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RECORD NUMBER OF ENTRIES FOR kbbreview INDUSTRY AWARDS!

Starting the New Year with some good news amidst the gloomy national news headlines, the organisers of the prestigious kbbreview Industry Awards have revealed that record numbers of entries have been received this year and that judging is now getting underway in earnest.

Event manager Mark Pearson explains, “We had extended the deadline for entries to after Christmas and the New Year, and we were delighted to find a tremendous flurry of activity that meant our inbox really was bulging with entries when we returned after the holiday. The quality of the entries this year looks amazing and the fantastic thing is that there’s a whole host of new names in there – all being contacted right now to get prepared for facing our panel of judges at RIBA.”

The kbbreview Industry Awards reaches a milestone in 2009. It's the ceremony's 15th birthday and in those years it's become the annual highlight for anyone working in the kitchen and bathroom industry. The 2009 Awards will take place on the second night of the kbbreview EXPO (10 – 12 May 2009, ExCel, London). There are 14 categories to enter, split into three distinct disciplines - design, business and products. The design section covers kitchens and bathrooms, the business section is for the best showrooms and the best retailers, and the product categories cover the most cutting edge environmentally-friendly products on the market today.

The judging panel of experts narrows entries down to a shortlist of finalists and then, in the design categories, the finalists are invited to RIBA’s London office in February to present their designs to the judges in person. In the business categories - Showroom Award and Master Retailer - all the finalists are visited by the judges to see the operations for themselves. All the finalists are invited to the 1,000-seat black tie award ceremony on May 11 2009 at the ExCeL in London and the winners are announced with the traditional (if not nail-biting) opening of an envelope.

Award organisers have also announced that Mira Showers has finalised the strong list of sponsors - Easyquote, Electrolux, Gaggenau, Hansgrohe, Hotpoint, Ideal Standard, Jacuzzi, Just Trays, Lucite, Neff, Planit Fusion, Poggenpohl, Roca, Twyford and Whirlpool. Mira Showers puts its name to the Designer Award for Bathrooms - project cost up to £15k category. Event manager Mark Pearson said: "It's great to have Mira on board for what promises to be the biggest event in the industry calendar. I would advise anyone who hasn't booked a table yet to get in quick because the last event had sold out with three months still to go."

Previous winners have included the well known and the up-and-coming, and the prestige of winning an award has many business benefits: "I hope that whoever wins this award in the future feels exactly how I did - very, very honoured." Roger Cooper: 2008 Special Achievement Award.

The awards are sure to be a highlight of this year’s calendar and, scheduled to take place during kbbreview EXPO, will be well attended by many in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom industries. Exhibitors are still signing up to exhibit at EXPO and a comprehensive and free-to-attend education programme is also being finalised.

This year, exhibition organisers are delighted that RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) will also be offering a programme of seminars. With a few months still remaining before doors open on May 10 2009, the consistent quality of visitor base that EXPO has traditionally enjoyed is already evident in the registration figures this time around. Alongside some of the key names within the industry, delegates from a broad spectrum - 10% interior designers and another 10% architects, developers and specifiers – are so far set to attend.

Amongst the latest exhibitors added to the line-up at the show include Bosch Power Tools, Compac UK, Reginox and Welsh Slate.

Email: david.rogers@wildwoodpr.co.uk


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