FINALISTS:

  • Soaks Bathrooms
  • The Bathroom Company
  • Versatile Bathrooms + Tiles
  • TileStyle

Are you one of the best bathroom retailers in the industry? There’s only one way to find out – by sending in an entry to the kbbreview Awards 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: One entry form enters you for both the Retailer of the Year and Showroom of the Year categories. You do NOT have to enter both separately.

The rules

  • You must be a retailer of bathrooms in the UK or Ireland.
  • You must have a physical showroom.
  • If you are a multiple retailer i.e. have more than one showroom, then you must pick one showroom and enter that. This could be your flagship store, or the latest opening, it’s up to you but you cannot enter an entire network of showrooms as one entry.

The criteria

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

The judging process

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 retail categories, the submitted entries are firstly 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. The winners are then chosen.

The cost

It is completely FREE to enter the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards. 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 closing date

The closing date is midday on November 22nd 2018. Please note, there will be NO extensions.

FINALISTS:

  • Soaks Bathrooms
  • The Bathroom Company
  • Stone & Chrome
  • BathroomsByDesign

The layout and design of the bathroom showroom is absolutely crucial to its business success and the appeal to the consumer. This award recognises the very best of that essential element.

PLEASE NOTE: One entry form enters you for both the Retailer of the Year and Showroom of the Year categories. You do NOT have to enter both separately.

The rules

  • You must be a retailer of bathrooms in the UK or Ireland.
  • You must have a physical showroom.
  • If you are a multiple retailer i.e. have more than one showroom, then you must pick one showroom and enter that. This could be your flagship store, or the latest opening, it’s up to you but you cannot enter an entire network of showrooms as one entry.

The criteria

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 judging process

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 retail categories, the submitted entries are firstly 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. The winners are then chosen.

The cost

It is completely FREE to enter the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards. 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 closing date

The closing date is midday on November 22nd 2018. Please note, there will be NO extensions.

FINALISTS:

  • Day True Interiors
  • Angel Interiors
  • Temza
  • Residence Interior Design

Big budgets can lead to big designs, but has the money created something unique or simply been spent on expensive products?

The rules

  • The design categories are open to ANY designers of kitchen and bathroom projects that have been installed in a real residential home in the UK or Ireland.
  • Concept or showroom designs are NOT eligible
  • One-off designs for a showhome or developer are eligible if clearly stated on the entry form.
  • You can enter as many categories as you like but only one design per category.

The criteria

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 judging process

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. The winners are then chosen.

The cost

It is completely FREE to enter the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards. 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 closing date

The closing date is midday on November 22nd 2018. Please note, there will be NO extensions.

FINALISTS:

  • Day True
  • Alice Poole Architects
  • Pol Kefton & Morpeth Bathrooms
  • Pippa Paton Design

This category rewards the skill of the bathroom designer and also their use of budget, problem solving and meeting the client’s brief.

The rules

  • The design categories are open to ANY designers of kitchen and bathroom projects that have been installed in a real residential home in the UK or Ireland.
  • Concept or showroom designs are NOT eligible
  • One-off designs for a showhome or developer are eligible if clearly stated on the entry form.
  • You can enter as many categories as you like but only one design per category.

The criteria

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 judging process

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. The winners are then chosen.

The cost

It is completely FREE to enter the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards. 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 closing date

The closing date is midday on November 22nd 2018. Please note, there will be NO extensions.

FINALISTS:

  • Milward Teverini
  • Ripples Reigate
  • Mirka McNeill Design
  • The Tap End

Modest budgets require as much design skill and expertise as the most premium price tags – individuality is the key to this category.

The rules

  • The design categories are open to ANY designers of kitchen and bathroom projects that have been installed in a real residential home in the UK or Ireland.
  • Concept or showroom designs are NOT eligible
  • One-off designs for a showhome or developer are eligible if clearly stated on the entry form.
  • You can enter as many categories as you like but only one design per category.

The criteria

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 judging process

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. The winners are then chosen.

The cost

It is completely FREE to enter the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards. 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 closing date

The closing date is midday on November 22nd 2018. Please note, there will be NO extensions.

FINALISTS:

  • GoClickTM by Flova
  • Focus Shower Trays Collection
  • UNION from Crosswater
  • Arte Form STEAM Basin monobloc Duo control
  • Arysto Eight Sliding Door
  • Bushboard Nuance
  • VitrA Plural
  • Summertime by Treesse (Marc Sadler Studio)
  • Penta PE288 Two-hole Satin Steel Basin Mixer
  • SONAR designed by Patricia Urquiola for Laufen

The Bathroom Product Innovation of the Year Award rewards specific products for being innovative in their design, application or manufacture.

The rules

  • Products must have been launched in the 12 months up to November 22nd 2018.
  • Only ONE product per brand is allowed.
  • ‘Products’ can be literally that or a piece of technology that is applied across a collection of products.
  • The products must be commercially available.

The criteria

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

  • Aesthetics
  • Saleability
  • Innovation
  • Material choice
  • Value for money
  • Detail

This means that judges are principally looking for how well it serves both the customer who will buy it and have it in their home, as well as the retailer who will give up valuable showroom space to sell it.

The judging process

And, for 2019, we’re judging it in a totally different way. The shortlists will be chosen by an expert panel of independent kitchen and bathroom retailers and the winner chosen from those shortlists by a survey distributed to all kbbreview retail readers.

The cost

It is completely FREE to enter the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards. 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 closing date

The closing date is midday on November 22nd 2018. Please note, there will be NO extensions.

FINALISTS:

  • City Plumbing
  • York and Young
  • Quality Bathrooms and Kitchens
  • Bayliss Bathrooms

The Customer Service categories are a hugely important part of the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards, however they are not open for submitted entries as the finalists and winners are chosen in a different way.

In every issue of kbbreview our Mystery Shopper visits a different town and evaluates selected retailers in that area, based on their first impressions – and this appears as our famous Shopping Around feature. Out of the dozens of showrooms visited the Mystery Shopper picks a shortlist of favourites and an eventual winner for the Kitchen Customer Service of the Year Award and the Bathroom Customer Service of the Year Award.