The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BIKBBI) has revealed plans to strengthen its ties to the US in 2022.
BiKBBI CEO Damian Walters told kbbreview that further collaboration between the BIKBBI and America’s National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), “gives us an opportunity to learn from shared challenges like compliance and the skills gap”.
The organisation’s plans for expansion in the US could, Walters added, “help strengthen ties at a critical time, as trade with the US market is vital in a post-Brexit Britain”.
The BiKBBI has been involved with the NKBA’s Global Connect Conference and Alliance program.
Full details of its plans for expansion into the US will be announced at the BIKBBI’s Annual Conference and Awards in February 2022. The conference will be held in the Parliamentary office at Portcullis House, followed by a formal reception and awards ceremony will be at The Houses of Parliament later that afternoon.
During the conference, the institute will also reveal plans for the acceleration of its Apprenticeship programme, which has been a focus to help plug the skills gap in the UK.
Joined by the institute’s patron Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, the event will be attended by over 150 VIP delegates, which is double capacity of last year’s conference due to the BiKBBI’s recent growth.
Walters said: “2021/22 marks our 15th Anniversary – a remarkable milestone and another proud moment for me and the organisation. We are privileged to be in a position to hold our event at such a venue once again and I’m already looking forward to hosting what will be a remarkable occasion for our industry.”
“After what has been a challenging time for us all, this special event will mix the formalities of Conference, with some much-needed celebration. We have achieved so much over the last year, not by luck, but by sheer determination, focus and the support of our key stakeholders. It’s our opportunity to share plans with this group, celebrate some phenomenal achievements and thank those who have made it possible. This will be an event to remember.”
The BiKBBI is offering unique sponsorship opportunities for its 2022 Awards & Conference – details of which can be obtained from [email protected]