Richard Hibbert

Richard Hibbert is the national chair of the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association – KBSA – and managing director of The Kitchen Showroom in Sudbury

Better Together: the KBSA AGM and National Conference 2017

Posted 25th Sep 2017

As the summer holiday season comes to a close and our industry gets back to work, we begin one of the busiest times of the year for retailers as we approach Christmas. It is also a popular time of year for conferences and events, which can mean difficult decisions for business owners that want to take time out but find it difficult to leave the showroom during this important period.

For me, it is not such a difficult decision. I am a strong believer in lifelong learning and as chair of the KBSA, I have been working hard to present a national conference which is relevant and will prove beneficial to our members.

As a business owner myself, I understand the pressures of running a showroom, so I know that the content of any event has to be outstanding and worthwhile for it to be a success.

I am confident that this year’s AGM and national conference will be our best yet. It is jam packed with opportunities for showroom owners to learn, network and take away valuable information that will benefit their businesses.

We have a fantastic line-up of speakers that will cover three key areas of business. Richard Askam will talk about business strategy, Michael Holmes will cover kitchen design and our keynote speaker, Sir Clive Woodward will present on a theme of teamwork and working ‘Better Together’, the overall theme of our conference.

This year for the first time, there is a retailer dinner the night before the conference that is free for retailer members to attend. This special dinner provides an opportunity for members to hear from headline sponsors NEFF and Blum. Simon Jones will present on a subject of ‘Seamless Living’ and David Sanders on ‘Closing the Gap’. This represents a fantastic opportunity for retailers to get a unique insight from two of the industry’s leading players.

Retailers will also have the opportunity to meet all of the sponsor as part of the ‘Meet the Corporate’ initiative taking place on the morning of 3rd October. Key sponsors include Britannia, Clear/QANW, Cosentino, Whirlpool, Omega and PWS.

In addition, KBSA suppliers will host business briefing sessions covering key topics such as legal services, insurance, social media, digital services and PR. Fiona Boswell from Fraser Brown will be available to present the new terms and conditions, with preview copies available.

The conference will be followed by the KBSA networking dinner; the highlight of this evening session will be the presentation of the Designer & Excellence Awards, followed by superb food and entertainment.

The 2017 KBSA AGM, National Conference and Designer & Excellence Awards take place on the 3rd October at the Welcombe Hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

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