The owner of worktop specialist The Marble Group was the lucky winner of the special £5,000 prize giveaway, sponsored by Virtual Worlds, at last night’s kbbreview Retail & Design Awards 2022.
Just before the retail and design awards were given out, Theo Constanti, owner of The Marble Group, was the lucky winner of the prize after the audience took part in a specially devised game. While accepting the £5,000 from host Vernon Kay and Virtual Worlds managing director Nathan MacLean, Constanti announced that he would donate the money to a those affected by the war in Ukraine.
“Our customer Colour House Interiors was on our table and one of its directors, Lily Murray, is from Ukraine,” said Constanti. “So, I knew what I was going to do with the money if I won. We do loads of charitable work like working with a lot of schools and making donations. It’s part of what we do as a business. It’s all about community and kindness – all part of our own values. There’s a lot of people suffering at the moment, so they need our support.”
The specific charity or crisis fund the funds will be donated to is still to be decided, but in yet another generous gesture, John Murray, managing director of Colour House Interiors said the company will match Constanti’s £5,000 donation.
The kbbreview Retail & Design Awards is the most prestigious and longest-running industry awards that celebrate the best retailers, designers and key players in the KBB industry. Last night’s show chocolate and sweet-themed party delighted guests with its spectacular visuals and a guest appearance from a Willy Wonka. Andrew Davies, managing editor of Taylist Media, welcomed everyone to the event and the awards were hosted by TV presenter Vernon Kay. After the vent, guests were invited to the Quooker Club, an 80s-themed disco courtesy of Quooker.
Speaking about the evening event, Constanti said: “The awards were incredible. The food was great, the host was excellent, and there was a real energy in the room. It was great to connect with customers and suppliers. We all work hard so it was nice to let our hair down and relax.”
Pictured left to right: Theo Constanti (The Marble Group), Vernon Kay (TV presenter), Nathan MacLean (Virtual Worlds)