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VR tech brings Essential Bathrooms to life in showrooms

Essential Bathrooms has made it easier than ever for customers to view its range – by making it virtual. Essential – Ideal Bathrooms’ private label brand – has partnered with Virtual

Worlds to bring its entire catalogue of over 600 products to life through 3D and 4D technology. Virtual Worlds enables retailers to work with showroom customers to

create virtual reality bathrooms using Essential’s products, allowing them to experience their bathroom design before work begins. Andrew Cotterill, category manager of Essential, said: “Using this technology

allows retailers to build a true picture of how their customers’ bathrooms, or showroom displays, will not only look but feel, letting them move around and interact with products.” Nathan Maclean, managing director of Virtual Worlds, added: “Thanks to

our state-of-the-art software we can provide retailers with the tools they need to stand out from the crowd and offer their customers an excellent, bespoke service.”

Kudos Gin Pairing Gift Pack

To mark the arrival of a long awaited summer and to thank retailers for continual support, Kudos is giving away these lovely locally made premium Gin Pairing Gift Packs until the end of August. Kudos has paired their premium shower doors with two local award-

winning premium gin distilleries; Penningtons based in Kendal close to where Kudos began manufacturing over 20 years ago and the Big Hill Distillery in Mobberley, Cheshire situated close to their new finished goods warehouse. The gift pack containing 50ml of Lakeland Moon Gin and 50ml of the

‘Spirit of George’ Gin along with a beautiful gin glass, will be given on all purchases from a Kudos Distributor of Original (6 or classic) and Pinnacle8 premium shower doors until the end of August.

Three new members for Kbsa T

he Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, (Kbsa) has welcomed two new retailers and one

corporate member into its membership. Fox Kitchens based in Settle, North Yorkshire and Compact Interiors based in Bromley Kent, and the world’s largest manufacturer of High Pressure Laminate (HPL), Formica Limited, all joined in May. Fox Kitchens has been established in the home improvement and

house renovations market since 2003 and has an established reputation for excellence in the design and installation of bespoke kitchens. Compact Kitchens has been established for 20 years and offers bespoke interior design and installations for kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. Formica Group offers a range of kitchen worktops, splashbacks and

upstands for the home. Ryan Smith, Head of Residential - UK and ROI at Formica Group said,

“We are delighted to announce our partnership with Kbsa. We really value the service they offer to the industry in upholding high standards of design, supply, installation and customer service. “We are looking forward to supporting them with their efforts in

driving footfall and web traffic to kitchen retailers to secure growth in the sector. With the launch of two new Formica® product ranges, the partnership could not have come at a better time and it will enable us to engage with our customers more closely.”

uMore details are available from The KBSA or call 01623 818808

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