In the last month, the KBSA has welcomed on board two new retail members – Dream Bedroom & Kitchen Designs and Hurford & Tebbutt.

Director of Dream Bedroom & Kitchen Designs Michael Copp, said, “As producers of excellent kitchen and bedroom furniture, our company ethos aligns very closely with those of the KBSA. Standards, customer service and ultimate satisfaction are what we’re all about. Anything that helps promote this message has to be a good thing.”

Nick Hurford of Hurford & Tebbutt in Peterborough agrees. Nick has 36 years’ experience in the kitchen industry, and this marks his return as a member to the KBSA. “I believe membership of the KBSA gives an edge over local competition,” says Nick. “Combined with the extra re-assurances, plus the access to communal advertising and marketing expertise, it wasn’t a difficult decision to make.”

Ruth Ward KBSA sales and marketing director said, “We are delighted to welcome two more quality specialists to the KBSA. 2013 has been a challenging year for all retailers, which is why we have focused on delivering benefits that will help members reduce costs and improve their results. We will be continuing our new members drive hoping to build on the momentum we have seen over the last three months when six new retail members have joined”

Golfers at a charity match put their faith in banana power to get them around the course in support of Prostate Cancer UK, munching their way through several boxfuls of the sportsman’s favourite energy snack to tackle 18 holes on a chilly Autumn day.

Shropshire’s grand Astbury Hall was the venue where current and former professional footballers including ex-Villa star Lee Hendrie and striker Darius Vassell, along with invited guests, gathered for the FootieBugs Golf Classic, sponsored by BanaBay bananas.

Donations are still coming in but the Golf day has put FootieBugs well on its way to reaching its target of raising £10,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.

BanaBay MD Mark O’Sullivan, who acquitted himself well on the fairway, said: “We are very proud to support such an excellent cause and work in partnership with FootieBugs and Technical Director Lee Hendrie to help keep kids active and healthy with football skills and advice on nutrition. We are also delighted at the response to our bananas. Plenty of golfers claimed there must be something in the fruit to keep them going and even commented that these were the best bananas they’d ever tasted.”

A great day was had by all and team ‘The Good The Bad and The Ugly’ won first place, 2nd prize went to Team Aiders and 3rd to Kingsy’s Italian Job.

The raffle which included vouchers to spend at Simpsons and the Marriot Hotel raised £300.
After dinner speeches included an address from Prostate Cancer UK, to raise awareness of a condition that could affect 1 in 8 men at one point in their lives, and guests also enjoyed thoughts from K K Downing of heavy metal band Judas Priest, who designed the course at Astbury Hall.

The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association (KBSA) were on hand to dispense expert advice at this year’s Grand Designs Live event, and enjoyed another very busy and very successful exhibition.

The KBSA experts arrived with a diary full of appointments and an arsenal of practical advice for Grand Designs goers, and were to be found manning the Expert Advice Centre from the Friday through to the Sunday. Questions about kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and even home offices came thick and fast, leaving the KBSA rushed off their feet!

Ruth Ward, KBSA sales and marketing director comments: “The Advice Centre was in constant use, with top KBSA expert Alan Stanford fielding questions on all things KBB, and the practicalities of extension projects.

“This year we had a lot of interest in how to create a kitchen that works as a social space. Lots of GDL visitors were looking for advice on kitchen extensions, islands and bi-fold doors reflecting the current ‘social kitchen’ trend.

“There were also plenty of questions regarding bathroom and bedroom renovations, in the current climate many people are choosing to improve rather than move, and this certainly seemed to be the case with the visitors to our Advice Centre.

“As with previous years, we had plenty of enquiries about how homeowners can ensure their chosen retailer is reputable and reliable. We took the opportunity to make visitors aware of the KBSA message, and how to buy wisely. We were able to provide copies of our new Showcase guide, which is full of practical advice. The 2013/14 issue is now also available to download from the KBSA website.

“KBSA members have to abide by strict criteria to be accepted, we were able to reassure visitors that there is far more to KBSA accreditation than paying a membership fee! Our retailers offer a specialist design service and complete customer care as well as full deposit protection, work in progress cover, and a 6-year workmanship warranty, so KBSA buyers have a sense of absolute security.

“Exhibitions like Grand Designs Live are an important part of our consumer communications plan, giving us the opportunity to meet and advise homeowners who are seriously considering in investing in home improvement.”

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