The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group (KBBG), part of DER KREIS, hosted its eighth Annual Members’ Meeting this week (13 June).
The event was sponsored by appliance manufacturer, De Dietrich, and took place at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry, which tied in very well with the theme for this year’s conference – which was ‘how is technology changing the business landscape, and what it means for you?’.
KBBG Managing Director, Bill Miller, opened the meeting; he said that DER KREIS has grown substantially across Europe despite the challenging past few years. Then, Vanessa Brady OBE, Founder of Society of British and International Design, gave an informative look into how kitchen specialists and architects can work together. Guests also heard from the event sponsor Michael Boland, De Dietrich, for an overview of the brand’s history and product line-up, which is available to KBBG members.
Following this, Steve Nesbitt, Chief Technologist of the MTC, gave an eye-opening presentation on Net Zero 2050 and the future of construction. In the afternoon, Graeme Wilson from Lead Wolf gave KBBG members and suppliers an exciting first look at the upcoming My Kitchen Specialist website, which will be aimed at consumers and benefit both KBBG members and suppliers. The website will be launching soon.
For the first time ever at the KBBG Annual Members’ Meeting, guests were given the opportunity to attend two workshop sessions of their choice in the afternoon. This gave members and suppliers the opportunity to discuss industry and members’ topics in greater depth. The workshops included ‘KBB Services’ by Simon Acres, ‘Lead Wolf – KBB Digital Marketing Platform’ by Graeme Wilson, ‘Putting the Client First and Foremost’ by Darren Taylor and ‘What Part KBB Retailers Will Need to Play in Modular Construction’ by Steve Nesbitt.
The conference concluded with a final word from Bill Miller and his predictions on the economy and how it will affect the KBB industry in the coming months, giving a positive outlook on the year ahead and closing the event on an optimistic note.
Mr Miller said: “Following the success of last year’s meeting, we wanted to exceed the expectations of our members once again with a variety of engaging speakers and workshops along with another exceptional venue. We hope that our guests found the event to be insightful as well as resourceful and were able to benefit from the networking opportunities and on-the-day offers and promotions from suppliers. We thank our event sponsor and the staff at the MTC for such a memorable day and we look forward to next year’s meeting.”