new products and displays that caught our eye as we toured the show floor and spoke with some of the exhibitors and fellow visitors. There really w...

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Welcome to the KBzine     Welcome to the third and final part of our KBB 2018 show review, which we hope has given you a flavour of our visit and what we discovered as we wandered around the halls. While we don't have the visitor numbers yet, we reckon the event was a good one. All the exhibitors we ...

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Welcome to the KBzine     I'm delighted that the Government has finally decided to introduce a drinking bottle deposit return scheme, designed to increase recycling and slash the amount of waste polluting our land and seas and thus cut the cost of cleaning it up - which of course, we all have to bear...

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Welcome to the KBzine     I suppose it was only a matter of time, wasn't it, before a 'hit list' was produced of refrigeration products deemed to be less than 100% safe... although I must say, I was surprised at how long the list - published by 'Which?' this week - actually is. Many years ago, I f...

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Welcome to the KBzine       In recent weeks both John Austen and I have done a fair bit of travelling between southern Kent, the West Dorset coast, Manchester and many roads in between, and we've been disgusted by all the potholes. We're both agreed that my home town, Epsom, seems to be the w...

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Welcome to the KBzine       First, please accept our apologies for the late arrival of this issue of KBzine - which was due to have been broadcast on Friday, but wasn't, due to a glitch in the type of technology we've all come to rely upon so much as we go about our work. Computer software, h...

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Welcome to the KBzine     I was saddened to learn last week that one of our industry's most renowned companies - Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, is planning to cut jobs as a result of what it says are 'changes in the High Street' (you can read more below). Although I'm not party to the intricacies ...

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Welcome to the KBzine     I received a press release last week telling me that research which explores new ways for laundry detergents to improve cleaning performance in lower wash temperatures has been honoured with the American Cleaning Institute Distinguished Paper Award. Those of us who do th...

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Welcome to the KBzine     Thank goodness it's almost over! Yes - the General Data Protection Regulations finally come into force today which means that my inbox will no longer be engulfed by a multitude of emails threatening that if I don't 'opt in', I'll be eliminated from the sender's database f...

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Welcome to the KBzine     This picture, which a reader shared with me on Facebook, took me back to the time my shower screen shattered for - as far as I was aware - no reason while I was showering. It convinced me that my now-ex was trying to murder me, since he'd wired up our washing machine in a wa...

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Welcome to the KBzine     I thought when I read about the recent ruling that tradespeople working for Pimlico Plumbers are not to be classed as self-employed, that the decision would have far wider-reaching implications for our industry, and indeed it seems I was right. Hermes has also been in Court ...

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Welcome to the KBzine     Thanks to Telford 50 Legacy funding, the opening of an innovative new 'Smart Home', next February will showcase a range of assistive technologies, equipment and gadgets to help older people, those with a disability and people with dementia to live more independently and safe...

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Welcome to the KBzine     I received a press release this morning and I consider the subject matter to be so important that I've pulled the leader I'd already written, to ensure that this new information is given coverage this week rather than next. It's not often I highlight a company's actions ...

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Welcome to the KBzine     I'm not normally one who brings politics into the workplace but I feel that events this week warrant a comment, with this industry being one of a handful I can think of, that's probably holding its collective breath over the Brexit white paper shenanigans, with so many of th...

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Welcome to the KBzine While producing this latest issue of KBZine I wondered where everyone would be whilst reading it... whether, because of the unusual arctic weather conditions that have brought much of Europe to a virtual standstill, you've managed to make it into your place of work yet or whether you're picking up your work emails and ...

Tile Depot store and head office to move to trading estate

...ing Screwfix, Kwik Fit and Senate Electrical on Farnham Road Trade Park, part of the renowned, world-class Slough Trading Estate. The new Tile Depot store opened on 4th January with a bigger, better showroom to make shopping easier and double the warehousing capacity for more stock. In store, more displays flaunt the popular retailer's comprehen...

Trend forecast 2010: Kitchen intelligence, colourful confidence, purposeful bespoke and eastern details...

The expert design team at Evitavonni predicts some interesting design trends for 2010. Design-savvy consumers can expect to see several key themes emerging including kitchen-intelligence, colourful confidence, purposeful bespoke and modern eastern. These four themes work together to provide interiors that are intuitive, brighter, more lifestyle s...

30% off promo for William Ball's new Phoebe

...pecified on aluminum and 20% when specified on white cabinets. The Phoebe kitchen features a high-gloss slab-style door in bright white with an ultra-modern 2mm aluminum effect trim. An alternative aluminum profile strip can be specified for a more minimalist effect, featuring concealed handles or a choice of touch-opening systems. Cabinets are ...

Simpsons adds luxury to the bathroom with Lux Elements

...ny, Lux Elements is already one of the first choices in UK commercial wetroom environments. The easy-to-fit systems mean that both retailers and installers can offer wetrooms to the consumer market with confidence. The comprehensive range of wetroom kits offered by Simpsons provides for both level access and step-up situations and contain everyt...

Vitreous China Plumbing Fixture report now available

...exposes the industry to further possibility of merger and acquisition opportunities, as well as anti-trust scrutiny. The competitive landscape section provides a closer examination of this situation. This 153-page report includes the most recent information on the domestic market, global market and overseas growth opportunities. Updated quarterl...

Domestic kitchen and bathroom worktops market - UK 2009-2013 - just published

...rowth, although it remains a small sector of the overall sanitaryware and bathroom furniture market - accounting for around 10% at the present time. It is also a small market when compared to the kitchen worktop market - being the equivalent of around 10-11% of that market. In the housing market there has been growth in the number of second bathroo...

A one-stop brochure from Aqata

...sure to suit the space, a matching shower tray, high quality thermostatically controlled shower and - for the perfect finishing touch - choice of beautifully chrome-finished bathroom accessories. "We have excellent relationships with our customers and are always open to their feedback for ideas that can help improve service and make life easier ...

BCG adds value to its keenly priced service with Airmiles

...tant than ever to give customers something back. That is why we have negotiated this exclusive three-year Airmiles deal with The Mileage Company. "It is the first incentive scheme of this magnitude within the industry and provides BCG with a distinct advantage over its competitors. As a business-to-business scheme, BCG is breaking new ground by ...

Travis Perkins takes stake in Mosaic Tile Company

... companies in the builders' merchanting and home improvement market, has bought a 49% stake in Leeds-based natural stone tile distributor, The Mosaic Tile Company, for an undisclosed sum. The Mosaic Tile Company, which includes trading divisions; Romana Tile Company, Verona Stone Company and Stone Nation, was founded by Adrian Hinchliffe in 2000...

Maytag's washer now in classic black

It's the super intelligent, freestanding washer that is equally able as a powerful stand-alone unit or as the stunning centrepiece of a total laundry room concept. Styled in classic black and carrying an 'A+' washing performance, Maytag's versatile MWA 0714FBC washer can smoothly fit into your lifestyle in any way you wish. The laundry room co...

Two new distributors for Franke

Kitchen specialist, Franke, has recently appointed two new distributors - Leaker Direct and Cooper Callas. Both distributors offer Franke's full range of sinks, taps, hoods and kitchen solutions, and Franke is confident that both companies will deliver high service to meet the exacting standards of Franke. Leaker Direct is Scotland's large...

2010 Bathroom Conference announced

...ar with this early announcement of the date and venue."[TRIMTO] T: 01782 747123 E: info@bathroom-association.org.uk W: www.bathroom-association.org ...

Hate recycling? Look this way

... problem, but we all know that it's the right thing to do. Everyone has a different way of doing it - bags, or boxes in the kitchen, in the garden, squashed into a cupboard until the next trip to the supermarket. Even for those lucky enough to have kerbside collections, where do you store your recycled materials until the collection date? Wouldn't ...

Mark Wilkinson awarded OBE

...pport he has given over the years to skills training, education and qualification in, both furniture-making and design creativity. In July 2009 he was awarded the medal of the Order of the League of Mercy for his support of the specialist teaching charity Dyslexia Action - a cause dear to his heart as he is dyslexic himself. The Medal was presented...

Stephen Joseph takes financial stake in Theobald's Distribution

...n Joseph, the former managing director of Allied Kingswood, has taken a controlling interest in Kent-based Theobald's Distribution. Stephen, who has been acting as a consultant to Theobald's since September 2009, becomes the CEO of the company and will be working with present directors Jamie Gardiner (Operations Director) and Steve Brooks (Sales...

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...ome (after space heating) and about 25% of the household's annual energy bill is from heating water - so reducing your water wastage really will save money, energy and water and reduce your carbon emissions, thereby helping to protect our local water supplies, plants and animals. This week is the 20th anniversary of World Water Week, so what bet...

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...the globe, KBzine can help you achieve this by introducing your company and its products every week - direct to the reader's Inbox. And with the exhibition season fast approaching why not ask us how KBzine can help maximise your efforts reaching the market place? Yours, Jan Hobbs ...

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...of the catches – the heir and the spare. The part number we originally found online is: #21-284. If you are able to forward my email directly to Showerlux, which would be much appreciated. Thanks, Mrs Pat Wenger T: 416 691-8235 E: wenger8235@rogers.com Ed: Can anyone help this reader please? ...

National Kitchen & Bath Association reports the styles for 2010

... behind, while the Shaker style is seeing a surprisingly strong resurgence. Shades of whites and off-whites will be the most common kitchen colors in 2010, while brown, beige, and bone hues will also be popular. 2. Cherry on top: Cherry will remain the most popular wood for kitchen cabinetry, followed closely by maple, while alder increases in u...

Digitally delicious! Belling launches interactive cookery book

...g home appliance brand Belling, has announced the launch of a new interactive digital cookery guide - the Media Chef. Ideal for cooks of all abilities, the Belling Media Chef is the perfect kitchen accessory for those looking to create a culinary masterpiece. Pre-loaded with 48 cook-a-long demonstration recipes including three exclusive recip...

Baumatic joins forces with Galaxy in series of consumer competitions

The Baumatic brand is being strengthened further thanks to an exciting cross-marketing partnership with chocolate manufacturer Galaxy. The two companies are teaming up for a series of competitions appearing in several high-circulation consumer titles, across both magazine and online formats, including Womenandhome.com and Prima. The competitio...

New Premises for Vado

... financial times we are planning for a very bright future." T: +44 (0) 1934 744466 E: sales@vado-uk.com W: www.vado-uk.com ...

National Sleep Foundation launches air purification product for the bedroom

...in Air Systems, a leading indoor air cleaner manufacturer, to launch a new National Sleep Foundation-branded air purification system specifically designed for the sleep environment. The National Sleep Foundation Bedroom Machine by Austin Air is making its debut at the Big Sleep Show in Washington, DC today. Developed and designed by Austin Air, ...

New brand launched: 'Trade' by Roper Rhodes

...t offering continuity of supply on all products. To support the launch of the new brand, an eight-page leaflet and a trade branded point of sale dispenser box will communicate the products and sales information. The current product portfolio includes soft close thermoset toilet seats, a dual flush concealed cistern, bath panels, showers, taps...

Freestanding induction by Amica

...t, traditional convection heating, top heat, bottom heat and fan with ring heater and bottom heater - ideal for pizzas. Rated A for energy efficiency, the 601IE3Ta also features an easy-clean ceramic induction hob with four zones - two 21cm and two 16cm - for quick and efficient hob-top cooking using a minimal amount of energy. The oven has a...

A new year and a key appointment at Kaldewei

...ined valuable insights from roles which include training as a painter and decorator, running a multi-site builders merchant, being responsible for training and even running his own contractor business. "Kaldewei has a fantastic range of products and I look forward to steering the sales team towards achieving the first class results that the prod...

RETRA meets Chinese delegation

...ra, Bryan Lovewell, and Support & Development Executive, Mike Floodgate, were host to: Hu Beizi - Director Engineer of Zhejiang Economic & Information Commission Zhang Jinyao - Senior Engineer of Zhejiang Radio Communication Province Information Industry Department, Ningbo Radio Management Office Yang Fang - Deputy Director, Senior Engineer...

Black box signals U-turn in bad driver behaviour, turning White Van Man into Golden Boy

...teams more effectively." Research saw the white van man voted the most feared driver on the road - scarier than young drivers, elderly drivers or motorcylists. And statistics released last year by the Institute of Transport Management showed one in three company drivers have a crash annually. The figure was even higher for those driving more ...

Get Waterwise!

...m high profile speakers including the Minister for the Marine & Natural Environment, Huw Irranca-Davies MP and Jonathan Porritt, Director of Forum for the Future. Baroness Barbara Young, Member of the Government's Climate Change Adaptation Sub-Committee and former CEO of the Environment Agency will give the keynote speech at the gala dinner. ...

Tyneside firm has designs on markets worldwide

...a as "Punk Rock ECO design”. The Gateshead firm, launched in 2006, has already gained world-wide recognition for its innovation and Eco credentials and has now signed up to UK Trade & Investment’s Passport to Export scheme in a bid to explore new markets. Richard Liddle, founder and Managing Director of Cohda Design, explains:...

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...king about what's available in terms of kitchen and bathroom appliances, fixtures and fittings, was - prior to my involvement in KBZine - decades behind the reality. Although I've not been able to get out and about as much as I'd have liked to (although that's about to change - watch this space!) I've tried to get myself up to speed and had thou...

Blanco's new showroom's 'open week' starts Sunday

...sting and potential trade customers to come and visit its team 'at home' in the company's new custom-built UK distribution centre and showroom during a special 'Open Week'. The 2700 sq.ft. showroom in Radlett, Hertfordshire, displays the complete Blanco range and all the new products for 2010, including the very latest sink designs, a wide variety ...

Retro-chic at the sleep room

Online bed specialist, The Sleep Room, offers a range of glamorous, retro-inspired beds for stylish sleepers. Nostalgia is a big theme for 2010 but it's often difficult to pull-off this look with modern products. Whilst vintage beds look great they rarely offer maximum comfort - are you really willing to put style before sleep? With the 'R...

New eLIX tap meets criteria for Code for Sustainable Homes

...he tap spout. The eLIX also has a click valve which can be used to give the water a temporary boost - for example when filling a kettle. eLIX, along with the Elio and Enya, are three tap styles that offer these performance benefits for CSH. eLIX is available in chrome and is part of Carron Phoenix's Developer range. This commercially focussed co...

Bushboard's Encore Chocolate Sparkle solid surfacing is rich and luxurious

...s further enhanced by subtle pearlescent particles, with the beautifully smooth surface. Metallic-based worksurfaces are one of the hottest design themes around and the three finishes offer a contemporary neutral palette of Black, Chocolate and Caramel that have been researched to design well with classic and contemporary kitchen styles. The ...

RETRA shows there is strength in numbers

...12 months include: Big Red Sales, D.A.D, Digital Radio Development Bureau, Digitaltvinfo.com, Kodak - Tetenal, Midwich, Euro Digital Services, Humax Electronics Co., LG Electronics UK, Philex Electronic, The Sirius Buying Group and Technisat Digital UK.[TRIMTO] Retra also welcomed: Vogel's Products UK, Sennheiser UK, Top Level Solutions, VDC Tec...

New Ebro tap range goes with the flow

...n 2009, Pegler Yorkshire has expanded the range further with the introduction of two new tap ranges - Ebro and Pulsar. Both are minimalistic in style and despite being part of the Francis Pegler range are competitive in price. Ebro is a fresh new design and named after the largest river in Spain, it has an unashamedly European vogue - a flow straig...

MGA Distributors introduces the brand new Europa-2 drawer from Indaux

MGA Distributors has been chosen as the UK's first distributor of the new Europa-2 drawer from Indaux. Indaux has been creating, developing, manufacturing and marketing fittings and components for the furniture industry since 1962. The Europa-2 drawer demonstrates Indaux's knowledge of its market and customers' needs. The complete one-p...

SMEs can utilise free web-based technology to improve cash flow

Recession-hit small businesses are actively managing their cash flow yet struggling to access finance because they are not presenting their management accounts in the correct format to the finance and credit industry. The news follows the latest research from the Forum of Private Business, commissioned by CreditPal, the free accounts analysis s...

Training for the KBB industry: first 12 delegates of 2010 put through their paces

... The Myers Touch, Dobsons Home improvements, Tradex and KCA. This course is approved by the KBB NTG - as well as by CITB Construction Skills who sent delegate Gerald Kelly on the course. He commented: "I enjoyed the course which was very well presented and very interesting." Full details of training courses from Graham Hayden can be found on his...

New brochure adds culture to the bathroom

... getting the New Year off to the very best of starts with the launch of its latest product brochure - Bathroom Culture. In full-colour throughout, the brochure has an impressive 260 pages packed with full details on the manufacturer's complete portfolio of products, printed on heavy-weight stock to lend it the quality feel which has become synon...

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...liances etc. and is designed to stimulate the economy while saving energy and encouraging recycling - thus helping the environment. Seems like a good idea to me... The 'cash for appliance clunkers' rebate programme has a pot of $300m. Those taking advantage of the scheme can be awarded up to $200 for the purchase of an energy efficient appliance...

Siamp rises to the challenge to raise money for African charities

.... Siamp managing director Stuart Lorne took part in the eight day Enduro Africa Challenge, a 1500-mile off-road motorcycle trip along South Africa’s rugged Wild Coast, to raise money for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Touch Africa and UNICEF. Manchester-based Siamp UK is the UK branch of the leading French sanitaryware manufa...

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...its own". Next week we kick off our 'rolling' preview of another much anticipated industry event - kbb Birmingham 2010, which is celebrating its 25th year at the NEC, Birmingham, from 21st -24th March. If you're exhibiting at the show and haven't yet told us why visitors should make a point of going along to your stand, please do so quickly and ...

Indesit wins Good Design award 2009 with the Quadrio

...e Indesit Moon washing machine (in the 'Bathroom' category) in 2008, the 2009 award went to Hotpoint-Ariston's Quadrio fridge in the domestic appliances section. Granted by the Chicago Athenaeum - Museum of Architecture and Design together with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies, the award was in recognition of t...

iF Product Design Award 2010

...e its professional opinion on the design quality of entries in 16 product categories and noted that - especially in economically uncertain times - design is a decisive factor in terms of market success and value creation, with many of the submitted products setting new benchmarks in their respective fields. According to the jury chairman Fritz F...

'Next' kitchen collection from Schueller makes great design affordable

...with the promise of making great design affordable. The collection includes 'next125' and the handle-less 'nextline' range, which rival premium brands for the finish and the fixtures, but offered at a mid-market price. Each kitchen has a pure cubic shape, made possible by a depth of 575mm, which not only looks beautiful but provides additional s...

Mereway Bathrooms kick off new launch this coming Monday

...d brassware, available from 1st February. First to announce is the new addition to Mereway's long-established style Aegean door style. Aegean; (pictured) is a stylish paneled raised and fielded design that has helped Mereway cater for the traditional end of the market for many years. As this market is showing signs of strengthening, Mereway has ...

Tiles anywhere and everywhere

...urnishings and are extremely robust and hard wearing. Ring the seasonal changes with colourful rugs - cool pastels for the summer, deep reds and golds for the winter. You can even tile outside as many tiles are frost resistant; but do check. Tile the floors both sides of the patio doors with the same tile and watch as the dining room passes almo...

20-20 Fusion welcomes Pilkington's Tiles Group to its fast-growing catalogue portfolio

20-20 Fusion, the renowned developer of advanced design and visualisation software for the kitchen and bathroom industry, is delighted to announce the addition of Pilkington's to its fast-growing portfolio of manufacturer catalogues. Pilkington's will be represented across both the Fusion Bathrooms and Kitchens platforms with the inclusion of...

Thermastone: for the design conscious kitchen connoisseur

...id to be twice the heat store capacity of the cast iron used in other heat storage cookers. The hob - comprised of two gas burners and an electric solid surface Chef's Plate, perfect for simmering, sizzling and sauteing, all powered separately from the ovens - unusually offers users the option of adjustable heat storage temperatures throughout the ...

Lawmakers join forces to 'waterproof' EU policies

A newly-established Water Intergroup in the European Parliament has started to help MEPs consider EU water policies more horizontally, as the European Commission prepares to put its water strategies in line with climate and resource-efficiency policies. "Adaptation to climate change, risks of flooding and water scarcity will be on the agenda, a...

Return to Zehnder!

...ew additions from the Zehnder range. Bisque, acquired by ZGUK in 2007, will continue to offer design-led products to premium showrooms under its own brand name. "Zehnder and Bisque will complement each other perfectly in their respective markets," explains Allan Jones, Head of ZGUK Retail Division. "By optimising the synergies of these two stron...

Jade Allen joins 20-20 Fusion’s dynamic sales team

20-20 Fusion, the design and visualisation software specialist, is delighted to announce the appointment of Jade Allen as its new Area Sales Manager for the North of England. Jade comes from a sales background, having worked for a Manchester-based PR agency where she learned the value of nurturing strong business relationships with clients and...

New cooperation between Keller Kitchens and Bruynzeel Kitchens

...s enables Keller to improve the performance level in terms of better products and services in a cost-effective manner; important in these challenging times. "The union with Bruynzeel will help Keller to increase its competitive power and to establish growth in the fast-moving and widespread European kitchen industry. Equally importantly, the fut...

Franke helps provide a touch of luxury

...r and historical parkland of Hensol Castle Estate. Beautifully designed and located within an estate-managed development, these homes promise much from the outside and then deliver more from the inside with so many bespoke design features. The apartments are all furnished with Franke sinks, taps, waste disposal units and cooker hoods. "When we d...

Zero from MHS Radiators - a high output alternative to steel panels

MHS Radiators has launched the Zero range of low cost, lightweight aluminium radiators with contemporary styling and excellent heat outputs from 423W to 3,068W. They make an excellent alternative to steel panel radiators and thanks to their low water content heat up rapidly and are extremely efficient. And where high pressures are needed, ...

Rangemaster introduces three new colours to popular Professional+ Range Cooker

...wer levels * Two fan ovens, with separate grill compartment, offers maximum cooking capacity * Glide-out grill for maximum safety * Unique handy rack allows you to tend easily to roasts * Griddle for healthy cooking, on gas hob models Professional+ 110 * Two spacious ovens and a separate grill compartment with the popular glide-out grill system ...

Secret to long-term business success (as the economy recovers) revealed...

...ge and achieve sustainability, the report concludes that organisations need to focus on:[TRIMTO] - - Distributed leadership: Senior leaders set a clear strategy, but also empower and motivate managers to innovate to deliver it - - Alignment: All component parts of the organisation are focused on the same vision and values, obje...

Nearly 40% of CEOs worldwide plan to increase workforce in 2010

...ence since PwC began its tracking. The survey revealed striking differences in confidence levels -- and by extension the impact of the global recession -- among CEOs in emerging economies and those in developed nations. In North America and Western Europe, for example, about 80% said they were confident of growth in the next year. That compared ...

There's nothing like a good bubbly!

...become cause for celebration! Renowned UK bathroom specialist Frontline, has three new fabulous free-standing baths to entice you to luxuriate in the tub... The Aquabathe range, exclusive to Frontline, is a clever fusion of contemporary and lavish design. With sumptuous lines, the curvaceous Pano bath is one to admire. This brand new freestandin...

Croydex welcomes Damixa to the UK with huge KBB giveaway

...promotion. Damixa has been eager to regain its foothold in the UK market since its management buy-out last year. President of Damixa, Kim Kenlev states: "This exciting new partnership with Croydex, one of the country's leading players in the bathroom fittings and accessories market, offers perfect synergy for both parties". Croydex takes f...

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...ted to learn earlier this week that The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, which represents 75 well-known bathroom brands in the UK, has been shortlisted for a major eco-award. The BMA has made it to the finals of the ‘Sustain Magazine Awards 2010’ for its work in designing and developing the UK standard for Water Efficient Product ...

Nationally important Tap into Savings project launched in Surrey

Earlier today, what is thought to be the UK's biggest water and energy saving project - Tap into Savings - was launched in Redhill, Surrey. The Tap into Savings community initiative will help people in nearly 1,000 homes in Redhill and Merstham save water and energy, as well as money on their household bills. Tap into Savings will also ...

'Don't take risks with jobs recovery', CIPD and British Chambers of Commerce tell Mandelson

... any further statutory increases in the cost of employing staff during what looks like being a 'jobs-light' economic recovery. In a joint letter to Peter Mandelson, the Secretary of State for Business, the CIPD and BCC warned of the consequences of the 1% increase in employers' National Insurance Contributions scheduled for April 2011, and recom...

US NKBA President Mark Karas announces goals for 2010

The newly-elected president of the US National Kitchen & Bath Association, Mark L. Karas, CMKBD, has stated four areas for the NKBA to focus its efforts in 2010 to empower the association's members to make the most of a recovering kitchen and bath market. 1. Education and Certification - Mark's first goal for the association is to expand t...

Kitchen Furniture Market to grow with style in 2010

...chen suppliers, as design trends and consumer preferences have changed fairly rapidly in the last 12-18 months. Senior analyst at MTW, Mark Waddy describes, "A growing preference toward flecked greens and browns in the kitchen worktops market, as well as bold colour statements in moderation for fitted kitchen furniture. Clean lines continue to rema...

New complete shower cubicle installs in just three hours

...and ready for use in just three hours. Novellini UK, said to be Europe's largest producer of walk-in showers, cubicles, wet rooms and shower cabin products, has developed a stylish, high quality and, competitively priced (starting from just £400 trade) range of shower cubicles that provides builders and specifiers with a product that can b...

Easyquote announces re-brand

...p; As a precursor to the upcoming major UK KBB industry show at the NEC in Birmingham from 21st - 24th March 2010, popular business management software provider EasyQuote announces it is re-branding to EQ Software. The re-brand will be showcased at KBB2010. Since its inception in 2000, the EasyQuote brand name has served the business well bu...

Fisher & Paykel announces Managing Director and CEO appointment

...ortance of the role, the search for a new CEO has been international, thorough and considered. A sub-committee of the Board has screened a wide range of candidates and the final contenders were interviewed by the full Board. Although we had some impressive external options, Stuart was a very strong internal candidate and he was our unanimous final ...

2010 Window Blinds Trends: Apollo's guide to what's set to be hot in 2010

...dows in 2010. Be it sunshine yellow as a colour trend, sheers that let in more natural light or high-shine fabrics that shimmer in the sunshine. "There's also a major new development around the corner in terms of wallpaper fabrics for windows, plus black is back in the bathroom."[TRIMTO] More Mood Lifters - colour The explosion of bright acce...

Mark Two leads fundraising at Lads Club boxing night

...the Bolton club for many years. Plans are currently in place for the creation of five new government-funded clubs based on the BLGC model. Special guest Amir Khan, who brought his family along to the event, helped to inspire the boxers fighting on the night and encouraged supporters to donate much-needed funds. Kitchen and bathroom companies ...

UK's No.1 contemporary interiors exhibition announces Good Design Manifesto

... and objectives from exhibitor selection and visitor inspiration to curation of the event. The 12-strong panel includes Tomoko Azumi; Jason Bruges; Max Fraser (London Design Guide); Matthew Hilton; Benjamin Hubert; Nina Tolstrup (StudioMama); Meriel Scott (Precious McBane); Ruth Silver (Project Orange); Kara O'Reilly (Sunday Times Style Magazine...

Utopia expands product portfolio

...iment to natural timber. There are three granite and three marble options, carefully chosen to co-ordinate with the Golden Oak and Walnut furniture in the range. So far, Imperial Marrone, a dramatically patterned marble worksurface, is proving the best-seller with Star Galaxy, a sparkling black granite, coming second. Explaining the rationale...

BOGOF in ceramic, porcelain and stone from Tile Depot

...oughout March and April. Ceramic ranges available in Tile Depot's BOGOF deal include Forma Negro - wonderfully textured ceramic 31.6 x 44.7cm wall tiles in black with cut grooves to create the effect of three smaller tiles from £4.99 each, and Lorenzo - 30 x 30cm ceramic tiles in black or white from £1.79 each. Natural stone also ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

Polypipe acquires ventilation business rival Silavent

...Domus product range. The Silavent brand is a good match for Polypipe's portfolio as it has a well- deserved reputation for providing excellent quality products and high levels of technical support in the developing UK ventilation market. "This acquisition significantly widens Polypipe's offering in the ventilation market alongside our Domus b...

New season, new year, new look Four Seasons

... set up, such as the Star Reward scheme which rewards Four Seasons retailers who increase their year-on-year turnover with top prizes including holidays and cars. As one of the biggest promotions in the kitchen industry for some time, this scheme also helped to attract new retailers to the brand. There are even more exciting developments ahead i...

Belling Built-in has the White Stuff

...ance brand, Belling, has unveiled a fresh new twist on white appliances across a number of its built-in products. Belling has given the traditional white finish a modern designer makeover, combining pure white with black glass and contrasting white handles. "White appliances often get a bad press because it can be difficult to achieve a uniform pur...

Raukantex Magic 3D offers depth-effect patterns

...ocess which gives the impression of three dimensions by combining a transparent surface with a depth-effect pattern. It is ideal for worktops, carcasses, book cases, side panels, shelves and tables and opens up a host of possibilities for designers and manufacturers looking to maximise the contrasting design features of edgeband. Manufactured...

Frontline's Dare Devil Diver!

...with the Red Devils to launch the new Saints 2010 home jersey whilst raising another impressive four-figure donation to the Steve Prescott Foundation, which supports the Rugby League Benevolent Fund's Try Assist Fund and Christie Cancer Hospital. The event was funded by new club sponsor, Frontline, which was also collar sponsor of Saints' home and ...

Burbidge oozes natural sophistication with a splash of hessian

...gine, it's easy for consumers to create a striking statement in their kitchen. The delicate, hand-sprayed paint effect subtly reveals the natural grain patterning of the timber frontals, giving each kitchen a unique and stylish look. Inspiring even more creativity for the most discerning consumer, kitchen retailers and manufacturers can also tak...

Rosemary Conley sees fit to use Amica hob in new show

...guest experts including GMTV doctor Dr Hilary Jones, psychologist Raj Persaud and chef, Dean Simpole-Clarke. Amica, one of the most dynamic household appliances manufacturers in Europe, is expanding in the UK market with its range of freestanding and built-in appliances. With numerous awards and prizes for its products, including Product of the ...

And in flows another award for Deva's Satinjet...

Deva's Satinjet Awatea Hi-Rise Adjustable Arm by Methven has scooped another award after achieving 'Highly Commended' in the bathrooms category of the Self Build Awards 2010. Judged by leading industry professionals from the Federation of Master Builders and the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Satinjet Awatea Hi-Rise Adjustable ...

East Coast makes three new appointments to sales team

...rs and suppliers of quality components & accessories to the UK furniture industry. As a Trade-only supplier, the company is able to service its market from a centrally located 80,000 sq ft headquarters in Rearsby Leicestershire. "With an ever increasing and diverse product portfolio, our comprehensive stock range provides a wide selection...

Over 1,000 exhibitors at biggest ever Ecobuild

...re than 1,000 suppliers of sustainable construction products at London's Earls Court on Tuesday 2nd - Thursday 4th March 2010. From big names such as Rockwool, Sika, Dimplex, Finnforest, Schueco, Interface, Rehau, ACO Technologies, Kohler Mira and CEMEX, to the smallest new business exhibiting in Ecobuild's Green Shoots entrepreneurs' zone, ever...

"Have a ball with our prices!" says fitted furniture manufacturer

...ases is worth 60% off. The promotional colde WBPL10 must be quoted at point of order. T: 01942-270000 F: 01942-270225 E: sales@wball.co.uk ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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...ister John Healey that is hailed as the start of a new deal in housebuilding... the first Government-owned land is being made available under the Public Land Initiative for much-needed new homes. The Initiative could create up to 1,700 jobs and apprenticeships – with workers expected on the first of these sites within the next few months. ...

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Welcome to the KBzine A number of people have picked up on the move to scrap use-by dates on some products and I for one couldn't be more delighted! I muddle along pretty well most of the year, using common sense, my eyes and my nose to judge whether the food I grab from my fridge, cupboards or fruit bowl can be safely used ('grab' says ...

New report focuses on special needs bathroom products market - UK 2010-2014

...eeds bathroom products will continue to be installed in a wider range of domestic and commercial end-use applications. These will include domestic homes and commercial applications such as hospitals and schools. The UK special needs bathroom market has an estimated value of around £119 million at Manufacturers Selling Prices in 2009. This rep...

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Welcome to the KBzine This is our last issue of KBZine prior to our much-needed Summer break. Please continue to send us your news though, for consideration for our next issue, which will be broadcast on Friday 20th August. If you're having a break yourself this year, do enjoy it, stay safe and try and recharge your batteries. John and I...

Take a fresh look at Westin

Award-winning Westin has unveiled a fresh, exciting new look and company name. The company has re-branded to Westin Design as a commitment to both its sustained growth strategy and its expanding range of innovative and exclusive domestic kitchen extraction solutions. The new brand rollout includes a new website, product catalogue, new sign...

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...tually managed to get some time away and one of the things I did was attend a festival run by an eco-conscious organisation. No smelly banks of mobile loos for this lot! They'd built 'compost loos'. And while when I've read about these things in the past with horror, I didn't have any choice but to try them - and they were brilliant! Built fr...

Hansgrohe mourns loss of valued and respected colleague

...ales Manager at Hansgrohe, died tragically from a heart attack. Aged just 51 years, Niall was a well-liked and valued member of the Hansgrohe UK team with sole responsibility for special key accounts. "Niall was not only a respected colleague, but a personal friend for nearly 20 years," says UK Managing Director, Iain McKinlay. "He did not smoke...

Warts and all: major bathrooms customer service survey launched

...ers to show delegates how the industry is fairing. The full results of the survey will be published - warts and all. The survey gives everyone in the bathroom industry the chance to have their say and, more importantly, influence the direction of the conference programme. So how importantly do you really take customer service? The survey take...

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...was unlikely to get hold of a decent replacement over the bank holiday weekend, it would save money - and once I'd got used to the altitude it was quite rewarding work. And of course it was beautifully sunny up there and the view over all the gardens was fantastic! Like most things in an optimist's life, the work took longer than expected and - ...

Growth of UK construction sector weakened, led by slowdown in residential construction, says new report

...or new homes, if new projects are to get off the ground and reverse the slump in the residential sub-sector." T: +44 1780 761576 E: trudy.salandiak@cips.org ...

Mereway Kitchens New English Revival Shaker Collection

...duct range that is built to last. "Timber drawers are often seen as the signature of a quality in-frame kitchen and our new in-frame Shaker is no exception." Comments Ginette Crowther, Marketing Manager for Mereway Kitchens "It will be the first in our English Revival range to feature solid timber dovetail drawerboxes as standard as well as th...

New wetroom drainage system launched

..."With increasing numbers of wetrooms being fitted into new and refurbished homes, this highly sought-after minimalist look can be achieved with our systems, whilst a high drainage capacity ensures there is no risk of overspill or flooding," says John Peter, Sales Director at CME Sanitary Systems. Drainline has a maximum drainage capacity of 1.3 ...

New flooring is perfect for kitchens and bathrooms

... kitchens and bathrooms or the refurbishment of existing ones. Now, a new range of laminate effects - indiscernible from the original material and with significant practical advantages - has been introduced . A world leader in laminate flooring, Faus (a division of the international Finsa Group) has introduced an exiting new range of laminate fl...

Gorenje welcomes decision to scrap use-by dates

...for its creative and innovative appliances, welcomes the decision by food manufacturers to scrap use-by dates on some products. Around £10 billion worth of food is dumped every year, and it is estimated that each household throws away £400 of food a year, with many consumers disposing of meals, drinks, and fruit and vegetables that a...

Mix and match showering solutions from Damixa

...tical features, all Damixa showers are thermostatically controlled for maximum safety, offering anti-scalding protection by way of a thermostatic and physical limiter, ensuring that the 'full hot' selection is never reached accidentally. For the eco conscious consumer, each shower also features a built-in Eco-klik device, providing a subtle remi...

Corporate membership is helping KBSA members beat the recession

...rate membership of the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association is proving to be a recession-beating benefit according to several corporate members who have voiced their support and urged other organisations to take up membership. Malcolm Scott, corporate chair of the KBSA explains: "The main advantage to a corporate business of being a KBS...

HiB flying high with its new Icarus and Apollo stainless steel mirrored cabinets

...the range, four use a mirror attached to the bathroom wall to give reflections both open and closed - Dione, Atlas, Melia and Apollo. This is a new HiB innovation meaning the mirror is always in view. Careful thought has also gone into the design of the mirrored face of the Apollo cabinet, which has a 30/70 split so that the user always has a f...

Historic refurbishment gains steam-free bathroom mirrors

Steam-free mirrors with heated mirror pads by demista were an integral feature in the recent upgrading of the residential accommodation at the historic Royal Society of Medicine building in London opened in 1912 by King George V and Queen Mary. The entire project involved the upgrade of 41 bedrooms to 5-star standard, including new bathrooms w...

Tradesmen be warned - mind your Ps and Qs

... For further advice on selecting a tradesman these sites might be useful, try: www.eca.co.uk - search for ECA registered electricians www.competentperson.co.uk - more about Part P requirements and who is registered www.nhic.org.uk - National Home Improvement Council ...

Some 111.4 million European households will have smart meters by 2015

...rdrola, three of the absolutely largest electricity network operators in Europe, have launched large-scale pilots in France and Spain, respectively. Next year, these deployments will evolve into nationwide rollouts in these countries, reportsTobias Ryberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. On top of that, the UKs largest electricity and gas retailer...

Soapbox: Tips to turn around struggling businesses

...tor and he boasts a proven track record in helping struggling businesses turn around their fortunes - investing both his time and investor capital into various ventures. "After what seems like an age of stark recessional gloom, and with economic recovery now being set into motion, many UK businesses are beginning to look to the future. Those wh...

Winner of Britain's Oldest Fridge search chooses new fridge freezer

...ition, organised by the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, chose to replace his 56-year old fridge with a state-of-the-art Whirlpool fridge freezer. Edmund Garrod of High Wycombe, the winner of the recent Time to Change UK's oldest fridge competition, selected the top-quality, European built and Italian designed, A+ energy effi...

MFI to reassemble

...d are set to relaunch the company, two years after its collapse due to the credit crunch. The 111-strong chain, which was a popular first port of call for those seeking a decent-priced kitchen and advice on how to design it, was founded in 1964 and became famous for its flatpack furniture. A statement on the company's basic website says: "...

New models join latest Blancoair extractor range

...erformance and low noise emissions with optimum efficiency at price points to attract the mid to low-end markets. Energy efficiency is achieved with lower powered motors using less energy, made possible as a result of the advanced technology of the airflow system.  In premium quality stainless steel, sometimes in combination with glass, ...

Water For People announces new Board of Directors

Water For People, the international, non-profit humanitarian organisation that focuses on long-lasting, safe drinking water resources and improved sanitation facilities in the developing world, has announced today the individuals that will join the newly structured Water For People Board of Directors. In line with the organisation's 2010-2014 S...

Tap into Savings survey shows residents are already water wise

...unding areas say that they are already taking steps to save water. Tap into Savings, a new community-based project in the area, aims to help everyone save even more to save money and help local water supplies and wildlife. Free home visits are being offered to 2,000 residents in Tile Hill and Canley to help reduce the amount of water that many t...

FIRA teams with Brunel University to offer free design projects to member companies

...s some of the top design students in the UK and FIRA is linking with the teaching team to bring real-life design issues to these students. The aims of these projects are to identify problems of user interactions and recommend solutions to improve the design of a product by means of ergonomics principles and methods. These projects could be eithe...

Hansgrohe's iPhone/iPod Touch app aids easy planning

...test in modern technology, Hansgrohe presents what it believes is a first for the bathroom industry - an innovative and fun planning tool for its PuraVida bathroom collection called Hansgrohe@Home. This takes the form of a free iPhone or iPod Touch application that allows you to upload an image of the PuraVida basin mixer and see exactly how it wil...

Whirlpool's new fridge freezer extends freshness up to 50% longer

... when choosing foods and consumers expect food companies to be responsible for their health and well-being. Today 50% of Europeans purchase fresh food and 30% choose fewer frozen products than they used to. There is a quest for quality, freshness, flavour, nutritional value and long preservation times. Whirlpool's new fridge freezer, the WBE 332...

V-Zug UK joins Johnny Grey for Decorex

Premium Swiss appliance brand V-Zug has confirmed a partnership with Johnny Grey Studios in creating a concept kitchen at next month's Decorex 2010, showcasing Johnny's new concept of the Modern Cottage Kitchen and incorporating the World renowned appliances from the V-Zug Futureline collection. "Johnny has been at the forefront of innovat...

KitchenAid's powerful hood is on an island of its own!

...y models of 10 or 15 years ago now seem a lifetime away as consumers are romanced by hoods with show-stopping designs and state-of-the-art technology. Premium manufacturer KitchenAid's Architect Island Hood, the KCIP 1010, is a beautifully designed example of the exciting new genre. With an impressive wing span of 1000mm and blissfully quiet in ...

Kaldewei UK opens its doors

On 8th July, Kaldewei, the world-renowned manufacturer of steel baths and shower trays, held an Open Day to officially mark the launch of its new UK headquarters in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire. Around 100 guests turned out to meet the team - including senior members of the management team from the German head office -and tour the new purpose-buil...

Symmetrical design at its best!

...ink from Franke replaces the popular GAX 611; with its perfect symmetry, it represents a complete re-design of the original. The sink's large 390 x 445mm bowl configuration, which is ideal for large pots and pans, is popular for hardworking, stylish kitchens. The new Alpina design features a modern drainer pattern which incorporates the tap ledg...

Kitchen Tune-Up adds recolouring and glazing services

Kitchen Tune-Up's Jill Hansen tells us that glazing and recolouring have become hot trends in the US and Canada over the past few years and that this month sees the organisation adding cabinet and door recolouring and glazing to its already wide variety of available services. Franchise owners travelled to Aberdeen, South Dakota, at the end of ...

BMA continues rapid growth with Altecnic

...y is looking forward to supporting the Association achieve its aims and objectives and playing a pro-active role within its membership." The BMA represents, through its technical and marketing committees, the interests of almost 40 major bathroom manufacturing groups with over 75 well-known brands in the market place. The manufacturing base dire...

New 'International' hinge from CRL blends value with performance

...r and bevel edge styles, the hinges are available as wall mount with full back plate, as well as 180-degree glass-to-glass models, which essentially cover the majority of popular installation configurations. "We are pleased to be offering this very cost-effective line of hinges to the frameless shower door market," says Brad Murphy, Brand Manage...

The NKBA calls for entries to the 2011 NKBA Design Competition

...n their residential design solutions for the kitchen and bathroom. The entries are judged by NKBA-certified experts in nine room categories including Small Kitchen, Medium Kitchen, Large Kitchen, Open Plan Kitchen, Powder Room, Small Bathroom, Large Bathroom, Master Bathroom and Showroom. Entries may also be judged for the 'Best Of' Awards, a...

Whirlpool's clever accessory makes it easy to use any pot or pan on an induction hob

...sed on an induction hob. As we all know the induction hob is an amazing appliance with superb eco-credentials - it is the fastest, most energy efficient hob technology available and is the true alternative to a gas hob. However, true volume sales have yet to come. For some there is still a reluctance to purchase. This is either down to the initi...

Plan a GRAND Day out at Grand Designs Live this October!

... Kitchens and Bathrooms industry, then look no further than Grand Designs Live. The show runs from 8-10 October at the NEC and will showcase the very best cutting-edge design and innovation in your field. With over 500 exhibiting companies and talks from familiar faces in the industry including Johnny Grey, the event brings together all aspects of ...

Amica to showcase brand new Platinum range at IFA 2010, Germany, 3rd - 8th September

Amica will be showcasing its brand new Platinum built-in range at IFA2010, the World's largest trade fair for consumer electronics and home appliances, taking place in Messe, Berlin, Germany from 3rd to 8th September. The 50th IFA exhibition promises to attract industry representatives from all over the World, who will visit the show to ch...

Glamorous and practical - that'll be Bushboard's Chocolate Sparkle worksurface

...ved by consumers for its sheer practicality and designs like Chocolate Quartz give them all the hard-working, easy maintenance advantages plus access to luxurious looks at a far more affordable price point." The Chocolate Quartz design comes in 4100 x 600 and 4100 x 665 in worksurfaces and a 4100 x 900mm breakfast bar. Matching upstands, midway ...

To all members of The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association

... please do think if you are able to support us in any way. Please come and make your voice heard - after all, we need your voice! If you would like to attend the Kitchen Conference, T: 0208 515 2113 or visit W: www.kbbreview.com Regards Graham Ball, CEO KBSA T: 01623 818808 W: www.kbsa.org.uk ...

Deva registers 86 products on BMA WEPLS

... rate for shower controls of up to 13 litres a minute. All chrome taps feature a comprehensive 12-year parts guarantee and shower controls have a five-year parts guarantee. The full list of WEPLS registered Deva products is available on the company's website. T: 0870 848 8400 E: sales@devatap.com W: www.deva.org.uk ...

Reflex points the way in new mirror styling from HiB

...lluminate the face for both shaving and make up routines. The Reflex mirror is an internally back-lit design enclosed in a statement metallic frame that can be installed in either portrait or landscape format. Dimensions are 71 x 51 x 6.5cm and the new mirror is IP44 rated. T: 0208 441 0352 W: www.HiB.co.uk ...

Trendy Triflow from Franke

The new Franke Triflow Trend tap with U-Spout is a modern take on the popular Pro-Value three-handle lever tap model. Designed to coordinate with a full range of Franke sink models, the tap delivers hot, cold and filtered water in high style. John Swain, Product Manager, comments: "In these price-conscious times, the Franke Triflow Tren...

US DIY & home improvement market report just published

... affirmative manifestation of the 'New Frugality', claims a new report. The report provides an in-depth analysis of how retailers, suppliers and - most importantly - consumers, are responding to a home channel marketplace that is changing in fundamental ways. It includes: - Analysis of consumer expenditures in the broader home channel market ...

Whirlpool's new Fusion built-in collection hits the spot

...t ranges immediately hit the sweet spot with their perfect blend of design, sophistication and state-of-the-art technology, which is why Whirlpool has such confidence in its new Fusion Line of kitchen appliances. The company's aptly titled Fusion collection represents an elegant encounter between glass and steel in a modern style. Featuring cutt...

Sealant-taming CornerTape to be demonstrated at two exhibitions this month

... applying all types of sealants on tiles, baths, showers and worktops for a perfectly clean straight-edge finish without mess or fuss. Following the launch of CornerTape into Plumb Center branches nationwide, the sealant-taming product system will be demonstrated on the Plumb Center stand at InstallerLive 2010, the UK's national plumbing, heatin...

AEG washing machine has A-30% energy efficiency and new load sensor

The new AEG-Electrolux Lavamat L84950A3 washing machine with its new load sensor and 'SuperEco' programme is a top performing, super efficient washing machine that gives you fantastic results every time. Its energy efficiency rating of A-30% means it's 30% more energy efficient than an A rated washing machine. Another highlight is the new load se...

9th UK Natural Stone returns to ExCeL, London

...wcase event for the UK stone industry returns to London's premier exhibition venue, ExCeL from 15th - 17th March 2011. Set within a stunning waterfront environment in the dynamic and thriving Docklands, just a stone's throw away from Canary Wharf, ExCeL offers a world class facility for visitors and exhibitors alike. The recent completion of its...

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Siamp UK's new Uni-Siphon universal siphon eliminates the need for merchants to hold multiple sizes in stock. Adjustable from 7.5 to 9.5 inches and suitable for all high and low level applications, it is manufactured to WRAS, Kiwa and NF standards and comes in two parts for quick and easy installation and maintenance. T: 0161 205 1200 / E: i...

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..., 'Nebraska' combines simple, classic styling with a light Oak finish and comprises basin unit, tall-boy, open-boy, drawer unit, bath panel, back-to-wall WC unit, mirrored cabinet and toilet seat. E: sales@jaxbathrooms.com Simply screening the showering area to help the bathroom 'flow', the Centre Fix Panel from Aqualux allows access from...

Sheer quality: the Stalto Professional tap from Abode

The Abode Stalto Professional tap offers cutting edge, up-to-the-minute creative styling with multiple functionality. This majestically tall stainless steel tap has been created for people who want the perfect blend of design, performance and sheer quality. The tap is designed to complement a contemporary kitchen without dominating the spa...

KitchenAid's double dishwasher is super functional

...s flexible Dishwasher Drawer represents a special touch of luxury. This spacious and versatile built-in model, offering an optional stainless steel door, will blend seamlessly into kitchen layouts of different sizes and formats. KitchenAid's Dishwasher Drawer is available as a single unit (KDDS 6010) or as a double unit stack (KDDD 6010), thus a...

Work the look with Nuance worksurfaces in the bathroom

...h are available in high gloss texture and the brand new Soft texture which looks and feels like semi-matt polished marble. There is also the rich and exotic Ebony Oak (pictured) woodgrain laminate in the Grain texture which is matt to the touch and ever so lightly raised like real timber. Laminate worksurfaces come in 28mm thickness in two sizes...

Frontline scores with professional rugby league live

... Fairplay index in 2007 as a method of maintaining good sportsmanship in the Super League and the Co-operative National League One. "We are really excited about the release of this game," enthuses Michael Sammon, Sales & Marketing Director, Frontline Bathrooms. "We are passionate about Rugby League and also our sponsorship of the St Helen...

Blast of future technology keeps food safely

Popular appliance manufacturer Baumatic has launched the perfect product to ensure home-cooked food can be stored at its optimum temperature for re-heating at a later date; a great way of ensuring the whole family has access to a healthy, nutritional meal - however hectic life gets. The Department of Health suggests that in order to ensure...

Neoperl joins the BMA

...n, particularly in the areas of water and energy conservation." T: 01782 747123 E: info@bathroom-association.org.uk W: www.bathroom-association.org ...

Waterfront website wows the crowds

...oms, leading British manufacturer of quality bathroom brassware, has launched an exciting new 'flick-book' brochure on its revamped website. The website's fresh new look and use of the very latest hi-tech software adds further fuel to its go-getting marketing campaign. Users can access Waterfront's very latest product lines by clicking on the br...

Inspired cabinet design from HiB

...ew illuminated and mirrored cabinets in particular. The Lenny design has a deep recessed, halogen-lit mirror framed by a graciously formed door complete with soft-close which conceals a storage area to one side. The Logan design is a double-sided version with a centrally-placed mirror and storage cabinets to either side. Both cabinets demo...

New distributor of greywater system for Spain

...s backing greywater systems as a way for households to reduce their water use. "We carried out in-depth research into the market and Ecoplay is one of the most effective and simplest products that can be fitted into existing and new homes. We are very excited about this new partnership with CME Sanitary Systems, as this is a product that is just...

BEAMA welcomes The Energy Saving Trust's public report

...stry about the positive and negative impact of heat pump design, installation, commissioning and end-use. "During 2009, the installed base of heat pumps doubled with annual sales of around 14,000 units, which points towards a future of rapid market growth," comments Kelly Butler, BEAMA's marketing director. "As with all developing markets, field...

Get your plumbing questions answered

Some plumbing problems require immediate assistance from a licensed professional, but for non-emergency plumbing tips and advice, ARS/Rescue Rooter, a privately held, nationwide provider of a plumbing, drain cleaning, air conditioning and heating in the US, offers Home Connect. This free online service puts homeowners in contact with experienced, ...

New kitchen component event is just 11 days away...

... range of special show offers and promotions. The event will also include a guided tour of the state-of-the-art Blum UK headquarters. All UK furniture manufacturers and retailers are invited to pre-register for this exclusive event now. As an added incentive, everyone pre-registering will be automatically entered into a prize draw for a weekend ...

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...e, but Parliament's negotiators succeeded in persuading Member State representatives to accept an EU-wide 30-day rule. Four key points were settled in the negotiations: more   Yours, Jan Hobbs ...

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...e, but Parliament's negotiators succeeded in persuading Member State representatives to accept an EU-wide 30-day rule. Four key points were settled in the negotiations: 1. 60 days capping for public authorities: Only in exceptional circumstances can the payment period be longer than 30 days. Payment can never be delayed beyond 60 days for pub...

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Glasgow-based Alliance Sanitary Products has launched a bath mixer fixing kit incorporating a patented 'quick release' tap platform which enables taps to be repaired or replaced in minutes rather than hours and without the usual problems of having to pull out the bath and disturb tiling. T: 01355 241 111 / E: sales@alliancegb.com Aspace, reno...

Running for the toilet!

...d will be invested in a project in India," explains Julia. "Once complete, this project will be long-term and sustainable and it will make a positive and profound impact on the lives of a village community - especially women and children." This project falls into two distinct areas: To provide clean drinking water and sanitation To prov...

Graeme Freedman joins bespoke kitchen company - Figura

... the company is so well known. Graeme will be working closely with Figura's discerning clientele - whether in Surrey, the Home Counties or further afield, using his knowledge of product design and his desire to innovate, to create something really special. T: 01428 686500 F: 01428 685624 E: graeme.freedman@figura.co.uk W: www.figura.co.uk ...

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Hi Jan, Just a big thank-you for covering the news about the death of Niall Geldard in last week's issue of the K&BZine. This was very timely as it was his funeral that morning and many of his colleagues and friends from Hansgrohe attended. With best wishes Tracy, Esprit PR T: 01428 714546

Take off with Magnet Trade's Autumn Flights promotion

...equest a quote. A 'passport' leaflet detailing the activity has been sent to all account holders - a database of over 90,000 tradesmen. It will also be on display in stores. The Magnet Trade website, Deal, and The Mag will all be including the flights information. Magnet Trade has also teamed up with Talk Sport who will be advertising the fli...

Just nine days to Decorex International

...rt of London Design Festival and just 11 days until the opening of Decorex International 2010 (26th - 29th September, Royal Hospital Chelsea) London is a frenzy of design excitement. The marquee is being constructed and the building underway for this year's interiors feast. Why should you take the time out of your busy working week to attend Dec...

Baumatic and E-cloth add sparkle to the kitchen

...l range cookers as part of a special promotion with EnviroProducts, the name behind the innovative E-cloth. The Baumatic BRC4IV is a rustic-style 90cm dual fuel range cooker with a hob featuring four burners and a wok burner, a 61 litre multi-function oven and a separate static oven with grill. With heavy-duty cast iron pan stands and a styli...

Furniture built to last a lifetime: new brochure available

...lassic and contemporary styles. Chamber is a long established family run business, producing hand-built bespoke kitchens in its purpose built factory/showroom in Halstead, Kent.[TRIMTO] Its service is second to none and the company offers a flexible design service for all its furniture and appliances. In its showroom it has a wide selection o...

Be fully supported with Autumn seminars

Leading CAD software developer for the kitchen and bathroom industries, 20-20 Fusion, will be running a series of free seminars for its supported customers this Autumn, to ensure they are getting the most out of their software and to bring them up to date with the latest developments available. The Fusion Care Seminars will kick off in Nov...

Myth-busting truths about using a dishwasher by AEG-Electrolux

...anyone who has had one, being without a dishwasher would be like being without your washing machine - you simply can't live without one once you have had one! Many people still justify their reason for not having one because "they guzzle so much water and energy". In fact this is one of the biggest myths. Just take a look at what a dishwasher ho...

FIRA reinvigorates Innovation Award: Italiana Ferramenta wins with new range of cabinet hangers

...e new creativity and thinking in the furniture industry. First off the blocks to receive this new-look award is Italiana Ferramenta, which specialises in producing high quality accessories and ironmongery for the furniture industry and gained the Award for its LIBRA H1 range of cabinet hangers and wall plates. "The Innovation Award provides a...

Exciting new wall tile ranges to inspire...

...finish marble effect tile available in beige and grey. The range includes four complementary strips - two with a mosaic scroll design and two with a contemporary square design. Both designs of strips are available in beige and grey in a 198x50mm size with the wall tiles available in 198x248mm size. Cappuccino is an addition to the existing Elgin...

Wolf celebrates 10 years with Sub-Zero

...nce company, Wolf, celebrates the 10th anniversary this year, of its successful partnership with Sub-Zero. With its pioneering technology and cutting-edge aesthetics, Wolf has become popular with aspiring at-home cooks, leading chefs, celebrities, designers and architects and has also starred in Hollywood blockbusters and TV programmes including Mr...

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... Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has warned that an energy surcharge applied by large multi-national material producers is creating additional costs in the supply chain and playing havoc with kbb retailers' pricing levels. "It is unfortunate that this Energy Surcharge is being applied at a time when retailers have to look so hard at all...

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Apollo has just launched two new types of shutters - a blackout shutter and a cost-effective Craftwood range to compliment its existing hard wood collection. T: 0800 915 3030 Indesit's Hotpoint and Indesit cookers, hobs, washing machines and tumble dryers have taken a record eight 'Best Buy' awards from consumer champions Which? since th...

Lifeline for firms with just one week left to claim backdated small business rate relief

... least £200 million. Leaseholders United's Andrew Bacon, who is Property Adviser to the not-for-profit business support and lobby group the Forum of Private Business, said the problem is being made worse because too few business owners are aware that they can claim the relief.  He said many local councils fail to provide details of...

UK 'a nation of water wasters'

...s bath has a capacity of 116 litres which compares with an average bath of 190 litres. www.ideal-standard.co.uk/homeowner/water-saving/ ...

Exciting laminate worktops from DK

...s, Amber Granite, Night Frost and Everest Gloss. DK Distribution offers a full range of products - doors, high quality (colour coordinated) carcases, appliances, sings and taps, stools and chairs and handles. T: 0161 230 0700 F: 0161 230 0701 W: www.dkdistribution.co.uk ...

KitchenAid presents the ultimate in food and wine storage

...food is preserved with accurate professional care. The fridge features humidity management and multi-temperature preservation zones, and has a generous capacity of 406 litres, while the freezer has 153 litres of storage space.  Electronic temperature and management in both sections means that it is constantly monitored by intelligent techno...

Rehau invites visitors to live demonstration of new laser edge

...hich will be demonstrated live uses a highly efficient laser to melt the lower polymer layer of a co-extruded Raukantex Laser Edge edgeband, which is then bonded seamlessly to the substrate eliminating the presence of a glue joint completely. Visitors will be able to ask questions about the products, machinery and tools available and all three c...

Superpan - the advanced substrate from Finsa

Multi-national board specialist Finsa is known for developing advanced products through exclusive manufacturing techniques and market-led innovation. Superpan is one such product, especially developed for the MFC products market and now seen as the optimum substrate for the latest high gloss finishes and photo-realistic patterns and grains. ...

BMA supports the Prince's START

...ple to reduce waste and conserve energy, is great news. "We are always pleased to support any eco-initiative," comments Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the BMA. "The BMA's Water Efficient Product Labelling Scheme is becoming increasingly recognised as a major influencer and we are delighted that the scheme features on the Prince's START websit...

California Building Standards Commission reinforces importance of NSF International Plumbing Standard

...umbing Code includes requiring all brass fittings used with PEX tubing to meet NSF/ANSI Standard 14 - 2009: Plastics Piping System Components and Related Materials requirements. The effective date to comply was 18th August 2010 for the 2007 California Plumbing Code and is 1st January 2011 for the 2010 California Plumbing Code. The regulations in...

Retailers shift focus to sweat budgets

...re to produce better and more photography... for less.  Here, Andy Rosson from Hangar Seven - one of the UK's largest commercial photographic studios - and brand managers from some of the agency's clients - Sainsbury's, Fired Earth, Betta Living and Silentnight - comment on trends emerging in retail photography and the challenges facing ret...

Retailers halve waste sent to landfill

...s by 2013.  Retailers have also achieved an 18% reduction between 2005 and 2010 in both: - Energy-related emissions from buildings  - Carbon dioxide emissions from transporting goods  But to help retailers go further with their environmental goals they need the Government to help them, rather than hinder. Supermarkets, fo...

New guidance highlights importance of managing stress during economic strife

...nel &  Development, with support from the Health & Safety Executive, ACAS and the cross-government Health, Work & Wellbeing programme, spells out employers' legal obligations in identifying and preventing stress at work.  The guide: 'Work-related stress: what the law says', which was written by John Hamilton, head of safety...

Tap into Savings comes to Braintree

A major national water and energy saving project - Tap into Savings - is being launched today at the Braintree Town Hall by project partners. Over the next six months, the project will visit 5,000 homes in the Braintree District, helping households save around 15% of their water use - at zero cost to the householder. Collectively, we'll be savi...

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... Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has warned that an energy surcharge applied by large multi-national material producers is creating additional costs in the supply chain and playing havoc with kbb retailers' pricing levels. "It is unfortunate that this Energy Surcharge is being applied at a time when retailers have to look so hard at all...

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Apollo has just launched two new types of shutters - a blackout shutter and a cost-effective Craftwood range to compliment its existing hard wood collection. T: 0800 915 3030 Indesit's Hotpoint and Indesit cookers, hobs, washing machines and tumble dryers have taken a record eight 'Best Buy' awards from consumer champions Which? since th...

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Welcome to the KBzine   Moves to develop a single EU-wide patent system began in 2003 but progress has been hampered by repeated linguistic, technical and legal difficulties. The cost of filing and protecting patents in Europe is substantially higher than in the US and Japan, and businesses have consistently complained abou...

SOAPBOX: BMA welcomes Part F

... details of Building Regulations Approved Document G than Part F comes along.  Christian Taylor-Hamlin, Technical Director of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, looks at the new document as it applies to bathrooms. The new Approved Document F concerns the ventilation requirements for buildings, replaces the 2006 edition and comes in to...

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...& safety portal that communicates key industry updates, news and opinion. Subscribe at www.risk-management-services.co.uk Intuo by ewe's new Island Kitchen offers features two islands that separate the kitchen into clearly defined zones... one for the cooking area and one for the food preparation and wet area. Searle & Taylor Kitchen...

Aga Rayburn launches home energy management centre

...re in Kidderminster. Showcasing its range of renewable energy products, woodburning stoves and ultra-efficient Rayburn A-rated central heating range cookers, the Aga Rayburn Home Energy Management Centre is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK. The Home Energy Management Centre acts as a 'one-stop-shop' for installers, self-builders, ar...

Amica's built-in goes Platinum as new collection celebrates UK debut

Amica's first 'collection' - the Platinum collection - provides a choice of coordinated appliances; all finished in finger-mark resistant stainless steel with striking red illumination within black glass in one coherent design.   Notable firsts include what is thought to be the first mid-market combination steam oven expected to retail...

Chalon's new Knutsford showroom opens for business

...treet, it is part of the central town shopping footprint and is positioned in what is already a well-established hub for the luxury kitchen market.  The doors have officially been open since the August Bank Holiday but  the new showroom's staff are looking forward to and working towards a client / trade / press launch event on Thursday 7t...

Huppe unveils partner showroom in the South East

...ngleton and both showrooms display the two flagship products most recently launched by each company - Studio Paris from Huppe and PuraVida from Hansgrohe.  These products were designed in conjunction with internationally recognised Phoenix Design Studio, further embedding the complementary design ethos of the two companies. "We're delighted...

IDS introduces comprehensive new Panel Guide for customers

...tonnes of melamine chipboard and MDF at any one time and has the flexibility to deliver on a on a 24-48 hour basis to any location nationwide from its network of sixteen regional branches. Drawing on its stockholding and logistics expertise IDS can work in step with manufacturers to feed production lines on a Just in Time basis, offering a smart...

LDL event a 'Bluming' success!

