KBBG partnership will support showrooms, says KBSA

KBSA chairman Richard Hibbert from KSL in Sudbury
Richard Hibbert, national chair of the KBSA

Richard Hibbert, national chair of the KBSA, has said that the organisation’s recently announced partnership with the KBBG will enable both groups to “provide the very best support for showrooms”.

Last week it was announced that buying group KBBG would be partnering with the retailers’ association, with members of each group being encouraged to join the other, and KBBG members able to receive a 50% discount on KBSA membership.

Following the announcement, Hibbert said: “This partnership is great news for members of both organisations as there are clear benefits in supporting each other.

“The Kbsa and Der Kreis KBBG are both quite different organisations, yet they have a similar philosophy of allowing retailers to retain their absolute independence and clear identity within a no-binding support network.

“The services that the Kbsa provide are complimentary to those provided by Der Kreis KBBG, and the discounts, rebates and special deals available through the partnership will enhance profitability for retailers.

“A collaborative approach which encompasses the leading knowledge of supplier relationships and purchasing processes offered by Der Kreis KBBG, complimented by comprehensive business support services and consumer facing support from the Kbsa, as a registered government endorsed TrustMark scheme provider, provide the very best support for showrooms.

“The time is right for members to gain from the arrangement, and with KBBG becoming a corporate member of the Kbsa, the partnership will continue to grow and strengthen for the benefit of all.”

Along with the partnership announcement, Bill Miller, managing director of the KBBG, said he had hope that the fortunes of the KBB sector were likely to improve in the near future. Earlier this month, the KBSA also revealed the finalists for this year’s Designer Awards.

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