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Showering Solutions Ideal Bathrooms to offer Showerlux SOLVE PRESSURE PROBLEMS WITH SALAMANDER PUMPS

Plus: baths, brassware, news from RAK, and heating


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2 EDITOR’S CHOICE Showering Solutions Ideal Bathrooms to offer Showerlux SOLVE PRESSURE PROBLEMS WITH SALAMANDER PUMPS

Plus: baths, brassware, news from RAK, and heating

Cover: Shown on our front cover, the innovative Verso range from Inta features energy saving technology, making efficient use of hot water simple by forcing users to consciously push further for an increased flow rate and hotter water. 01889 272180 www.intatec.co.uk

4 WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH Tough times call for concentrated effort - which is why Ideal Bathrooms is working ever harder to service its retail customers.

6 TAP TALK Contemporary brassware is still the current favourite in UK bathrooms – and many designs work well with both modern and traditional sanitaryware.

10 A FAMILY AFFAIR editor: Jan Orchard email: Jan@BathroomJournal.co.uk publication managers: Paul Bray Eoin Costen email: Sales@BathroomJournal.co.uk design: James Crisp email: James@BathroomJournal.co.uk circulation: Jennifer Sims email: Circ@BathroomJournal.co.uk Tel: 01502 517115 Fax: 01502 517117 www.bathroomjournal.co.uk

Please note: points of view expressed in articles by contributing writers and in advertisements included in Bathroom Journal do not necessarily represent those of the publishers. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information contained in Bathroom Journal, no legal responsibility will be accepted by the publishers for incidents arising from use of information published. All rights, including moral and intellectual property rights, reserved. COPYRIGHT: No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior written consent of the publishers. Copyright CPC Ltd, 2012. ISSN 1366-946X Readers should note that a charge may have been made by the publishers to cover the cost of reproducing some colour photographs in this publication.

origination: CPC Ltd printing: Swallowtail Print, Taverham Road, Norwich NR8 6RL published by: Craftsman Publishing Co Ltd, Napier House, 11 Surrey Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1LJ, United Kingdom

This year family-owned brassware specialist Tre Mercati celebrates 35 years in the business. Now run by Helena and Louise Parkinson, the daughters of the founder, Tre Mercati remains well known for quality and design.

14 SHOWERING SOLUTIONS Latest shower screens, enclosures, trays and accessories.

17 MATKI SHOWERING 18 MEET THE BRAINS BEHIND THE ‘BRILLIANT’ BATHROOM Sometimes, it’s the things you don’t see that turn a bathroom from ‘boring’ to ‘brilliant’... With Salamander’s ‘out of sight’ technology, for many, the ‘brilliant’ bathroom is finally within reach.

20 SHOWERING AND MORE FROM RAKextra 22 SPLASH OUT ON BATHS A handsome bath adds interest and character to any bathroom. Freestanding designs also help to give an illusion of space in a smaller space.

24 HEAT TREATMENT Winter’s here and consumers are looking for ways to warm chilly bathrooms.

IBC BUSINESS MATTERS

Don’t miss our December 2012 furniture special. We’ll be showing furniture for every bathroom and every budget.

01502 517115 circ@bathroomjournal.co.uk


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New stone effect tiles from RAK include Bevelrock and Craft. Bevelrock has a speckled matt finish and is available in a range of earthy tones. Different finishes can be combined to create both flat and 3D ceramic effects. Bevelrock is available in 33 by 50cm and 25 by 40cm formats with a 45 by 45cm co-ordinating floor tile. In addition to the plain matt finishes, 3D decor tiles with a unique textured finish are available. These tiles are created using the latest digital technology that applies tiny droplets of colour seamlessly across the surface. Other new tiles include Craft, a series of polished rectangular ceramic tiles in glossy white, brown, beige and ivory and Sandust, a range of rectified porcelain tiles with a Lapato finish. 01730 237850 www.rakceramics.co.uk

New lighting from HiB HiB have introduced three back lit LED mirrors. All three offer the benefits of low energy consumption and exceptional bulb life, have sensor switches and anti mist heaters. Louise features a distinctive geometric pattern on the LED panel that runs along two sides of the mirror. Amber (above) has LED strips in three symmetrical lines down the left hand side while Livvy has a vertical strip down each side of the panel. Also new from HiB is an interactive display board to highlight the new range of bathroom LED lighting. The board has a large circular Kinetic light and an overhead panel showing the three LED shower lights with white, chrome and aluminium surrounds. The board shows that the lights are easy to fit and are IP44 rated for safe use in the bathroom. Lights on the board can be turned on and off by a single switch on the front of the panel.

020 8441 0352 www.hib.co.uk

The Star collection from Catalano is now available in the UK through Farmiloes. Star is the result of many years of research by Catalano into reducing the thickness of ceramic. The collection includes 105, 80 and 50cm washbasins which can be combined with other items from Catalano. 020 8685 6800 www.farmiloes.com www.catalano.co.uk

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editor’s plumber’s mates

This stunning iroko wash basin is the latest addition to the Meg 11 range from Galassia. It is available for use either with a wall mounted mixer tap or freestanding with a floor mounted mixer as shown here. 0113 239 4447 www.ceramicagalassia.com

Slipping in the shower or bath is a real risk and not just for the elderly. The MX Anti Slip Kit offers everything needed to make a shower or bath anti slip. The easy to apply non slip surface can be applied to tiles and floors as well as to shower trays and baths. It is colourless, durable and solvent free. 01684 293311 www.mx-group.com


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Hudson Reed has added sanitaryware and baths to its extensive collection of brassware and furniture. There are eight Lucite baths in the range in sizes from 1800 by 800mm down to 1400 by 700mm. All models are deeper than average. Ceramic pieces include two close coupled WCs, one of which also comes in a back to wall format. Additions to the basin line up complete the picture. 01282 418000 www.hudsonreed.co.uk

Perfect where space is short, the Venus corner cabinet from HiB is made from aluminium and has double sided mirror doors and internal shelves. It is 32cm wide, 70cm high and 16.5cm deep. 020 8441 0352 www.hib.co.uk