One of Blum UK's largest distributors, LDL, hosted a three-day open house event at the Blum UK headquarters in Milton Keynes to show visitors its  full product portfolio including the extensive range of solutions from Blum. The Blum UK premises proved an ideal location for the event both from its central geographical position and the exce...

Whirlpool launches new Ambient built-in collection

...d needs of consumers in and around the home, with the introduction of the stunning new Ambient built-in appliance collection. The new Ambient built-in range boasts understated, elegant aesthetics in an advanced fluid design combined with smart features, sleek handles and slim, easy to read displays. Integrating advanced technology with simple fu...

Ten reasons to be at Big Tour 2010

...reasons why you cannot afford to miss Big Tour 2010: 1. Visiting five major cities within the UK - Big Tour is visiting a venue near you! Scotland - Hampden Park on Thursday 4th November Birmingham - National Motorcycle Museum on Wednesday 10th November Manchester - Manchester United FC on Friday 12th November Bristol - University We...

Tile Depot helps transform Home for the Brave

...ly change the lives of two British soldiers by donating the tiles for a brand new wet room in a make-over by designer, Ty Pennington for a brand new five-part television series for the Home channel. The UK's largest independent tile and stone retailer offered the donation of tiles, grout and adhesive after hearing about the Homes for the Brave s...

Vado team completes Great North Run and raises £3K for charity

...For more information on VADO's full range of products: T: : +44 (0) 1934 744466 E: sales@vado-uk.com W: www.vado-uk.com ...

V-Zug customers and partners to become more experienced!

V-Zug UK has appointed its own home economist and demonstration duo and announced a series of consumer experience days and partner training days - both at Zugorama (the new name for the company's showroom at Newport Pagnell near Milton Keynes) - and at its partner retailers' own studios.  Ten nationwide V-Zug steam cooking and appliance i...

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  Moves to develop a single EU-wide patent system began in 2003 but progress has been hampered by repeated linguistic, technical and legal difficulties. The cost of filing and protecting patents in Europe is substantially higher than in the US and Japan, and businesses have consistently complained about the fragmented and inconsisten...

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... but something made me set up my laptop in the living room last evening and I switched on the little-used box in the corner. I'm so glad I did as a prominent name from the KBB industry was featured on the BBC's Watchdog. Dolphin Bathrooms had a real slating from some of its customers and everyone who saw the programme is likely to stee...

Wolseley to introduce a new UK listed holding company

... becomes effective as the current Group has. The Proposals will not result in any changes in the day-to-day operations of the business of the Group or its strategy. It is expected that New Wolseley will continue to report the Group financial results in pounds sterling. The Proposals are not expected to have any adverse implications for Wolseley sha...

Pyramis Metallourgia 'one of the 'strongest companies in Greece', says ICAP

...sidered to be a leader in the market of stainless steel sinks. The company is particularly export-oriented with over 95% of its production exported to 62 countries worldwide, owning nine subsidiary companies abroad, while it employs 400 people. This year Pyramis fulfils 50 successful years in the industry.  T: Christodoulos Rantis +30 23...

New interactive website for Shaws of Darwen

Shaws of Darwen, the well-known fireclay sinks manufacturer, has launched its new, interactive website. The site which is constantly used by architects, interior designers, kitchen studios and commercial building consultants, features the full range of traditional and classic style products with photographic and line drawing visuals as well as fu...

PeopleChecking stress the importance of background checks

...ary background checks is imperative for employers who are on a recruitment drive. Due to the year-on-year increasing amount of university applicants, the shortage of spaces available for them, and the increasing competition amongst recent graduates to secure a job in the UK, unemployment has been on a considerable rise in recent years. This i...

Rugby League legend cooks up a celebration at GDHA

...rters. As part of GDHA's ongoing commitment to its 'Made in Britain' policy, the new Stoves built-in collection of ovens and hobs is being manufactured in Prescot, Merseyside.  And in the week that Keiron made his final playing appearance for St Helens, after 17 years with the club, he found time to pop in to meet the GDHA team. Keiro...

Soapbox: Bathroom manufacturers do their bit for the water crisis

By Chris Taylor-Hamlin, Technical Director of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association According to researchers reporting recently in the journal Nature, more people are likely to encounter severe stress on their water supply in the coming decades, as the climate changes and the human population continues to grow. They go on to say that nearly...

Stevenage furniture body celebrates 60 years and a new strategy for growth

...ent attended by local MP, Stephen McPartland, who has recently taken on the role of Chair of the all-party Parliamentary furniture group (APPFG).  We're delighted that despite difficult times within the industry, FIRA's membership is increasing, and we're proud of its 60 years of successful operation," said Chief Operating Officer Jonny Wes...

Warming drawers from KitchenAid - a vital addition for a busy kitchen

...being able to prove bread and perform other useful tasks such as thawing delicate dishes. "Design-wise, these warming drawers can slot beautifully into a bank or stack of appliances for the perfect streamlined look. They are ideal for resting joints and poultry prior to carving, as well as keeping vegetables warm or warming crockery for that spe...

Water For People hosts first Accountability Summit at WEFTEC

...m the questions that others might have for us," says Ned. "That's why we have evolved into a data-driven organisation. We collect data on hundreds of water and sanitation projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and through this process, our work will continually improve." The event featured talks by industry luminaries Jeanette Brown, Pr...

CaesarStone the ideal choice for Poggenpohl

...d, "CaesarStone was a fantastic choice for the show home at Greystones.  Its durability and non-porous properties make it ideal as a perfect stain free kitchen worktop.  The quartz surface also requires minimal maintenance to keep it looking like new.  Poggenpohl use CaesarStone quartz surfaces as they compliment our contemporary and...

With Lima, sophisticated sleekness is ingrained

...meowners to create a kitchen which is as individual as they are, while every drawer and door is soft-close for that added bit of luxury. As with all Four Seasons kitchen, quality comes built in with Lima, which is available with an oak carcase made up of 18mm panels for maximum durability that will last a lifetime. So confident is Four Seasons o...

Whirlpool launches 'best ever' range of resource-saving appliances

... sticking to our ethics is not always feasible. The Whirlpool Green Generation is a new range of top-quality, Italian designed and European built appliances that will save money and the world's resources. The Green Generation incorporates laundry, dishwashing and refrigeration appliances designed to save resources, consumption in the home and to...

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... but something made me set up my laptop in the living room last evening and I switched on the little-used box in the corner. I'm so glad I did as a prominent name from the KBB industry was featured on the BBC's Watchdog. Dolphin Bathrooms had a real slating from some of its customers and everyone who saw the programme is likely to ...

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...with four out of five tradespeople saying they feel confident that they will be able to pass on post-January 1st increases to customers, the VAT rise is seen as broadly neutral for business prospects amongst the trade. In a buoyant market tradespeople would have taken advantage of lower raw material costs ahead of the January deadline.   ...

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Renowned fashion designer Jeff Banks says he took inspiration for his latest collection for UK-based window blinds manufacturer Sunway Blinds , from his latest ladies fashion line. T: 0161 442 9500. Renowned for its French inspired bedroom furniture, family-run UK manufacturer, Newtons , has given its gorgeous Louis Rattan and Louis Padded ...

Bali offers the perfect retreat

...m essentials are always close to hand. Extra storage is available with the addition of separate wall-hung single cabinets and a stylish mirrored cabinet. The look is completed with a choice of stylish handles and chrome brassware, while soft mood lighting can be added to create a truly relaxing atmosphere, highlighting the depth of colour and lu...

Burlington's shower sanctuaries are set in stone

Cumbria-based stone engineer, Burlington, is continuing to diversify and expand its standard/off-the-shelf product range with the introduction of natural stone inline shower trays and aqua panels. Serving as a perfect solution within today's modern contemporary bathrooms, shower areas and wet and steam rooms, this latest product offering takes...

Four classic looks in one range

... its Classic  range of stylish taps, showers and bathroom accessories for the Period and Period-style bathroom.  The timeless Classic range, part of the company's exclusive Designer Collection, offers no less than four elegant head options for its basin, bath and shower mixers ¬- a classic cross-head design and three different leve...

Individually designed and beautiful!

Figura is the ultimate in individually designed, joinery-made, hand crafted furniture and bespoke kitchens for your home. The company looks at each project in isolation and with an open mind, taking each client's ideas and the property as a whole into consideration. It  does not provide preconceived ranges of furniture. "Each client, e...

Maine and Harvard are in the frame

Traditionally only associated with high-end bespoke kitchens, in-frame doors are now available off-the-peg thanks to two revamped ranges from uber furniture; Maine and Harvard.  Classic in-frame kitchens are more expensive because of their high-tech construction, involving butt hinges, special drawer runners and the expense of making and ...

Mereway Kitchens provides 'Best Display Support' at KBSA AGM

...ega. "In the current climate it is essential that we remain close to and work with our customers - and for the independent retailer strong display presentation is of major importance, says Ginette Crowther, Marketing Manager. "We pride ourselves on having a team who are able to help support them every step of the way to ensure that their show...

Home Building industry asks for firm Government timetable on new housing system

Earlier this week the house-building industry welcomed the Housing Minister, Grant Shapps' commitment to cutting red tape, simplifying the planning system and increasing housing supply, but demanded more detail on the policies behind the promises. The national housing crisis has seen fewer homes built in the last year than at any peacetime s...

Market conditions prompt insurance cover changes

...am Ball. "We have seen significantly fewer failures amongst KBB members than other KBB retailers - only 2% compared to an industry norm of 13% - but our insurance providers were badly hit by the collapse of William Ball and this together with a review of their risk in the KBB market has led to this decision." The KBSA insurance premium has ri...

New legislation will hit US KBB renovators

...otection Agency's Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule addressing the presence and removal of lead-based paint in target housing and child-occupied facilities reached its date of enforcement. The EPA regulation requires the use of a Certified Renovator and the incorporation of lead safe work practices in most pre-1978 residences and child-occu...

Staffordshire ceramics firm set to unlock potential of South Korea

...siness opportunities in South Korea, thanks to UK Trade & Investment. Johnson Tiles, of Stoke-on-Trent, has won an Overseas Market Introduction Service from UKTI after taking part in research to find out companies' future export plans and potential. An OMIS is a detailed in-country report giving UK companies access to market and sector sp...

Which? Best Buy award for Whirlpool's JT 366 microwave oven

...l's unique 6th Sense technology and an automatic steaming programme, the JT366 attained maximum five-star ratings for evenness, reheating, speed of cooking and grilling, and it was also rated very highly gaining four stars for continuous use, multifunction and its defrosting capabilities. The overall score was 78%, which was top score for a microwa...

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...cellor George Osborne announced is the "largest ever investment in apprenticeships by a government" - the promise of a 50% rise in funding, taking it to some £250 million a year, with the aim of recruiting 75,000 new apprentices by 2014. I do hope that a large chunk of this funding is going to be earmarked for those wishing to enter the bu...

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...s and 18 paint colours. T: 01227 742424 From sliding and hinged to walk in, Amode's new Italian-built bedroom furniture features well organised spaces with a wide range of containers and accessories dedicated to specific functions. E: info@amode.co.uk German kitchen specialist Kuetchenhaus will be opening a £1 million, 8000 sq ft ...

BCG's BIG new brands

...GE and Jacuzzi will all join BCG's already desirable portfolio and will exhibit their existing, new - and in some cases - exclusive ranges to BCG's retail customers at this year's five Big Tour venues.  "We are delighted to get three such high profile brands signed up and in place to be part of this year's tour," says Chris Honer, BCG's Man...

Hettich partnerships bring concepts event to life

  'Kitchen Concepts - Virtual & Reality', the re-opening showroom event at Hettich in Clerkenwell, London, was a hit with the 80 invited guests from the kitchen specialist, architectural and interior design industries who attended. The theme of the event was the 'Intelligent Kitchen Concept'. Leading German furniture fittings manufa...

Hettich partnerships bring concepts event to life

'Kitchen Concepts - Virtual & Reality', the re-opening showroom event at Hettich in Clerkenwell, London, was a hit with the 80 invited guests from the kitchen specialist, architectural and interior design industries who attended. The theme of the event was the 'Intelligent Kitchen Concept'. Leading German furniture fittings manufacturer...

Ten reasons to be at Big Tour 2010

...reasons why you cannot afford to miss Big Tour 2010: 1. Visiting five major cities within the UK - Big Tour is visiting a venue near you! Scotland - Hampden Park on Thursday 4th November Birmingham - National Motorcycle Museum on Wednesday 10th November Manchester - Manchester United FC on Friday 12th November Bristol - University We...

EverGrip and new Sealants Catalogue launched by CRL Europe

...sories. Ever Grip is a trademarked product, and is introduced alongside CRL new catalogue, CRL03 - Sealants, Adhesives and Fasteners. CRL SAF 03 contains 444 pages of products from sealants to tapes, fixings to adhesives, and all associated items for application and use. Detailed product guidelines and application data fills this unique and h...

Buy One Get One Free at Tile Depot, back by popular demand

... the South East and online. Among the bargains are: Elegant Polished Cream ceramic wall tiles - timeless in neutral creams and beiges with a natural stone effect, 30x60cm and polished for a heightened feeling of space.  Vega Light Cappuccino wall tiles - incredibly popular, Vega is a wonderful 25x40cm neutral stone-look ceramic tile, ...

Carron Phoenix's new Zeta105U undermount: perfect for the compact kitchen

... dishwasher, without losing valuable worksurface area.  Zeta is one of Carron Phoenix's best-selling mid market sink ranges and by popular demand has been introduced in an undermount option designed to be partnered with granite or solid surfacing, shown here with Bushboard's fitter-friendly and affordable Encore solid surfacing range of wor...

Complimentary pans with Atag induction hobs!

Atag, the leading Dutch brand for stylish and technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, presents a lovely opportunity - a free set of high quality stainless steel pans for the consumer with every induction hob purchased (offer excludes the Domino HI6217T Touch Control Induction Hob). ...

Elegant and efficient glass showerlights from HiB

...ghts offering a variety of styles and technical advantages. HiB's Dante design is a good example - a flat, clear glass round showerlight that enhances the shower area. Dante uses a low energy bulb and requires no transformer. The energy needed is a mere 11W but gives the illumination equivalent to a 50W halogen bulb. Five other showerlight de...

FIRA's FurnitureFootprinter updated and improved

...ulator for the furniture industry and has now been updated to deliver improved results with an ultra-user-friendly design. The online tool, with its useful 'drag and drop' capability, allows all parties within the furniture supply chain to generate and compare carbon footprints for their businesses and products quickly and easily. Calculating, a...

Going with the flow at Butlins!

...orkshire is renowned for its quality products and Butlins at Bognor Regis has become the latest blue-chip customer to realise the benefits of installing Pegler Yorkshire products. The complete refurbishment of all bathrooms at the site, a staggering 1200 in total, commenced a short time ago with the Pegler Yorkshire's Ebro basin tap being fitted...

Hansgrohe establishes new subsidiary in Brazil

...timate that about 50% of Hansgrohe's growth will be contributed by these emerging markets and the so-called 'Next Eleven'," explains Siegfried Gänßlen, CEO of Hansgrohe AG. In Brazil, the growth potential for Hansgrohe is not limited to the numerous building projects in connection with the football World Cup in 2014. As one of the few...

Individually designed and beautiful!

Figura is the ultimate in individually designed, joinery-made, hand crafted furniture and bespoke kitchens for your home. The company looks at each project in isolation and with an open mind, taking each client's ideas and the property as a whole into consideration. It does not provide preconceived ranges of furniture. "Each client, each ...

KBSA success at Grand Designs Live

...re on bathrooms and lots of people were either involved in a new build project or a major extension - and were therefore interested in advice about kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.  "It was a fantastic opportunity to promote the KBSA message to homeowners and as previous years, the most important question from them was how to ensure that t...

The price is right on best-selling products

...rs to extend their profit margins during the months leading up to Christmas. Two of Laufen's best-selling bathtub ranges are available with up to 30% off selected models for a limited period and there is also a reduction in price in its ever-popular Pro soft-close toilet seat, with the introduction of the Pro X - exactly the same product but sou...

Cooking with steam: More efficient, better results

The AEG-Electrolux B98205M multifunction oven with steam functions cooks faster with less energy, while enhancing flavours, preserving nutrients and giving more control over surface textures.  Switching to energy-efficient appliances in your kitchen is a great way to make your personal contribution to reducing greenhouse emissions. So is ...

Ultraheat's hot new models in demand

...Kalender. Both are very attractive replacement products as well as being an excellent choice for new-build properties. "White is always the biggest volume seller in the Ultraheat Premier Range, however chrome is a frequent choice for kitchens and bathrooms. For low cost impact, we have historically had considerable success with the black finish ...

Record low housing numbers reveal scale of the crisis

...veal that the net number of homes added to the housing stock in England fell to a record low in 2009-10, down 23% on 2008/9. Just 128,680 net additional dwellings were provided last year compared with around 167,000 in 2008/9. This figure is even lower than the previous record low of 130,510. Fewer net additional dwellings were supplied in the 2...

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...onditions for sustainable supply and management of domestic primary raw materials.  * Sector-specific innovation performance will be addressed through actions in sectors such as advanced manufacturing technologies, construction, bio-fuels and road and rail transport, particularly in view of improving resource efficiency. * The challenges...

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...Britannia Living and Maytag UK, is Fisher & Paykel's new Area Sales Representative for the North-West. T: 07740 639 042 Armitage Shanks has aimed its new Sensorflow 21 sensor operated washroom range, launched on Wednesday, at specifiers. E: arm-idealinfo@idealstandard.com CP Group's  new 'Pure' range of white-on-white til...

Modena tap by Carron Phoenix is a move outside of the design box

...ise directional control of the water delivery, as well as a neatly encased but highly practical pull-out nozzle with integral spray. The slim single lever with simple forward and backward motion, mirrors the streamlined aesthetics of the spout. Modena is available in two finishes of polished chrome and brushed nickel, offering tactile material a...

MEP for London calls for EU and national framework to promote sustainable housing

...ikely that ecological concerns are at the bottom, resulting in a failure to build the number of high-energy houses that we need. Indeed, only eight level 6 zero-carbon certificates have been awarded to completed houses during the last three years! "We are missing a huge opportunity. Ambitious policy on both new builds and retrofitting would deli...

Making a splash! The new addition from Leisure Sinks

...ion easier, Leisure Sinks has invested in new tooling to produce a reversible version of the LR9502 - augmenting the existing range of left or right handed versions. For peace of mind all 12 designs in the range are sold with a 10 year guarantee. "Quality is at the heart of Leisure Sinks' values, and the Linear Reversible demonstrates this perfe...

Major brands at 'innovative' kbb London...

... chosen for their truly unique function or design, resulting in a display of the industry's most eye-catching creations. A competition will be held to decide the most innovative of these products with the eventual winner announced at the show.  "I'm thrilled to announce the theme for kbb London 2011," says Sam Cande, Sales Director of UB...

Lighting display boards from HiB are a fantastic aid for retailers

... products in the market spotlight. One of HiB's most successful retail aids is the range of point-of-sale display boards like the one dedicated to bathroom lights. The w50cm x h100cm board sports a dynamic background design on a matt black surface and displays 11 of HiB's latest bathroom lights, all designed for use within the shower enclosure. ...

Indesit and Hotpoint join the Big Tour 2010

Indesit and Hotpoint will be joining the Big Tour 2010 to promote their built-in product ranges at five venues from Bristol to Glasgow throughout November. The tour is organised by BCG, the UK's leading kitchen, bathroom and heating distributor. Among the products on display will be design-led appliances from Hotpoint's Kitchen Studio collec...

Buy One Get One Free at Tile Depot, back by popular demand

... the South East and online. Among the bargains are: Elegant Polished Cream ceramic wall tiles - timeless in neutral creams and beiges with a natural stone effect, 30x60cm and polished for a heightened feeling of space.  Vega Light Cappuccino wall tiles - incredibly popular, Vega is a wonderful 25x40cm neutral stone-look ceramic tile, ...

Complimentary pans with Atag induction hobs!

Atag, the leading Dutch brand for stylish and technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, presents a lovely opportunity - a free set of high quality stainless steel pans for the consumer with every induction hob purchased (offer excludes the Domino HI6217T Touch Control Induction Hob). W...

Going with the flow at Butlins!

...orkshire is renowned for its quality products and Butlins at Bognor Regis has become the latest blue-chip customer to realise the benefits of installing Pegler Yorkshire products. The complete refurbishment of all bathrooms at the site, a staggering 1200 in total, commenced a short time ago with the Pegler Yorkshire's Ebro basin tap being fitted...

2010 Bathroom Conference embraces good customer service

...mentators have questioned how it could possibly be bettered! This year's theme 'Customer Service - making good business sense' attracted a full house.  Delegates from all sectors of the industry were represented - bathroom manufacturers, importers, merchants and retailers, installers and the media. They were provoked, stimulated and inspire...

Deva welcomes new CEO and announces company name change

...th effect from 1st November 2010. It has also announced a company name change to Methven UK from mid-December.  Commenting on his appointment, Steve, who is well known to the UK bathroom industry after 19 years with Bristan and a period as president of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, says: "What has attracted me back to a hands-on C...

KBSA welcomes luxury brands into the association

...m Bedroom Specialist Association has welcomed  two of the best know luxury appliance brands Sub-Zero and Wolf to the association, as Westye Group  becomes the latest company to join as a corporate member.  Craig Davies, President & CEO Europe for Sub-Zero and Wolf comments:  "The needs of our customers always come first, ...

AEG is headline sponsor for Taste of Christmas 2010

...ss cutting edge technology to ensure flawless performance and our design is clean, pure and ordered - and above all absolutely stunning. Taste of Christmas 2010 takes place from 3rd - 5th December at ExCel London. For the perfect mix of gourmet glamour, entertaining and inspiration, watch a line-up of some of the country's best chefs, including ...

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...ur houses and damaged many more. It is understood that the explosion occurred when 76-year old Marie Burns switched on her gas cooker to prepare her breakfast porridge. Tim Doyle, Chief Executive of City West Housing Trust, which owns the homes, has confirmed that: "Major works to Marie's property on Merlin Road were underway prior ...

News in Brief

...nt hot drinks need different temperatures to release a perfect aroma and taste, Bosch's new energy-saving kettle has four temperature settings. T: 0844 892 8979  Sliderobes provides custom-built storage solutions to suit every space - even around alcoves, sloping ceilings, chimney breasts and low beams. T: 0800 454 465 Raines & ...

Whirlpool's new white oven from the Ambient line is a winner

...st of time. No surprise, then, that Whirlpool has added a white version of its AKZM 756 single built-in oven to accompany its black and stainless steel counterparts. The smooth and stylish AKZM 756WH multifunction oven forms part of Whirlpool's new Ambient Line of kitchen appliances and is equipped with the very latest labour saving intelligent ...

Abode and Q4 tie-up with bathroom brassware

Abode and renowned bathroom distributor Q4, have tied-up to promote the company's vast range of design-led bathroom taps and showers, throughout the North of England.   Richard Parker, Managing Director of Q4 comments: "We are delighted with the tie-up between our companies which means we can offer our customers a far greater choice of ta...

BMA joins the boffins at Keele!

... all staff remain the same but there is a new telephone number: T: 01782 631619 E: info@bathroom-association.org   W: www.bathroom-association.org ...

Plumber endangered customers' lives

A self-employed plumber has been prosecuted after carrying out illegal work on gas boilers that was so bad it put his customers' lives at risk. Michael Gallimore, 62, formerly of Hengrave Road, Fornham All Saints, near Bury St Edmunds, but now temporarily living in Shefford in Bedfordshire, admitted breaching health & safety laws at Bury...

Next Chapter of 'Vac from the Sea' initiative revealed

...producing sustainable vacs. Today, Electrolux offers Green Range vacuum cleaners with up to 70% post-consumer recycled plastic. The ambition is to reach 100%. "Our intention is to bring awareness to the situation and the need for better plastic karma. So far, over 60 million people have been reached and we are continuing the initiative following...

Franke's flow restrictor is perfect for saving water in the kitchen

...he home, Franke's flow restrictor is a really simple tool. When attached to a Franke kitchen tap - such as the Olympus pictured here - the amount of water is almost halved from six litres per minute in line with regulations, with no loss of performance or power in the flow. The flow restrictor is a small screw-in aerator which can be retrospe...

Stoves unveils new built-in collection and switches production back to UK

Leading cooking appliance manufacturer Stoves has unveiled its new built-in collection of ovens and hobs and has moved production from Europe back to its Merseyside base. The new offering, consisting of nine single and double ovens and 13 hobs, is available in a choice of black or stainless steel finishes.  The portfolio of ovens inclu...

Growth of construction activity weakest in eight months

... The seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS Construction Purchasing Managers' Index posted 51.6 in October - the lowest reading in the current eight-month sequence of expansion. Meanwhile, constructors implemented a further round of job cuts, with future expectations also remaining relatively weak. Of the three broad UK construction sub-sectors, only c...

20-20 Technologies solidifies its presence in the United Kingdom

Leading CAD software supplier 20-20 Technologies has merged its two principal UK subsidiaries into a single, more efficient legal entity, thereby improving its delivery of a complete and consistent service to all of our customers.  This is the final stage in a three-year process, which began when its parent company, 20-20 Technologies Inc...

Composting the clean and easy way with Brabantia's new biodegradable bin liners

Keep waste bins clean and dry with Brabantia's 100% biodegradable and compostable bin liners - specially designed for all organic kitchen waste and now available in three convenient sizes - 10lt, 12lt, 18lt. Vegetable peelings, mouldy fruit and used coffee grounds all go to produce great compost, but also make a dirty, soggy mess at the bo...

European Hotel Design Awards winner Olga Polizzi, to speak at this year's Conference

... Olga will join others from across the industry at the Conference, which this year focuses on first-hand accounts of various hotels projects journeys from planning to opening. Projects include: The Savoy, London; Vidago Palace, Portugal; Costa Navarino, Greece; Tune Hotels, London; The Squair and many more. There are only three weeks left until...

New Campisi porcelain tile collection is first Daltile line featuring Cliks

Daltile's new Campisi floor tile is the first in the line to feature the Cliks Uniclic tongue-and-groove interlocking joints and built-in grout system - a modern, easy-to-install locking floor tile that simply clicks together. No mortar or grout is needed, simplifying installation and making it possible to transform a room in just one afternoon wi...

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...d have access to water and sanitation". Quite right too! A little closer to home, Chris Taylor-Hamlin, Technical Director of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, ( www.bathroom-association.org.uk ) has been thinking a great deal lately about Water Efficiency being a driver for cost reduction in hotels. And he says that recent announceme...

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...crystals... Now imagine them in two vertical bands on the front of a black Gorenje fridge freezer - stunning! E: info@gorenjeuk.co.uk Inspired by France but made in Britain, Newtons new Chateau D'Or bedroom furniture has an air of opulence. E: info@newtonsfurniture.co.uk   Online blinds retailer Tuiss has launched a range of st...

Business owners sceptical over Coalition's ability to cut red tape

...y to free them from the shackles of red tape, according to new research.  A study by the not-for-profit Forum of Private Business found that just 28% of small to medium-sized enterprises believe the Tory/Lib Dem Coalition will make a noticeable difference to the rules and regulations they face.  A sizeable 40% of respondents said th...

Hotpoint campaigns for confident cooks

...gether. This has enabled me to take pride in my cooking and I feel much more at ease in the kitchen - it's opened up a new world to me!" The Hotpoint research found a number of interesting - and embarrassing - facts about the way the nation cooks: ·          Spaghetti Bolognese, roast dinners and curries are th...

Get the Regency feel from British Ceramic Tile

Following the success of the recently launched Brighton range of wall tiles from British Ceramic Tile, a selection of new border & feature tiles has also now been released in the same striking colour palette. The new Brighton Regency border & feature tiles have an intricate wrought iron design with colourful accents and platinum highli...

Everything for today's supply chain operations - under one roof!

If you haven't yet pre-registered for IMHX, you have only until noon on Friday to do so if you wish to receive your visitor pack in the post in time for the event. Remember, IMHX 2010 runs from Tuesday 16th to Friday 19th November at Birmingham's NEC. Taking place only once every three years, IMHX - the International Materials Handling Exhib...

Liebherr scoops six awards in world's largest technology competition!

...ide of the compartment liner ensure uniform illumination throughout the interior, while the BioFresh-Plus technology facilitates an accurate setting of three different temperatures. At a temperature of 0°C, meat, dairy products, fruit and vegetables can be stored up to three times longer than in a traditional refrigerator compartment. Fish and ...

New self-builder's/renovator's contract pack could save £ thousands

Self-Build Zone has teamed up with  ContractStore.com  and construction lawyer Giles Dixon to produce a suite of contract templates specifically for self-builders and renovators for just £49 + VAT. The easy-to-understand documents have been specially designed for self-builders and renovators  by award-winning constructio...

Painted palette perfection for English Revival

In-frame has never been so diverse.  With a beautiful palette of painted pastel colours, natural oak and a primed ready to paint option, Mereway Kitchens allows designers to display their creative flair with this spectacular timber product. Drawing from the success of the Lincoln Shaker range, the new In-frame collection follows suit wit...

Three companies fined after man suffers serious leg injuries

...year and underwent intensive physiotherapy. Two years after the accident he is not able to work full-time and still suffers pain and disability.  BAE Systems took on the role of Construction Design & Management co-ordinator, which meant it had to ensure that the design could be built without risks to the health & safety of those doi...

Win a Luxury Harvey Nichols Christmas Hamper worth £150

...Nichols Christmas Hamper containing a full range of iconic Harvey Nichols products worth £150 - but even luckier will be the UK Registered Charity 'Wherever the Need', which will receive all the money raised.  Tickets will be on sale at the showrooms from 16th November and the winner will be drawn from those who've participated, in ea...

Smart move to Smart Systems!

...understanding of what make KBB businesses "tick", he will also promoting the company's core product - Smart Systems. "Having actively been involved with and highly impressed with both products and the team behind them, I am very excited about making a meaningful contribution to this very innovative and professional company," he enthuses. &nbs...

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...tions when applying for their insurance or don’t notify their insurers of any changes. On-line household insurance provider  www.homeprotect.co.uk  is warning that while we might have given all the correct information when we took out our policies, we may have been negligent in informing our providers of changes. Althoug...

Sponsors needed...

...rble, Ezystone and Franke in promoting the Institute and its aims. Launched in 2007, the not-for-profit registered organisation has just celebrated its third birthday with the announcement that it has over 500 installation businesses registered nationally. It has also promised that an exciting new level of membership is soon to be unveil...

New Whirlpool brochure showcases stunning freestanding collection

...produced a stylish new brochure for its freestanding collection. Printed in full colour with high-quality photographs of each product and detailed specifications, the A4-sized, portrait brochure reflects Whirlpool's ethos of combining ease of use with good looks - and is a powerful marketing tool for the kitchen retailer. The brochure explain...

Night Black laminate slate from Faus

... are the emotions engendered by one of the latest laminate flooring designs from world leaders Faus - its Night Black Slate. Night back Slate is one of a number of new laminate floor designs that faithfully replicate the richness of natural stone and the elegance of ceramic and marble tiling both visually and from a tactile dimension. This is wh...

Latest issue of 'Housebuilding and RMI Forecasts Bulletin Great Britain' now available

...including England, Wales and Scotland Issue 4 includes: * Annual forecasts to 2014, from 2004 - housing new build construction output, housing RMI output and starts & completions * Housing construction output new work and RMI, MAT quarterly analysis 2004-2010   * Output and new orders analysed 2007 Q1 - 2010 Q2 by quarter ...

Spooky PJH fundraising aims to make a difference

...aff from the north west division of PJH Group have already organised and got involved with cake bake-off's; an abseil; the Great Manchester 10k run; bring and buy sales; and now, spooky fancy dress!  Marketing executive, Cindy Allcroft, one of the PJH charity coordinators, explains: "We chose Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity due...

DR Services has shower and bath leaks taped

...hat disruption is now a thing of the past since D R Services (London) has it taped! The company's DR-y Seal is simplicity itself to apply. Simply peel back the paper on the inside of the tape (100mm at a time) and then apply to a clean and dry surface.  Being a tape it wraps around corners perfectly and since there is no cure time, tiling c...

Why relaxing in a VitrA bath is also peace of mind

... differs from other bath makes in a number of important ways. VitrA UK's Darren Paxford is a self-confessed 'geek'. He says that the construction of every VitrA bath will deliver extra pleasure from the actual fitting to the long lasting blemish-free internal surface and solid full-surround base that will not issue the normally uncomfortable cre...

Have you seen 'Britain's Ugliest Bathroom'?

...hat can barely manage a trickle....novelty shower curtains....brown swirly wallpaper from the 1970s - do these sound familiar?  If so, you might have Britain's Ugliest Bathroom and you could be in for a treat - a complete bathroom makeover![TRIMTO] Grohe this week announced a nationwide search for Britain's Ugliest Bathroom in association w...

Atag Hobs have starring role on Market Kitchen: Big Adventure

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, appears in the new series Market Kitchen: Big Adventure, on the Good Food channel. Two of Atag's stunning HG1111MBB Panorama gas on glass hobs, from the 2010 Magna Design line, have been installed in the studio ki...

Fabulous fusion worktops and eyecatching ceramics from Mereway Bathrooms

...tent in colour and texture than granite. Made from a special blend of polyester and acrylic non-porous surface resins, these surfaces are highly durable, heat resistant and extremely hygienic.  [TRIMTO]   There are four soft matt and four gorgeous gloss finishes available to enhance the current range of solid surface products. ...

Croydex taps into the beauty of wood

...mes with all concealed fittings included.   The range includes a soap dish, innovative self-supporting free-standing mirror, towel rail, toilet-roll holder, tumbler and holder, shelf and tumbler and bathroom waste bin. For a truly coordinated bathroom, team the accessories with Croydex's Kingston bath panel, cabinet and toilet seat. T: ...

Stuart Turner updates Pump Solutions brochure

...rochure to include the latest new products and accessories. Retaining the same crisp, clean and easy-to-read style, the new brochure includes the new Showermate Universal, updated Monsoon Extra Pressure Sets and has a new 'Accessories' page that includes the new Stuart Flange. [TRIMTO]   Domestic products now include Monsoon, Monsoo...

Freshness packed in

... Baumatic's Vacuum Packer from its PremiumLine compact range. Freezing freshly cooked food for re-heating at a later date is a great time-saver and food lasts up to five times longer when vacuum packed, as well as freeing up extra space in the freezer. Baumatic's Vacuum Packer is easy to use, simply place a plastic bag in the chamber, close the ...

CRL Shower Door Hardware and Accessories

...ccessories, including the Hydroslide sliding shower door kits. These are available in 90 degree wall-to-glass installations and 180 degree wall-to-wall installations.  The Hydroslide system accommodates the option of floor to near ceiling glass panels with a sliding door. Bottom fixed glass attachments and handles can be ordered separately....

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RhinoFloor's Nottingham slip-resistant vinyl bathroom flooring has the appearance of timber planks. It comes in two, three and four metre rolls. T: 0845 287 6197 Marmox floor-level, barrier-free, solid shower boarding trays are now sold by Essex-based online plumbing, heating & bathroom supplies retailer PlumbClick. T: 0844 8000 932 ...

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...;! The writers must have thought all their Christmases had come at once as the flooding in the South-West will have guaranteed that every journalist with the slightest involvement in housing, restoration and refurbishment, will have opened it up and read it! I had already been discussing the issue of insurance with some friends who have a hous...

Mellow Yellow oven scoops awards for Baumatic

...has signed a deal with the global building supply company Wolseley to distribute its popular Premium-line and Slim-line appliance ranges. To celebrate this new alliance, Baumatic took part in Wolseley's BCG Big Tour last month, taking to the road to showcase its appliance line-up to potential customers at five venues around the UK.  Baum...

New face makes the Welsh connection for Moores

Moores Furniture Group, which manufactures and supplies quality kitchen and bathroom furniture to the private and public sectors as well as to retail customers, has bolstered its already strong team in Wales with the appointment of Jessica Davies to the role of Business Development Manager. In her new role Jessica will head up the company's Bu...

Spend on presents - not plumbers

...40 F: 0208 739 2020     E: rcurtis@kfh.co.uk W: www.kfh.co.uk/residential/home-surveys/       ...

The Cotswold Chef Partners Everhot

...or for Everhot. "Not only is he an exceptional ambassador for our products, he is a great presenter - and Everhot owner himself. He is extremely well known in his field.'' Rob Rees agrees with these sentiments, saying: "Everhot range cookers embody the best of British manufacturing; a quality product, built by hand.  It's a pleasure to be a...

The Wine Show confirms shift in consumer market

...es that the middle ground within this particular market has effectively disappeared.  "Multi-temperature wine cabinets and wine storage cabinets offer the benefit of innovative climate technology, engineered specifically for storing wines, combined with premium quality equipment with a classical, elegant design," he says. "The high-end c...

UK's first conference on Retrofit sees unveiling of University of Salford's Energy House

... the world's first Energy House. The conference, which is being sponsored by construction and fit-out specialists ISG, will see delegates drawn from across industry, the public sector and academia. They will be sharing insights on sustainability challenges and the government's policies to meet them.   Its timeliness is highlighted by the...

Chamber Furniture - ingenious, sleek hidden cooking areas

Chamber Furniture combines the best of traditional cabinetmaking skills with the latest in technology and has achieved this and more in this Figured oak kitchen. The doors of this kitchen are on concealed hinges with touch latches that enable the centre doors to effortlessly fully retract, to reveal a cooking station which is left fully open w...

LDL launches new 2011 catalogue

...ly highlighted.  [TRIMTO] "Our new brochure has been carefully designed to appeal to the end-user so that our customers can use it as an effective sales tool as well as a reference book," explains Commenting on the brochure, Matthew Lord, LDL managing director. "We now have many exclusive items in our comprehensive product range and are del...

An Industry to be Proud of!

...es from across this industry. "I am truly astounded by the response this challenge has harvested - and completely amazed by the kindness and support we have been confronted with. "Action for Children is a remarkable organisation and I am so proud that BCG has been instrumental in doing something truly good for these children. I am also extrem...

New self-builder's/renovator's contract pack could save £ thousands

Self-Build Zone has teamed up with ContractStore.com and construction lawyer Giles Dixon to produce a suite of contract templates specifically for self-builders and renovators for just £49 + VAT. The easy-to-understand documents have been specially designed for self-builders and renovators  by award-winning construction solicitor ...

Water For People hosts first Accountability Summit at WEFTEC

...m the questions that others might have for us," says Ned. "That's why we have evolved into a data-driven organisation. We collect data on hundreds of water and sanitation projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and through this process, our work will continually improve." The event featured talks by industry luminaries Jeanette Brown, Pr...

Stevenage furniture body celebrates 60 years and a new strategy for growth

...ent attended by local MP, Stephen McPartland, who has recently taken on the role of Chair of the all-party Parliamentary furniture group (APPFG).  We're delighted that despite difficult times within the industry, FIRA's membership is increasing, and we're proud of its 60 years of successful operation," said Chief Operating Officer Jonny Wes...

CRL Shower Door Hardware and Accessories

...ccessories, including the Hydroslide sliding shower door kits. These are available in 90 degree wall-to-glass installations and 180 degree wall-to-wall installations.  The Hydroslide system accommodates the option of floor to near ceiling glass panels with a sliding door. Bottom fixed glass attachments and handles can be ordered separately....

New Whirlpool brochure showcases stunning freestanding collection

...produced a stylish new brochure for its freestanding collection. Printed in full colour with high-quality photographs of each product and detailed specifications, the A4-sized, portrait brochure reflects Whirlpool's ethos of combining ease of use with good looks - and is a powerful marketing tool for the kitchen retailer. The brochure explain...

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...stock sale. E: jay@pipesdirect.co.uk Darlings of Chelsea's new Kent single sofa bed has a two-fold metal action frame and a fully sprung 5" mattress suitable for frequent use. T: 0207 3715745 The Furniture Ombudsman , which covers more than 2000 UK retail outlets, has recorded a 67% increase in take-up of its training courses over the sa...

Nine-month figures for 2010: Grohe reports strong growth

...n terms of both sales and earnings. At the end of Q3, consolidated sales were up 20% on the prior-year figure at EUR 726 million. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation increased 37% to EUR 144 million and this margin remained unchanged against the first-half figure at 20%. With a market share of roughly 8%, Grohe is o...

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... where I live (sadly it's very rare) I'm one of the first to don my ski gear and go out to enjoy it - whatever time of day or night I've discovered that it's fallen. Sadly it's missed me yet again but that doesn't mean that it's not very cold! Working from home my bills tend to be higher than many people's with similar sizes and styles of hous...

Soapbox: How will the property sector fare over the coming months?

...e quickly.[TRIMTO] For the 13 companies analysed for the purposes of this report, we have a three-year net asset value compound annual growth rate of 6%, in line with the long-term average and showing a slowdown next year but a pick-up in 2012. We have seen capital growth of 15.8% since July 2009 across all sectors and types of property, but ...

Laminate flooring firm sentenced over worker's injuries

...ident, which resulted in Mr Sillitoe losing sections of three fingers and breaking his thumb. The 22-year-old from Everton, needed a six-hour operation to reattach his fingers and is unlikely to ever regain full movement in his left hand. Universal Mouldings, which employs 25 people, was fined £5,000 after admitting two health & safety...

Franke helps Cambridge Cookery School

The Cambridge Cookery School has recently opened new premises and - with Franke products in the mix, has created a state-of-the-art facility.  Franke has provided a range of products - Kubus KBX sink, Peak PKX sink, Eiger SilkSteel and Ticino SilkSteel taps. Franke products have been supplied through retailer Cambridge Kitchens which has ...

Greystone welcomes WorldSkills Tiling Squad

...hampion, Ian McMahon, who holds triple gold medals from NI Skillbuild and a bronze medal from the UK-wide competition. Ian is facing stiff competition for the elusive place on the squad from Harry Coyle, Leeds College of Building, Jonothan Carter, Northumberland College, and Mark Woods of South West College's Omagh Campus. The past three days...

Fabulous Fusion worktops and eye-catching ceramics from Mereway Bathrooms

...tent in colour and texture than some granite. Made from a special blend of polyester and acrylic non-porous surface resins, these surfaces are highly durable, heat resistant and extremely hygienic.    There are four soft matt and four gorgeous gloss finishes available to enhance the current range of solid surface products. The Fusion n...

Damixa brassware showroom unveiled at Croydex HQ

...llection to shine in its own defined area for maximum impact and visual clarity in the company's 200-square-metres of showroom space.  The brassware is displayed on pale timber to give the showroom a contemporary Scandinavian feel which reflects the design ethos of Damixa's Danish roots. Products are organised logically in the light and air...

Employers need to be flexible during adverse weather conditions, says CIPD

...PD would not recommend that employers take this line. It's important to show empathy with employees - particularly those that normally perform well - as research shows that this flexibility and trust will pay off in the long-term, with employees more motivated and going the extra mile when they are able to get to work. "Our experience is that em...

Marks & Spencer supplier Yonga is first non-EU FISP member

...earch Association has announced that Turkish furniture manufacturer, Yonga Mobilya, is the first non-EU based manufacturer to become a full member of The Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme, and the first from the Marks & Spencer supply chain. Full membership was granted in August this year and the membership certificate was presented t...

Carron Phoenix and Westag agree exclusive deal

...stributors and will offer nationwide availability on Carron's complete range of undermount sinks pre-fabricated and supplied in Westag's solid surface module worktops. Westag's UK head office is based in Watford, while its distribution centre is located in Doncaster. Westag manufactures the Getacore range of 3mm and 10mm solid surfacing which...

KitchenAid's Hero gas on glass hob packs a punch

...eek and classy KHGL 9010 model is the hero product of the company's prolific range of professionally-styled gas hobs. The 90 cm KHGL 9010 gas hob packs a formidable punch with five powerful burners that include a central triple-crown wok burner boasting a powerful 4kW. The robustly designed, multi-zone KHGL 9010 has a stunning and highly resi...

...oubt I will be in touch some time during January 2011. Kind regards, Neil Schofield, Marketing- Products- Training E: neil_schofield@uk.hettich.com ...

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...ian manufacturer of components for domestic appliances, has been awarded   'Creators of value - Metal and mechanical and general use machinery sector', by China   Awards 2010. T:   +39 030 6843001 Upofloor has been awarded the right to use the Blue Angel Eco-Label, highly regarded by the building industry, for four of its Lif...

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...irports and rail links are kept functioning at times like this but the news from continental Europe - much of which is used to coping with such weather conditions - is that many of its roads and railway lines are also closed, either because of snow, ice and extremely low temperatures, or thanks to heavy flooding. Perhaps we're not quite as badly...

Sustainabilliy tops new year resolution for Pregis

...ctive packaging, says the company was working on the creation of a broad, innovative environmentally-friendly product portfolio, building on its existing successes such as its Superlite Poly Mailer and EP-Flex Renew biodegradable film, suitable for a wide variety of end markets, including household products. "Pregis has always prided itself on b...

KBSA launches 'Boost your business' recruitment campaign

...for membership. KBSA retailers also offer full deposit protection, work in progress cover and a 6-year workmanship warranty. In addition, all members are subject to regular monitoring of their businesses to ensure levels of quality are continually maintained. T: 01623 818808 F: 01623 818805 W: www.kbsa.org.uk   ...

Whirlpool's gas hobs add further steel to stainless

... hugely popular with consumers, but Whirlpool has advanced the concept on its new range of new built-in 600mm and 750mm gas hobs. The application of iXelium to the stainless steel marks a new and genuinely innovative advance.   Due to the application of nanotechnology, Whirlpool's iXelium acts as a barrier against chemical and mechanical a...

Bushboard's Nuance range gives McCarthy & Stone home a stylish new shower room

...lises in helping the ageing population enjoy living at home for as long as possible, providing a one-stop-service from initial planning and design through to the installation of bathrooms, kitchens, stairlifts and through-floor lifts.   "Our service centres on the 'ageless design' concept our company has developed which combines good d...

Brits are back doing it for themselves

...ducts now available on the internet versus five years ago is another reason for the increase in DIY - where cost savings on online purchases, on items like sliding wardrobe doors, are also encouraging confident consumers to keep costs down by having a go at fitting products themselves too." Spaceslide.co.uk is one of the UK's largest online stor...

Wall-hung artworks for your bathroom - toilets with invisible fixings from Duravit

The best-selling Starck 3 wall-mounted toilet from Duravit has received a facelift for 2010 that is set to prolong its popularity for many years to come. Already well-known for its no-nonsense design with distinct lack of superfluous detailing, the revised version offers even cleaner, uninterrupted lines as the wall fixings are completely ob...

Keep the heat in and the snoopers out this Christmas!

Window blinds are a useful winter product for the home - to seal in warmth and reduce the likelihood homes being targeted by thieves. At this time of year, UK homes are not only under attack from the harsh winter weather pushing up winter fuel bills, but from thieves after festive booty, often proudly displayed under Christmas trees in the f...

Carron Phoenix launches upgraded retail brochure

... all the new product launches including the two latest stainless steel sink ranges to be introduced - Contessa and Precision Plus.  "We normally only upgrade our retail brochure once a year, however with all the new products which have been introduced throughout 2010, we thought it necessary to introduce an upgraded version for our retail c...

The Cotswold Chef Partners Everhot

...or for Everhot. "Not only is he an exceptional ambassador for our products, he is a great presenter - and Everhot owner himself. He is extremely well known in his field.'' Rob Rees agrees with these sentiments, saying: "Everhot range cookers embody the best of British manufacturing; a quality product, built by hand.  It's a pleasure to be a...

Amica's glossy new catalogue introduces OptiGas

Leading Polish brand, Amica, is delighted with its latest UK catalogue of built-in and freestanding appliances, available now. Details of all Amica products, alongside images, dimensions and explanations of feature and functions, are provided within the 56 glossy pages, arranged into easy-to-find sections - cooking, first freestanding then bui...

Affordable luxury and minimalism lead the way for 2011 kitchen trends

...ng to solid surface distributor Staron UK. The company, which is the sole distributor for Samsung-branded solid surfaces, predicts that the two contrasting trends are set to soar in popularity throughout next year. Staron's own high-end range of solid surfaces, Tempest, has seen a rise in sales for its gold leaf and meteor colourways along wi...

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...hgroup.com The stylish Jule basin mixer from Hudson Reed is now available with the clever 'eco-click' water saving system at no extra cost. Tel: 01282 418000 Look out for Gorenje's Raspberry Pink RB6288 Retro refrigerator, in the new advertisement for Giovanni Rana fresh pasta starring Tim Lovejoy. T: 0208 247 3980 Simpsons' ne...

David Cameron takes tea with InSinkErator's Joe Ferrara

It's not every day that InSinkErator sits down with the Prime Minister but that's exactly what happened when David Cameron came to meet companies based at the Watford business park where InSinkErator has its UK headquarters. InSinkErator's Managing Director for Europe, Joe Ferrara, chatted to the PM about the company's activities, including ...

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...ime of year again when many of us are thinking about winding down, ready for the Christmas holidays - and if you're anything like me, you're looking forward to having a much needed break. I daresay that all the KBB retailers generally feel differently at this time of year though, what with the pre-Christmas and January sales to get through. And ...

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..., muscle and water I'm carrying!) it was interesting to see that sales of these items are rocketing - see the report in this week's news, below. I'm clearly not the only one to be saying, "Enough"! That I was able to buy a British set (maximum weight 125Kg) as opposed to a US set, which can handle the real heavyweights (up to 180Kg) was of so...

Bauformat to launch new kitchen ranges at IMM Koln

  Bauformat is launching its new Handle-less CUBE 130 range of kitchens alongside the new 2011 product development for both 'Bauformat' & 'Burger Kuechen', with 15 displays on show at the IMM Koln Furniture Fair, which starts next Tuesday and runs through to 23rd January. "There are a few VIP tickets available for the preview day,"...

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...on at Waterfront Bathrooms . T: 01527 584244  Fagor has introduced a 60cm four burner gas-on-glass hob with black rotary controls, which sits beautifully in black stone or granite work surfaces. E: sales@Kenberne.co.uk Italian cooker hood producer Falmec's new Noise Reduction System results in 25% less noise and an almost whisper-...

Methven gears up for EcoBuild and ISH

...ction of luxury, designer showers and tapware for the UK and European markets.  At EcoBuild - ExCel, London from 1st through 3rd March, stand S251 - Methven will showcase an array of innovative water and energy saving products with Satinjet twin jet technology, which delivers a superior performing shower with just nine litres of water a min...

New ace app from Uber

...tation in PDF format is then emailed to the specific customer.[TRIMTO] The app, which is password-security operated, is compatible with all the usual platforms including the iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia and Windows Mobile phones.   Uber furniture boasts an outstanding portfolio; whilst maintaining the high quality manufacture expected of al...

US home improvement industry poised for growth

...ogram.  Over the coming years, remodeling expenditures are expected to increase at an inflation-adjusted 3.5% average annual rate, below the pace during the housing boom, but sharply recovering from the recent downturn. The industry, which saw a double-digit decline since its peak in 2007, is beginning to return to a more typical pattern of...

Self-build site insurance provider welcomes Government's self-build sector boost

Site insurance provider Self-Build Zone has today welcomed the Government's recent policy announcement that it is to cut red tape and boost demand in the UK self-build sector. Housing Minister Grant Shapps called on the country's aspiring self-builders to make a housebuilding revolution their New Year's resolution.  Self-builders are al...

Schofield switches to EQ

...giant Hettich, after a highly successful seven years. He joined in 2004 as Area Sales Manager, North-West, before promotion in 2006 lead to ultimate responsibility for all products, marketing and training in the UK. Leigh Martin, Managing Director of EQ Software says: "Neil's marketing and business partnership development experience will be inva...

REC counters claims about bogus self employment in construction

Following a call last week by UCATT - the Union of Construction, Allied Trades & Technicians - for a government review of payroll companies in the construction sector, the Recruitment & Employment Confederation has emphasised the need to strike a balance between stopping false self-employment and ensuring that the UK construction indust...

Napoli - a true Italian Stallion

...er to choose the most appropriate solutions for their bathroom space. Central to the range is a wall-hung vanity unit with semi recessed washbasin and ample room beneath for storing bathroom essentials. Other pieces in the collection include a single door base cabinet, drawer base cabinet, WC cabinet, tall cabinet and shelving unit. Whichever wo...

Mereway drivers gain First Aid training

...t aid knowledge required to assist effectively should they be the first on the scene at an incident - for example a traffic accident or an accident at work.  The course teaches basic skills that can help save lives as the first few minutes before the emergency services arrive can make a real difference to someone in need of help, or indeed if ...

Global bathroom scales: a market quickly gaining weight

...om scales worldwide, as stated by the new market research report on Bathroom Scales. Driven by large-scale adoption of bathroom scales by the ageing population of the region, the European market is likely to demonstrate higher growth in the coming years. Asia-Pacific represents the fastest growing market with a CAGR of 4.0% over the analysis period...

Form a line! The Contour from leisure sinks is now available

... bowl, to make specification easy. Contour is also manufactured to allow a basket strainer waste - and to make installation quick and simple, as well as cost effective, each sink is supplied with a Leisure Sinks' branded stainless steel tap hole stopper. The sink comes in a scratch resistant brushed polished finish - which is proving popular ...

Firms advised that proper book-keeping is essential to avoid £3,000 fine

...ation including invoices, bank statements, receipts and cheque stubs will have to be supported by up-to-date accounts books and detailed analysis. The Forum's Accountancy Adviser, Matt Holmes, who is the Managing Director of Liquid Accounts, warned firms to be prepared. "HMRC is planning to clamp down on small businesses tax payments and reco...

EU lacks 'clear vision' on consumer rights

...els lacks a "clear vision or strategy" on consumer rights legislation, Ursula Pachl, deputy director-general of the European consumer group BEUC, told EurActiv in an interview this week.  "What's currently missing is a clear vision or strategy on how consumer legislation should evolve in the European Union," she said. The original goal o...

Environmental award for Vac from the Sea

...ne plastic waste and use of recycled plastics. Awarding Electrolux is a good signal and inspiration - it shows that business can and will participate in this work and that marine plastic waste is a global challenge!" Accepting the award, Cecilia Nord said: "I am of course happy about the award, but the real victory is that Vac from the Sea has r...

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...y firm Deloitte ( www.deloitte.co.uk ) reports that company administrations declined by 35% in 2010 - from 3,188 in 2009 to 2,086 - and that the property and construction sector accounts for one in five of those administrations. The last quarter of 2010 saw a decline of 6% on the previous quarter, with a total of 438 companies falling into admin...

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Two KBB-related shows take place this month. On 12th and 13th at London's Design Centre, The ARC Show will feature more than 100 lighting suppliers ( www.thearcshow.com ). From 23rd - 26th, Birmingham's NEC will showcase the latest offerings from furniture and accessories manufacturers at Interiors 2011. ( www.interiorsbirmingham.com ) Burb...

NKBA Elects 2011 NKBA President & Executive Committee

...eake, Virginia. The 2010 Vice President Alan Zielinski, CKD of Niles, Illinois will become President-Elect, while 2010 NKBA Secretary John Morgan of Glyndon, Maryland has been elected Vice President. Mark L. Karas, CMKBD will serve as Immediate Past President. The two newest members of the Executive Committee are Carolyn Cheetham, CMKBD of Red D...

It's a Wrap!

...Most Innovative New Product Launch'.  The winners were as follows: Best Bathroom Stand - Twyford Bathrooms (Winner of last year's award)  Twyford Bathrooms was commended for the attention to the design and detail of its stand. Best Kitchen Stand - Baumatic (Newcomer to this year's Big Tour)  Baumatic was attributed a...

New look for Stoves Sterling

Popular cooking appliance brand Stoves has unveiled a new look for one of its most popular contemporary range cookers.  The 1000 and 1100mm Stoves Sterling models have been  reconfigured to offer even more cooking capacity with the addition of a separate grill.  Available in dual fuel, gas or electric variants, the new Sterl...

Proposals published for £200 million network of Technology and Innovation Centres

...p commercialise the results of research in specific technology areas where there are potential multi-billion pound global markets. Making the announcement, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "The banking crisis made one thing completely clear: Britain needs a new kind of growth. It is not right, sensible or fair to be dependent solely on ...

Liebherr announces key sales appointment

  Refrigeration expert, Liebherr, has appointed Tracey McKernan to the position of Area Sales Manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland. Bringing a huge amount of relevant experience and knowledge from a background in sales, Tracey will be responsible for retailers in the area, looking after the main distribution partners and building ...

Electrolux announces Design Lab 2011 theme - 'Intelligent Mobility'

...11 invites industrial design students and recent graduates of industrial design to compete for a six-month paid internship and prize money by submitting ideas that consider intelligent mobility within home appliances. The brief specifically seeks solutions that address how people prepare food, clean and do dishes both within and beyond the home. ...

Blanco's new taps feature in New Year brochure

...the latest range of ceramic sinks.  Design classics such as the Blancolinus S feature a pull-out rinse feature to make tasks such as filling large vases, or rinsing out the sink, a little easier. Like many of Blanco's high-performance taps, the Blancolinus S also features 'champagne' flow, where air is drawn into the water flow, reducing sp...

2011 products at 2010 prices at Tile Depot - VAT held till end of sale

...e South East, has held the cost of home improvements with 2011 tiles and tiling products at 2010 pre-VAT hike prices until the end of its Winter sale.  Tile Depot will pay the additional VAT on everything sold throughout January and until the end of its sale so customers make double savings, bagging an extra bargain when purchasing sale ite...

Bushboard's Nuance range gives McCarthy & Stone home a stylish new shower room

...lises in helping the ageing population enjoy living at home for as long as possible, providing a one-stop-service from initial planning and design through to the installation of bathrooms, kitchens, stairlifts and through-floor lifts.   "Our service centres on the 'ageless design' concept our company has developed which combines good d...

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...y. Hosted by BSI, the 33rd ISO COPOLCO (Committee on Consumer Policy) congress, 'Homes for tomorrow - building through standards', will be held from 23rd - 27th May 2011. The event will consider two key themes: rebuilding homes after disasters - including prevention and post-disaster recovery - and 'greening' our homes. The international summit,...

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....laufen.com Polypipe Ventilation is now offering site based support to customers of its energy-saving domestic and light commercial ventilation systems, together with its industry-recognised BPEC accredited training programme. T: 08443 715 523 Simpsons’ new Bifold shower door enclosure boasts an up-to-the-minute look which suits ev...

The house that Ray built - in Romania!

Ray Isted, Head of Training at Whirlpool UK, recently volunteered to build a house in Romania! The Whirlpool Corporation is involved with Habitat for Humanity, an organisation that donates products and provides manpower to support building projects, making a difference to families. Whirlpool EMEA is the longest standing corporate partner ...

London's Vertical Gateway Hotel is fashionably dressed in 'M' - Axor Citterio M

...room specialist Hansgrohe. Nestled on the banks of the Thames, the river that is the vibrant life-blood of London, and immediately adjacent to London's Vertical Gateway, the Capital's only heliport; Hotel Verta is a truly unique proposition. For an unrivalled experience, business or leisure guests can land by helicopter immediately outside the h...

Ellis Furniture launches the Inspire Gloss Azure kitchen

...llis Furniture is guaranteed to brighten up the heart of any home with some luminous, yet subtle, on-trend high gloss colour. The Inspire Gloss Azure is made from high gloss, acrylic faced, MDF glass effect PVC edged doors supplied on an 18mm glued and dowelled rigid carcase and features large, deep Blum soft close drawer boxes and extra length ...

Methven welcomes new sales director for the UK and Europe

...function of 50 and was instrumental in the integration of three businesses into Bostik during a five-year acquisition trail. In welcoming Simon to the company, Methven UK CEO Steve Lee says: "Simon joins us at a very exciting time of positive change and development. His experience, capabilities, creativity and passion are a great fit with our cu...

Sustainable bathroom fittings used in Olympic water polo arena

...mpact on the environment. According to the Olympic Delivery Authority, the building will have low-flow taps and showers, as well as waterless urinals. This will reduce the amount of water usage in the 5,000-seater facility by around 40%.. Green and sustainable building techniques were also used for the roof, which is made from air-inflated...

Nature inspired Wintergarden tile range grows with introduction of new colour

Following the success of the recently launched Wintergarden range of ceramic tiles from British Ceramic Tile, a new beige colourway has been added. The Wintergarden range is the latest addition to the popular Laura Ashley collection of tiles. The large format 248x398mm wall tiles have a crackle glaze effect, a gloss finish and are available...

Square tubes rooted in Italian design

...nium radiators which have high outputs, low water content and efficient heat transfer into the room - making them ideal for low temperature heating systems such as heat pumps. Aluminium's unique properties also allow it to be extruded into complex shapes, creating radiators that have distinctive sculptural characteristics. And its ability to be ...

KBA announces newest KBB industry Hall of Fame member

...ced the concept of commercial quality ranges for residential use and developed the world's first all-stainless steel outdoor barbecue line. The list of his contributions also includes the invention of the world's first pyolytic self-cleaning oven, the low input natural gas pilot, the universal gas burner, retention flame burner and the first dual f...

A new Habitat for Premium-Line

...e stock of a range of appliances to accompany its new kitchen furniture offering, Baumatic's Premium-Line range was the natural choice as the two companies have a shared passion for innovation, functionality and reliability. Baumatic's Premium-Line appliance collection will take pride of place on display at five of Habitat's flagship stores which w...

Zip extends its popular commercial Hydrotap collection

Zip, the globally renowned manufacturer of instant boiling water systems, has increased its best-selling range of HydroTaps for commercial applications, with the addition of four range extensions and a broader choice of tap finishes for 2011. Since revolutionising the provision of drinks in the UK workplace, when the current HydroTap was launc...

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...d under the Innovation Union initiative comes just days before EU leaders meet in Brussels for a one-day summit on energy and innovation. According to draft conclusions obtained by EurActiv, leaders are expected to call for: * A European Research Area to be completed by 2014 to create what has been dubbed "a genuine single market for knowledg...

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...bout, the GfK NOP Consumer Confidence Index, released today, has dropped eight points this month to -29, the lowest figure since March 2009, when it was -30. Worryingly, this is 12 points lower than this time last year. According to the figures, January saw decreases across all five measures; unfortunately for the KBB industry though, the most n...

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...aggio.com Premium appliance brand importer Euroline has appointed Alice Canale (pronounced Ali-che) as its new Customer Service Administrator. T: 01787 224921 Research suggests we are willing to pay more for our wine so it's important that we also keep it properly, which KitchenAid's new KRVX 6010 46 bottle kitchen wine cellar does beaut...

Grohe grows

...n terms of both sales and earnings. At the end of Q3, consolidated sales were up 20% on the prior-year figure at EUR 726 million. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation increased 37% to EUR 144 million and this margin remained unchanged against the first-half figure at 20%. With a market share of roughly 8%, Grohe is o...

Polypipe heat recovery units offer compact solution for housing association's needs

Polypipe Ventilation, which manufactures energy-saving domestic and light commercial ventilation systems, has had its heat recovery system installed in a new housing development, built by main contractor J.Harper & Sons, for South Shropshire Housing Association. South Shropshire Housing Association currently owns and manages over 2000 properties ...

