Kbsa National Meeting - Final Speakers confirmed 13
Aug '14

The KBSA have announced 2 more speakers for their AGM & National meeting being held this year on 23rd September at The Welcombe Hotel in Stratford on Avon. Elaine Cowan is an experienced showroom and interior designer, and this fits within the overall meeting theme of ‘Building a more profitable future together ‘ and showroom design is one of the key elements a retailer needs to understand.

Elaine has extensive experience working with some of the most prestigious kitchen and bedroom brands. For 25 years she was co-owner and designer at Glasgow-based Cameron Interiors, selling Bulthaup and Pronorm kitchen brands, and latterly added a Bulthaup studio in Edinburgh. For the last three years she’s combined designing showroom displays for Pronorm’s UK and Irish dealers with private consultancy work for retailers across the UK and beyond. Elaine has been sponsored by Franke, a KBSA Corporate member, and was part of their recently successful ‘More in Store’ showroom design event.

Richard Flower, Director of Ashford Kitchens and Interiors, is a longstanding member of the KBSA, and has recently opened a second showroom in Farnham Common. As a family business, they have undertaken a complete business review in 2014 which resulted in a new showroom design, new website, with social media campaigns, all of which have resulted in business improvements that justify the overall expenditure. Richard will be telling his story which will undoubtedly give members even more food for thought.

Elaine and Richard will join Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director of Dulux, and Design Director of the Dulux Design Service, who will talk about their recently announced partnership with the KBSA, as well as colour palettes, and keynote speaker, Ben Kench, business guru and author of the acclaimed ‘Selling for dummies’ who will be giving delegates his own experiences in helping others build a business.

Graham Ball, Chief Executive Officer, said ‘I am grateful to Franke for sponsoring Elaine, and this final line up we now have for this year’s AGM & National Meeting is really exciting, and will provide inspiration and ideas for all members. These speakers will be giving their experiences that will be of real value. Our theme is about helping members to review where they are now, and what they might consider doing to improve their future – and I can’t wait to hear them all. It will be a fantastic event, and I would urge members to book now, as we are well ahead of last year’s numbers already!’’.

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