Tuesday, 10 May 2016

BMA builds its conference line up

The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, organisers of the Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference 2016, has announced three more speakers for the day-long event.



Tim Pollard
Tim will be known to many in the Bathroom and Kitchen Industry. He is Head of Sustainability for Wolseley UK (a major distributor of plumbing and heating products) and was responsible for delivering the Sustainable Building Center at Leamington Spa. Tim’s breadth of knowledge stretches across a wide range of products and technologies together with the implications and requirements of a sustainable supply chain. In 2008 Tim was included in the ‘Building’ Magazine Top 40 list of ‘Green Gurus’ and in 2010 he was named as one the West Midlands Top 50 Green Leaders.



Professor Margaret Bates
Margaret has been involved in wastes management for over 25 years. She is a Chartered Wastes Manager and a Chartered Environmentalist. Margaret has advised a range of governments on wastes management issues. She appears in the Hot 100 (Resource Magazine) most influential people in wastes management and acts as an expert for a range of local and national organisations.






Chris Goodall
Chris taught economics at Harvard, worked as a consultant for McKinsey and BSG and is now Head of Competition Practice at Europe’s leading media analysis firm. He’s also one of the UK’s most influential and considered voices on how individuals, business and government can best respond to climate change. Chris has published three books: The Green Guide for Business, Ten Technologies to Save the Planet, and How to Live a Low-carbon Life. In his presentations Chris acknowledges that whilst many businesses want to be greener it’s often easier said than done. Chris writes for The Guardian, Sunday Times, Independent and a variety of magazines.

“Plans for this year’s Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference are coming along very nicely and we are delighted with the extremely strong line-up of speakers we have secured so far,” commented Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association. “We have speakers from the world of commerce and education, renowned experts in their field and as usual they have been carefully selected to open our eyes.”


LOCATION and DATES
The Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference will be held at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield.

Conference day is on Tuesday 4 October with ‘fringe’ activities including the Charity Golf Challenge which raises much needed funds for the BMA’s favourite charity, The Childrens’ Burns Trust, being held on Monday 3 October 2016.


CIRCULAR ECONOMY
The Circular Economy may be about to drive the biggest transformation in business since the Industrial Revolution 250 years ago.  It is believed that an additional $4.5 trillion in additional economic output could be generated by 2030.


‘Towards the Circular Economy’ is the general theme of this year’s conference. It will take delegates out of their day-to-day comfort zone. It will investigate how enterprises not usually associated with bathrooms and kitchens tackle the corporate, social and economic consequences of cradle to cradle manufacturing, marketing and selling, whilst still meeting customers’ needs.

The challenges facing politicians, manufacturers and consumers in adopting the Circular Economy are likely to be complex and may be implemented at speed. Challenges that could be turned into opportunities will have to be debated, their impact assessed and consequences for the bathroom sector identified.

Conference will probe this increasingly important subject, which will impact on all sectors of the UK’s Bathroom and Kitchen Industry.

BOOKING NOW
Bookings are now being taken –

Sponsorship and media opportunities are available. More information from info@bathroom-association.org.uk

Monday, 4 April 2016

Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference announce sponsorship deals for 2016

The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, organisers of this year’s Bathroom and Kitchen Industry Business Conference, has announced its new sponsorship deals with a number of leading companies and organisations. Already confirmed are:


The Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference, 4th October will be held at the prestigious Belfry Hotel & Resort, and is shaping up to be another outstanding event in the bathroom and kitchen industry calendar.

This year, the conference will probe an increasingly important subject, one which is becoming a major policy priority in the UK and European Union, and one which will inevitably impact on the UK’s Bathroom and Kitchen Industry –Circular Economy.

Hear from experts on, what it is, how will it impact on ALL consumer products, what has to be done and the commercial opportunities.

The conference is open to all in the KBB industry with a range of attractive sponsorship packages on offer. For more information, please contact the secretariat on 01782 631619 or via email bandkconf@bathroom-association.org.uk


Full conference details can be found on our website, www.bathroom-association.org.uk /annual-conferencewww.bathroom-association.org.uk /annual-conference, which is regularly updated with the latest information. 

A new online booking facility will be available in the coming days for immediate responses please email the above address.



BMA announces conference host and first speakers

The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, organisers of the Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference 2016, has announced the host and the first of its seven speakers for the day-long event.



SOPHIE LONG - HOST
Sophie is one of the main presenters on the BBC News Channel and the 8pm Summary on BBC1. She has covered many big stories and can regularly be found anchoring the channel's output on location covering anything from weather storms to political storms and four general election campaigns. 

Sophie also chairs conferences and seminars and is a highly skilled conference facilitator. She has a wealth of experience and is ideally placed to host our industry conference.