Utopia introduces first phase of 2011 product launch

...ng its commitment to innovative new product development, Utopia will be extending its popular design-led Quantum Square and Quantum Round sanitaryware ranges. New additions to Quantum Round include short projection and cloakroom semi-recessed basins and a wall hung pan while the Quantum Square range is joined by the Elegant deck mounted basin, a ne...

Blum makes your kitchen beautiful on the inside with Intivo

...esigners have taken kitchen interiors to a new level with the highly popular introduction of Intivo - a concept that individualises and personalises the drawer and pull-out interior when exposed. Using the established Blum Tandembox as the basis, the drawer sides (and front in the case of hidden pull-outs) will accept insert panels to which ther...

Bauformat scores Top 10 position in Markt Intern 2010/2011

...hen and bathroom manufacturer Bauformat, hit the Top 10 on several counts in Markt Intern 2010/2011 - the independent survey of German kitchen manufacturers, which is carried out every two years. Even better, it won in the 'Best Representation' category. Its results were: No.1 - Representation No.3 - after-sales service No.8 - Promotion and Sales Support No.10 - Product Design T: +44 1922 698000 F: +44 1922 698001 E: sales@bauformat.co.uk W: www.bauformat.co.uk ...

CIPD conference highlights benefits of managing conflict constructively

...d tackle difficult situations with confidence. The recent policy shift towards managing disputes in-house and reducing financial costs means that more responsibility falls to HR and line managers. The conference will offer practical, hands-on advice from experts and give delegates the opportunity to practice conflict management skills, develop ...

Fagor launches 60cm four burner gas on glass hob

...ront of the hob for ease of use and the heavyweight cast iron pan supports add to the stylish and up-to-the-minute aesthetic. T: 01256 308 067 W: www.fagor.co.uk ...

Fundraising efforts help transform lives of young people

...sale where a group of keen bakers sold various sweet and savoury delights including the best seller - mint choc chip cupcakes. British Ceramic Tile employee and amateur photographer, Maria Selley, raised a further £120 by raffling off one of her amazing local photographic prints of Dartmoor. Other contributions came from companies and a...

New manufacturing manager for Mereway Kitchens

...l investment opportunities. Steve shall also be targeting waste reduction and the development of re-usable packaging solutions. Through well thought out training programs and review sessions, Steve will be motivating Mereway Kitchens' teams to develop a best practice manufacturing facility using a number of professional business measures to help ...

Going Global in a Day

...world in a day by attending this valuable seminar, being held on Thursday 17th February, from 09:30 - 17:00, at the Copthorne Hotel, Slough-Windsor. Going Global in a Day will bring together Heads of UK Trade & Investment's trade teams in Embassies, Consulates and High Commissions from around the world for the sole purpose of helping compani...

De Dietrich's new 120cm Downdraft Extractor: a hidden gem

...cess of its 90 cm Downdraft Extractor, De Dietrich has added to its collection with a 120cm version - the DHD90002X 120cm. This extra wide (H8 x W 1200 x D120) state-of-the-art, stainless steel appliance will be the highlight of the contemporary kitchen yet is also its hidden gem. Designed for those kitchens where there is little opportunity for o...

Growth in Aga and Rangemaster cooker sales boosts 2010

...costs helped provide a good cash flow and at 31st December 2010 net cash exceeded £33 million - a further improvement on last year end's net cash of £28 million. This is after a £2 million deficit recovery payment to the Group's Pension Scheme. Increased sales of AGA and Rangemaster cookers boosted performance in 2010. Sales of AG...

Put some colour in your life with Bloomsbury

... of your choice. Choose antique pewter to enhance the classic elements of the kitchen or opt for a D-handle in a stylish chrome finish for a modern twist. The colour co-ordinated cabinets are made from durable 18mm panels and incorporate solid backs and soft-close mechanisms as standard, allowing the quality to shine through. All wall cabinets i...

CornerTape now at online retailer Sealants and Tools Direct

...popular with retailers and tradespeople, and is now available at www.sealantsandtoolsdirect.co.uk - the first dedicated online retailer to introduce the sealant-taming product system. The CornerTape product system perfectly complements the Internet store's comprehensive range of sealants and sealant tools, providing a choice of silicone remover ...

Reach for the stars with new Zehnder Constellation

...ably hides the stainless steel radiator to which it is fixed. A simple, yet elegant design, this eye-catching towel rail has ample hanging space and will sympathetically complement all natural surfaces. With all the benefits of a stainless steel radiator the Zehnder Constellation is made from Grade 1 steel, is tested to EN442 and comes with a 10...

Brabantia kicks-off 2011 with new on-line design competition

...unning for three months until 10th April and Brabantia is calling on everyone with a creative flair - whether amateur or professional - to come up with an original and individual design for an ironing table cover. There are great prizes to be won for the best entries from each country, plus a top international prize for the best design overall - t...

Triton's Aspirante collection set to inspire

..., including a premium natural matt finish on the Riviera Sand and Black Pearl models to popular high-gloss Black and White and industrial, metallic Gun Metal and Brushed Steel finishes, to inspire the most demanding customers. A chrome riser rail and rub-clean five-spray showerhead completes the eye-catching look. Suitable for new and refurbish...

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...tely rebuilt its eLearning website and revised the downloadable bathroom guides.   www.bathroom-academy.co.uk   Ripples tells us that the slimness and soft shapes of its new Velis bathroom range were inspired by the image of sails, their lightness and strength. E: jharris@ripples.ltd.uk   All Rangemaster's dual fue...

Homestyle goes complete

Carcass manufacturer Homestyle has launched a new range of slab doors to complement its range of rigid carcasses. This new range will be branded Select and consists of a range of 30 different finishes manufactured from both Melamine and veneer sheet materials. In addition, a new range of accessories is being offered including 25mm panels, th...

CornerTape now at online retailer Sealants and Tools Direct

...th retailers and tradespeople, and is now available at  www.sealantsandtoolsdirect.co.uk  - the first dedicated online retailer to introduce the sealant-taming product system. The CornerTape product system perfectly complements the Internet store's comprehensive range of sealants and sealant tools, providing a choice of silicone remove...

Growth in Aga and Rangemaster cooker sales boosts 2010

...costs helped provide a good cash flow and at 31st December 2010 net cash exceeded £33 million - a further improvement on last year end's net cash of £28 million. This is after a £2 million deficit recovery payment to the Group's Pension Scheme. Increased sales of AGA and Rangemaster cookers boosted performance in 2010. Sales of...

New manufacturing manager for Mereway Kitchens

...al investment opportunities. Steve shall also be targeting waste reduction and the development of re-usable packaging solutions. Through well thought out training programs and review sessions, Steve will be motivating Mereway Kitchens' teams to develop a best practice manufacturing facility using a number of professional business measures to hel...

World Plumbing Day 2011 to see increased industry activity

It looks likely that the second World Plumbing Day - on Friday 1th March 2011,will see even more industry activity than on the first Day in 2010. Plumbing organisations in several countries are making plans to mark the Day in the hope that they can draw attention to the important role which plumbing plays in relation to both public health and ...

Quality of management "crucial" to lift employee morale and engagement

... These employers are looking closely at how they develop and support managers and are also using low-cost and no-cost solutions such as providing toolkits, guidance and line manager webinars or interactive forums to help managers acquire the key skills they need to manage effectively in tough times." www.cipd.co.uk ...

DEFRA Minister supports BMA's WEPLS

Richard Benyon, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, has thrown his weight behind the BMA's Water Efficient Product Labelling Scheme.[TRIMTO]   In a recent statement he said: "Water is an invaluable resource which needs to be managed responsibly. Whilst Government and...

Bolstering sales north of the border

...er. Kevin brings a wealth of experience to his role at Croydex, having spent 16 years at Bristan - 12 years as Area Sales Manager for the North West and a further two years as Regional Sales Manager with responsibility for the northern sales team. Kevin spent the past two years at Bristan as National Account Manager. In his role of Northern S...

Glen Dimplex Home Appliances highlights ongoing UK commitment

...ts across its Stoves, Belling and New World brands back to the UK, most notably the new Stoves built-in collection. And to further underline the commitment to home grown innovation, all new cooking products launched in 2010 - a grand total of 332 across the brands - were also 'Made in Britain'. "We pledged to manufacture as many of our products a...

Maytag adds to iconic refrigeration range

...stinctive range of refrigeration appliances with the launch of a new stainless steel MNN20FCSl7 side-by-side fridge freezer.[TRIMTO]   The new stainless steel model, with an efficient A+ energy rating, benefits from Maytag's advanced electronic IntelliSense system, which restores the temperature five times faster (Compared to Maytag refr...

LDL expands nationwide presence with new Scottish office

...se on both the unique and comprehensive product range offered by LDL and also Lloyd Connachan's well-established business relationships in Scotland. LDL (Scotland) will also be the only distributor of Blum products based in Scotland." In addition to the new Scottish office and showroom, LDL has a Head Office and Sales Office based in Bath and a ...

UK construction sector returned to growth in January

...RIMTO]   For the first time since August 2010, all of the three broad UK construction sub-sectors recorded an increase of activity. Civil engineering was the strongest performing category, having seen a slight reduction in activity during December. Commercial based construction activity meanwhile extended its sequence of growth to eleven...

EDF Energy teams up with Wickes to provide low-cost insulation for millions

...oducer of low carbon electricity, has teamed up with Home Improvement retailer Wickes to provide low-cost DIY insulation for domestic households.[TRIMTO] The partnership will run until 31st December 2012 and will enable people up and down the country to insulate their homes for less by taking advantage of Wickes' Insulation and Energy Saving Lig...

Defra helps companies build confidence in green claims

... enter the market everyday and they tend to bring a new crop of environmental terms along with them - while recycling is well understood newer phrases like 'negative carbon footprint' can seem more confusing. Research suggests that buyers find it difficult to know which products are better for the environment. At the same time, businesses faced wi...

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... households in England (2.0 million) had moved to their current homes within the previous 12 months - the lowest number since records began in 1994/95, according to the latest chapter of Social Trends, published this week by the Office for National Statistics. Between 2007 and 2008 the number of property sales over £40,000 in the UK fell b...

Extraction on demand

... and washable grease filters and is suitable for ducted or recirculating installation. The soft-touch electronic controls are lit by a delicate blue backlight and functional halogen lighting with Falmec's 'easy open' light fittings illuminate the cooktop. The Plane On Demand provides the ultimate in flexibility of choice for the c...

Gorenje joins Hollywood star in raising money for charity

Gorenje, the Slovenian manufacturer famed for its creative and innovative appliances, joined Hollywood star Kevin Costner in raising money for a good cause at a 'Diners Club of Slovenia' event. Actor, director and winner of two Academy Awards, Kevin Costner, and his country rock band 'Modern West', played for an audience of more than 1,200 gue...

EQ announces Betta Living deal

...EQ's KBB market business management software into 25 sites. Well over 100 staff will use the system - predominantly in the marketing, installation and aftercare departments. "Our motivation for this investment is to standardise and replace the many in-house systems, which have been developed over the years through acquisition of other companies,...

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... strategy for 2011 and has unveiled a host of new bathroom products. Watch this space... www.ideal-standard.co.uk     Kitchen designers and installers can benefit from a free course being held on 24th February at Rehau's specialist training academy in Ross on Wye, on the application and installation of Rehau's roller shutter sys...

The latest in steam cuisine

...appliance manufacturer Baumatic has launched a new compact steam combi oven into its popular Premium-Line collection. Steam ovens are ideal for healthy cooking, as no nutrients are lost during the cooking process and no extra fat needs to be added. The texture, colour and shape of the food is also retained, unlike in a conventional oven. What's ...

Australians spend record sums on kitchens and bathrooms

...evious year. There were 509,400 kitchens (new and renovated) installed by Australians in 2009/10 - that's an increase of 7.5% on the previous year. "The number of kitchen installations will struggle to grow further in the short term, particularly in light of the deteriorating outlook for new home building," says HIA Chief Economist Dr Harley ...

'Small Cooking Appliances' market reports now available

...the size and shape of the market at a national level. It provides the latest retail sales data (2005-2009), allowing users to identify the sectors driving growth. It identifies the leading companies, the leading brands and offers a strategic analysis of key factors influencing the market - be they legislative, distribution or pricing issues. Foreca...

Chalon awarded furniture Manufacturing Guild Mark for excellence

... handful of specific kitchen companies. To be awarded the MGM, there is a comprehensive, evidence-based checklist of high standards to be met, covering everything from design, manufacture and fitness for purpose of products, through to aftersales, communication and environmental considerations. "Once an applicant has been approved, membership is...

VADO donates £1000 to BIBIC

...ies and jokes with their family and friends is incredible." T: +44 (0) 1934 744466 E: sales@vado-uk.com W: www.vado-uk.com ...

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... focus of the latest inspections by the Health & Safety Executive. On the unannounced visits - starting this week - the inspectors will ensure that sites are managing work at height safely and that they are in good order, as well as checking that the risk of exposure to asbestos is being properly managed. Last year inspectors visited 2014...

Finalists revealed... winners to be announced at KBIS

...ose Marie Carr; Ramsey, NJ * Dana Jones, CKD; Long Beach, CA Medium Kitchens * Elina Katsioula-Beall, CKD; Pasadena, CA * James E. Howard, CKD, CBD; St. Louis, MO * Anastasia Rentzos, CKD, CBD; Mississauga, ON Large Kitchens * Cheryl Hamilton-Gray, CKD; Carlsbad, CA * James E. Howard, CKD, CBD; St. Louis, MO * Jane Lockhart; Toronto, ON...

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Roman's new collection of stylish shower valves features concealed, semi-concealed and exposed designs, along with drench heads and multi-mode hand showers in a choice of cubist, cylindrical and oval design options. E: brochures@roman-showers.com LG Hausys is adding nine stunning Hi-Macs solid colours for 2011, to its range of non-poro...

Forging ahead: London's future

London's status as a leading global capital - financially, socially and culturally - has been the subject of much debate in the wake of the worst recession on record. A modern, commercially effective and sustainable built environment is paramount to the successful development of 21st century London as the city rises to the challenges of economic r...

KitchenAid launches classy multi-functional built-in coffee machine

KitchenAid's beautifully designed KSCX 3610 built-in coffee machine delivers everything you would expect of a luxury manufacturer renowned for its quality and attention to detail.[TRIMTO]   The powerful, integrated automatic coffee machine is equipped with a variety of functions for professional coffee making at home. There is a choic...

Totally successful shows!

...' second year at the NEC had been another successful one. "This year, even without a direct cross-over point with Spring Fair International, our visitor numbers were 6,116 (unaudited at present) demonstrating that the shows' co-location continues to prove its worth to visitors and suppliers," says show director James Murray. Next year the Tot...

Season's greetings from Croydex turn into hard cash for hospice

The Christmas spirit may have been alive and well at Croydex, yet not a single Christmas card was sent during the recent festive season. Instead, the bathroom accessories company, based in Hampshire, chose to donate the money it would have normally spent on cards, to charity.[TRIMTO] With the company opting to send out its corporate season's g...

Peter Davies joins Utopia

Utopia Bathroom Group has announced the appointment of Peter Davies as Area Sales Manager (House Build) for the North. Peter joins Utopia from Waxman Ceramics where he worked for five years in a number of roles, most recently as Business Development Manager. Prior to this, Peter worked for Spanish tile manufacturer, Salona Ceramica.[TRIMTO] ...

Ellis Furniture achieves OHSAS 18001

Ellis Furniture has achieved the Occupational Health & Safety Assurance System (OHSAS) 18001:2007, adding to its ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004 accreditations and thereby fully integrating its quality, environmental and occupational health & safety management systems. To qualify for OHSAS 18001:2007, Ellis Furniture had to demonstrat...

Smart Systems is latest KBSA corporate member

...y. It was founded 10 years ago and has recently launched a new system called KBBConnect, an internet-based quoting and ordering system which is completely free to use by KBB retailers. KBBConnect allows a retailer to use just one system to pull together all the constituent products and prices for a kitchen, bathroom or bedroom project without th...

Retail not the source of inflationary pressure, argues BRC

...nning behind both CPI and RPI. The main factors driving inflation are high fuel and transport costs - the result of soaring global commodity prices, not shop prices. British Retail Consortium Economist, Richard Lim, said: "Inflation is now running at 4.0% and has been above the Bank of England's target for more than a year now. By contrast, the ...

A new place of Abode for Michelle

Michelle Gorst has joined the ever-expanding and successful, Barnsley based, Abode Home Products.[TRIMTO]   In her role as Area Sales Manager, Michelle's remit will be to take on the North of England to increase Abode's showroom visibility of both modern and traditional brands of kitchen sinks and taps as well as bathroom taps and show...

Whirlpool's new Max microwave oven awarded Which? magazine's 'Best Buy'

... Max 38, has been awarded Which? Best Buy status. In its report, Which? magazine said: "The retro-looking microwave with grill from Whirlpool looks more like a TV than a microwave, but the Max 38 cooks, grills and defrosts so well that it fully deserves its Best Buy status." The new Max 38 is one of a new generation of microwave ovens from Wh...

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...he first quarter of 2011. I'm amazed that almost two thirds (63%) of UK employers report that non-EU workers have allowed them to increase productivity, with public sector employers more likely to report productivity improvements (66%) than private sector employers (50%). "The introduction of the temporary cap on migration has had an impact o...

Ellis Furniture welcomes new marketing manager

Ellis Furniture has welcomed Richard Fitzmaurice to the team as marketing manager. Taking responsibility for the marketing of the brand across domestic and commercial markets, Richard started his new position January 2011.[TRIMTO] With a solid KBB industry background, Richard joins the company from Carleton Furniture Group where he was the edu...

Wood you believe it?

The latest fashion in ceramic floor tiles is wood! Yes, wood effect tiles have been extremely popular in Europe for a few years and they are now finding their way onto the British market, says the Tile Trade Association. Why have wood effect tiles? Most of the wood effect tiles on the UK market are hard wearing porcelain; they have beauty of w...

Brussels plans asset freeze for bad payers

... Commissioner Viviane Reding says we need to do more to support small companies that engage in cross-border trade by introducing a European order to freeze the bank accounts of bad payers across borders.[TRIMTO]   The European Commission estimates that 63% of cross-border debt is not recovered, mainly due to bureaucratic obstacles and le...

A composite range with some added sparkle!

...ds and to underline their quality come with guarantees of up to 20 years. Three models in the eye-catching range are available in both single and one and a half bowl options. The Verona features bold grooves that carve through the drainer to draw the eye and efficiently drain excess water, in contrast to the Highlight, a smooth, rounded model th...

Vac from the Sea competition winner joins expedition

...arch expedition through the Beagle Channel in March. Within the framework of the Vac from the Sea-project, Electrolux and renowned research organisation 5 Gyres have invited one person to join the 5 Gyres research expedition through the Beagle Channel, Chile. Devotees from around the world competed to become the crew member by submitting a short...

Wake up to Kate & Will's commemorative sliding doors

Forget commemorative tea towels, mugs, plates and coins - they're so Charles and Di. For this year's Royal Wedding, die-hard memorabilia collectors can have Kate and William on their sliding wardrobe doors![TRIMTO]   Made-to-measure sliding door system retailer Spaceslide.co.uk, is offering a Limited Edition Royal Wedding sli...

Methven launches Vision and Values

... vision to be the leading global brand, recognised and loved worldwide for delivering superior, life-enhancing shower experiences by adhering to our values. "We care deeply about being the best we can be, providing a first class service, offering products that surpass expectations and all in an uncompromising, inclusive and responsible manner, w...

New black look for Maytag's Trilogy

Maytag's three-door Trilogy fridge freezer, one of the most distinctive models in the company's premium range of refrigeration, is now available in a classic black glass and stainless steel finish.[TRIMTO]   Maytag has an enviable reputation for producing design classics and its M3D20FCG07 Trilogy is a perfect example of the company's ...

Environmental support for food waste disposers

...te from kitchens. In an update to its policy position, the CIWEM has highlighted the fact that in-sink FWDs are an environmentally acceptable option for separating food waste at source and conveying it to treatment and use via existing infrastructures. The CIWEM argues that in addition to providing energy, anaerobic digestion conserves the nu...

Record-breaking year for KBB Review Industry Awards

Organisers of the kbbreview Industry Awards 2011 are celebrating another record-breaking year for entries. Judges including Johnny Grey, Andrew Randall from Tsunami, Cheryl Gurner from Bathrooms International, Matt Thomas from John Lewis, Paul Rowland from CP Hart and Simon Taylor have completed the first stage of judging, going through hundred...

Atag joins EQ Software

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, has signed up with EQ Software, the dedicated business management software solution for the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom market. Using EQ Software allows kitchen specialists to access brochures, images, p...

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...tation and hygiene. Over the past 30 years, it has reached 14.38 million people with safe water and - since 2004 - 9.4 million people with sanitation. Despite the inroads made, at least 4,000 children die every day as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation and 884 million people still do not have access to safe water. T...

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...eader I complained that my daughter, despite having achieved an excellent degree, cannot find a job - and as John and I were unable to attend Ecobuild this year since it clashed with the three-day Cleaning Show in Birmingham (for which we produce the 'Official Daily' on behalf of the organisers) John suggested that Chervana attend Ecobuild on our b...

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...continual smiles on their faces) it was really worth it to discover that there are people out there - the exhibitors and attendees - that are really doing something to make this world a better place.[TRIMTO] For me, I really love the little things about the world - but these are things that could change if we carry on the way we are going. I wou...

'From megawatts to negawatts: taking the energy out of buildings'

...gramme makers). The speakers were:  * Max Fordham, Founder, Max Fordham, former President-Elect of CIBSE * Andy Ford, President of CIBSE, Technical director of Mott MacDonald Fulcrum *  Ian Marchant, Chief Executive, Scottish and Southern Energy, member of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy, member of Ofgem's Envir...

Works of art that heat your living space too!

...eating Products (UK)'s stand was radiating with attractive heating designs and state of the art, eco-friendly technology. "They aren't radiators, they're convectors," Steve Charles, pictured here with a few of the eye-catching, recycled material designs, explained to me. Play is designed with children in mind. Made out of wood, with rounded...

At Methven you could really feel the difference

...et showers myself, I could tell straight away that I have never experienced anything like it before - it really did feel like satin over my skin; it was incredible and I am sure that anyone else who visited the stand would say the same. I am also sure, that like me, many of them wished they could hold their aching feet underneath instead! This tech...

Testing ultra thin tiles for strength and cutting ease

...ist, used interactive displays and information screens to highlight the benefits of the latest ultra-slim porcelain tile technology. The product demonstrated was Kerlite, which comes in sheets up to 3000 x 1000mm and is just 3.5mm thick. The ultra slim format utilises 70% less raw material than traditional tiles, less energy and CO2 emissions to...

It's not just what's on show that matters...

...uvia siphonic system for watertight roof drainage, through to easy to install frame systems for wall-hung sanitaryware, stylish flush plates and touch-free infra-red brassware. With protecting the environment a key issue facing the construction industry, Geberit is also at the forefront of developing sustainable products that conserve energy and...

Mereway Kitchens inspirational new spring 2011 Launch - an introduction

...ng woodgrains and softer organic hues. With this in mind, Mereway Kitchens has launched new finish - Coco Bolo; a flat slab MFC door with a striking, linear woodgrain available in a light textured matt finish or sleek high gloss finish. For a darker, more sumptuous feel take a look at new Mali Wenge; a rich, dark woodgrain finish available in m...

New Bathroom Academy website launched

The Bathroom Manufacturer's Association used its stand at Ecobuild to launch its new on-line learning package. "It's taken quite while," said Bathroom Academy Chief Executive Yvonne Orgill. "But we've done it! We have completely rebuilt the Academy website and revised the downloadable bathroom guides.[TRIMTO] "The website has been under revi...

'Super WC' can reduce flush water by 25%

I'd heard about all-in-one basins/WCs, the space-saving and water-conserving designs - where the water from the basin is used to flush the loo, but I'd never seen one, so was fascinated by Roca's W+W, launched last year. Here it is, with Roca's Simon Baker and Sarah Holey. Sarah described the W+W as a Super WC and told me that it can reduce wa...

A fast and easy way to turn off your water in an emergency

...nder floorboards or at the back of packed cupboards. And if you can find your stopcock, years of non-use can make it difficult to operate. Surestop will eliminate the need for you to frantically flap around searching for the hidden stopcock if you discover a leak - or if you can find the stopcock - sprained wrists in trying to shift it. The devi...

Eco-friendly and a great base for futuristic design!

...me and Wedi Systems UK was one of them. The leaflet states: 'Wedi is more than just building boards -Wedi is a building system,' and you just have to look at what this system can be used for to realise that it is indeed a remarkable product. Wedi building boards have been developed over the last 25 years and are now being used for bathroom archi...

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...celebrating the win of its third RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Gold Medal Award! www.ideal-standard.co.uk Atag has updated its QuliMax Combi-steam oven with a new twin steam generator and improved interior. Tel: 0208 247 3993 Bertazzoni's new X36 6 DUAL range cooker has a hybrid oven cavity that enables users to choose bet...

KitchenAid adds revolutionary finish to gas hob range

...s the hobs their durability and long lasting appearance; it also makes them extremely easy to clean - a great advantage for busy households who love to cook. iXelium makes the hob significantly more resistant to scratching, yellowing and corrosion without changing the natural finish of the hob's stainless steel surface. TUV Rheinland Italia, ...

Abode wins JPD Innovation Award

...d' by Tony Oates, JPD's Managing Director. The award is for yet another innovative idea from Abode - its clever in-sync website www.abode.eu Speaking about the award, Darren Holiday says: "JPD understands the reasoning behind the launch of the website and how useful it is as a helpful tool for training its staff on the full breadth of ranges ...

Showerwall expands UK distribution with the appointment of Q4 Bathrooms

Showerwall has appointed York-based Q4 Bathrooms from 1st March to be a distributor for its waterproof wallpanelling product, expanding further the product's availability nationwide. Q4 has two locations in York and Manchester servicing the North and North West of England, making Showerwall now available from 19 distribution points nationwide incl...

AKW raises the standard with electric care shower

...care showers with this product.[TRIMTO] In designing the LUDA, AKW says it has taken the industry-established standard and added three key criteria identified specifically for the needs of the care market. With a range of features designed to offer safe, hygienic showering, the LUDA is thought to be an industry-first with a fully-waterproof IP4...

OHSAS 18001 certification for British Tile Manufacturer

British Ceramic Tile is proud to announce its recent certification to OHSAS 18001:2007 - the internationally recognised assessment specification for occupational health & safety management systems.[TRIMTO]   This further promotes British Ceramic Tile's safe and healthy working environment by providing a framework that allows the com...

Whirlpool's new tumble dryers take drying to a new level

Whirlpool has taken the trusty and time-honoured tumble dryer to new levels of performance with its new and spacious tumble dryers.[TRIMTO] Featuring the company's patented 6th Sense technology and top-of-the-range Carisma design, the 9kg AZB 9780 and 8kg AZB 8680 condenser tumble dryers offer a host of special and attractive features to retai...

Blazing a trail for reducing textile waste

...d materials. A consortium of industry experts led by the Furniture Industry Research Association -the furniture industry body - and supported by The Technology Strategy Board, has developed a means of producing flame-retardant products made from recycled fibre and flame retardant components. In this project, known as REDFR - Reduced Emission...

Showerwall expands UK distribution with the appointment of Q4 Bathrooms

Showerwall has appointed York-based Q4 Bathrooms from 1st March to be a distributor for its waterproof wallpanelling product, expanding further the product's availability nationwide. Q4 has two locations in York and Manchester servicing the North and North West of England, making Showerwall now available from 19 distribution points nationwide incl...

TTA Awards 2011 finalists announced

...t use of tile in a public sector contract : Harlow Leisure Swimming Pool by N&C Moderna - Over 6500m? of tiling went into the new £25 million LeisureZone in Harlow, Essex. Newport Station by WB Simpson & Sons (Midlands) - All materials used carry the 'Eco' tag. QE Hospital, Birmingham (pictured) by Birmingham Tile and Mosaic -...

New housing report shows big changes in the mix

...he latest report on housing trends from HobsonFord Associates in association with The National House-Building Council. The Market Insights report, Trends in the Mix of UK New Build Housing, is a summary of trends from more than 4 million housing starts over the last 24 years.[TRIMTO] "Changes in the mix can have a profound effect on material usa...

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... before, as many in the press would have us believe. The widespread perception that one in five, 16 - 24 year olds are unemployed is based on a narrow and somewhat misleading interpretation of official statistics while talk of a 'lost generation' of young jobless people is simplistic. This is the key conclusion from the latest Work Audit report ...

News in Brief

... Neff has opened a new Learning Centre at its Head Offices in Milton Keynes to give dealers first-hand experience of the Neff appliance collection - cookery school included! T: 0844 892 8989 Gorenje has published its 2011 kitchen appliances brochure. T: 0208 247 3980 Bauhaus has launched a space-maximising, fashionable Elite Walnut bat...

New Polypipe Ventilation catalogue makes specifcation easy

Polypipe Ventilation's new catalogue details its full range of energy-saving domestic and light commercial ventilation systems. This is the first catalogue from the company to incorporate not only Polypipe and Domus product offerings but also the Silavent range of fans acquired by the group last year.[TRIMTO]   So much more than j...

Showerwall and Showerlux join forces for a complete solution

...clusively selected by Showerlux, the expert in luxury shower design, to be part of company's new all-in-one concept for bathroom retailers.[TRIMTO] The new concept is available now for new or replacement in-store displays in bathroom retail. Showerlux is offering retailers a discounted showering package comprising the tray, enclosure, shower val...

Bushboard invests almost £2m in the future of worktops

...op manufacturer Bushboard has invested £1.8m on a brand new worktop line at its Wellingborough-based head office and manufacturing plant in Northamptonshire.[TRIMTO]   The latest £1.8m investment continues an impressive track record in recent years as the company expands its position as the UK's foremost worktop manufacturer....

New from Chamber Furniture: a bespoke black American walnut lined wine cellar

Chamber Furniture is delighted to showcase its latest piece of superb design and joinery - a stunning walnut lined wine cellar. The company's versatility as a highly acclaimed bespoke kitchen and furniture maker is illustrated perfectly here with the clients' brief being for their extensive collection of vintage wine to be stored somewhere tha...

Overloading only increases costs further, warns Swinton Commercial

...safety hazard, with the excessive strain causing tyres to blow out, but also lowers fuel efficiency - a pricey mistake when one considers that the cost of fuel rose to above £6 per gallon last week! To combat this issue, Swinton Commercial is advising 'vanners' to check their tyre pressure and ensure that it is at the recommended amount, ...

AEG Neue Kollektion product ranges win iF Design Awards

...national Forum Design in Hannover, Germany. The awards were for the following product ranges: - AEG Competence, MaxiKlasse built-in/under product range 60 H-design - AEG Compact product range 38 H-design - AEG MaxiSense Bridge hobs product range (HK654300XB, HK653320FB, HK654400XB) - AEG CrystalLine hobs product range The design l...

kbb London inspires with educational seminar programme

...ry. The free seminar sessions will run alongside the exhibition, which launches this year from 15th - 17th May 2011 at the ExCeL, London.[TRIMTO]   David Nicholls, Design Editor of Daily Telegraph Saturday Magazine and Julia Goodwin, Editor of House Beautiful will discuss the latest and future kitchen and bathroom trends, which are set t...

Environmental support for food waste disposals

...te from kitchens. In an update to its policy position, the CIWEM has highlighted the fact that in-sink FWDs are an environmentally acceptable option for separating food waste at source and conveying it to treatment and use via existing infrastructures. The CIWEM argues that in addition to providing energy, anaerobic digestion conserves the nutri...

EU ministers back moderate ambitions on electronic waste

After the European Parliament last month called for an ambitious 85% e-waste collection target as from 2016, EU environment ministers this week backed European Commission proposals for a 65% quota and postponed its implementation by four years.[TRIMTO]   Meeting in Brussels on Monday, EU environment ministers reached a political agreeme...

Methven launches Maia Skincare Shower

This month at Ecobuild and ISH, Methven - the New Zealand designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware - unveiled the Maia Skincare Shower, which features an integral vitamin C cartridge to reduce the chlorine in water and the award-winning Satinjet technology, which saves water and energy without compromising performance.[TRIMTO] ...

Cleaning and maintenance of wall and floor tiles impact on costs

...lt, Sandstone, Quartzite, Slate, Limestone, Travertine and Marble. The guidance goes through the pre-clean, pre-seal, grout removal, final seal and surface coatings, daily and weekly maintenance, deep cleaning and renovation. The document also covers cleaning recommendations for agglomerate tiles, metal tiles and glass tiles. There is advice ...

SuperWhite WR Flex available now from Ultra Tile

...flexible so can be used where vibration is likely. Its increased water resistance combined with anti-fungal technology ensures that it is fully mould resistant. SuperWhite WR Flex is non-slip due to excellent bond properties, and conforms to BS EN 12004 D2T. The product is perfect for fixing porcelain mosaics, glass and natural stone tiles to...

Government rolls out red carpet for entrepreneurs and investors

...e year period. Damian Green Immigration Minister said: "Today I have sent out a clear message - the UK remains open for business and we want those who have the most to offer to come and settle here. "Entrepreneurs and investors can play a major part in our economic recovery and I want to do everything I can to ensure that Britain remains a...

Shower Doctor sees surge in en suites

...en suite; compared with 43% who do, this is something they hope to have at some point in the future - hopefully in 2011. Having an en suite not only provides the height of convenience and luxury in your home, meaning you have your own personal space that you don't need to share, but it can add significant value to your home as well. Even the ...

Financing the future - new government help for exporters

...xporters, project sponsors, banks and buyers to help UK exporters by providing insurance against non-payment risks to UK exporters and guarantees for bank loans to facilitate the arranging of finance to buyers of UK goods. It also provides insurance against political risks to UK investors in overseas markets. Exporters who want to know more abou...

Complete co-ordination from LDL

...Components, the nationwide distributor of quality furniture fittings, has introduced a range of Form-Line cutlery trays in Silk White to co-ordinate with Blum Intivo drawer boxes in Silk White. Made from durable plastic, the cutlery trays are suitable for use with both 450mm and 500mm depth drawer boxes and are available in a variety sizes to su...

Presenting the Flex Factor winner!

...ic finish that is mould resistant and water repellent. FineJoint is suitable for joint widths from 1-12mm and WideJoint up to 20mm. The improved formula of Ultra Tile FlexJoint grout has been designed with the trade for the trade! The product now boasts the following capabilities: - Improved super fine texture - Polymer modified for ultimate ...

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...he sixth highest. Other countries are making their tax systems more competitive and attracting multi-national companies away from the UK but the Chancellor feels that the changes he's announced will give us a far more attractive system than France, America or Germany. "I want Britain to be the place international businesses go to, not the place ...

News in Brief

...esigner London showroom, Aromabath , is featuring Geberit's Aquaclean WC, which has a temperature-controlled wash and dry function to leave you clean and fresh. E: sales@aromabathjpd.com K Kitchens ' new Ashbourne shaker-style kitchen boasts a light oak, solid timber frame with a veneered centre panel. It has a horizontal grain inner profi...

Young tilers show their skills

A Skillcase Event, organized by the Olympic Delivery Authority, took place on 10th March at Hackney Community College. The purpose of the event was to highlight the importance of vocational training in the run up to London 2012, and to raise awareness amongst employers of the high quality construction and engineering talent available. Th...

Ideal Standard International celebrates new RoSPA win

Ideal Standard International, a leading provider of innovative, design-driven bathroom solutions, is celebrating the win of its third RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Occupational Health & Safety Gold Medal Award. The Gold Medal Award is only awarded to companies gaining RoSPA's Gold Achievement Standard level for five...

Electrolux Cube offers unique dining experience across Europe

...he aim is to create an experience that surprises and inspires guests with fantastic tastes and never-before-seen views, ultimately stimulating them to explore their own creative boundaries next time they entertain friends or family at home. Two Electrolux Cubes will travel across Europe offering a memorable dining experience for 18 guests per se...

NKBA announces 2010/2011 Student Design Competition winners

...e event available only to the press, top designers and select industry insiders. Sponsored by Sub-Zero and Wolf, as well as Waypoint Living Spaces, a division and trademark of American Woodmark Corporation, the 2010/2011 NKBA Student Design Competition, received more than 320 entries from students at colleges and universities across North Americ...

Craig Rothwell scales Mount Kilimanjaro for charity

Craig Rothwell, Managing Director, of 20-20 Technologies has completed a 10 day charity climb up Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise funds for the biggest youth centre in the UK, Bolton Lads and Girls Club. Earlier this month, Craig took the challenging Rongai route up to the 19,340 foot summit in his fundraising mission for Bol...

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Thank you for visiting Ecobuild - I hope you found your time at the event both useful and enjoyable. The presentations from this year's conference and seminar programme are now available on the Ecobuild website and are free to download for all Ecobuild's visitors. To view the presentations, click and enter your Ecobuild login details.[TRIMTO...

The Prince's Foundation uses Shaw's sinks

...s of planning, designing and building in a sustainable way. The same styles of individually, hand-made fireclay sinks will also be installed in the re-creation of the house at the major consumer show in London, the Ideal Home Exhibition, and will be seen by thousands of visitors. Every Shaws sink is handcrafted in England by craftsmen, using ...

Carron Phoenix's Espresso granite satisfies growing trend for organic colours

...is strongly coming into its own as the company reports a sharp rise in popularity for this chocolate-based, pearlescent colour. Says Neil Clark, sales and marketing director at Carron Phoenix: "Over the last eight months, sales of Espresso granite, especially in the modern Bali 105 sink, have grown far faster than any other colour we offer. I...

AKW raises the standard with electric care shower

...rd for electric care showers with this product. In designing the LUDA, AKW has taken the industry-established standard and added three key criteria identified specifically for the needs of the care market. With a range of features designed to offer safe, hygienic showering, the LUDA is thought to be an industry-first with a fully-waterproof IP4...

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...ties, the Government is committed to funding new University Technical Colleges which will provide 11-19 year olds with vocational training that is promised to be amongst the best in the world. In Austria, Germany and Switzerland around one in four employers offer apprenticeships. In England fewer than one in 10 do - something that has to change....

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...ropeans support 'pay as you go' driving. On first thoughts this seems a fair way of doing things - after all at the moment, those who rarely use a car but need one for, say, taking an elderly parent to the supermarket or hospital once a week during quiet times, are paying the same road tax as those who drive during the rush hour and clock up 200...

News in Brief

...hat my kitchen worktop now boasts something that several visitors have mistaken for a retro TV! Yes - I've had the Which? 'Best Buy' Award-winning Whirlpool Max 38 microwave oven on test for the past couple of weeks. How's it doing? Look out for the first part of my review in next week's issue, broadcast on 8th April... W: www.whirlpool.co.uk   ...

Majority of Europeans support 'pay as you go' driving scheme

...ices they actually use. It also proposes to introduce speed limits for commercial vehicles and speed-limiting devices for private cars. According to the poll, half of Europeans are in favour of such a move.[TRIMTO] The new system would replace the current 'flat rate' of registration and road tax, which do not take into account at what time or ho...

TMVA success with latest Department of Health Guidance

...work with the Department of Health to ensure that healthcare engineers and other staff are aware of - and implementing - the relevant guidance to ensure the highest level of safety in hot water systems is delivered to all patients and staff in the healthcare sector." The TMVA addresses the issues concerned with thermostatic mixing and shower va...

Electrolux named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies 2011

...al standards within the industry. Ethisphere Institute reviewed thousands of companies through in-depth research and multi-step analysis. This includes analysis of codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluations of investment in innovation and sustainable business practices. In addition, it identified activities that...

'Distinctly Abode' a great success!

...e including a stainless steel colander, a black silicone bowl mat to ensure the bowls remain scratch-free, plus the very modern High & Dry drainer rack, available in lime green and grey or white and grey. The company has teamed up the Matrix RO with the Abode Corvus mixertap - a design classic taking its cue from contemporary architecture. ...

Government proposes longer lorries to help cut carbon

Some lorries could be allowed to use longer trailers after independent research showed that this could cut carbon without compromising safety. The research was published yesterday by Roads Minister Mike Penning alongside a consultation seeking views on the proposed changes. The consultation proposes allowing a two metre increase in the total le...

Brits more adventurous with bathroom design

...lour schemes show that people want to have more fun with their bathrooms and their homes in general - and with the Royal Wedding set to take place on April 29th, many colourful and patriotic designs have come back in fashion, with the Union Jack, bunting and designs featuring crowns and other royal memorabilia becoming a familiar sight in many home...

Leadership key to trade associations' power

Stronger leadership from director-generals, chief executive officers and board members is required if European business associations are to improve their effectiveness in influencing EU policies, according to industry experts surveyed by a Brussels-based consultancy. Other key factors in the success of European trade associations are proactive ...

Burlington Lakeland Stone: a natural alternative to marble and granite

...throoms over recent years, the time has now arrived for a sumptuous and functional alternative - British Lakeland natural stone. Burlington's highly skilled stone engineers have access to a stone source that has been quarried for over 400 years and which is as rich and aesthetically pleasing in its colourings as it is in its tact...

Bathroom Conference date and venue change

...legate numbers are expected to be up on last year's record 170. T: 01782 631619 E: info@bathroom-association.org.uk W: www.bathroom-association.org ...

CP Group introduces the next generation of designer splashbacks with Enki

...ew Enki glass splashback collection, offering consumers an even greater opportunity to create a show-stopping centrepiece behind kitchen units, cookers and sinks. Striking new colours and trend-led patterns have been introduced to the range in response to the latest influences from the catwalk and high street. The new Brights range, including eye-c...

Ten top tips for bedroom bliss

...ne of the most important rooms in the house. After all, we spend around a third of our lives asleep - and the last thing we need is to wake up to a disorganised and chaotic environment. If you don't know where to begin in creating a calm and clutter-free bedroom, these handy tips from the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association should g...

Whirlpool Corporation receives highest energy award

...11 Energy Star Sustained Excellence award. Energy Star was introduced in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants associated with energy use. Whirlpool's award recognises the company's leadership in offering consumers energy and water efficiency through its leading home appliance brand...

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...hamber pots and surreptitiously tipped the contents out the window (often shouting: "gardez l'eau'" - watch out for the water - which is where the term 'loo' came from), Alice Wade, who lived in 14th Century London, had a loo in its own small room. Not a loo as we know it of course, but a hole cut in a wooden platform over a cesspool! Her neighb...

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Burbidge's 'Malmö' contemporary handle-less kitchen, now includes curved doors with the option of double concave or wide curves and curved back panels.  E: marketing@burbidge.co.uk The SP455 has been added to Aqata's popular Spectra frameless collection, designed for minimal and wetroom style shower spaces. E: sales@aqata.co...

Mereway Kitchens introduce pioneering new hinges to its range

... has started to implement some changes to the hinges on its cabinetry. The introduction of a new all-metal, nickel plated hinge featuring integrated Blumotion with a deactivation facility is a pioneering change for the company's product offering. This groundbreaking new hinge facilitates greater soft close adjustment, regardless of front weight ...

Showermate eco goes from strength to strength

...stem friendly and ideal for upgrading and refurbishing new and existing shower facilities. "The 2-year guarantee has also been well received!" However, Stuart Turner has not rested on its laurels and has recently further improved the specification of the eco range with all models now supplied with built-in isolation valves on the inlet hoses ...

Introducing 'next generation' of self-cleaning, antimicrobial ceramic tiles

Greek nanotechnology company NanoPhos and Spanish ceramic tile manufacturer Keraben, have co-developed Lifeker, an innovative line of self-cleaning and self-sterilising ceramic tiles. The tiles get these useful properties through the use of SurfaShield coating technology developed by NanoPhos, which is activated simply by the energy of surroundin...

Pan European talks on sustainable use of forests about to start

The EU-27 and 19 other European countries are preparing to launch intergovernmental talks that are expected to result in a legally-binding agreement on sustainable use of forests in 2013. In parallel, the European Commission is kicking off talks to revamp its forest policy. An agreement to open negotiations is expected to be reached by the Ministe...

Ellis Furniture expands popular Lexington kitchen range

...nite for a dramatic new look. The Lexington Gloss Cream units and Intrigue Gloss Olivewood doors - also available in Gloss Applewood - are made from high gloss acrylic faced FSC MDF and glass effect PVC edged doors. They are supplied on an 18mm glued and dowelled rigid carcase. "The Lexington range is much loved by our customers and theirs an...

AEG launches Grassroots Rugby campaign to win free kit and laundry packages

... been launched by AEG, the premium home appliance brand that combines advanced technology with award-winning design. It will see 50 grassroots rugby teams selected to receive the kit and laundry packages, each of which includes 22 bespoke Samurai Sportswear rugby kits, as well as a top-of-the-range AEG washing machine and tumble dryer. To apply,...

Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2011 "most successful yet" for KBSA

...," reveals Alan. "About 60% of the enquiries throughout the show were for wet rooms or bathrooms - and eco-friendly was a very popular topic." Ruth Ward, KBSA sales & marketing director is equally enthusiastic about the event, saying: "The KBSA has had a presence at this show for four years and has found that it is an excellent platform f...

Low Pay Commission's 2011 report

...08 an hour, the Youth Development Rate will rise from £4.92 to £4.98 an hour and the 16 - 17 Year Old Rate will increase from £3.64 to £3.68 an hour. The Apprentice Rate will also increase from £2.50 to £2.60 an hour. Speaking shortly after the Goverment's announcement, The Chair of the Low Pay Commission, Dav...

One-pack solution ensures easy installation of a wet room

A complete wet-room base and linear drain pack is now available through builders merchants and bathroom and wet-room retailers . UniSlope is an innovative pre-formed wet room base supplied complete with a choice of stunning linear drains in one easy package. The UniSlope Range comprises two designs each incorporating the perfect gradient for ...

Survey shows need to raise demand for apprenticeships amongst employers

... A larger proportion (43%) say that they do not intend to recruit apprentices this year and over one-fifth (22%) say that they have no set plans in an uncertain economic climate, with widespread staffing requirements. The survey was conducted before the Budget announced greater funding for apprenticeships. The findings show that this funding inj...

Whirlpool's Pro-Fit system eases appliances installation and cuts costs

...led for years to come. The innovative system has been applied to a wide selection of Whirlpool built-in appliances, including ovens, microwaves, coffee machines, dishwashers, built-in fridge freezers and side-by-side products. Using Pro.Fit Support, which ensures the perfect alignment of integrated furniture doors, selected Whirlpool under-count...

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...ed special help from the EU and now needing to pay it back with the economy in the state that it is - and with 1,031 jobs lost, on average, each week in 2011. I do hope that the Irish Small Firms Association managed to persuade the Irish Government in Wednesday's meeting, not to add to the country's woes by ignoring what I feel is an excellent a...

Irish SFA tells Minister for Jobs how to boost employment

...e, some 700,000 people. SFA Chairman, Ian Martin, leading the delegation of small business owner-managers, has said that "Government job promises can only be delivered through successful small businesses. "Jobless growth emerging from this recession is a very real risk.  A national entrepreneurship strategy that supports risk-takers to ...

News in Brief

Burbidge's 'Malmö' contemporary handle-less kitchen, now includes curved doors with the option of double concave or wide curves and curved back panels.  E: marketing@burbidge.co.uk The SP455 has been added to Aqata's popular Spectra frameless collection, designed for minimal and wetroom style shower spaces. E: sales@aqata.co...

Circle Living wins top award

...rs of affordable housing, has won a First Time Buyer Award Outlook Place in Watford, won Most Eco-Aware Project at the First Time Buyer Readers' Awards in London on Friday, and was also runner up in the Best Small Development category. Designed by award winning PTE Architects and constructed by Inspace Partnerships, Outlook Place enjoys a gre...

Inspired by experience, Franke celebrates its centenary in style

Franke, said to be the world's largest manufacturer of kitchen sinks, is 100 years old - and, with a reputation for being at the forefront of research and development in the kitchen industry, the company is celebrating with the new state-of-the art Centinox sink, along with two stunning taps and innovative accessories. The Centinox sink encomp...

KitchenAid appoints sole UK distributor

...ing to find the right partner for the KitchenAid brand," explains Andy Burns, Head of Business Unit - Kitchen at Whirlpool UK. "We have worked closely with many distributors over the years and appreciate the difficulty for distributors to provide the specific focus required for a premium brand when they are also handling a portfolio of major domes...

Hotel guests experience perfect motion with Blum

... pleasure and surprise when the drawers slide effortlessly outwards to a position of full extension - or even automatically in response to the touch of a hand, knee, foot or elbow. When they close, fully laden, it's with the same sublime motion and the gentle cushioning of perfect soft close. This is what Blum calls 'Perfecting Motion'. Bl...

New Cucina Colore brochure has arrived

... match finishes, styles and shapes, and this brochure presents the tools do build a special designer-feel kitchen. Cucina Colore distinguishes itself with a palette of 25 door colours and finishes that stand out from the crowd... in silk, soft matt, textured, gloss painted and gloss woodgrains. Combine these with a choice of 22 cabinet colours, ...

Whirlpool's Max microwaves come in new colours!

...ere showpiece! The Max microwave has a generous 28cm turntable and a cavity space equivalent to a 23-litre model, 750 Watts of microwave power and Whirlpool's renowned Jet Defrost feature. This provides exceptionally fast and even defrosting, thanks to the company's revolutionary 3D system, which ensures uniform circulation with its three-dimension...

US consumer electronics industry to triple annual recycling by 2016

US consumer electronics industry leaders have this week launched what is believed to be the first-ever industry-wide electronics recycling initiative to recycle one billion pounds of electronics annually by 2016, which would be a more than threefold increase over 2010. The eCycling Leadership Initiative seeks to improve consumer awareness of th...

Versatility and flexibility module by module

Following the successful launch of its new modular furniture collection last year - and in response to customer demand, Shades Bathrooms has extended the range to include Aspen, featuring the very latest in contemporary styling in crisp white with a quality high gloss finish. With its clean lines and minimal styling, Aspen from Shades is extre...

AEG's MaxiKlasse free standing cookers offer great flexibility

AEG has launched the MaxiKlasse 493321-MN with MaxiSense induction hob, which has flexible zones that allow maximum space and choice of position for any size or shape of pans... even a fish kettle can comfortably be placed across two zones for perfect heat distribution. The Stop and Go feature allows instant control at the touch of a button. T...

Plumber survives fall through roof in second similar accident at site

...ad fallen previously but had managed to excape injury. Runcorn Magistrates' Court was told the 64-year-old, who asked not to be named, could have been paralysed or even killed when he fell three metres through a suspended ceiling at a workshop on Rivington Court in Woolston. The Health & Safety Executive prosecuted the site occupiers, Dow...

AKW takes home 'Best in Show' Award at Naidex

...ard for the development of one of its most innovative products, Luda, what is said to be an industry-first electric care shower. This is the first main award that the pioneering Luda shower has received since its launch last year. Investing four years in the design and development of Luda, together with leading specifiers from the sector, AKW to...

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...k's work into a much shorter space of time, over and over again? Not wishing to sound too Scrooge-like, if you're managing to have a break, do enjoy it. And if, like us, you're going hell for leather in an attempt to make sure you actually get some time off... Best of luck! Of course Spring  - and Easter in particular - is a time for new...

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Burbidge's 'Malmö' contemporary handle-less kitchen, now includes curved doors with the option of double concave or wide curves and curved back panels.  E: marketing@burbidge.co.uk The SP455 has been added to Aqata's popular Spectra frameless collection, designed for minimal and wetroom style shower spaces. E: sales@aqata.co...

Identity and Passport Service warns: Don't rubbish your passport!

...p; * wallet was stolen at a children's party with passports inside; * passports were stored in safe - thieves stole safe from villa (Turkey). Sarah Rapson, Chief Executive of the Identity and Passport Service, warns: "Your passport is not only increasingly attractive to fraudsters, but it will cost you at least £77.50 to replace, so it'...

Carron Phoenix supports Everything But The Kitchen Sink's fundraiser

Carron Phoenix has agreed to be the official sponsor partner of the intriguingly named fundraiser, 'Everything But the Kitchen Sink' on its cycling mission in August to raise money for the Welsh charity MS Society Cymru. As well as a corporate donation, Carron has given two of its Contessa stainless sinks which the fundraisers will strap to tw...

Small firms' recruitment plans in jeopardy, finds new research

...the Forum of Private Business over a fifth of small business owners (22%) expect to recruit in 2011 - but confidence that they will be able to do so is dwindling compared to December 2010, when almost 30% of respondents said they planned to take on new staff. While 14% intend to simply recruit in the coming year, a further 8% plan to hire but be...

Energy label: few manufacturers keep their promises

...fortunately tests carried out recently under ATLETE (Appliance Testing for Energy Label Evaluation) - the project funded by the European Commission to test the compliance of 80 different models of refrigerators and freezers with EU energy labelling standards - showed that few manufacturers are complying with the regulations. Tests show that only...

FIRA Service Technicians expand across Ireland

...; this ensures the best possible customer satisfaction levels. Currently there are over 80 highly-skilled FIRA Service Technicians experts across the UK and Ireland, all of whom carry the same equipment, have undertaken the same training, and follow the same procedures. This means that there is consistency of quality, wherever the customer happe...

Super sleek kitchen offers functional, sociable space

...ll length larder provides storage for essential items such as packets and tins. The easy to use pull-out racks allow the user to clearly see all the items within... thankfully no more scrabbling around at the back of dark cupboards! The overall style of the kitchen is that of relaxed contemporary chic. High gloss paintwork sits harmoniously alon...

Hanex solid surfacing targets kitchen sector with impressive 100+ choice of designs

...at, one dimensional finish The range captures the pure simplicity of white in several forms, fashion-forward accent colours, translucent terrazzos and on-trend designs with pearlescent particles notably the Brionne and Glittering ranges of organic tones, as well as the Bellassimo marbled effects. Hanex can deliver a prestigious looking finish wi...

Retailers should advise browsers it 'mite' be time to change mattress!

...s and bumps. (The Luxury Bayswater Mattresses has up to 1,630 pocket springs and is made from sought-after cashmere, silk, soft lambswool and pure cotton. It is also traditionally hand tufted for long lasting comfort and strength.) 2. Sprung divan bases offer increased support for the mattress compared to slatted besteads, which offer little or ...

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...rnoon of Sunday 8th May (at London's ExCel), quickly followed at the same venue by KBB London (15th - 17th May). But of course no-one's really going to be concentrating on the shows until we've got the Royal Wedding out the way... If you're joining in the celebrations have fun and stay safe! I'm wondering when the first press release is going...

UK manufacturer offers outsourced customer care solution

...anufacturer, Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, has launched a new service brand to make the company's UK-based maintenance, repair and customer care operation available to businesses seeking an outsourced service solution for their appliances and heating products. The newly created Home Appliance Care, led by Customer Care Director, Paula Hodkinson,...

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Burbidge's 'Malmö' contemporary handle-less kitchen, now includes curved doors with the option of double concave or wide curves and curved back panels.  E: marketing@burbidge.co.uk The SP455 has been added to Aqata's popular Spectra frameless collection, designed for minimal and wetroom style shower spaces. E: sales@aqata.co...

High-visability water hose makes for safer building sites

A range of bright orange, fluorescent, heavy-duty hose products specifically designed to reduce trip hazards on building sites is being launched by specialist hose manufacturer, Hozelock next month. The fluorescent Hozelock Maxi Hi-Vis hose stands out brightly on the floor of a construction site, whether in full sun or poor light, so making it ...

Miele new commercial heat-pump dryers deliver up to 60% energy savings

Power-hungry commercial tumble dryers could soon be on their way out with the launch this week of German appliance maker Miele's, commercial grade heat-pump dryers. The heat-pump technology can reduce electricity consumption by up to 60% when compared with a conventional condenser dryer. This energy saving technology features a closed circuit:...

OFT's market study into extended warranties is now underway

...Commission; recommendations for changes in laws and regulations, recommendations to regulators, self-regulatory bodies and others to consider changes to their rules, campaigns to promote consumer education and awareness or a clean bill of health. The OFT has decided against launching a market study into repairs of domestic electrical goods. This...

Bradbury's has immediate success with Stoneham

...to 20:00. For further information: T: 0208 300 8181 E: info@bradburysltd.co.uk W: www.stoneham-kitchens.co.uk ...

Zanussi's new, top of range 8kg washing machine saves time, energy and water

... time will not be wasted and an A wash performance will be ensured. Features include:[TRIMTO] - Big 8kg Load Capacity - whizz through the laundry - and wash big items like king size duvets and bed linen too. - Jetsystem+ uses proportional amount of water, time & energy based on the wash load saving you money. - 21 programmes, including Wo...

HMRC turns up the heat on plumbing industry

... month from HM Revenue & Customs,alerting them to the chance to take advantage of a special time-limited tax plan to put right any gaps that might exist in their tax affairs. The letter will explain that, once the opportunity expires, the tax authorities will begin a clampdown on those working in the sector who have failed to declare earning...

Black Country timber firm wins new business in the Middle East

...; Investment. Palmer Timber was set up in 1916 and provides hardwood and softwood timber and wood-based panel products to a variety of industries - including the KBB industry. The company, which has about 70 employees at its Cradley Heath site, has exported mezzanine flooring worth £250,000 to the United Arab Emirates since joining UKTI...

Amica's Platinum range secures a Red Dot Honourable Mention for 2011

...a of Poland with an Honourable Mention for the company's Integra (Platinum in the UK) range of built-in ovens. The line-up includes features like the innovative I-Cook timer and programmer that was designed specifically to mimic the smartphone icon technology, making it easy and familiar to use for all consumers ...Similarly the innovative Aqualyt...

Cosmic takes bathroom products to new levels of luxury and style

Following the highly successful launch of high-end brand Cosmic at KBB 2010, the Roca Group has implemented a new UK Account Management and Customer Service team to support the brand going forward and is offering special terms for retailers looking to enhance their showrooms by displaying this top-of-the-range Spanish brand. The Cosmic brand r...

Hoover launches the largest capacity single oven

...h Hoover's flexible, Prodige oven. Nearly 30% larger than Hoover's standard size ovens, the super-size, 75-litre unit Prodige offers all the space and power of a professional model but on some models comes complete with a novel dividing system that can be adjusted to suit different cooking requirements. By inserting a simple shelf, cooks can ...

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...pared to the 43% that did so this time last year. The KBSA tells me that this is an increase of 40% - and as the team's maths is going to be a lot better than mine I'll trust it on that one! Also up, but not quite as much at 30%, is the number of members selling bedrooms, as well as kitchens. That figure is 65% now, compared to 50% this time las...

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...www.merlynbathrooms.com   Mereway  has appointed Graham Jones, ex-Hammonds Furniture, to the newly created role of Sales & Marketing Director. More next week... T: 0800 028 4466   AKW  has launched a stylish mixer shower for use in bathrooms designed for the elderly and disabl...

Homebase invests in FIRA Gold Certification

...tion scheme for all types of furniture products and components. The initial product assessment is in-depth, objective and thorough. It covers, amongst other things, workmanship, ergonomics, strength and stability, finish performance and effects of atmosphere on a product. There is also an annual factory audit to ensure a factory produces the produc...

Wall-hung sanitaryware that's as fresh as mint

Geberit has introduced a new mint finish to its award-winning Monolith sanitary module for wall-hung WCs, taking the colour options for this bathroom innovation to three. Ideal for converting a floor-standing WC to a wall-hung version, the Geberit Monolith is a slimline sanitary module with integrated cistern that can be connected to existing ...

US kitchen and bathroom dealers undeterred by marginal declines in Q1 2011

...h Market Index (KBMI), which forecasts the confidence of kitchen and bathroom dealers on a scale of -60 to +60, is +34 for Q2 2011 or down 3 points from the last quarter. Showroom visits were up 16%, which marked the only market indicator with a quarter-over-quarter increase. "The first quarter fell a little short of expectations, but the year-o...

Kitchenaid's new chef touch: the Sous Vide cooking system

...rst class products finished in KitchenAid's Pro Design aesthetic. The system comprises of the vacuum-sealing system which preserves food by packing the food in an airless environment; the steam-assist oven for gently cooking or perfectly re-heating food and the shock freezer for rapid chilling or long-term deep freezing. Sous Vide cooking is a d...

Moores takes its show on the road

...its for the Code for the Sustainable Homes and providing contractors with a kitchen that reduces, re-uses, recycles and is responsibly sourced. With so much on show, plus the opportunity to speak to the Moores team about the manufacturer's latest innovations and pioneering services, this year's Showcase really is one not to be missed. As if any ...

A charitable affair! Kitchen furniture donated to Oxfam

...f the innovative idea to donate the kitchen furniture to charity rather than simply disposing of it - and what better way to recycle the units! With four displays donated in total, the Oxfam store based in Huddersfield Road, Mirfield was delighted with the number of kitchens received. The cabinets range from robust, full height, pull out larder...

Back to black - Carron Phoenix launches chic black ceramic Sapphira sink range

...ed and kilned from premium grade clay ensuring a top quality lustrous finish without any of the tell-tale pin pricks of lesser grade and cheaper alternatives Both the Sapphira 100 and 150 bowls measure 1010 x 510mm and fit into a 600mm cabinet. Sapphira is complemented by the smart chrome Revolution waste and stylish stainless steel basket. D...

Electrolux A rated freezer named Which? Online Best Buy

...kg of food in one go, so it should be more than capable of preserving the occasional surplus of home-grown fruit and veg, or an afternoon's-worth of batch baking..." www.which.co.uk Tel: 08445 611611 F: 08445 618 920 W: www.electrolux.co.uk ...

Inspirational Izumi

...nology, Uber Furniture has launched the stunning Izumi collection of gloss kitchens in three ranges - Nero (black), Orchid (white) and Creme (cream). Designed to be trendsetting, the doors are state-of-the-art in terms of materials and design yet do not hit the budget as hard as some. The doors comprise an acrylic laminate front and titanium ba...

Focus (DIY) - an update

...r for all or parts of the business. The existing management team will remain responsible for the day-to-day running of the Group. "Focus has not ceased to trade and customers will be able to continue shopping at Focus stores across the UK," they promise. They also say: At present no new customer orders can be placed for any goods to be ordered t...

Whirlpool launches new range of washing machines

...n and style characteristics to the company's high end machines, the new range will be positioned mid-range and highly competitive, appealing to a wider audience. The eight-model line-up richly features 6kg, 7kg and 8kg capacity with up to an A+ energy rating offering strong selling points for retailers. The capacious 8kg drum capacity models inc...

Polypipe heat recovery units help developer reach Code 3

Polypipe Ventilation, provider of energy-saving domestic and light commercial ventilation systems, has had its heat recovery system specified for Larkfleet Homes' extensive new housing development in Bourne, near Peterborough.  The first stage of the development, known as 'The Old Laundry', has now been installed with the HR01 units suppli...

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...m, but this is one of those instances which has to be viewed as a regional event, which gives London-based designers and specifiers a convenient opportunity to view what the industry has to offer. The show certainly appeared to be steadily busy throughout most of the days that we were there - we didn't hear any complaints from anyone that w...

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...Sunday means a day at KBB London, you might understand. I'm finally going to be able to see first-hand all the wonderful new products I've been learning about over the past few months, whilst meeting friends and colleagues old and new, from this fabulous industry. I'm really excited about it and am looking forward to being inspired! I'm hopin...

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...ing with a contemporary twist, new Hartford Ivory from Four Seasons by Moores  comes with a 25-year guarantee. T: 01937 862557 ...

