Posted 13th Jul 2017

KBSA 'has offered support' for In-toto and Alno retailers

By KBBDaily on 13th July 2017 - 15:16pm

The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association – KBSA – has “offered support” to In-toto and Alno retailers following the news that Alno AG has submitted an application for self-administration, with KBSA national chair Richard Hibbert stating that the organisation and management of In-toto UK have come to an “amicable” agreement to terminate In-toto UK's group membership at the end of July.

Following its parent company's announcement, Alno UK released a statement clarifying that Alno AG's subsidiaries – including Alno UK and German subsidiary Pino Küchen – are “outside the scope” of Alno AG's insolvency proceedings with the German Court.

“We reacted quickly to contact all our members to offer any support and advice they may need,” said Hibbert. “Whilst Alno has been in a similar situation before with little repercussions in the UK market, it pays to be prepared. Indeed the KBSA and the management of In-toto UK have already agreed on an amicable separation with their group membership being terminated the end of July 2017.

“All individual In-toto members have been invited to re-apply for KBSA membership in their own right and a significant number have indicated that they wish to take up our offer. We are committed to ensuring a speedy and efficient sign up so that retailers can offer their customers much needed reassurance during what may be an uncertain time.”

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