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New Products 
Bushboard is hosting an Open Day on 7th August for installers and retailers
Published:  31 July, 2014

Worktop specialist Bushboard is holding an Open Day on the 7th August at its Wellingborough HQ.

The day is a drop-in event between 9am-4pm and invitations have been sent throughout the UK to over 2,000 retailers and installers to call in and enjoy the hospitality, product demos and training on offer.

Industry Update 
Ideal Bathrooms – Score on the spot
Published:  08 July, 2014

Ideal Bathrooms has introduced a promotion with superb prizes up for grabs including replica footballs, football strips, £200 gift vouchers and England t-shirts.

Industry Update 
Granite Transformations accessibility bathroom features HEWI solutions
Published:  08 July, 2014

Granite Transformations has completed a bathroom upgrade for an elderly couple featuring stylish accessibility products from HEWI.

Industry Update 
Claygate – All Paddles Blazing!
Published:  08 July, 2014

As last year’s event was a great success, Claygate Distribution in Marden will be paddling to its heart’s content once again, participating in this year’s Dragon Boat Event in Bewl Water, Lamberhurst in Kent. The team, aptly named, Claygate Blazing Paddles, will be competing against other Kent businesses as well as colleges, schools and other groups from the region, in three short races across the water on Saturday 13th September.

Kitchens 
Timeless appeal from TKC’S Cartmel range
Published:  08 July, 2014

TKC’s Cartmel range offers a timeless Shaker-style kitchen featuring a beautiful soft matt finish.

Kitchens 
Traditional or Classic?
Published:  08 July, 2014

Whilst contemporary high gloss kitchens are currently very much in vogue and continue to dominate the pages of glossy consumer homestyle magazines, there will always be a demand for more traditional Shaker-style kitchens.  I would, however, question if the truly traditional kitchen has now become more of a niche market, making way for what I would term a ‘classic’ look.

Brassware 
Eurostream design flows with PJH
Published:  08 July, 2014

PJH Group has recently unveiled a comprehensive brassware range, EUROSTREAM, exclusive to PJH and designed to complement its large choice of ceramics, baths and showers as featured in the current Bathrooms to Love Collection.

Brassware 
Tapping into spa-like beauty
Published:  08 July, 2014

Bathroom brassware has become one of the key elements in bathroom design and despite its small size in comparison to baths and basins it can easily transform a room becoming one of the main focal points.

Hoods & Extractors 
Form, function and style from BEST hoods
Published:  08 July, 2014

The range of BEST hoods features technologically advanced models all of which combine sleek functionality and styling to provide kitchens with a statement focal point.

Hoods & Extractors 
The art of hood design
Published:  08 July, 2014

With the current trend for contemporary open plan kitchen design, extraction is a key consideration. Beyond this though, hoods are becoming artistic pieces that combine form and function to become focal points of the kitchen.

Bathroom Furniture 
Stylish Bathroom Solutions with Greyhouse Bathrooms by ECF
Published:  08 July, 2014

Greyhouse Bathrooms is the latest collection from ECF Ltd, an East Midlands based manufacturer and supplier of components for the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Greyhouse offers a selection of contemporary, designer-led modular bathroom furniture which combines high quality finishes with an abundance of style.

Bathroom Furniture 
Major Bathroom Trends
Published:  08 July, 2014

The modern consumer is increasingly demanding both longevity and luxury from their bathroom furniture. With fewer people moving home, a new bathroom is viewed as a long term investment which requires quality products that last.

New Products 
Mallard - Stylish Bathroom Furniture
Published:  08 July, 2014

Mallard, is a simply stylish collection of British made bathroom furniture, available with 48 hour delivery to store and the added peace of mind of a lifetime guarantee; Mallard is sure to fit the bill.

Industry Update 
British Ceramic Tile supports homegrown talent
Published:  17 June, 2014

Devon-based tile manufacturer, British Ceramic Tile is set to nurture homegrown talent with the announcement it will be sponsoring British duathlete, James Stewart.

The company has become a main sponsor to British athlete James, providing funding to enable James to enter the World Championships in Spain this month.