Impulse Bathrooms has extended the Constance suite with a close coupled fully back to wall WC for concealed cistern and a recessed washbasin suitable for slimline furniture units. The WC has smooth side lines and concealed floor fixings. It features a full box rim and is available for P or S connection. The Constance WC is a short projection model and is supplied complete with a soft close seat. It has a WRAS approved dual flush concealed cistern. 0121 328 6824 www.impulsebathrooms.com

’s choice Stuart Turner has introduced an on line module which enables merchant staff to learn about aspects of waste water removal. The company recently launched the Wasteflo range of macerators and a lifting station and the module covers all of the products in this range. There is also information on the installation process, product maintenance and key points. The module is available through the Training Academies of all the major merchant groups and independents can access it though the NMBS Academy. It can also be provided on CD – call 01491 572655 for your copy or request via the website at www.stuart-turner.co.uk

Flo-mate pumps from Stuart Turner are a simple way to boost incoming mains water without the need for a break tank. As many residents of older mansion blocks in London know only too well, getting a decent flow at peak times can be very difficult. At times when mains pressure is insufficient, Flo-mate will deliver a minimum 1.5 bar at 12 litres a minute, meeting the needs of most unvented boilers. Flo-mate has a built in bypass so when mains pressure exceeds 1.5 bar, performance is not restricted and will enter the system. The pump starts automatically when a flow rate of one litre per minute or more exists and it has been designed in accordance with UK water regulations. Flo-mate will be showcased at this year’s PHEX events but you can also find out more at www.stuart-turner.co.uk. It comes with a two-year guarantee and is supported by Pump Assist, Stuart Turner’s team of technical experts 01491 572655 www.stuart-turner.co.uk

The groundbreaking BF850 SilentMAX diamond blade from Marcrist reduces the danger of excessive noise when blades are used on hand held machines. It is the only blade currently on the market that complies with UK noise regulations and gives superior cutting performance. The blade has been independently tested by a leading EU Health and Safety organisation and it has been shown that the BF850 SilentMAX gives up to 16x noise reduction in the range of diameters from 115 to 400mm. The blade cuts quickly and precisely and ensures that operators are less exposed to noise that could damage hearing. The blade also offers a low cost per cut and comes with a 30-day no quibble guarantee. 01302 890888 www.marcrist.co.uk

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Villeroy & Boch is one of many prestige brands supplied by Ideal Bathrooms. Shown here is Loop.

Tough times call for concentrated effort which is why Ideal Bathrooms is working ever harder to service its retail customers.

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here’s no doubt about it: times are tough in the bathroom industry which has been hit by a triple whammy of recession, a slow down in home building and a shortage of mortgage funds that prevents consumers from moving and improving. The recent announcement that AW Andes is ceasing its distribution operation to retail highlights the difficulties in trading conditions. “Distribution is a specialist arena,” says Ideal Bathrooms’ Commercial Director Danielle Lillis. “That’s why Ideal Bathrooms concentrates solely on this sector. We supply retailers and merchants in the traditional route to market and our success is down to exceptionally high levels of customer service coupled with marketing initiatives to help customers maximise market potential. We do not sell on the internet but use modern communication channels to promote sales and direct potential buyers to our customers’ outlets.” This exceptional service includes next day deliveries to 99 percent of the country including outlying areas, a huge £6 million plus stockholding of over 15,000 different product lines, a commitment to big brands, keen prices, a delivery fleet of over 50 vehicles and an enthusiastic and knowledgeable sales office and field sales teams. The “An Ideal World” year-long promotion has also been very popular with customers, with monthly VIP prizes sponsored by key suppliers and instant win scratch cards. VIP prizes include attendance at some fantastic sporting events and imaginative, luxury holiday

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weekends to destinations across the world. The latest VIP prize winners in the “An Ideal World” promotion are Michael Fuller of Gibbs and Dandy, Slough, who is now looking forward to a trip to the famous Oktoberfest in Munich sponsored by Grohe, and Kal Patel of Aqualite Trading, Wembley who won a luxury weekend in Paris courtesy of Saniflo. A key feature of the campaign is to raise £20,000 for the groups’ 2012 charity – Barnardo’s – with 25p donated by Ideal Bathrooms for every delivery made of each month’s sponsor’s products, together with proceeds from a host of other charity activities organised by Ideal Bathrooms’ staff. Another innovation to assist retailers is the Ideal Bathrooms premium brand strategy. “The premium brand strategy is not confined to specialist top showrooms either,” says Ideal Bathrooms’ Retail Sales Director Richard Taylor. “Showrooms with a mid-market customer base are also adding luxury displays to attract new business potential as more people are improving their homes, so working with our key brands we are also broadening the market for them through this strategy. Similarly mid to upper market brands are also experiencing sale growth into the luxury sector as an add-on to sales through existing showrooms. The strategy is helping many of our existing suppliers penetrate into new market sectors.” 0800 634 2600 www.idealbathrooms.com


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“Ideal” Partner for Showerlux

Ideal Bathrooms offers next day delivery to 99 percent of the country with their delivery fleet of over 50 vehicles.

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In a major new amalgamation, Ideal Bathrooms has secured an exclusive distributorship for Showerlux branded products in the UK. Although the UK operating company has closed down, the brand will now continue to be available in the UK through Ideal Bathrooms. “Following the unfortunate closure of the Showerlux UK operation, we entered into negotiations with Duscholux who manufactured almost all Showerlux’s products that were sold in the UK,” says Ideal Bathrooms’ Commercial Director Danielle Lillis. “In effect Ideal Bathrooms will now perform a similar operation importing from the manufacturer to supply merchants and retailers. This reflects the current trend for global sourcing – a key feature of Ideal Bathrooms 2012 “An Ideal World” campaign.” A major element in the exclusive distribution agreement will be a comprehensive review of price points and customer discounts which will be completely realigned to be fully competitive for the marketplace and to offer improved margins for retailers. The range will focus solely on shower enclosures and will continue to offer high quality and great design. It will now benefit from Ideal Bathrooms’ renowned customer service including next day deliveries which are available on all Ideal Bathrooms’ 15,000 plus stock product lines.