New! Five fantastic fridges and freezers from AEG's Neue Kollektion

AEG has introduced five fantastic cooling products from its Built-in 2011 Neue Kollektion range. An integrated American style effect is one of the most fashionable trends in this year's kitchen, which is why AEG is pleased to introduce five fabulous new built in fridges and freezers that combine state of the art design with cutting-edge te...

Has Esse created the World's cleanest-burning cooker?

...as achieved some outstanding results during a recent CE test, where the inspector described the wood-burning cooker as the cleanest burning appliance he's ever tested. Craig Nutter, Esse's Technical Director explains: "Our woodburning 990 cooker has just been tested at an independent European CE lab and everyone here at Esse is delighted with th...

Liebherr scoops award in world's largest technology competition

... widely acclaimed international red dot design awards in product design, for the new SBSes 7165 side-by-side fridge freezer. The jury is made up of high calibre, internationally renowned designers and design experts who award the 'product design' seal for quality, design and eco-friendliness. Thanks to Liebherr's product innovation, high quality...

Impressive: this groundbreaking new mirror innovation from HiB

HiB has introduced a major solution for illuminated bathroom mirrors - three new LED designs powered by a long-life rechargeable battery pack. Illuminated mirrors are now a high demand item but fitting them into existing bathrooms and cloakrooms comes with one overriding problem - how to access a power source. In these times this would requ...

Homeowners are warming to underfloor heating

...o consider underfloor heating as an option for installation with new flooring as part of a room make-over, ready for next winter. The concept is not a new one. Developed by the Romans over 2000 years ago, the first underfloor heating system - or 'hypercaust', which literally translates as 'fire beneath' - used actual flames to warm the stone flo...

Franke wins Red Dot Design Award

...ke's centenary. The Centinox encompasses elegance, style and precision engineering; it is a 'slim-top' sink which gives the appearance of a fashionable undermount model. Winners of the Red Dot Award achieve international quality status, the privilege of displaying the red dot logo on all product-related marketing material and the opportunity ...

Franke launches celebrity 'experience' in centenary year

...ative to drive the company further into the consumer market. To reinforce the transition from trade-driven product supplier to aspirational consumer lifestyle brand, Heidi Klum has been announced as brand ambassador and, as such, will feature in the new worldwide advertising/POS/marketing campaign. A Franke spokesperson explains: "We have chose...

Mereway appoints new addition to Kitchens management team

...rector for Mereway Kitchens, completing a new team of Directors for the business following a company-wide restructure undertaken by the furniture manufacturer. Graham, previously Trade Sales & Marketing Director with Hammonds Furniture, joins Joanne Foster, Commercial Director; one of the original non-family founding Directors of the company...

Polypipe ventilation expands MVHR solution

...rties, yet they remain extremely compact and light weight and can be easily installed in kitchen eye-level cupboards or lofts, installed through even the smallest of loft hatches. The units work by warming fresh air drawn into the building, with the heat from waste stale air - as found in the kitchen or bathroom for example - using an efficient ...

The fantastic five! Quality comes as standard with Leisure

...systems, the Kitemark collection highlights Leisure Sinks' commitment to producing top quality, well-made sinks. All BSI Kitemark sinks, including models from the Linear, Lexin and Contract ranges, are manufactured from high grade 18/10 grade steel which ensures a robust, rigid frame that won't bend or flex under pressure. Simon Johnson, Head of...

EQ Software year on year growth continues

...ices company, has announced another year of sales and profits growth. Since the 2005 management buy-out from the Mereway Group; EQ Software has grown from strength to strength. The latest year's unaudited figures for the year ending 31st March 2011 indicate that the company has increased its sales (over the previous year) by 38% and operating pro...

Atag appliances now available in Humphersons concession at Heals

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in appliances, now has an assortment of its products on display in the Humphersons concession at the prestigious London department store Heals. The Tottenham Court Road store features a selection of Atag's premium appliances including the IG9271MBB induction hob with wok bur...

Kitchenaid's new side-by-side oozes class and sophistication

American-style side-by-side fridge freezers undeniably have the 'wow' factor in abundance, and premium manufacturer KitchenAid has produced a first class offering in its new KRSC 9040 model with Pro Aesthetic design. This attractive and capacious fridge freezer oozes class and sophistication in fully clad premium Easy-to-Clean stainless steel....

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...ing with a contemporary twist, new Hartford Ivory from Four Seasons by Moores  comes with a 25-year guarantee. T: 01937 862557 ...

Quintessentially Abode

...e featured on the stand is said to be inspired by the classic era of British design and manufacture - "refined and different!" says the company. The Quintessentially range of taps all have smooth, top quality German valves, extra long tail pipes to aid fitting and future maintenance plus accounting for a variety of worktop thicknesses. Tail pipe...

Sensio Lighting's ambient experience

Sensio Lighting's latest additions to its range are the magnetic Surface Light Source LED light - a small but powerful light that looks like halogen but with the benefits of LED. Being magnetic it can be attached to any magnetic surface for fuss-free installation. Slideline is a neat idea. Designed to provide new levels of customisation of lig...

Hawa concept - show it!

...d. A demo always pulls a crowd and this was no exception. The Hawa Concepta is designed for multi-functional room solutions where pivoting wood or glass doors slide away to save space. As it can handle virtually any dimensions and weights up to 50 kg (110 lbs), it allows creativity to flow with various installation options including profiles ...

A Foundation for success

...undation is the latest product release and has been offered as a more affordable version to its cost-conscious customers who may have felt the economic pinch over the past two or three years. Despite it being a low cost option, Foundation still gives users free access to over 500 kitchen and bathroom supplier catalogues, quoting, sales orders an...

Pushing the boundaries of bathroom product design

...esign stand showcased new products in solid bronze, resin composites, aluminium, chrome and plastic - as well as possibly the tallest sink ever - standing at a little over 7ft tall! More practically, its Glink is made from extremely durable polyethylene and is available in six solid colours. There is even a version that glows, "We have...

Bohle's 'ultimate glass door soft closer'

Bohle was showing its Portavant glass door closing system from Willach. Portavant, with its Softstop technology, is said to be the 'ultimate' modern glass fixing for doors, which slows as it closes gently and quietly, preventing accidents and the possibility of breakage, and ensuring that the door closes fully. In addition to Portavant, Bohle carries a wide range of tools and fittings for glass. T: 0800 616151 E: info@bohle.ltd.uk ...

Samsung gets steaming!

... short the effective ceramic divider means that two different dishes can be cooked at the same time - even at two wildly different temperatures. Ideal for entertaining, the oven allows you to bake dinner and dessert at the same time using suitable temperatures for each. With no transfer of smell or taste, a meringue can be cooked in on...

Roca in The Room

... Fittingly its latest Urban Basin collection is entitled 'London.' Also displayed was the W+W all-in-one wash basin and WC designed to maximise space and save water that we saw in Birmingham. There weren't the crowds buzzing around this unit like before, but give us another '76 Summer (as predicted) and we can expect to see more water conservati...

B_Free and save power with Euroline

The Euroline stand was busy with visitors keen to see its eye-catching Falmec cooker hoods and Barrazza hobs on display. Falmec has now adapted the design of its stunning glass extractor range Mirabilia to include an LED lighting system in place of halogen and incandescent light bulbs, to reduce power consumption by a massive 96% B_Free Fus...

20-20 Technologies launches Fusion Version 18

...eople who will be using the software on a daily basis," says Craig Rothwell, managing director of 20-20 Technologies. 01233 635566   www.2020-fusion.com   ...

KBB Review industry awards

The results are in! The much-admired annual kbbreview Industry Awards, organised and hosted by Taylist Media's kbbreview magazine, have rewarded the very best in room design, product innovation and business practice in the UK's kitchen and bathroom industry. The awards took place at the Platinum Suite at the ExCel centre, London on Monday 16th...

Electrolux raises the bar in sustainability reporting

...ts, which have the best energy and water efficiency, have been progressing steadily since their roll-out in 2008. These are some of the findings in Electrolux 2010 sustainability performance review, Sustainability matters, where the Group presents its strategy and progress on integrating sustainability into the business.[TRIMTO] The Global Repor...

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...the long run, in terms of lower energy and water bills and less need to buy compost for our gardens - as we'll be making our own. Long may this clever thinking continue! Yours,   Jan Hobbs   ...

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...ing with a contemporary twist, new Hartford Ivory from Four Seasons by Moores  comes with a 25-year guarantee. T: 01937 862557 ...

FIRA spurs Biomass Subsidies debate

The Furniture Industry Research Association recently hosted a Biomass Summit at its Stevenage-based head office. The event brought together key industry leaders to discuss how government subsidies encouraging power companies to burn wood are distorting the market for new timber, and forcing up prices for the manufacturing of furniture products....

Classic styling for a modern era

...dded with the open display shelving on the island unit, the rest of the kitchen can be kept clutter-free by incorporating Four Seasons' clever integral storage solutions to help maximise on space. A further contemporary twist can be added in the choice of handles, with a satin nickel D-handle giving the doors a modern edge or opt for a large wo...

Firm fined after employee trapped under stone slabs

A granite business and one of its directors has been fined after a man was trapped under a two-and-a-half tonne pack of stone slabs while unloading a truck in Hillingdon. The Health & Safety Executive prosecuted M & R Granite & Marble and Monzer Mahmoud Alrayes, a director of the company, over the incident in October last year. C...

Building trades workers invited to get asbestos aware

...ng given the chance to learn how to recognise and deal with one of their industry's biggest killers - asbestos. A series of training courses is being offered by the South Yorkshire & Humber Working Well Together Group - a partnership between key players in the construction sector and allied trades, plus the Health & Safety Executive. Cou...

Bespoke storage solution - semi-circular island base unit has integrated recycle bin and knife rack

Figura - renowned designer of kitchens and other fitted/unfitted furniture for the home, has created a clever storage solution in this English oak and hand painted kitchen. Giles Slater, Managing Director, has designed a clever semi-circular island end base unit with large full round end grain maple chopping block. The cupboard features a clev...

Amica introduces OptiGas

... brand, Amica, tells us it is delighted to have set a new standard with the introduction of OptiGas - the innovative gas burning system it has developed, which optimises gas usage by increasing heating efficiency and lowering gas consumption by as much as 12%. All of Amica's 50cm and 60cm freestanding cookers with gas hobs are now equipped with ...

Wise waste

... solutions pose problems for both residents and local authorities, particularly where flatted, multi-tenanted or terraces properties are prevalent. Storing and segregating food waste is difficult in these situations due to limited space and can result in health and nuisance issues. Further problems result from food scraps contaminating dry recyc...

Utopia strengthens sales team

Utopia Bathroom Group has further strengthened its house build sales team with the appointment of two new area sales managers. Alan Hudson, previously Business Development Manager for Waxman Ceramics, joins as Contracts Sales Manager for North East England and Steve Gascoine, who was also with Waxman Ceramics and latterly Stonecrest Marble, becom...

InHouse appoints Craig Condie as Sales Manager

...s the InHouse portfolio. Craig's career spans all the different elements of the kitchen industry - from a kitchen designer to external representative and now onto representing kitchen brand Schuller and new-to-the-UK-market bathroom furniture brand Pelipal. Prior to working in the UK, Craig was senior art director at South African advertising ag...

It wasn't deliberate by any means but this KBZine is something of an environmental sustainability issue, in as much as it features several new products and even kitchen fittings that will play their part in reducing man's environmental impact on our plane

...the long run, in terms of lower energy and water bills and less need to buy compost for our gardens - as we'll be making our own. Long may this clever thinking continue! ...

Whirlpool's new Max 35 microwave awarded Which? Best Buy

...ave oven gains an online Which? Best Buy award. The freestanding microwave, with its original round-back, minimises use of worktop space and includes a steam function too. Which? commented: "The Best Buy MAX 35 works really fast and does an excellent job of reheating food so meals are moist and appetising. It cooked a great jacket potato and bo...

Kaldewei announces new UK distribution agreement

...s nationwide distribution strategy.[TRIMTO] Kaldewei already works with four leading distributor - including Robert Lee, who are each able to uphold the exacting standards expected of a prestigious brand and deliver excellent levels of customer service. Established in 1875, Cooper Callas has an exemplary track record and with distribution centre...

PJH duo take the ride of their lives in India for charity

...ugh some of India's most challenging and dramatic scenery, is both physically and mentally draining - and from high mountains and hot arid desert plains, to dense forest trails and chaotic towns, it is more a test of endurance than skill on a bike. "Having spent 8 to 12 hours a day on a hard saddle, ridden on roads JCB's would struggle to manoeu...

Maytag combines top quality and technology in powerful new washer

...ects the consistently excellent design and performance of the company's products, which combine time-honoured craftsmanship with the finest technology. Continuing in this long tradition is the new MWA 09149 WH freestanding washing machine benefits from Maytag's IntelliSense technology. IntelliSense saves up to 50% on energy and water compared to...

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...the long run, in terms of lower energy and water bills and less need to buy compost for our gardens - as we'll be making our own. Long may this clever thinking continue!   Yours,   Jan Hobbs   ...

News in Brief

...ing with a contemporary twist, new Hartford Ivory from Four Seasons by Moores  comes with a 25-year guarantee. T: 01937 862557 ...

Top 10 trends from the 2011 NKBA Design Competition

...n trends following the 2011 NKBA Design Competition. Representing what's currently fresh and forward-thinking in kitchen and bath design, distinct visual elements and colour, unique design details, personalised products and materials, and an architecturally artistic approach to proportion, are among the strong themes seen in the nearly 500 entries ...

CornerTape silicone renewal kit now shipping

... tells us it is delighted to launch the CornerTape SiliconeKit, which contains a number of the award-winning sealant-taming brand's products bundled together into one neat package for bathrooms and kitchens. A complete toolbox for the easy removal and replacement of old silicone with a perfect finish, the CornerTape SiliconeKit includes the pate...

FIRA expands its worldwide testing capabilities

...dustry Research Association has announced the expansion of its testing capabilities at its Stevenage-based testing centre, to encompass testing to American standards. FIRA's latest investment is equipment which allows testing of the safety and performance of office and lounge seating to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Busine...

May data signalled strengthening of activity growth in UK construction sector

...business prospects are expected to improve, with the degree of positive sentiment improving to a one-year high. "Construction sector activity grew again in May, with the rate of expansion accelerating slightly since Apri," reports Sarah Ledger, Economist at Markit and author of the UK Construction PMI. "Moreover, new order growth was marked, ...

Build-a-bed online with The Sleep Room

Brand new to The Sleep Room is its 'build-a-bed' service - designed to give you even more choice when buying your bed online. With just two easy steps it couldn't be easier to create your perfect bed. Our favourite part is The Sleep Room has taken the time to photograph all possible bed combinations - over 35 in total. Not only are you spoilt f...

Whirlpool's new wine cellar adds something special to the kitchen

...ashioned in the elegant aesthetic of the company's Fusion range, is a top quality, 'in column' built-in model that simulates the cellar environment yet can be sited anywhere in the kitchen or living area. This electronic, temperature controlled unit offers all the necessary credentials of a professional cellar in its ability to maintain a stable te...

National kitchen award presented by KBSA

... KBB London at the Platinum Suite at the ExCel centre, London last month. It was hosted by the stand-up comedian Alun Cochrane - famed for his appearances on Michael McIntyre's comedy road show, Eight Out of Ten Cats and Mock the Week. Presenting the trophy to Janice Sutherland, KBSA board member Richard Marr said: "We are delighted to once agai...

TFO Conciliation Officer becomes Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Associate

... her success, Natalie says: "Becoming an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - a benchmark of quality in dispute resolution - indicates our commitment to providing an independent and trusted service for disputes within the furniture and home improvement industries. "I hope my qualification with the Chartered Institute of A...

Maytag's new Intellisense dishwasher uses just six litres of water

... hard economic times when energy bills are soaring, the importance of a quality dishwasher as a long-term investment to save water and electricity is now being fully recognised. Premium manufacturer Maytag has answered the call in a big way with the launch of its newly designed and engineered range of dishwashers, which offer market-leading bene...

Form and function underpin new Ergo stainless steel sink from Carron Phoenix

...lass workcentre sink that is ideal for large island units or compact kitchens alike due to its multi-functionality. The Ergo 200 measures 833 x 500 x 200mm deep and fits into a 900mm cabinet. The main bowl measures 423 x 405 x 200mm, with the second bowl at 303 x 405 x 200mm. Ergo's simplicity of design is further complemented by the stylish flu...

Methven unveils Kaha Satinjet

Methven - the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware - has launched five Kaha Satinjet showers in the UK and Europe, each with award-winning, twin-jet technology and a distinctive New Zealand design. The new Kaha Satinjet showers exhibit classic forms updated with modern design accents. Refined styling and subtle features...

An epic finish

...rise modern streamlined appliances and furniture, the sink is available in either single bowl or one-and-a-half bowl options. Both Epos EOV models come with a low-profile semi-integrated pop-up waste and hygienic overflow while optional accessories include a strainer bowl, Rollamat and drainer basket. T: 0161 436 6280 E: : info.uk@franke.com ...

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... making decisions about which appliance/s to purchase, as the new system is rather more complicated - and a lot more useful - than the old one. While years ago many of us would not have rated low energy or water consumption high on the list of priorities when it came to choosing a new appliance, with prices what they are now - and the threat of ...

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... new gas hobs with digital timers, T: 0208 247 3993 Aqata 's new Spectra shower screens and walk-ins help create luxurious and contemporary wetroom-style shower spaces. E: info@aqata.co.uk Congratulations to Zanussi 's ZFC623WAL and AEG 's A92860GNX0 for making it onto Ideal Home's 'Top Ten Freezers' list ...

New look for Utopia

Utopia Bathroom Group has introduced a fresh, lifestyle-orientated look to reflect its new brand positioning and greatly increased product portfolio. The result can be seen in the appealing new literature introduced to coincide with the recent product launch. Reflecting the sheer scale and size of the newly extended product range, there are no...

Leisure Sinks for 200 new kitchens near London's best local park

...s owned by Guinness South, part of the Guinness Partnership. The estate backs onto Victoria Park - voted by readers of Time Out magazine as 'London's Best Local Park' and comprises flats, three-storey townhouses and sheltered accommodation. All the kitchens and bathrooms at the estate are being replaced, along with an electrical upgrade. The...

Industry associations back InstallerLive

...ances, fuels & services) are all lined up to support this year's InstallerLive exhibition (16th -19th October, NEC in Birmingham) - the national show dedicated to the needs of plumbing, heating, electrical and renewable installers. The APHC is the leading employers' organisation for plumbing and heating companies in England and Wales. The HH...

Zanussi and AEG freezer named in Ideal Home's 'Top Ten' list

...reezer with a matching fridge. Ideal Home's Savvy Shopper says: "Ice at the touch of a button - with no compromise on internal capacity, while anti-fingerprint technology means the sleek stainless steel finish stays that way". Tel: 08445 611611 F: 08445 618 920 W: www.electrolux.co.uk ...

AKW launches stylish chrome shower

...nd users with extra manoeuvrability during showering. Other features include adjustable shower head - giving a choice of three spray patterns, chrome soap dish for easy reach and a 1m chrome riser-rail. Its advanced thermostatic control, featuring override buttons and dual control temperature and flow settings, suits all users, while the paddle ...

KitchenAid's Chef Touch Sous Vide cooking system wins Red Dot award

...lity low temperature cooking method that unleashes culinary creativity. Fresh ingredients are vacuum-sealed in pouches and are cooked in a steam oven at temperatures not exceeding 100 degrees C. Lower cooking temperatures and the vacuum seal preserve the water and the organoleptic elements naturally present in foods making dishes tender, juicy, ...

Imperial's 'Simply Black' bathrooms, for design extravagance

...gain demonstrates its pioneering design capabilities with the launch of The Simply Black Collection - a range of hand-crafted ceramic sanitaryware in a stunning deep black glaze. Providing a bold and luxurious style statement for bathrooms both large and small, this latest range fuses timeless design with modern drama. The Simply Black Collec...

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...bit a similar fault, consumers owning all the other manufacturers' products with the same 'benefit' - in this case a clever device that prevents the need for that laborious and hated manual defrost - are likely to be concerned too.  I expect some probing questions to be asked by buyers and specifiers of appliances in the near future, as wel...

Appliance recycling firm fined after worker injured

...ed to pay full costs of £5,915.20p. After yesterday's hearing, HSE inspector Judith McNulty-Green said: "The worker was extremely fortunate not to have been more seriously hurt and the company could have done so many things to prevent his injuries. "Heavy machines like cookers and washers should never have been stacked so high. If th...

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...om pods for a smart housing development in East London, close to the Olympic Park. E: info@terrapin-ltd.co.uk Dolphin Bathrooms says its distribution agreement with Mark Two has dramatically improved service, achieved record delivery targets and reduced costs. T: 0800 626 717   West Midlands-based kitchen manufacturer Xymade ha...

Atag's new gas hobs have digital timers

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, presents the latest additions to its superior product portfolio; two gas-on-glass hobs with digital timers... The digital timers featured on the HG9611MDB gas on glass hob, and the HG1111MDB panoramic gas...

Consumer Law course from The Furniture Ombudsman

...I am delighted that TFO has taken the lead in promoting a course of this nature. Employment law and - employee relations can be a complex topic, but if handled correctly by managers, many of the issues can be resolved in the interests of both parties. !You cannot plan when you may have to deal with an employment law issue, so ensuring you are up...

New freestanding dishwashers from Amica

...d electronic LED salt and rinse aid indicators. Each of the dishwashers provides five programmes - from a Rapid 25 minute cycle, which uses only eight litres of water and 0.4Kwh of electricity, to an Intensive cycle for the heaviest soiled loads - with Rinse, Eco and Normal programmes in between. AAA rated for energy, cleaning and drying perf...

FIRA-CMA expands testing capacity

Following unprecedented demand, FIRA's Hong Kong testing facility - FIRA-CMA Testing Services, has expanded its capacity for furniture testing. Five additional testing machines manufactured by FIRA in the UK, have been delivered, installed and commissioned by FIRA's Paul Greenbank. FIRA's testing facility in Hong Kong, offered in partnership...

Hotpoint rated as 'most trusted', in poll

...s live their lives and handle their pressures, priorities and lifestyles. These revolutionary, multi-patented machines incorporate advanced technology to handle coloured fabrics without fading and have an anti-allergy cycle for people with sensitive skin and other allergies.. The technologies in these machines really have taken laundry to a new...

EU closes in on contract law for consumers and SMEs

...reality last week after MEPs backed proposals by the European Commission to establish an optional EU-wide system. But consumer groups warned that such a scheme would do little to boost cross-border trade and only add to the confusion faced by businesses and shoppers alike. Introducing an EU contract law and a possible civil code is an ambitious ...

Keep the bathroom well stored with Ribble

...plus a double door version with a handy shelf and towel rail underneath, which is particularly space-saving and ideal for the smaller bathroom or cloakroom. Each Ribble cabinet comes in a simple self-assemble format and couldn't be easier to fix to the wall as they feature Croydex's patented Hang 'N' Lock system. This innovative system makes ...

National Skills Academy partners with InstallerLive in Eco Challenge

...he show. The Skills Academy will be involved in a number of major activities at InstallerLive (16th - 19th October 2011) including the new interactive 'Eco Challenge' feature. The Eco Challenge gives visitors the opportunity to test their skills against each other in an exciting, timed competition focused on installing green technologies. The ai...

Next generation of home-grown talent nurtured with student design competition

... Tile manufacturer and distributor, the CP Group, has been searching for the next generation of home-grown talent recently, undertaking a student design project in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield. In a bid to discover new talent and further relationships with the University, a six week design project was launched for 29 first y...

Tile decorating a real hit at Play Day

... really got stuck into drawing, painting and colouring the tiles with motifs, pictures and messages - for their bedroom doors and for parents and grandparents, which is a really lovely thought and a lot of the tiles probably now take pride of place as personalised coasters or teapot stands!" explains Stephanie Tchertoff-Thomas, inclusive playworker...

Siamp launches designer plate collection

...has been launched by Siamp UK. The 15 new additions take the range to 27. Boasting a more fashion-led look than the standard range, they come in coloured glass and chrome with light and depth effects and can be can be used with Siamp UK's extensive range of cistern mounting frames. Domestic and commercial customers can also create a bespoke p...

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...e to the KBzine   I've just heard an advertisement on my local radio station - Radio Jackie (no longer pirate!) - that the Southern Homebuilding & Renovating / Kitchen & Bathroom Show is taking place this weekend at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey. I'm surprised I hadn't been made aware of it officially as I was given ...

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Lakes Bathrooms has replaced its entire shower tray range with low-profile, lightweight, ABS capped resin trays measuring just 40mm in height and weighing under 25kg.  E: info@lakesbathrooms.co.uk September's 100% Design will feature The Director's Cut - British-based designers and manufacturers showing a chosen product for...

Appliance recycling firm fined after worker injured

...lso ordered to pay full costs of £5,915.20. After the hearing, HSE inspector Judith McNulty-Green said: "The worker was extremely fortunate not to have been more seriously hurt and the company could have done so many things to prevent his injuries. "Heavy machines like cookers and washers should never have been stacked so high. If th...

Gorenje offers Retro prize for Summer fair

Slovenian manufacturer Gorenje, donated one of its popular Retro fridge freezers as a prize at the Piccadilly Garden Summer Fair in Lancashire. The Burgundy Retro, donated on behalf of Gorenje by Morecambe retailer Homesmakers 1st Stop, was the first prize in a raffle at the fair, which was held in Piccadilly, Lancaster. The money raised was f...

British cooker brand to make member of public its Social Media Custodian

...concept of brands adopting members of the public to be used in marketing campaigns is not a new one - Milky Bar has run campaigns to find its latest Milky Bar Kid, Dove's Real Women campaign was a global success and this year the Bisto Kids returned following a search among the public. However, it is thought that this is the first time a company in...

Sale of Trade Warehouses facilitates expansion into retail sector

Following successful negotiations with on-line retailer TileClick, British Ceramic Tile has agreed to sell its four Trade Warehouses in Bristol, Swindon, Gloucester and Cardiff. The four outlets, currently trading under the British Ceramic Tile Trade Warehouse heading, will continue to operate as usual to provide service and value to the trade ...

Methven gives Deva brand a makeover and launches 50 new products

... a new retail brochure. Featuring a modern, fluid logo and fresh, vibrant corporate colours, the new-look branding is already a hit with Deva customers. For 2011 there are more new products than previous years and many designs are unique to Deva, with the emphasis on high quality, 'own stable' showers and taps. The wide ranging shower solutio...

KitchenAid launches new built-in coffee machine

...n a very special coffee machine, and KitchenAid has introduced a new model the KSCX 3625. This built-in, sophisticated machine is a real taste of luxury and a mini coffee shop in its own right, offering top quality coffee at any time of the day. It features five different options (espresso, small, medium, large and mug) and three different settings...

Improve - don't move!

... next 12 months, MHS Radiators is helping homeowners improve and renew their bathrooms with its cost-effective and extensive range of towel rails and bathroom radiators. The Towel Rail range from MHS features over 20 models of designer towel rails and bathroom radiators and has been created to complement the company's popular and extensive colle...

Imperial unveils new design guide for the discerning

...oducts for the discerning. Complete with a sumptuous black linen cover edged with silver, the 266-page Summer 2011 Guide features many of the company's popular products, together with the introduction of new and exciting additions. These include new ceramic ranges - incorporating the stunning Simply Black collection - hand-crafted solid woo...

Franke goes large!

The spacious new Kubus KBX 160 55-20 sink from Franke is designed for any task the kitchen demands - due to the huge 550mm x 400mm main bowl and 200 x 400mm half bowl. A welcome addition to the already extensive Kubus KBX undermount range, the sink is seamlessly presented and big on style and capacity. There's plenty of room to do the dishes ...

Ellis Furniture supports Cancer Research UK

As part of its ongoing commitment to support the charity Cancer Research UK, British manufacturer Ellis Furniture is donating £30,000 during the next three years to continue its funding of work carried out by Cancer Research UK Leeds Centre, taking the total amount pledged over the years by generations of the Ellis family to more than &poun...

Property & Construction Sector to be hit with £50m increase in finance cost

... held by the plan. The calculation will, from 2013, effectively assume all assets are invested in AA-rated corporate bonds which are generally expected to produce lower returns than a typical scheme's investment strategy. "The survey of FTSE350 companies with defined benefit schemes indicated that profits for the latest available accounting peri...

Free gifts for tilers who Go Greener

...ronmentally Responsible Adhesives will protect at least 50sq.m of rainforest and earn an exclusive T-shirt or limited edition van sticker. BAL's donation to Cool Earth protects 1sq.m of rainforest for every 1sq.m tiled with any Go Greener tile adhesive.[TRIMTO] To earn a free gift, tilers collecs a promotional 'Green Card' from their local parti...

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Lakes Bathrooms has replaced its entire shower tray range with low-profile, lightweight, ABS capped resin trays measuring just 40mm in height and weighing under 25kg.  E: info@lakesbathrooms.co.uk September's 100% Design will feature The Director's Cut - British-based designers and manufacturers showing a chosen product for...

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...bit a similar fault, consumers owning all the other manufacturers' products with the same 'benefit' - in this case a clever device that prevents the need for that laborious and hated manual defrost - are likely to be concerned too.  I expect some probing questions to be asked by buyers and specifiers of appliances in the near future, as wel...

Wentworth Kitchens Banbury - a breath of fresh air

Wentworth Kitchens in Banbury opened its doors this month - a breath of fresh air for the area as the showroom has been taken on by new owner Clive Sephton and now hosts brand new displays. Working closely in partnership with kitchen furniture manufacturer Mereway Kitchens, the two companies have created a stunning showroom to wow the locals, ...

Quintessentially Abode - a KBB winner!

.... The inspiration for Quintessentially comes from the classic era of British design and manufacture - refined and distinct. Produced in popular chrome and pewter finishes the four suites within the collection are sophisticated and distinctly Abode. Astbury, standing tall with white ceramic china handles. Brompton, a modern take on a vintage Br...

'Don't forget to remember' you're our new ambassador, SBID tells Robin Gibb, CBE

...to mind. When the list of legendary acts who have enjoyed success with their compositions is added - such as Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton, Diana Ross and Celine Dion, along with those who have covered Bee Gees songs to chart topping success such as Take That, Destiny's Child and Boyzone, it becomes clear that t...

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

...r 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. Robin Gibb CBE, singer & song writing legend of the Bee Gees a passionate champion of thecCreativeiIndustries, leads...

Polypipe launches Silavent low energy fans

...sed Mechanical Extract Ventilation (dMEV) versions. These include the Curzon 100mm and Mayfair plug-in specification fan, which also features a twin speed dMEV option. The Curzon's power consumption is 10W at a flow rate of 80m_/h and the Mayfair is 10W hi and 6W low speed at a flow rate of 72 hi and 43 low m_/h respectively. Designed with eas...

CP Group expands its Specification Division with appointment of Allan Dixon

...ell during my career." From luxury natural stone products to highly polished porcelain and design-led ceramic tiles, CP Group offers an extensive range of wall and floor tiles to the specification sector. Recent contracts include the Holiday Inn Express and Village Leisure Hotel Group. T: 0845 356 7568 W: www.cpgroupuk.com ...

'Complete the look' - with the Kutchenhaus furniture range

... high quality furniture to further enhance its vast kitchen portfolio. Sparked by the trend for open-plan living, Kutchenhaus will now manufacture items like work spaces, media centres, dining room tables, drinks bars and dressers to accompany all its kitchen ranges, to ensure that the company can 'complete the look' for its customers. Open-plan...

An eco first for Glen Dimplex Home Appliances

...ecommended by the Energy Saving Trust Recommended scheme across all three of its freestanding, built-in and range cooking categories. Leading the way in the production of energy saving appliances, almost one hundred products across all three of GDHA's cooking brands, Stoves, Belling and New World, have undergone hours of testing against strict E...

HiB brings cabinets alive with LED

...ive design department. Austin, Colorado and Minnesota, each very individual designs, are LED back-lit cabinets with the illumination within the cabinet door. While Austin (single door) and Colorado (double door) are designed to go against a flat wall, Minnesota is for hanging in a corner. With all three cabinets the lights stay on when the do...

A world first in Cloud technology for the KBB sector

...secure web servers... it is identical to online banking. Retailers' data is stored in large, well-protected data centres and is far more likely to be safer than information on a laptop or a server in the office. Smart Systems has a strong vested interest in keeping intruders out, viruses down and data backed up by employing some of the most secu...

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Lakes Bathrooms has replaced its entire shower tray range with low-profile, lightweight, ABS capped resin trays measuring just 40mm in height and weighing under 25kg.  E: info@lakesbathrooms.co.uk September's 100% Design will feature The Director's Cut - British-based designers and manufacturers showing a chosen product for...

Sales training and new product demos at new KBSA regional meetings

...ngs included an update from the KBSA with the results of the most recent member's survey and a round-up of external research and statistics to provide an overview of the market. The KBB NTG sponsored a free training session, given by Andy Sharp from NAPIT. Andy gave a lively and interesting talk on securing the order and signing off the project...

Mereway Bathrooms taste success at MSM Exhibition

... an impressive impact. The doors opened at 10am and the show ran right through until 12 midnight - a straight 14 hours to ensure visitors would not miss out. Entertainment included a Casino and visitor raffle consisting of expensive prizes donated from each exhibiting supplier; prizes included a camcorder, digital camera and a full size plasma ...

K Kitchens launches 'The Painted Collection'

...f the new furniture designs, a solid timber ash door with natural visible graining. Featuring shaker-style panelling, the Lynton kitchen is available in the full 15 painted colours (pictured in French Grey and Lockett); ranging from classic heritage shades to the bold and quirky. Combined with a choice of 20 handles, whether this be ornate, traditi...

AEG PowerMix makes guest appearance on James Martin's Saturday Kitchen

...AEG PowerMix Silent Blender to make delicious blueberry molasses to accompany Silvena Rowe's eastern-inspired pork belly dish. Series producer James Winter says the blender was "very quiet and perfect for blitzing the blueberries". The new table top blender from AEG is so quiet; you can talk while using it and still be heard! Today's blenders p...

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. "Wet room retailers seeking a product range with both kerb appeal and worthwhile re...

Innovative device adds value to bathroom accessories sales

A new device is set to revolutionise the shower-time experience in around three million UK households while offering retailers a valuable low-cost bathroom accessory sales opportunity. The Curtain Bouncer has been designed to solve one of life's irritating mysteries - why shower curtains always cling to your skin. It happens because water fro...

New Timeless bathroom collection from Imperial

...asts a generous and gentle curved platform and comes complete with a complementary pedestal. A close-coupled pan/cistern with chrome or antique gold push button flush, together with a bidet with one tap hole, along with a wall hung pan/cistern and wall hung bidet, complete this simple yet striking collection. Combined with Imperial's collection ...

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

...r 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. Robin Gibb CBE, singer & song writing legend of the Bee Gees a passionate champion of thecCreativeiIndustries...

New classically elegant basin stands from Imperial Bathrooms

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. Designed to provide a classical and timeless alternative to th...

KitchenAid's new combi steamer offers real versatility

...cturer KitchenAid's versatile new combi steamer oven, the KOCV 3610, is equally effective as a stand-alone cooking appliance or as a complementary cooking product. The stylish compact 45cm model is one of three supreme products within KitchenAid's stunning new Sous Vide cooking system, the Chef Touch, along with the vacuum machine and shock free...

Minister confirms furniture industry support for fire safety regulations

... Phil Reynolds, who attended as the BFC technical representative, as well as Stephen McPartland, MP - chair of the All Party Parliamentary Interest Group for Furniture, Richard Plowman of the Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association, Jessica Alexander - National Bed Federation and Martin Jourdan - Chair of the BFC. Commenting, Stephen McPartlan...

Whirlpool's ambient collection hits the sweet spot for retailers

With great design, sleek styling and attractive price points, Whirlpool's Ambient Line of built-in appliances is proving to be a big hit with retailers. The Ambient Line integrates advanced technology with supremely simple functionality to guarantee perfect results in the kitchen. The products in the range offer a comprehensive set of traditio...

The drought is back - but no need to build canals

Yvonne Orgill, chief executive of the Keele University-based Bathroom Manufacturers Association says: Here we go again. We are running out of water. Large areas of northern Europe are facing drought after one of the driest European springs on record, and DEFRA has said that areas of East Anglia are in drought, with parts of the Midlands, South...

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...o the inevitable, soul destroying traffic jams. But what's the answer? I try and drive when no-one else is on the roads but am frustrated that I have to sit at traffic lights when there isn't another car in sight, or creep along at 20 or 30 mph in a road with a school, when it could easily take a car travelling at 40 mph as the school isn't g...

Annual Bathroom Conference - an update

Stunningly beautiful, packed with style and ultra-modern. That's how the BMA has described the venue for this year's Annual Bathroom Conference. All the arrangements are now in place for what is set to be the top bathroom business event of the year on 9th November 2011. The stunning all-new conference centre at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire is secure...

Bohle presents KBB London Prize Draw

...spective customer groups from trade, industry and retail. Quality is the leading principle at Bohle - in every area. To live up to this standard, the company develops and manufactures many products itself. A modern logistics centre quickly dispatches the ordered goods to the customer. T: 0800 616151 F :+44 161 3440111 E: info@bohle.ltd.uk W: ...

Bathroom Retailers Market Report now available

...nabling bathroom product suppliers to grow sales through this channel and retailers to develop an in-depth understanding of their competitive environment. The report also includes four years of financial history for more than 100 retailers, enabling companies to develop effective marketing strategies based on sound market intelligence. A PEST &...

Summer Style from British Ceramic Tile

...her been expanded to include eight tiles in a 198x198mm size including three completely new colours - Latte, Aubergine (shown right) and Cobalt Blue. In addition to the new size of wall tiles, a coordinating insert and strip are also available in four colourways. The Paris decor pieces have a contemporary mosaic design and platinum highlights...

Make a difference with your next tap sale!

...lp to change lives". Photograph supplied courtesy of Oxfam T: 01324 638 321 E: patricia@the-connection.co.uk W: www.carron.com ...

Uform crowned 'Best supplier to independent kitchen & retail manufacturing sector'

...any offer outstanding services, it must also deliver exceptional value, excellent design and forward-thinking products," explains Judith Robinson Lyttle, editor of KRI. "While all those in the shortlist performed to a high level over the past 12 months, Uform won hands down, thanks to its unrivalled customer service, its knowledgeable and suppor...

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... 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...

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

...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. With the new, intelligent function of AutoCook, cooking has never been easier. While keeping the sleek design, the Culisense oven...

New promotion at Apex Interior Systems

Darren Vickers who joined Apex Interior Systems as Operations Manager in 2010 has been promoted to the position of General Manager. Darren initially working primarily in making changes operationally and improving processes; his success has improved productivity immensely. In his new position, he takes on the responsibility of continuing to make...

British manufacturing at its best!

...response to Utopia's recent groundbreaking product launch and I have to say I was just as impressed - not only with the products themselves but also with the clever and useful way they were presented.[TRIMTO] Four brand new furniture concepts were launched during a three week programme which saw over 800 key retailers visit the company's Wolver...

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

...ture Ombudsman is second to none," says Jim. "If I had a choice of buying from a TFO member or a non-member I would choose the member." Jim was featured in a four minute film played on screens throughout the Trading Standards Institute conference, in which he spoke about the services provided by TFO, his involvement and his recognition of how th...

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..._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: mixervalves@mx-g...

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

...re 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. Also new to the Gutmann range for 2011 is the high style Capa ceiling ...

B&Q invests in FIRA Gold Installation Certification

FIRA 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 eac...

BathEmpire to sell self-cleaning shower screens

From 3 rd August 2011, UK online bathroom retailer BathEmpire is launching a new range of self-cleaning shower screens and enclosures that use special nano-coatings to break down dirt. The new EasyClean shower screen range uses a special nano-coating technology which works in two phases to break down organic dirt and let it rinse clean away. Th...

Construction repair specialist Plastic Surgeon wins National Recycling Awards

Plastic 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 i...

Ellis Furniture gears up for product launches

...tion of superior quality furniture. There's something in there for everyone, from classic to cutting-edge contemporary, and at five price points we have a design for most budgets. "We've listened to our customers and produced collections we believe that they and their customers will love. We're firmly committed to ensuring our customers have th...

New retail sales manager focuses on wall-hung

As 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 ...

Mark Wilkinson OBE: Bringing together special charities

...kinson 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 th...

'Dry Clean' in your own home!

...an 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...

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...ine Some years back when our daughters were little, their father and I attended a 'self-build' show and came away determined to build our own home. We subscribed to all the magazines and Jason set about some major DIY jobs at our ramshackle Victorian semi, with a view to learning as much as he could about the various trades involved an...

News in Brief

...sgrohe 's new online planning tool for its Axor Bourellec bathroom collection at: www.pro.hansgrohe-int.com/axor-composer HiB 's beautiful new mono block basin mixer  tap designs - Mesi and Neath - come with pop-up wastes. T: 0208 441 0352 Rangemaster 's latest surface finish enhances the colour of steel, avoids yellowing and masks...

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 no...

A world of black and white

The designer or homeowner can step into a world of black and white with the new Arena Pull-Out Spray tap from the Portfolio 55 collection by Franke. This stylish tap is available in either matt black or matt white and will suit today's streamlined kitchen space; it's designed to complement today's modern appliances and furniture. The Arena fea...

Domestic Kitchen Furniture Market Report - UK 2011-2015 Analysis

The UK domestic kitchen furniture market experienced steady growth in the 2002-2007 period, reaching a market size of £1,390m by the end of the period. The decline in the housebuilding sector, together with a downturn in consumer spending and tighter financial conditions resulted in a significant decline in the market in 2008 and an even st...

Methven unveils Kaha tapware

As part of its popular Kaha collection, Methven - the global designer and manufacturer of superior quality showers and tapware - is launching Kaha tapware with soft curves and crisp edges that create a timeless design style. The rounded, tapering lines of Kaha tapware finish soft, slightly organic shapes. Offering a choice of seven Kaha tapwar...

Kitchen specialist cooks up new brand identity ahead of major marketing push

...more than 50 designs of kitchens and 40 fitted bedrooms with price points from budget through to top-end handcrafted ranges; and specialist furniture solutions for the elderly, infirm, disabled and the student and social housing markets. The driving force behind Lanzet's rebrand and marketing campaign is Managing Director Barry Casement (picture...

Stoves and Belling launch Colour Boutique

...ber, can be applied to all size and fuel variants of the Stoves Richmond and Belling Classic models - offering a total of 180 personalised colour/cooker combinations which is believed to be the biggest colour offering in the market. Combining four seasonal trends; Fresh Spring; Summer Splash; Autumn Chic and Urban Winter, Colour Boutique offers ...

Carron Phoenix 'taps' into top-end contemporary style with its new Tulipano

...ome of contemporary styling, Tulipano Grande is deliberately pitched to appeal to the discerning mid-top end consumer looking for a statement tap without compromising on functionality. Tulipano Grande is 100mm taller than the average tap which accentuates its distinctly sculptural feel with the slim spout developing into an elegant water droplet s...

LDL extends LED lighting range

...mponents has extended its range of LED lighting solutions with the new Linea range of recessed, semi-recessed angled and surface mounted display profiles, ideal for use in kitchens, studies, wardrobes, dressing rooms and also shop interiors. Available to order in any size up to two metres, the new profiles are aluminium with a polycarbonate cove...

Soapbox: The rental industry - how do we move forward in difficult trading times?

...ut appliances are still in an area where the consumer is proving prudent. The market is changing - the cheap and chic consumer is becoming more polarised from the aspirational high end purchaser; with the middle market a very competitive playing field. But is there another way we can look at the market - and perhaps look to the past to gain l...

Rocking Roller hood from Franke is hugely efficient

..., 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 achie...

F & P Wholesale turns up the heat as Prorad sales hit 2 million

...he right price, with ease of the ability to fit and forget being a key consideration for installers - not only to make their lives much easier but to encourage repeat purchases as well. "However, the real key to our success in the radiator market during recent years has been F & P Wholesale's 'one tomorrow' delivery promise, which means we c...

Plumber sentenced after explosion at Willenhall bungalow

A Wolverhampton plumber has been given a 10-month suspended jail sentence for causing a gas explosion and fire in which a pensioner sustained 21% burns rescuing his nine-year-old granddaughter. Peter Naylor, of Wednesfield, removed the gas meter at the property in to reach a leaking water stopcock he was repairing in December last year. Wolv...

Breathtaking bathrooms from Neptune

...rmony 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 b...

EQ backs BMA Water Efficiency Product Labelling Scheme

...y the Bathroom Manufacturers Association has received a further endorsement from EQ Software. The UK-based business management software provider will incorporate water efficient products registered on WEPLS into the system, for specification and order by retailers. At the recent Bathroom Manufacturers association AGM, Neil Schofield, Marketing M...

Utopia completes intensive training programme

...en installed to showcase the four new product ranges. In all, over 200 retailers attended the day-long course which was hosted by Steve Jaques, National Sales Manager. After a formal presentation of the new ranges, the guests were taken into the new showroom for intensive product training and then completed an exercise to familiarise themselves ...

Grant Shapps joins forces with industry to take self build to the masses

... the turning point that takes it to the masses. Meeting with the National Self Build Association - the representatives of the self-build industry - Mr Shapps said that for too long obstacles have led to the UK having one of the lowest proportions of new homes built by self-builders in Europe, and that he wanted to see the self build industry bec...

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... I may have mentioned previously that John Austen and I have been producing another weekly  e-zine, which we set up in 2002 as part of a 'stable' of e-zines with KBZine's original owners Richard and Debbie Schwarz. Cleanzine ( www.thecleanzine.com ) covers the global cleaning & hygiene industry and like the KBB industry, that industry...

Slide Away...

...t Drawer systems are quick and easy to assemble, with full extension Smuso intergrated soft and self-closing mechanisms on both sides, the progressive rollers bring the drawer to a smooth and quiet close. The characteristics of the Moovit system allow the drawer fronts to be easily removed without the use of tools thanks to the front fixing brac...

News in Brief

...sgrohe 's new online planning tool for its Axor Bourellec bathroom collection at: www.pro.hansgrohe-int.com/axor-composer HiB 's beautiful new mono block basin mixer  tap designs - Mesi and Neath - come with pop-up wastes. T: 0208 441 0352 Rangemaster 's latest surface finish enhances the colour of steel, avoids yellowing and masks...

FIRA to exhibit at Timber Expo 2011

...ependently to raise standards within the furniture and home improvement markets. FIRA's stand (01-Z34, 01-Z35) at Timber Expo 2011 will focus on the environmental issues of furniture production, with information on FIRA's Carbon Footprinting Project, The Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP) and FIRA's environmental consultancy serv...

Charming Couture from Uber

...hat 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.[TRIMTO] Each couture kitchen is specially made to order and is hand...

Laundry and kitchen appliance owners increasingly seeking brands first, retailers second

...rior to visiting a retailer, satisfaction averages between 20 points and 34 points higher on a 1,000-point scale (depending upon the type of appliance) than amongst owners who didn't perform prior research. Satisfaction amongst owners who select the appliance brand prior to visiting a retailer averages between 14 and 29 points higher than satisf...

New Reno tap works the trend for texture and colour

... look with a black granite sink tying the two products together, while equally working in a material-mix way with a pure stainless steel sink too. The Reno tap is a popular selling tap in Carron's portfolio based on its easy style and functionality, combining a slim cylindrical body, directional spout and single lever handle. In addition to Jet Bla...

Frontline Bathrooms issues extensive bathroom guide

...ble in both a print and online version. The latest products featured in the brochure include: - 2-tone Aquatrend Italia range - April freestanding baths (manufactured in Britain) - Aquabathe freestanding baths (Summit & Pure) - Extended range of designer radiators "This year has been exciting, with the introduction of several new produ...

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

...00% 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. Elegantly designed with simple lines, there is a choice of a single bowl and one and a half bowl options which can deliver the top end looks of a st...

Pronorm signs five new retailers in under two months

... Pure Design in Leeds and Distinctive Kitchens in Prescot. Iroko Kitchens is a new business start-up, while the others are either switching brands or complementing their current offering with Pronorm, signalling a growing confidence in the brand. Says Jason Grinton, UK & Ireland Business Manager: "The investment in our design and produ...

NKBA Launches a New Non-Design Certification

The US National Kitchen & Bath Association has announced the launch of a new non-design certification: the Certified Kitchen & Bath Professional (CKBP). The CKBP was developed to enable kitchen and bath professionals in all non-design segments of the industry to demonstrate their experience, education and expertise. This universal certi...

KitchenAid introduces gas hobs with iXelium

...ogy, arresting the ageing process of stainless steel and maintaining its everlasting beauty and easy-clean convenience. Nanotechnology is used to create an invisible barrier on the surface, making it significantly more resistant to scratching, staining and corrosion than conventional steel hobs. And because iXelium can be cleaned using natural,...

Utopia introduces new Encurva Modular range

... focuses on elegant curves for a new, softer look. In a comprehensive range of sizes from a space-saving 450mm through to 1250mm, Encurva units have a dedicated, curved handle along the top edge. Door and drawer options are available and there is a choice of accompanying washbasin. Smaller and larger units are teamed with the new Quantum Square ...

Tile Depot winds back tile prices for Newbury

...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. To celebrate the opening, prices are being wou...

Demista make further inroads into Russia

...cently opened luxury Crowne Plaza hotel in central St Petersburg where all the bathrooms have easily-fitted heated mirror pads invisibly fixed to the back of the mirror to ensure they remain steam free. Specified for the hotel by the Russian company Renaissance Construction, the demista pads have already made an impression on leading Russian bat...

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

Methven - 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 &...

New website for Uber has the wow factor

...ored. Uber's 'affordable chic' message is reinforced by stunning imagery which highlights the eye-catching products. The website gives a complete overview of all the stylish portfolios - from traditional to ultra-modern; from coloured to high gloss white; from natural timber to painted wood. The new Uber Couture collection is shown in glorious ...

Industry bodies come together as the Kitchen & Bathroom Forum

...bjectives include the exchange of information on each organisation's own strategies and initiatives - and how the Forum as a whole can help them - and identifying shared issues and goals that it can act on as a whole. The aim is to meet several times a year with a different chairman each time taken from the participating bodies. The initiativ...

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.... 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 star...

IMPORTANT WARNING - INTERNET SCAM INVOLVING APPLIANCE PURCHASES

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 ...

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...ham.plc.uk   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 ...

IDS launches Twitter

Surface 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 ac...

Carron Phoenix: so much to see and a history lesson too...

...fits but remember them they did! John and I loved this new design feature whereby the taps can be co-ordintated with the sink and we could see that we weren't the only ones. Also attracting a lot of interest were the company's popular Value Packs which have been updated to offer an even wider choice and even better value, with prices being pegge...

kbb 2014 Innovations Awards

...ing the winners, who were:[TRIMTO] Bedrooms: Daval with the Como fitted bedroom range with option-i design technology Bathrooms: Wirquin with the Macdee motion universal siphon Kitchens: Cosentino with Dekton ultra compact surfaces On announcing the winners, one of the judges - Paul Rowland, Managing Director of CP Hart said: "The ...

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...Summer weather in the UK of warm sunshine, into what has sometimes looked like the depths of Winter - and it isn't warm either! During the heat wave in the early Spring we were told to conserve water and warned that hosepipe bans might come into force before long. Now we read that we've experienced the coldest Summer since 1993. However, cold...

News in Brief

...cs and home appliances opens today at Messe Berlin, Germany. It runs until Wednesday. W: www1.messe-berlin.de Waterproof wall panel system manufacturer Mermaid Panels , whose products feature in Buckingham Palace, has launched a fab new range of glass panels. T: 01472 279940 Superplan Plus joins Kaldewei 's classic portfolio of floor le...

Water saving made simple with Triton's new Leah Eco showerhead

...howerhead can be suggested to suit a range of mixer showers and bathroom looks. Two spray patterns - 'powerful flow' and 'invigorating flow'- will satisfy even the most demanding of customers and can be easily selected using a sturdy click-action mechanism. A rub-clean nozzle provides extra winning points. The Leah Eco showerhead is the latest ...

New kitchen market report published

... JKMR's 'Overview Report on the UK Kitchen Furniture Market 'has now been published, providing an in-depth review of recent market achievement, along with wide ranging analysis of market performance and development in the short to medium term.[TRIMTO] Report findings show the kitchen market continued to face challenging conditions in 2010, with ...

Tile Depot sponsors Wycombe Tigers Youth FC

...ded The Royal Grammar School High Wycombe. The team was initiated by three of the School's boarders - Ed Henderson, Will Rygalski and Alex Ford, all 17, who opened the idea to other friends and boarders in their year and year below to assemble the squad, which is made up of 12 boarders and seven 'day boys' with Ed as chairman and treasurer and Will...

Amica refrigeration selected for Cookery School

...Polish appliances brand, Amica , were used by the contestants in the first series of Cookery School - the highly successful Channel 4 cooking competition currently being aired on Channel 4 and also available on 4oD.[TRIMTO] Cookery School is a brand new 50-episode series and daily cookery competition, hosted by Irish Michelin Star celebrity chef...

Maytag launches new range of super smart tumble dryers

...ement in any kitchen." Key features of the new freestanding Maytag MTD09WH Tumble Dryer: * Top-of-the range 600mm condenser model styled in white * IntelliSense sensor technology is boosted by a new algorithm that precisely detects the humidity and dryness level of the load, controlling and adapting the drying cycle saving time and energy. * ...

Imperial Bathrooms unveils fine furniture collection

Handcrafted in the UK using time-honoured techniques and combining practicality with the beauty and luxury of solid and real wood veneers is Barrington - a stunning new line-up of free-standing fine furniture from Imperial Bathrooms.[TRIMTO] Designed to provide a distinctive alternative to the plethora of modular furniture currently available,...

Water Saving Plumbing Products Market Report UK 2011-2015, now available

... Forecasts indicate that the UK water saving plumbing products market will return to growth in 2011-12. Following the changes to Part G of the Building Regulations in 2010, these products are in greater demand. In addition, the water consumption targets set by the Code for Sustainable Homes will increase to level 4 for public new housing in 2012, ...

Zanussi fridge freezer one of Which? magazine's Top 10 Space Savers

Which? has named the 'Best Buy' Zanussi ZRT318W fridge freezer as one of its 'Top 10 space-saving kitchen gadgets'. The 50cm wide ZRT318W was also awarded 5 stars for both fridge and freezer temperature stability.[TRIMTO] Which? Says: "The petite Zanussi ZRT318W freestanding fridge has a small freezer compartment at the top and a larger fri...

Methven unveils Deva Signature shower kits

As part the ongoing launch of the new Deva collection, Methven - the global designer and manufacturer of showers and tapware - is launching the Signature range of Deva, 'own stable' shower kits.[TRIMTO] Available exclusively from Deva and a perfect retro fit product, this exciting range of striking shower kits features four different models - ...

KBSA releases details of post-AGM networking dinner

... English Comedian of the year 2009. "Please ensure you book your place to avoid disappointment - just complete the downloadable pdf and send with payment to the KBSA office in Mansfield," says Graham Ball, KBSA CEO. "Free Entry into the Kitchen Conference on Tuesday 5th October 2011 is included in the delegate price for retail members. S...

Electrolux CEO Keith McLoughlin makes keynote speech at IFA 2011

...ernational Funkausstellung) kicks off in Berlin this morning. Last year, more than 235,000 visitors - including 125,000 from the trade - showed up at what some consider is the most important fair for consumer electronics and home appliances. For the first time, Keith McLoughlin introduces himself to the European retailer audience within the Inte...

Liebherr wins Which? 'Best Buy' status for G1221 Under Counter freezer

Liebherr has been awarded the Which? 'Best Buy' status for the G1221 Under Counter freezer. The G1221 freezer can keep food frozen for more than a day and a half in a power cut and is unaffected by fluctuating room temperatures. Liebherr was commended for the recommended setting as 'spot on', so once you've set it up you shouldn't need to touc...

New appointment at Apex Interior Systems

...has been appointed Sales & Marketing Manager at Apex Interior Systems, the Burscough, Lancashire-based manufacturer of vinyl wrapped kitchen and wardrobe doors. Drawing on his in-depth knowledge of the industry, Chris's remit at Apex covers sales and market development, including management of external and internal sales teams and developing...

Renewables Roadshow 2011

...hroom at the Renewables Roadshow 2011. The Roadshow, on tour throughout September, will bring a zero-jargon approach to the very latest technologies and training for trade professionals across the UK. Ideal Standard says that with over 300 products on the Bathroom Manufacturer Association's water efficient labelling scheme, it has registered mor...

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Welcome to the KBzine Regular readers of KBZine will be aware that I was a strong advocate of our need to cut the amount of waste we send to landfill, long before the EU set the ever tightening targets we now have to meet. Although my local council operates a good doorstep collection scheme for recyclables, it doesn’t take...

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...sh will be another’s treasure and there are many ways (charity shops, garage sales, Gumtree, e-bay etc.) to marry the two up. Perhaps we need to be forced to take advantage of these or perhaps other more comprehensive schemes should be set up. Either way, something needs to be done quickly as we’re running out of landfill space and o...

News in Brief

...d fitters who need information while on site but can't cope with large A4 catalogues. E: sales@vado-uk.com Italian chef, Enzo Saccucci, will be on the Hoover Candy Swift Trade Show stand preparing a range of dishes to demonstrate the capability and versatility of the manufacturer's cooking  appliances. Swift takes place in Stoke on Trent ...

Just Add Water - Ellis Furniture joins forces with Fayers

...d builders' merchant group, which sees Ellis Furniture bathrooms displayed in all three smart London-based bathroom showrooms under the Just Add Water brand.[TRIMTO] This latest affiliation demonstrates the ongoing success enjoyed by both Ellis Furniture and Fayers, as they continue to go from strength to strength despite the difficult marketpla...

Musical chairs with a twist!

...Community Protection for Hertfordshire County Council and Chair of the Standards Board for Stevenage-based The Furniture Ombudsman, has now also become the Chair of the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers (ACTSO).[TRIMTO] ACTSO is the body that represents the most senior staff in the Trading Standards services of Local Authorities in...

AGA Rangemaster says streamlined processes improve profit performance

...the results of its first half year trading statement for the 2011 financial year... and the Midlands-based specialist in range cooking and kitchen living has announced an improved profit performance, with a marked rise in operating profit to £2.9 million from £0.8 million.[TRIMTO] Rangemaster continued to maintain its market share in...

Roca rocks it

...s it at the forefront of the industry. Roca's latest addition to its portfolio of environmentally-friendly products is Drain News. This deceptively simple innovation begs the question - why didn't anyone think of this before? In fact Drain News is a truly revolutionary waste system that displays the amount of water that has passed through it,...

Polypipe launches Domus radial duct system

... upon a branch design, with ducting to rooms run off a main duct connected to a MEV, MVHR unit or in-line fan. The Domus Radial Duct System works differently in that each room vent is served by one 75mm semi rigid duct which connects directly to a central distribution system splitting the air from the Air Handling Unit. In specific market appli...

Elegant Glassline from Hafele

...e finish to their space. The elegant Glassline range will include options for Corner Storage pull-outs, the flexible Base Liner, Pull-out Larders, Rotary Larders and Base cabinet pull-outs. Aesthetically appealing these storage options are chic and sophisticated allowing personalisation and individuality to be given to a kitchen whilst being use...

20-20 Technologies strikes the right chord for Symphony

Fusion, by 20-20 Technologies, has been working with the UK's largest privately owned manufacturer of fitted kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture, the Symphony Group, for around 20 years to deliver advanced design software.[TRIMTO] Symphony is a mass market supplier and its team of designers produce kitchen, bedroom and bathroom layouts for...

Perfect portfolio of traditional taps

...ere is a total of 14 taps in the Portfolio 55 range, four of which are traditional timeless designs - the Verona, Venician, Vecchio and Rialto. The Venician model has a graceful swan neck spout with white levers. It has a spout reach of 193mm. For a twist on a classic, the Verona tap is perfect. With a curved spout and traditional levers, it ...

Legal Expert Judith Turner joins The Furniture Ombudsman

The Furniture Ombudsman is pleased to welcome Judith Turner to its team of in-house professionals.[TRIMTO] A trained solicitor, Judith has taken up the position as Adjudicator on TFO's Dispute Resolution Team. She will also provide consumer law advice to TFO's growing list of retail members.[TRIMTO] Kevin Grix, Head of The Furniture Ombuds...

De Dietrich awards service contract to Assurant Solutions

...ustomers from its European operations centre based in Cork, Republic of Ireland. The company will co-ordinate all service and repair requirements during both the manufacturers' and promotional warranty periods and further extended service warranty contracts will also be offered to customers. The after sales service telephone number published in all...

FIRA to supply furniture test equipment to the Philippines

...tnam and the Philippines, as well as regularly updating FIRA's own test equipment in their Stevenage-based laboratory. Phil Reynolds Technical Manager for FIRA says: "FIRA's bespoke furniture test equipment is the distillation of over 60 years of knowledge of furniture standards and testing and we are very proud of the high standards of our test...

IDS hits £1m sales with its Webstore on-line shopping solution

Surface materials distributor IDS has notched up £1m worth of sales on its e-commerce site IDS Webstore which allows trade customers a 24/7 online trading solution with the key benefits of product ordering, account management and delivery tracking.[TRIMTO] IDS says it was the first distributor in its sector to launch an on-line shopping ...

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...last one to go to bed and had carelessly left the dining room lights on. That's five on the fitting - only 40 Watts each and dimmed fairly low but wasting energy nevertheless and further on the road to wearing out. A few years ago this wouldn't have been too much of a problem but with energy prices what they are now and our masters at the EU decree...

Designs for all seasons

...d against strong cathedrals conveyed in soft shades of early dusk. Messina PB has been created in co-ordination to Kronospan's Ash Messina D8785 product. Renolit Alkoren 46603 Camara C is an elegant more linear bleached Ash design. Here, in the first of two colourways included in the range, its subtle soft summer tones warm against the bleached ...

Caesarstone serves an ace at Wimbledon

...Installer).[TRIMTO] A major factor for installing Caesarstone at Wimbledon Tennis Club is its non-porous and scratch resistant qualities. The lounge area will endure heavy use on a daily basis with players and staff using the dining facilities, therefore hygiene is an important factor to consider. Caesarstone has this covered as its hard, non-po...

Refurbishment project suffers severe setbacks following electrical explosion

...eonard Street to include apartments and commercial use. The man, 35, from East London, worked as sub-contractor for Pineview Interiors in Havering, London. At the time of the incident, a 415 volt 3 phase temporary electrical supply had been provided to the site. The Court heard that on the morning of the incident the worker approached his superv...

International Water Education Conference now underway

... group to Bozeman," says Dennis Nelson, the CEO and President of the Project WET Foundation, the non-profit organisation that is sponsoring the conference. "We are excited to welcome so many prominent leaders and are looking forward to productive discussions that lead to future action on pressing global water issues." NASA Educator Astronaut Ric...

You have to be in it to win it - Kaldewei 'Retailer of the Year Award'

...ar throughout Europe for its baths and shower trays, launched its 'Retailer of the Year Award 2011' - a promotion to seek out and reward the most exemplary retailer deemed to create stunning displays, offer the most exceptional service and embody Kaldewei's core brand values of quality, style and pioneering innovation.[TRIMTO] The response has ...

