The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) has announced a partnership with Age UK Trading CIC (Community Interest Company) – a trading subsidiary of Age UK.
It will see the BiKBBI assist Age UK CIC in its mission to support the country’s older population, specifically in the bathroom environment.
The BiKBBI will help Age UK and its product partner Handicare develop its bathroom position, playing a key role in the independent accreditation of installation businesses that serve the consumer.
This will include the support of due diligence, training and development, vetting and on-site auditing.
BiKBBI chief executive Damian Walters (pictured) said: “It is clear that our joint goal should be the provision of product, services and an open and informative sales process that will help the older population to live full and happy lives within their own homes for as long as humanly possible. But clearly, as we age, we must plan for the future and ensure that our living spaces are designed and installed with mobility, accessibility and future-proofing in mind.
“I’m personally looking forward to working with our latest strategic partner at Age UK Trading CIC. This is a great organisation that is very relevant to not only our sector, but also to us all as individuals. The industry has a lot to offer, with great innovation, products and passion, so if we can help connect it with those who would benefit from it, then we’re more than happy to facilitate.”
Speaking on behalf of Age UK Trading CIC, David Hales, head of affinity and product development, said: “The BiKBBI provide an invaluable service to the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom industry, and are at the forefront of the drive to improve standards across the sector – a desire that we also share.”
He added: “BiKKBI can provide support and guidance in a wide variety of areas, from training and development to performance management, all with the aim of ensuring customers receive the very best service. We’re sure that this relationship can only benefit Age UK Easy Bathing customers, and underlines Age UK Trading CIC’s desire to provide a market-leading service for people in later life.”