Showerlux products will now be available exclusively from Ideal Bathrooms and will be supplied by Duscholux.

“I am delighted that Ideal Bathrooms is able to keep the Showerlux name alive and to have the opportunity to develop it back to its former glory as a big brand again,” adds Danielle. “The enclosure arrangements fit perfectly with our existing product portfolio and particularly with our strategy to grow the showering section of our business. The Showerlux brand is in safe hands for now and the future.”

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Roca’s L20 brassware collection has many innovative features including the Cold Start system and Eco Click function. Both of these help to save energy and water. L20’s embellished base ensures a neat finish between the tap and the basin surface. 01530 830080 www.roca.com

Contemporary brassware is still the current favourite in UK bathrooms – and many designs work well with both modern and traditional sanitaryware. Shown on our front cover, the innovative Verso range from Inta features energy saving technology, making efficient use of hot water simple by forcing users to consciously push further for an increased flow rate and hotter water. The Verso basin mixer has already proven popular, thanks to its sleek design and impressive green credentials. The control handle gives the option of a reduced flow rate, requiring users to lift past the first click for full flow operation, with a maximum flow rate of five litres per minute. Users are also able to set a maximum temperature for the tap by altering the position of the cartridge stop ring, allowing for ultimate control over water and energy savings, ideal for both domestic and commercial settings. 01889 272180 www.intatec.co.uk

tap talk

New for 2012, Krome shower accessories from Deva include this three-mode shower kit. The head has an air option, which mixes air and water to deliver an invigorating but water saving shower. Also available within the range is a 200mm fixed showerhead with a swivel joint and full chrome face plate with rub clean nozzles. Deva has launched a new 154-page brochure to show its new products. For a copy call 0800 195 1602 or visit www.deva.org.uk

Ideal Standard has a long pedigree of working with leading European designers to create exciting new brassware designs. Great products from the past include Academy, Silver and many more. The company can also claim credit for the single lever tap, being the first to introduce ceramic disc valves to the UK and also the first to develop a multi port cartridge that overcame the problems caused by UK unbalanced supply. Current product innovations include Blue Technology that saves water, energy and money, nickel free IdealPure, Topfix installation for basin and bidet fittings, Cool Body technology, eco click cartridges and more. 01482 346461 www.ideal-standard.co.uk

Wall mounted electronic mixers show just how closely linked exclusive design, functionality and technological expertise are at Axor. “We have developed an intelligent solution that combines sensor technology and our wall mixers’ exclusive design,” commented Axor product manager Stefanie Pfaff. The new electronic wall mixers are part of the Axor Citterio and Axor Uno2 collections. Electronic wall mixers in the two collections offer different design languages: in Axor Citterio we see shiny surfaces and precise, linear contours and in Axor Uno2 we see a minimalist, slimline design. Both have two spout lengths. These ingenious mixers have sensor windows integrated into the underside of the spout. They cannot be seen by the user and do not impair the mixer’s visual appeal. At the same time, this is an extremely functional position for the sensor, which can be intuitively operated - the sensor is automatically activated when users place their hands under the spout. Electronic mixers are extremely hygienic due to their contact-free operation. Like all Axor basin mixers, the new electronic mixers are fitted with EcoSmart technology, which limits the water flow to five litres per minute without impairing the functionality. The sensor control itself saves even more water and energy due to the short run-on time of around 1-1.5 seconds. This ensures that the water is only flowing if it is actually required. 01372 465655 www.hansgrohe.co.uk

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Chunky Adorn from Pegler has a wide diameter spout with a slim lever control. The range includes a mono basin mixer with click waste, a mono bath tap and a wall mounted mono tap with a click waste. 0844 243 4400 www.pegleryorkshire.co.uk tc bathrooms reports that the demand for brassware has risen year on year and that contemporary square chrome taps are still a firm favourite. Product Design Manager Lee Reed says, “We are constantly looking at trends across our entire portfolio but if something works well, don’t change it. Our current range is the best we have seen for design and price. We’ve added to the tap section this year with the new square Fabia range, which also features subtle curves to match Vienna accessories. With the launch of the new brochure in June we focused on adding more affordable brassware for the average consumer. We have a variety of new shower valves and heads that have strong appeal to the price savvy customer in the current economic climate. These include the new Triumph head, which has LED lights powered by the movement of water.” 01924 868383 www.tcbathrooms.com

tap talk A touch of tradition

The ultra modern Dream brassware collection from Frontline adds a dash of Italian style. The mono waterfall filler has a click clack waste and the Dream wall mounted bath shower mixer has a cascade spout. 0845 470 2427 www.frontlinebathrooms.co.uk

Bright nickel was the standard finish for brassware until chrome plating came along in the 1920s. Softer than chrome, nickel is a lovely choice for a traditional bathroom. Nickel plated taps from the St James Collection by Marflow have a two-layer plating process that produces a hardwearing finish and gives a lustrous shine. Black porcelain handles have recently been added to the St James Collection and work very well with nickel – as shown here. 0121 358 1555 www.stjamescollection.com

Bridging the gap between luxury and performance, the Bellis collection from Kallista combines modern technologies with a relaxed traditional aesthetic. The collection is available with sculpted bath spout design to coordinate with the traditional basin set. Kallista is part of the Kohler Group. www.kallista.com

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Hansgrohe’s Talis is a modern classic that is easy for the whole family to use thanks to its lever action, which is smooth and simple. Talis E2, part of the Hansgrohe Elegance range, has a broad lever and smooth elegant lines. It also has a temperature limiter and QuickClean aerator. 0870 770 1972 www.hansgrohe.co.uk


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The new side lever range is extensive and includes wall mounted and floor mounted options.

The Lollipop concealed thermostatic shower valve with a practical sliding rail kit and wall outlet.

a family affair This year family-owned brassware specialist Tre Mercati celebrates 35 years in the business. Now run by Helena and Louise Parkinson, the daughters of the founder, Tre Mercati remains well known for quality and design.