Bad habits burning energy and money

...sometimes /occasionally". Consumers aren't much better when it comes to other home entertainment - half (50%) leave their TV on standby. A total of 13.3% said they leave it on all the time, 9.4% said they leave it on most of the time and 26.5% said they leave in on occasionally. Surprisingly perhaps, almost three in 10 (28%) keep their games con...

Are you attending InstallerLive this year?

From 16th -19th October at the NEC Birmingham, InstallerLive will provide you with new skills and knowledge to take advantage of the vast business opportunities open to you as you transition towards low carbon ways of working.[TRIMTO] This year the organisers have produced a comprehensive programme of free seminars, training and practical demon...

RAK Ceramics launches new Opulence bathroom range

... are available in three different sizes and in a choice of two distinct designs: a masculine square-bowl design and a more fluid, feminine version, each offered with optional surface offsets, with or without ledges. Formats include the sleek-legged console basin, full slender pedestal and half pedestal, and all products include dedicated click-c...

Retailers go 'solus' Abode

... and taps are wide and varied and the company's designers feel there is a product to suit all homes - whether city chic or traditional country style. T: 01226 283434 F: 01226 282434 W: www.abode.eu ...

World's 50 best restaurants: trends from top chefs and critics

...chefs: "What is the next big thing in the culinary world?" Their answer is "A Scandinavian bistro-style slow street-food restaurant with Japanese influences focusing on local ingredients!" As a global appliance manufacturer that offers a complete range of kitchen solutions for both professional and home kitchens and one that bases all product...

Australia: Home renovation programmes have spawned DIY kitchens revival

... Such is the growth in demand for its DIY kitchens now, that Kitset has recently opened a new store - its fifth.[TRIMTO] This expansion, the company believes, is testament to the premium quality kitchens it is known to deliver to renovators, at prices and service standards that are difficult to match. "Our kitchens are individually made-to-me...

Employers and interns get clarity on minimum wage

...ers have with an organisation makes them a worker for NMW purposes. Where an individual is a worker - and no exemption applies - then they must be paid at least the NMW. "Internships and work experience of all forms offer an excellent opportunity in helping to bridge the gap between education and the workplace," says Employment Relations Ministe...

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...the old lead from the appliance and said he had never done it before. Nor did he have a plug on him - I had to go and select another not-so-crucial appliance so he could remove the plug from that and use it in the Heath Robinson-effect repair he carried out on the old lead. To cap it all he did not have any electrical tape with which to bind the jo...

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...ork for the weekend! The Berlin show was for another industry for which we've been producing an e-zine for almost 10 years and although it's not quite as glamorous as the KBB industry, it's still good fun and involves some lovely people. What I did find while I was there was that I kept noticing the brands of bathroom products gracing the hotels...

Solo style for the cloakroom from HiB

...ate the study construction. They are made from moisture resistant MDF Two finishes are available - a matt anthracite to offset the white door or the whole cabinet in gloss white. HiB's Steve Kaye says: "Our new Solo furniture is another step in our on-going quest to bring value and distinctive style to the market at sensible prices." T: 02...

Karonia launches new website

Karonia, provider of the Mistral range of genuine 25mm solid surface worktops, has introduced a new website. Designed to be simple to navigate, the site presents comprehensive and detailed information on the range in a series of short, easily assimilated sections.[TRIMTO] Specialising in high quality, solid surface solutions for both the resid...

Smart Systems partners with Miele on innovative online contract quoting service

...rg Imperial Palace and The Kremlin. T: +44 (0)1344 878 110 F: +44 (0)1344 623 595 E: roger@smart-systems.co.uk W: www.smart-systems.co.uk / www.kbbconnect.co.uk ...

When a Little John makes a big difference...

2011 is a landmark year for LittleJohn, the Hampshire-based bathroom retailer, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. Founded by Bill Gosney and his wife Pearl in 1991, the family-run business has flourished over the years. Today it employs 18 people and has designed and installed around 2,500 quality bathrooms across Hampshire, West ...

Bushboard's premium Omega laminate worktop range now even better!

...eed to inject fun and fashion to a kitchen scheme. Also new to the range is a choice of two ready-made shaped components offering another level of design freedom for the retailer. Available on six designs tipped as top sellers, the 4.1m worksurface features a deeper 650mm size and has two shaped ends to work beautifully with a variety of curved ...

Carron Phoenix's new Bali tap complements best-selling Bali sink range

...ange which is available in ceramic and an extensive range of granite colours is one of Carron's best-selling styles. Its new design partner, the Bali tap, draws on the same design principles with square lines informing the tap design, from the solid base, through the slim paddle style levers, to the sweeping arc of the spout. Smooth operation is...

EQ expanding businesses online

...turing onto the high street, it was important for us to have an impressive 'shop window' on the web - primarily to drive the browsing traffic to our retail premises. EQ helped us achieve this and progress to selling our products online. Our eStore site combined with Countess' internal EQ Software system has developed into a sophisticated and seamle...

Cut the Vat, says the BMA!

...ticular change to VAT rates would bring about a number of significant advantages, which include: - stimulating economic growth - creating tens of thousands of jobs - improving the UK's housing stock - encouraging spending on energy efficient home improvements - a dramatic reduction in the competitive advantage of cowboy builders The 25 member...

Mereway joins the Articad supplier partnership

...ll range of Mereway's kitchen cabinets, encompassing over 70 different finishes, including MFC, foil-wrapped, veneer, solid wood and painted finishes in slab, shaker and curved door styles, are now available as a comprehensive and easy to search graphics catalogue within ArtiCAD-Pro.[TRIMTO] Mereway is one of the UK's leading kitchen manufacture...

We have the technology to slash global emissions, say engineers

...ir potential. Dr Colin Brown, Director of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers - one of the 11 organisations supporting the statement - said: "While the world's politicians have been locked in talks with no output, engineers across the globe have been busy developing technologies that can bring down emissions and help create...

Exquisite Elba from Franke

... traditional kitchen.[TRIMTO] The ELK 611 has a single bowl with 3.5in polished low profile, semi-integrated basket strainer waste, and fits into a 500mm cabinet. The ELK 651 one and a half bowl version fits neatly into a 600mm cabinet - bowl bowls incorporate 3.5in polished low profile, semi-integrated basket strainer wastes. Both models are...

NKBA announces call-for-entries to the 2012 NKBA Design Competition

The North American National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), along with sponsors Jenn-Air, Silestone by Cosentino, Waypoint Living Spaces, This Old House, The Home Depot, Delta, 20-20 Technologies and HGTVRemodels, has announced the call for entries to the 2012 NKBA Design Competition.[TRIMTO] This prominent annual competition is ope...

Steel adds Mega Wok burner to hob options

Steel, renowned throughout Europe for its quality and beautifully designed professional range cookers and kitchen appliances, is adding a Mega Wok burner to its extensive range of hob options. As eating in becomes the new eating out, homeowners are reaching to different continents to create a variety of dishes for their guests. Steel's new pow...

More UK retailers could collapse ahead of rent quarter due

...ber quarter. "Retailers and their creditors will also be aware of the uncertainty surrounding pre-pack legislation and the Government's proposals to amend the legislation to require more notice to be given to creditors of an intention of a struggling company to enter a pre-pack administration. This may sway companies on the brink to re-structure...

iKBBI Launch Installation Standards Pledge

..., to the benefit of the industry at large. The five phase plan, set to run over a preliminary 18 - 24 month period, is initially targeted at nine high profile retailers including: B&Q, Ikea, Tesco, Wren Kitchens, Magnet, Wickes, Homebase, Intoto and John Lewis Partnership (phase one). The pledge initiative will be completely free of charge t...

Imperial Bathrooms unveils luxurious marble & granite consoles

Imperial Bathrooms - the renowned British manufacturer of luxury bathroom products for the discerning - has further extended its collection of free-standing basin stands with a range of marble and granite consoles that boast 'his and hers' options. Comprising five models - Oban, Adare, Hardwick, Nevis and Troon - these latest consoles not only...

Harry Wins Gold at Skillbuild Final

... over four days at the ExCeL London exhibition and conference centre in London's docklands from 5th - 8th October 2011, where three-time NI Skillbuild winner and Skillbuild National Final Bronze medallist Ian McMahon will be going for gold in the Wall & Floor Tiling section. For more information on WorldSkills London 2011 and to register for...

Product launch success

...aunch has surpassed the company's expectations, with significant numbers of new displays featuring i-line, Symmetry and Encurva, appearing in retailer showrooms. According to the company, the benefit of this major product launch is gathering real pace, despite the difficult market conditions. Stunning new displays are appearing nationwide as man...

Ellis Furniture unveils impressive bathroom and kitchen brochures

Ellis Furniture - a leading manufacturer of kitchen, bathroom and bedroom furniture - has launched two impressive brochures to tempt consumers. The new bathroom range brochure and kitchen supplement present the high quality, beautifully designed furniture, and support the introduction of 18 new product ranges.[TRIMTO] For the new bathroom rang...

Issue 7 of AMA's Quarterly Housebuilding Bulletin just published

...d, Wales and Scotland Issue 7, in particular, includes: * Annual forecasts to 2015, from 2005 - housing new build construction output, housing RMI output and starts & completions * Housing construction output new work and RMI, MAT quarterly analysis 2005 - 2011 Q1 * Output and new orders analysed 2007 - 2011 Q1 by quarter * Starts and com...

New industry training course a real success

...eptember.[TRIMTO] The 12 delegates that had experienced the introductory level 1 course attended - they came from Dewhirst Kitchens, Elements Kitchens, Tradex Home Improvements and Poggenpohl. Lindsey Donnachie from Dewhirst said it was: "A thought provoking day, the benefits of which will hopefully show in future sales," while Scott Rotchell...

Stuart Turner launches Wasteflo range

...rther information on the entire range of Stuart Turner products. T: 0844 98 000 97 W: www.stuart-turner.co.uk assist / www.stuart-turner.co.uk ...

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...onths we have been broadcasting KBZine in a different way that not only allows us to count the click-throughs to our advertisements and editorials, but which also allows us to take a real-time snapshot of our readers. click to see larger image As this image of the most recent 200 readers (from our distribution to more than 7,000) shows,...

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News in Brief

... range of composite sinks. E: tradesales@rangemaster.co.uk Maytag 's new MNN 20FCSl7 American-style fridge freezer saves energy with its fully clad stainless steel doors and cabinet. It boasts 20ft. cubic capacity, Total No Frost and IntelliSense technology. T: 0844 499 0101 Leicester bathroom designer and retailer Plug , is expanding b...

China Xiamen International Kitchen & Bathroom Fair 2011 takes place next month

...throom fair. With 35,000m2 of exhibition area, 600 exhibitors and the China Xiamen International Win-Door & Wood Fair co-located with the event, more than 60,000 visitors are expected to visit. As one of the BRIC countries with international focus, China has not only become the main producer of kitchen and bathroom products, but also a major...

Herman Miller awarded BIFMA level 3

...lth and environmental organisation NSF International to the highest level for sustainable furniture - BIFMA level 3. Products certified to the level program may satisfy US state and federal purchasing requirements and earn points toward LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.[TRIMTO] Certification to level 3 demonstra...

A new Abode (albeit brief!) for needy children

...th health and mobility problems and socially disadvantaged groups.[TRIMTO] Each year at Christmas-time, the Trust takes a number of children aboard on a special boat trip to meet Santa in his Grotto, and this year Abode has given £1,500 to buy extra special presents for the children. Darren Holliday, Managing Director of Abode comments:...

Furniture Industry Research Association offers PhD opportunity

... at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College, partners of The National School of Furniture. The research-based studentship will lead to a PhD degree by thesis from Coventry University for the successful candidate and will commence in 2011. "I am delighted that the Furniture Industry Research Association is now supporting a PhD bursary at Bucks New U...

Stourbridge builder fined for illegal gas work

...an cause explosions or carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be fatal and can also cause serious long-term health problems. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, breathlessness, nausea, dizziness, tiredness, vomiting, collapse and loss of consciousness. "Anyone who hires a gas engineer to carry out work in their home shoul...

Magnet Trade electrifies its Autumn campaign

...nding over £2k can choose between a Digital Radio, Docking station for their iPod, and a Cyber-Shot 12.1MP Digital Camera. For spend over £5k you can choose from a Reader, Blu-Ray Disc Player, and a PSP, 10k will land you with the choice of a 26" BRAVIA LCD Television, Vaio notebook, or a PlayStation 3. To register for the Magnet Tra...

50 grassroots rugby teams given new kits & chance to train with England

... and junior rugby clubs throughout the UK are being given the chance to win the prize of a lifetime - a training day with the England rugby team. The teams, which have already won themselves an Ultimate Kit & Laundry Package, which includes 22 bespoke Samurai kits and a top-of-the range AEG 9 series washing machine and tumble dryer, will compet...

Purple microwave takes it to the Max!

...nge of stylish and colourful microwave ovens has been extended to include a striking new model in on-trend purple. The fashionable and contemporary range already includes colour options of black, cream, red, silver, and white.[TRIMTO] Conveniently compact, the MAX 35 ovens are powerful and versatile and fit perfectly into the kitchen layout. Th...

Ellis Furniture introduces space saving cloakroom furniture

...e sophisticated Latina Gloss Olivewood for a more dramatic result. The new Cloakroom furniture co-ordinates perfectly with the WC units in the Ellis Furniture range for a truly seamless finish and the range of 16 stunning handles, featuring four new designs, offers the perfect finishing touch. "The cloakroom is a notoriously tricky room to de...

National Heat Pump Awards becomes annual event following launch success

...hnology, one of the most promising areas of renewable energy. Among the first winners were a four-bedroom family home in Berkhamstead that harnesses free energy from the air, a modern farmhouse that taps heat from the ground, an estate of 180 council flats and bungalows that uses earth energy, and Castle Howard, location of the celebrated televi...

A sustainable 'like'

...eaners from plastic gathered from oceans around the world. Now it's the consumers' turn to chip in - on Facebook. As part of the Vac from the Sea initiative, Electrolux already donates 1.5% of sales revenue from its green range vacuum cleaners to leading marine research organisation Algalita. To make it even easier to join the quest for clea...

WEEE Directive recast negotiations sparking disagreements

... MEPs insist on ambitious targets for collecting and recycling discarded fridges, phones and other e-waste than the member states can accept, reports EurActiv .[TRIMTO] The European Parliament's Environment Committee voted on Monday on its second reading recommendation on the recast of the Waste from Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE)...

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...gained illegally is used to place an order for which the original cardholder will not pay out, the e-Commerce merchant is expected refund all the expenses and cover the hassle by paying a chargeback fee.  There are also instances of Mastercard and Visa  imposing fines on card acquirers running into tens of thousands of pounds where card d...

Leader 14th October continued

...erested in the price or details of the goods? Are they a new customer?  * Are the goods high-value or easily resalable?  * Is the sale excessively high in comparison with your usual orders?  * Is the customer ordering many different items?  * Do they seem unlike your usual customer?  * Is the customer providi...

News in Brief

...ury interiors specialist Intervari is sole UK distributor for Spanish manufacturer Mobalco's award-winning kitchen furniture and products. E: design@intervari.com   Kaldewei' s Classic Duo Oval Wide baths feature in 45 bathrooms in Berlin's new 4-star nhow hotel. E: info@kaldewei.de Spectra SP457, Aqata 's new frameless hinge...

New format a success for KBSA AGM

...m corporate members were amongst the 59 people that attended the event, which was held at the Barcel- Billesley Manor Hotel in Warwickshire. "We offered a new format to invigorate and refresh what can be a staid meeting due to the legal nature of an AGM," says KBSA CEO Graham Ball. "Our guest speakers offered interesting insights into two ext...

Atag extends popular promotions

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, has extended its excellent Summer offers until the end of the year. The two promotions, which are now extended until 31st December 2011, give the kitchen specialist superb savings on some of Atag's most de...

Suppliers receive their awards

The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association presented the KBSA supplier awards at the recent 2011 kbbr Kitchen Conference. The awards recognise excellence in those companies that supply products to KBSA retailers and are the only awards of their kind that represent the views of retailers and not a panel of judges.[TRIMTO] For the...

Tile a kitchen floor or bathroom walls from only £99

...who may be putting off home improvements due to cost can now take advantage of a fantastic recession-busting deal from Tile Depot. The UK independent tile and stone retailer has introduced a choice of packages, which provide customers with tiles, adhesive, spacers and grout for their kitchen floor or bathroom walls, from a staggeringly low &poun...

New AMA report provides major review of the UK Shower Market

...IMTO] Forecasts indicate that the UK shower equipment market will return to modest growth in 2012-13 as consumer confidence and housebuilding levels gradually improve. By 2015, the overall market value is forecast to be £500 million at MSP, which would represent an increase of around 14% compared to the estimated market size in 2011. Sh...

Whirlpool wins International Design & Architecture Award

... Whirlpool has won an International Design & Architecture Award for its stunning Nova American-style, side-by-side fridge freezer. The International Design and Architecture Awards, organised by Design et al magazine, aim to celebrate the best in interior design, architecture and innovation from around the world. The awards inspire others, ...

KitchenAid's Vacuum Machine has the 'Chef Touch'

...on has not only become an increasingly important issue but also an essential science. With its built-in Vacuum Machine, premium manufacturer KitchenAid has produced a remarkably versatile product that preserves food up to three times longer than traditional methods to maintain organoleptic properties, nutrients, taste and colour.[TRIMTO] The com...

Naked Collection

...aracter in a versatile way, the bath combines with the frame in three alternative versions: overtop - where the bath rim sits proud of the glass top, undertop - where the glass top sits onto the bath rim and a panelled model which encloses the bath while still making a feature of the exposed frame. The wide range of colours and finishes availabl...

Energy Saving Week highlights new 'intelligent' heating control

...reater comfort and control of each radiator in the house and saving energy at the same time. Home-owners who have fitted this gadget on each of the radiators in the house are hoping that the hike in fuel bills will be cancelled out by the reduced energy used at home for heating. In fact, if the annual fuel bill is £1.345 and the cost of ce...

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... is also suggesting that you might consider adding other members of your staff to its mailing lists - your designer(s), showroom/installation managers etc who might benefit from its regular updates. I think that's a great idea as it helps keep everyone up to date with what's going on. And while you're doing that, why not add them to KBZine's ...

News in Brief

Gorenje has added a built-in pyrolitic single oven to the Black range in the 'designed by Ora Ïto' collection. T: 0208 247 3980 Novellini's Simon Bailey has joined Lakes Bathrooms as area sales manager, taking responsibility for the South East. E: info@lakesbathrooms.co.uk Ideal Standard has launched its new Concept Vanity f...

CRL's new Serenity sliding frameless shower door appears to float into place

...ofile stainless steel header support bar. High quality smooth gliding rollers above the bar and anti-lift fittings below assure a secure fit. The use of minimal hardware provides an almost 'floating' look for the door system, which accommodates either a 8mm or 10mm glass and doors up to 762mm wide or 40 kg. The Serenity Series was introduced in...

New technology cabinets from HiB

... for the first time, heated mirror pads to prevent condensation.[TRIMTO] The two cabinet designs - Dakota and Delaware - both have the LED illumination embedded within the door or doors and are designed for the light to stay on when the doors are opened. Dakota is a single door cabinet while Delaware is a wider cabinet with a two thirds, one thi...

Abode Verso the rest!

Yet another Gold Design Award win for Abode, the stylish Barnsley kitchen tap and sink manufacturing and design outfit...[TRIMTO] This year makes it four in a row for Abode as the company wins yet another Award at the Designer magazine Awards presentations. This year it is for its creatively designed, heavyweight, sloping Verso kitchen tap, w...

US home remodelling activity to remain weak through first half of 2012

...nts for the current quarter and subsequent three quarters. The indicator, measured as an annual rate-of-change of its components, provides a short-term outlook of homeowner remodelling activity and is intended to help identify future turning points in the business cycle of the home improvement industry. The development of the LIRA is detailed in...

The Baumatic Autumn collection of promotions is here

...s will run until the end of December. Marketing Director, Owain Harrison explains: "This is a two-pronged campaign for Baumatic, enabling us to support both our retailers and their end consumers by creating tempting special offers across many of our ranges, current and new. The nationwide exposure will not only help to promote the campaign, but ...

TTA invites nominations for 2012 Awards

...Awards are the only awards ceremony for the UK tiling industry, recognising both TTA members and non-members alike who have excelled within their field. Not only is entering the TTA awards a great way for a company to increase its profile in the industry for free, but previous winners have also seen business flourish following their success. The...

LDL Launches Autumn Promotion

...and elegant chrome railing, available in half and three quarter options. A slimline 150mm Linea pull-out for condiments or tea towels and pull-out shelving in a comprehensive range of cabinet widths complete the new extensions to this popular range. As an added incentive, customers buying any 10 products from the Linea range will receive an addi...

Burlington rocks & rolls into SCIN studio

...ngst the UK's leading interior designers, architects, developers and discerning home owners, Cumbria-based Burlington has teamed up with London-based surfaces and materials specialist consultants, SCIN.[TRIMTO] Having secured display space within SCIN's Bermondsey Street showroom, design studio and library, Burlington's reknowned range of natura...

Baumatic and the China Connection

... With full control over production, Baumatic can guarantee the best of both worlds to its customers - the brand's trademark breakthrough technology and flair for design, as well as the competitive edge for which China is renowned. Ownership of the division will also help supersize the company's manufacturing capability, enabling it to meet and exce...

UK taxman urges employers to ditch 'A N Other'

...of errors in employee data are due to an incorrect name, date of birth or national insurance number - straightforward information that can be collected and checked quite easily. "So, whether you are employing 'Mr or Mrs J Smith' - or even 'Mr or Mrs A N Other', please use the full and official name on your PAYE paperwork. First names are very im...

From surviving to thriving by doing business overseas...

... company that understands what it's like to start on the export journey is Redditch based AMS Group - one of the UK's leading suppliers of shopfittings and hotel furniture. With an annual turnover of £32m, AMS's clients include Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Primark, Butlins, Hilton and Premier Travel Inn. Jim Clark, AMS owner and ...

Hi-Macs is key to superb wetroom design

...espoke kitchen and bathroom designs, this new wetroom display features the solid surface material Hi-Macs, which especially lends itself to this type of application.[TRIMTO] The floor, walls, vanity unit with integrated basins and wall storage alcoves are all fabricated from Hi-Macs - the natural stone acrylic material with specialist properties...

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...iances and I have always believed this to be an excellent move. Delegates at the recent WWF resource-efficiency conference in Brussels, however, heard that encouraging consumers to 'buy green' by making environmentally-friendly goods less expensive, might have drawbacks as the 'rebound effect' could offset gains by encouraging greater consumption. ...

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...lised, however, with retailers expecting there to be some very modest growth this month in the build-up to Christmas. They'd better make their sales quickly! Only two weeks ago I was working from my laptop in my garden but now the sound of my keyboard contact is being drowned out by the tapping of rain that doesn't seem to have stopped for two d...

Livery Company launches new sustainability award for British furniture manufacturers

...s will consider the entries which need to be received by November 25th. They are: * Hugh Garforth-Bles, Master of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers * David Walton, chairman of the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme Steering Committee * Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Furniture G...

Amica first to offer free collection of WEEE and packaging

Amica, one of Europe's largest producers of built-in and freestanding kitchen appliances, has joined forces with The Wastepack Group and Electrolink to offer electrical retailers and distributors a completely free of any charge collection and disposal service for all brands of electrical products (including small appliances, TV's and white goods)....

Intervari signs exclusive UK distribution deal with Mobalco

...selected by exclusive kitchen furniture manufacturer Mobalco as the sole UK distributor of its award-winning designs and products.[TRIMTO] Originating in Spain, Mobalco is now world-renowned for its high-technology kitchen concepts with a contemporary style. After successful market launches in Germany, France and the USA, the manufacturer has ch...

Bushboard's Encore solid surface range responds to trend for traditional looks

...heritage colours and curved furniture and the new Crystal finishes combine the benefits of a natural-looking stone, while being warmer to the touch, easier to maintain and more hygienic. Solid Surfacing is not just about white and contemporary kitchens." Encore has a professional POS package for retailers including a 32 page colour brochure, ins...

Post office guarantees to beat architects' insurance renewal quotes

...ith access to the wide ranging cover required in the course of their business including:[TRIMTO] - Employers' liability insurance up to £10m - Product liability insurance up to £2m - Loss of gross revenue due to business interruption - Legal expenses up to £50,000 - Property - machinery and computer equipment breakdown - conten...

Ellis Furniture apprentices win awards

As part of its ongoing commitment to support apprenticeships, Ellis Furniture is proud to have yet another of its talented young students receive an award in recognition of his hard work.[TRIMTO] Daniel Fugler secured the award from Leeds College of Building following the production of a beautiful solid oak bookcase; which required intricate w...

Trustmark achieves 'Social Enterprise' recognition

TrustMark, the Government-endorsed quality mark for tradespeople, has been awarded the Social Enterprise Mark in recognition of its not-for-profit business, which helps consumers find reliable and trustworthy kitchen and bathroom installers. TrustMark joins other ethical businesses that have also been recognised by being awarded the Social En...

Late Payments Directive to be brought forward

European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani announced on 17th October, during the launch conference of EurActiv Italia, that he is to tell member states to pursue early transposition into national law of the late payments directive, scheduled initially for 2013, reports EurActiv Italy.[TRIMTO] "I will send a letter to all member states t...

M & S Sonoma folding wardrobe receives FIRA Innovation Award

...rdrobe now takes just five minutes to assemble, a reduction of some 40 minutes from the previous non-folding Sonoma design. By folding flat, the wardrobe takes up less room during transportation and storage. With the wardrobe being easier and quicker to build less time is spent in the customer's home, reducing disruption to the consumer and inc...

New Dante Spiral tap from Carron Phoenix cuts a classic professional look

...tyle catering tap, with an ornamental wire spiral detail complementing the curves of the classic arc-shaped spout. The tap is one of the nine new styles launched during the summer as part of Carron's portfolio update for 2011.[TRIMTO] For many kitchens a full-blown catering tap can be too large in proportion but the Dante Spiral stands at 350mm ...

Bright Medical responds to report on need for bathroom safety equipment

Bathroom-related injuries brought over 230,000 people into American emergency rooms in 2008, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. In response to the study, Bright Medical, a leading online marketplace for medical supplies and equipment, decided to expand its Bathroom Safety Equipment category to inc...

Bathroom Retailers Market Research & Analysis UK 2011-2015 now published

...casts to 2015. In addition to 70+ pages of comprehensive market & product trend analysis, one-page profiles for 100+ leading bathroom retailers are provided, along with four years' financial history to illustrate the recent performance of the market. Discussion of the key macro and micro market influences impacting the sector are provided, ...

The Tile Association shows support for 'Cut The VAT' campaign

...from unsuspecting homeowners across Britain each year, and they also cause significant damage to law-abiding businesses. Rogues traders flourish by evading VAT so they can offer a cheap deal. Again, this simple, single action to cut VAT on home repair and improvement work to 5% would protect consumers and legitimate businesses by significantly redu...

Leader 28th October continued

...s used," he said, suggesting that the price of unsustainable products was not high enough. Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, a Dutch liberal MEP who is drafting the European Parliament's position on the Commission's resource-efficiency roadmap, suggested that there could be a way of not necessarily consuming less if we consumed "more smartly". He said that ...

News in Brief

Hotpoint will launch its premium built-in Luce collection to consumers at Masterchef Live next weekend. www.mastercheflive.com Bosch Small Appliances brings its food mixers and kitchen machines to the BBC's Winter Good food Show (Nov 23rd - 27th) www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com The latest addition to Caple's Classic tap range, Kontro's monobloc features two crosshead handles. T: 0117 938 1900 ...

Smart storage ideas from Blum

...pecific storage purpose," he asks. [TRIMTO] "The watchwords for base units are 'no shelves' - all full extension drawers and pull-outs thus achieving 'total access'. By planning a kitchen interior along these lines you will gain up to 55% additional storage over conventional kitchens and automatically create an ergonomically efficient layou...

PJH pedal power helps 'Get Jed Mobile'

Employees of the Bolton-based, PJH Group, dug out their lycra and mountain bikes in September to pedal the streets of Greater Manchester as part of a fundraising cycle ride to raise vital money for local fund, "Get Jed Mobile."[TRIMTO] Covering a gruelling 72 km cycling circuit, taking five hours to complete, the team raised more than £1...

Aquadi leading way with handleless bathroom doors

...ed with full height base units that feature hidden internal drawers that can be complemented with bi-fold wall units. Modular units with stunning white drawerboxes can also be combined to achieve a simple design that delivers great uncluttered storage solutions. The recent launch of the Aquadi brand brought about the introduction of the Lindo Co...

UK construction: Activity growth at five-month high despite deteriorating housing sector

The seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS Construction Purchasing Managers' Index registered a five-month high of 53.9 in October, up from 50.1 in September. The study showed that despite business confidence being at its lowest for nearly three years, the growth of new business is supporting a faster rise in output . Input price inflation has also pi...

Leisure Sinks reaches new heights in Dorset

... half bowl sinks and Aquaflow taps from Leisure Sinks, are being installed at Persimmon Homes' award-winning Badbury Heights development.[TRIMTO] Consisting of carefully designed one and two bedroom apartments and two, three and four bedroom houses, the Badbury Heights' development, Blandford Forum, Dorset, has eye catching exteriors that match ...

Methven Tahi twin-lever tapware wins Design Award Gold Certificate

...s ceremony held recently at Lord's Cricket Ground. The certificate, awarded to the Methven Tahi twin-lever tapware, follows hot on the heels of a coveted red dot design award earlier in 2011 and accompanies the Gold Certificate awarded to Methven Satinjet Tahi in 2010.[TRIMTO] Judged by an expert panel of judges including Alan Crawford, architec...

Simon Bailey joins Lakes Bathrooms

...folk, Cambridgeshire. The region expands to cover Essex and spans upwards to encompass Bedfordshire - it is a newly defined territory for Lakes Bathrooms and Simon will be working closely with Andy Cole and Tom Williams who serve London and the South. Simon's career started originally in the building industry, working in the merchant trade. He ...

FIRA - CMA achieves renowned testing accreditation

The Furniture Industry Research Association's Hong Kong furniture testing facility, FIRA-CMA Testing Services, is celebrating after achieving accreditation to the International Standard ISO 17025 from the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme for Physical and Mechanical Testing.[TRIMTO] FIRA-CMA now becomes HOKLAS accredited test laboratory...

NHBC Foundation publication showcases international comparisons of CO2 emissions

...for collaboration on approaches and technologies. The 2011 Compendium includes fivenew countries - Brazil, India, Russia, Singapore and South Africa - and provides a graphical review of the approach to low and zero carbon housing across the globe, summarising seven key lessons learned, including aspirations, energy supply, leadership and technol...

Kompact solution to single and double panel radiators from MHS

...re manufactured using 1.20mm steel for their main construction. Each radiator is comprehensively pre-treated and then powder coat finished to RAL 9016 Traffic White. Fully factory tested, the range is suitable for use with operating pressures of up to 10bar as standard (max test: 13bar) and a maximum operating temperature of up to 120 degrees C. Co...

Kenmore introduces hybrid water softener and whole-home water filter

...olution that integrates water convenience into an entire home with both a water softener and a whole-home filter in one unit. "There are many ways your home's water quality can be improved whether it's the soft water used for cleaning and bathing or the high quality drinking water your family needs," says Michael Castleman, vice president, Kenmo...

New design event to showcase cutting edge concepts and materials

The launch of the new design show 'W12 - Working with Design', will be an important national event for KBB designers , manufacturers and retailers alike. W12 Working with Design is already a fast booking event scheduled for October 2012 at the NEC. It will run alongside the well established W12 Working with Wood technology exhibition for the fu...

AMDEA celebrates the accomplishments of Uwe Hanneck

...ings to be gained by early replacement. Time to Change( www.t2c.org.uk ) is the UK segment of a pan-European programme, organised by the European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers (CECED), to encourage the replacement of 188 million old (10 years and older), energy-hungry, large domestic appliances still in use across Europe. Uwe wa...

Amica's Platinum collection joins the set of Hollyoaks

..., better known as the accommodation above The Dog in the Pond, the public house in Channel 4's award-winning youth drama, Hollyoaks.[TRIMTO] The brand new kitchen, refitted by producers Lime Pictures and currently used by the Costello family, contains two ovens and a microwave from Amica's Platinum built-in collection as well as Amica's beautifu...

Backstage battle over energy efficiency directive

...o be deleted entirely, reports EurActiv .[TRIMTO] One headline figure in the original directive - a mandatory 3% annual public buildings renovation rate - has been earmarked for deletion in the latest EU draft, seen by EurActiv. One EU diplomat involved in the discussions told EurActiv that the amendment had been made because of "the curre...

Leader 4th November continued

...ll firms with fewer staff the hardest. "It worth remembering prevention is also better than cure - something as simple as making sure water pipes are lagged could save a business thousands in lost revenue if it has to close because of flooding. Businesses need to think about their contingency plans now to ensure they aren't put out of action by ...

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... a reader sent me this article from the Daily Mail I took one look at the picture and thought, "Yes - you've done it again!" but on closer look see that you've missed a trick! 'Who left the taps running?' is not a marketing play by one of the clued-up manufacturers or PR outfits, but a huge fibreglass tap making up a collection of artworks in th...

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...ur laundry colours even better than before T: 0208 649 5000 Steel has introduced a powerful six-zone induction hob to its range cookers - the Genesi G10FF-61. E mark.scott@steelcuisine.co.uk ...

Leisure Sinks' new Spa Filter tap offers ultimate convenience

...meowners ultimate convenience for food and drink preparation. The stylish dual lever tap has a three-way dispenser system to provide crystal clear filtered water, mains cold water and hot water - all in a competitively priced and high quality design.[TRIMTO] The Spa Filter tap helps to reduce limescale, chlorine, metals and other impurities from...

Latest ONS construction industry output figures released today

...on 'Output in the Construction Industry' in Great Britain. The bulletin reveals that:[TRIMTO] - The total volume of construction output in the third quarter of 2011 fell by 0.2% compared with the second quarter of 2011 - The total volume of construction output in the third quarter of 2011 fell by 1.0% compared with the same quarter in 2010 - ...

Atag launches 2012 range at annual House Show

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances, exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, launched its innovative new products for 2012 at its annual House Show.[TRIMTO] Held at the Atag headquarters in Duiven, the Netherlands, the theme for this year's House Show was 'Experience', inviting v...

CornerTape SiliconePro marks introduction of sealant to CORGIdirect

The latest products from the award-winning sealant-taming brand, CornerTape, are now available from CORGIdirect - the trusted supplier of essential gas-related product and services. The recently-launched SiliconeKit bundles together a range of CornerTape products as a complete toolbox for the removal, preparation and replacement of silicone joi...

Women cook better living with a partner

...can actually be quite painless and perhaps even enjoyable. Microwaves and steam ovens and even self-cleaning ovens have made it so that making dinner is not really a chore anymore. No wonder women are choosing to cook rather than put the bins out." A massive 95% of women said that their partner liked them to cook for them and that more than thr...

New brochure and new collection from Lakes Bathrooms

...re with a free DVD, to showcase its full range and introduce the new Coastline Collection. The 100-page book now details a wide selection of frameless, semi-frameless and fully framed enclosures built with a choice of 8mm or 6mm safety glass.[TRIMTO] Detailed specifications of all the company's 36 different models are available in the new broc...

Carron Phoenix broadens appeal of Sapphira sink range with classic white

...ed and kilned from premium grade clay ensuring a top quality lustrous finish without any of the tell-tale pin pricks of lesser grade and cheaper alternatives. It comes with a lifetime guarantee. Says Neil Clark, sales and marketing director: "The Sapphira 100 in white draws on a classic modern style which has the advantage of combining well w...

New basins from VitrA's T4

...e basin). The 800mm is an asymmetrical basin. The distinctive and contemporary styles can be wall-hung with an optional towel rails, mounted with half or full pedestals, or counter-top mounted. There are also an additional four short projection from 500 x 300mm projection through to 800mm x 350mm. VitrA UK's Darren Paxford reiterates: "We hav...

AEG Neue Kollektion picks up nine iF Design Awards

...rd winners: * AEG Lavatherm Tumble Dryers * AEG Lavamat Washing Machines * AEG Favorit Free-Standing Dishwasher * AEG Santo fridge-freezers Top Panel- ProFresh Range * AEG Santo fridge-freezers Door Display-ProFresh A++ Range * AEG Stainless Steel Gas hobs- HG755440SM and HG956440SM. * AEG Gas on Glass hobs- Models: HG795540XB...

FIRA leads the way on cutting carbon footprint of furniture industry

...lements of the production process." Attendees at the event will be given an insight into the make-up of furniture product carbon footprints. The importance of understanding carbon footprints will be demonstrated, as well as how carbon footprinting can benefit organisations by reviewing the full manufacturing process and the carbon associated wit...

NKBA Market Report : "Although optimism is faded, revenues continue to rise"

...en & Bath Market Index, which measures the confidence of kitchen and bath dealers on a scale of -60 to +60, is at +9 for the third quarter, showing that kitchen and bath dealers expect only slight growth in the market through the following quarter. The NKBA KBMI is determined by averaging expectations of NKBA member kitchen and bath dealers ...

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... Bank of England has again cut the UK growth forecast. The UK is not alone though as many countries - and particularly those in mainland Europe - are in a similar (and in some cases far worse) situation. Those of us who have jobs or run businesses should be doing all we can to ensure that our competition doesn't steal a march on us. Reputatio...

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...ainy Britain, we know a thing or two about showers, so where could be better to manufacture industry-leading shower systems? asks British manufacturer Hudson Reed . T: 01282 418000 Ripples New Spring Collection 2012 bathroom brochure is now available. T: 01225 335111   ...

TTA rescues industry standards

...dwide event that major technical issues and the maintaining and planning of standards are discussed - this is vital to the health of the tile industry and ensures that a level playing field throughout the world is created and properly implemented. This year the ISO Plenary Meeting was scheduled to be held in Japan, but following the disastrous T...

LDL joins KBSA as corporate member

... "We have built our company by delivering exceptional levels of service from dedicated staff with in-depth product knowledge," explains Matthew Lord, managing director at LDL. "We have ambitions to continue to grow the business and believe our membership of the KBSA will assist us by helping us build stronger relationships with the specialist retai...

Aquadi launch to retail customers hailed 'huge success'

... bathroom products to KBB retailers, with a series of customer events held at its 18,000 sq ft state-of-the-art marketing suite in Barnsley last month. The new bathroom collection won much praise from the 180 customers that attended the launch events in October, generating immediate orders and confirming the company's place as a leading player i...

KitchenAid's new built-in Lab oven is packed with technology

It becomes quickly apparent why KitchenAid's premium KOLS 7010 built-in multifunction oven is called the Lab oven. With 28 cooking modes and superb technology packed into its robust but stylish frame, this incredibly versatile model is a must-have for both professional chefs and keen cooks who love to experiment with food. KitchenAid's reputat...

Karonia specified for sustainable development

...rksurfaces from the Mistral range. Ideal for kitchens and bathrooms, Mistral is a 25mm thick, non-porous, solid surface that combines the look of natural quartz and stone with the practicality and unlimited creative potential of an acrylic-based material. The 25mm thick format of Mistral lends itself to creating both practical features, such ...

CME launches new sanitaryware catalogue

An new product catalogue is now available from CME, A Wirquin Group company, in an easy-reference format that will help customers to quickly and easily select products to meet their specific project requirements. The 120 page catalogue is divided into six sections to reflect CME's comprehensive product range including toilet seats, flushing, in...

Apprenticeships: Vince Cable guarantees quality, slashes red tape and delivers cash boost for firms

...ere will be a renewed focus on targeting the programme where apprenticeships deliver greatest value - including on younger adults, new employees, higher level qualifications and particular sectors where they can make the greatest impact. * Apprenticeship providers will be required to offer training in English and Maths up to the standard of a go...

Customers are shouting, but is anybody listening?

...most respondents reporting that they look at fewer than 2% of customer interactions across these web-based channels. Further, 62% of business respondents admit they would benefit from a better understanding of what their customers say on social media. The study also uncovers gaps between where consumers communicate and how organisations listen. ...

GDHA supports retailers' open evening

Customers at award-winning electrical retailer Barretts Digital World were treated to a mouthwatering cookery masterclass by celebrity chef Brian Turner during a recent open evening. More than 200 customers attended the event at Barretts in Canterbury, and helped to raise £350 for the local branch of the NSPCC. Brian Turner, brand amba...

Building Adhesives appoints new managing director

..., while he takes on his new role. T: +44 (0) 1782 591160 F: +44 (0) 1782 591131 E: info@building-adhesives.com W: www.bal-adhesives.co.uk ...

Atag's 17-place setting dishwasher a perfect choice for festive season

Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances, exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, has a 17-place setting dishwasher which is perfect for the season of festivities and entertaining. The VA9611TT fully integrated XXL dishwasher is capable of washing up to 17-place settings in its four s...

HGTVRemodels.com features planning guides as US consumers resume spending

...he US National Kitchen & Bath Association reporting a 42% increase in showroom visits and double-digit increases in remodel sales volume for kitchens (36%) and baths (85%) over one year ago, more homeowners will need the Kitchens and Baths planning guides on HGTVRemodels.com. In its quarterly Market Index Report released last week, the NKBA als...

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...survive the season when it's mild and come back to annoy us in larger volumes and sizes as a result - and of course there are our water supplies to worry about too, aren't there? This week the Environment Agency has warned that unless we cut our water consumption over the coming months, we'll suffer a drought crisis next Summer as parts of the U...

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...y of the Year at Insider's inaugural 'Made in the Midlands' Awards. T: 0870 755 485 Milton Keynes-based Koncept Kitchens has joined the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association as a retail member. E: info@konceptkitchens.co.uk ...

Lakes Bathrooms launches SMC low-cost shower tray range

...omposite (SMC) shower trays. The new entry level range of trays is designed as a high volume, lower-cost option to traditional stone resin. As a new manufacturing methodology in most of the bathroom market, yet well proven in other industries, SMC uses fibre reinforced polymers, moulded with heat and pressure. Quality is consistently high say...

Alan Hughes joins the Carron Phoenix sales team

...y Planit 20:20, Alan has had many years' experience of dealing with the needs of retailers and an in-depth knowledge of the kitchen furniture market. He joined the company in early October. T: 01324 638 321 W: www.carron.com ...

Charming Couture from Uber

Keep 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 handleless doors for a m...

Lighting - the Loox way

...as launched its new modular LED lighting range for the furniture market, a fantastically simple plug-and-play LED lighting system for worldwide use. The Hafele engineered system is offered in 12V, 24V and 350mA, with each component colour coded to the correct system to ensure mix-ups do not occur as the driver selected can only be used with the ...

Rayburn launches new electric model

...pan size and only heat the pan when it is placed on the burner. Ceramic hobs use the latest infra-red technology to give rapid heating and cooling as well as enhanced controllability. For ease of use and cleaning, both styles have touch-sensitive controls and a single ceramic glass cooking surface. The Rayburn Electric features two thermostat...

Bushboard helps shape kitchens with new Omega curved laminate components

...Newly launched as part of the range revamps in September, there is a choice of two readymade and pre-finished components that offers increased design flexibility for casual dining and feature furniture. There is a breakfast bar measuring 3000 x 955 x 38mm with a radiused curve at one end and a square end at the other. This can be used on a frees...

The Zehnder Fina has the 'Plus X' Factor

...s with its ability to radiate heat evenly throughout a room the exceptionally slimline Zehnder Fina - measuring just 20 mm in depth - features side covers that hide connecting elements from view and fully adjustable connectors that make positioning quick and easy. Optional towel rails can also be added to make it suitable for use in bathrooms. T...

German manufacturer goes the extra mile

Located in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck, Germany, Westag & Getalit AG is a leading European manufacturer of wood based and synthetic products, which services the UK market via a sales office in Watford and a stock holding depot in Doncaster/Thorne. It prides itself on the great service it offers, but things are going to get even better... The compan...

Aqualux rides to the rescue with Channel 5's Cowboy Builders

Aqualux was delighted to be approached for the second time to supply an Organic Walk-In shower surround to the Channel Five television programme, Cowboy Builders, for use in a stylish refurbishment project. The show provides makeovers to families whose homes have been ruined due to the incompetency of unqualified or incapable builders.[TRIMTO] ...

Nolte joins EQ as supplier partner

.... For more information on how to become part of the Nolte direct dealer network: E: export@nolte-kitchens.com W: www.nolte-kitchens.com T: 0845 603 1370 E: enquiries@eqsoftware.net W: www.eqsoftware.net ...

Aquavision sets up new manufacturing and distribution facility

A pioneer in the design of waterproof and in-wall televisions (perfect for that pampered bathing experience!) Aquavision has made some major changes to its business.[TRIMTO] Aquavision Distribution has set up its own state-of-the-art manufacturing operation in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. The new company can now offer manufacturing, sales, wareh...

New K brochure 'To Love'

...sumer appeal and inspiration.[TRIMTO] An essential merchandising tool to encourage sales, the 136-page brochure features a luxurious matt laminate cover, a range of new products, stunning new photography - illustrating the close-up quality that matters, creative kitchen planning ideas to inspire the consumer and above all, an aspirational feel t...

Whirlpool celebrates Centenary

...he anniversary celebrations have been a great way to commemorate the company's provenance and its on-going mission dedicated to improving the lives of consumers in every home, everywhere. "Whirlpool's time- and labour-saving appliance innovations have influenced home and family life during the last century. We're driven by the belief that everyo...

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...difficult for a claim to be disputed and these criminals are finding that it's a lucrative business - hence its growth. As a result, everyone's insurance costs go up, which adds to the struggle both us as individuals and companies that are trying to stay afloat in these troubled times, have to face. I had been wondering whether KBB industry driv...

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...k@cips.org MFI has officially returned to the KBB industry this week, but this time as an online-only retailer. W: www.mfi.co.uk ...

Zen inspired bathrooms to relax in for hours!

...iderably," comments Bill Garvey, designer and director of William Garvey. Like an Ofuro, the deep-sided Geo bath allows full immersion and an integrated seat allows the bather to relax in a more natural upright position making it more comfortable for those longer, luxurious soaks. The bath has shorter than standard dimensions; also making it gre...

Insurance company pays for VEDR cameras in company fleet

...gid kitchen manufacturers in the UK. The company started to see a rise in false insurance claims - a trend, it seems, in the industry, with other drivers making claims against Mereway's fleet of vehicles (and hence its insurance). Mereway was experiencing claims where it was finding it increasingly difficult to identify watertight supporting evi...

Refin creates Kaos!

...textured surface that resembles floating bubbles in relief and the result is a refreshingly new, non-repetitive design with a distinct identity. Kaos can be used in both residential and commercial projects. Practical, easy to clean, low maintenance ceramic tiles for floors and walls, Kaos offers a complete collection in a wide range of sizes, bo...

Hansgrohe AG recognised as being amongst world's top in design

...ett Packard, Miele, Sony Ericsson, Thonet and Volkswagen are also positioned behind the Black Forest-based sanitary specialists. "It can be seen here," enthuses Philippe Grohe, head of Axor, the designer brand of Hansgrohe AG, "that we are able to develop a design culture that has evolved over more than 40 years." In addition, the fact that ...

New Desire Duo with twin levers complements the top selling Desire tap style.

...d the range with the launch of Desire Duo which combines exactly the same design lines with the easy-operation benefit of two separate slim paddle levers for hot and cold water. Says Neil Clark, sales and marketing director at Carron Phoenix: "The monobloc, twin lever handle style is the most popular seller with consumers and the angular, ele...

Better information about lorry parking provision

... Mike Penning. "It will also help developers and local councils who want to plug gaps in the market - helping to boost growth in the sector. "I hope that by providing better information we will see more high quality lorry parking facilities in the places where they are most needed. This will improve safety for drivers and reduce disruption for l...

Indesit Company raises record amount for Children in Need

...s worked very hard and we're so proud to have raised over £97,000." Caption: Prize winner - Jade Bingham- Customer Advisor (Revenue), the first volunteer of the night to take a £1,000 donation T: 01733 568989 F: 01733 341783 W: www.gda.uk.com ...

Quick and easy sealant system now available at Tile Choice

The complete range of products from the award-winning, sealant-taming CornerTape brand is now available from all 14 branches of Tile Choice throughout the Midlands. CornerTape guarantees quick and easy removal and application as well as a finishing touch of perfection to sealants in kitchens and bathrooms, and perfectly complements the retailer...

Euroline becomes multi-award winning

Euroline Sales & Marketing, the sole UK specialist importer of the premium Italian kitchen appliance brands Barazza and Falmec, has celebrated much success at this year's Colchester Business Awards.[TRIMTO] At the black tie ceremony in Colchester's Charter Hall last week, Euroline took home no less than two awards for 'Growing Business of ...

Electrolux Design Lab announces 2012 theme: Design Experience

... design competition inviting students and recent graduates of industrial design to compete for a six-month paid internship and prize money by submitting ideas that develop the sensory experience of home appliances. This year the jury will also take special note of the aesthetic qualities of the concept and the way textures and surface materials hav...

Apollo Blinds debuts its new made-to-measure Roman blind collection for Spring 2012.

Apollo Blinds' latest made-to-measure Roman blind collection, which launches in Spring, includes some inspired designs. Marine tones of aqua and teal are perfect for bathrooms. This bright aqua twig-inspired 'Rocco' design will freshen up your bathroom and take you through the seasons - from Spring right through to Winter. Roman blinds can ...

Carron Phoenix's Carlow combines classic appeal with popular sink sizing

Carron Phoenix's Carlow 150 ceramic sink draws together three key design threads in one single model, giving it a lot of bang for its bucks. As a one and a half bowl sink that fits a 600mm cabinet, it offers the most popular sink option; the premium ceramic material works superbly with the current fashion trend for traditional furniture styles a...

Franke shows off the marvellous Minerva 3-in-1 Kettle tap

Following the huge success of the Minerva 3-in-1 Kettle tap, the Franke website now includes quick, clear videos showing exactly why this product has proved so popular in today's busy kitchen. The five videos can be found by following a link directly from the company's home page. Videos include making tea and coffee,and how the tap's safety handle works. The final video shows how easy it is to fit the tank behind a standard 150mm plinth; an attribute which has proved a real selling point. T: 0161 436 6280 W: www.franke.co.uk ...

Bohle presents exciting new glass surface protection product

...en complicated and care problematical. With its new BriteGuard surface protection system, Manchester-based Bohle, is taking the first step in offering a new range of surface coating systems, setting what it says are completely new standards as far as application and durability are concerned. Developed and produced in-house at the company's Haan ...

Symphony pledges support for retailers with New Year deal

...ts will also be sold at standard assembled prices, while assembled cabinets will be offered at ready-for-assembly prices, and 33% will be wiped off worktops - marking a clear advantage for customers. "We have invested heavily to grow the retail side of our business, and this will continue in earnest next year," reveals Simon Collyns, marketing d...

UK mums dream of a white goods Christmas!

UK mums are dreaming of a white goods Christmas, according to money-saving site ILoveCashback.com Top 10 Christmas searches at Britain's popular shopping site that combines price comparison, voucher codes and cashback, include the ever-helpful 'dishwasher', 'microwave' and even the good old 'refrigerator'![TRIMTO] As Brits go online shopping...

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...ing solution from AKW . T:01905 823298 Register now for free entry to Ecobuild (London, 20th - 22nd March, 2012). www.ecobuild.co.uk ...

IDS expands UK coverage with brand new showroom and warehouse at Norwich

...ustomers to visit, as well as fast road access for prompt deliveries in line with IDS's policy of 24-48 hours from stock.[TRIMTO] The showroom showcases IDS's entire portfolio of flooring, worksurfaces, Showerwall panelling, solid surfacing, panel products and laminates. Dedicated product zones provide visitors with interesting sample displays a...

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...g the temperature on our thermostats, turning off lights when they would normally have been left on - and look how deserted our roads are compared with a couple of years ago! - cost seems to be the biggest influencer when it comes to usage. This industry offers some fantastic products designed to save water and of course educating consumers abou...

Ellis Furniture celebrates new business gains

...enticed by the exciting new kitchens launched earlier in 2011 including the two new ranges of handle-less kitchens - Opal Gloss and the silk finish Galaxy - plus the significant levels of new marketing support made by Ellis Furniture, all of which have been instrumental in securing the new business. According to Ellis Furniture, retailers apprec...

Give your shower a splash of power!

...controllable shower from a low pressure hot water supply. This is achieved using the Venturi effect - when high pressure cold water passes through an orifice and pulls hot water into the throat of a Venturi cartridge. The mixture then accelerates down the tube, producing a high yet controllable flow rate. Aside from the obvious advantages of hav...

Hoover cooks up Britain's Best Dish

...ackling". All of the chef's on the programme are cooking using the Hoover HOP 4075 electric multi-function oven, with vision LED lighting. Lawrence's recipe, along with other sumptuous menus, are available on Hoover's Best Dish Facebook page, where people also have a chance to win one of the stainless steel built-in ovens along with a 5 burne...

Design takes centre stage in Government's drive for innovation and growth

...ign is to play a central role in the Government's new Innovation & Research Strategy for Growth - unveiled recently by the Department of Business Innovation & Skills.[TRIMTO] Design is written into each of the five key areas of the new strategy, including central roles in commercialising science & technology, supporting business inno...

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... help to deliver exactly this. For more information about the BMA and WEPLS, visit: www.water-efficiencylabel.org.uk For the full White Paper, visit:: www.official-documents.gov.uk ...

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... decision this week, to put the brakes on further EU integration for us. It's not that we're anti-European; we just hate the enormous sums of money those involved in running the EU seem happy to fritter away - the 'travelling circus' between Brussels and Strasbourg being just one of many examples I can give.  We're all paying for that and t...

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... going to be a happy New Year for Bushboard 's Shawn Buckle, just promoted from Business Support Co-ordinator to Account Manager for the South. T: 01933 232 272 Gary Court and Peter Hougham, join 20-20 Technologies as area sales managers. The salesmen have worked for such brands as Whirlpool, Omega and Symphony. E: uksales@2020.net ...

KMT becomes exclusive distributor for Lakes Bathrooms

...rthern Ireland. From its south eastern headquarters in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, KMT delivers ex-stock to all 26 counties in the Republic of Ireland. Lakes Bathrooms products will now be the only shower range stocked by KMT, as the deal sees the distributor ceasing a long relationship with an Italian manufacturer. Explaining the decision ...

Soapbox: The demand is there but the will to invest is not

Steve Macdonald, marketing director of Hoover Candy, shares his views on the pent-up consumer. He argues that the will and need for consumers to invest in new kitchens is there but unless the industry can make it comfortable to pay for their investment, they will remain 'pent -up'. "Mintel's recent report tells us that 15% of respondents advise...

100% British product launches in kitchen worktop market

...st bars, supplied with one radius edge, are 2000 x 900 x 45mm, with matching upstands and hob splash-backs available. Surfstone also offers seamless joints, under mount sinks and integrated draining grooves. As well as domestic use, feedback from the commercial sector suggests that Surfstone will have a number of applications in that arena, incl...

New project will give boost to manufacturing

...re of manufacturing out to 2050 was launched this week by Business Secretary Vince Cable. The two-year project will call on industry and academic expertise from the UK and abroad to look at the long-term picture for the manufacturing sector, investigating global trends and drivers of change. It will explore how the UK can maximise these opportun...

Deca 100 single bowl sink has a matching drainer tray for flushmount-like looks

Carron Phoenix's Deca sink model has established itself as a popular style to combine with laminate worksurfaces because the inset design features a low profile edge that sits almost flush with the worksurface, giving a designer style look without any fabrication costs. The launch of the new Deca 100/101 combination further extends its appeal by ...

It's all about texture...

...e a key trend in 2012 and Schuller has introduced the fabulously tactile Bari natural knotty oak saw-cut to the Schuller C collection The distinctive laminate front with the saw-cut feel has a surface feel that's really close to real wood. In combination with Nova in striking Lava Black the kitchen becomes a real trendsetter.[TRIMTO] There's ...

Water Calculator - continued success

...e Bathroom Manufacturers Association and Waterwise East to aid industry professionals in their whole-house water-consumption calculations, is already 12 months old. And the BMA report that use of the website has seen excellent growth since its launch! Around 80 users now access the website every day. Architects and developers are using the inte...

Is this Britain's oldest working fridge?

...ge was a 1958 Electrolux L460. This new find, the Electrolux L380, was made in England between 1934-1941 - before or around the start of WWII! The manufacturer believes it to be the oldest working fridge in the UK. Michelle Bates, Customer Care Manager at Electrolux says: "We were so excited to hear about the fridge, it really is amazing that a...

Designer predicts bathroom trends for 2012

...lates into nostalgia for a supposedly better time. This time is usually the 'vintage era' of the mid-20th century and will impact the bathroom through optimistic splashes of colour or fabrics and even bold geometric patterns to brighten up bathrooms.[TRIMTO] Bathing The popularity of freestanding baths will continue to grow. These baths will ...

Leading organisations unite to demand Government tackles late payment

...s survive, grow and drive economic recovery. The industry bodies, including those representing UK-based suppliers, have written to the Business Minister, Mark Prisk, to call for a plan of action to address late payment, which decimates small firms' cash flow. The group, which is supporting the Government's new 'Finance Fitness' campaign, beli...

Quebec Oak worksurface from Bushboard works trend for organic harmony

...e responds to it impeccably. Printed in high quality definition, the design reinterprets the time-honoured appeal of oak for the modern day and features a subtle washed effect that enhances the graining. The visual and aesthetic appeal is further heightened by ultramatt texture which gives the surface a low-reflective quality and is warm to the ...

Mayor unveils strategy to deliver thousands of new homes and jobs for London

...55,000 affordable homes over this investment round. This includes a significant proportion of family-sized housing with new homes designed to the Mayor's larger space standards. The Mayor has also pledged to work with landlords to improve standards in the private rented sector with a new London Rental Standard with plans to accredit 100,000 priv...

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...'ve had a slightly longer break than normal and a great deal has happened in the world in that time - much of it not good - so rather than reflect on it, let's get on with the news from the industry. There are some bright spots amid the gloom, including the decision by Topps Tiles to continue with expansion plans despite tough trading conditions...

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...487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ideal Standard 's new SoftMood bathroom collection is characterised by its soft and rounded design with high tech solutions. www.ideal-standard.co.uk ...

Lakes Bathrooms moves to new premises

...o of products and the volume of demand means that we continue to invest in significant stockholding - essential to ensure we can keep our 24/48 hour delivery service across the UK." The new building has been purchased as a freehold by Lakes Bathrooms and the company now has the task of disposing of its four other sites. According to Robin Cradd...

Duke of Gloucester meets Ellis Furniture apprentice

An apprentice from Huddersfield-based manufacturer Ellis Furniture, Chris Mattimoe, recently had the honour of meeting The Duke of Gloucester during his official visit to Leeds College of Building, the UK's only specialist construction college. Whilst on official engagements in Yorkshire, The Duke, a former architect who now represents The Que...

FilterFlow Taps from Franke come in five styles

... the consumer who wants a tap which dispenses hot, cold and filtered water. There are five options - Kubus, Olympus, Doric, Corinthian and Mini - and each is offered in a chrome or SilkSteel finish. The Franke FilterFlow system separates water into different channels allowing the tap to dispense hot, cold, mixed or filtered variations via three...

Whirlpool's fridges add healthy trade-up opportunity for retailers

Whirlpool has partnered with Microban to develop an anti-bacterial refrigerator air filtration system to protect consumers' food from harmful bacteria. All the air in a Whirlpool fridge passes through the high-tech Microban anti-bacterial filter. Microban is the world leader in anti-bacterial air filtration designed to reduce bacteria, odours...

V-Zug joins KBSA as corporate member

Swiss premium appliances company V-ZUG is pleased to announce it has joined the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, which gives consumers confidence when purchasing a new appliance. The KBSA trademark assures the consumer they are using a reputable retailer. As a member, V- Zug agrees to adhere to the association's strict guideli...

Furniture retail quality group publishes Flammability Best Practice Guide

...lity Group, the technical committee representing all major UK furniture retailers. The new guide - FIRA-FRQG F001: 2011 - has been developed by FRQG to fulfil four major functions: - To provide basic information to upholstery suppliers across the global supply chain regarding the requirements of the UK's Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safe...

NKBA elects 2012 president & executive committee

...ident Alan W. Zielinski, CKD of Niles, IL. John K. Morgan of Glyndon, MD will serve as President-Elect, while John A. Petrie, CMKBD of Mechanicsburg, PA becomes Vice President. Carolyn F. Cheetham, CMKBD of Red Deer, AB, Canada was elected Treasurer and Clay Lyon, CR has been elected to serve as the 2012 NKBA Secretary. David Alderman, CMKBD wi...

A slice of success for Mereway!

...sful 2012. As part of the celebrations, the 220 strong workforce shared a specially baked kitchen-shaped cake to mark this special event in the company's history. "At the heart of our success is the commitment of our staff to delivering outstanding service at all times, in all departments and at all levels," says Chairman and joint founder Bo...

Hafele welcomes new product manager

Strengthening its Product Management team, Hafele UK has appointed Tracy Bird-Hempstock as the new Product Manager, responsible for decorative handles, splashbacks, worktops, frontals and shelving. Bringing with her 18 years of industry knowledge, Tracy will play a key role in the development and introduction of new products as well as support...

BMA announces dates of 2012 conference

...rgill, Chief Executive of the BMA. "Make a note in your diary!" T: 01782 747123 E: info@bathroom-association.org.uk W: www.bathroom-association.org ...

Amica launches brand new built-in catalogue

Amica has launched a shiny new catalogue, which showcases its revitalised line-up of built-in ovens, hobs, hoods, microwaves, dishwashers and refrigeration appliances for the UK and Ireland in 2012. Amica's brand new built-in catalogue bucks the A4 trend at a user-friendly 18 x 18cm and contains stand-out high-gloss product imagery as well as ...

Deva Lace and Adore with Enviro-Klick help reduce water consumption

...emporary Collection of tapware with the addition of the Lace and Adore mono basin mixers with Enviro-Klick. These stylish and worthy additions to any modern bathroom - Lace with its ergonomic looped handle and Adore with its sleek, flat lever handle - can help reduce water wastage with their clever flow reduction technology. Enviro-Klick technol...

PJH Group announces major new distributor partnership with Franke

...d with its high standards of service, PJH and Franke customers can now benefit from an efficient 'up-to-48-hour' delivery due to all Franke products being held in stock by the PJH Group. "The decision to distribute and stock the complete Franke range of kitchen sinks, taps and hoods is great news for both PJH and Franke customers," says James Ca...

Trading tough at Topps but plans to expand continue

At Tuesday's Annual General Meeting of Topps Tiles, Michael Jack, Non-Executive Chairman announced that whilst trading conditions remain tough, the group is going ahead with its plans to open a further five stores this year. "Trading conditions remained tough throughout our first quarter," he said. "Against this backdrop, like for like revenue...

Leader

...tmas and New Year holidays were not ambushed by the snowy and icy weather that had threatened  - well - in my neck of the woods anyway, so I took advantage of mild days and an extended break from producing KBZine to do some much needed clearing out in my home and garden. This resulted in numerous trips to the British Heart Foundation shop (...