STEVE HEAD
Steve comes to conference highly recommended. During the past decade or so Steve has delivered over 1500 presentations in the UK and Europe. He is now one of the most sought after speakers in the UK. Steve challenges audiences to maximise their potential and improve personal and business performance. He will be speaking about change management – vital to the success of the drive to a circular economy.

“We are delighted that we have been able to secure the services of Sophie and Steve for the conference” commented Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association. “Conference continues to develop and expand its reach, and to have them with us for the industry’s most important annual business event is excellent news.

LOCATION and DATES
The Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference will be held at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield. 

The conference day, proper, will be on Tuesday 4 October but ‘fringe’ activities including the Charity Golf Challenge which raises much needed funds for the BMA’s favourite charity, The Childrens’ Burns Trust, will be held on Monday 3 October 2016. 

CIRCULAR ECONOMY
This year, the conference will probe an increasingly important subject, one which is becoming a major policy priority in the UK and European Union, and one which will inevitably impact on the UK’s Bathroom and Kitchen Industry.

‘Towards the Circular Economy’ is the general theme of the conference which, as in previous years, will take delegates out of their usual comfort zone. This year, conference will investigate how enterprises not usually associated with bathrooms and kitchens tackle the corporate, social and economic consequences of cradle to cradle manufacturing, marketing and selling, whilst meeting customers’ needs.

BOOKING NOW
Enquire online HERE 
Sponsorship and media opportunities are available. For more information click HERE
For full conference details please visit our dedicated website at:

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference 2016 The Date, The Venue, The Theme

THE VENUE

This year, the Conference moves to its new venue, the Belfry Hotel and Resort, Sutton Coldfield.





The date is confirmed as Tuesday 4 October 2016.   This is the main conference day which will include presentations and speeches, open forum sessions, the exhibition and, of course, Gala Dinner and BMA Media Awards. 



This year, the conference will probe an increasingly important subject, one which is becoming a major policy priority in the UK and European Union, and one which will inevitably impact on the UK’s Bathroom and Kitchen Industry.


The hotel recently underwent a huge £30 million refurbishment and is set to provide the ideal location for this year’s conference and fringe activities. It is easily accessible by both private and public transport and large enough to accommodate the delegates and activities arranged by the conference organisers, the multi award winning Bathroom Manufacturers Association.

THE DATES

The day before, Monday 3 October 2016, is reserved for the annual fringe activities which, as usual, will include the Annual Charity Golf Tournament. The match raises much-needed funds for the BMA’s favourite charity, The Children’s Burns Trust. Monday is also set aside for Technical and Marketing Seminars, the BMA’s General Council meeting and the annual networking dinner which is a relaxed and informal affair, always enjoyed by the industry.

THE THEME

‘Towards the Circular Economy’ is the theme of the conference which, as in previous years, will take delegates out of their usual comfort zone. This year, conference will investigate how enterprises not usually associated with bathrooms and kitchens tackle the corporate, social and economic consequences of cradle to cradle manufacturing, marketing and selling, whilst meeting customers’ needs.




An outstanding panel of seven speakers who are experts in their field, and who are both technically brilliant and entertaining, is currently being lined up. They will present their view of the blossoming Circular Economy.

Repair, recycling and re-use will be top of the agenda since the EU is pushing hard to make landfill a thing of the past. It may surprise some to learn that the EU has already set 2030 as the deadline beyond which no more than 10% of waste can go into landfill. The use of secondary raw materials, and sustainable product design, manufacturing and marketing are all set to be affected by possible new regulations.  The UK bathroom and kitchen industry needs to be well ahead of the pack if it is to survive and flourish.

“We have a superb conference-in-the-making this year” says Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of The Bathroom Manufacturers Association. “BMA staff are already well ahead with the arrangements, creating another unforgettable event which pushes boundaries and changes perceptions. The location and theme are spot on for our industry and, as always, we will be welcoming everyone in the bathroom and kitchen industry to this, the business event of the year.”

Friday, 16 October 2015

Touch points at Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference 2015

Toilet touch points, contact lenses with built-in blood-sugar analysis for diabetics and the subjectivity of colourful 6-sided beach balls were just three of the topics discussed at the recent Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference.

The annual conference has always been designed to expand the minds of its delegates by getting them to look outside of their usual four walls, by challenging norms, and by creating some disruptive thoughts.
And as you can see, it certainly did that!

The programme, specially curated for this year’s tenth anniversary event, lived up to its promises with speakers carefully briefed to push boundaries, to change attitudes, to inspire, but to avoid bathrooms and kitchens.

