Roman’s 12 highlights of 2022


Queen’s Award Buckingham Palace

Roman, attended the Queen’s Award celebratory evening held at Buckingham Palace, hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales.

In April 2022, it was announced that Roman was honoured with the Queen’s Award for International Trade, for a second time. The Queen’s Award is the most prestigious corporate accolade that a UK business can win.

As part of the Queen’s Award, Roman was invited by HRH The Prince of Wales to attend a Reception held at Buckingham Palace with The Princess Royal, The Duke of Gloucester, The Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra, The HON. Lady Ogilvy.

On Tuesday 12th July 2022, Paul Hyde, Roman’s International Specification Director, attended the evening Reception at Buckingham Palace on behalf of Roman.

Paul Hyde, International Specification Director at Roman, commented: “We are very proud to win the Queen’s Award for International Trade for a second time and I was honoured to represent Roman at the Buckingham Palace celebrations. Our sustained investment and development in international markets has proved a great success and for this to be recognised in such a way is a very proud achievement for Roman.”


Launch of new Colours in Select Wetrooms

Roman, have launched two new colour additions, brushed brass and brushed nickel to their Select Wetroom Panel collection. This is in addition to their existing Chrome and Matt Black finishes – all priced identically.

Roman’s Select Wetrooms are the perfect way to create a tailored wetroom to whatever configuration required and they now have two new colour finishes. The appeal and elegance of the Brushed Brass remain timeless and Brushed Nickel fixtures are becoming more popularly used by architects and designers in high-end bathroom design.

The Select Collection features Roman’s Wetroom Panel options, which can be fitted to their low level shower trays or straight to floor to create a true wetroom. They present a number of panel sizes and configurations to help create your perfect bathroom sanctuary.

The new colour additions feature in the new Roman Showroom Guide brochure, which has launched this month. All wetroom panel size options are available in 8mm and 10mm glass thickness and there are three sizes of deflector panel and one fixed version in the range. All Roman products are proudly made in Britain and feature a lifetime guarantee.

David Osborne, Chief Executive Officer of Roman, commented: “We are delighted to announce the launch of these new finishes and they add further compelling reason to display the Select Wetroom range. All four finishes are directly on trend and cover all wetroom design options in the range. Plus, they are made in Britain from a Carbon Neutral manufacturing facility.”


HIX 2022

Roman reveal that HIX 2022 was the busiest design show that they have done in the UK.

On 17th and 18th November, Roman exhibited for a second time at the interiors and Hotel design event, HIX at the Business Design Centre in London, and due to the extremely high calibre of visitors that attended Roman’s stand they report that it was the busiest and one of the most successful design shows they have done in the UK.

Roman’s exhibition stand brought together different elements of the bathroom to create a tailored and fully integrated solution. The stand presented Shower Enclosures from their range of 16 metal colour finishes with Solid Surface Anti-Slip Shower Trays, seamlessly integrated with Roman’s vanity tops and basins.

One of the standout products on Roman’s stand was the pastel pink Solid Surface fluted vanity unit with industrial styled brushed brass frame and Roman Stone basin – all manufactured at Roman’s 400,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant in County Durham.

David Osborne, Chief Executive Officer at Roman, commented: “The first day at HIX was the busiest design show that we have done in the UK – and with an extremely high calibre of visitors. The evening was relaxed and sociable with networking intertwined with selling – making it a resounding success for Roman. We will definitely be back in 2023!”


Roman support Ukraine

Roman were extremely proud to support Ukraine amidst Russia’s invasion of the country.

Employees of Roman were quick to respond to the crisis by supporting local charities in donating essential items to people who are suffering in Ukraine and those escaping the war who have left with nothing.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that up to four million refugees may flee Ukraine and they urgently need help to provide protection and vital supplies to those forced to leave the country.

David Osborne, CEO at Roman, commented: “We stand with the people of Ukraine and hope for a quick and peaceful resolution on behalf of all those who are suffering.”


Roman Win Best Bathroom Product of 2022

The UK and Europe’s leading shower designer and manufacturer, Roman, is thrilled to have won the Best Bathroom Product of 2022 at the KBBFocus Awards.

On 1st December KBBFocus held their Awards and Celebration at The Brewery in London and Roman were awarded the Best Bathroom Product of 2022 for their Colours Sliding Door Shower Enclosures.

Roman’s Colour’s Range was in development for over 2 years and brings a level of performance and specification to the market that has never been seen previously.