News in Brief

...487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ideal Standard 's new SoftMood bathroom collection is characterised by its soft and rounded design with high tech solutions. www.ideal-standard.co.uk ...

leader 20th Jan 2012 continued

... myriad of literature that comes with these appliances when they're sold, to carry a strong message - and relevant website information and telephone numbers - about passing unwanted items to the British Heart Foundation and other charities that take, carry out minor repairs on, PAT test and then sell unwanted items. The changes would be fairly i...

Belling announces centenary plans for 2012

... and a young assistant, Belling has become one of the UK's best loved appliance brands, with a multi-million pound turnover, worldwide exports and more than 1000 employees in the UK. As part of the celebrations, Belling will unveil the Centenary Collection - a suite of specially designed products, plus a calendar of events for retailers, custome...

Soapbox: Graham Ball discusses National Training Group

...other national training opportunities were focussed on the wider (and larger) 'construction' sector - as opposed to our mission which relates specifically to 'rooms' rather than buildings... setting up from nothing basically, and there was much bad feeling about the statutory CITB levy and grant system, which again, never aimed its cash at the KBB ...

Glimmers of hope for remodelling in the US in 2012

...nts for the current quarter and subsequent three quarters. The indicator, measured as an annual rate-of-change of its components, provides a short-term outlook of homeowner remodeling activity and is intended to help identify future turning points in the business cycle of the home improvement industry. The development of the LIRA is detailed in ...

Gender differences using technology highlighted by survey

...d in a report commissioned by Amica appliances to mark the release of its new intuitive controlled I-cook Platinum ovens and hobs. ''This research supports our findings in store - women have no problem navigating their way around appliances in the kitchen but men seem to be far more interested in hand held gadgetry and as a result master new tec...

KitchenAid introduces downdraft hood

...nnovation creates a new sense of space in the kitchen, giving users the freedom to achieve the state-of-the-art interior they desire. The KitchenAid KCDD 9010 has a powerful airflow of 900m3/h and can be ducted or recirculated. Its perimeter extraction technology is highly effective as it extracts cooking vapours and fumes along the outer edges...

Ellis Furniture creates wow factor with the Cube with chrome bracket

...king, reflective surfaces, combined with a solid composite worktop in crisp Ice Stone, introduce eye-catching contrasts and result in a sensational bathroom design. Reassuringly built to last, Cube units feature a large, deep, full extension Blum soft close drawer box on an 18mm glued and dowelled rigid cabinet. In keeping with the renowned E...

KBSA welcomes two new Board members

...athroom Bedroom Specialists Association has just announced the appointment of two new Board members - a great start to 2012! Graham Ball, chief executive officer of the KBSA, says: "This is a voluntary position that helps shape the direction and the future of the KBSA, so we're delighted to find two such excellent people to fill the roles."[TRIM...

MX DuraStone shower trays - leading the way in shower tray technology

...% lighter than a traditional stone resin tray, DuraStone complies with the HSE regulations for a one-man lift. Manufactured to BS EN14527:2006, these trays are made using WRAS approved Phthalate free materials. A variety of different shapes and sizes in both flat top and upstand options are available within the range. These trays could not be m...

We have mail: training dates

... I am pleased to confirm the following dates and venues for my Sales and Customer care courses Jan-April 2012. I do hope that companies will send their delegates along to these courses as the benefit will be increased profitable sales for their organisations. Over the last five years, I have trained over 770 KBB delegates on my courses and hel...

FIRA and The Furniture Ombudsman visited by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers

...he Furniture Industry Research Association and The Furniture Ombudsman were visited by Hugh Garforth-Bles and Charles Kerrigan, Master and Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers. The visitors met with FIRA Chief Operating Officer and WCFM Liveryman Jonny Westbrooke, as well as Kevin Grix, Head of The Furniture Ombudsman and WCFM Fre...

Leader

...imminent Green Deal) and technology (though a plethora of innovations to make households more energy-efficient) are emerging, policymakers have yet to engage with the third key element in the retrofit challenge - human behaviour! Apparently innovations can actually work against energy and cost-reduction objectives... Research presented at the co...

News in Brief

...487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ideal Standard 's new SoftMood bathroom collection is characterised by its soft and rounded design with high tech solutions. www.ideal-standard.co.uk ...

Anna Ryder Richardson and Gerd Bulthaup to speak at kbb Birmingham

...rt in the journey from the showroom to the home." Speaking publicly in the UK for the first time - and exclusively at kbb Birmingham - will be legendary kitchen guru Gerd Bulthaup, the driving force behind the design and philosophy of Bulthaup kitchens since 1978. "This is a real coup for kbb Birmingham and a seminar not to be missed by those...

Insinkerator UK tops leaderboard!

InSinkErator UK - a business unit of the world's largest manufacturer and inventor of food waste disposers - has been awarded the '2011 Emerson business leader award for outstanding performance in 2010/11'. The award comes after the UK business unit not only outperformed many other Emerson European companies but also the wider market in general...

Mereway and EQ Software launches Trend Interiors into Virtual Reality

...reway Kitchens, developed with EQ Software, that will enable independent retail partners to go 'head-to-head' with the likes of B&Q and Howdens, is to be unveiled at kbb Birmingham.[TRIMTO] The new Trend Interiors range has been designed for those aspiring to the 'look' in terms of quality and style, but with an affordable price tag, opening...

Retrofit 2012 conference finds that policymakers have yet to engage with human behaviour

...rd Retrofit 2012 conference concluded yesterday with a detailed focus on the challenges of the large-scale behaviour change needed in the UK if the Government is to achieve its carbon reduction targets.[TRIMTO] 350 delegates attended the second annual conference - the only major conference on reducing fuel poverty and making our homes more energ...

Ultima Furniture Systems takes over Matchmaker Kitchens

Longstanding cabinet manufacturer Ultima Furniture Systems has today announced that it is taking over the Matchmaker Kitchen brand.[TRIMTO] Family run business Ultima has been producing high quality glued and dowelled cabinets for almost 30 years and has acquired the rights to manufacture and supply the Matchmaker kitchen range. Ultima is ke...

Shaws of Darwen launches new tap range: 'Shaws by Perrin & Rowe'

... range, all named after Lancashire villages local to Shaws, includes two deck mounted bridge mixers - the Pendleton and the Hambledon, available in Chrome, Gold and Nickel finishes. The Whitewell, Elswick, Silverdale and Ribble are all monobloc mixers. The Whitewell comes with shaped lever handles, the Elswick is designed with crosshead handles...

Showerwall unveils major design update to its waterproof wallpanels

...oing popularity with consumers for natural materials in stone, marble and metallics which balance up-to-the-minute styling with commercial versatility.[TRIMTO] Exciting new designs include Mocca Marble, Bianco Carrera, Mineral Oxide and a trio of contemporary neutrals in Almond, Stone and Bianco in an innovative Shimmer texture that uniquely giv...

Vado donates money to WaterAid

.... For more information on VADO's full range of products: T: +44 (0) 1934 744466 E: sales@vado-uk.com W: www.vado-uk.com ...

Symphony 'Inspire' kitchen product supplier for TV advertising

Fitted furniture manufacturer, Symphony, has opened up the doors of its new state-of-the-art marketing suite for kitchen product supplier OXO to film a national TV advert. When the American based company needed an inspirational kitchen space to shoot its new TV advertising campaign, Symphony's 20,000 sq ft purpose-built facility, known as 'Ins...

Leader

...n and Central Europe this week. The winds are really howling around my office but at least it's not -25 degrees! Figures recently released show that the majority of accidents caused this time of year are by drivers setting off before they've cleared their windscreens, mirrors etc, properly. That's not something I'm generally guilty of but I a...

SBID offers honorary membership to kbbreview award finalists

..." Tim Wallace, editor of kbbreview magazine. "It will give them the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, and also provides key advice and support for all aspects of the industry." www.sbid.org ...

News in Brief

...487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ideal Standard 's new SoftMood bathroom collection is characterised by its soft and rounded design with high tech solutions. www.ideal-standard.co.uk ...

Carron Phoenix has lots of surprises in store

...any's drive for a comprehensive portfolio based on the principles of affordably good design and long-lasting quality. In addition to the new launches, the company will showcase all of the products launched in Summer 2011, further underlining the depth and breadth of what's on offer to retailers.[TRIMTO] There will be three brand new sink ranges ...

Pronorm shows off new products

KBB 2012: Stand M125, Hall 18 With its sights on increasing UK business and expanding its 80-strong retailer base, Pronorm will be showcasing its distinctive brand of precision built rigid furniture together with superb new designs and product developments.[TRIMTO] On show will be two stand-out kitchen sets emphasising just how far Pronor...

Bushboard : 'Sensational surfaces for kitchens and bathrooms'

...ayed loud and proud by Bushboard on a stand which will be packed with yet more innovative and design-oriented new products for retailers and designers from the Encore solid surface, Omega and Prima laminate and Nuance bathroom surfacing brands. The Encore range of solid surfacing is being extended with a brand new hybrid material which mirrors ...

160-year old kitchenwares firm goes for high-tech inventory management tool

A multi award-winning kitchen, dining and housewares supplier with a 160-year history has opted for a high-tech solution to boost already impressive availability targets.[TRIMTO] Kitchen Craft supplies more than 3,000 lines including cookware, state-of-the-art cutlery and kitchen tools and gadgets through specialist homeware and kitchen stores,...

Queen's Diamond Jubilee: 60 years of Britain at work

...in the total number of hours worked each week. The UK has thus undergone a process of informal 'work-sharing' since the 1950s with a fall of 10 hours in the length of the average working week. In the 1950s only 4% of people worked part time; 60 years later the proportion is 1 in 4 (6.5 million employees).[TRIMTO] * The value of output produced b...

New Abode for talented young technical designer

...niversity of Huddersfield Mark has worked for an international company designing and developing well-known toys plus a specialist company designing and manufacturing playground equipment. Mark's background experience has given him the motivation to become a distinguished innovator within the Abode team. Darren Holliday, Managing Director of A...

FIRA dramatically reduces its carbon footprint by working with Recycling Furniture

Through the help of Recycling Furniture, The Furniture Industry Research Association is now able to recycle a large proportion of the furniture it tests, rather than sending it to landfill.[TRIMTO] "At the FIRA testing centre we test thousands of furniture products to life expectancy and in some cases destruction, testing them in terms of stre...

Vado announces 2012 catalogue collection

...features ranges and products ideally suited to their requirements. T: 01934 744466 E: sales@vado-uk.com W: www.vado-uk.com ...

Pseudomonas - we need more facts

By Yvonne Orgill, CEO of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association The tragic baby deaths in Belfast's Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital have shocked us all and investigations into how and where this killer bug, pseudomonas, thrived, need to be carried out quickly and accurately.[TRIMTO] Members of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association are a...

Franke appoints Annie for first class aftersales service

...r a commitment to quality and an unmistakable flair for design, using the finest materials and state-of-the-art production technology. By adopting a policy of investment in innovation and technology, Franke has established its position as the largest stainless steel sink manufacturer in the world and a leading name in kitchen taps, cooker hoods, ce...

Ellis Furniture launches the Brompton Natural Oak kitchen

...itchen from Ellis Furniture brings warmth to the heart of the home with its smooth, lustrous finish - and when teamed with an impactful glass splashback in a sizzling orange and Inspire Gloss Black units, the result is a stylish, on trend kitchen space. With 'Tangerine Tango' dubbed the colour for 2012 by the Pantone Colour Institute, this winni...

KBSA announces new corporate member

... led, but affordable kitchen furniture, has supplied the UK market since 1985, operating via a three-tier dealership structure. Incidentally, one of its dealers, The Keller Kitchen Centre in Altrincham, has also recently become a member of the KBSA, on a retail membership basis, demonstrating the company's real recognition of the benefits membershi...

World record-breaking paralympic athlete champions independent living opportunity

...one is an inspirational role model for illustrating the rewards in overcoming a disability, it's Jon-Allan Butterworth. The 25-year-old is considered one of the country's brightest hopefuls for the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the cycling category, having already broken numerous British and world records. The athlete has teamed up with independe...

Leader

Welcome to the KBzine   John and I have been producing an e-zine for the cleaning industry for 10 years now. It was part of the same stable from which KBZine was launched by Richard & Debbie Schwarz and I have to confess that I always felt I'd drawn the short straw - particularly when it came to exhibitions. ...

Lakes Bathrooms moves to new premises

...o of products and the volume of demand means that we continue to invest in significant stockholding - essential to ensure we can keep our 24/48 hour delivery service across the UK." The new building has been purchased as a freehold by Lakes Bathrooms and the company now has the task of disposing of its four other sites. According to Robin Cradd...

News in Brief

...487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ideal Standard 's new SoftMood bathroom collection is characterised by its soft and rounded design with high tech solutions. www.ideal-standard.co.uk ...

Whirlpool induction hob is super fast and stylish

...tion cooking technology are incorporated into the highly stylish and elegant Whirlpool ACM 775 extra-wide hob.[TRIMTO] The 77cm frameless touch control induction hob in black ceramic glass has three energy efficient induction cooking zones with a booster option on every zone. The versatile hob features automatic pan detection and nine power leve...

Richard Willetts Joins EQ Sales Team

Due to continued growth and expansion in the UK, EQ Software has appointed Richard Willetts as Area Business Manager for the second time.[TRIMTO] Richard has been in the industry for over 35 years spending the early part of his career in kitchen retail, before joining Mereway in 1995 as Area Sales Manager. He first worked for EQ (then Easyquote...

Karonia to showcase extended Mistral range

...ook of natural quartz and stone with the practicality and unlimited creative potential of an acrylic-based material. The worktops are completely non-porous so perfect for kitchen and bathroom environments - and, because there is no substrate, there are no internal joints to compromise structural integrity or hinder imaginative design. The Karoni...

Roman adds Ultra Care pre-coating glass protection

...iven its enclosures and bath screens the ultimate in glass protection by adding Roman Ultra Care pre-coating to its products. This is a special glass protection system that has been designed to work in tandem with the company's award-winning Roman Ultra Care in a bottle.[TRIMTO] Roman was one of the early adopters of glass protection technology,...

HiB master bathroom ventilation new for 2012

...en tiles and quality accessories, customers will usually decide on the extractor as an afterthought - often the bathroom showrooms don't even display them so homeowner ends up with a cheap, plastic and noisy unit that is far from efficient. HiB has introduced its new range of fans to solve all these problems. The two wall mounted units are both ...

Enterprises must boost innovation as global competition becomes stronger

...are a clear warning that more efforts to boost innovation are needed," says European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship. "If we want to close the gap with our main economic partners and to overcome the current crisis, innovation deserves all our attention. In particular I count on enterprises as...

LDL plans colourful presence

...l be offering enticing display packages at a substantial discount throughout the exhibition. Our eye-catching stand is also conveniently situated adjacent to Blum, one of our key brands, so we will be able to escort our visitors on to their stand as well." A corporate member of the KBSA, LDL specialises in innovative products for the premium end...

NKBA report shows high optimism for start of 2012

...d the Kitchen & Bath Market Report for the fourth quarter. Although results convey a slight drop-off from third quarter in number of remodels and budgets, showroom visits held steady from a year ago and with marked increases from 2009 and 2010, optimism for the first quarter of 2012 remains high.[TRIMTO] "Although numbers dropped off at the ...

'Get a new handle on it!' suggests Hafele

...ll be available to view, categorised into five easily identifiable groups:[TRIMTO] * Modern Life - Combining high-end with streamlined designs. * Sleek & Simple - Presenting understated, clean-cut and affordable selections. * Modern Classics - A classic country style which includes Hafele's exclusive branded pewter range, Lamont. * Urban - C...

Sustainable products and installation materials can earn 'green' NSF International certification

...Developed by the Tile Council of North America, Green Squared certification provides accurate, third-party verified information on the environmental impacts of certified tile products. Green Squared certification through NSF Sustainability helps manufacturers and suppliers of tiles and installation materials distinguish their products from competit...

Drive away those chills with portable heating!

...nt answer. A key example is the GloFan, which features an attractive black design enhanced by Glo-Ring technology, which glows either blue or red depending on the mode chosen. It offers heat up to 2kW, and cool air for the warmer months. Further options for the home office include the Studio G, a speaker style ceramic tower heater, which can ...

New EU Textile Regulations

... textiles are largely similar to current legislation but with an additional requirement to label non-textile parts of animal origin. As the Regulation will be directly applicable in the UK there will be no need for UK legislation to transpose the Regulation into UK law - but the UK will have to withdraw a number of existing UK textile labelling ...

Government urged to boost credibility of apprenticeship schemes

...iness has urged the Government to simplify the entire apprenticeship system to make it more business-friendly and appealing to industry leaders.[TRIMTO] Marking National Apprenticeship Week (6th - 10th February), the business support organisation made its submission to the Business, Innovation & Skills Select Committee's inquiry into apprent...

KBB preview

...rt in the journey from the showroom to the home." Speaking publicly in the UK for the first time - and exclusively at kbb Birmingham - will be legendary kitchen guru Gerd Bulthaup, the driving force behind the design and philosophy of Bulthaup kitchens since 1978. "This is a real coup for kbb Birmingham and a seminar not to be missed by those...

Leader

... As someone who strongly believes that everyone should be trained to do their job - not only so they can do it efficiently, professionally and to the required standards, but also to give those tasked with simpler work the recognition they deserve and a pride in what they do - I was surprised to learn this week that there isn't a f...

News in Brief

...487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ideal Standard 's new SoftMood bathroom collection is characterised by its soft and rounded design with high tech solutions. www.ideal-standard.co.uk ...

Roca unveils its new products for 2012

...ucts for 2012. Sanitaryware with complementary furniture is a key theme with the launch of the Dama-N and Victoria-N collections. Furthermore, there is a clever concept for cloakrooms or small bathrooms called Mini, a luxury whirlpool bath, plus two innovative WCs - the InTank Meridian floor-standing WC and CleanRim The Gap. Also on the stand wil...

Get a hold of this...

...sen ensuring the needs and wants of customers have been met, categorising them into five groups: - Modern Life - From elegant stainless steel bar handles to profile systems, Modern Life combines high-end with stream lined designs. - Sleek & Simple - Understated clean-cut and affordable, this range hosts a manner of interesting bar, bow an...

KBB Birmingham conference update:

Drawers, doors and lifting systems - a study into the real usage of kitchens FIRA Project Manager, Sue Calver, will be presenting the findings of a study into the real usage of kitchens at 11.00 on 5th March at kbb 2012, at Birmingham's NEC. The FIRA funded study for Blum has looked into how real-life kitchens are used and the impact this ha...

NKBA reveals top kitchen & bath trends for 2012

... dropped in popularity this year, falling from 77% last year to 70% now. Instead, a number of lesser-used woods are being specified more often, including oak, which is specified by twice as many designers now (22%) versus two years ago (11%); walnut, which has increased from 3% in 2010 to 9% in 2011 to 13% today; birch, which is now specified by th...

Astro launches new designs

...y wall lights, pendants and down lights, with an extensive use of LED designs throughout the ranges - so a visit to this stand is a must for anyone wishing to stay up-to-date with what's available when it comes to lighting solutions.[TRIMTO] Showcased on the stand will be a range of wall lights which, thanks to an ingenious new design, can be fi...

New courses cover kitchen & bathroom design principles and project management

... its main focus on design, as excellence in design is often the key element to a successful project - and as many retailers are finding out, good design will always win through. "It is also an example of key players in our industry working together in the common cause of increasing professionalism." Kitchen Design Principles and Project Manag...

Prolong the taste using the latest Brita technology with Francis Pegler

... irons and other domestic appliances can help to prolong the life of these products. With the build-up of scale formation being minimised there is an advantage to faster boiling kettles and lower energy consumption. Francis Pegler Brita filtered taps have been made to the most testing of standards and both are WRAS approved to comply with Water...

Michelin-star chef Josh Eggleton joins Caple at Show

KBB Birmingham 2012: Hall K94, stand K100 Michelin-star chef Josh Eggleton is delighted to be joining appliance and kitchen supplier Caple at this year's show. Josh, who runs The Pony & Trap country restaurant in Chew Magna, near Bristol where Caple is based, will demonstrate his outstanding ability to produce simple, yet superb, food, w...

Anthony Nolan named Belling's centenary year charity

...russell Trust Foodbanks, receiving almost 3,000 votes from the public and Belling staff in the three-week long poll. Belling will now work closely with Anthony Nolan on a year-long programme of activity during which the British manufacturer hopes to raise at least £10,000 from staff fundraising and a contribution from sales of a product ra...

New qualification created for domestic refrigeration engineers

...h nationally recognised qualifications.  This will be unveiled to a group of 300 domestic white-good engineers at the annual White Goods Trade Association conference on 24th February, in Coventry. Whitegoods engineers across the country are invited to attend the event, which is taking place at the Hilton Hotel.  "It is recognised that ...

Leader

Welcome to the KBzine Everyone must find a way to save water to help limit the effects of drought, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said on Monday following a major summit to discuss England's water crisis. I say crisis because this came on the same day it was announced that the South East is now officially in droug...

News in Brief

...487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ideal Standard 's new SoftMood bathroom collection is characterised by its soft and rounded design with high tech solutions. www.ideal-standard.co.uk ...

Leader 24th February 2012 continued

...d to do now though is all pull together to educate the consumer on the fact that water conservation - and not just low energy usage - must be one of the top priorities when it comes to choosing a new appliance or bathroom fitting. Many of us may be facing a Summer of water rationing and while that is likely to be hard enough in itself, we'll man...

Abode Lisi: the new thermostatic shower range

KBB 2012: Hall 19, Stand I90 Abode will preview a new creation - Lisi, an innovatively styled thermostatic shower range specifically created for people who want the perfect blend of design, performance, quality and sheer luxury.[TRIMTO] The range comprises a white thermostatic post shower with chrome handset and hose, the Lisi shower head...

IDS updates Tuscan solid wood worktop range with new timbers and top notch eco-credentials

...wn environmental stamp, guaranteeing responsibly sourced timber. Tuscan worktops are available ex-stock from any of IDS's twelve branches. Retailer POS includes a new 16 page brochure, updated with new lifestyle images of the two new timbers and product information. There is also a brand new display stand that sits neatly on the countertop and f...

BMA's delight in welcoming new member - Dietsche

Roman Dietsche Gmbh, the well-respected German bathroom products manufacturer, has become the latest recruit to the expanding Bathroom Manufacturers Association.[TRIMTO] Based in Emmendingen, Germany, and founded in 1873, the company manufactures ceramics, baths, brassware, accessories and showers for the domestic and commercial markets. Its UK...

Award winning quality and design

...lush sliding door system: Eku Frontino 20, is now available from Hafele UK to allow flexible, design-led solutions to suit sideboards or wall cabinets in the kitchen, bathroom, living room or office.[TRIMTO] Eku Frontino 20 was awarded the 'interzum award: high product quality'. It is thought to be the first hardware solution for flush-fitted sl...

Protection vital in volatile market, warns KBSA

...credited retailers via membership of the KBSA. This Government backed programme is part of its 'anti-cowboy' legislation and helps consumers find reliable and trustworthy professional tradesmen to carry out repairs and improvements to the inside and outside of their homes. All KBSA members are listed on the KBSA website, and a postcode search wi...

Major new TV series seeks Britain's most colourful and unconventional workplaces

...elevision, maker of super hit shows The Hotel and One Born Every Minute is looking to produce a feel-good documentary series that profiles remarkable businesses to find out what working life is like in a 21st century British workplace.[TRIMTO] Dragonfly, who specialise in fly-on-the-wall series, have contacted KBZine as they are lookin...

Kitchen taps to inspire!

...de of place on the Damixa stand will be two of its most stylish yet highly practical kitchen taps, G-Type and Osier.[TRIMTO] For an ultra sleek and contemporary finish in the kitchen, the G-Type mixer has it all, with a truly inspirational design that is guaranteed to give any kitchen the 'wow factor'. Featuring an elegantly long and linear ...

KBSA welcomes back three members

...ire commercial kitchen systems through to small, detailed finishing accessories for the home, has re-joined as a corporate member, as has design software supplier Articad. On the retail membership side, J S Geddes in Scotland has also returned. Award winning showroom J S Geddes is a finalist in Master Kitchen Retailer of the Year 2012 and has a ...

Ellis Furniture extends popular Quadra modular range

...a single deep drawer, which can be teamed with innovative storage dividers to maximise space. For en-suites and bathrooms where space is at a premium, the new 400mm wide basin unit with a single drawer or door is the ideal solution. The superior tall unit provides ample storage with minimal space requirement. Available in two widths; 300 and 400...

Blum continues to show the way

...olutionise the cutting edge of performance in the modern kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and living area - demonstrating that Blum's far-reaching product designs are equally at home in any fitted furniture throughout the house. Included in these is the exciting new Movento runner system for wooden drawers, the peerless Clip top Blumotion range of hin...

Which? Magazine praises Maytag's 'excellent' six-litre dishwasher

...sed the new Maytag MDW 606 AWG dishwasher that has reduced water consumption to an unprecedented six-litres and decreased the need to pre-treat dishes prior to dishwashing. Which? praised the machine for its 'excellent all round performance' and helpful features in a series of rigorous quality tests. Which? commented: "We used the Maytag Inte...

Ecobuild is just four weeks away

...nstruction and the built environment, opens in exactly a month and the organisers are promising: - More exhibitors than ever - over 1,500 suppliers, thousands of products, hundreds of new launches - Dozens of attractions and live demonstrations - new for 2012 include ZEDlife, the LoCaL House, Cool Concrete and Fabric First - Building o...

Leader

...he KBzine It's that time of year that we've all been waiting for... Yes - Sunday sees the start of the UK's biggest show dedicated to the KBB industry. I for one simply can't wait to explore the fabulous room sets we've been promised and I know that some fantastic new products are being unveiled for the first time, so th...

News in Brief

...487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ideal Standard 's new SoftMood bathroom collection is characterised by its soft and rounded design with high tech solutions. www.ideal-standard.co.uk ...

Hafele sinks it with Rangemaster

...en to ensure there is a solution to suit all design demands from stainless steel and granite to fire-clay ceramic.[TRIMTO] The stainless steel range features an enhanced soft brushed Micro-Sheen finish to the bowl and drainer edged with a subtle ground trim, with fitted clips and seals thus reducing installation time. Guaranteed for 25 years, t...

Management buyout for Waterfront Bathrooms

...pany Worcester Metal Holdings was unable to sell Waterfront to a suitable buyer. This was the status-quo when Tim and Paul forged a partnership with New River Holdings to purchase some of the assets from Commercial Finishes, namely the Waterfront name, website, some stock and the licenses of Kelly Hoppen and Mark Humphrey. The business has subse...

Growth of construction sector activity accelerates to 11-month high

...e in output  * Employment falls, but only marginally * Business confidence reaches a nine-month high  February data signalled a solid rise in the UK construction sector output, extending the current sequence of growth to 14 months. The stronger expansion in activity was supported by a sharp rise in new work intakes. However, acce...

'We Are Water' foundation launches international short film competition

...ater problem.[TRIMTO] Budding film directors can enter into three separate categories: * Micro-documentary - a demonstration of talent for synthesis and your narrative skill in telling a story, whether real or fictional * Animation - a demonstration of illustration and animation, from basic stop-motion to cutting-edge 3D * Mobile - the ...

KBB Cookery Demonstration area to debut at kbb birmingham

kbb Birmingham, through a collaboration with premium appliance brand V-ZUG, will be running a series of presentations on how to run the perfect showroom cookery demonstrations, when it opens its doors at the NEC from 4th -7th March. With consumers rediscovering their love of home entertaining, one of the key areas of investment for home impr...

Circo Corner radiators - great for tight spaces in kitchens and bathrooms

The Jaga Circo-Corner radiator is shaped to fit tightly into the corner of any room. It is especially suitable for smaller spaces, such as a corner above a bath in a confined bathroom, small kitchen or cramped hallway.[TRIMTO] The Jaga Circo-Corner radiator is available in heights from 125cm up to 240cm and outputs up to 4064 Watts. Integral...

New Radcliffe Collection from Imperial Bathrooms offers extended options

Imperial Bathrooms has unveiled Radcliffe - a new timeless bathroom collection that successfully fuses classical elegance with modern design and boasts an extended range of options. Featuring a distinctive and strongly sculptured edge in a gleaming white finish, Radcliffe is suitable for both modern and period interiors and is testament to the de...

KBB seminar heralds the bathroom as an investment in quality of life

...e survey, conducted among architects and bathroom planners internationally, primarily looked at open-plan bathroom concepts in homes, bathroom sizes, material trends and the issue of what drives bathroom planning. The survey reveals definite trends in bathroom design, including an increase in the use of materials such as ceramics, wood, natural ...

InstallerLive and the HHIC join forces

...e exhibition in 2012, the Boiler Workshop and Legislation Hub.[TRIMTO] Installers will enjoy face-to-face time with the major boiler manufacturers who are members of the HHIC. They will have the chance to see key boiler technologies stripped down, take practical workshop training sessions, speak to technical advisors, run through known issues, i...

Tyldesley tiler named as leading professional

David Stott, of Tyldesley-based Elite Tiling, has won the national 'Tiler of the Month' accolade from TilerWorld, the free web site for tilers and their customers. He was chosen for his tiling quality and high standards of customer service, shown by reviews posted on TilerWorld alongside customer ratings.[TRIMTO] He carries out all types of ti...

Kitchen Retailer Exchange at Blum

...ion reporting the wide disparity of retailing practices across the spectrum of UK kitchen retailers - some obviously far more successful than others. As a result, the Exchange workshops have been planned as an informal knowledge exchange between retailers in the specialist ambiance of the Blum headquarters. Subjects such as retailer operating pr...

KBB Show debut for Krushr

...0 Making its KBB Show debut is Krushr, demonstrating its range of recycling compactors for built-in or fully integrated kitchen installation. Krushr provides consumers with an innovative solution to handling household waste whilst retailers can add value to the kitchen sale with this 'next generation' appliance. Krushr is actively building i...

Mirrors for all from HiB

...ordable price point.[TRIMTO] Skye and Casey are both fluorescent illuminated mirrors using a back-lit light source that gives a clear light across the mirror surface. On both mirrors the lights are activated via a sensor switch.[TRIMTO] Importantly, both mirrors have integral heated mirror pads to avoid condensation misting up the surface whe...

Franke launches the Ascona tap - with a £48 discount on 'sink and tap' offer

To launch the new Ascona tap into the practical yet stylish Pro-Value range, Franke is offering a huge £48 retail discount if a complementary Ascona sink is purchased at the same time.[TRIMTO] The Ascona tap is classically styled for any kitchen scheme and follows the simple lines of the Ascona sink - which comes in one and one-and-a-hal...

Leader

Welcome to the KBzine   Wow! What a show! What a lovely industry! Yes, John and I are back from KBB Birmingham 2012, which we're delighted to say was a real success.  All the exhibitors to whom we spoke were very enthusiastic about the numbers and quality of visitors (we always know they've been real...

Laufen

...to show us around the displays. There was a lot to see...[TRIMTO] I was really taken with the red-dot award winning mimo collection, that may be compact by nature but which certainly packs a punch in the design stakes! Mimo's easy-going design refuses to be cramped by small bathroom layouts, instead featuring curved shapes and bold colours ...

News in Brief

...487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ideal Standard 's new SoftMood bathroom collection is characterised by its soft and rounded design with high tech solutions. www.ideal-standard.co.uk ...

Pelipal

...re also delighted to announce the launch of Leonardo to the UK market and a specially designed, back-to-wall range of furniture (pictured left) specifically for the UK market, designed in partnership with our UK retailers." A truly beautiful range of high-end bathroom furniture, Leonardo is available with three different front options with a tot...

Sensio offers clever power solutions as well as lighting

...nd I hadn't seen one before and we were really impressed. They work on the same principle as the pop-up loos that you find in some town and cities when the normal public washrooms have shut for the night, popping out to give access and tucking out of sight when they're not needed, saving space and keeping the area clutter-free.[TRIMTO] Unusually...

BMA and B&Q team up at Show to help industry 'talk clearly' to consumers

...not a new topic for us or a fad. But we live in a time where bathing is no longer purely functional - it's a very emotive experience for consumers. "The good news is that there has been a real shift in customer psyche, with a recent study showing that 45% feel that the environmental credentials of bathroom products is important to them when maki...

Winners of the KBB Review Awards 2012 announced at dazzling ceremony

The winners of the kbbreview Awards 2012 were revealed at an exquisite and much-anticipated ceremony a little after the Show closed its doors on Monday. The awards, hosted by Taylist Media's kbbreview magazine, recognised the very best in the kitchen and bathroom industry, with categories ranging from design to business. The annual awards, now...

HiB

...ecided not to exhibit this year, had made a big mistake. "They've misread the market," he suggested - something that we agree with. The mood was definitely upbeat and confident, there were new players in the market and people were spending. This visitor confidence was plain to see right through to the time the doors closed on the final day, so Barr...

KitchenAid

...on called me over to examine the clever Twelix oven with its convection system and 33 cooking modes - and, most importantly - its demo mode which allows showroom staff to show potential purchases exactly what the oven can do and how easy it is to use, without the risk of it heating up![TRIMTO] Adam Aldred-Lane (pictured) talked us through the de...

Showerwall

...ing popularity with consumers for natural materials in stone, marble and metallics, which balance up-to-the-minute styling with commercial versatility. Reflecting the design appeal of marbles with consumers, there is Mocca Marble (light brown) Bianco Carrera (white), Nero Marble (black) and Zamora Marble in a modish grey tone. Richly coloured st...

Drawers, doors and lifting systems - a study into the real usage of kitchens

...usage of kitchens at kbb 2012 on Monday. The FIRA funded study for Blum, has looked into how real-life kitchens are used and the impact this has on the design, manufacture and installation of furniture fittings. The project aimed to review data relating to the usage of drawers, doors and lifting systems within real kitchens. The study compared ...

The Mosaic Bath Company

...mall selection Andy Wood and the team had brought to the show was stopping visitors in their tracks - wow![TRIMTO] The company's free standing mosaic bath tubs are the ultimate statement of elegance and luxury, and will be a stunning addition to almost any bathroom. I say 'almost' as the bathroom would need to be of reasonable size, rather than ...

Steel Cuisine

Steel used the show to launch a colourful collection of built-in ovens and hobs that was hard to miss! The display featured seven new built-in ovens from both the Ascot and Genesi collections, and a Genesi hob. The Genesi range showcases bright and bold statement colours that I loved - but there was something for every taste as the Ascot range...

Hotpoint

...Style collections mark Hotpoint's entry into the sinks and taps sector for the first time in its 100-year history.[TRIMTO] Kitchen specialists were able to see how the collections fully complement the existing Luce and NewStyle ranges on specially designed displays and a series of cookery demonstrations by 2008 Masterchef winner and professional...

Leader

Welcome to the KBzine     Welcome to Part Two of our KBB Birmingham 2012 show review. No doubt when you've read it, you'll agree that there were some fantastic new products and schemes launched. More next week... Yours, Jan Hobbs  

News in Brief

...487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ideal Standard 's new SoftMood bathroom collection is characterised by its soft and rounded design with high tech solutions. www.ideal-standard.co.uk ...

Bohle

The exhibition attracted just the right kind of people for Bohle, the Manchester-based manufacturer and supplier of glass installation products. Alic McCabe, Sales Promotion Manager, said on the final day: "We've had a steady stream of visitors every day and unusually we even took orders on the stand for our new sliding glass door system, Portava...

Pegler Yorkshire

...as![TRIMTO] Choosing the best possible solution for the job is critical in the healthcare sector - particularly where the issues concerned are as important as anti-bacterial protection and helping to prevent scalding and cross-contamination. Pegler has worked closely with the healthcare sector for more than 80 years and its comprehensive and...

Franke

..."The new Maris in Stainless Steel is a good example of this." As well as promoting the Minerva 3-in-1 Kettle Tap with Franke teabags, also on offer were Franke E-cloths, tea towels and various other promotional items including chocolate sinks! Above and beyond this, there was a daily prize draw to win an iPad2. I didn't win an iPad but I did...

Pando / The Lightworks

...re by The Lightworks, the exclusive Pando distributor in the UK," explained Pando's Export Manager I-aki Iturbe, who had come all the way from Spain to attend the show. "This is a prototype of what will be a high end model, but the finished version will be available in any Corian finish and will be manufactured to the highest specifications. Th...

KBBNTG, KBSA, BMA and EQ Software launched CPD workshops

...ed at the development of training programmes specifically for the kbb sectors, as they are not brand-specific activities - but offer the designers a total market view - which research has shown is what they are asking for.[TRIMTO] The inaugural 'Principles of Kitchen Design and Project Management' two-day CPD workshop is on 17th & 18th April...

Roca

... commercial and domestic sectors, spanning the low and mid sectors through to the more exclusive top-end market. Sanitaryware with complementary furniture was a key theme with the launch of the Dama-N and Victoria-N collections. We particularly liked the two innovative WCs, the InTank Meridian floor-standing WC (pictured) and CleanRim. Also on t...

Schueller, presented by Inhouse

...on and Sophie Langley invited us to sit down in one of the display kitchens and treated us to a much-needed cold drink before showing us around this and the rest of the kitchens on show... so - comfortable AND functional then! A new launch - and seen for the first time in the UK - is the fantastic next125 kitchen NX902 in stone grey glass. S...

Carron Phoenix

...uing drive for a comprehensive portfolio based on the principles of affordably, good design and long-lasting quality. He said that in addition to the new launches, the company was showcasing all of the products launched in Summer 2011, further underlining the full depth and breadth of what's on offer to retailers from a company with more than 2...

Bushboard

...the company previewed its latest designs and innovations in laminates, solid surfacing and a new man-made stone brand.[TRIMTO] Bushboard marked out its distinctive approach to surfaces with a stand packed with innovative and design-orientated new products for retailers and designers from its extensive portfolio of kitchen worksurface and bathroo...

Austin Bathrooms

... rich, seamlessly solid and warm to the touch. "This innovative technology means you get cutting-edge design and seriously sleek lines that you just can't get with run-of-the-mill ceramic or acrylic," said the team. The minimalist collection comes in contemporary glossy white, creating a real sense of space in your bathroom. And for smaller ...

Croydex

...a range of coloured steel cabinets which enables homeowners to add a splash of brightness to the any-sized bathroom. And the display certainly stopped visitors in their tracks![TRIMTO] Available in a la mode purple, zesty lime green, bright blue or fuchsia pink colourways, the compact cabinet is ideal for small spaces and is supplied fully assem...

Rangemaster

...ter's celebrated drop down doors for flexible and easy access to your dishes, paired with the sought-after 'continental' style twin cavity, already synonymous with the Rangemaster Professional and Classic Deluxe ranges.[TRIMTO] The 100cm range cooker has a fantastic overall oven capacity of 121 litres, one of the largest of its kind. Split into ...

EQ Software

...ting in a record number of new customers and leads. "We initially thought our stand would be over-manned for the show, but we needed more staff to cope with the demand and are now looking to increase its size the next time. The number of customers signing up at the show for software or eCommerce websites was considerably high along with new supp...

CDA

...which would be the most successful as we felt they were all brilliant. For example there's the built-in grill drawer, which integrates seamlessly with other appliances but provides cooks with the separate facility they want. Sally explained that eventually, customers will be able to create their preferred selection of CDA cooking drawers in the sam...

Leader

Welcome to the KBzine Welcome to the third part of our review of KBB Birmingham 2012. We hope you get as excited about some of the new products described here as we did… Yours, Jan Hobbs  

News in Brief

...487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ideal Standard 's new SoftMood bathroom collection is characterised by its soft and rounded design with high tech solutions. www.ideal-standard.co.uk ...

Blum

...his show will serve to do just that," he told us. 'The House of Blum' was the theme of the stand - with everything decked out in the company's bright orange - and on show were a number of world leading products that continue to revolutionise the cutting edge of performance in the modern kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and living area - demonstrating ...

RAK

...ing a small footprint and curved, contemporary design. In addition to standard formats for hygiene-conscious consumers, three extended projections are available for wheelchair users, in both back-to-wall and close-coupled formats. All models feature comfort height levels and comply with the Department of Health's HTM64 Standard. They also fe...

Stuart Turner

...ng, where connection to the main soil pipe is not possible. T: +44 (0) 1491 572655 W: www.stuart-turner.co.uk ...

Abode

...10 so we were delighted that she was available to show us around Abode's stand this time around too - but that was after sitting on the stand's futuristic white sofas and drinking one of the best coffees we had enjoyed all week, while putting the world to rights! The exhibits on the stand were too outstanding to ignore for long though, and soon ...

Blanco

...durability, hygienic qualities and extensive colour range," he enthused. "It has a tactile, silky-smooth surface that looks like natural stone and it is exceptionally easy to clean, since it repels water, preventing the build up of surface deposits and limescale. "It's stain-resistant (even metal marks from pots and pans are easily removed). ...

Geberit

...'on the tour' this year. And once again there was lots to see... Something we loved was the Touch-less Flush... Effortlessly combining design, comfort and hygiene in the contemporary bathroom or washroom, the new Sigma80 touchless flush plate has all three in abundance, creating a design focal point in the most stylish of ways. In standby ...

LDL Components

...ut stop and stare! The brand new Wesco range of household accessories for kitchens and bathrooms - only available in the UK through LDL - comes in a dazzling array of vibrant colours.[TRIMTO] "This new range will allow retailers to take advantage of lucrative 'add-on' sales," said Marketing and Data Assistant Francesca Bray, pictured above. ...

De Dietrich

...ich launched Premium, a collection of luxury contemporary cutting edge appliances that combine avant-garde concepts with simple to use functionality. The sophisticated design of each appliance incorporates vertical structured lines coupled with a fusion of clear and coloured glass, chrome and stainless steel. All are presented in trendsetting colou...

Karonia

... PR contact Deborah Lord was on hand to do the honours and help talk us through what was on display - and again there was plenty to see. Karonia extended the Mistral range of 25mm solid surface worktops with the launch of five smart new colours at the show. The original collection of 11 effects was launched at KBB 2010 and has gone from strength...

20-20 Technologies

The many visitors to the 20-20 Technologies were treated to individual demonstrations of how the company's design software can add value to a business, complement its existing expertise and offer customers the opportunity to experience their dream kitchen or bathroom, before it's even installed. Managing Director Craig Rothwell told us that th...

Leader

...over the coming weeks)! I joined a group of international journalists who were treated to an in-depth look at lots of beautifully designed and incredibly ‘intelligent’ new products from the growing portfolio of brands under the Whirlpool Corporation’s umbrella, which are marketed in more than 170 countries. But of course...

Leader

...on by fuel tanker drivers? I doubt it. So here we are on the brink of another recession and 2,000-plus fuel tanker drivers, servicing some 90% of our petrol stations, are about to push us right over the edge by preventing us from going about our work - supposedly because they are concerned about safety standards - as well of course as the 'terms...

News in Brief

...487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ideal Standard 's new SoftMood bathroom collection is characterised by its soft and rounded design with high tech solutions. www.ideal-standard.co.uk ...

Jetstone

... company told us that all the attention was for a good reason, since ceramics have great properties - making this particular worktop almost 100% stain proof, scratch proof and heat proof. The blowtorch, incidentally, was set at 1400 degrees C - and despite being used to attack the worktop time and time again, we can vouch for the fact that it didn'...

Kaldewei

Stylish enamelled floor level shower trays have become an integral part of modern, design-inspired bathrooms and the displays on Kaldewei's stand showed how far things have come in recent years, with the company presenting the perfect solution for wetrooms with its floor-level Conoflat shower tray and ESR II Installation Frame System for installi...

Apex Interior Systems

...rom; there are now 50 doors across the Apex range with 50 exciting and colourful finishes available - enough to make each kitchen and bedroom design into completely individual rooms. One of the new doors for 2012 is Cambridge, a classic Shaker style, but with the twist of a chamfered edge from the rails to the centre panel. The Cambridge design...

Damixa

... Also featured was Osier, again offering great design and a wide choice of spouts, including an L-shaped high spout with an outlet that swivels 360� enabling the spray to reach even those hard to reach places. Another new addition to highlight is Eris, which again combines contemporary elegance with excellent practical benefits. Behind the ...

Mereway

Mereway kitchens was keen to promote its new Trend Interiors range which embraces the rapidly growing internet channel, creating a new package for retailers and offering a wide range of affordable, quality kitchens in classic, contemporary and modern styles. The top end of the price range includes a solid oak shaker style that can be 'mixed ...

Nolte

...rst time since it started supplying UK customers on a direct basis. Eight displays showed a cross-section of current innovations and offered a lot to explore. Covering various ranges, finishes and price groups there were new fronts, trend colours, warm wood decors and organic shapes. Bob saw the show as a chance to meet future Nolte...

kbb Birmingham exceeded expectations and really delivered

...stomers about our new products for 2012. The reaction to these was fantastic, particularly to the In-Tank Meridian and CleanRim The Gap WCs. The number of displays we secured through the show was especially pleasing and the follow up that we have done already on the leads gathered at the show indicates that they are of high quality." Chris Routl...

Symphony

...iness for the future. "Symphony's New Perspectives approach has been first class in every aspect - from product, marketing support right through to display installation, delivery and most importantly a quality finished product and satisfied customers... I have now an excellent Gallery showroom and confidence in a true partnership for the future....

Caesarstone

...upremo 'Queen of Hearts'. With its translucent pink and white patterns, it is delicate, yet intense - and really unusual. "Distinctly different from any other quartz surface on the market, each slab is a one-of-a-kind creation and comes in its own unique flow of colour and pattern," explained Chris. "There is a range of six spectacular colours, ...

Leader

...Bzine The Easter break was a typical one it seems. Far too much chocolate - and the weather changed for the worse (in the UK) improving just in time for the return to work as usual. Oh well, at least the roads are quieter due to the school holidays… Or the high cost of fuel. Take your pick. Whichever it is, it wo...

Building contractor fined after carpenter's fingers severed

A Tower Hamlets-based building contractor has been fined after a worker's hand was severely injured by an unguarded power tool. A prosecution by the Health & Safety Executive was brought after the incident in October 2009, when the self-employed carpenter was working on the refurbishment of flats. The 22-year-old, who does not wish to be...

News in Brief

...487 9422 Good luck to Kit Stone , which has bucked the trend by opening a new showroom in Epsom - its largest at 2000 square feet. T: 01372 237 020 Ideal Standard 's new SoftMood bathroom collection is characterised by its soft and rounded design with high tech solutions. www.ideal-standard.co.uk ...

Mike Campbell writes about the opening of Sally UK Shower Equipment's UK Office

...lets displaying Sally brand products. In the UK we will only supply to our customers in their own-branding and for this it has been vital that I establish our UK Office offering full customer service and support. E: mikec@sallyuk.com T: 0044 (0) 1539 822688 W: www.asiaeuropetrading.com ...

FIRA members WCFM Sustainability Award success

...d employee engagement together with wider process innovations and improvements. The three runners-up in the competition, in alphabetical order, were: Premiere Kitchens, Senator International and Symphony Group, are also members of FIRA. The judges of the completion were keen to emphasise that the runners up were also of an extremely high standar...

Elleci comes to the UK

...nces and colours more than ever meant that it was only a matter of time before we looked to our boot-shaped counterparts for inspiration - and then along came the exciting new Italian sink brand, Elleci. "Elleci is already the number one sink designer, manufacturer and supplier of designer coloured sinks and taps in Italy, but it's also quickly ...

Abode launches the new Triana Aquifier filter water tap

Abode has developed and launched Triana - an elegant, patented, single lever Aquifier filter water tap, finished in both Chrome and Brushed Nickel. The tall, slender, sweeping swan neck spout and smooth, tapered body create a tap of modern day elegance. The Triana has advanced water filtration technology and by a flick of the wrist, twisting ...

Announcing the KBSA Designer Awards - 2012

...entries. There will be five Award categories, namely: * The KBSA Kitchen Designer of the Year - sponsored by Omega * The KBSA Bathroom Designer of the Year - sponsored by the kbbNTG * The KBSA Bedroom Designer of the Year - sponsored by Hepplewhite * The KBSA Home Office Designer of the Year - sponsored by the KBSA * The KBSA Young Designer o...

Organising the Bathroom

...contact the sales department on 01788 548811 or visit www.hafele.co.uk ?? ?? ?? ?? P R E S S - I N F O R M A T I O N Date: March 2012 1 | Page ...

New Waverley tap from Carron Phoenix gives levers a lift!

...y the functionality of the tap. This is clearly an emerging trend and Waverly gives retailers a well-priced and stylish option. " In common with all Carron Phoenix taps, the Waverley carries a five year guarantee. T: 01324 638321 W: www.carron.com ...

Easter eggs for children's charity

Bathroom showroom, Burge and Gunson in Colliers Wood, London, together with Mitcham-based national bathroom distributor, Farmiloe, donated 150 Easter eggs to The Children's Trust, Tadworth - a national charity that provides specialist care for some of the UK's most severely disabled children - rehabilitation to children with an acquired brain inj...

The iKBBI is moving

...raining & meeting facilities as well as free parking for visitors." Opening hours are Monday - Friday 10.00 - 16.00 (except public holidays). The new address details (and do note that the telephone number is new too!) are: iKBBI Riverside Business Centre Fort Road Tilbury, RM18 7ND T: 0845 519 2007 / 01375 489 430 E: info@ikbbi.org...

Whirlpool introduces green generation new 6th Sense Colours washing machine

...ith 6th Sense Colours to protect clothes at a remarkably low temperature. The machine boasts long-lasting colour preservation and the best in fabric care. The patented 6th Sense technology works in concert with Whirlpool's Colours 15 degrees C option, which features dedicated programmes for white, mixed and dark coloured fabrics, making the wash...

Inta lobbies on behalf of the Water Label

Anti-scald tap, shower and valve manufacturer Inta has received a commitment from Jeremy Lefroy, MP for Stafford, that he will support the Water Label within Parliament and lobby for bathroom products to be included in the Government's forthcoming Green Deal. The MP visited Inta's headquarters in Hixon, Staffordshire, to discuss the issues fac...

New Formica Unilin collection from IDS offers outstanding design flexibility

...ened its panel products offer for the trade with an exclusive distribution agreement for the Formica-Unilin collection, a comprehensive range of melamine, laminate and edging tape which offers a raft of design and cost engineering benefits for kitchen, bedroom and office furniture manufacturing, specialist joinery and retail shopfitting sectors. ...

We have Mail from Hannah Barrett

... economic times, the government should be supporting our manufacturing base not damaging it with ill-thought through subsidies to energy producers * Save us all Money: The subsidies are paid by charging energy suppliers the cost of meeting renewable obligations charges. They pass on the costs to consumers (all of us) through price increases. In ...

KitchenAid dishwasher uses Pro-steam technology to clean

...er renowned for its professional performance and stylish design, introduces the fully integrated Pro-steam dishwasher, boasting outstanding cleaning performance. The KitchenAid 6050 PRO-steam dishwasher is made of exceptional materials and guarantees excellent cleaning results thanks to its sensor technology, and the Pro-steam programme, which r...

Leader

...ek by our local councils, or the giving (or selling) of unwanted furniture and appliances to others - rather than taking it to the local dump. In yesterday's issue of KBZine's sister publication Cleanzine ( www.thecleanzine.com ) I applauded the RecycleMania initiative, whereby schools and colleges across the US race to collect the heaviest load...

Leader

...me areas next week, many of us have been paying closer attention to the various parties' manifestos - although as we know from past experience, the promises and subsequent delivery are often somewhat different! Following the inclusion of UKIP's Nick Farage on this week's Question Time and the realisation that the party is finally being taken ser...

KBSA announces judges for Design Awards

...31st and judges with the hard task of making the decisions have been confirmed as: Martin Thomas - National Chair, KBSA Renee Mascari - CEO KBBNTG Tim Gent - National Trade Sales Manager, Hepplewhite Fitted Furniture Ben Jones - Project Designer Manager, Omega John Kirkham - MD - A Bell & Company, Northampton Julian Bayliss - Regional Chair...

Maytag launches new tumble dryer with a A-50% energy efficiency

The new Maytag condenser tumble dryer, MTD09HPWH, achieves an eco-friendly energy rating of A-50% through innovative heat pump technology. Designed and engineered to perform exceptionally well, every detail of the drying process has been carefully assessed and improved to save our natural resources. Its ultra-efficiency is attained using compr...

The Kitchen & Bedroom Showroom, Bournemouth, 'very responsible'

...lt up a very strong reputation for providing a high quality service. Its staff are particularly well-known for the personal approach they put into each kitchen, from the initial design to the complete fitting. Furthermore, the company is said to be the only kitchen supplier within a 25 mile radius which employs its own dedicated kitchen fitters,...

Symphony's Spring Promotion shows support for retailers

...0% off will be given to selected Gallery kitchen ranges, offering retailers a much needed, recession-beating boost. These significant discounts are on all selected Embrace bedroom doored and full drawer units, including best selling gloss ivory range Zara, contemporary walnut range Hannah and the classic Wisconsin shaker range Emily. New bathroo...

Tile Depot join TTA

...use are based in Slough and there are now 19 Tile Depot stores throughout London and the South East - in Aylesbury, Basingstoke, Bedford, Crawley, Cricklewood, Edgware, Enfield, Greenford, Hanwell, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Reading, Slough, Tonbridge, Uxbridge, Watford, Wembley and Whetstone - all open seven days a week and until 6pm on...

IDS doubles stockholding at Swindon to enhance customer service

...oring. Significant capital investment has gone into new warehouse racking to double the number of ex-stock items giving customers the benefits of extended product choice and faster availability. Some 50% more products, equating to 1,260 SKU's (stock-keeping units) will now be available for delivery in 24-48 hours. Says John Bagshaw, Managing Di...

Brussels is to push for EU-wide minimum wage

...y, the European Commission proposed the introduction of a minimum wage in countries such as Germany - which doesn't at present have one - and raise wages where they are considered too low, according to a draft seen by EurActiv. Having a job will not necessarily ward off poverty in Europe, argues the organisation, pointing out that some 8% of Eur...

NKBA announces the 2011/2012 Student Design Competition winners

...vailable only to the press, top designers, and select industry insiders.[TRIMTO] Sponsored by Sub-Zero and Wolf, as well as Waypoint Living Spaces, a division and trademark of American Woodmark Corporation, the 2011/2012 NKBA Student Design Competition, received more hundreds of entries from students at colleges and universities across North Ame...

Legion's Home Improvement Service Goes National

...s in the UK. In Scotland the service will be provided by Poppyscotland.[TRIMTO] The secure, high-quality Home Improvement Service, which also comprises a Handy Van Service, helps beneficiaries who may be vulnerable and disabled, to live independently in their own homes. The service is available to anyone who has served in the UK Armed Forces or...

Crosswater Holdings joins BMA

...the interests of over 50 major bathroom manufacturing groups and service providers with over 80 well-known brands in the marketplace. The manufacturing base directly employs 10,000+ people across 79 sites around the UK. T: 01782 747123 E: info@bathroom-association.org.uk W: www.bathroom-association.org ...

New value granite sink range from Carron Phoenix makes its debut

Launched at KBB and rolled out as a keen price-fighter, Debut is a range of granite sinks that combine sound design and functionality. Introduced by Carron Phoenix as a replacement for its Summit range, which has been moved to the price-pointed Essential Value Sink & Tap Pack Collection, Debut represents the new value granite product in Carr...

Ellis Furniture praises enduring popularity of apprenticeship schemes

Ellis Furniture - a leading manufacturer of kitchen and bathroom furniture - is praising the enduring popularity of its apprenticeship scheme after 120 years, claiming it is just as popular today as it was back then, with more than a quarter of current employees having joined the company as apprentices. The renowned manufacturer places quality cr...

Sleek and efficient by design; the new Aquaflux Aqanomic

...ks to meet the highest levels of the Code for Sustainable Homes, the new Aquaflux Aquanomic (TFL1CM/-AN) kitchen tap has factory fitted flow restrictors, developed using a water usage calculator, to maintain a maximum flow rate of 3.8 litres per minute and meet the stringent water use levels in the Code. Operating at a minimum pressure of 2.0 bar, ...

Ellis Furniture reports fantastic response to new Galaxy and Opal kitchen ranges

Ellis Furniture is reporting a fantastic response to the launch of the handle-less Opal and Galaxy kitchen ranges. Delivering the utmost in sleek minimalist kitchen design, both ranges have been incredibly well received by both retailers and consumers alike. Galaxy, with its lustrous smooth silk finish brings sophistication to the kitchen spac...

Intelligent building technology from Hafele

...rties. This clever system consists of receivers and wireless transmitters allowing it to be retro-fitted into existing buildings with minimum fuss. Signals are transmitted via radio to each individual receiver, perfect for installing onto glass, furniture or where a lack of cabling would normally prevent the fitting of controls - such as a kitch...

Franke inspires customers with a new app

...elebrity experience section provides images from the Franke celebrity campaign featuring Heidi Klum - including 'behind the scenes' footage In the product experience area, customers are given the option to browse products with a simple swipe of the screen - technical details and related complementary products, materials and videos are all includ...

Stylish kitchen showroom opens in Perth

...ce throughout the day. With some of the latest British and German kitchens on display, along with hi-tech appliances, Nick and his team from the Nick Nairn Cookschool showed how KI kitchens work in the home and the benefits of such sleek and elegant designs. The new showroom at 16-18 Princes St, Perth is 140 sq metres and contains three kitchen ...

Ecobuild unites global sustainable built environment community with over 57,000 attendees

...tors explored the products, services and innovations from more than 1,500 exhibitors including world-renowned organisations, Schueco, E.ON, Saint-Gobain, BASF, Kingspan, Vaillant, and Worcester Bosch. In addition to the industry's heavy-weights, visitors were also able to explore up and coming companies in the exclusive entrepreneur's zone, Green S...

LDL launches new, large capacity Wesco waste system

...rest of the Pullboy Z range, and is therefore soft closing. It is also available with the Blum Servo-Drive touch control door system, the perfect solution when hands are full as a simple tap with the knee will open the door. The Wesco range of Pullboy Z waste solutions allows the designer to incorporate a concealed waste bin into a cabinet witho...

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...; "We've come together because we're concerned about the human and environmental impacts of throw-away products and packaging," says Matt Prindiville, Associate Director of the Product Policy Institute and a co-founder of the new coalition.  "We know better products can be designed with people and the planet in mind.  Better systems fo...

Rangemaster and Articad: design online for the world renowned range cookers

...the KBB sector, ArtiCAD, has announced that Rangemaster has chosen its new online design tool  - MyRoomFinish - to help consumers select which model and colour of range cooker would most suit their kitchen.[TRIMTO] The new design tool - branded aRangeit by Rangemaster - enables consumers visiting the Rangemaster web site ( www.rangemaster.c...

New homes figures reveal continuing public/private sector divide

...iden, with social housing showing a 54% decrease for March 2012, compared to March last year (2,460 - 5,330).[TRIMTO] Although private sector registrations to build new homes in March are down 10% compared to March 2011 (7,190 - 7,980), figures for the quarter were up 6% compared to same quarter in 2011 (20,310 - 19,090). Public sector registra...

A winning combination

...oor heating systems and tiles. The former designed by On The Level has a specially designed three-way fall to ensure that the wet room functions perfectly. It is manufactured from top quality birch plywood in the UK and has a PEFC certification. It is available in a choice of six sizes to complement any wet floor shower area. The result of ...

TTA Awards: a night to remember

...ithin the industry, and providing not only the opportunity for them to proudly display the TTA award-winners logo, but also recognition from their peers. Being named as a winning entry in one of the 22 categories at the premier night in the tile industry calendar is truly an accomplishment. Having been carefully checked for financial, technical and...

10 kitchen and bath trends and treatments to inspire

... focal points and overall geometry are a few among the complex considerations that talented creative-thinkers factor into their plans when generating a room design. Be inspired and enjoy examples of ten trends and treatments to inspire![TRIMTO] 1) Glossy finishes and fixtures: Shimmering surfaces, shining fixtures, high-sheen finishes and pe...

Markey Group unveils £1.1m biomass facility

Gloucester-based Markey Group demonstrated its red hot green credentials last week by holding an environmental awareness event to mark the official launch of its innovative, new £1.1 million biomass facility. The environmentally-friendly state-of-the art burner runs on wood waste generated by Premiere Kitchens - a subsidiary of Markey ...

Luxury bed-maker wins Queen's Award for Excellence

Devon-based Vi-Spring, renowned the world over for its handmade luxury beds, has been awarded the prestigious Queen's Award for Excellence. The British bed-maker has been recognised for producing bespoke beds of the highest quality, resulting in substantial growth in overseas sales. HM The Queen marked Vi-Spring's success in her birthday honours ...

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... short as this week's KBZine is being broadcast from Amsterdam, where we've been producing a daily e-zine for a show in another sector - and frankly we're both exhausted! Having done the whole show in high heels (and a fair bit of walking in the evenings) my feet are aching badly and the last thing I want to do is sit at the desk in my hotel ro...

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Welcome to the KBzine   Well, here comes another Bank Holiday and as well as further heavy rainfall and flooding, we’re being threatened with snow! The good news for our industry of course is that it will keep everyone off the beaches and hopefully encourage them to browse some showrooms and spend lots...

Revealed: the biggest secret In the bathroom industry

...business and the Crosswater Group.  Last Wednesday, in Jersey, the Channel Islands., the Group - notably the third largest selling bathroom and shower products in the UK - unveiled its newly built head office and conference facilities at the marina in St Helier and announced a new member of the team. Bathroom Brands currently operates busin...

Leisure Sinks range installed in Stratford Halo Project

...sidential blocks in Europe. Euroline sinks, Aquadisc 2 and Aquaflux taps were supplied by Croydon-based Price Kitchens, a manufacturer supplying the contract housing market, to the project contractors, Ardmore Construction. Commenting about the Leisure Sinks' products, Niall Shine, Quantity Surveyor, Ardmore Construction said: "Ease of instal...

Innovative price pledge coincides with new product book

...ems, also known as Franke Sissons, is part of the international Franke Group and specialises in high-calibre stainless steel and solid surface washroom solutions for commercial installations that include healthcare, education, catering, stadia and prisons, alongside hotel, offices, leisure and others.   High-grade stainless steel and seamle...

Leading UK bathroom supplier enters Forum’s late payment Hall of Shame

...ess – taking it to as much as 90 days for payments to suppliers to clear. The Staffordshire-based Bristan Group has written to its suppliers to make them aware of the changes, and to explain why payment could now take much longer depending on the time of the month invoices are received. The company – one of the country’s lar...

An open letter to Sir James Dyson

...eful. An analysis we undertook on CLG/BRE data shows there are 1 million toilets in the UK which pre-date 1960, so use 13 litres or more of water per flush. Power showers from the 80s and 90s were incredibly wasteful, getting through 20 or even 30 litres of water per minute.[TRIMTO] But you are incorrect to say that the plumbing industry is stuc...

BMA's WEPLS 'Water Label' is adopted in Europe

...a positive partnership which has led to the introduction of the Water Label. The Scheme is a self-certified tool that will help inform consumers and professionals alike about product water consumption. The Water Label clearly shows the volume of water that the product will consume per minute if installed correctly and in accordance with manuf...