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ig birthdays are often a time for change as well as for celebration. For Tre Mercati, 35 years in the brassware business is being marked by a complete rebrand that will give a fresh new look to the company. Several new brochures will be launched later this year and will be packed with new contemporary ranges. The company will also be launching a number of new kitchen mixers. The complete showering solution has been added with WRAS approved exposed and concealed valves which have headwork to match all existing and new product ranges - making bathroom co-ordination simple. The company now has dedicated Area Sales Managers that cover all of the UK plus National Sales Manager Charlotte Teague who can be contacted by email at charlotte@tremercati.co.uk. Products come with a ten-year, no quibble guarantee and stockists are offered extensive product support including bespoke displays. To request a brochure or become a displaying retailer, contact the Sales Office on 0161 620 1212, email sales@tremercati.co.uk


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MEET DAVE THE DUCK… If you received a Dave the Duck from Tre Mercati and photographed him on his travels, your picture could be appearing in the 2013 company calendar. Tre Mercati reports a huge response to the competition and the company is now in the process of choosing twelve photographs to go in next year’s calendar plus an overall winner who will win an iPad.

Boldly geometric - the Square concealed thermostatic shower valve with three-way diverter with an overhead arm and rose, sliding rail kit, wall outlet and auto bath filler waste.

This is the Lever exposed thermostatic shower valve with sliding rail kit. Tre Mercati shower valves are WRAS approved.

This Waterfall mixer is suitable for UK low pressure - extending this fashionable look to customers with a gravity plumbing system.

TRE MERCATI IN THE KITCHEN Tre Mercati also has a collection of designer style kitchen mixers. From left to right: • The two lever mono kitchen sink mixer. • The side lever kitchen mixer. • This kitchen mixer has a contemporary slimline joystick control.

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For a more traditional style, the Burlington collection offers a range of period style baths, for that luxurious bathing experience.

POSSIBLY THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF BATHS IN THE UK? Claiming to offer the largest

The Global Bath Network

find a bath suitable for their

collection of baths in the UK is

Collection offers a unique range

bathroom setting, so our Global

certainly no modest declaration,

of baths, manufactured and

Bath Network has something for

but at Smiths-Briten, a leading

sourced from around the world.

everyone,” says Smiths-Briten UK

Furthermore, the success of supply partnerships with bath manufacturers such as Trojan Plastics and Renaissance has allowed Smiths-Briten not only

the ability to develop products with market leading manufacturers, but to offer a service that is second to none reinforced by an extensive stock holding.

customers can be seen in the level of stock that we hold, so we are confident that we can meet all of our customer requirements,” says Stock Control Manager, Tony Mason.

“We know that in recent times many distributors are tightening the reigns in terms of stock volume, but we believe our commitment to our

The largest collection baths in the UK - we’re sure you’ll agree!

Sales Manager, Shaun Sankey.

bathroom distributor in the UK, they are certainly living up

With over one hundred and fifty

to that claim.

baths in the range, from small

The collection includes many

space saving baths to easy access

popular brands within the

With the recent launch of their

bathing, Smiths-Briten are confident

bathroom industry, including the

new Global Bath Network

that customers will find the perfect

gorgeous collection of freestanding

brochure, the Bolton based

focal point for any bathroom.

baths from Clearwater, featuring the recent additions of the

distributor has re-affirmed their position as leading distributor of

“We understand that many people

baths within the United Kingdom.

are looking for something that little bit different, or struggle to

Natural Stone range.

THE UK’S LARGEST COLLECTION OF BATHS Issue 1. RRP inc VAT

GL BAL

bath network

For more details of display packages available, or to request a copy of the new Global Bath Network brochure and POS dispensers, please contact the Smiths-Briten sales office on

0845 634 4321


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For a more traditional style, the Burlington collection offers a range of period style baths, for that luxurious bathing experience.

POSSIBLY THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF BATHS IN THE UK? Claiming to offer the largest

The Global Bath Network

find a bath suitable for their

collection of baths in the UK is

Collection offers a unique range

bathroom setting, so our Global

certainly no modest declaration,

of baths, manufactured and

Bath Network has something for

but at Smiths-Briten, a leading

sourced from around the world.

everyone,” says Smiths-Briten UK

Furthermore, the success of supply partnerships with bath manufacturers such as Trojan Plastics and Renaissance has allowed Smiths-Briten not only

the ability to develop products with market leading manufacturers, but to offer a service that is second to none reinforced by an extensive stock holding.

customers can be seen in the level of stock that we hold, so we are confident that we can meet all of our customer requirements,” says Stock Control Manager, Tony Mason.

“We know that in recent times many distributors are tightening the reigns in terms of stock volume, but we believe our commitment to our

The largest collection baths in the UK - we’re sure you’ll agree!

Sales Manager, Shaun Sankey.

bathroom distributor in the UK, they are certainly living up

With over one hundred and fifty

to that claim.

baths in the range, from small

The collection includes many

space saving baths to easy access

popular brands within the

With the recent launch of their

bathing, Smiths-Briten are confident

bathroom industry, including the

new Global Bath Network

that customers will find the perfect

gorgeous collection of freestanding

brochure, the Bolton based

focal point for any bathroom.

baths from Clearwater, featuring the recent additions of the

distributor has re-affirmed their position as leading distributor of

“We understand that many people

baths within the United Kingdom.

are looking for something that little bit different, or struggle to

Natural Stone range.

THE UK’S LARGEST COLLECTION OF BATHS Issue 1. RRP inc VAT

GL BAL

bath network

For more details of display packages available, or to request a copy of the new Global Bath Network brochure and POS dispensers, please contact the Smiths-Briten sales office on

0845 634 4321


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Aqua 6 is the final addition to the new Aqua range from Aqualux. Featuring 6mm glass, the Aqua 6 is a higher mid range option that offers luxury features. The enclosure has a 1900mm high semi frameless surround and doors are removable for easy cleaning. The attractively designed hinge gives smooth opening and closing and warm to touch soft grip handles are pleasingly tactile. The doors have magnetic closure and sliders have top edge bearings with cushioned stops. Where there is a door runner mechanism it is concealed by a graduated pattern at the top and bottom of the glass. Easy clean Aquagleam treated glass is another customer benefit. Installers will appreciate the secure glass clamping clips and push seals for fixed panels with easy fit slot together and dovetail slide assembly. The head and sill rails come fully assembled with moulding and screws ready fitted and have simple Quick Fit dovetail technology at each end. There is a configuration to suit every bathroom. Double door and Offset Quadrant double door models give especially easy access. 0121 526 7680 aqua@aqualux.co.uk

showering soluti Latest shower screens, enclosures, trays and accessories.

