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Well known Nutrition Therapist Yvonne Bishop-Weston of Foods for Life, a special guest at the forthcoming VegFest UK event in London this year, has recommended BanaBay bananas for food demonstrations at the event.

VegFest UK attracts thousands of visitors each year, where food and festival lovers can gain food and dietary advice from talks, cookery demos, workshops, films and kids’ cookery workshops. VegFest is the place to go for those looking for a healthier and more environmentally sustainable lifestyle.

Yvonne, who is one of a number of respected, high profile special guests and celebrities attending VegFest UK, has been involved in specifying ingredients for various cookery demonstrations, and will be delivering nutrition and lifestyle presentations over the course of the event.

“BanaBay came to my notice as a premium, high quality product that is grown on ethically managed plantations in Ecuador,” she said. “Clearly these are key considerations for me – and for the organisers of VegFest UK. “The bananas will be used on our smoothie bike, getting children and adults to pedal their own healthy and environment-friendly shakes”.

Mark O’Sullivan, Managing Director of BanaBay, a new banana brand which was only launched in the UK earlier this year, said he was delighted for BanaBay to be involved with VegFest UK, which is expected to see 10,o00 visitors this year.

“We are particularly pleased for BanaBay bananas to have been chosen as an ingredient in a healthy smoothie recipe, which will be demonstrated by Tim Barford and Neil Robinson, a former professional footballer for Everton. Bananas are highly valued by athletes in general and footballers in particular, so the association of the BanaBay brand at VegFest UK with healthy eating and sport is perfect!”

London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston has over 20 years of experience in the healthy eating and nutrition industry. She has held key roles at Cranks (pioneers of vitality and health who started in London’s 1960′s groovy Carnaby Street) and The Food Doctor (London Nutrition Consultancy and Clinic). She set up Foods for Life 10 years ago and delivers corporate nutrition consultancy, educational workshops, personal nutritional therapy and catering consultancy. She is regularly quoted in the national press, magazines, radio and TV.

VegFest Smoothie Bike Recipe – plant-based, superfood energy

·     Coconut, hemp or oat milk

·     Banabay bananas

·     Berries

·     Bluegreen algae powder

Three of the leading organisations in the KBB industry have come together to launch a new design accreditation that will, for the first time, allow qualified kitchen and bathroom designers to be recognised for their kbb design skills and experience.

The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association (KBSA), the kbb National Training Group (NTG) and The Society of British & International Designers (SBID) are working together in partnership to promote the individual and separate skills of a kitchen and/or bathroom designer within the existing framework of SBID.

Designers that meet the educational and experience requirements can apply to use the newly created SBID-KBB accreditation.  Evidence of four years in higher education plus two years’ experience or eight years’ experience are the current entry requirements.  There is an additional requirement for 24 hours of CPD learning each year to retain membership and members must comply with the International Code of Conduct. SBID has provided a promotional membership rate for qualified designers that are employed by KBSA retailers.  Membership will allow the designers to use the accreditation letters after their name and for KBSA members to use the SBID logo on promotional material.  Vanessa Brady President of SBID commented, “This is a significant development and presents the first genuine opportunity for kbb designers to be recognised as professionals.“As we all know, kitchen design has evolved during the past few years, and now embraces aspects of interior design to facilitate the kitchen as a living space.   Today’s kitchen designers offer wider experience to their clients, and these new categories reflect this change.”

KBSA CEO Graham Ball added. “We are delighted to be able to launch this groundbreaking initiative that will enable designers to differentiate their service and promote their expertise under the well-respected banner of SBID.  There are clear and transparent rules for entry and the additional CPD element ensures that the accreditation is robust and worthy. “The industry has been calling for an official and stringent test of competence for design professionals that operate in kitchens and bathrooms, and we are confident that this accreditation will be welcomed.” The on-going training will be facilitated by the kbb NTG and this element has been welcomed by CEO Renée Mascari who said, “Education is vital for any accreditation system to be successful so we are delighted to be part of this fantastic new opportunity.”


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