Candour – a taste of things to come…

...eel.  The single lever basin and bidet taps have modern and stylish pencil slim levers and drop-head spouts. The Abode designers have epitomised the luxury feel of the new Candour taps by creating a stylish floor mounted bath filler with shower handset, wall mounted basin and bath fillers, along with and elegant, easy-to-install thermostati...

Ian Kershaw appointed TTA Chairman

...ensure that all our members have staff equipped with the knowledge to face the challenges of an ever-evolving industry. With that in mind we look to move forwards as an Association priding itself on providing quality, knowledge and confidence.” Also appointed as new Directors at the AGM were Tony Cotton, Paul Luff, Henry Williamson and Bil...

Karonia launches new Mistral brochure

...rktops. The 16 page brochure captures the incredible versatility of Mistral through a series of real-life kitchen installations, highlighting the virtually unlimited creative potential of this practical and adaptable material. Mistral is a completely solid, enhanced acrylic which, as it has no substrate, can be shaped and curved to meet the most...

LDL introduces large capacity Peka ‘Mullboy Big’

Previewed on the LDL stand at KBB 2012, the new Peka Mullboy Big is a large capacity, round bin offering a number of design features. With a generous 40 litre capacity as opposed to the usual 15 litre for similar door mounted bins, the Peka Mullboy Big is designed to swing right out of the unit when the door is opened while the lid lifts automati...

Symphony evolves Gallery kitchen collection

...oss door.   The second new range is Plaza (pictured left), available in three earthy tones - Taupe, Stone and Mussell - fitting well with the market trend for new neutral colours. Hacienda (below right) is the third brand new range with a new avola pine finish in Ivory or Champagne, complete with matching cabinet ends to create a co-ord...

Applications for ‘2012 Architect in the House’ initiative, now open

...tute of British Architects (RIBA) and sponsored by insulation specialist Rockwool. The popular UK-wide scheme provides the public with hour-long consultations with RIBA Chartered Architects who donate their time for free, in exchange for a £40 suggested donation to Shelter. The scheme is expected to help thousands of homeowners to plan ...

Gorenje sponsors BTCC Pro racing driver

Gorenje, has announce its sponsorship of the 2012 British Touring Car Championship with driver Andrew Jordan, who races with Pirtek racing team. Gorenje’s sponsorship is for the 2012 season of BTCC, and sees the brand’s logo on Andrew’s Honda Civic NGT (next generation touring car), the garage boards, hero cards, posters and ...

CCS passes £60 million in Q1 2012

... company managed over £200 million of approved loans during 2011. Speaking about its record-breaking growth, CCS Managing Partner Andy Wallace said: “These are challenging times for retail installers. Convincing homeowners to invest in big ticket items such as windows, conservatories, kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and PV solar panel...

LDL new website

... check stock. New product innovations are highlighted prominently on the site and there is also an e-gallery so that images can be downloaded for use on retailers’ own websites or in their promotional material. For user convenience, technical information and product installation videos can also be accessed via the site, along with a section d...

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...we should be doing with any spare cash we might have. Add to this the fact that the British non-Summer (apparently causing birds to bypass their mating calls in favour of 'Autumn's 'here, we're off to warmer climes' songs) is robbing us of the feelgood factor that normally encourages us to spend and it doesn't bode well for trade, does it? ...

Newlyn by Mark Wilkinson OBE - launched this week

...fresh development in handle design, with a solid timber grip that he has set into the walnut facade - thus 'absorbing' the handle detail into the body of the design, in a modern interpretation of a classic characteristic of the Arts & Crafts movement. In another 'first', for Newlyn, the designer is showing a kitchen style, which has a door t...

Scotland welcomes KBSA at successful regional meeting

The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has held a well-attended regional meeting in Scotland that was hosted by corporate member Carron Phoenix. A mixture of retail and corporate members travelled - in some cases significant distances - to hear presentations from Carron Phoenix on the changing face of the sink market, KBSA suppli...

Vado sponsors World Cycle Tour

...mos, on a cycle ride around the world! The epic journey is in aid of War Child, which provides life-changing support to the most vulnerable children whose families, communities and schools have been torn apart by war. Daring Dynamos are planning to visit some of Vado's international customers during the tour, which is expected to last approxima...

Apollo continues to drive safety message home

As one of the UK's largest retailers of made-to-measure blinds and shutters, Apollo Blinds is at the forefront of the industry's efforts to raise awareness of dangers relating to looped blind cords and is launching a campaign to drive the message home. Now in its third year, Apollo's Make Blinds Child Safe campaign, runs during the Child Accide...

Over-bath innovation from PJH Group

The PJH Group has taken its Moods showering range to new heights with a patented all-in-one shower solution for the over-bath shower market, called the Integrated Shower Tower. As featured in its Bathrooms to Love Collection, the innovative and space-saving new design features a dual control thermostatic shower tower that is cleverly integrate...

Hafele's new Kato handle range is fast and easy to fit

The new and exclusive collection of Kato profile handles launched by Hafele is an innovative under worktop handle for standard cabinet design that is easy to fix without the need for routing channels into the carcase.[TRIMTO] Made from aluminium, the durable and lightweight metal handle is available to fit horizontally and vertically and is of...

Home owners want more storage? Here's a solution!

...e.' Instead of moving, our customers are doing extension or conversion work." comments Wayne Lysaght-Mason, Managing Director of, IronmongeryDirect, said to be the UK's largest online and mail order trade supplier of ironmongery products. "One popular option to free up space has always been sliding doors which are ideal for built-in wardrobes in...

Hettich opens the way to better sliding doors

... from Hettich UK. Inline P, TopLine 22 and TopLine M offer special features for particular two/three-door applications, such as flush closing, 'silent' soft close and opening/sliding options on the same cabinet design, creating the option to upgrade to sliding doors as a retrofit.[TRIMTO] All three feature in Hettich's new sliding and folding do...

Perfect Planar from Franke

The beautiful new Planar Slim-Top sink from Franke is sure to make a style statement in your streamlined, minimalist kitchen. One of the most geometric drainer sinks on the market today, the Planar, which is available in single and one and a half bowl models, boasts a slim edge flat profile for an almost seamless transition with your worktop. Th...

Smart Systems' free online sales enquiry, quoting & ordering facility is seriously faster!

...and more experts now agree that data protection in the cloud is equal to if not greater than most on-premise IT solutions with the typical server under the desk! "We see this move as a significant step in radically enhancing the service to our customers and giving them even more peace of mind on the security of their data." Smart Systems is p...

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Welcome to the KBzine Regular readers of KBZine may recall my leader last November in which I discussed an exhibition taking place along Sydney's Bondai Beach (sadly not one I'd visited!) which featured a giant fibreglass tap. I said I'd initially thought it was part of a slick marketing campaign by someone in the KBB in...

Dimplex launches online guide to green energy

...e them, over their current system, using aninteractive calculator. The consumer can then ask for no-obligation quotes from up to three approved, accredited installers in their area. Karen Trewick, Marketing Communications Manager for Dimplex, says: "The green energy market is growing rapidly with a huge variety of products available, and this c...

New built-under fridge and freezer complete cooling line-up

A 60cm built-under larder fridge along with a 60cm built-under freezer are now available in the refrigeration range from Poland's Amica appliances. This neat pair complete a line-up of A+ and A++ appliances in the company's UK freestanding and built-in collection. UC150.3 Built-Under Larder Fridge (pictured below) features: - Capac...

Andrew Bentley joins Ambiance Bain as UK National Sales Manager

...he will be responsible for managing all sales functions, including the development of short and long-term sales strategies and developing the sales team in order to meet corporate sales objectives and strengthen relationships with Ambiance Bain UK's valued customers. Ambiance Bain collections are available through exclusive dealer showrooms in t...

New fridge-freezers: fresher colours, fresher ingredients

...from a clever finishing process, which facilitates a true colour stainless steel.[TRIMTO] "A well-chosen spot of colour can really refresh the look of a kitchen without having to rip out the cabinetry," says Andrew Wasdell of Electrolux. "The colours are bright, but classic. We chose them to match present and future design trends so they'll look...

Beauty above and below the surface as Okite showcases Italian style and quality

...wn simply as Made in Italy.[TRIMTO] To celebrate Design Week, Okite, Scavolini and Gambero Russo - three brands that epitomise Italian excellence and quality - took 500 invited guests from around the world on a delicious journey through taste that served to highlight the pivotal role of the worktop in the kitchen. Taking pride of place in the...

LDL launches latest promotion

...l 15th June 2012, the promotion includes substantial discounts on key Peka products such as the pull-out larder, Magic Corner unit and 150mm interior pull-out. Also on special offer are showroom display packs featuring kMix small appliances, Wesco kitchen bins and accessories, and the new Circulon professional pan sets. All four packs represent ...

Urban Life from Hafele

...ontemporary designs incorporates elements of soft curves and straight lines bringing natural and man-made materials into the home.[TRIMTO] T: 01788 548811 W: www.hafele.co.uk ...

Figures show public sector house building still low, but private sector making progress

...he rolling quarter February to April 2012 were 49% down, compared to the same time last year (5,867 - 11,521). Although overall figures to build new homes in the UK were also down 15% (26,035 - 30,649), registrations to build new homes in the private sector were up 5% when compared with the same period last year (20,168 - 19,128). The compari...

An opportunity for the industry to get involved with transforming neglected London dock into 'creative hub'?

Thames Water has donated 2.5 acres of property in a bid to help a new property-focused crowdfunding website raise thousands of pounds to transform a neglected London dock into a creative hub ahead of the Olympics. An east London charity is aiming to open the dock, located between Canary Wharf and the Olympic Park, before the games start this Su...

EU Policymakers weigh options for water pricing

...tial to encourage savings but EU policymakers are cautious not to spark a social backlash with a one-size-fits-all solution. "Pay more if you use more" is, however, a model which could work, the MEP in charge of water issues told EurActiv .[TRIMTO] "Should Europe really be the front runner in increasing water prices? I am not sure that is the r...

Ultero - the new professional tap from Abode

...practical mixertap that will take pride of place over the kitchen sink. With its cutting edge, up-to-the-minute creative styling, this tall, slim tap is designed to complement a contemporary kitchen without dominating the space. Ultero is available in bright, shiny chrome with a slim black handle and close-coupled, easy to clean hose. Co-ord...

Annual Bathroom Conference: booking now

...stry. The Bathroom Manufacturers Association's Yvonne Orgill tells us that places are filling up - so do book soon to make sure you don't miss on this popular event, which promises to be even better than last year[TRIMTO] The theme - the changing face of retailing and routes to market - is bang on trend. Delegates will be discussing and debat...

Zesty Zurich for fabulous drinking water

Franke has updated its Pro-Value portfolio with the innovative new two lever FilterFlow Zurich model, for filtered water at an affordable premium.[TRIMTO] Based on the popular sleek Zurich design, the tap utilises a wealth of top-end technology including a high quality ceramic disc mechanism that provides smooth quarter turn operation. Simply...

Caple's Saraya Chestnut & Hazelnut kitchen brings the outside in

...ogether in perfect harmony and enable Caple's new Saraya kitchen to bring a sense of the outside in - just as nature intended.[TRIMTO] "The Saraya Chestnut & Hazelnut kitchen demonstrates one of the latest trends in kitchen design where finishes are mixed and matched for a more relaxed look," explains Danny Lay, Sales Director at Caple. "Wha...

Amica launches 8kg machine in new washing range

...ica has launched a brand new range of washing machines to the UK and Ireland. Amica's 2012-product line-up now offers a choice of eight washing machines, each A+ rated for energy efficiency with a raft of highly saleable features and load capacities from 5kg to 8kg to suit any household.[TRIMTO] The flagship Navigator Plus mo...

British Ceramic Tile launches The Colour Compendium

... from, with each colour also complemented by a scored option enabling a mosaic effect to be created - helping to keep installation costs to a minimum. Sheila Elliott, Creative Director at British Ceramic Tile, says: "The latest colour trends in interior design have been a key influence in the creation of this collection, allowing us to provide c...

New Advantage 400 dishwasher joins catering equipment range

...areas, storage capacity and refrigeration whilst still making room for some extra cooking equipment - and all without reducing customer seating," advises the company's John Nelson. "Nelson supplies many of the UK's leading equipment brands, provides a stainless steel fabrication service and uses advanced 3D design software to ensure the ultimate...

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...se I was off to lunch at the Savoy for KBZine's sister publication Cleanzine (www.thecleanzine.com) - or that later I was due to attend a chilled desert and muffin tasting evening (if you've ever wondered why I'm overweight, now you know!) - it was because of where I'd just been. I still can't quite believe what happened yesterday morning so I'm...

Total support for specifiers

...ers free advice on any aspect of tiling to anyone calling 0845 600 1222 during normal working hours - the quality of the service can be seen in the 50,000 calls it receives annually. BAL experts, each one with many years of personal experience, can answer most queries over the telephone or by email. Where a specifier needs the personal touch, BA...

Bosch and Methven back UK Water Efficiency Awards 2012

...ater efficient. Businesses in the UK currently use about 9.8 billion cubic litres of water a day - but estimates show that we could be using up to a third less - saving around £10million every day. And with more frequent droughts, climate change and population growth threatening to reduce the amount of water available in the UK, organisati...

British Ceramic Tile joins 'Great British' celebrations this Summer unveiling plans for change

...e has announced a series of key changes as the company implements its ambitious plan to become a one-stop super shop for all tile, stone and glass products.[TRIMTO] As of today, the company has changed its route to market and will now supply direct to independent retail customers as well as through key distribution partners. Existing and new cus...

New brand launch: Live Life The Mereway

...way Kitchen ranges is being positioned within the consumer marketplace to appeal to distinct groups - each will have a 'brand champion' that personifies the design characteristics of the collection, as well as sharing the Mereway Kitchen brand values. The first of the collections to be rolled out under the Mereway Kitchens brand is Cucina Colore...

Franke develops useful 'Trade Area' for retailers

...sponse to feedback from retailers, Franke has developed a new 'Trade Area' on the company's website - specially designed for Franke trade customers. Franke is the leading global manufacturer of sinks for domestic use and has a 100-year heritage so retailers can be assured that, in specifying a Franke sink, they will be giving customers the best ...

EQ launches new 2D Planner for eStore

...BB business management systems and eCommerce solutions provider EQ Software, introduces MyRoomPlan - an exciting brand new 2D Planning Tool. This product will enhance EQ's already successful eStore product and is available exclusively as an additional sales & marketing element for furniture and bathrooms.[TRIMTO] MyRoomPlan has been develop...

Leader 1st June 2012 continued

...th the winners of 'Ramsay's Best Restaurant 2010' and Michelin star holders Jonray and Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, as well as Scotland's Michelin star chef, Tom Kitchin. All of the chefs are supported by Electrolux daily in their own restaurants. The chefs, who have been handpicked from around the British Isles, present a unique menu using locally s...

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...tended to the full week, you might just be rather too busy to give KBZine the attention it deserves - particularly if you'd taken part in a full four days' worth of partying as opposed to watching the pageantry from the comfort of your own home...  Anyway, together with some major problems on the server, we decided it would be a good idea t...

B & V Water Treatment calls for action after WWF report

...g in the Food and Beverage Industry'. This work, along with two other services devised by B & V - aimed at helping industry reduce water use and use non potable water for industrial processes, should go some way towards reducing water use worldwide. "As the world's current population of seven billion is expected to rise by a further two bil...

Whirlpool introduces the new Gusto microwave oven

...sto microwave oven features a modern design and is finished with a sleek black front. It boasts a 25-litre capacity with a 28 cm turntable for full sized dinner plates. Whirlpool's Crisptechnology is superb for fast, even cooking, browning and crisping. The Crisp technology cooks food as fast on the inside as it does on the outside and so it is nev...

Construction growth continues to slow in May

...Index revealed that construction growth continued to slow in May, with output growth hitting a three-month low. New business has risen at much slower pace and confidence in business outlook has dropped sharply since April May data indicated that output increased again in the UK construction sector, but growth momentum slowed further from the nea...

Calling members of the KBSA: TV opportunity - can you supply a kitchen & appliances for Channel 5’s Cowboy Builders?

Channel Five’s show ‘Cowboy Builders’ is planning to make over some rooms in a property in Bradford, including the kitchen. The programme makers are looking for The Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association members to offer a kitchen and appliances free of charge in return for the opportunity to be involved in this p...

KitchenAid's new built-in coffee machine has automatic cappuccino function

... its appliances that offer professional performance and stylish design, has introduced a sleek built-in coffee machine with an automatic cappuccino function. The KitchenAid KSCX 3625 built-in coffee machine is perfect for satisfying a consumer's craving for a smooth, strong coffee full of character and flavour, and allows consumers to create pro...

New UK designed and manufactured linear drain wetroom base kit launched

Wetrooms On-Line has launched its own branded linear drain wetroom kit comprising a pre-formed base, available in three sizes, its dedicated drain, waterproofing materials, fittings and six tile backer boards. Designed solely for the UK market and manufactured in the UK exclusively for Wetrooms on Line, the Linear Wetbase has a drain trough tha...

Steel allows consumers to design colourful dream hob

...its quality and beautifully designed professional kitchen appliances, has launched a colourful built-in hob collection which allows consumers to design their dream cook-top. Steel's Ascot hobs are perfect to complement the brand's collection of built-in ovens, and allow the consumer to configure their dream hob using the wide range of hob config...

Q1 figures reflect second highest mark in two years

...from a year ago, Q1 of 2011 was a particularly standout quarter. This quarter's figure is the second-highest mark over the past two years.[TRIMTO] "We are encouraged to see the numbers supporting the optimism felt by dealers," says Alan W. Zielinski, CKD, 2012 NKBA President. "With showroom traffic up, the industry is sure to see some stabilisat...

Whirlpool presents new Freestanding Product brochure

Whirlpool, presents its new 2012-2013 freestanding appliance brochure, full of efficient and stylishly designed products.[TRIMTO] The new Whirlpool brochure covers the company's modern range of appliances from the washing, drying, dishwashing, cooling and microwave oven product lines. The brochure is brimming with new lifestyle imagery to help...

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... is all rather clever as it brings me nicely back to the point that I was making in the first place - the acknowledgement by so many firms that we need to become more efficient! In this week's issue alone, we have B & V developing systems that allow manufacturers to use process water more sustainably (the company has delivered what is though...

Roca Group 2011 Results

...tugal) and the sluggishness of Central European countries, both of which have historically been high-volume and high-margin regions for the Group. Most significant data: increase in sales and profit - In 2011, Roca Group net sales reached 1,551 million euros, up 3.5% from 2010. - EBITDA reached 214 million euros and stands at 13.8% of total t...

New basin stand collection from Imperial Bathrooms offers design centrepiece

...otels. Carefully selected materials are handcrafted to the highest quality to create five models - Hardwick, Troon, Adare, Nevis and Oban - and these may be combined with a selection of Imperial's ceramic basins to serve the ultimate bespoke statement for any bathroom in both traditional or contemporary settings. Introduced to assist designer...

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... rather than a trade event, I should be able to see what today's families are really being drawn to - and it will give me a break from all the football and tennis too! And as I keep being let down by the various tradesmen that I pay to sort out my rather rundown Victorian semi, I'm planning to take in some of the seminars. The 'Tricks of the tra...

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...I hope you're now feeling that warm glow and that it continues as you read this issue. And remember - if you like reading KBZine so will others, so do pass this along to your colleagues and business contacts and suggest that they subscribe. And if you have company news, stock clearances, distributor or product information, do make sure you tell us ...

MBE for specialist tiling contractor

...nature to 'give back'. He was the last chairman of the National Master Tile Fixers Association (1997-1999) and as one of the founder members went on to chair The Tile Association (2002?2004) for a two year period in its early days. Robert has chaired the Training Committee since The Tile Association was launched in 2000; represented the industry...

NHBC Foundation examines the technologies used in low and zero carbon homes

... low and zero carbon (LZC) technologies into new homes as part of their approach to achieving the on-site performance requirements expected from the Government's target for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016. But which technologies are being installed, and what do the occupiers of these homes feel about them?[TRIMTO] Carried out by the Sc...

Jablite's technical team tightens focus on key customers

...o answer consumer queries that can easily be dealt with by providing the information on our website - well it just does not make business sense. "Instead, our technical advisors will be partnered with large customers to provide a dedicated technical support service that will be included as part of our trading agreements. "In addition, I expec...

Ellis Furniture commends loyalty of long serving employees

Ellis Furniture, the Huddersfield-based manufacturer of kitchen and bathroom furniture, is commending the loyalty of its long serving members of staff, as five employees - who have dedicated their careers to Ellis Furniture - have notched up a staggering combined 236 years service to the family-owned furniture manufacturer.[TRIMTO] Serving 45 ...

Glitz & Glam!

The collective group of Glitz & Glam, available from Hafele UK, includes Disco, Glitter and Crystal handles, bringing sparkling sophistication to British bathroom and bedroom design. Disco brings back the long awaited restyle of mirrored mosaics to the bathroom, available in a 60mm knob and a 204mm pull handle the zinc alloy, polished chro...

Utopia bathroom graphics now available in ArtiCAD-Pro

...opia Bathroom Group's products is now available as a comprehensive graphics catalogue within ArtiCAD-Pro. With the inclusion of this new library from one of the UK's leading bathroom manufacturers, designers using ArtiCAD-Pro can select the specific items they require and incorporate them within their design.[TRIMTO] "This is the first time tha...

Rangemaster stars alongside Marco Pierre White in Channel 5's Kitchen Wars

This June sees a new A-list partnership unveiled as Rangemaster, Britain's popular range cooker brand, stars alongside Marco Pierre White in Channel 5's new series 'Marco Pierre White's Kitchen Wars'.[TRIMTO] The exciting new series sees Michelin starred Marco travel around the country in search of Britain's best cooks in a mobile kitchen. The...

Maytag improves iconic Trilogy fridge freezer with internal water dispenser

...led, filtered water at the touch of a button, perfect for the home entertainer. The Trilogy three-door fridge freezer combines advanced technology with clever and sophisticated features alongside bold, statement design. It is finished with black glass doors and a stainless steel trim to create a focal point in any contemporary kitchen. The im...

The Furniture Ombudsman at the annual Trading Standards Conference

...tional Trading Standards Institute Conference, which this year will be held in Manchester from 26th - 28th June. The annual conference brings together hundreds of local and central government professionals who have an interest in Trading Standards and consumer affairs in the UK.[TRIMTO] The Furniture Ombudsman will be part of the 'Trading S...

Curves in all the right places...

Hanex solid surfacing offers stand-out design flexibility for kitchens, nowhere better shown than this stunning 3m long elliptical island unit made entirely in S-008 N White. The bespoke unit was designed for a discerning kitchen client whose brief was to make a strong design statement, while combining true functionality.[TRIMTO] Hanex solid s...

All you need is Essential from Carron Phoenix

...p;[TRIMTO] Carron has carefully researched the market to come up with a range that offers an 'All-in-One Exceptional Pack Price', strategically geared to give the retailer a competitive selling tool with attractively discounted prices on pack purchases together with wider design flexibility and simplicity of use. A key benefit of Carron Phoen...

Chalon takes on four new design consultants

...kitchen multiple sector.  With her skills extending to showroom management and installations co-ordination, she brings a wide array of kitchen industry experience to the team.  Adam Tripp joins Chalon having been designing handmade kitchens and bedrooms in Fleetwood, his home town in Lancashire.  He has had seven years of experien...

Soapbox: why we do need to save water

...for more action in persuading consumers to use less water, at a lunch at the Houses of Parliament co-hosted by the BMA, the National Home Improvement Council and Ideal Standard. Listening to Yvonne's plea, were - amongst others - Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for Defra, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, Undersecretary of State for Defra, and 70 repre...

ArtiCAD, Egger and EQ Software to headline business technology event at Blum UK

...ager of Blum UK. Doors will close at 16.00.   Ed: Please note that only visitors who pre-register and attend on the day will be eligible to for the iPod draw. For more information and register to visit this special event, please contact Trish or Danny at EQ Software on T: 0845 603 1370 E: sales@eqsoftware.net W: www.eqsoftware...

LDL adds e-cloths to product portfolio

UK distributor LDL Components has added the revolutionary e-cloth range to its product portfolio. The perfect choice for environmentally-aware households, e-cloths offer tremendous cleaning power using only water rather than costly chemical cleaning products. With 480,000 fibres per square metre, the cloth relies on the sheer volume of cleanin...

Triple Which? Best Buys for Whirlpool

...corative curved glass canopy hood.[TRIMTO] The Whirlpool MAX 109 microwave is one of the new line-up from the MAX microwave oven range. Which? commented: "A defining feature of this microwave is the sensor cooking option, called 6th Sense Steam. We tested this sensor using the steamer to cook a dish of broccoli and carrots and the results were...

Life begins after 30 for Franke

...omer from Somerset found out. During a kitchen refit, the customer was planning to replace the 30-year old Franke Compact CPX 651 stainless steel sink with a another one. However, the fitter advised the couple to keep the sink as it was still immaculate, as the integrated seal allows the sink to be resited.[TRIMTO] All Franke sinks come with a 50 year guarantee against manufacturing defect as standard. T: 0161 436 6280 E: info.uk@franke.com W: www.franke.co.uk ...

Cutting edge new Centinox tap from Franke

Franke has introduced a stunning tap to accompany the popular Centinox sink. Available in chrome or SilkSteel versions, the Centinox UK tap has a contemporary, angular design which will complement any fashionable, modern kitchen. The tap forms part of the Portfolio 55 collection and has a five year guarantee for both finish and parts.[TRIMTO] T: 0161 436 6280 E: info.uk@franke.com W: www.franke.co.uk ...

Indesit's Adam conquers the seas in life-threatening swim

...Manager Adam Walker stretched his body to its physical limit by conquering Hawaii's Molokai Straits - despite being stung across the stomach by a Portuguese Man O'War, one of the sea's most poisonous jellyfish.[TRIMTO] The 33-year-old's lethal brush with death came towards the end of his mammoth 36-mile swim which took him 17 hours and five minu...

Portway announces new sales strategy headed by Stephen Stroud

... with brands like Hotpoint, Indesit, Vestfrost, Bosch and the rapidly growing freestanding and built-in brand Amica, which offers retailers a margin-rich, protected business opportunity. Steve, who has worked in the industry for 12 years explains: "Portway is recognised as a strong company with a respected reputation for friendly, prompt service...

Inta issues reminder to installers as Legionella outbreak grips Scotland

As a Legionella outbreak grips Edinburgh, anti-scald tap, valve and shower manufacturer Inta reminds engineers and installers how to safeguard against the bacteria without running the risk of bathroom scalding.[TRIMTO] Stuart Gizzi, director at Inta, explains: "The outbreak of Legionella in Scotland, which to date has claimed the lives of two a...

Out of the Woods: Adventures of 13 Hardwood Chairs

...ototypes with the help of Benchmark, internationally renowned for its craftsmanship in wood and long-standing relationship with designer Terence Conran. The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is well known in the international design community for its creative promotion of hardwood, having worked with the likes of David Adjaye, Matteo Thun,...

Final in Kiev: finalists shower with Hansgrohe

...adium in Kiev, where the Euro 2012 final takes place on Sunday. In the extensively renovated arenas - according to plans by the firm gmp Architekten - the finalists will enjoy products from the mixer and shower specialist from the Black Forest. In addition, Hansgrohe also fitted out three other major stadiums in Poland and Ukraine.[TRIMTO] "This...

BAL's new course marks 20 years of tiling training

...f training professional tilers with the launch of a new course on tiling with natural stone. The one-day masterclass is aimed at experienced fixers needing more specialised knowledge and skills, or a refresher course, in this increasingly popular area. BAL training has benefited several thousand tilers, at all levels, since the first course was del...

Zanussi washing machine scoops a Which? Best Buy with impressive results

The Zanussi ZWJ12591W JetSystem+ washing machine is the latest model to have been awarded Best Buy status with an overall score of 74%![TRIMTO] This Zanussi model has an 8kg drum, A+++ energy rating and uses JetSystem+ technology to intelligently adjust water, energy consumption and cycle time to suit the size of your laundry load.[TRIMTO] ...

Chris Watson joins Lakes Bathrooms' growing sales team

...les team and we are confident that he will form great relationships with our customers. His service-focused attitude very much fits with our company ethos and, working initially with Steve Bates, he will have the best mentor to support his successful induction. "As Lakes Bathrooms continues to grow, we continue to invest and expand our team to ...

Hoover's All in One washing machine safely mixes whites and coloureds in one wash

... one wash. Boasting the exclusive Hoover revolutionary 'All in One Wash' technology, the machine - one of the largest on the market at 11kg - allows users to wash whites, bright colours and even different fabrics together. The need to separate laundry into different wash loads is a thing of the past as the highly intelligent washer will happi...

Bushboard unveils new livery for its delivery fleet

...f brands including Prima, Omega and Odyssey laminates, Encore solid surfaced blanks, the brand new M-Stone quartz as well as the Nuance bathroom surfacing range of waterproof panelling and worktops. The vehicles combine the signature colour and identity of each product brand with the company's distinctive corporate style and new slogan. Says Stu...

KitchenAid's warming drawers are ideal for the true cooking enthusiast

...texture of the dish. KitchenAid's KSDX 2940 and KSDX 1440 warming drawers come complete with push-push opening a key trend for the kitchen, and are ideal for creating a luxurious bank of appliances which will really impress guests. Simona Bara, Product Marketing Manager, Built-in, says: "KitchenAid's range of warming drawers are essential for...

Ellis Furniture invests to reduce product development times

As part of an ongoing programme of investment, Ellis Furniture - one of the UK's leading suppliers of kitchen and bathroom furniture - is streamlining workflow and reducing new product development times after investing in Autodesk's 'Inventor' product design suite. [TRIMTO] This up-to-the-minute CAD system integrates fully with the existing E...

Sink with silk appeal

...d a half bowl models, is perfect for a hardworking subtle kitchen. A new jumbo bowl version ASX 611-100, measuring 1000 x 510mm with a bowl of 435 x 435mm, has just been added to the range.[TRIMTO] And even better, Franke is offering a good discount on the complementary Ascona tap if the customer buys an Ascona sink at the same time. The Asc...

Mereway Kitchens; ultimate test raises cash for charity

..., a tank and a whole lot of fun! The cheque for £250 was presented to Janie Martin, County Co-Ordinator last month.[TRIMTO] If you recall at the beginning of the year, Mereway Kitchens recreated an original stunt first seen at the launch of the company 25 years ago, featuring a car balanced on kitchen carcasses, to illustrate that its kit...

Company sentenced for storage failings after worker killed by stone slabs

...IMTO] Martin Rice, 57, was unloading a delivery of manufactured stone and placing it on storage A-frames in a warehouse when the incident occurred at The Stone Company UK, on Sandford Mill Lane, Great Baddow, near Chelmsford, on 28th April 2009. As he lowered a bundle of 11 slabs, weighing approximately three tonnes; the bundle fell over and ...

Consumer Credit Solutions helps Avanti deliver customer service

...i treats finance as an additional service for customers if they want or need it, rather than a money-making opportunity. There is no hard sell involved and the range of products includes 'Buy Now, Pay Later' as well as 'Bank Buster' and 'Mortgage Buster' loans. CCS backs its products with service, training and support, so Avanti's sales designers c...

New figures published for fatally injured workers

...ive has released provisional data for April 2011 to March 2012, which shows 173 workers were killed - down two from the previous year. The rate of fatal injury remains the same at 0.6 per 100,000 workers. "Britain continues to have one of the lowest levels of workplace fatal injuries in Europe, part of a long term downward trend," says Judi...

Independent retailer? Don't miss out on this free publicity!

...pendentretailermonth  and add your details. "This is extra free publicity for your business - so take advantage of it now," says the KBSA's Dawn Harlow. Dawn reminds us that there are also the following initiatives to take advantage of: * The "Blog-a-day for #IndieRetail" - more than 31 guest blogs, so on some days two will be...

New 'messy map' of Britain reveals standards are slipping across the UK

...RIMTO] The research, from storage and wardrobe specialist Spaceslide.co.uk, found that almost two-thirds of Londoners admit to only tidying up for visitors, while more than a quarter of the capital's city dwellers surveyed said they couldn't see their bedroom floor for clothes, laptops and magazines. In Manchester, householders fared slightly...

New iKBBI You Tube Channel launches

...keting initiatives, winning business and indeed customer service. "The film director Danny Boyle - responsible for the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, is unlikely to be unsettled by the first iKBBI movie trailer, but we think it's okay and it was produced for literally pennies!" See it at: www.youtube.com ...

Homebase takes CornerTape to customers

The award-winning CornerTape for kitchens and bathrooms is now available to customers of Homebase. A quick look around the bath, shower, sink and worktops in most homes will reveal evidence of messy or uneven sealant joints, often with discolouration and mould, which detracts from the look of the kitchen or bathroom or more worryingly, gaps whe...

BAL White Star: the fixers' friend

BAL White Star is the ideal ready-mixed tile adhesive for internal walls. Its versatility, suiting a wide range of applications, makes it the 'fixers' friend' among ready-mixes. Professionals routinely keep a tub handy, to avoid a trip to their stockist. "Sooner or later," says one experienced fixer, "you use BAL White Star." Ready-to-use B...

LDL adds Zing to Kitchen Essentials collection!

... and can withstand extremely high temperatures. It is also lightweight so easy to use and dishwasher-safe. In stock now, the Zing Collection comprises utensils, tools, rolling pins and scales and is available in red, black, hot pink, and lime green. T: 0845 123 2288 E: info@ldlonline.co.uk W: www.ldlonline.co.uk ...

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... into the mix all this rain we're having and the way it's making everything so darned slippery - and add to that the ire of the householders who've had their carpets and floors damaged by wet and muddy boots and you have a recipe for disaster. And of course things can only get worse with the Olympic Games about...

Sirex sinks have high resistance to thermal shocks and colour loss

... to thermal shocks, which results from a lack of material density and water seepage, causing a build-up of limescale in the micro cavities.[TRIMTO] Elleci has produced a new process (GPS) that guarantees a black finish that yields dramatically increased whitening and thermal shocks resistance. The new hydrophobic resin is mixed with Elleci's awa...

New World raises spirits

...riable grill, a fanned oven and a large conventional oven, both with a usable capacity of 48 litres - making it perfect for making everything from cheese on toast to a full roast dinner for all the family. The Spirit also offers a practical bottom storage compartment suitable for pans or dishes. Available in black and silver, the Spirit is A ...

HMRC enforcers target London businesses

...um wage.[TRIMTO] HM Revenue & Customs officers were taking part in Operation Vermont, a multi-agency exercise which ran for six weeks in May and June. During this time 31 businesses were suspected to be underpaying workers, or were considered a significant risk requiring further HMRC investigation. It is thought that approximately 100 worker...

Daval launches new products at Blum

Popular kitchen and bedroom manufacturer, Daval, recently used the optimum facilities of supply partner Blum to launch five new product ranges for 2012/2013.[TRIMTO] More than 15 Daval customers and retailers from around the country attended the highly successful day. Daval used the Blum laboratory kitchen area to set up a display of new units...

Roman creates an over bath style statement

...oman Bath Screens, the Orbital Outward Opening Folding Bath Screen incorporates Roman Ultra Care Pre-coated Glass Protection, to ensure it keeps a lasting sparkle and for easy cleaning. It is also service backed by Roman's Truelife, Lifetime Guarantee for total peace of mind. "Showering over-the-bath is still very much a popular showering soluti...

Franke welcomes new Marketing Operations Manager

...with him more than 15 years' experience in agency account management, specifically working with well-known companies in the KBB sector. Steve is looking forward to working as a valuable part of the new management team at Franke and comments:[TRIMTO] "I have had lots of experience with both Franke and the industry as a whole in my previous role...

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...e idea is that this forced refurbishment may in turn inspire private building owners to follow suit - as proven in the US in the 90s - which in the short term will create jobs and in the long term save energy and valuable resources such as water, whilst cutting costs (you can read more about it further down the page). Clearly this is good news f...

TTA releases eagerly anticipated technical document

...d floors. The technical document has been sent to all TTA members, with additional copies and non-member copies available in hardcopy: £30 for members, £125 for non-members, and as a PDF: £50 for members, £125 for non-members. Visit www.tiles.org.uk to download a complete price list and order form. The Tile Associ...

Inside and Out... Mereway Kitchens strengthens its salesforce

...r for the Wales and West Midlands areas, joined Mereway Kitchens recently and after completing an in-depth induction programme has hit the ground running! Andrew brings 10 years of valuable industry experience, working in on-site carpentry and kitchen sales roles. He is an excellent addition to the Kitchens sales team, working closely with Mereway'...

W12 Working with Design for the KBB sector

The W12 Working with Design exhibition takes place at the NEC Birmingham from 7th - 10th October. This cutting edge event will offer visitors a unique opportunity to view and experience the very latest products and concepts coming through to distinguish future KBB furniture designs, help to value and distinguish them individually.[TRIMTO] Work...

Glass splashbacks and upstands in heritage colours for period designs and modern living

A new collection of toughened glass splashbacks has been launched by Hafele UK, introducing 11 colours ranging from soft, muted neutral tones to cool grey, black, white and Crystal.[TRIMTO] Made in the UK exclusively for Hafele, this understated palette of colours has been chosen to reflect lifestyles influenced by modern and country tastes. ...

LDL and PEKA on tour

Leading distributor LDL Components is delighted to announce that the PEKA Expo-Bus will be in the UK during September. The mobile display unit is fitted with all the latest PEKA storage innovations for the kitchen and bathroom, including the new Libell range which is exclusive to LDL in the UK. Previewed at kbb 2012, this brand new and clev...

Stylish storage is not such a tall order with Irwell and Roeburn

Ideal for providing much-needed storage space in the smaller bathroom, the Irwell Open Sided and Roeburn Tall Boys from Croydex are elegant new additions to the manufacturer's comprehensive collection of bathroom cabinets.[TRIMTO] These slimline units stand proudly at 1800mm tall on two chrome effect front support legs, whilst their slim width...

Trade Mouldings to exhibit at W12

...signed up to exhibit at W12 Working with Design, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 7th - 10th October.[TRIMTO] Trade Mouldings has one of the most extensive range of designs and styles in terms of doors for the KBB sector. The company also manufactures all associated and matching mouldings and accessories. With distribution hubs ...

Refurbishment activity in US poised for strong growth

...University.[TRIMTO] The LIRA suggests that annual homeowner improvement spending may reach double-digit growth by the first quarter of 2013. "Warm weather in the first quarter temporarily bumped up remodelling activity in many areas," says Eric S. Belsky, managing director of the Joint Center. "By the end of the year, however, positive marke...

New renovation rule set to boost inner-city industry

...nment Relations at Johnson Controls and President of EuroAce, representing companies in the building-efficiency sector, said that for every €1 million spent on building regeneration, "you create 19 jobs in and around the construction industry, building or supplying equipment." He referred to a decision taken at federal level in the US durin...

Rubbish' Summer promotion from LDL!

LDL's latest seasonal promotion focuses firmly on rubbish and includes special offers on selected PEKA and Wesco fully integrated kitchen waste solutions. These are available in a comprehensive range of capacities and styles, including the new 84 litre Wesco Pullboy Z system designed to fit a 600mm cabinet and the new PEKA Mullboy door mounted ci...

Curtain rises on the Debut 100 new value granite sink from Carron Phoenix

... Retailers looking for a granite sink that offers high performance and design versatility at a value-for-money price, should take a look at Carron Phoenix's new Debut 100 sink. Debut is the price-fighting granite sink range first shown at KBB 2012 earlier this year.[TRIMTO] The 'small and nifty' Debut 100 provides a modern touch to a classic de...

Inta issues reminder to installers after news of another Legionnaires' outbreak

As another Legionella outbreak has been reported in Stoke-on-Trent, anti-scald tap, valve and shower manufacturer Inta issues a timely reminder to engineers and installers on how to safeguard against the bacteria without running the risk of bathroom scalding.[TRIMTO] Stuart Gizzi, director at Inta, says: "News of the Legionella outbreak in Stok...

Colourful kitchens launched by Leicht

...g its inspiration from the retro look of the 50s, 60s and 70s and which combine new finishes with hi-tech features.[TRIMTO] Three new colours - petrol, curcuma (warm mustard yellow) and saffron - provide the accent of colour to brighten up a neutral kitchen. Also new for summer 2012 are ceramic worktops that come in nine colours and decors and i...

Abode's Matrix RO sink collection brings a sharp geometry to the kitchen

... a machine washable, rectangular black silicone drainer mat, to ensure china and glasses remain slip-free on the worktop after washing. To complete the accessories, the very modern High & Dry drainer rack is available in white or grey. Caption: Pictured with the architecturally tall Abode Atik tap. T: 01226 283434 F: 01226 282434 W: ww...

Banish bacteria with Franke!

Protecting your family from nasty germs in the kitchen is important. Franke is helping to keep the sink clean and provi?de lasting protection by incorporating the Sanitized hygiene function in all Fragranite sinks. On unprotected surfaces, bacteria can multiply every 20 minutes. Tests have proven that Fragranite treated with Sanitized reduces...

New NHBC figures reveal decline in new home registrations during Q2 2012

... 10%, with monthly figures for June 2012 failing to match last June's exceptionally buoyant figures - while April and May 2012 registrations were actually marginally higher when compared to the same months in 2011. "As the year progresses we must hope to see a rebound in social housing numbers as providers adapt to new methods of funding," says ...

Ladies and gents urged to sign up for the Geberit Challenge today

With the regional heats of the Geberit Challenge now just a few months away, the manufacturer is urging any installers considering putting themselves forward for this ultimate test of skill and speed to sign up now, as spaces are filling up fast.[TRIMTO] Last year's inaugural challenge saw just one female contestant, so the manufacturer is eag...

'Ilbagnoalessi One' by Laufen celebrates 10 years of pure elegance

.... Some of its elements have become real icons, like the Tam Tam floorstanding washbasin and the drop-shaped WC. Explaining the idea behind the latest products that complement the range, Giovannoni comments: "I felt a great desire to find out how much potential can still be tapped in this successful collection - and what Laufen is capable of achi...

High function mirrors from HiB

...h functional technical features.[TRIMTO] HiB is a master in this area and the two latest designs - Mileto and Messina - are perfect examples. These two superb frameless designs both feature geometric patterns of low energy LED bulbs activated via a sensor switch. A main feature of each is the 3x integrated magnifying mirror. Another 'must ...

Ellis Furniture unveils stunning new kitchen brochure

... coffee table style glossy brochure titled 'desire' is its best ever. A delight to browse, 'desire' - and the new kitchen ranges - are sure to be a hit with retailers and consumers alike.[TRIMTO] Available now, the impactful 75-page brochure exquisitely showcases what is heralded to be Ellis Furniture's boldest launch of new kitchen ranges to da...

Multi award winning Asymmetric Duo bath wins two further prestigious design awards

...s now received two further design awards for its Asymmetric Duo bath in Kaldewei steel enamel 3.5mm - the universal design award 2012, and for the lava black matt model, the red dot design award 2012 for outstanding product design.[TRIMTO] Asymmetric Duo combines aesthetically styled elements with comfortable functionality and already impressed ...

Pro-Dek racking provides efficient, organised board storage

Two cantilever racking installations from Pro-Dek Storage Systems have allowed one of Europe's largest manufacturers of kitchen and bedroom carcases and fascia panels to stock raw materials with maximum efficiency and minimum damage in a new factory in West Yorkshire.[TRIMTO] The new 175,000m manufacturing and distribution facility has been bu...

AKW showcases style for the care sector

...e and retirement markets. Highlighting the company's 'Styleability' message, the brochure uses high-quality images to illustrate how accessible products come together to create beautiful bathrooms that are safe, easy to use and stylish.[TRIMTO] With a product portfolio that features over 4,000 lines, AKW uses the new brochure to focus on its di...

Renolit Cramlington employee carries Olympic Torch

...c Torchbearers ahead of this year's London 2012 Olympics.[TRIMTO] Nominated by someone they know - in Neil's case his sister - 8,000 inspirational people carried the Olympic Flame as it journeyed across the UK. The Olympic Flame stands for peace, unity and friendship.[TRIMTO] In October 2010 Neil's world was turned upside down when he was ...

Corporate membership now available at the iKBBI

...p programme. This scheme has been rolled out across the UK with the sole purpose of enlisting KBB-related commercial businesses that have the very same vision as the iKBBI; to regulate and improve installation standards within the KBB sector. Becoming an iKBBI Corporate Member will declare to the industry that you support positive change with...

Get ahead of the Games

...alternative routes * Keep staff, suppliers, customers and visitors informed about your Games-times working arrangements to safeguard your brand * Test logistics before the Games and review measures during the Games and alter arrangements if required * For travel advice visit www.london2012.com and www.tfl.gov.uk T: 01...

Voluptuous Verbier

...make an impact in any kitchen. This traditional tap includes a contemporary twist without being over-elaborate. The unique spout which curves upwards towards the end gives an elegant appearance. The tap embraces the increasing demand for a 90 spout and the Verbier will complement many sinks including Belfast models and other ceramic ranges.[TRIM...

The Scent of Success for Mereway Bathrooms

...the Mereway ranges is being positioned within the consumer marketplace to appeal to distinct groups - each having a 'brand champion' that personifies the design characteristics of the collection, as well as sharing Mereway brand values. For Mereway Bathrooms the collection will be promoted by Jane Maddern, owner of Jane Maddern Soaps; a handmade...

Niko sets the standard in 100% recyclable shower trays

Niko is setting a new standard in environmentally-friendly shower tray design. The new HydroLite shower trays are durable, strong and ultra-light. Niko's clever manufacturing process preserves natural resources, saves energy and conserves the environment. The HydroLite shower tray is made from 35% recycled materials and the finished product is ...

Ultra Finishing acquires Niko Distribution

...p new opportunities together, and offer customers the very best value for money together with market-leading service from their supply chain." T: call 01422 356 863 W: www.nikoltd.com ...

Luxury living in the heart of the forest: Center Parcs Treehouses

...t top tier of accommodation, described by Center Parcs as the ultimate indulgence for a short break - the Treehouse. Available at Sherwood Forest and Longleat Forest, the new two-storey houses are constructed from wood but are about as far from rustic as you can get. Designed for families and friends seeking an experience that is at one with nat...

LDL adds to Kitchen Essentials range

...ailable in both square and oval options. Each rack is supplied with a selection of swivel, pan and s-shaped hooks as well as ceiling hooks and hanging links. Also new to the Kitchen Essentials range is the Bisichef Professional magnetic knife rack. A preferred choice of professional chefs, the knife rack stores items quickly and safely within re...

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...everal years ago, I've discovered the most incredible technology that's available to us in the home - technology which is so cleverly used, that if the information hadn't come from such a reliable source, I wouldn't actually believe  what I was reading. So often I've thought that we've gone as far as we can and then someone comes up with somet...

Aqua 6 brings true elegance to the mid-range market

...a range to be launched by Aqualux. Featuring 6mm glass, Aqua 6 consolidates the company's strong mid-range position with a higher mid-range option that offers cleverly-designed, luxury features and a superb finish.[TRIMTO] Everything about the design and finish of the new Aqua 6 collection has been developed to broaden the appeal of the Aqua ran...

Hettich's Magic range puts interiors in the right light

... plus associated accessories.[TRIMTO] The mood and practicality of kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms - all areas of the house in fact - can be transformed and enhanced with Magic's halogen, LED and fluorescent lighting. A comprehensive selection of task, accent and orientation lights can be combined to stunning effect, with options which include ...

Eye-catching Epos makes stunning statement in stylish kitchens

...s steel with the superb look of glass. The Epos EOV range is available as a single bowl and a one-and-a-half bowl option while optional accessories include a Strainer Bowl, Drainer Basket and Rollamat. The Epos EOV is in the Franke Specialist range and like all Franke sinks, comes with a 50-year guarantee. T: 0161 436 6280 E: info.uk@fran...

New price range and new offerings from Nolte Kitchens

...erman manufacturer Nolte Kuchen has launched a handleless front called Alpha Lack. Also new are high-gloss carcase sides to match and a number of units called 'Classic Types'. The new products can be ordered now and will be ready for delivery from week 43. [TRIMTO] Along with the launch, which is designed to highlight the big annual in-hou...

Roman Project 252 surpasses expectation

...252 we would be happy to receive your Roman related photos." T: 0845 050 7611 E: brochures@roman-showers.com W: www.roman-showers.com ...

New man at the BMA's helm

...ees, the interests of 55 major bathroom manufacturing groups and service providers with over 80 well-known brands in the market place. The manufacturing base directly employs 10,000+ people across 79 sites around the UK. T: 01782 631619 E: info@bathroom-association.org.uk W: www.bathroom-association.org.uk ...

Joiner on community service after illegal installation causes expensive explosion

A self-employed joiner has been sentenced to 300 hours of community service after a gas cooker he illegally installed exploded, severely injuring two householders and causing more than £580,000 worth of damage to four properties. Alex Irvine was hired by John and Emily Reid to cut out a kitchen unit, worktop and install a new free-standin...

Crosswater hires independent consultant as part of key expansion plans

...ieve in bringing the process to fruition." T: 0845 873 8840 www.crosswater.co.uk / www.bauhaus-bathrooms.co.uk / www.simpsons-enclosures.co.uk ...

Available now: a new remote-controlled extraction concept from De Dietrich

...fitted within overhead cabinetry. Like the Downdraft version, it is hidden from view until required - and then descends at the touch of the remote control. The Updraft also features a 14 Watt low consumption LED light that automatically illuminates when the extractor is in operation, thus making a feature of the appliance at night. This extracto...

NKBA awards outstanding kitchen & bath design students and colleges

...bath design students with the 2012 NKBA Outstanding Student Awards, while also presenting three NKBA-accredited colleges with the 2011 Excellence in Education Awards. The NKBA announced these prestigious honours during the Educators' Forum at the NKBA's 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Chicago.[TRIMTO] Three NKBA-accredited colleges were...

BMA uses its unique position to pave the way for new industry agreement

A recent meeting of the main players in the bathroom industry, organised by the award-winning Bathroom Manufacturers Association, has broken new ground in establishing a framework for process improvement for product certification. Whether we like it or not bathroom products produced for sale in the UK must meet laid-down legal standards. A s...

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...e I enjoyed the use of some very impressive 'compost loos', as opposed to the more traditional type - and about to head off to another, which is likely to offer yet another way of dealing with human waste, it was with interest that I read briefly about the winners of the Bill Gates Foundation's 'Reinvent the Toilet' challenge (see more below). T...

Ellis Furniture adds to Inspire kitchen range

... is expanding the popular Inspire range of contemporary gloss kitchens to include three new colours - gloss graphite, gloss caramel and gloss cream - and a variety of new cabinet styles including internal drawer options in base, studio and tall cabinets bi-fold wall units and the increasingly popular internal curved cabinets. [TRIMTO] Avail...

Bathing with a view: Kaldewei equips private luxury residences of 5-star hotel

...ears, guests from all over the world have found peace and relaxation in an exclusive setting on Mont-Pèlerin near Geneva. The 5-star Le Mirador Kempinski luxury hotel and the 14 exclusive apartments promote maximum wellbeing for guests and owners. Living up to this credo, several of the hotel suites and private residences are equipped with ...

New law seeks to limit dumping of e-waste

...to be recycled by 2020 under new rules that took effect on Monday.[TRIMTO] The update to a decade-old Waste from Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive followed hard-fought bargaining over how to improve the recovery of computers and other electronic and electrical waste, much of which is now either dumped in landfills or shipped...

Bill Gates names winners of the 'Reinvent the Toilet' challenge

Bill Gates has announced the winners of the Reinvent the Toilet challenge -an effort to develop 'next-generation' toilets that will deliver safe and sustainable sanitation to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don't have it. The awards recognise researchers from leading universities who are developing innovative ways to manage human waste, whic...

Inta welcomes retailer's dedicated healthcare division

Anti-scald bathroom equipment manufacturer Inta is encouraging bathroom merchants to follow the lead of online retailer Notjusttaps, after it announced the launch of a division dedicated to healthcare washroom products on its site. Inta specialises in TMV2 and TMV3 compliant thermostatic mixing valves, taps and showers, all of which feature its...

British Ceramic Tile's Elite stone collection makes its TV debut on Channel 5

British Ceramic Tile's extended Elite stone collection made its first appearance on prime time television this July, featuring in Channel 5's brand new series of Half Built House.[TRIMTO] Stepping in to help designer and presenter Sian Astley and her team of builders transform one family's DIY disasters into a dream home, British Ceramic Tile ...

HiB introduces interactive lighting display for retailers

As further marketing support for retailers, HIB now offers an interactive display board to highlight its new range of LED Bathroom Lighting. The attractively designed board has the large, circular Kinetic light, whilst a protruding overhead panel displays the three LED shower lights showing their different surround finishes: white, chrome, and...

David is revved up for week-long fundraiser on the continent

An Indesit director will swap cookers for cars when he takes part in a seven-day rally to raise money for Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.[TRIMTO] Indesit brand is sponsoring David Ancill, Head of Purchasing UK at Peterborough-based Indesit Company, to take part in the Rally For Heroes challenge, which will see him drive 3,000 mil...

Rearo aims to clean up in the kitchen

...o currently offering free training sessions to educate the trade on the installation of the product - and how to repair it, should it be incorrectly fitted by a homeowner. Available off the shelf, Surfstone comes in eight colours including Earthstone, Latte Gold, Chalk, Marrakesh (rustic red), Wheat Elegance and Bronte Silver. Kitchen worktops a...

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...ort in detail, below) has prompted much discussion from various quarters. Apart from the obvious nit-picking by the Opposition, real fears of householders about over-development by their neighbours and concerns about Green Belt land being destroyed, most seem to be encouraged by the move. I can see some potential problems though. Working as a...

KitchenAid's Twelix oven is ideal for the passionate gourmet

...] KitchenAid's Twelix oven has an exclusive convection system which features two independent semi-circular heating elements alongside an enhanced internal design; these radically improve the airflow and heat distribution in the oven cavity, offering the consumer quality cooking in their own home The 'A' energy rated oven boasts a generous 73-lit...

Discover Vintage

...ece of furniture, each handle has been individually chosen to add drama to the furniture. This avant-garde category includes Heritage, French, New Victorian, Oriental or Art Deco selections. [TRIMTO] T: 01788 548811 W: www.hafele.co.uk ...

Renolit reveals two modern abstract designs

...igns as new additions to its Covaren stock range. Pictured here is the new Renolit Covaren Cobra - a fantasy design which picks up on the current trend towards irregular stripes and geometric patterns The design is modern and contrasting, yet creates a very homely atmosphere depending on the colour combination used. It is most suitable for combi...

Flo~mate, the new mains boost pump from Stuart Turner!

...g technical data sheets. 'Flo~mate comes with a two year guarantee when you register your pump on-line and as always is supported by Stuart Turner's excellent customer service team, Pump Assist, a dedicated and friendly team of highly trained and experienced technical experts, on hand to help with any question you might have. T: 1 572655 E:&n...

ECF reveals Component Portfolio 2012/13

August saw the launch of ECF's latest catalogue - the 2012/13 Component Portfolio. Showcasing ECF's extensive range of furniture components and accessories, this 268 page catalogue features over 2000 stocked products and includes over 250 new and exciting additions to the range.[TRIMTO] The already comprehensive range of stocked products has b...

Designer drainers from Franke

...ovable drainer in the kitchen, the new Mobile Drainer from Franke is just the job; and ideal for add-on sales opportunities for merchants and retailers.[TRIMTO] Answering the demand for an effective draining solution for undermount sinks, such as the Largo single and multi-bowl models as well as the Kubus multi-bowl model, the stainless steel Mo...

Renolit reveals another new modern abstract design

..., the finish can also be used as a pseudo solid colour.[TRIMTO] The design is very much in trend - and, with its neutral grey colour, is suitable for combinations with various plain colours. Depending on the combination of colours, the design can be multi-functional in living areas, kitchens and bathrooms, or as an eye catching feature in sho...

Paralympics coincides with launch of BMA's new special needs web page

...really pleased with the result but aim to continue its development." The new pages at www.making-life-easier.org are accessible with just one click from the BMA's home page, and are particularly designed for easy navigation. Users can quickly access subjects covering all aspects of making life easier in the bathroom. For professionals specia...

Small is affordably beautiful - Mini from Roca

...or Textured Oak, Wenge or Grey finishes.[TRIMTO] Its deceptively spacious 450mm base unit is wall-hung and includes a shelf as standard. Both the cabinet and the mirrored cabinet feature soft close doors. Additional storage is available with the 140mm deep mirrored cabinet option. The door on the unit and the mirror on the cabinet are revers...

Showerlux UK

...se in Sibree Road on 23rd August 2012 with 16 staff being made redundant. Tim Corfield of Walsall-based Griffin & King, has been appointed by the director to assist in calling meetings of members and creditors with a view to placing the company into liquidation this month. Showerlux's majority shareholder is a Swiss company which has not ...

The day navel gazing stops... and inspiration begins

...which the internet has provided for us. Ten inspirational speakers from the world of retailing, e-commerce, branding, consumer research and finance will give us their views on how the KBB industry is keeping up with the Retail Revolution. They will give us new insights and encourage us to 'look outside the box.[TRIMTO] The Annual Bathroom Con...

New collections from Uber Furniture feature in Articad-Pro

...le collections from Uber furniture are now available as comprehensive graphics catalogues in ArtiCAD-Pro. The Zen Collection from uber features a matt slab door in Pavilion (grey green) and Pearl (white) colours. Babington is a high gloss range of slab doors available in Pearl, Canvas, Latte, Stone, Pavilion and Nero. Bibury focuses on curved do...

New kitchen for FIRA - sponsored by Homebase

... of years, with Homebase becoming FIRA Gold accredited for its kitchen installation service in 2007 - and its kitchen products in 2011, making it the only kitchen retailer to hold both types of FIRA Gold Certification. Homebase is also a long standing member of The Furniture Ombudsman, which is based within the FIRA building. "Throughout the FIR...

Government publishes legislation to help accelerate major infrastructure investment and house building

...d as planned. The Government will also use its hard earned fiscal credibility to support the long-term delivery of new rental homes. The Government intends to issue debt guarantees to support the building of new private rented sector and affordable homes. The Government is expediting the legislation to ensure that it can take forward detailed...

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...been designed and installed in a way that makes life difficult, with so many awkward ridges and hard-to-reach nooks and crannies that I find myself tutting with exasperation. I'd love to know what percentage of your R & D budgets - whether you're involved in designing bathrooms, kitchens, appliances or furniture for the home - is spent on th...

Consumer advertising campaign for Karonia

...ochure which highlights the features and benefits of Mistral through a series of inspirational, real-life kitchens. T: 0845 6580 333 W: www.karonia.com ...

Innostor Plus - new storage solutions from ECF

Innostor Plus is the latest range of in-cabinet kitchen storage solutions from ECF. Available exclusively from ECF and covering the majority of popular cabinet configurations, the range comprises rotating and standard pull-out larders, base pull-outs and a range of corner storage solutions.[TRIMTO] Purposefully designed with a continuity of st...

Get ahead of the curve with Franke

by John Swain, Product Manager for Franke UK The trend for curves in the kitchen - and indeed the home in general - gathers pace. Gone are the days of curve-free, boxy, linear rooms and furniture as the fashion for open-plan living and casual dining demands more flexible, soft lines.[TRIMTO] Sofas, televisions and innovative furniture and...

Ellis Furniture unveils Cambourne kitchen range

...le, painted timber look at an affordable price.[TRIMTO] The Cambourne range features a 22mm, five-piece shaker door with a paint effect foil and sits on the renowned Ellis 18mm cabinet. Shown here in the sophisticated hues of Cambourne Sage mixed with the clean and modern Chalk,you can see that it delivers the on-trend perfect blend of soft mute...

One drawer, one box - a new level of convenience from Hettich

...e InnoTech platform system suits all levels of production, but with distributors and small to medium-sized manufacturers in mind, Hettich has introduced InnoTech Drawer in a Box for its most popular 470mm-depth, silver formats up to 30kg in capacity, with integrated soft-close.[TRIMTO] The modular system brings together all the elements for a dr...

BCSC calls on Cameron to seize the initiative

...tters stalling the industry's development pipeline and the action required to turn towns around: - For a few years now, the industry has called on Government to consider a private sector led Tax Increment Financing (TIF) programme to bridge the growing development viability gap. This approach to TIF allows projected increases in business rates r...

Changes across the board at the KBSA

A number of changes were made at the recent AGM of the KBSA with a new Chair being voted in, one new Regional Chair appointed at the AGM and two further Regional Chairs appointed by the KBSA board.[TRIMTO] David Dalglish, of Knaresborough Kitchens, was elected as the new National Chair, taking over from Martin Thomas who has held the position ...

The Kitchen Sink Co. now sole distributor for Lansdowne kitchen sinks and taps

The Kitchen Sink Company has added to its extensive portfolio of kitchen sinks, taps and accessories with the introduction of the Lansdowne range for which it has been appointed sole distributor for the UK and Ireland by Daleglen.[TRIMTO] This is regarded as a great opportunity by The Kitchen Sink Company to improve the Lansdowne supply chain ...

Inta gets OEM sales expert out on the road

Anti-scald bathroom manufacturer Inta has appointed an OEM sales manager to head up the Staffordshire-based company's UK sales team. 44-year-old Andy Carpenter joins the company with a wealth of experience in the HVAC sector, having previously lead a sales team at flexible gas pipe manufacturer OmegaFlex.[TRIMTO] Stuart Gizzi, director at Inta...

Record-breaking swimmer to brave the unknown on Catalina challenge

A trip to California usually conjures up images of sun-kissed beaches, but not for one Peterborough-based Indesit employee. The company's National Account Manager Adam Walker won't be kicking back on the sand when he heads to the Sunshine Coast, as he will be attempting to conquer one of the world's toughest swims, The Catalina Channel. The...

Yvonne Orgill, of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, writes:

...l Revolution. Conference takes a fresh look at the way we get KBB products to market and the hand-picked world-class speakers will guide us through the Retail Revolution. The day-long event will be concluded with an inspiring and lively speech from Peter Cross, the business partner of Mary Portas, Queen of shops. He'll shed a little light on ...

Merchant signs up for flexible fixing solution from Croydex

Recognising the many advantages that Croydex's Flexi-Fix wall-mounted accessories range offers its customers, specialist heating, plumbing, bathroom and renewable merchant Plumbase, has recently taken stock of this innovative system in stores across the country.[TRIMTO] A total of 82 Plumbase stores, including some of its Scottish stores that ...

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...ptioned: 'Simplicity itself: a little loo'.  www.epsomguardian.co.uk Of course, as an ex-Council Member of the British Toilet Association and someone who's guest judged the Loo of the Year Awards, this was one story I couldn't resist! The publication reports that Bourne Hall museum, just down the road from me, houses quite a collecti...

Dust Control UK unveils new training programme to combat silica

...It's the largest cause of occupational lung cancer after asbestos and construction workers have a 2 - 3 times greater risk of contracting COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). "It's a very serious issue. And these figures highlight the importance for contractors to capture dust at source and prevent dusts getting airborne before it's too...

The true value and importance of a good toilet revealed...

... Poor quality badly fitting toilet seats are known contributors to many of the thousand of toilet-related accidents that take place in the UK every year. "A good quality comfortable toilet and seat that has been properly installed and well maintained positively enhances the look of the room that you spend quite a lot of time in, it saves you ...