Industry Events 
Home & Lifestyle Division Social Media Training Day!
Published:  09 June, 2014

Tuesday 24th June
Session 1: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Session 2: 13.30pm – 16.30pm

In the age of Social Media where everything these days is online at the touch of a button ensure your staff are ready to take on the new innovative and creative ways of communication. Whether you are a beginner or already use social media, come along for an informative training session which will enhance your skills and help to profit and promote your business!

Industry Update 
JT SPRINTS INTO ACTION WITH TEAM GB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DUATHLETE
Published:  03 June, 2014

The UK’s number one shower tray manufacturer, JT, are proud to announce they will be sponsoring Team GB qualifier Catherine Jennings in her bid to win the Duathlon World Championship title in Spain later this month.

Catherine Jennings, 25, started competing in triathlons and duathlons as a way of pushing herself to learn to swim. Now fitting her training around her full-time job, Catherine has been competing in races to qualify to be part of Team GB and successfully secured a place at the World Championships, which takes place in Pontevedra at the end of May.

Industry Update 
Appointment to promote the Wirquin brand
Published:  29 May, 2014

Wirquin is committed to raising it’s British profile and recently appointed four new staff to help build brand awareness and stronger relations amongst OEMs, local and national merchants, retailers and distributers.

National Sales Manager, Kris Robinson is working with a team of seven Regional Business Development Managers across the UK and Ireland. They are meeting merchants and plumbers on a daily basis to develop long-term business relationships, explore new business opportunities and deliver new and innovative products. Kris has 25-years experience in commercial and direct sales roles within a manufacturing environment and has developed business within a range of companies.

Industry Update 
IFA 2014: Increase and expansion
Published:  28 April, 2014

The annual press conference is reporting some positive signs for continued accelerated growth. Full report on the conference and details on IFA Berlin 2014 are below.

According to a release from the event, IFA continues its positive development in 2014. This is confirmed by the demand by exhibitors, which reportedly remains at a high level. In view of this situation, some four months before the start of the world’s leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, the organizers, gfu and Messe Berlin, have expressed confidence in their ability to continue steering IFA on a course leading to increased growth.

Industry Update 
Lakes Bathrooms brave, charitable champions
Published:  09 April, 2014

Shower enclosure specialist Lakes Bathrooms has totalled up the charitable fundraising of its team for 2013 and announced that over £7500 was donated thanks to the various endeavours of staff within the company. With activities ranging from running the London Marathon to racing part of the Tour de France route, donations were not only financial, but also included computer equipment gifted by the company for Schools in Africa.

Mirrors & Mirrored Cabinets 
Mirrors and mirrored cabinets style and simplicity to suit any style of bathroom from Croydex
Published:  09 April, 2014

Stylish and simple to install, Croydex’s collection of mirrors and mirrored cabinets features a wide range of contemporary and classic designs to suit any style of bathroom.

With mirrored doors, halogen downlighters and a fixed internal shelf, the Shire double door white illuminated cabinet will brighten any space whilst allowing cosmetics, shampoos and shower gels to be stored safely out of sight. The easy-to-install Medway features a sliding door with a fixed internal stainless steel shelf. Both are new for 2014 and supplied fully assembled.

Mirrors & Mirrored Cabinets 

Comment by Nick McGrellis, Managing Director, Croydex

Perfect combination of style and practicality
Published:  09 April, 2014

When it comes to bathroom mirrors and cabinets, we know that consumers recognise it pays to pick stylish yet practical products that are easy to fit and make the most of their existing space.

Mirrors incorporating clever storage solutions are a great selling point in the smaller bathroom where keeping clutter under control can be tricky. When space is at a premium, compact designs that can be fitted above wash basins remain popular - particularly when they also double up as a mirror.

Eco-Friendly Products 
Inta gives shower range an eco boost
Published:  09 April, 2014

Inta is furthering its water-saving credentials with the introduction of Eco Air Handsets across its entire shower offering.

The handsets which can reduce water consumption by as much as 30% utilise Inta’s Eco Air technology to volumise the amount running through the shower body in order to maintain the optimum shower experience.