New tough, light low profile HydroStone shower trays from Niko are just 40mm high and come in a variety of sizes and formats. The trays are impact and scratch resistant and are acrylic capped. The feet from the leg set can be screwed directly into the base of the tray. All trays have a flat underside to make levelling easier. 01422 356863 www.nikoltd.com

Contemporary and practical Connect shower enclosures and bath screens from Ideal Standard have 4mm glass, click and clean wheels, concealed fixings and smooth surfaces for easy maintenance. The enclosure range includes pivot, bifold and slider doors, corner entry and quadrant enclosures and side panels. 01482 346461 www.idealstandard.co.uk

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Merlyn’s new 6 Series Bifold Door is a unique product with a new and innovative emergency outward opening facility - so if someone collapses in the shower the door can be opened. This model is an excellent example of contemporary style, practical space saving and reassuring safety innovation. With sizes starting from 700mm the door can fit conveniently into a corner or small recess. With the option of using side panels the enclosure can be installed in sizes up to 1000 by 1000mm. 00353 56 779 15555 www.merlynshowering.com


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Kind on the feet, new JTSoftstone is a soft touch shower floor that features an aqua cushion non slip surface. The shower floor comes in a slate effect and has a built in drainage incline. It is available in black, white or cream with chrome or matching waste grilles. Each JTSoftstone floor is supplied with an easy to use installation kit and has a 25-year guarantee. The product will be available from Cooper Callas. 0844 257 7253 www.just-trays.co.uk

tions Don’t miss the big news from RAK RAK Ceramics has introduced two new shower collections including Premium 6 enclosures, screens, trays and doors and Deluxe 8 luxury enclosures and wetrooms. You can read about these new products in depth on pages 20-21. 01730 237850 www.rakceramics.co.uk

No one wants a dark and gloomy shower enclosure. Showerlights from HiB are IP54 rated for zone 1 use and have low energy LEDs. The lights are available in chrome, matt aluminium and white and are supplied with a transformer. 020 8441 0352 www.hib.co.uk

Always ahead with the brightest ideas, Dornbracht has been given the Best Product Award by the Society of British Interior Designers for its Horizontal Shower powered by Ambiance Tuning Technique. The Horizontal Shower has six water bars recessed into a bulkhead above the user. The Ambiance Tuning Technique means that various flow patterns can be combined using pre-programmed settings that vary water temperature and intensity. The shower is controlled by the central eTool near the user’s head so can be operated lying down. The recliner surface can be heated. Effects available include Balancing - a rhythmic back massage with alternative rain showers that start at the feet. Energising delivers a cascade across the entire back from shoulders to feet. Fine water jets are followed by intense rain then back to fine water jets. Destressing varies flow and temperature from shoulders to feet in a wave like water flow. 024 7671 7129 www.dornbracht.com/transforming-water

Designed by Barbara Barry and reflecting the minimal elegance of 1930s design, the Jeton hand shower from the Counterpoint collection by Kallista has a chic sensibility and sophisticated presence of line. The head has a single-function spray. The sprayface resists hard water build up and is easy to clean. Kallista is part of the Kohler Group. www.kallista.com

The Larenco® shower screen range from AKW now includes the Duo and Duo Care door and fixed panel combinations for corner enclosures and the Duo and Duo Care for alcoves. The Larenco® Duo is a multi purpose full height split glass door featuring the duolinx handle. With both sections linked it is a conventional shower door and when split it is the perfect splash guard for carer assistance. Larenco® screens are made from 6mm glass finished with a Stay-Care anti plaque coating. Magnetic cushion seals are standard. The screens are suitable for most installations including trays and tiled wet floors. Screens are available in widths from 800 to 1100mm and come with a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects. 01905 823298 www.akw-ltd.co.uk

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14-16 SHOWER SOLUTIONS

1/10/12

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The Flute low pressure duo combi shower set from Croydex is finished in smart chrome and white. It can be used as an overhead or as a hand shower and will operate on systems from 0.2 bar. Both heads have rub clean nozzles to eliminate limescale. The shower features the Croydex Flexifit system that allows existing screw holes to be re-used. The kit can be fitted to a bar valve using the connecting hose supplied. 01264 365881 www.croydex.com

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Frameless sliding door enclosures from Impey can be installed directly on to a wetroom floor or used with Impey Designer Slimline trays. The sliding doors can be used for an alcove or combined with side panels for corner installations. The smooth chrome roller mechanism and 8mm toughened glass add to the quality feel. All enclosures feature the Aqua Shield easy clean finish and are 200mm high. Doors are 1200mm wide and side panels are available in 800 or 900mm widths. 0845 468 1607 www.impeyshowers.com/trade

Inspired by the iconic Flat Iron building in New York, Carlo Colombo's Skidoo Tap Series for Teuco brings an architectural charm to any bathroom or en-suite setting. When Flat Iron was initially built in 1902, it created the phenomenon of unpredictable wind-currents, which blew up the dresses of lady passers-by! Such Marilyn Monroe moments regularly led to a surge of onlookers and, so the story goes, the Manhattan police were obliged to intervene, shouting ”Skidoo, Skidoo!” (”Move along! Move along!”). Available in chromium, the Skidoo collection includes bath-taps (rimmounted and floor-standing), basin and bidet versions and the eye-catching shower-totem shown here. 01279 771159 www.teuco.com

showering solutions Vision is the latest addition to the digital shower range from Mira. Vision has user friendly features such as a programmable temperature and flow rate, warm up mode and eco mode. Installation is simple because the controller communicates with the valve by wireless so can be situated anywhere convenient up to ten metres away. There is a range of models to suit ceiling and rear fed installations as well as a choice of valves including a high pressure model for mains pressurised systems and combi boilers. 01242 221221 www.mirashowers.co.uk

