Simon Acres Group has committed to not use any plastic for marketing merchandise at the KBB exhibition (01-04 March NEC Birmingham), and donate the money they would have spent, £5,000, to wellness charities.
The move follows a recent KBB forum on ‘Wellness in the Workplace’, hosted by Simon Acres Group that raised awareness about how many people are affected by mental health issues and the impact this can have on business.
Simon Acres Group principal director Simon Acres says, “We were so moved by the support from our guests at the forum that we wanted to continue the conversation about this taboo topic. We hope that visitors to our stand will support us and help us make a difference, one that could ultimately lead to saving lives.”
The £5,000 donation will be allocated across three charities, based on the preferences of visitors. They will be able to select which of the three charities they would like to support when they visit the stand.
The three charities that will benefit are TT Training – Children’s Mental Health, The Samaritans and Mind.
Simon Acres Group can be found at stand N70.
There will be an introductory 25% discount to all new clients who register at the show for any of the recruitment, training, digital marketing, web development or business consultancy services.
KBB retailer Trevor Scott is the latest KBB professional to feature in the Simon Acres Group ‘Industry Legends’ series. Launched last year, the films have provided a platform for some of the most well-known figures in the industry to share their thoughts on best practice and success strategies for the sector.
“It was a pleasure to talk with Trevor,” says Simon Acres Group Principal Director, Simon Acres.
“He has a wealth of experience and knowledge from the 40 plus years he has spent in KBB sales and design.”
Trevor is still involved with the family business, RFK Kitchens based in Rugby, which he established in 1993. He says, “I was honoured to be asked to participate in the ‘Industry Legends’ series and share my experience of building a successful KBB retail business.
“Consumers are super savvy in this digital age, making it even more important for a retailer to understand the product and be able to offer expert advice. Training should not be neglected, even though there is not enough available. At RFK we have developed our own training manual to ensure that all of our staff understand the fundamentals of listening and building relationships with customers.
“We have never underestimated the amount of skill, knowledge and expertise required to design and fit a kitchen. Our sales and design staff have to understand the technicalities of how to fit a kitchen and we have made it a priority to work with the very best installation teams.
“The era of Brexit has created an uncertain market place but there are opportunities for those that have control of their cash flow and are committed to delivering outstanding service.”
The Trevor Scott film can be found on the Simon Acres Group website seen here.
10 Jun 2019
Jon Thelwell, former showrooms director of Jewson is the latest industry professional to join the team at KBB & merchant service provider Acres Consultancy.
Jon will enhance the company’s expertise in the merchant sector in his role as recruitment and business consultant.
With 20 years’ experience within the KBB and builders’ merchant sectors, Jon currently offers consultancy services focusing on commercial strategy development for merchant and SME retailers. Jon is also a member of the advisory board of the British Institute of KBB Installation, responsible for developing the organisation’s commercial strategy.
Principal Director at Acres Consultancy, Simon Acres says, “Jon is passionate about the industry and has been employed by some of the sector’s leading players. He has initiated and led change in each organisation, creating new business opportunities, strengthening customer relationships and sharing market knowledge.
“He is a valuable addition to our expanding team of experienced industry professionals that will help us service our growing, diverse and high profile client base.”