BiKBBI Guest Blog

Death, taxes & other life certainties

Death, taxes & other life certainties  By Yvonne Orgill, CEO at The Bathroom Manufacturers Association:  Benjamin Franklin once said that there are two certainties in life. Death and Taxes. But there is actually a third, which is that our earth’s resources are finite....

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Finally, some news!

Finally, some news! By Damian Walters, BiKBBI Chief Executive:    You may have read in a kbbreview article that a so called ‘row’ has developed regarding the topic of installation and installers. kbbreview columnist and independent retailer Trevor Scott of Rugby...

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Why I did it…

Why I did it...  By Billy Quinn, Managing Director, Central Compliance UK & Non-Exec Chair of The Furniture Ombudsman:  On a few occassions I have been asked why I presented at KBB Birmingham and so highly recommended the British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom &...

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Is natural best?

Is natural best?  By Ruby Larvin, Marketing Communications manager, Wilsonart:  Laminate or natural stone? When it comes to premium kitchens and the most suitable worktops, your initial thought may be natural stone. Materials such as marble, granite and quartz offer...

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Dreaming of Cameron Diaz

Dreaming of Cameron Diaz:  By Peter Jones, Managing Director at Foyne Jones:  I woke this morning all a fluster... Embarrassed, confused and yearning for Cameron. That’s right, last night I dreamt about Cameron Diaz but more bizarrely she was designing my kitchen!...

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Alan’s story

Alan's story  By Stephen Syrett, Marketing Director at Mobility Group:  We want to get to know our fitters better and so we decided to make a few on site visits to get to know a few of them and understand their values and motivation for working with us. We caught up...

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Making kitchens accessible to all

Making kitchens accessible to all  By James Dadd, Marketing Director at AKW With 18% of the UK population aged 65 and over and this figure predicted to rise over the coming years, it is no surprise that the market for accessible kitchens and bathrooms is on the...

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Small businesses small acorns

Small businesses, small acorns By Stephen Metcalfe MP (& BiKBBI Patron);  Small businesses are at the heart of our economy and I am passionate about helping them thrive. There were a record 5.5 million private sector businesses at the start of 2016, accounting for...

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Waste matters

Waste worth considering  By Harry Lloyd – Head of Marketing: These days, it can be confusing to know where to dispose of all the different types of household and non-household waste. With many restrictions at recycling centres, which differ by county or local...

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Selling reality

Selling reality By Ian Price, Retail Installation Manager & BiKBBI Inspector:  Over the years I have completed upwards of 5,000 site inspections, worked with countless great installers and well over 100 fabulous Design consultants, so it’s safe to say that I’ve been...

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Responsive sites are imperative

Responsive websites  By Polar Creative's Lee Sturgess:  Why tradespeople need a fast and responsive web design. Improve user experience and engagement with your website on any device.Stay visible in search and enhance your conversion rates with a responsive web design...

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Gas safety is paramount

Gas safety is paramount   By Abrar Hussain-Aziz, Stakeholder Manager at Gas Safe Register:  So what is Gas Safe Register?In 2009, Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI as the registration body for all gas engineers in the UK. This means that anyone working on gas legally...

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Protection is a no-brainer

It's all about protection  By Andrew Kaye, chief executive of Transpact.com:  End each year Thousands of Pounds Richer... ...
Installers are ending each year hundreds or thousands of pounds richer simply by using escrow as the job’s payment method. If you are not yet...

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It’s all a myth…

Busting the myths: Smart Showers By Vicky Daniels, Channel Marketing Manager at Aqualisa Showers.In 2001 Aqualisa invented the first digital shower; we have since renamed our digital showers to ‘smart’ to reflect more accurately the unique functionality and...

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Welfare support for the KBB industry

Welfare support for the KBB industry By Jonny Westbrooke, chief executive at The Furniture Makers’ Company: We have a natural propensity to believe nothing bad will ever happen to us. We go through life with blinkers on, naively thinking that we’re immune to the...

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Mistakes can lead to more business

Mistakes can lead to more business  By Richard Renouf, Industry Expert: White ceramic tiled floor, white units with white handles, white laminate worktops, a white oven and hob, white wall tiles and white textured ceiling; and the fridge? Yes, that’s white, too! This...

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10 reasons why you need a professional web presence

10 Reasons why you need a professional website  By Lee Sturgess, Polar Creative: In this digital age, it is imperative that trade professionals market their services online. Gone are the days of the Yellow Pages and direct mail, today it’s all about the website, and...

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Proactive, not reactive

Proactive, not reactive By Damian Walters, BiKBBI Chief Executive: The introduction of a new debt recovery protocol in October will guide businesses (including sole traders) through a process that is designed to reduce the number of cases reaching the court system....

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