kbb Birmingham Retail and Design conference line-up announced

An impressive line-up of kbb industry professionals are preparing to deliver a series of insightful talks at kbb Birmingham, which will take place at the NEC from 6th – 9th March 2016.

The purpose-built kbb Birmingham Arena positioned at the heart of the show, will be home to the superlative four-day programme and will create an ideal space for conversation and networking. Speakers will delve into industry-leading presentations, insightful discussions and invaluable advice across a range of kbb topics.

Neil Clarke, Managing Director at Franke and Mark Larden, Managing Director at Geberit & Twyford UK will kick-start the conference programme with a ‘View From the Top’; outlining and debating the hottest industry topics of the day including, the current state of the kbb market, where the growth is coming from, what consumers are looking for and the relationship between retailers and suppliers.

Joining the wider seminar line-up is Tony Robson, Director of Design at Materialize who will be taking part in a conversational seminar discussing ‘Future trends, from concept to consumer’, along with Graeme Smith, Senior Designer at PWS who will explore the ‘Kitchen design trends – what’s coming next and why it’s important’.

Ffion Francis, Events Manager at Houzz will be giving an independent focussed seminar entitled ‘Consumers in 2016: Home is where the hob is’.

The world’s leading platform for home renovation and design will be revealing the results of a unique survey of over 1,800 homeowners that examines how they are upgrading their kitchens in 2016. Top trends, budgets, renovation projects and motivations will be revealed, as well as which gadgets top kitchen wish lists.

Offering a different kind of insight into the kbb industry is Warren Knight, author and digital entrepreneur who will be hosting twosessions entitled ‘Social media sales for independent retailers’ and ‘Making social media a part of your business’.

Both programmes will outline the ease of social media, how it’s a natural extension of the conversations that already exist with customers and how it can add to your bottom line.

Steve Esdaile from Esdaile Design, an interior and brand design consultancy that has designed showrooms for the likes of Bathstore, CP Hart and Magnet, will outline practical ways to utilise personal design skills to make the most of a showroom and customer’s journey.

Other speakers include Lesley Taylor, Design Director at Taylors Etc who will be offering advice on ‘Becoming a full service retailer’ and Eva Hoernisch, Design Manager, Europe at Formica Group and Renee Hytry Derrington, Group VP Design at Formica Group who will be discussing ‘Everything but the kitchen sink – the global view of technology, style and colour’.

Offering insider industry knowledge will be keynote interviews with Dick Powell, Founder and Chief Executive, Seymour Powell andGary Favell, Chief Executive at Bathstore.

All of these sessions, plus many more, will take place across the four days of kbb Birmingham. To register for your complimentary trade pass to the event, visit www.kbb.co.uk.