The KBSA has claimed it would be difficult for Alno to recover from its current situation in light of the recent news that it has suspended production in Germany.
It has also reiterated its support for in-toto and Alno dealers and has urged the industry to “pull together” to support these retailers in this uncertain time.
“The signs are that the situation is progressing in a direction that will be hard to recover from and many Alno dealers and in-toto retailers have taken legal advice,” commented KBSA national chair Richard Hibbert (pictured).
“We reacted quickly when the news first broke in July and offered fast-track membership to any in-toto dealers that had previously been covered by the in-toto group membership.
“We currently have more than 20 showrooms, the majority are still in-toto dealers but some have left the franchise, that have joined or are in the process of joining.
“As members, these dealers have access to our free legal helpline alongside many other business benefits, such as comprehensive terms and conditions that will help them trade independently of the in-toto group.
“We would encourage everyone in the industry to pull together and do what they can to support these retailers during this difficult period.”
It was confirmed last month that four in-toto showrooms had left the franchise to trade independently.
In-toto Beverley and Halifax are now trading as Tolle Kitchens and in-toto Salisbury has become at.twenty.one.interiors, while Sutton Coldfield is now trading as Qudaus Living.