BiKBBI's full programme for InstallerSHOW announced

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5.6.2024
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As event partner for the Installer Kitchens & Bathrooms attraction at this year’s InstallerSHOW, the British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation is delighted to announce its three-day programme of activity as it makes its show debut.

The InstallerSHOW, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 25-27 June 2024, will launch Installer Kitchens & Bathrooms, a dedicated attraction for KBB installation professionals which promises to deliver three days of immersive content and products from hundreds of brands specifically designed for kitchen and bathroom installers.

BiKBBI’s stand, which forms part of the Kitchen of the Future attraction, will be a hive of activity with content for everyone; installers, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and retailers.

In association with Blum UK, BiKBBI will launch its industry-leading campaign to Fund the Future of Installation. Over the course of show, 50 KBB installation businesses will have their annual BiKBBI registration funded by Blum UK, as the brand leads the way in a new approach to building a more compliant, professional installation community for the future.

BiKBBI will also invite installers, currently registered or considering registration, to join them on their stand for a chat and a ‘Doesn’t COST-A Lot’ coffee, sponsored by sealant specialist, CT1, discussing the benefits and great value that BiKBBI registration delivers, with weekly registration costing less than the price of a cup of posh coffee.

On Wednesday 26th June, manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and retailers are invited to attend BiKBBI’s Breakfast Briefing with CEO Damian Walters, and additionally one of the four BiKBBI Partnership Clinics that will be delivered by the institute’s senior leadership team throughout the day.

 BiKBBI is also teaming up with their strategic partners from across the pond, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) to deliver sessions on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th June, exploring opportunities and trends  from the North American market.

On Thursday 27th June, BiKBBI’s Careers Desk will be open, offering advice, guidance and support for those considering a career in KBB installation, installation businesses interested in taking on an apprentice and for corporate brands looking for ways to support education in the installation sector.

Blum's technical team will also make an appearance at the Kitchen of the Future on Thursday 27th June, demonstrating their Fitters Box - containing all the devices required to make installing Blum's core range as quick and easy as possible, as well as providing more information on Blum's technical support channels.

BiKBBI’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Michelle Daniels, said ‘We are thrilled to be a part of the InstallerSHOW 2024, and to be the event partner for the Installer Kitchens & Bathrooms attraction. Our focus as an institute this year is collaboration, and this show will bring all areas of our sector together without question. The show provides BiKBBI with the rare opportunity to meet with the installation community in volume and in person, as well as with manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and retailers. We have put together a great line up of engagement opportunities for all of our stakeholders and our activities, in addition to the fantastic programme of events that InstallerSHOW and other exhibitors have planned, will no doubt culminate in the event of the year of anyone working in the KBB industry.’

TUESDAY 25 JUNE 2024

10:00-16:00 | Location: Stand 4B19 | Funding the Future of Installation, in association with Blum UK

In a ground-breaking partnership, Blum UK have teamed up with BiKBBI to fund the future for 50 KBB installers by sponsoring their BiKBBI registration. KBB installers are invited to meet the BiKBBI team and discover more about the benefits of registering with the only government-sanctioned institute dedicated to KBB installation and register their interest in registration sponsorship.

10:00- 16:00 | Location: Stand 4B19 | Doesn’t COST-A Lot, sponsored by CT1

Visit BiKBBI’s stand for a free coffee and a chat about the benefits of becoming registered or partnering with the institute to drive positive change in the sector. The invitation is open to all – installation businesses – both registered and non-registered, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and retailers.

15:00-15:45 | Location: Stand 4B19 | NKBA - Understanding the North American Market

A deep dive into the go-to-market options including the role of the designer, showroom, distributors and more.

You can find out more about this session and to book your place here.

15:30-16:15 | Location: Kitchen of the Future | Women in the KBB installation industry – Panel discussion

BiKBBI’s Director of Marketing, Michelle Daniels is joined by female KBB installer Olivia Weaver and Sophie Maguire, a female apprentice plumber, who will share their stories about life as a female fitter in a male dominated work environment, including why they were drawn to the sector and the benefits that a female installation workforce can bring to manufacturers, retailers, installation businesses and consumers.

16:15-17:00 | Location: Kitchen of the Future | Recruitment, apprenticeships and the skills gap

Damian Walters, BiKBBI CEO and Hannah Hockley, Managing Director of The Apprenticeship Partner and chair of the BiKBBI Education Committee and Josh Hudson, Furniture Lead at Rycotewood Furniture Centre, discuss the looming skills gap in the KBB sector and ideas and solutions to start creating a new workforce.

17:00-18:00 | Location: Stand 4B19 | BiKBBI Stakeholders reception drinks

BiKBBI invites registered businesses, corporate sponsors, strategic partners and retail partners to join them for drinks.

WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE 2024

10:00-10:30 | Location: Kitchen of the Future | BiKBBI Breakfast Briefing        

Damian Walters will provide an insight into how manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and retailers can collaborate on the challenges and maximise opportunities within the KBB installation sector. He will also deliver a strategic update on the institute’s progress against its key targets for 2024.

To book your place at the BiKBBI Breakfast Briefing, click here.

10:00-16:00 | Location: Stand 4B19 | Funding the Future of Installation, in association with Blum UK

In a ground-breaking partnership, Blum UK have teamed up with BiKBBI to fund the future for 50 KBB installers by sponsoring their BiKBBI registration. KBB installers are invited to meet the BiKBBI team and discover more about the benefits of registering with the only government-sanctioned institute dedicated to KBB installation and register their interest in registration sponsorship.

10:00- 16:00 | Location: 4B19 | Doesn’t COST-A Lot, sponsored by CT1

Visit BiKBBI’s stand for a free coffee and a chat about the benefits of becoming registered or partnering with the institute to drive positive change in the sector. The invitation is open to all – installation businesses – both registered and non-registered, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and retailers.

10:00-10:45 | Location: 4B19 | NKBA - North American Kitchen and Bath Design Trends – European Design Leads the Look

North American consumers have embraced UK and European design!  Millennials and Gen Z consumers have a strong desire for clean lines, functional spaces and more modular living environments.  They also value products with a provenance and connection to the UK and Europe.  Americans love brand stories!  Hear from Veronika Miller, CEO, M2 Consulting Group and lead consultant for NKBA Global Connect and Sherry Qualls, consultant, M2 Consulting Group and NKBA Global Connect as they share insights from the most recent NKBA Design Trends research.

You can find out more about this session and to book your place here.

11:15-12:00/12:15-13:00 | Location: Stand 4B19 | BiKBBI Partnership Clinic

BiKBBI’s senior leadership team host a round table session exploring how businesses from all areas of the sector can effect positive change on the sector and leverage benefits for their business.

Interested in attending a BiKBBI Partnership Clinic? Register here.

13:00-13:45 | Location: BMA Theatre | Banishing rogue traders; should plumbers and installers be licensed?

In a sector where there are no specific licences to work as a plumber, it can be very hard for consumers to distinguish competent, compliant and professional installers from those who are not. During this conversation, we discuss the enormous benefit that would come with meaningful, industry led registration - and why it should be seen not as a hidden tax on hard working professionals, but instead a way that we can raise standards, banish rogue traders, enhance skills and provide consumers with an informed choice. BiKBBI CEO Damian Walters joins Tom Reynolds, CEO of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association and Kevin Wellman, CEO pf CIPHE.

14:00-14:45/15:15-16:00 | Location: Stand 4B19 | BiKBBI Partnership Clinic

BiKBBI’s senior leadership team host a round table session exploring how businesses from all areas of the sector can effect positive change on the sector and leverage benefits for their business.

Interested in attending a BiKBBI Partnership Clinic? Register here.

THURSDAY 27 JUNE 2024

10:00-16:00 | Location: Stand 4B19 | Funding the Future of Installation, in association with Blum UK

In a ground-breaking partnership, Blum UK have teamed up with BiKBBI to fund the future for 50 KBB installers by sponsoring their BiKBBI registration. KBB installers are invited to meet the BiKBBI team and discover more about the benefits of registering with the only government-sanctioned institute dedicated to KBB installation and register their interest in registration sponsorship.

10:00-10:30 | Location: Kitchen of the Future | The Fitters Box by Blum

Andrew House of Blum's technical team demonstrates the Fitters Box - a must-have piece of kit for installing Blum's core ranges quickly and easily. The session will also include tips and tricks as well an insight into Blum's technical support services.

10:00- 16:00 | Location: Stand 4B19 | Doesn’t COST-A Lot, sponsored by CT1

Visit BiKBBI’s stand for a free coffee and a chat about the benefits of becoming registered or partnering with the institute to drive positive change in the sector. The invitation is open to all – installation businesses – both registered and non-registered, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and retailers.

10:00-14:00 | Location: Stand 4B19 | BiKBBI Futures: Careers Desk

For anyone thinking about a career in KBB installation, the BiKBBI team are on hand to offer advice on how to get started and what the options are when it comes to becoming an installer. From education leavers to those exploring the opportunity to retrain or branch out, the experts will be able to guide you in the right direction.

Perhaps you are a potential apprenticeship employer looking for guidance on how you go about finding and employing an apprentice? Or maybe you are a manufacturer or retailer wanting to play your part in building the future KBB installation workforce? The BiKBBI team will also be available with a wealth of knowledge, experience and insight to share.

Pop by the stand or book an appointment with the Careers Desk here.

If you would like any further information about BiKBBI events during the InstallerSHOW 2024, please email comms@bikbbi.org.uk.

 

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