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.”

One of the UK’s leading healthcare franchises, Kare Plus has appointed Andy Pitt, former National Franchise Manager for McDonalds and bfa board member, as their new Franchising Manager.

Andy brings over ten years’ experience in franchising to Kare Plus and will be responsible for driving recruitment for the rapidly growing franchise as well as managing its brand reputation within the industry.

“I worked for McDonalds for twenty-two years in total,” Andy explains. “I started out as a store manager, before my role was expanded to supporting franchisees on a day-to-day basis, so I have a perspective from both sides of the fence. I’m delighted to be joining the team at Kare Plus and becoming part of a progressive business with a strong brand. As the franchise continues to grow and move forward, it is important that there is the necessary support in place both for the franchisees and for the franchise management team, and I’m ready for the new challenge.”

During Andy’s time as National Franchise Manager at McDonalds the company won the Venture Marketing Award for Advertising, as well as scooping both the prestigious bfa Franchisee of the Year and Franchisor of the Year titles.

Commenting on Andy’s appointment, Kare Plus Managing Director Steve Welsh said, “We’re delighted to welcome on board someone of Andy’s calibre and track record at this exciting time for Kare Plus. Over the coming months we will be looking to expand the franchise network significantly in the light of several major new national account gains and will be making substantial investment in strengthening the franchisee support function. Andy has an important role to play in achieving both these key ambitions going forward.”

The KBSA Designer of the Year Awards this week proved every bit as successful as last year’s, with CEO Graham Ball describing the talent entered as ‘exceptional’.

Held at Billesley Manor in Warwickshire on September 11th, the awards are designed to recognise excellence in four separate categories – all sponsored by top industry names and covering Kitchen Design; Kitchen Concept; Bathroom Design and Young Designer of The Year.

As before, the awards attracted  a very high standard of entries, whittled down by a prestigious panel consisting of Renee Mascari, designer, CEO KbbNTG; Ben Jones, Project Design Manager, Omega PLC; Julian Bayliss, Managing Director of Cotswold Kitchens; Tina Riley, owner of Modern Homes; John Kirkham, Director, A Bell & Co and Stuart Irving, owner, Ablutions Luxury Bathrooms.

In the KBSA Kitchen Designer of the Year category, (sponsored by Mereway Kitchens), the winner was Diane Berry, Diane Berry Kitchens. Judges described her curved galley kitchen as dramatic and inspirational.  Diane also won the KBSA Designer of the year with this entry.

The KBSA Bathroom Designer of the Year, (sponsored by Airflow Developments Ltd), was Emma Montgomery from EKCO for her ‘well thought out design that transformed the room’. Emma also won KBSA Young Designer of the Year title. Sponsored by KbbNTG, this is always a category to watch.

The KBSA Kitchen Concept Designer winner (sponsored by 20 20 Technologies) was Heather Oliver from Kitchens International for her ‘imaginative design that included some beautiful finishing touches’.

Each winner received an engraved trophy and certificate.

Graham Ball, CEO of the KBSA said, “We selected our judges to cover every possible skillset available. It was such a difficult task selecting winners as the standards were truly inspiring.


KBSA Designer of the Year and KBSA Kitchen Designer of the Year- Diane Berry, Diane Berry Kitchens
KBSA Young Designer of the Year and KBSA Bathroom Designer of the Year- Emma Montgomery, EKCO
KBSA Kitchen Concept Designer of the Year- Heather Oliver, Kitchens international


Retailer                                             Designer

Oakwood Bespoke                        Jonathan Welfare
In-toto Kitchens                            Jodie Newton
Kitchens International                Evelyn Smith
Kitchens International                Victoria Black
Kitchens International                Karen MacArthur
Kitchens International                Heather Oliver
Modern Homes                               Tina Riley


Retailer                                         Designer

Kitchens International           Duncan Heeles (2 entries shortlisted)
Kitchens By JS Geddes           Felicity Lipka
EKCO                                             Emma Montgomery (2 entries shortlisted)


Retailer                                                                      Designer

Roman Bathrooms & Tile Centre Ltd            Caroline Cooper
EKCO                                                                          Kevin Whitten
EKCO                                                                          Emma Montgomery


Retailer                                                   Designer

Kitchens International                    Duncan Heeles (2 entries shortlisted)
Diane Berry Kitchens                       Emma Crofts
Kitchens International                    Kieron Bell
Diane Berry Kitchens                      Diane Berry

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