Roman launched a truly exclusive range of high specification Shower Enclosures in 11 colours. The Colours Sliding Door Shower Enclosures have a genuine breakthrough in the bathroom market as they feature a stunning soft close system – something never previously available due to the size, weight and complexity of 10mm thick glass.

The mechanism for the Sliding Door within the Colours Range elevates showering to a new level and achieves the genuine soft close experience for the very first time, leading the way in superior bathroom design.
The secret behind the sliding door soft close system lies hidden behind a plate inside the top rail. A heavy gauge spring system is activated when the 10mm thick door is moving and the last 50mm of door movement, opening or closing, is taken over by the soft close system and it slowly, quietly and elegantly takes the door to its destination.
Another design breakthrough offered by the Sliding Door is the finish of the top rail – it is shrouded by a rolled stainless-steel section which is an exact colour match for all of the brass elements in the product.

There are 11 colour options to choose from, making it the cutting edge of fashion and design in the bathroom – and all designed and manufactured in the UK.
David Osborne, Chief Executive Officer at Roman commented: “The Roman design team is constantly pushing the boundaries of our design and manufacturing capability. The Roman Colours Sliding Door showcases Roman’s design and manufacturing capability in a way that no range has before – and we are thrilled that it has won the Best Bathroom Product of the Year.”


Archidex 2022

Roman exhibited for the first time at South East Asia’s leading trade event aimed at Architects, Interior Designers, Major Developers and Hotel Groups – Archidex 2022.

It was Roman’s debut at the building industry’s premier event and it was an extremely busy four days with a huge attendance of major visitors from across South East Asia. Roman’s stand was bustling and they received a significant amount of enquiries and interest from key customers; current and new, making it a resounding success for Roman.

Roman has a subsidiary in Kuala Lumpur for the Asia Pacific market and is active across the region, making Archidex a key show in Roman’s event calendar. Roman’s showcase at Archidex reinforces Roman’s Asia Pacific sales team and A&D showroom shared with Cosentino in Kuala Lumpur.

Archidex was the perfect platform to showcase Roman’s full range of capabilities, including bespoke showering solution, different metal colour finishes, bespoke Corian fabrication and solid surface moulding.

Roman’s exhibition stand displayed a collection of their unrivalled bespoke capabilities for the bathroom, including shower enclosures, solid surface shower trays, bathroom structure, vanity tops, basins and drawer units – all seamlessly linked up to eliminate sealing and cleaning problems between the enclosure and basin.

David Osborne, CEO of Roman, commented: “Having waited three years to exhibit at Archidex, it was marvellous to travel that far and to see the stand so busy on all four days. A great platform for our Asia Pacific hub to move on to the next level.”


Export Minister visits Roman

Roman were delighted to welcome Mike Freer, the Minister for Exports, and Paul Howell, the MP of Sedgefield to its headquarters in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

The visit involved a tour of Roman’s 400,000 sq ft manufacturing facilities, infrastructure and showrooms – whilst discussing product compliance & testing; the global shipping crisis; and very importantly, the timing of Britain joining the to the Trans-Pacific partnership (the CPTPP).

Roman is one of the largest employers in the constituency and were keen to highlight inequalities in International trade tariffs and the evolving UKCA product marking system – Paul Howell has been a great ally in supporting these issues.

David Osborne, CEO of Roman, commented: “It was an honour for the Minister to take the time to visit our headquarters today involving a factory tour and a discussion on our International business. We gained some valuable insights into forthcoming legislation – most importantly for Roman, the UK’s accession into the Trans-Pacific Partnership which will significantly assist our exports into the Asia Pacific region.”


Queen’s Award Celebration

Roman held a celebration for the Roman Team and special guests for winning the Queen’s Award for International Trade.
In April 2022, Roman was honoured with the Queen’s Award for International Trade – for a second time. On Tuesday 1st November, Roman celebrated winning the prestigious award at its headquarters in County Durham.

The Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Sue Snowdon, visited Roman and was given a tour of the 400,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facilities, including Roman’s three factories, showroom and testing facilities. The Lord Lieutenant then made a presentation to the Roman Team and presented the Chief Executive Officer, David Osborne, with the Queen’s Award glass chalice and certificate.

The Queen’s Award is the most prestigious corporate accolade that a UK business can win. The Awards track sustained excellence in export growth over a three year period. They also cover all areas of business performance and best practice – with strong emphasis on sustainability.

David Osborne, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “We are all immensely proud of this huge honour – and to be awarded a second one makes it even more special. We were delighted to welcome The Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Sue Snowdon to our headquarters, and to celebrate the huge achievement with the Roman team.”