New low profile acrylic capped shower trays from Roman are competitively priced and lighter in weight than standard cast acrylic trays. The trays are low profile with a height of 40mm and are available with optional riser kits. The trays have a 90mm domed waste and will drain 32 litres per minute so are suitable for power shower use. There’s a choice of 29 sizes and shapes. 0845 050 7611 www.roman-showers.com

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Aqata has introduced a new addition to its frameless Spectra Collection. The Spectra SP459 hinged door with inline panel will transform a recess into a luxurious showering space. It features frameless 8mm glass and a polished chrome handle and hinges and is available in 1000, 1100 and 1200mm standard tray widths. It can be installed with a low level Aqata tray or direct to a wetroom floor. ClearShield glass protection can be ordered as an optional extra. Spectra SP459 is one of six new enclosures launched by Aqata this year. It is shown here with the Linneal LNP200m shower and shower baskets from Aqata. 01455 896500 www.aqata.co.uk


17 - MATKI

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Matki New Illusion Quintesse with Integrated Shower Tray.

Matki New Illusion Corner with Integrated Shower Tray. Matki New Illusion Recess Shower Door with Matki Preference Shower Tray.

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atki has introduced the New Illusion Collection. The Collection includes three impressive enclosures, a Recess door, Corner enclosure and a Quintesse. The enclosures combine minimal framing with elegant chrome details offering the beautiful illusion of showering behind frameless glass. The 8mm solid safety glass is cleverly held in place by Matki’s Non-Slip Hinge supporting the glass time after time for a flawless closure. The beautiful new handle is the perfect complement to the large glass panels. The Soft Return handle is not only easy to use and functional, it provides a sense of stunning continuity between hinge and handle. The glass is innovatively recessed into the tray with a water tight seal, eliminating the need for silicon sealant along the glass and tray junction and providing a seamless look between glass and tray. The New Illusion Corner and Recess comes with integral low level tray or alternatively can be ordered to go directly on to a tiled floor or on a tray such as Matki’s new Preference Shower Tray. One of the main features of the new Matki Preference Shower Tray is its complete adaptability and flexibility to fit into any space. Rich in ground marble, the premium quality and technologically advanced material make-up of the Matki Preference Shower Tray gives outstanding durability and a tough fully restorable surface. The tactile semi-matt finish is comfortable, luxurious and warm to the touch and blends beautifully into any bathroom design. 01454 322888 www.matki.co.uk

Detail of the Glass Channel in the Tray.

Matki New Preference Bespoke Shower Tray with Cut-Out.

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18-19 SALAMANDER

28/9/12

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Sometimes, it’s the things you don’t see that turn a bathroom from ‘boring’ to ‘brilliant’...

meet the brains b the ‘brilliant’ bat L

ow water pressure is a daily source of irritation and inconvenience to countless people in the UK. It’s a scourge and it prevents many from enjoying those benefits of a modern bathroom that the rest of us take for granted. Until now, the ‘traditional’ low water pressure solution, which involves the installation of a cold water header tank, was both too costly and too inconvenient an exercise for many potential customers to consider… The good news is that now, for the first time, an affordable solution to the problem is available. Salamander’s Home Boost is not only inexpensive, it’s also easy to install: it’s compact, quiet and – most importantly – it’s fully compliant with UK water regulations. As the first plumber to install Home Boost, Scarborough-based Andy Browne was impressed immediately. “It really does have the look and feel of quality about it”, he said, “and it’s got metal threaded ends so there’s no plastic to mess about with. To be honest, it’s dead easy to connect: Home Boost goes after your stop tap, you need a check valve on there, then a drain-off cock onto the pump and finally a full bore isolation valve. Any plumber could do the job in under an hour.” Home Boost applies leading-edge micro-technology to an old, old problem: it is quick, efficient and comparatively inexpensive. Home Boost is a compact unit, which can be fitted under the kitchen sink after the stopcock, with a simple three-quarter inch thread on the inlet and outlet of the unit. The electrical connection is via a plug.

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The Home Boost is compact and does not need much space. It is also easy to install.


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With Salamander’s ‘out of sight’ technology, for many, the ‘brilliant’ bathroom is finally within reach.

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alamander struck gold with brass in Olympic year, with its acclaimed Force range of brass-ended shower pumps, which can be used to pump a single shower or a complete house. 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 3.0 bar pressure suitable for the most powerful multi-function showers and for multiple shower outlets. All Force pumps are continuously rated and use the new solid-state flow switches to guarantee durability, reliability and performance.

Force 15 PT 1.5 bar twin brass ended positive head shower pump.

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Force 30 PS 3.0 bar single brass ended positive head shower pump.

Force 20 PT 2.0 bar twin brass ended positive head shower pump.

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20-21 RAK

28/9/12

4:15 pm

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Top quality 8mm glass gives this walk in wetroom from the Deluxe 8 collection a luxury touch. Quadrant enclosures are a popular choice in UK bathrooms. This one is from the Premium 6 collection.

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The showering range also includes bath screens.

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arlier this year, RAK launched a new range of products under the RAKextra brand. The new, versatile collection is designed to offer trade customers a collection of attractively priced quality products with the potential for extra margin when purchased in quantity. The shower enclosure market is a competitive one - but RAKextra is ready to tackle it head on with a well thought out selection of products. Within the new collection, RAKextra shower enclosures feature alongside bathroom cabinets, mirrors and storage solutions. All products are designed to uphold RAK’s established values - representing quality, reliability and exceptional value for money. They have also been designed to complement RAK Ceramic’s existing wide range of WCs, baths and basins. The new shower enclosures feature in two ranges - Premium 6 and Deluxe 8. Premium 6 offers five cost-effective designs in various sizes and formats, including quadrant, offset quadrant, pivot door and side panel, sliding door and bath screen with 180° hinge. All enclosures feature 6mm easy clean safety glass; robust, quick-release easily detachable rollers and have up to 25mm adjustment for accurate fitting. Doors glide effortlessly and the detachable rollers make cleaning and maintenance incredibly easy. All Premium 6 designs are offered with a ten-year guarantee. The Deluxe 8 range also provides a variety of competitively priced shower enclosure designs, in quadrant, offset quadrant, pivot door and side panel and sliding door formats, as well as walk-in


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Top quality bathroom cabinets include luxury features such as double sided glass doors. This is the Vogue cabinet.