Cooking up a storm in kitchen tap designs from Pegler Yorkshire

As the hub of the home and the most used room in the house, the kitchen - and thus its design and accessories, is highly important. When it comes to taps, choice is what most consumers want, along with guaranteed quality. Pegler Yorkshire has developed its Francis Pegler Kitchen tap range to offer both of these essential qualities.[TRIMTO] T...

KBSA recognises excellence at awards ceremony

...d. "We work closely with our valued fabricators to make sure that our marketing support is second-to-none... We want to enable kitchen studios to offer the very best to their customers and increase their sales." Mike Jarrett, Sales director at Neff said: "To be acknowledged is such an honour but to win for the third year in a row is a privile...

KBSA AGM National Meeting and Awards a great success

...elivering customer service and details of the Retail Business Mentor service. "The final speaker - award winning entrepreneur and business mentor, Nigel Botterill, delivered a passionate and thought-provoking presentation about using digital marketing to grow a business, that was both informative and highly entertaining. He also presented detail...

The Basis of a beautiful kitchen

...e solution providing lasting protection against bacteria. Sanitized is mixed into the bulk material - not applied as a coating - so it will last for the life of the sink. Accessories include a bamboo chopping board and stainless steel strainer bowl. The Basis BFG sinks form part of the Pro-Value range from Franke; designed to offer sinks that...

Lower costs of buying, rather than renting a home, impacts positively on the industry

... by paying a mortgage rather than paying rent, makes purchasing home improvement items a lot easier - and the industry is already seeing a difference.[TRIMTO] Kitchen Doors Workshop is an online replacement kitchen door supplier based in East Sussex. It has noted an increase in orders from first time buyers this year as those able to get on the ...

Illegal gas fitter put lives in danger in Rochdale

...es' Court heard that Mr Gregory had installed a new boiler and gas hob at the property during a four-month period last year, despite not being a registered gas fitter. Shortly after the installation had been completed, the owner of the house contacted National Grid to get the gas meter changed from a pay-as-you-go to a conventional meter. While ...

Bushboard opens new showroom & training centre at Wellingborough head office & factory

...the laminate brands of Omega, Odyssey and Prima; Encore solid surfacing and the latest addition of M-Stone quartz being launched this year. Rich with design ideas and product solutions, the spacious showroom has been bespoke designed by North-East based agency The Connection, to reflect the company's pride in being the UK's largest dedicated wor...

Autumn promotion from Hepplewhite

Fitted bedroom furniture company Hepplewhite is offering its best-performing dealers the chance to win some fantastic new technology as a sales incentive this Autumn. For every £1000 worth of orders received at Hepplewhite during the promotional period of 22nd September to 30th November 2012, retailers will receive a virtual ticket. Th...

British Ceramic Tile ride to success for Cancer Research UK

...work as well as race on the day, raising over £1000 for a very worthwhile cause." The Devon-based tile manufacturer, which chose Cancer Research UK as its nominated charity earlier this year, supported the team and committed funds to help the cyclists reach their £1000 target. T: 0845 6187 148 W: www.britishceramictile.com ...

Ellis Furniture introduces minimo push-to-open technology

... part of this season's launch of new kitchen ranges, Ellis Furniture is adding a new twist to handle-less designs with minimo push-to-open doors and drawers. The technology behind minimo works by lightly pushing the door or drawer, which then gently springs open.[TRIMTO] Shown here in Inspire Gloss Cream, using minimo creates a stylish, smooth w...

BMA takes on marathon running shopaholic

  A shopaholic, film fan and would-be marathon runner who likes to socialise has joined the permanent staff at the Bathroom Manufacturers Association.[TRIMTO] University graduate Laura Knox has become the BMA's latest recruit and is already making her mark in the busy Keele-based offices. Born and bred in Darlington, Laura knows that n...

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...t storm in 30 years has caused to hundreds of homes, shops and other businesses. It's heartbreaking - particularly when one considers that many of those that had to vacate severely flooded premises during the last heavy storms have only recently managed to move back in. With all this water about, it's easy to forget that there is actually a shor...

PEKA Sesam awarded Red Dot Design Award

...rs convincing user benefits."[TRIMTO] Sesam, part of the new PEKA Libell storage range, is a side-mounted, clip-on system that utilises and organises the whole cupboard space. There is even room to store an ironing board or clothes airer beside the system. The hose/broom holder, shelves and hooks are all height-adjustable, depending on the items...

Latest KBB sales & customer care course impressed delegates

Blum hosted the latest one day Sales & Customer Care course for the KBB industry on 26th September at its training facility in Milton Keynes. The course was attended by 10 delegates who were schooled on the skills and techniques that would help them improve their lead conversions and profitable sales, together with lessons on how to improve c...

Saniflo off piste!

...ater from multiple WCs and other waste water producing appliances. It pumps waste away through small-bore pipework up to 11m vertically, 100m horizontally or a lesser combination of vertical x horizontal. The unit has inlet diameters of 110mm for WC waste and 40mm for waste water. The unit can handle waste water of up to 70C for short periods and...

Sleek and efficient by design: new Aquacurve from Leisure Sinks

...o further strengthen its extensive range of high quality taps, Leisure Sinks has launched Aquacurve - a new contemporary styled model with a sophisticated swan neck design. Available in a polished chrome finish, the competitively priced tap is ideal for the domestic or contract markets.[TRIMTO] The new model features ergonomically designed quart...

Bushboard adds sensational new surfaces to its Prima worktop range

...rktop designs, two new textures, 10 new splashback colours, its exclusive Q3 edge profile and design-friendly shaped components to its updated Prima 40mm laminate worktop range. Prima is launched this week, supported by a new POS package which will be fully merchandised across the UK with retailers by the end of the month.[TRIMTO] "Prima continu...

EQ Software mean business with new Director of Sales & Marketing

EQ Software, the specialist provider of KBB-specific business management and eCommerce solutions, has appointed Mark O'Neill as Director of Sales & Marketing.[TRIMTO] Mark, who joined the rapidly expanding company at the beginning of September, has been recruited to spearhead EQ's ambitious national and international development strategy. ...

Abode chosen by John Lewis

Department store John Lewis has chosen Abode to supply the Group with a host of design-led bathroom taps and showers for its new in-store bathroom departments. John Lewis recently launched a fully fitted bathroom design and installation service, offering everything from sanitaryware and brassware to heating, tiling, baths and showers. Abode a...

Ellis Furniture raises funds for local hospice

... a charity football match to raise funds for a local Huddersfield hospice.[TRIMTO] The two teams - The Office Coats sporting a blue kit and The Factory Tools in a red kit - played a gruelling game to raise £800 for Kirkwood Hospice, which provides specialist care, free of charge, to adults with advanced, progressive illnesses at any time f...

New home applications still below last year's levels

Latest year-to-date figures release today for new home registrations in the UK reveal that house building levels continue to fall, according to NHBC. In August 2012, the number of new homes registered with NHBC dropped to 9,553, 4% below August last year (9,978) and taking overall year to date totals for 2012 to 72,740 applications; a 15% decr...

PASMA slams incompetent ceiling contractor following serious fall from height incident

... supervising them are trained and competent in their use.[TRIMTO] The incident involved a 43 year-old West Derby man falling just two metres from a mobile tower in Liverpool, resulting in injuries including a brain haemorrhage and a fractured skull. Liverpool Magistrates Court learned that the damage to his brain has had a "long-term impact on h...

Life looks better in HD with British Ceramic Tile's new ceramic tile collection, HD Origin

...print. Suitable for entrance lobbies, hallways, bathrooms, kitchens and more, HD Origin is a hard-wearing, cost effective alternative to natural stone, which offers a range of realistic stone effects from marble through to sandstone all within a neutral colour palette. "The whole idea behind the launch of the new HD Origin collection was to d...

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...ation I felt got me thinking about how complicated Sky is for the elderly to get their heads around - and as for the modern combi-boiler systems and the need to top up the water whilst bleeding the radiators and taking care not to exceed the recommended pressure (if you've ever experienced a boiler 'blow' you'll know what I mean!) or even attemptin...

News in Brief

... Agency tell us that an abnormal load vehicle will be travelling at speeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are li...

Business leader warns companies about investing outside established markets

... customers.[TRIMTO] At a talk delivered to major international companies yesterday, the Secretary-General of the Federation of European Employers (FedEE), Robin Chater made a powerful case for companies to review their current offshoring policies and adopt the mantra 'capital close to markets'. Robin believes that the benefits of globalisatio...

Symphony adds important green award to its collection

...ts a responsible next step in environmental stewardship, both through the effective management of by-products and also the elimination of materials going into landfills. "Symphony is proud of its latest achievement," says Symphony's Marketing Director Simon Collyns. "We've worked closely with LPR to ensure that zero waste as a result of our manu...

Tradesmen need to take online reputation management seriously...

...t bad reviews and mentions are kept to a minimum. Mark Hall, Managing Director of Gotjuice.co.uk - the online reputation management company - says: "Every business should be in full control of its online reputation. When a customer searches for a company's name or brand, the first pages from the online search results should show nothing but posi...

Amica set to bring Red Dot winning oven to UK... if market wants it!

...is the antithesis of overwhelming technology. No illumination, alarms, ringtones or buzzing timers - nothing to attack the senses. Whilst it offers the best of Amica cooking features like multifunction cooking, it does not have a clock or a timer. The glass door is matt, non-reflective and the handle a smooth tactile choice of Birch, Ebony or Oa...

Ellis Furniture builds for the future with significant investment

...nd product offering to both trade customers and consumers. The investment, which is completely self-funded by the family-owned business, includes the installation of state of the art machinery and up to the minute technology, as well as an expanded worforce at the Huddersfield site.[TRIMTO] Investment has been made in new machinery including a ...

A self sustaining solution for electronically controlled taps

...ent on the market.[TRIMTO] Geberit's electronically controlled taps can now be fitted with a self-sustaining power supply that works independently of mains and battery sources. Suitable for use with the manufacturer's infra-red taps, the new self-sustaining power supply has been designed for use in washrooms with a large volume of users per day,...

HiB appointments

... give an important boost to the marketing department while making further contribution to the HiB in-house designed product development programme. 0208 441 0352 www.hib.co.uk ...

Another success in the kitchen for Hi-Macs

The merger of Karim Rashid's futuristic vision with the extraordinary properties of Hi-Macs, the latest-generation acrylic stone, has given rise to Kook and Karan, two kitchens manufactured by Aran Cucine, remarkable for their ultimate originality.[TRIMTO] The exclusive concept of Kook, which was presented at Eurocucina 2012 (Milan Internation...

Metropolis... just as the name suggests

Metropolis; a range of stylish contemporary stainless steel handles and knobs designed to suit the modern home... Exclusive to Hafele UK, Metropolis hosts a selection of bar, bow, pull handles as well as square, classic mushroom and tapered knobs.[TRIMTO] Made from stainless steel and offered at competitive prices, Metropolis can be found within the Modern Life category of Hafele's carefully selected handle collections. www.hafele.co.uk ...

Carron Phoenix announces the sale of its commercial business to Franke UK

...g of both brands in the UK and Ireland markets.[TRIMTO] Carron Phoenix has been part of the Swiss-owned Franke Group for 22 years and until now has traded autonomously. The merger will consolidate functions within both businesses and the sale is expected to complete by 1st January 2013. Says Tracey Bamber, managing director of Franke UK: "...

Showerwall - see it on You Tube

...oing popularity with consumers for natural materials in stone, marble and metallics which balance up-to-the-minute styling with commercial versatility. Showerwall panels come in a choice of sizes and offer a 100% waterproof panelling system. The range is available ex-stock nationwide from distributors including IDS, Ideal Bathrooms, Q4 Bathroom...

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...ce, which was organised by the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, certainly attracted the big guns - as our picture taken once the dancing took over from the gala dinner shows! Sadly, due to work commitments elsewhere this week, John Austen and I were unable to make it this year. Judging by the other pictures on the BMA website ( www.bathroom...

Furniture retail quality Group publishes new guide for glass in furniture

FIRA has announced the publication of a new industry Standard for glass in furniture: FIRA-FRQG G001 Glass in furniture - requirements. The document has been produced by FIRA in conjunction with the Furniture Retail Quality Group (FRQG), comprising technologists from the major retailers of furniture in the UK. It has been introduced to ensure that...

News in Brief

... Agency tell us that an abnormal load vehicle will be travelling at speeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are li...

Hettich App now available

...pp to be offered in the UK. The UK is among 20 countries selected by Hettich for the initial roll-out of the App, and it is available free through the Apple App Store. The Hettich App offers several functions for carpenters and interior decorators, hardware retailers, furniture designers and those employed in the furniture industry as well as...

White open-zone induction hob joins intelligent cooking from Amica

...ty for today's contemporary interiors. The centre of each heating zone on the elegant, white easy-clean glass surface is indicated only by a small star. The four zones - 2 x 22cm and 2 x 18cm - are controlled using a centrally located front flush direct touch sensor panel. A slider control provides quick and smooth one-touch operation to ensur...

Products and innovations show award-winning credentials

... the company's successful collaboration with outstanding architects and designers, the aesthetically-appealing design and high quality of Laufen products continually win over international judges, with top awards being won this year for individual products and materials. The company is particularly excited to pick up two iF Design Awards for 20...

Companies north of the border to get lifesaving advice

...industry are teaming up to offer practical tips and guidance on how to manage key risks. The half-day event on Thursday, 25th October is part of the UK-wide 'Working Well Together' campaign and is aimed at small to medium-sized companies, contractors and self employed construction workers. The workshop will cover higher risk activities - such...

Gorenje partners with London charity RADICLE

Slovenian appliance manufacturer Gorenje, has partnered with London-based charity RADICLE (Residential And Drop-In Centres London Enterprises). RADICLE provides emotional and practical support services for isolated and vulnerable people in the local area, including three residential schemes for homeless young mothers and their babies, two drop-in...

Axor Starck Organic: Harmony of head and heart

This stunning new collection combines organic-minimalist design with a responsible way to handle water - it offers a flow rate of just 3.5 litres per minute without any compromise in functionality. A new type of spray brings a new water sensation to the wash basin and there are separate controls for water volume and temperature. Produced using an...

Annual Bathroom Conference - The Retail Revolution:

Chicken and charity shops - fighting against the death of retail Peter Cross, business partner of Mary Portas and managing director of Yellowdoor, delivers the keynote address at the Annual Bathroom Conference: I'm going to discuss something this afternoon which on the surface of it seems a bit bloody obvious - how we shop today. Yes we...

Annual Bathroom Conference - Bathroom market dampened by economy, says GfK

...ins in the throes of the recession. GfK reported that value sales of bathroom suites declined by -9%  from the year ending July 2010 to year ending July 2012. This decline can be attributed to low consumer confidence and the beleaguered economy, which is experiencing the worst double dip recession since records began. After three stagnan...

Annual Bathroom Conference - New Defra head of water lauds industry's Water Label efforts

...h many of you here today have helped to bring into existence, is an excellent example of an industry-led voluntary labelling scheme. Richard Benyon and the department still remain committed to supporting the work the BMA is carrying out to educate both the trade and consumers. "Looking further afield, the EU Commission will publish its Blueprint...

Annual Bathroom Conference - Government austerity is killing consumer spending

...very hampered by ongoing Eurozone sovereign debt crisis. In 2011 manufacturing decelerated globally - declining in the Eurozone, stagnating in Japan and barely growing in the US. It is clear that the UK is facing some considerable headwinds that account for its overall weak performance. Firstly there is austerity. Fiscal austerity, uncertainty a...

Annual Bathroom Conference - Good digital is just about connecting stuff with people who want stuff

...less per channel than some of the independent players. With digital, you aren’t competing head-to-head in The Telegraph for share of voice. You can win. “The technical execution of digital is a very tiny proportion of Google. It is like wanting a drink and worrying too much about the glass that holds it. Whether the drink is a Diet C...

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... surprising upturn for this time of year at my weekend job/hobby selling houses. Generally, come mid-October, the market dies down as people start to gear up for Christmas, but it's got really busy lately and it's taken everyone by surprise. Speaking to my counterparts in other agencies, it's something that's being reciprocated around much of th...

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...e The Government's announcement yesterday that it is to postpone next year's much-needed business rates revaluation until 2015 and not implement it until 2017, has been greeted with despair by Britain's retailers, many of whom are struggling to pay rates based on rents back in 2008 when they were just about at their peak. With...

News in Brief

... Agency tell us that an abnormal load vehicle will be travelling at speeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are li...

Cutting a greener deal for consumers

...n that replacing an old fridge freezer can bring the same environmental benefit as installing double-glazing according to AMDEA (The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances). The industry is calling on Government to work with it to encourage consumers to replace their old appliances and use energy saving features - to cut their electri...

Amica to introduce @micaSmart - at the heart of the kitchen

...believes is the easiest to use technology to cooking with the introduction of a brand new 7in. fully-interactive touch-control TFT programmer on the top models from its Platinum oven collection.[TRIMTO] In a leap forward from the brand's innovative i-Cook Timer, launched with its 2011 Platinum collection, @micaSmart is a 7in. interactive touch c...

Assign - next-generation mobile and field workforce scheduling software launched

Wheatley Associates has launched Assign, its next-generation mobile and field workforce scheduling and productivity software solution.[TRIMTO] With its combined focus on usability and functionality, Assign radically rethinks the concept of real-time scheduling. Its highly intuitive user interface provides extremely easy access to a wealth of f...

US home remodelling spending set to accelerate

...ling recovery have been planted, with annual homeowner improvement spending expected to reach double-digit growth in the first half of 2013. "After a bump in home improvement activity during the mild winter, there was a bit of a pause this Summer," says Eric S. Belsky, managing director of the Joint Center. "However, the LIRA is projecting an a...

Volante sliding door system - new from ECF

...provide a smooth opening and closing action. In addition Volante also comes with the option of built-in soft closing for that extra touch of sophistication. Practical and stylish, the Volante sliding door system will enhance any room. Manufactured from high quality components, with UK assembly, and delivered on the company's own specially modifi...

LDL implements world class practices

LDL Components is in the process of investing in the very latest technology to enhance its warehouse and logistical processes. This technology is known simply as 'WMS' or, to give it its full title, Warehouse Management System.[TRIMTO] The new WMS infrastructure will allow LDL to build on its already excellent service levels by utilising wareh...

Nolte Kuchen Inhouse Fair 2012 a real success

...e trade audience from September for a week last month, proudly presenting a fresh design during the - as usual - unlimited opening hours in the evenings. This year the focus wasn't only on product though. A completely new website including Social Media presence, an advanced Kitchen Planner (which will shortly be available for iPad, too) and a pl...

New Polypipe MVHR performs well and is simple to install and operate

...ed summer cooling in the process. A condensate drainage kit is also available to remove any build-up of moisture. Another key industry concern addressed by Polypipe with the new HRX range is end user operation. Whilst new homes usually come with a detailed appliance information pack, this information rarely makes it through to subsequent buy...

New appointment puts emphasis on export opportunities

...n Newman to the role of Export Sales Manager.[TRIMTO] As a clear indication of the company's long-term vision for continual investment in the overseas market, Jason's role will involve overseeing the company's growing export sales team to ensure the Croydex and Damixa brands are household names the world over. With more than 20 years' experie...

F & P Wholesale launches luxurious Diamond Collection and Refressshed brochure

...exclusively available to F & P Wholesale customers since 2007. The latest addition to the range - the Diamond Collection - provides retailers with a luxurious range of products to create the perfect bathing environment for their customers. Incorporating the inspirational designs from across Europe, along with high quality manufacturing, the ...

Record month for Schuller sees new record set for September

InHouse has broken the €1 million barrier for Schüller sales in September. The month is 40% up on last year and puts InHouse in line for another record breaking year. Wayne Dance, Managing Director of InHouse, says: "We had a great start to the year with the KBB exhibition. Schüller has been fantastic at totally reinventing its ...

Ellis Furniture creates bright kitchens with the new Solar range

... range is available with the new minimo push to open technology. With minimo, Solar becomes a handle-less range with push to open doors and drawers. The technology behind minimo works by lightly pushing the door or drawer, which then gently springs open. "With Solar we are offering an up to the minute design and finish at a very affordable price...

MP Rob Flello visits Inta after Staffordshire Legionella outbreak

Anti-scald tap, shower and valve manufacturer Inta has received a commitment from Rob Flello, MP for Stoke-on-Trent South, that he will push for a review of the part G building regulations in Parliament after learning that lack of enforcement is compromising bathroom health and safety.[TRIMTO] The MP visited Inta's Staffordshire headquarters t...

Gorenje and Ecover striving for the same goals

...r the environment, whilst continuously searching for new ways to reduce the use of energy resources - and the amount of waste produced during the production process.[TRIMTO] Along with being environmentally friendly, both companies strive to be as sustainable as possible. For Ecover this means ensuring it uses sustainable plant-based and mineral...

A green sweep for Lec

Refrigeration specialist, Lec, has obtained Energy Saving Trust approval across its entire product range. Lec, which this year celebrates its 70th birthday, has had its entire product range rigorously tested and evaluated by the Energy Saving Trust. Leading the way in the production of energy saving appliances, products in Lec's strong cool...

News in Brief

... Agency tell us that an abnormal load vehicle will be travelling at speeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are li...

Lawcris opens new doors with Hettich

...h offering.[TRIMTO] Hettich's sliding door range offers special features for particular two/three-door applications, such as flush closing, 'Silent' soft close and opening/sliding options on the same cabinet design, creating the option to upgrade to sliding doors as a retrofit. Lawcris, which is 30 this year, took on distributorship of Hettic...

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...KBzine In what is probably one of the most important roles he has ever played, Oscar-winning British actor Jeremy Irons has become something of an eco-warrior in recent years and yesterday, he jointly hosted a conference in Brussels to mark the publication of the EU’s green paper on plastic waste, which aims to make us rethink...

Soapbox: One swallow does not make a Summer

Robin Chater, the Secretary-General of the Federation of European Employers, comments on the latest UK GDP figures... The UK's Office for National Statistics has just published GDP figures for Q3 2012. Although these show the UK economy to have officially grown by 1% since Q2 2012 little can be assumed from a single statistic and the continue...

Team Roman runs up funds

...am based company, whilst one of the retail development managers completed the Bristol Half Marathon - his own local race. All participants selected their own individual charities to raise money for and the total was achieved through sponsorship and also via bake and book sales around the company's head-office. The team was made up of a mixture o...

IDS announces winner of its national design competition for the company's new HQ

..., a 2,500 sq ft showroom, a 50 seat lecture theatre as well as office accommodation. The modern, eco-friendly building will have the lowest possible carbon footprint, utilising modern materials and building methods including rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling and solar panelling. IDS employs 75 people at Stoke, out of 420 nationally. ...

FIRA strengthens its testing team

FIRA International has announced an investment in both staff and equipment within its world-renowned furniture testing centre. The improvements are the result of a strategic review by new Chief Operating Office, Phil Reynolds, and are part of an ongoing programme to ensure the highest quality of service. "Changes have been put in place in or...

Azea launches 2013 behavioural safety training campaign for construction and utilities sectors

...Safety Bubble effective all actions are preceded by this simple question: 'Will it pop my bubble?' - If the action is unsafe and could pop yours or anyone else's Safety Bubble then you simply don't do it. "It's very easy to understand and everybody gets it. That's why our clients are so successful at reducing accident rates, improving culture a...

Abode introduces Euphoria shower pack

Abode's Euphoria showers and accessories have been designed exclusively to co-ordinate with the complete Abode bathroom offering. The portfolio contains a myriad of outstanding design pieces.[TRIMTO] Euphoria UK & Irish specification showers and accessories are designed to present consumers with the widest choice of products for their bat...

10 new high gloss colours from Renolit

...t has introduced a vibrant orange, red and lime green. Sophisticated shades of grey, aubergine, rose-tea and blacks complete the range. There is a colour to fill every space with flamboyant character, soft and gentle calm or deep and stylish ambiance. The Renolit Alkoren range comprises of the following. The asterix (*) indicates the new introd...

Carron Phoenix launches Autumn Winter retail promotion

In a bid to support retailers in the pre-Christmas trading period, Carron Phoenix has launched a price-busting promotion that will run to 31st December. Carron has strategically selected some key products to offer a sink option in all materials, delivering choice, quality and excellent value. The Debut granite sink, (pictured) launched at K...

KitchenAid teams up with baker

.... Johns Wood, London. Maria offers a variety of courses at her cooking school, with a focus on bread-making and baking, including a Macaroon Masterclass, French Pastry Class and Artisan Bread Baking. Maria says: "I know I can always rely on KitchenAid as we share the same passion for perfectly prepared food. KitchenAid gives chefs and experts li...

Charnwood Period Style bedroom doors look the business but don't break the budget!

...hing come together to create a truly stunning period style bedroom door. Available in two styles - Woodhouse and Beaumanor, the doors are supplied on a made to measure basis and are available in 18 finish options, including a suite of exciting new wood grain finishes along with a choice of flat matt colours - the latter giving the appearance of ...

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...as a bit of a personal shock to learn this week that the company is about to go into administration - despite all the warnings there have been and the closure last year of a number of stores and service centres. Of course I'll be able to source my next appliance from another store but I'm not quite sure where I'll go to see the vast choice of produ...

News in Brief

... Agency tell us that an abnormal load vehicle will be travelling at speeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are li...

Bushboard unleashes potential of quartz worksurfaces with pioneering M-Stone range

Following its preview to the trade at KBB 2012, Bushboard is launching in mid-November its pioneering new M-Stone quartz worksurfaces which are supplied in blanks for easy installation direct on site. With market-leading laminate and solid surface brands under its belt, Bushboard is extending its offer with a man-made quartz worksurface brand,...

Franke welcomes new Northern Regional Sales Manager

Jo Rawstron has joined leading kitchen sink producer, Franke, as their Northern Regional Sales manager.[TRIMTO] With a wealth of previous sales and marketing experience and over 12 years in the wholesale and distribution industry, Jo will be a valuable addition to the existing sales team at Franke. She comments "I am delighted to have joined Franke, a company that is held in such high regard in the industry". For further information, contact 0161 436 6280, or visit www.franke.co.uk ...

FIRA and UK Trade & Investment successfully launch Furniture Export Hub

...orting on the back of speculative assumptions often leads some firms to costly business failure; pre-qualification of markets and customers is a critical factor for success. UKTI has helped many thousands of businesses achieve global success, and we can do the same for your business." The launch also included a case study from Viv Jebson, Mana...

Government's flagship employment programme off to a promising start, but low employer awareness hinders progress

...o hold onto the new hires for longer than six months and 48% felt that participants lack certain job-specific or technical skills. Gerwyn Davies, CIPD Labour Market Adviser at the CIPD, comments: "The results suggest that there are two key areas of concern that will determine whether the early success of the programme will be sustained. "Firs...

Construction weakness continues in October amid further fall in new work

...] Adjusted for seasonal factors, the Index registered 50.9 in October, up from 49.5 in September - but only fractionally above the 50.0 no-change value. The latest reading was also much weaker than the average seen in the decade leading up to the global financial crisis in 2008 (56.3), thereby highlighting an ongoing subdued trend in output acro...

Crosswater announce key national sales drivers

... demands of today's modern bathroom schemes. T: 0845 873 8840 www.crosswater.co.uk www.bauhaus-bathrooms.co.uk www.simpsons-enclosures.co.uk ...

BTCC season closes with success for Gorenje-sponsored driver

Andrew Jordan, the professional racing driver sponsored by Gorenje, finished the British Touring Car Championship season on a high after winning both the Independent Drivers' Championship and the Manufacturers'/Constructors' Teams' Trophies.[TRIMTO] In a gripping race day finale at Brands Hatch, Kent, two weeks ago, Andrew overcame the terribl...

Lakes Bathrooms reintroduces stone resin trays

...uare, up to 1700mm wide. Both low profile 45mm and standard height 80mm trays are included and Easy-Plumb kit systems are available to convert any of the trays for raised installation. All trays are supplied with chrome waste to suit and are manufactured from ABS stone. Explaining the stone tray U-turn, sales & marketing director of Lakes...

Hepplewhite launches retailer days

...gives us a unique opportunity to engage and receive feedback. It also allows them to meet with like-minded retailers and this makes this type of event well attended and enjoyable. "We have developed a new concept for the brochure which will improve how we showcase our product and demonstrate the extensive range of innovative storage solutions. ...

Mereway Kitchens launches Premium Partners programme

One of the longest established high quality British kitchen manufacturers, Mereway, has launched a Premium Partnership programme for dealers that will support and reward those retailers selling the Mereway Kitchens portfolio.[TRIMTO] The programme which has been successfully piloted in a number of areas will be rolled out across the entire net...

Whirlpool's Eco Monitor guarantees energy optimisation

...ount of energy that would be consumed by a programme, and gives them the option to choose a more eco-friendly cycle for their load if required. The Eco Monitor works as a useful guide for consumers, helping them to be as efficient as possible, while also enabling them to keep an eye on their energy use and minimise over-spending. The Eco Monitor...

Her name is Rio...

...ed the striking new RIO range of bathroom brassware to its growing portfolio. Featuring waterfall-effect flow technology, the contemporary Rio brassware range is sure to make a statement in any bathroom. An ultra slim cube-like handle combined with distinctive regal spout, shouts of cutting-edge design with high consumer appeal. The new range...

KBSA welcomes two new retail members

... new retail members, demonstrating that KBB retailers are recognising the value of KBSA membership - particularly the ability to offer consumer protection, increasingly seen as a 'must have' in the current climate.[TRIMTO] West Midland based Roman Bathrooms and Abbey Kitchens in Gloucestershire, both well-established family businesses, have jo...

CRL launches 6K Hydrophobic Surface Protection System - it isn't like other glass coatings!

...rotection system specifically designed to protect both glass and stainless steel. 6K by CRL is a two-step surface protection treatment with a three year protection lifespan. [TRIMTO] 6K uses nanotechnology and provides a hydrophobic, water repellent nanocoating, the hydro- and oleo phobic effects makes it difficult for particles of contamination...

Plumbline stores to become Plumbase

...ength of the Plumbase brand. Each store offers same and next day delivery services, along with in-store collection, making it stand out in the Scottish market. "The rebranding of Plumbline is a vital step in the move to create a cohesive new look and feel across the entire Plumbase business," says Andy Gribble, Plumbase Managing Director. "In...

Industry taskforce pushes forward on key Portas recommendation

The newly-formed, industry led, cross-sector taskforce has agreed to undertake a review of UK towns and cities to identify through empirical research the property-related barriers to the vitality and performance of town centres.[TRIMTO] The taskforce has been set up following the Government's response to the recommendations from the Mary Portas...

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... one in 10 bank cards and one in seven bank notes are contaminated with faecal matter. Other well-used plastic items, such as computer keyboards, telephones, door handles, etc, are also often similarly contaminated and this is nearly always from the human hand... indeed the researchers reported faecal contamination on an incredible 26% of the ha...

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... one in 10 bank cards and one in seven bank notes are contaminated with faecal matter. Other well-used plastic items, such as computer keyboards, telephones, door handles, etc, are also often similarly contaminated and this is nearly always from the human hand... indeed the researchers reported faecal contamination on an incredible 26% of the ha...

News in Brief

... Agency tell us that an abnormal load vehicle will be travelling at speeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are li...

Larger waterproof TVs for lucky bathers...

Waterproof and in-wall television pioneer, Aquavision, has introduced two larger sizes to its Frameless range. The competitively priced range was designed after consultation with developers, architects and specifiers and can be installed directly over the bath or within a shower enclosure.[TRIMTO] The first two frameless, waterproof televis...

EQ Software develops TradeZone Ordering Link for PWS

...e their order straight into TradeZone once the quote has been confirmed, avoiding any unnecessary re-keying of orders - and have their stock allocated instantly. "I think this significant improvement is going to provide huge time and cost saving benefits to our mutual customers. T: 01827 839 259 F: 0845 280 5002 E: enquiries@eqsoftware.net ...

Soapbox: World Toilet Day - what can you do?

...ou can do is support World Toilet Day. It's now less than a fortnight away and on 19th November - the same date every year - World Toilet Day will endeavour to raise awareness of sanitation issues and highlight the plight of those one in three people - that's 2.5 billion - who don't have access to proper sanitation. The Bathroom Manufacturer...

Kitchen Magic now offers free fitting on all kitchen refurbishments

...einforces the company's commitment to providing a great selection of high quality finishes for built-in kitchens whilst saving customers' time, money and effort.[TRIMTO] "It's important to us that our customers achieve their dream kitchen in the most efficient and economical way without compromising on quality", says Marketing Manager, Samantha ...

British Ceramic Tile makes life look better for retailers with launch of 'HD Origin' marketing campaign

...myths and preconceptions surrounding imitation stone and highlight the many advantages ceramic stone-effect tiles have over their natural counterparts. Designed to imitate the appearance and intricacies of natural stone, the new HD Origin collection takes stone-effect ceramic tiles to a whole new level of design, making them virtually impossible...

Essential Value range from Carron Phoenix is outstandingly good value

...better be described as the Outstanding Value Range because it offers savings of up to 20% on popular-selling products when sold as a pack with retail prices starting from as little as £115.[TRIMTO] The Essential Value range is a capsule collection of popular sink and tap styles including the Precision Plus, Zeta, Summit and Shonelle. It wa...

iKBBI has new staff member

...ler legality on their behalf. Jackie can be contacted at the Tilbury office: T: 01375 489 431 - ext: 4431 E: jackie.wood@ikbbi.org.uk W. www.ikbbi.org.uk ...

Imperial Bathrooms unveils stunning new trade showroom

...ena in which the company can showcase its stunning new collections for 2013. All Imperial customers - both old and new - are very welcome to visit the showroom and gain inspiration from the 2013 collections. The new showroom provides retailers with the perfect opportunity to see for themselves how these wonderful new collections from Imperial ca...

...owley offers and also showcases the latest in appliance technology from companies such as Miele, Sub-Zero, Neff and Wolf. T: 0161 848 1200 W: www.tomhowley.co.uk ...

Ecobuild the future at ExCeL, London, 5th - 7th March 2013...

Ecobuild has announced the line-up for its highly anticipated conference programme -produced in association with the UK Green Building Council -which will run alongside the show next year from 5th - 7th March. More than 1,100 industry experts, ministers and VIPs from across the sustainable built environment will take centre stage at the heart o...

Energy efficiency projects in construction successful despite economic crisis

...ce on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the construction industry has shown. Twenty-two coordinators for Concerto projects subsidised by the EU went to the Brussels conference to share their experiences. The Irish Republic has been one of the countries most hard-hit by the financial crisis; "This has been a success during the de...

KBSA welcomes new kitchen design foundation degree

...partners include Lago and The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA). The degree is a two-year full-time or three-year part-time qualification. It will add academic credence to a booming profession, and offers participants the chance to study across all aspects of the profession, from contextual and historical studies, through to sales ...

Starplan Bedrooms joins TFO as full member

... bedroom furniture, sliding wardrobes and beds to over 15,000 homes in the UK every year. The direct-sales bedroom furniture company does not just manufacture the products; it designs, makes, sells and fits them - ensuring the best value for money for consumers. "Since opening our first furniture showroom in 1972, Starplan Bedrooms has always be...

Thanks KBzine!

... Just a note from over here in the States: I really enjoy reading your online newsletter! Great work--you really push the boundaries in research, developing issues, and general information about Kitchen and Bath and business. Thanks so much! I just wish I could access some of the similar products offered there, here in the US. Thanks again for t...

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...ecommend the staff a B&Q Leatherhead (and B&Q everywhere, from my experience) for their bend-over-backward helpfulness when I called in last week to buy loft insulation. They didn't make me feel stupid at my inability to work out how much I needed but instead appeared impressed by the product knowledge I'd gained via the Internet and they b...

News in Brief

... Agency tell us that an abnormal load vehicle will be travelling at speeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are li...

S& P's European building materials sector report predicts uncertain future

...s, as well as increasing input and fixed cost inflation which are likely to persist for the next 12 - 18 months. [TRIMTO] It does, however, report that light building product manufacturers are continuing to outperform heavy material producers. It singles out companies with exposure to renovation, remodelling and improvement as being able to cont...

Bushboard scores a hat trick with its new Prima splashback collection

Bushboard's newly launched Prima splashback options combine of-the-moment colours with a durable, easy-clean surface that's simple to install. The additions provide a major boost to Bushboard's splashback offer and reflect the growing role of laminate splashbacks in today's kitchen design. Bushboard has added 10 splashback designs to its Prima...

Will demand for water outstrip supply by 2030?

...ies it surveyed believe there is a connection between the risk of water shortages and climate change-up from 10% just three years ago. Klaus Reichardt founded Waterless Co, a manufacturer of No-Flush Urinals, in 1991 with the goal of establishing a new market segment in the plumbing fixture industry with water conservation in mind. He is a frequ...

British Ceramic Tile and Tile Town support charity project Houses 2 Homes - as seen on Channel 4

...as stepped in to offer its support to Houses 2 Homes (H2H), a pioneering initiative through which ex-service people transform derelict properties into habitable homes for fellow veterans and their families.[TRIMTO] After seeing a call to arms by interior designer George Clarke on Twitter, British Ceramic Tile joined forces with Derbyshire-based ...

SBID launches CPD accreditation

...ement of professional status membership. This standard ensures that design professionals are kept up-to-date with technological advances, design techniques and an array of knowledge in an ever changing industry, whilst providing a platform to engage with experts in a forum for the exchange of ideas and best practice. Accredited SBID CPD provider...

The Furniture Ombudsman and Office of Fair Trading working together

The Furniture Ombudsman is working with The Office of Fair Trading to assist businesses and consumers of the furniture and home improvement industries to understand more fully their legal rights.[TRIMTO] On TFO's website, a page linked to the OFT logo provides a number of resources, including a selection of videos that provide information on co...

Recent regional meeting a success for the KBSA

...included an appliance market update from Maurizio Severgnini, Managing Director, Hoover Candy Built-in Division and a presentation on lighting trends from John Craig, National Sales Manager, Sensio Lighting. "We are grateful to both Maurizio and John for their informative and interesting presentations and to all those members that took time ou...

Shard's luxury Shangri-la Hotel exclusively tiled with BAL

BAL adhesives, grouts and levellers have been specified throughout the Shangri-La, the five-star hotel which will occupy floors 34 to 52 of The Shard, the striking new 1,016-feet skyscraper towering over London. More than 10,000 square metres of tiling will be fixed exclusively with BAL products.[TRIMTO] Much of the tiling for both walls and f...

Tuscan engineered flooring range is faster to fit with the new 5GS locking system.

...being even faster to fit, the range also offers the flexibility for installation onto a range of sub-floors. The 5GS profile is available on all eight finishes in the Tuscan engineered flooring range which offers a mix of popular oaks, whitewashed effects and rich tones in a choice of surface textures. It is part of the Tuscan portfolio which o...

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...mployees are on holiday is tough at the best of times... attempting to cover for what may be longish-term, short-notice breaks is likely to induce a real headache and for some small businesses... well... it could actually break them. And what will happen to workplace camaraderie when several people want to be off at the same time? I'm pleased th...

News in Brief

... Agency tell us that an abnormal load vehicle will be travelling at speeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are li...

New Fervour bath/shower mixer from Abode

The tall, square shaped contemporary range of Fervour taps with radiused edges are really unusual in design. New to the range is the deck mounted bath/shower mixer with lift up levers clearly marked with 'h and c'. The shower mixer has a pull up diverter to activate the shower head which is a separate entity which sits alongside the mixer.[TRIMTO] The wide range of Fervour brassware comes in chrome finish only and is available nationwide from bathroom retail studios. T: 01226 283434 F: 01226 282434 W: www.abode.eu ...

Ellis Furniture expands bathroom range

...ber frame and veneered centre panel. With a wide selection of unit sizes and combinations available - including base units, tall cabinets, countertop units and wall units - it is possible to create an individual look in any size and shape of bathroom.[TRIMTO] The new stunning new LED Sensor Mirror adds a touch of glamour to any bathroom and feat...

KBSA retailers offer vital protection in volatile market

...credited retailers via membership of the KBSA. This Government backed programme is part of its 'anti-cowboy' legislation and helps consumers find reliable and trustworthy professional tradesmen to carry out repairs and improvements to the inside and outside of their homes. All KBSA members are dedicated to upholding the Association's high standa...

Geberit Monolith - new colourway, same innovative method of converting to wall-hung

Offering a fast, simple way of converting floorstanding sanitaryware to the high end look of wall-hung, Geberit's Monolith module is now available in a new Umbra colourway. Perfect for adding a touch of warmth to any bathroom, the neutral, smokey brown hue of umbra ensures that the sanitary module will blend seamlessly into its environment.[TRIMT...

Hoover Candy backs up latest research on consumers' energy efficiency views

... Steve comments: "This report supports our own experience within the current marketplace. Our eco-friendly products have been the most successful this year and it is clear that consumers are more concerned with energy efficiency than ever before." Another startling statistic from the Mintel research shows that a further 60% of respondents say...

Soapbox: Why we should all ignore GDP statistics

...e closely at the figures where some startling trends are evident, argues Robin Chater, the Secretary-General of the Federation of European Employers. [TRIMTO] Robin believes that governments should focus more on measuring consumption, the size of their grey economies, changes in the mix of goods consumed in response to price changes and imp...

Kitchen trends for 2013 veer towards splashes of bold colour and textures

... 2013 is of a combination of painted and timber finishes again lightening the look and avoiding over-fussy designs. Wood, as a natural and sustainable material, provides a relaxed and calm interior. Worktops are veering away from granite and reconstituted finishes such as Silestone and ECO by Cosetine are becoming far more available. "No one ...

Northern European regions the most innovative, reveals new study

... Europe, reports EurActiv. But there is a considerable diversity in regional innovation performance - not only across European countries, but also within the member states, according to the newly published European Commission's Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012. Unsurprisingly, the most innovative regions come from the most innovative countries i...

Forum announces five-point plan for jobs and growth

...vate Business has written to the Chancellor ahead of next month's Autumn Statement to outline a five-point plan to help deliver jobs and growth for the UK economy. The Forum is urging Mr Osborne to concentrate on measures that will help the small business sector flourish by reducing business costs, boosting employment in the private sector and layi...

Further funding for employer ownership of training will help burst skills bubble

...d a better job in the future. Taking collective responsibility for learning and development is a win-win for all concerned." www.cipd.co.uk ...

£4.8 billion of unpaid work completed by British tradespeople every year

... Indeed the research also showed that more than one in 10 (11%) of the UK's 2.8 million tradesperson-strong workforce, or 308,000 people, claim to complete over 10 hours of unpaid work each week (or 520 hours a year). Tradespeople who have been in the job the longest are more likely to work an extended, unpaid week. On average, tradespeople who ...

We have Mail: antibacterial and other coatings

...ressalit, who probably make most of Europe’s loo seats, have been at it for years and even pre-empted the SARS virus and worked a plastic with strain-specific antibacterial qualities as well as the most effective thing for not letting hands touch the seat… they have an auto close seat just like the Toto and Geberit washlets... www....

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...hink of that before!" That happened this morning when I received a release about the Skill Exchange - although this time I thought: "I really hope that works." You can read all about it below, but what the story doesn't tell you, your imagination will. I know something slightly similar happens in the building industry whereby tradespeople 'ca...

News in Brief

... Agency tell us that an abnormal load vehicle will be travelling at speeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are li...

New bathroom products and range extensions from Abode for 2013

...and designs to add to the bathroom ranges and producing new innovative products. New designs of deck-mounted bath fillers and bath shower mixers have been added to three of the existing bathroom ranges, Fervour, Rapture and Zeal... All available in chrome finish and matching other taps within each range. Both Fervour and Rapture are contemporary r...

Localised online skill exchanges - what a good idea!

...ember of Parliament for North Antrim comments: "Skill Exchange UK has created an innovative and game-changing idea that will redefine many of our attitudes to employment and skills." Over the next three years a further 100 local skill exchange hubs will be created based on travel to work areas across the UK. This will enable employers to share s...

Teenage Cancer Trust benefits from 1810 Company tap sales

Undermount kitchen sink and tap specialist, The 1810 Company, has pledged its support for the national charity, The Teenage Cancer Trust, by donating money generated from tap sales. The Wrexham based company will donate £5 to this worthy cause for every Curvato Trio filter tap sold.[TRIMTO] "In this day and age, there are so many good ca...

Trends for Spring 2013, as seen by Ripples

...spoke. They say the look is textures, natural materials, wood finishes in either light or dark wood - outweighing the high gloss finishes that have been popular in recent years. At the heart of a domestic bathroom will be the thought of practicality in terms of use and keeping clean, but that doesn't have to sacrifice the feeling of sanctuary.[TRIM...

Apprenticeships must be improved and focus on employers' needs, says review

...anging economy. He was also asked to advise on how to ensure that every apprenticeship delivers high-quality training and the qualifications and skills that learners need, maximising every pound spent on them by the Government. Over the summer months, Doug sought out a wide-range of views from employers of all sizes, academics, experts, apprenti...

Limescale removal technology heralded as a breakthrough

...tronic hard scale removal unit is also supplied with an automatic 24/7 water leak detection feature - potentially saving thousands of litres in undetected water leaks - while an integral particle filter stops large particles such as rust from entering the building. The particle filter has a cleverly designed back flush facility that clears the filt...

New Elite - chromed enclosures from Simpsons are now available

...ale and mildew. To make cleaning even easier the sliding doors and quadrants are supplied with quick-release rollers. "We received great feedback on the design features of the Elite range," says Simpsons' Product Manager Lee Talon. "We listened to our customers and incorporated many of their suggestions, and in so doing, we feel the range is in...

Property developer sentenced over Manchester gas explosion

...building on Nell Lane was being converted into houses and apartments when a worker cut through a six-inch gas pipe in an underground tunnel, burning his hands and face when gas inside the pipe ignited. About an hour later, gas that had continued to leak from the damaged pipe ignited again causing an explosion that destroyed a large part of the site...

Roman receives praise for its waste management initiatives

...an Simpson loads cardboard into the compactor for recycling T: 0845 050 7611 E: brochures@roman-showers.com W: www.roman-showers.com ...

British Ceramic Tile supports UK's biggest skills and careers event, The Skills Show

...at British Ceramic Tile www.worldskillsuk.apprenticeships.org.uk & http://www.youtu.be/my-BPKEBgm8 T: 0845 6187 148 E: marketing@britishceramictile.com W: www.britishceramictile.com ...

CIPD responds to Richard Review of Apprenticeships

..."The faster that these recommendations are implemented, the more quickly even more consistently high-quality, employer-led apprenticeships can be created. This will also make an important contribution to ensuring that the perception of apprenticeships is enhanced amongst parents, teachers and others who influence education and career choices - whi...

HiB - master of mirror design

Two new LED back-lit mirror designs have been introduced by bathroom products supplier HiB. Liberty and Adelle are both portrait format mirrors with low energy illumination activated by a discreet sensor switch. Both benefit from the all-important steam-free feature, which is becoming a 'must have' function of illuminated mirrors. The light...

Prisma brings new perspective for Mereway Kitchens

...TO] Available in sparkling white gloss and delicate cream gloss finishes, Prisma sits in an ultra-competitive price group and brings an attractive, more contemporary offering to the Complete Kitchen Collection which already hosts a selection of shaker, easy living and classical ranges. The look can be made ultra-contemporary by planning Prism...

Installers' shocking lack of regs knowledge exposed by Inta

...flummoxed as they had the potential to be a game changer, but instead cover limited ground. Stoke-on-Trent South MP Rob Flello, adds: "This survey shows that in the mind of plumbers and installers, the Part G building regulations have had limited success. This can partly be attributed to a lack of industry education, but mostly to the evident ne...

Nuaire wins award for its commitment to the green agenda

Caerphilly-based Nuaire, a market leader in the manufacturing of energy efficient ventilation systems for homes and businesses, has won the Go-Green environmental award at the Institute of Welsh Affairs Business Awards.[TRIMTO] Hosted at Cardiff City Hall, Nuaire was recognised at an elaborate ceremony for its wide-ranging and ongoing environm...

Efficient household appliances key to cutting home energy demand

...introduce incentives or rebate schemes to encourage consumers to replace old appliances with new eco-models," says Douglas Herbison Chief Executive of AMDEA. "This will have a fundamental role to play in cutting the amount of electricity used in Britain's homes. Such financial incentives would reach out to UK consumers who are still in the dark abo...

Methven launches new showering and tapware collection: design-led Waipori collection delivers indulgent showering while saving water

...re, Methven UK, has launched a new collection which delivers optimum performance alongside key water-saving features. The Waipori collection, which translates from Maori as 'Dark Water', includes showerheads, handsets and tapware and boasts a modern, sleek design in a stylish chrome finish. Waipori showers feature Methven's unique Satinjet te...

Ellis Furniture launches industry leading iPad App

...Styler very simple and enjoyable to use. The first screen invites the user to learn about the 120-year heritage of Ellis Furniture and the traditional and cutting edge manufacturing techniques Ellis uses to produce its superior quality British made furniture. Also from the first screen the user can find a store, order brochures and select from t...

Croydex goes global with Shanghai store opening

...nghai is brilliantly situated to attract such clientele looking for accessories to complete the high-end look in their bathrooms. "The Croydex brand has long been known for its quality and innovative products and the opening of the Shanghai store is a clear indication of the potential for the brand on a global level." T: 01264 365881 W: www...

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... Welcome to the KBzine It  didn't surprise me in the slightest that Screwfix - according to its latest figures - is continuing on its upward spiral, for if the staff of the Epsom branch are anything to go by, the company treats its customers very well indeed. I'm not a tradesperson and clearly won't be spending a fortune at t...

News in Brief

... Agency tell us that an abnormal load vehicle will be travelling at speeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are li...

Zero Waste Scotland and Tigh Grian to develop 'Resource Efficient House'

... partnership between Zero Waste Scotland and Tigh Grian will see the design, build and eventually de-construction of an affordable family home which showcases the principles of resource efficiency and aims to change the future of homebuilding in Scotland. The modular designed house will meet, and hopefully exceed, 2016 Scottish Building Standard...

Abode expands marketing expertise

Helen Clark has joined Abode Home Products, the ever-expanding and successful, design-led kitchen and bathroom products company. In her role as Bathroom Category Manager, Helen's remit will initially be to assess the vast Abode offering of quality bathroom products which includes bathroom taps and showers, to enable the in-house creative desig...

Harvey Jones Kitchens becomes Full Member of The Furniture Ombudsman

...p for more than 30 years and in that time the company has designed and crafted more than 15,000 hand-made kitchens. It now has 26 kitchen showrooms across the UK and plans to open more. Its philosophy is to offer understated, premium-quality cabinetry, combined with the best in thoughtful design and service, whilst always offering exceptional va...

Expo Build China 2013 - gateway to China's building & decoration market

...d to increase by more than 1,000%.[TRIMTO] Expo Build China 2013, which will take place from 1st - 3rd April 2013 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, will allow exhibitors and visitors to witness first-hand the buying and consumption power of China's building and design market. As one of the largest premium comprehensive building t...

Roman to the rescue

...r home and create a downstairs bathroom with disabled access, which would be accessible for the mum - who suffers with a degenerative form of spinal arthritis. Part way through the project the builder walked off with the family's money and left the home in an unfinished mess. Roman offers a range of products which allow for easy access, but that...

Ecobuild's seminar programme now available and ready to excite you!

...an 130 sessions covering the most pressing and important issues for built environment professionals - and it is now available for you to view online - but which to choose?[TRIMTO] With the emphasis throughout on delivering practical and applied information, each seminar is structured to provide key learning points, supported by case studies, ana...

Hammonds sales boosted by CCS credit finance

...Sometimes fulfilling the dream is more expensive than they thought, but offering easy to arrange, no-hassle finance from CCS means we can help our customers buy what they want rather than compromise on the spec. "Selling credit finance has led to an increase in our average order. Customers can also make additional purchases more quickly, so we c...

WRAS approval for Salamander's top brass

...e best in terms of performance and reliability." Force pumps are available single or double brass-ended and for positive or negative head situations. There are three ranges with 10 models, Force 15 for boosting single shower performance to 1.5 bar, Force 20 for more powerful 2.0 bar performance and Force 30 developing 3 bar pressure suitable for...

News in Brief

... Agency tell us that an abnormal load vehicle will be travelling at speeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are li...

At home with Lamont

...and fittings consisting of an 18 piece ensemble. It has been designed to complement the home with co-ordinating window, door and cabinet hardware. Made from genuine pewter in the UK exclusively for Hafele, this understated, robust and classic collection has been designed to maximise versatility through mixing and matching of handles. Hafele cho...

Soapbox: Census lessons for bathroom industry

...gements may help bathroom manufacturers with their portfolio planning. The population is growing - and we knew that already - but the growth is a staggering 7% in just 10 years. This is the largest growth in the population in England and Wales in any 10-year period since the census began in 1801. There is now enormous pressure on housing stock....

ArtiCAD celebrates 20 years in KBB industry with 20 year old clients

...n to become a major force in the industry both in the UK and overseas.[TRIMTO] Whilst the ArtiCAD-Pro and BathCAD-Pro software has changed dramatically over the years, the company's commitment to product and services innovation has remained at the heart of ArtiCAD's activities over the two decades. And this dedication to innovation and customer...

Handles for handleless kitchens

LDL Components is delighted to unveil Edge, the brand new collection of contemporary, design-led handles from popular Danish manufacturer, Furnipart.[TRIMTO] Available now, exclusively through LDL, the new range is designed to give customers the popular streamlined look of handleless kitchens but with all the convenience of discreet handles. ...

Property maintenance chief urges us to plan ahead for non-emergency refurbishments

... more than 100 people working day and night to meet the deadline," reveals Will Davies, MD of London-based aspect.co.uk. Will says these refurbishments appear to be in preparation for extended family and other holiday guests, which is why people should plan further ahead. "Householders know family and other guests are coming for Christmas. So...

European Bathrooms agrees to settlement from Qualitex Supplies

The Patents County Court proceedings for infringement of design right issued by European Bathroom against Qualitex Supplies in October have now been settled. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but the parties have agreed to the following statement being made available to the public:[TRIMTO] "European Bathroom Ltd (EBL) and Qualitex...

Belling puts independents on the road

Independent retailer Direct Kitchens and SS Audio will be driving home for Christmas after each winning a £22k, fully branded Ford Transit van from Belling. Popular cooking appliance brand Belling, launched its Dream Wheels competition in April, as part of its year of Centenary celebrations, offering Euronics members and retailers buying...

Fagor Spoutnik microwave showcased on Channel 5's 'All New Gadget Show'

...ate something different" in microwaves, the Fagor Spoutnik was featured on the 'All New Gadget Show - Christmas Special' on Channel 5, on Monday 3rd December (repeated Saturday 8th December).[TRIMTO] The only small domestic appliance to be featured on the dedicated Christmas Gift Episode, the Spoutnik received 45 seconds of primetime airtime and...

Bigger hoods for wider hobs -Slender 900 is a hit with contract market

...w halogen bulb illuminates the cooking area. In common with the other two cooker hoods in the range - the Slender 600 chimney and the Unity integrated option - it comes with a two year parts and labour guarantee. Says Neil Clark, sales director at Carron Phoenix: "A 900mm hob is regarded as an enhanced feature of a kitchen and with Slender 90...

Commercial tile trends for 2013

...ipping out an entire kitchen and starting from scratch might not be at the very top of everyone's to-do list for the New Year, especially when one of the biggest trends right now is that of the 'revamping kit'; a small set which remodels countertops and cabinets to give the room a whole new look. The kits offer a very basic way to change the look a...

The Furniture Ombudsman releases new Annual Review

The Furniture Ombudsman, the Stevenage-based organisation which helps to raise standards and specialises in providing Alternative Dispute Resolution solutions for consumers and retailers in the furniture and home improvement industry, has published its annual review for 2012.[TRIMTO] This year was the 20th anniversary for the body, which was es...

Quirky vintage style with PWS' rubberwood

...to the brightly coloured oil cans and the overall look is quirky and fun and very much suits the 50s-themed cafe. Rubberwood was chosen not only for its visual appeal and warmth, but because of its clear link with the automotive scene, as the sap from rubberwood is used in the production of tyres. Andrew McGee of TFive, Design Consultant for ...

Pegler Yorkshire goes social to increase global brand awareness

...nges as well as the homeowners who ultimately benefit from the company's innovative water and energy-saving products. Marketing & business development director, Phill Jackson, says: "People are more interested now in finding out about a company's story and they have the communication platforms and tools to do that more easily than ever befor...

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...to feel the texture of the cabinetry, handles, or worktop, or the depth of the grooves in a drainer - all from the surface of the screen? In five years, industries such as retail will be transformed by the ability to 'touch' a product through your mobile device, claims IBM, whose scientists are developing applications for the retail sector using ha...

News in Brief

... Agency tell us that an abnormal load vehicle will be travelling at speeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are li...

KBSA welcomes more new members

...he Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has announced two new retail members to its ever-growing ranks in the shape of PMH Interiors of Newcastle upon Tyne and Goddard's Interiors, Essex.[TRIMTO] PMH Interiors specialises in bespoke kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms and its Paul Harrison says: "It's vitally important to us that our cu...

Quiet oven to come to UK

...is the antithesis of overwhelming technology. No illumination, alarms, ringtones or buzzing timers - nothing to attack the senses.[TRIMTO] Whilst it offers the best of Amica multifunction cooking, it does not have a clock or a timer. The glass door is matt, non-reflective and the handle a smooth tactile choice of Birch, Ebony or Oak - both fea...

Lewisham merchant has a 'Year of Beer' on Inta

Lewisham-based builders' merchant H E Olby is raising a toast this Christmas, after winning anti-scald bathroom manufacturer Inta's popular Year of Beer competition. Inta launched the competition to its stockists in the Summer and was inundated with entries from merchants across the UK. H E Olby was picked in a lucky dip draw at Inta's Staf...

New innovative extractor hoods from Blanco by Gutmann are show stoppers

Show-stopping cooker hoods are increasingly in demand, featuring the ever-developing technology in this area. All Blanco by Gutmann hoods are handcrafted to the highest standards and all offer the highest levels of air movement and a host of innovative but practical features.[TRIMTO] The Blanco by Gutmann Silla features a new and powerful ...

Crosswater invests in its delivery fleet: clear signs of success reflected in further £250k transport investment

...nd showers, Simpsons wet room and enclosures and Bauhaus bathroom furniture, has increased its fully-owned and operated delivery fleet to 25 purpose-built and environmentally friendly delivery vehicles. The company has added a further 10 brand new Mercedes Sprinter vans and five new DAF LF 45 7.5 ton trucks to the liveried 'It's all about you' Cro...

Burbidge kitchens expands business by taking on the Woodfit brand

...ies manufacturer Burbidge, has announced that it has taken on the name and product range of Woodfit - a distributor of hardware components for the furniture industry - after the business went into administration.[TRIMTO] In a strategic move designed to enhance its flourishing business, Burbidge is keen to ensure continuity for Woodfit's valued c...

The bathroom cabinet - much more than storage

...nality. Here is a bathroom cabinet which becomes a focal point to the bathroom in its own right - double sided mirror doors with integrated low-energy fluorescent lighting gives you a perfect illumination for applying make-up or shaving. Access to the interior is easy and quiet, using chrome handles and with soft close hinges on the double door...

Electrolux to be European brand partner of Taste Food Festivals

Electrolux is pleased to announce its three year headline partnership of a series of Taste Festivals across Europe starting in 2013. The Festivals celebrate the culinary arts showcasing some of the best restaurants in Europe through eating, drinking and entertainment. Locations include London, Rome, Dublin, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Stockholm, Moscow...

Christmas energy saving tips for businesses

...aves the premises for the Christmas holiday, make sure all computers, printers, photocopiers and non-essential equipment are turned off at the plug socket. Do not leave things on standby, especially monitors. * Have you got a Building Management System? Has anyone looked at it recently to ensure it is performing correctly? By checking that ...

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...of news bulletins showing the different countries welcome in 2013 with incredible firework displays - even, for the first time, North Korea. Now I may sound rather Scrooge-like here but having become bored with London's offering at least five minutes before the end - spectacular as it all was - I started wondering what all the homeless people watch...

Walk-in bath by Kubex offers the elderly or less able, valuable bathtime indulgence

Kubex UK recently introduced the Solo, a walk-in bath that will provide relief and comfort for many who find it difficult to get out of a conventional bath and fear the indignity of having to call for help. Nicely designed and precision made in Kubex's plant in Kingston-upon-Hull, the Solo has an access point only nine inches from floor level, a ...

New heat pump tumble dryers from Zanussi save time, money and energy

The Zanussi free standing tumble dryer range features heat pump technology - the latest and most advanced drying technology available on the market today. A tumble dryer with heat pump technology uses up to 40% less energy than a standard A rated model by recycling air and using lower drying temperatures. Unlike traditional tumble dryers, heat...

Roman creates water labels

... be so important. "Research shows that although consumers will not pay a premium price for an eco-product, where the price is comparable, they will go for the eco-friendly option. Therefore this is something we are very keen to highlight to consumers about our own range of Showerheads. The addition of our 'water label' to displays is a great way...

Geberit training dates still available for January

...tion and drainage design. Installers wishing to learn the very latest techniques for fitting wall-hung sanitaryware are also encouraged to book for the second day of training, which will focus on sanitary systems. Now in its second year, this popular training module covers methods for fitting and maintaining wall-hung sanitaryware, empowering in...

News in Brief

... Agency tell us that an abnormal load vehicle will be travelling at speeds of 10 to 15mph, anti-clockwise along the M25, from junction 30, Thurrock, to junction 23, for the A1 in Hertfordshire, on Sunday 7th October from around 08.00. The width of the vehicle means that it will use two lanes and knowing the M25 there are li...

'Training for everyone' says The Furniture Ombudsman

...23rd January in Birmingham, to launch the new training programme. They will also provide a free drop-in service for anyone who would like information or needs help with an issue they are facing. Jon Walters, Service Delivery Manager for TFO, says: "Training is a fantastic way to ensure your workforce is knowledgeable and well informed. Our resea...

Can't see the wood for the trees?

...ntain sufficient records to enable supply chain traceability. A wide variety of timber and timber-containing products is covered, including: * Sawn and machined wood * Composite boards such as fibreboard, particleboard and plywood * Veneering sheets * Non-upholstered furniture * Garden furniture An a...

A retailer opportunity to receive a free display thermostatic valve!

...ere are four thermostatic shower valves to choose from, Harmonie, Serenitie, Fervour and Zeal, to co-ordinate with Abode's existing ranges of basin and bath taps. Abode is one of the most design-conscious manufacturers in the marketplace today with a wide and varied range of bathroom brassware products to suit all needs and budgets. Helen Cla...

Manufacturers queue up to join the restructured BMA

A great start to the New Year reports the Keele-based BMA, with manufacturers and media queuing up to join the recently restructured association. "We are all really pleased with our start to 2013," enthuses Yvonne Orgill, the Bathroom Manufacturers Association Chief Executive. "After a very solid 2012 with sustained development and growth we ha...

EEF Environment Consultant appointed as UK expert on the guidance for ISO14001

...,000 people from every sector of engineering, manufacturing, engineering construction and technology-based industries. E: groberts@eef.org.uk W: www.eef.org.uk ...