Launch of Haven6 Black Frame

Roman, has released their new Haven Showers brochure with exciting new additions.
Roman’s Haven Range of Shower Enclosures, Bath Screens and Wetroom Panels has introduced the new Haven6 Black Frame collection and Haven Wetroom Panels in four colour finishes.

The Haven6 Framed range is now available in a Matt Black finish, featuring angular Matt Black industrial look profiles. The Matt Black finish is also then sandblasted for extra durability, scratch resistance and consistency of finish. The Haven6 range presents innovative designs of shower enclosures and bath screens with exceptional quality, style and performance, all at affordable prices.

Haven Wetroom Panels are available in 8mm and 10mm thick glass, with four colours to choose from: Bright silver, Matt Black, Brushed Nickel and Brushed Brass. The Wetroom Collection offers various unique designs to suit every bathroom space.

Roman’s Haven range of showers offers you all the qualities you would expect from the Roman Brand. The innovative and affordable Haven range is backed by nearly 40 years of showering experience, offering high quality products complete with a comprehensive after sales service and a Lifetime Guarantee.

The Haven collection is available from 10mm to 6mm glass thickness and encompasses an array of Enclosures, a selection of Side Panels and In-line Panels, stylish Bath Screens, Wetroom Panels and Shower Trays.

David Osborne, Chief Executive Officer at Roman, commented: “The popular Haven collection is a key range for us in the UK and International markets and the new colour additions and framed design keeps it in line with current market leading trends.”



Roman were thrilled to once again support BBC’s flagship home renovation programme, DIY SOS: The Big Build, with two shower enclosures and solid surface anti-slip shower trays.

The build and filming, which was delayed for two years due to coronavirus, will air in the summer of 2022 and presents the Owen family from Longframlington in Northumberland. The house does not meet the needs of the family – Bobbie, 18, has long-term genetic disorders and complex medical and mental health issues. Her mother, Mary, sadly had a stroke in her cerebellum in 2013, after being bitten by a tick, and now has balance and ongoing difficulties so cannot handle Bobbie on her own.

The concern is that the house is unsafe and unsuitable for Bobbie due to her unpredictable nature and the threat of going into care is a reality. The build aims to bring the family of three generations together and ensure that Bobbie remains at home.

Roman donated two of their stunning Innov8 shower enclosures – a 1200 sliding door enclosure; and an 800 pivot door enclosure. In addition the company also donated two solid surface anti-slip shower trays with a recommendation to fit one of the trays using sunken installation for ultimate level access in Granny Carol and Granny Doreen’s bathroom.

Sophie Stanwix, Marketing Communications Manager at Roman, commented: “We are always very happy to support programmes such as DIY SOS. After a long 2 year delay it was so heartwarming to attend the big reveal on Thursday 31st March and see the deserving family’s reaction. Knowing that Roman played a part to make it happen is highly rewarding in itself. It is a wonderful programme and it is brilliant to continue our long relationship with the show”.


Hotel Indigo

We have been involved in many impressive Projects in 2022 and one of the standout Projects for us this year was the Flagship Hotel, Hotel Indigo.
Hotel Indigo is in a prime location in the centre of Kuala Lumpur next to the KL tower. The Roman product selected for the prestigious Hotel was bespoke Liberty Shower Enclosures with incorporated towel rail handle – in Roman’s striking Brushed Brass metal finish.


Cruise Ship Interiors Exhibition

The UK and Europe’s leading shower designer and manufacturer, Roman, exhibited at the Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Europe.

On 30th November and 1st December, Roman exhibited for a second time at Europe’s number one cruise design event, Cruise Ship Interiors Expo at ExCel London. Cruise Ship Interiors Expo is the premier trade fair dedicated exclusively for the marine interior’s community. The show has been created for those working within the cruise interiors industry, including interior designers, architects, outfitters, shipyards and suppliers.

Roman’s exhibition stand brought together different elements of the bathroom to create a tailored and fully integrated solution. Roman was showcasing manufacturing capability with all bays featuring solid surface vanity tops and basins with integrated wooden furniture – all of course alongside a variety of stunning Shower Enclosures in Brushed Brass, Matt Black and Brushed Nickel finishes.

Of particular prominence was the integrated basin and Shower Enclosure for the cruise ship market. A large Shower Enclosure has the side panel as a mirror sitting above an integrated Corian vanity top and basin. A stylish space saving module which delivers a large active showering space on a tight footprint.

David Osborne, Chief Executive Officer at Roman, commented: “Cruise Ship Interiors hosted the entire cruise interiors supply chain under one roof and once again the show delivered some high quality visitors in a very specialised and focused environment.”