Furniture specially made for RAKextra is an important element of the collection. This is Lola in high gloss white.

enclosures. Additional features of the Deluxe 8 range include 8mm easy clean safety glass, robust quick-release extra strong rollers, reinforced frame and concealed fittings, enhanced adjustment for accurate fitting and a lifetime guarantee. A range of complementary shower trays are also available with each collection, as well as easy-plumb and waste kits. Alvin Biggs, Sales Director, RAK Ceramics UK, comments: “By introducing two new shower enclosure ranges to the market, we are responding to increased consumer demand for showers in the bathroom. This is a growing trend, driven by increased awareness of the water and energy savings that showering can make. RAK Ceramics is playing a key role in developing products that meet the growing requirements of consumers. We continue to support our dealers by offering well-designed, desirable products at highly competitive prices.“ Alongside the Premium 6 and Deluxe 8 shower enclosures, new mirrors, mirror cabinets and smart storage solutions join the RAKextra range. The Mirror Collection includes nine designs. All are backlit and LED mirrors have bevelled edges and demister pads. Additional individual features include shaver/toothbrush sockets, sensor on/off switches, rocker switches and integral clock. Nine new designs are also included within

FINISHING TOUCHES

Details such as luxury handles and smooth running rollers add the finishing touch to shower enclosures.

the Mirror Cabinet Collection, with all cabinets constructed from high quality aluminium or stainless steel as standard, providing both exceptional quality and value. RAK’s new Smart Storage Collection completes the RAKextra range. It includes a variety of stylish and cost effective drawer and hinged cabinets, with integral ceramic basins, as well as matching slimline storage units. All cabinets have a sleek, contemporary design, a premium gloss acrylic finish and are available in black or white. Rob Jull, RAK UK’s Managing Director, explains the rationale behind the new collection: “It’s not all about price, although that’s one of the criteria for success, especially in the current tough economic climate. Good design is equally important, as is the ability to source a complete boxed, quality product, and to ensure reliability of supply and performance. Add in good aftersales support and continued product development and you complete the circle. Our aim has always been to offer our dealers the very best value-for-money possible. Our new shower enclosures and accessories along with our existing products - fulfil each of these criteria at a range of price points to suit all pockets. And, we’re confident that this will provide a unique sales opportunity for both our valued, existing partners and for new customers too.”

MORE INFORMATION Established in 1991, RAK Ceramics is the world's largest manufacturer of ceramic and porcelain tiles, with a global production output of 117 million sq.m. per annum. Its product portfolio also includes ceramic sinks, sanitary ware, brassware and acrylic baths, with products currently exported to more than 160 countries. Recently the company has touched an incredible milestone of one billion square metres of tiles supplied worldwide.

For more product information, please contact RAK Ceramics: 01730 237850 marketing@rakceramics.co.uk www.rakceramics.co.uk

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22-23 BATHS WELLNESS

27/9/12

2:45 pm

SMALL

SPACE SAUNA Although just about every home in Scandinavia has a sauna, the idea has not really taken off here despite the therapeutic benefits. Part of the reason is space especially in apartments where there isn’t a garden or garage where the cabin can be sited.

Duravit has solved the problem with Inipi, a compact sauna specially designed for home installation. Designed in collaboration with EOOS, the Inipi Super B compact sauna measures just 120 by 120cm and will accommodate one user in comfort. There is also a larger two-person model that measures 240 by 120cm. Inipi features a stone control motif - a cultural reference to North American Indians who sat around heated stones in their sweat lodges - or inipi. The panel is integrated laterally at the front of the sauna and is used to adjust the temperature, the heater timer and the digital hourglass. During the rest phase an eco function saves energy, reducing the temperature in the sauna by up to 20ºC. A button can be used to control the function that pours water over the hot stones.

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Available in 160 by 70cm, 170 by 70cm, 170 by 75cm and 180 by 80cm sizes, the BetteSelect is designed for comfort. The overflow can be positioned at either the foot end or at either side of the bath 650mm from the foot end. The bath is finished in top quality BetteGlaze® enamel and comes with a 30-year warranty. 0844 800 0547 www.bette.co.uk

A handsome bath adds interest and character to any bathroom. Freestanding designs also help to give an illusion of space in a smaller space.

splash The Kaldewei Comfort Select operating panel has an electronic control unit, a drain and overflow fitting and a shower hose. The panel integrates into the rim of the bath and allows precise selection of the required water temperature. The temperature is correct right from the start - there is no need to run the filler for a while. The panel also regulates the water inlet and outflow. Freestanding baths can be filled using a special Kaldewei Comfort Select fitting. The panel also electronically controls the shower function. The hose can be sunk into the rim of the bath or fitted to the outside. 01480 498053 www.kaldewei.com

The cabin itself is a wooden frame glazed at the front. None of the technology is visible as the sauna stones and heater are hidden behind a panel. The Super B compact has an adjustable backrest and horizontal louvres with LED lights. Benches are arranged on two levels and are long enough to lie down on in the larger model. The exterior is available in white or dark American walnut. Both sauna variants come as corner and back to wall models. The larger model can be installed freestanding in the centre of a room. Duravit say that the saunas take about two hours to install.

