In partnership with The Chartered Trading Standards Institute and Virtual College, BiKBBI launched its CPD (Continual Professional Development) portal, for members and non-members. The portal is sponsored by industry giant Blum.

In March, BiKBBI became Corporate Members of The Furniture Makers Company – The industry charity that works on education and welfare. Also in March, the board of directors is strengthened as John Peerless and Vince Linnane join as non-executives.

In April, BiKBBI conducted a survey ahead of the BREXIT referendum with its members – members forecasted a BREXIT vote.

In June, BiKBBI agreed a long-term strategic safety partnership with NICEIC and ELECSA, working together on electrical safety messaging for both members and their customers.

In July, BiKBBI hosted its tenth anniversary reception at The Houses of Parliament – attended by Patron Stephen Metcalfe MP and a host of industry representatives. BiKBBI CEO Damian Walters warned the industry of a pending skills shortage following the government commissioned Farmer Report. Damian called for the industry to collaborate on finding a solution to the challenge.

Also in July, iKBBI announced a partnership with Care after Combat UK - a UK registered charity providing professional assistance for the well being of military Veterans and their families.

In August, the iKBBI proudly launched their online Continual Professional Development (CPD) website this week, urging tradesmen to sharpen up their customer service skills and learn more about their contractual obligations. Additionally in August, iKBBI CEO Damian Walters issued a stark industry warning, expressing his concern over the current UK skills gap within the KBB Industry.

In October, The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers (iKBBI) became The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) as it receives permission from the Secretary of State to use its new British status.

In November, the industry assembled as installation leaders came together to discuss education within the sector.

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