The Kbsa Conference 2022 will be held on Wednesday 28 September 2022 at The Belfry Hotel & Resort, West Midlands.

The format will include the popular retailer dinner on the evening before the conference, Tuesday 27 September, which has become a firm favourite with retailers who appreciate the opportunity to network with other business owners and build relationships. Arriving the night before the conference is also popular as it means delegates can be fresh and ready at the venue the next morning.

The programme for the day of 28th September includes will cover key topics that impact the successful running of a retail business.  These will include the skills shortage and how to tackle it, training for business owners, profitability, and sustainability. 

We have opened up the conference for the first time to allow all retailers, not just Kbsa members, especially those retailers that are part of our global community, to benefit from the networking and learning opportunities the conference presents.

Keynote Speaker - Kate Ancketill

Leading business futurist and thought leader Kate Ancketill will present the keynote speech at the 2022 Kitchen and Bathroom conference.

Kate is founder at GDR Creative Intelligence, a London based retail trend consultancy, delivering the insight that unlocks and empowers innovation. She works with researchers, insight professionals and consultants to generate highly curated storylines on innovation within global retail with a short to medium-term focus.

With more than 21 years of experience in trends affecting business sectors and consumer behaviour, Kate shares her visionary insights around the world. She is the innovation partner to around 30 of the world’s largest consumer brands, supplying market leading consultancy and professional speaking to P&G, Tesco, Waitrose, Target, Sephora, Microsoft and Google. In 2017, she was the keynote speaker on trends at the world’s largest retail conference, the National Retail Federation in January 2017 in New York.

Conference Facilitator

Throughout the day there will also be a number of guest speaker segments with Juliet Morris named as the conference host. As host Juliet will welcome the guests at the start of the conference and introduce each of the speakers and elements throughout the day. Juliet will also facilitate the Big Kitchen and Bathroom debate in the afternoon.  This will bring together retailers and others involved in the industry to consider some of the most important challenges facing the sector.

Juliet Morris

Juliet is a journalist and broadcaster whose credits include BBC Breakfast and BBC News for whom she presented numerous documentaries and current affairs programmes. She was a regular contributor to Countryfile and also presented all three series of the acclaimed House Detective.

Current confirmed guest speakers for the 28th of September include:

Dr Martin Littlewood - Performance psychologist.

Martin is recognised as a consultant in professional football for developing and supporting individuals, teams and organisations on performance, leadership, identity and culture.
Martin has worked in the English Premier League for 17 years and has worked with clubs such as Bolton Wanderers FC, Everton FC and Leicester City FC, as well as top 10 ranked professional golfers.

Rico Wojtulewicz - Head of Housing and Planning Policy, National Federation of Builders

NFBs head of housing and planning sits on various government and industry boards including those dealing with new build, retrofit and planning and has been on a seven year mission to ensure policy enables opportunity, rather than creating new barriers. Although predominantly known for representing housebuilders, Rico sits on various other Construction Leadership Council (CLC) groups, such as for Repair, Maintenance and Improvement (RMI), as well as plethora of other groups, eg:energy, to help fix British productivity. He views his role as representing his members and the construction sector honestly and that dedication has gained him a reputation as ‘not backward in coming forward'.

Rico's presentation is titled ‘How government can help the housing industry be more productive (by getting out of the way)’


Andy McLachlan – Facilitator of Positive Change

Andy is a published author, entrepreneur and business and leadership coach. He is an advocate for positive change and his mission is to help change business culture and create noble leaders of industry who lead by example, empower their team and build amazing businesses and brands. His aim is to inspire people to be the best version of themselves, without limits, to create explosive growth. 

Andy's presentation is titled “Great People for Amazing profit” and he will discuss how leading businesses across the world are learning to better connect with both staff and customers to drive their success and profit.

The Kbsa designer awards dinner will be held on Wednesday 28 September, when the winners will be announced from this year’s shortlist.

This year’s awards will be hosted by British comic actress and writer Sally Phillips.

Sally initially found fame as was one of the four female writers and performers behind Channel 4‘s award-winning comedy sketch show, ‘Smack the Pony!’. She went on to play Shazza in all 3 Bridget Jones’s Diary films, and was also a regular in hit US series, ‘Veep’ as well as appearing in ‘Miranda’ on UK screens. On radio, she was the eponymous character in Radio 4’s ‘Clare in the Community’ while on on a more serious note, she presented the documentary series ‘A World Without Down’s Syndrome?’. She is currently appearing in the film ‘How to Please a Woman’.

To book your place please download and complete the appropriate booking form and return to or for further information please email Dawn or contact the Kbsa Head Office on 01623 818808