New categories as entries open for kbbreview Retail & Design Awards 2020

The biggest, longest-running and most prestigious awards event in the kitchen and bathroom industry has opened for entries.

The kbbreview Retail & Design Awards 2020 is in the 26th year of the event and is open to all retailers and designers of kitchens and bathrooms in the UK and Ireland.

It is completely free to enter and all finalists get to attend the glamorous black tie ceremony for free, too.

The closing date for entries is Thursday, November 14, and there will be no extensions after that date.

“It’s always so exciting to launch the awards. It’s never been more popular and the number of entries we get jumps every time,” said kbbreview editor Rebecca Nottingham. “Even after all these years, I’m so impressed by the creativity of the designs and the ingenuity of the retailers. I can’t wait to see what comes through this time around.”

For the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards 2020, exciting new categories are being introduced to reflect the changing market.

Starting a new retail business is always brave, but the industry constantly needs new ideas to evolve, so for 2020 there are two new categories looking to shine a spotlight on the industry entrepreneurs – New Kitchen Retailer of the Year and New Bathroom Retailer of the Year.

We are also celebrating the role independent retailers play in their local area with the Community Champion of the Year award.

The gala event for the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards 2019

“The very best independent kitchen and bathroom retailers play a massive part in their local community by actively working to help improve the local environment and raising money and awareness for local causes,” said Nottingham. “We want to hear the stories of those retailers who truly understand the importance of thinking local.”

But that’s not all. To mark this new category, the four finalists will each receive a substantial donation to a charity of their choice – £500 for the three finalists and £1,000 for the winner.

We also want to acknowledge the vital human connection between suppliers and retailers. For the vast majority of retailers, the brands they work with are embodied by the rep that visits them in person – they are the experts, trainers, fixers, sounding boards, advisers and friends that help make a retail business thrive.

In 2020, we want to recognise the contribution they make by introducing the Kitchen Supplier Sales Rep of the Year and Bathroom Supplier Sales Rep of the Year categories at the awards.

The criteria will not look specifically at sales performance, but rather at how they have gone above and beyond for their retailers and acted as true brand ambassadors. This is a great opportunity for brands to put forward their best people and celebrate the relationships they have with their customers.

The kbbreview Retail & Design Awards 2020 event will be held on Monday, March 2, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole alongside the kbb Birmingham exhibition.

To find out all about entering the awards, the categories, judging process and how to book your seats and tables at the event go to
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