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The Loop & Friends basin series was a big success for Villeroy & Boch and has been joined by baths. The baths have just received the prestigious Red Dot award. There are 22 models in the range, all made from high quality acrylic. The choice includes built in and freestanding models and a spa system can be added if wished. 020 8871 0011 www.villeroy-boch.com


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The new Ovali from BC Designs is a beautiful egg-shaped bath with a wide rim. The contemporary bath is freestanding and will create a focal point in any bathroom. BC Designs has launched a new range of baths that have been created using the Acrymite system. The Acrymite range has been created by seamlessly joining the solid acrylic inner and outer layers of the bath together for a sleek contemporary look and gloss finish. Unlike some other acrylic bath designs the Acrymite range does not require a spray top coat so minor scratches can be removed. 01206 827100 www.bcdesigns.co.uk

out on baths Designed to complement contemporary sanitaryware, the Cube bath from Silverdale is one of four new designs all made in 5mm double skinned acrylic. All baths have an overflow and a clicker waste. Cube is 170cm long and 80cm wide with a soaking depth of 57cm. It comes with a lifetime guarantee. 01782 717175 www.silverdalebathrooms.co.uk

Reva Industries Ltd now offers all acrylic baths with optional Revanite reinforcement. All of the baths in the range are reinforced with fibreglass and timber baseboards as standard. Revanite baths have an additional layer of composite material to give extra strength and rigidity and improve the thermal qualities of the bath. Revanite is dark grey but Reva can offer customers a choice of colours to suit their brand, volumes allowing. 01482 327704 www.reva-industries.com

This beautiful Calacatta Viola honed marble bath comes from specialists Mandarin Stone who can offer technical advice on stone basins, baths, tiles and other products. Stone baths are extremely heavy so floor reinforcement may be needed. You will also need to make sure access is possible. In some cases this sort of bath has to be craned into the property. 01600 715444 www.mandarinstone.com

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24 HEATING

1/10/12

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Bathline ladder radiators from Vasco come in four types in white, anthracite or chrome finishes. Vasco radiators are supplied by The Heating Company. Vasco is the European market leader in bathroom radiators and uses sophisticated technology to create innovative, heat efficient products. 0032 8979 0411 www.theheatingcompany.com

The traditional style Empire from MHS Radiators is the ideal choice when restoring a period setting or creating individual style for a new property. Order it in gold for a truly traditional look, or in chrome for a 1930s Art Deco feel. 01268 546700 www.mhsradiators.com

Stelrad Radiators is well known for steel panel rads but also has an impressive selection of towel rails. The rails come with a five-year warranty (except for electric elements that have a one-year warranty). The complete collection can be seen at www.stelrad.com where brochures can also be downloaded. 0870 849 8058

heat treatment Winter’s here and consumers are looking for ways to warm chilly bathrooms.

There’s plenty of space for towels on this tall, elegant Climber square tubular ladder rail from MHS Radiators. It will hold, organise and hygienically dry multiple towels with ease and efficiency. The radiator is available in a choice of stainless steel or painted finishes. 01268 546700 www.mhsradiators.com

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Tudor from Aeon will work equally well in a traditional or modern setting. Tudor is a tubular ladder radiator with cylindrical joints and internal welds for a smooth, trouble free finish. Made from high grade stainless steel and available in brushed matt or mirror polished finishes, Tudor has a low water content. It is available in six sizes with a choice of three widths and two heights and for electric, hot water and dual fuel installations. Heat outputs range from 188-293W. Aeon is able to deliver most products within a few days from its depot in Milton Keynes. 01908 271155 www.aeon.uk.com


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1/10/12

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Charlie Bean, Deputy Governor of Monetary Policy at the Bank of England, has visited Pegler Yorkshire in Doncaster as part of a region wide fact finding mission. As well as meeting Directors he toured the facility and was particularly interested in Pegler’s export success. He is seen here viewing products with Pegler Yorkshire MD Stuart Anderson.

Ideal Bathrooms has become a Health and Safety Millionaire, recording one million working hours without a single day lost due to accidents or injuries at work. MD John Bagshaw says that this is testament to the success of the company’s investment in raising the profile of the wellbeing of employees: “It is thanks to the positive attitude of all our staff throughout the company that this has been achieved and we are now starting on our second million.” Health and Safety Manager Paul Stott says the health and safety are particularly important in a company where there is a high degree of manual handling and heavy lifting: “It is essential to have procedures in place together with the right equipment and training. H&S is there to keep everyone safe and when properly applied, saves people from harm.”

It has been full steam ahead for Ours Sanitaryware since taking over the former Ideal Standard ceramic plant in Middlewich. There has been an intense product by product development programme to bring almost the complete range of Impulse sanitaryware into UK production. All UK manufactured products are fully compliant with British Standards and UK water regulations and offer a 25-year guarantee. The Chinese factory (Imperial Bathroom Products Ltd) will now serve the Asian and Australian markets with Middlewich serving the UK and USA.

business matters Ideal Bathrooms feel that the internet is an underused marketing tool. “We are looking to substantially develop our internet presence,” says Commercial Director Danielle Lillis. “We are investing to further improve service to our customers with the introduction of a fully interactive e-commerce facility.” The existing website is being re-designed to expand its functions and benefits to customers and will become a comprehensive business tool where customers can place and review orders, check credit status and invoices and look into product availability. They will also be able to consult installation manuals. For end consumers, there is www.createyouridealbathroom.com where the brochure can be browsed and an interactive product gallery and slide show can be viewed. This website also includes actual case studies. Visitors interested in the exclusive Essential Products range can browse at www.essentialfromideal.com and there is also a site exclusively for An Ideal World, which reports on the latest monthly VIP prizewinners and more. All sites are linked into the company’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and QR codes are being used to draw people to the sites.

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Mira Showers are sponsoring the famous South Stand at Gloucester RFC’s Kingsholm Stadium “It is great that as a Gloucestershirebased company we can promote our name with a strong brand like Gloucester Rugby,” says Paul Hollingworth, Director of Sales at Mira. He is seen here with Nigel Davies, Director of Rugby at Gloucester RFC.

Intrepid cyclists from British Ceramic Tile raised £1,000 for Cancer Research by joining in the Moor 2 Sea cycling event which includes a challenging climb.

We are sad to report that Colin Cutler, Sales Director of Roper Rhodes Ltd, has died suddenly of a heart attack. Colin was board member at Roper Rhodes and had been with the company since 1995. “Colin was a kind and friendly man and always had endless patience showing us around the stand at exhibitions,” comments Bathroom Journal Editor Jan Orchard. Our condolences go to his family and fellow workers.

Hudson Reed has launched a new 224-page brochure, which now includes baths and sanitaryware as well as brassware, furniture and other products. For a copy, call 01282 418000 or www.hudsonreed.co.uk

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C4 BACK COVER

2/10/12

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