Eco-Friendly Products 
Showers can be more than just a one-trick pony
Published:  09 April, 2014

Stuart Gizzi, director at Inta explains why style no longer needs to be compromised when it comes to greener, safer showering:

 “Formerly, showers that were considered economical or had added safety benefits would rank low in the style stakes - with chunky handsets and plastic detailing putting off those in search of a shiny and streamlined product.

Stainless Steel 
Sleek Stainless Steel from Reginox
Published:  09 April, 2014

Reginox’s Nevada (below left) is a sleek stainless steel sink that will complement any stylish classic or contemporary kitchen.

Available from stock as a single or 1.5 bowl configuration, both of which feature a deep angular bowl softened by subtle curves, Nevada incorporates a smooth integrated stainless steel drainer. An eye-catching square waste and overflow mirror the overall shape of the sink while  a 10mm radius in each corner provides a uniform and minimalist design for a clean, uncluttered look.

Stainless Steel 
Sinks of steel
Published:  09 April, 2014

So it looks as if we could finally be out of the woods with regard to the recession and I find myself looking at a different landscape when it comes to the kitchen sink market.  One thing, however, hasn’t changed – the love affair that the UK has with stainless steel continues to have a resoundingly strong heartbeat.

Sure the growth of ceramics over the past few years has been noticeable, as has a small increase in granite-based products, but steel undoubtedly remains the soul of the kitchen sink market here in the UK.

KBB Review 
Resort – featuring Hygiene+ - joins RAK Bathroom Collection
Published:  09 April, 2014

RAK Resort – a stunning bathroom collection featuring next generation rimless design, Hygiene+ - has joined RAK’s Bathroom Collection. Launched at KBB 2014, the new collection includes six WC configurations – from space saving designs to comfort heights – alongside matching basins. New complementary shower enclosures, baths and porcelain surfaces, as well as accessories, also join the RAKextra range and RAK’s Tile Collection.

Work Surfaces 
Bushboard relaunches premium Omega laminate worktop range with design upgrade
Published:  09 April, 2014

Bushboard relaunched its premium Omega 40mm laminate worktop range at the end of February and it was on show at the KBB exhibition – with an on-trend mix of popular stones, trendy woodgrains and practical splashbacks in modish colours.

There are 16 new designs for worksurfaces and upstands and eight for splashbacks. Furthermore, Omega will be the first UK worktop range to include the world-class Sanitized® Actifresh anti-bacterial protection on all of its products.

Work Surfaces 
Splashbacks hit the sweet spot
Published:  09 April, 2014

Laminate splashbacks first came to the UK with German kitchens and have taken a good while to become established, but the pace of their acceptance has rapidly accelerated over the last three years. The fashionable designs and interesting textures available have changed the consumer’s perception of them completely now and they are no longer regarded as a trade-down alternative to tiles, but as a product that combines superb design and functional benefits. Tiles are losing ground rapidly in the kitchen sector to laminate splashbacks as they are far quicker and easier to install with simple joinery skills, there are no grout lines visible or to clean and they have immense design potential.

 
Good displays sell – Ideal Bathrooms
Published:  09 April, 2014

Ideal Bathrooms have produced a new, updated version of the highly popular Big Book of Displays. This continues to prove very helpful to those responsible for ensuring their showrooms provide the ideal environment for selling bathrooms.

Literature Update 
Aqata launch new luxury shower enclosures brochure for 2014
Published:  09 April, 2014

Aqata has launched a comprehensive new luxury shower enclosures brochure for 2014.  Designed to inspire and to make the process of choosing a shower enclosure as easy as possible, the new brochure offers endless design options to suit all shapes and sizes of bathrooms.

New additions for 2014 include the Spectra SP480 and Spectra SP481 Bi-Fold shower enclosures which are characterised by beautifully designed bi-folding doors offering great space saving solutions for even the smallest of bathroom.

New Products 
EGGER to offer a cost-effective alternative to painted timber
Published:  09 April, 2014

The use of painted timber in kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as occasional furniture, is a design trend that continues to grow in popularity – although it usually carries a hefty price premium.

Now, wood panel manufacturer EGGER is launching a revolutionary new range of boards into the UK market that is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing but at a significantly lower cost.

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