WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

The kbbreview Retail & Design Awards are a celebration of the very best retailers, designers and manufacturers in the kitchen and bathroom industry. They are by far the longest running and most prestigious awards in the sector and 2019 sees us mark 25 years of the event.

Our categories are split into two disciplines – retail and design. They are open to any retailers, designers and manufacturers of kitchen and bathroom projects in the UK and Ireland. Independents, multiples and franchisees are all welcome to enter and it’s totally FREE.

The design categories are open to ANY designers of kitchen and bathroom projects that have been installed in a real residential home. In other words, they are not for concept or showroom designs. However, one-off designs for a showhome or developer are eligible for the design awards.

The categories are:

  • Kitchen Designer of the Year: project cost over £50,000
  • Kitchen Designer of the Year: project cost £30,000 - £50,000
  • Kitchen Designer of the Year: project cost up to £30,000
  • Bathroom Designer of the Year: project cost over £25,000
  • Bathroom Designer of the Year: project cost £10,000 - £25,000
  • Bathroom Designer of the Year: project cost up to £10,000

You can enter as many categories as you like but only one design per category.

The judges score each design project against these criteria. Each carries an equal weight towards the final score.

  • Aesthetics
  • Meeting and exceeding the brief
  • Problem solving
  • Product and material choice
  • Unique ideas and initiative
  • Value for money

This means that judges are principally looking for how well it has served the customer who has paid for it. They are not concerned with whether it is contemporary or traditional in style, for instance.

It is also worth noting that judges do NOT consider writing ability or photography quality in their deliberations but obviously the words and photos need to clearly get the project details across as well as possible.

The retail categories reward the very best retailers and showrooms and are open to ANY retailers of kitchens and bathrooms in the UK and Ireland. Multiple retailers MUST choose one specific showroom to enter e.g. your flagship store, or latest opening.

The categories are:

  • Kitchen Retailer of the Year
  • Kitchen Showroom of the Year
  • Bathroom Retailer of the Year
  • Bathroom Showroom of the Year

The Retailer of the Year awards are for the best all round retailers looking at factors including business success, marketing, showroom, customer service and after-sales. The Showroom of the Year categories look specifically at how well designed showrooms are and their effectiveness for the target market.

One entry form puts you forward for both the Retailer of the Year and Showroom of the Year categories.

RETAILER OF THE YEAR

The judges score each retailer against the following criteria. Each carries an equal weight towards the final score.

  • Demonstrable business success
  • Staff policies and training
  • Marketing to target audience (includes online)
  • Unique ideas and initiative
  • Showroom effectiveness for target audience
  • Product and supplier choice for target audience What judges do NOT include in their deliberations:
  • Size of company – They judge the business on its merits not its size.
  • Size of turnover – They are not looking for who is making the most money. Business success is relative to circumstance.
  • Market position – Premium, mid-market or entry level retailers have as much chance as each other. The key is the definition of target audience.
  • Writing ability and photography quality

SHOWROOM OF THE YEAR

The judges score each showroom against the following criteria. Each carries an equal weight towards the final score.

  • Layout
  • Effective use of space available
  • Customer journey
  • Displays and product choice
  • Unique ideas and initiative
  • Effectiveness as sales tool
  • Customer presentation areas
  • Housekeeping

What judges do NOT include in their deliberations:

  • Showroom size – No more weight is given to big showrooms than small
  • Overall business success – It is purely about the showroom design
  • Market position – Premium, mid-market or entry level retailers have as much chance as each other. The key is the definition of target audience.
  • Writing ability and photography quality

The closing date is midday on November 22nd 2018 – please note that there will be NO extensions!

Absolutely nothing, it is completely FREE to enter.

In fact, unlike some other awards, if you’re shortlisted as a finalist you will get to come to the awards event for free too!

The judging process for the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards is unique in its focus and detail. We have several stages to make sure the entering is easy but winning is hard!

In the design categories, the submitted entries are viewed by a panel of expert judges and narrowed down to four finalists per category. Those finalists are then invited to London to make an in-person 15-minute presentation.

In the retail categories, the submitted entries are also viewed by an expert judging panel. They choose four finalists for each category and then, over the course of several weeks, each one is visited by a judge to see the business up close and really understand how it ticks.

No other awards in the kitchen and bathroom industry has this two-stage judging process that truly allows the judges to get up close to the designers and retailers.

All the finalists are invited to the black-tie awards ceremony on Thursday, April 4th, 2019 at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.

No, there are three awards given out at the event that do not require entries to be submitted.

