KBB 2012 is now over, and from our perspective was a successful show that produced some real positives for all exhibitors – the ‘buzz’ factor was evident in bundles. Stands were busy throughout the show until mid-afternoon on closing day and from my various walkabouts, business was being done with sales orders taken, new displays ordered, new contacts made and old acquaintances renewed…it all looks good for the future.
For me, the noticeable difference from KBB London last year was a complete absence of new start business – which can be either good or bad news – depending on your point of view.
The ONLY negative that I heard was that the students who attended the exhibition on the final day were viewed as ‘timewasters’ on several stands, but I did notice Mark David came to their rescue and made them welcome and also informed …..
If that was true, those who shunned these students should feel ashamed of themselves, as they are the future designers, installers, project managers, retailers etc of tomorrow, and we need to encourage them – after all we all now work in a ‘fashion’ industry, and need to promote that to inspire today’s students to become tomorrow’s winners!
The KBSA stand was busy basically from start to finish; we were kept very busy from retailers looking for association membership and corporates looking to engage more with our retail members – which is brilliant news. This will keep us busy for a while now!
We also welcomed back into membership former corporates 2020 Technologies and De Dietrich – which comes hot on the heels of Franke and Articad – who rejoined last month.
It was great to see so many worthy winners at the KBBreview awards, especially KBSA members Kitchens by J S Geddes, Kilmarnock- Kitchen Retailer of the Year and Dewhirst Kitchens of Leicester– Kitchen Customer Service of the Year.
This meant that two of the three ‘kitchen business category’ awards were won by KBSA members…brilliant news, and congratulations to both these members and their teams.
Over 700 people attended this year’s awards dinner and we were pleased to be able to sponsor the Kitchen Product Innovation of the Year Award, which was won by returning Corporate Member – De Dietrich – with their innovative DtiM1000C Piano 'Zoneless' Induction Hob –also one of the star products on their impressive stand at the show. Worthy winners.
We were also able to help a few non-member companies looking to enter or engage more with the KBB market which resulted in new business for some of our corporates. I think this demonstrates how a trade association can become a conduit for positive development within its chosen sector.
All in all, a positive experience while housed for four days in a large metal shed somewhere between Coventry and Birmingham New Street station…but at least the sun is starting to shine again on the KBB industry.
GB The day after it ended!!