Damian Walters

BiKBBI set to unveil ‘pioneering’ innovation for installer industry

The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) will make an announcement at its annual conference in January that it hopes will be a “game-changer” for the industry.

The association will hold its annual conference at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

The organisation, which will celebrate its 13th year since launch next year, suggested that the 2019 event will be “extraordinary”, as it plans to make a very special announcement, which will be broadcast across its social media channels.

Chief executive Damian Walters (pictured), one of three original founders of the Government-sanctioned institute in 2006, said: “Suppliers, distributors, manufacturers and retailers continually innovate with a fast-changing portfolio of stunning customer propositions. But installation has quite simply failed to keep up with this innovation.”

He added: “There have been singular, defining moments that have changed the face of other industries, most of which have been driven by technology.

“Our announcement in January, which has been the culmination of five years’ work, has the potential to be a game-changer here in the United Kingdom, answering many of the challenges that our industry faces relating to installation”.

The event will be hosted by BiKBBI patron and MP Stephen Metcalfe.

Walter said the BiKBBi announcement would “not disappoint”.

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“Our journey has had a number of ups and downs, but I am more than confident that this will elevate our profile and demonstrate our forward thinking.

“It’s not quite a Mars landing, but I believe our announcement is as pioneering in our world.”

Last month, BiKBBI appointed experienced retail installation manager Michael Burke to head up its new apprenticeship programme. He said: “I’ve been in admiration of what BiKBBI is achieving in the field of education and I am delighted to now have the opportunity to be part of this incredibly important initiative.”

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