The not-to-be missed networking and conference event with debate, advice, interviews, case studies and experts drawn from the cream of the kitchen and bathroom industry
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  • Abacus
  • AEG
  • Britannia
  • Burlington
  • Clearwater
  • Vitra
  • franke
  • Hansgrohe
  • Hettich
  • Keramag Design
  • Laufen
  • Miele
  • Roca
  • Vitra


It’s a not-to-be missed networking and conference event with debate, advice, interviews, case studies and experts drawn from the cream of the kitchen and bathroom industry.

It has been a key part of the industry’s business calendar for over half a decade and has taken various guises over the years but the fundamental principle remains the same – to put on a conference BY the industry FOR the industry.

For 2017 it joins with the legendary kbbreview Retail & Design Awards to run in the same venue on the same date – conference in the day and awards at night.

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Date: March 27th, 2017

Venue: Hilton Birmingham Metropole

A fantastic opportunity to network with an estimated 200 leading retailers and suppliers.

A great programme of case studies, experts and industry leaders sharing best practice, debate and trends.

It’s on the same day and in the same venue as the biggest industry event of the year – the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards. If you’re coming to the awards then get the most value from the day by coming to the conference too.

Join us at the conference, join us at the awards, or join us at both.

Retailers - £69 + VAT
Non-retailers - £149 + VAT

Individual seat - £249 + VAT
Table of ten - £2,350 + VAT

Discounts are available, see website for rates based on combinations of retailers and non-retailers.

Book your place

You can come to just the conference, just the awards or join us for both.

There are discounts available for booking both events, however if you only want to come to the conference, that's absolutely fine there are options for that on the booking page.


Anika Lad
Events Executive
Tel: (020) 8515 2113

Mark Pearson
Operations & Events Director
Tel: (020) 8515 2139

Andrew Davies
Managing Editor
Tel: (020) 8515 2045


Hosted by: Andrew Davies, managing editor, Taylist Media

  • 09:00 - 10:00


    Networking, teas and coffees

  • 10:00 - 10:05


    Host Andrew Davies welcomes delegates

  • 10:05 – 10:35

    KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Jonathon Wagstaff, Alno International chief executive

    Kitchen retail – strategy and opportunity

    Jonathon is the UK head of Alno – and so oversees in-toto, one of the biggest kitchen retail networks in the country. The chain of franchises stretches over nearly 50 stores and in conversation with Andrew Davies he will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the retail sector from both the showroom and supplier perspective.

  • 10:40 - 11:15


    When does room planning become interior design?

    A panel of leading bathroom designers will discuss their real own projects to illustrate how they develop a true bathroom interior design rather than simply plan the room and place products.
    Ruth Bell, Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms
    Roselind Wilson, Roselind Wilson Design
    Hayley Tarrington-Robson, DayTrue

  • 11:15 – 11:40

    Networking coffee break

  • 11:40 – 12:15

    PRESENTATION: The art of the showroom

    Enhancing the retail experience through showroom design

    Pete Champion is director of 3D design at London-based design agency I-AM. He has worked on retail showroom design projects for the likes of Armani, Diesel, Adidas, Carphone Warehouse and Costa Coffee as well as a number of high-profile KBB brands, including C.P. Hart and, most recently Hansgrohe’s ‘Water Studio’ in London.

  • 12:20 – 12:50

    PRESENTATION: The Consumer’s choice

    The latest kitchen and bathroom trends – as chosen by consumers

    Ffion Francis from Houzz will present the key results from the site’s latest consumer survey of kitchen and bathroom design. What are the site’s users viewing the most and what does that tell us about the direction design trends are going?

  • 12:55 – 13:55

    Networking lunch

  • 14:00 – 14:35

    KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Paul Rowland, managing director, C.P. Hart

    Bathroom retail – brand power and adaptation

    C.P. Hart is one of the most respected bathroom retailers in the country and Paul has steered it through some radical changes in the market to seal that leading position. What are the key principles guiding that strategy? How has C.P. Hart changed and adapted with the market while enhancing quality? And how can that be applied to any retailer?

  • 14:40 – 15:15


    How open plan living has revolutionised kitchen design

    A panel of leading kitchen designers will use some of their own projects to illustrate and discuss how the continuing trend for open plan living has changed their approach to design.
    Mark Newbery, Sapphire Space
    Robert Burnett, Holloways of Ludlow
    Julie Otulakowski, Arthouse Creative Interiors

  • 15:20 – 15:50


    How do you make sure your showroom events are a success?

    Three of the country’s leading retailers will use case studies of their own events to reveal the do's and don'ts of planning events, making sure they go like clockwork and generating the valuable leads that make the whole thing worthwhile.
    Alex Newbery, Sapphire Spaces
    Lesley Taylor, Taylors Etc
    Jim Geddes, Kitchens by JS Geddes

  • 15:50 - 16:00

    Summing Up

  • 16:00


    Don't worry! The awards start at 19:00 so you'll have plenty of time to get ready if you're going.

Please note: the conference programme and line-up is subject to change