Delegates hit 200 for kbbreview Retail & Design Conference

A record 200 delegates have already signed up for the kbbreview Retail & Design Conference, which takes place on Monday, March 27, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

Organisers are strongly urging anyone who has not booked yet to do so before the weekend to ensure their place is confirmed.

“The booking system will remain open over Saturday and Sunday, but we’ll be unable to answer any queries directly, so we do recommend securing your place before close of business on Friday [24],” said kbbreview managing editor and event host Andrew Davies.

The full-day programme of discussion and expert advice focuses on forward-thinking and business success for UK kitchen and bathroom retailers.

The annual event takes place on the same date and at the same venue as the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards. The conference runs between 10am and 4pm, and the awards from 7pm to 2am.

Sessions include keynote on-stage interviews on retail strategies with Paul Rowland, CP Hart managing director contracts, and Alno International chief executive Jonathon Wagstaff who, among many other responsibilities, oversees the 50-strong chain of in-toto franchises.

Other retail speakers include showroom guru Pete Champion, who has completed projects for the likes of Armani, Diesel, Adidas, Carphone Warehouse and Costa Coffee, as well as a number of high-profile KBB brands including, most recently, Hansgrohe’s ‘Water Studio’ in London.

A special workshop session will also examine how to run successful showroom events, with retailers Sapphire Spaces, Taylors Etc and Kitchens by JS Geddes using real case studies of their own events to highlight the dos and don’ts.

There will be workshop sessions on bathroom interior design, as well as open-plan kitchens, also using real projects from leading designers. There’ll also be an exclusive presentation from Houzz on the results of its latest kitchen and bathroom consumer surveys.

“It’s shaping up to be a great day of retail and design experts, with real and practical insight into the front line of the kitchen and bathroom market,” said Davies. “It’s especially significant this year because, for the first time, we’re combining the conference with the awards in the same venue for those who want to come to both.”

Retailers can attend for £69 (+VAT) and non-retailers for £149 (+VAT).

To see the full programme and book your place, go to

The booking system for the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards closes today, Thursday, March 23, at midday. If you would still like to book, and for any other awards queries, call Anika on 020 8515 2113 or [email protected].

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