The Kitchen Customer Service of the Year and Bathroom Customer Service of the Year finalists and winners are chosen by the famous kbbreview Mystery Shopper from the best showrooms he’s visited in the previous 12 months.

The Special Achievement Award is chosen by the editorial team of kbbreview and goes to an outstanding individual who has made a significant contribution to the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom industry.

Here’s a rundown of all the kbbreview Retail & Design Award winners for 2018.

Bathroom Designer of the Year: project cost up to £10,000
Tim Spiller and Liam Bennett – Crawford Partnership Architects, London

Kitchen Designer of the Year: project cost up to £30,000
Diane Berry – Diane Berry Kitchens, Manchester

Bathroom Designer of the Year: project cost £10,000 to £25,000
Kia Stanford and Alex Reichardt – Kia Designs, London

Kitchen Designer of the Year: project cost £30,000 to £50,000
Rhiannon Phenis – Sola Kitchens, London

Bathroom Designer of the Year: project cost over £25,000
Pippa Paton – Pippa Paton Design, Oxford

Kitchen Designer of the Year: project cost over £50,000
Julia Brown – Mowlem & Co, Newcastle

Special Achievement Award
KBSA

Bathroom Product Innovation of the Year
ShowerHeaven 1200/300 4jet by Axor

Kitchen Product Innovation of the Year
Fusics Table by Schott Ceran

Bathroom Customer Service of the Year
Victor Paris Bathrooms, Edinburgh

Kitchen Customer Service of the Year
Orwells Furniture, Ipswich

Bathroom Showroom of the Year
The Bathroom Company, Edinburgh

Kitchen Showroom of the Year
KC Design House, Yorkshire

Bathroom Retailer of the Year
Laings, Inverurie

Kitchen Retailer of the Year
Kitchens by JS Geddes, Kilmarnock

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Kitchen Designer of the Year: project cost £30,000 – £50,000
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Kitchen Designer of the Year: project cost up to £30,000
Bathroom Designer of the Year: project cost up to £10,000
Kitchen Product Innovation of the Year
Bathroom Product Innovation of the Year
Kitchen Customer Service of the Year
Bathroom Customer Service of the Year
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ENTER THE AWARDS NOW

Entering the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards is really easy and you can do it all online.

Our entry process allows you to log in and out of your own account and keep adding or changing your entry until you’re happy with it.
All you have to do is make sure you hit that ‘submit’ button before the closing date of midday on November 22nd!

Create an account

When you click on the lever you’ll be taken through to the entry pages – the first thing you’ll need to do is create an account, this is how you’ll be able to return and update your entry at another time or enter multiple categories.


Follow the simple instructions

Once you have an account all you need to do is follow the rest of the onscreen instructions

TIP: Before you start and to help you work out what information you might need, take a peek at the questions you'll be asked on the online entry form by clicking on the relevant link below:

Kitchen Retailer of the Year/Kitchen Showroom of the Year
Bathroom Retailer of the Year/Bathroom Showroom of the Year
Kitchen Designer of the Year
Bathroom Designer of the Year
Product Innovation of the Year


Pull the lever to start the entry processing machine

...and good luck

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So, why Manchester?

To celebrate the 25th year of the event, we’re moving to a completely new city – Manchester. The kbbreview Retail & Design Awards has always celebrated winners and finalists from across the UK & Ireland so we’re going on the road to take the celebrations to the North West.

Manchester is a proudly working city, with a huge industrial heritage and an exciting, creative culture and we’re celebrating that in a brand new venue – the Victoria Warehouse. The format of the event itself is getting a whole revamp too so there’ll be plenty of surprises and things we’ve never done before.

So if you think you know the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards, think again.

THE VENUE:

The two buildings where the Victoria Warehouse venue now stands in Trafford Park (neighbouring Manchester United’s stadium) were originally built in 1925 and 1932. Initially used to store cotton throughout the 20th century, Kellogs and McVities utilised the storage space until a major fire damaged the interior.

Developers found the two spaces abandoned in 2005 and decided to take on a colossal renovation project across both buildings. The goal was to transform these landmark buildings into Manchester’s most ambitious events and hospitality venue yet.

2018 PHOTO GALLERY

Winners

Drinks Reception

Ceremony pt1

Ceremony pt2

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Can I speak to someone?

If you’ve got any questions at all about entering or booking your seats and tables, feel free to give Deanna a call on 020 85151 2113 or deannaoreilly@taylistmedia.com

If you fancy finding out about sponsoring the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards 2019, contact Tara on 020 8515 2071 or tara@taylistmedia.com.

Alternatively, you can have a chat with your usual Taylist Media account manager who’ll be happy to help.