First up was Paul McGee who surprised and, some say, shocked delegates into a rude awakening with his highly engaging and participative talk on Communicating for Success. Setting delegates with a number of tasks and challenging the audience to “be MAD” and make a difference certainly did its job.

McGee’s high energy and inspiring warm up was only relieved when broadcaster and business correspondent Jonty Bloom brought us back to earth with his detailed, and at times, chilling review of Business in Europe. He spoke about the challenges of the European Community and the economic condition of its member states. He compared them with the state of business in America, a nod perhaps to some members of the audience who had flown in especially for the event. They had come from the BMA’s equivalent association in the US, Plumbing Manufacturers International.

Jonty then considered ‘that elephant in the room’ - the UK. He gave his thoughts on how our country might fare in the forthcoming referendum but being a media man, warned us not to believe everything we see in the headlines!

Sustainability was the next thorny subject for discussion with Nick Pollard who had many years’ experience working for the ‘big boys’ in the construction industry.  His talk challenged delegates to consider running a sustainable business not only through its products but from its very core. He reminded us that running a sustainable business was good for the bottom line. Sustainability could also win contracts and keep the business out of trouble. Inspiring thoughts.

Designer Dick Powell changed the scene with his excellent multi-media presentation wowing the audience with his thoughts on ‘cool hunting’ and suggesting that if we wanted to see into the future we should contact him first!  He boasted that he lives in the future – that’s his role in life!

Powell suggested (no, demanded) that business leaders should protect its innovation process. He argued that industry cannot live without it. He wanted us to challenge the norm, to consider our product’s touch points (an interesting thought when you contemplate a toilet!) and to create new paradigms. He told us to think wide but get close to our customers. More inspiring stuff.
Onto sales and marketing next with a review of the changes in retailing from Professor Joshua Bamfield, and the rapid advance of all-things-digital from Allister Frost.

Bamfield pursued a careful study into the rapidly changing world of retailing – a change brought on by the recession of 2008 when the industry “fell off the cliff edge.” He suggested that today’s shopper is a new shopper.  The recession made people rethink how they shopped and he forecast that by around 2025 at least 25% of all purchases will be made on line. Omni-channel retailing, show-rooming, web-rooming and queue busting are the current trends and retailers can’t hide from them.

Allister Frost took marketing to a new level.  He once headed Microsoft’s marketing and had been responsible for many of its product launches. He reviewed the pace of change in the digital world and there is no doubt that it is now so fast it’s difficult for mere humans to keep up.

The speed of delivery of products purchased on line is exercising the minds of those in the know. He asked us to recall the days of 28-day delivery. Now it’s getting down to 28 minutes. Stand by for changes in bathrooms and kitchens.

The full day of presentations was brought to a close with a key note from multi award winning broadcaster and journalist, Michael Buerk.  What a speaker! And what better way than to conclude a conference with a sideways look at the world from a master of his craft.

Buerk recalled his recent purchase of new bathrooms for his home.  His wife “made most of the decisions.” Nothing new there then! He also spoke about his time in the jungle of reality TV before giving us his view of where humanity seems to be going. “What are people turning in to?” he asked and promptly told us what he thought. There is a massive growth in global numbers but we are becoming more individualistic. Is that good for society?

Buerk left us on a high but with profound points of view to contemplate.

The day’s conference concluded with the customary Gala Dinner and Media Awards. David Osborne, the BMA’s President announced the winners of this year’s awards which had been democratically selected by the BMA membership.

The winners were:

Best Trade Magazine – Essential Kitchen and Bathroom Business
Best Consumer Magazine – Kitchens Bedrooms and Bathrooms
Best Trade Journalist/Editor – Rebecca Nottingham
Best Consumer Journalist/Editor – Ruth Bell
Best Digital Contribution – KBBDaily
Best Exhibition - Sleep

And now you are asking what about those colourful six-sided beach balls.

They came during the opening talk by Paul McGee when he reminded us that you should always look at your company as if you were the customer. To illustrate this, place a six-sided beach ball between you and your customer. Each side of the ball has a different colour. You will see three colours, looking out. But the customer will see three completely different colours, looking in. Think about it. It’s serious.

The Bathroom and Kitchen Conference 2015 did exactly as it was billed. It had something for everyone. Bet you’re sorry you missed it.



Hi-Resolutions images available on request. 

Monday, 24 August 2015

Inviting your Customers to Conference

The B&K Business Conference 2015
Ever thought of inviting your customers?
Try a different approach to entertaining


Special rates are available for members and their special customer guests to attend this premier event in the bathroom and kitchen calendar. 


This year, seven top drawer speakers will get down to the nitty gritty of our business. They will look beyond the four walls of the bathroom and kitchen industry to share their experience, discussing a wide range of topics including economics, HR, sustainability and innovation, and the latest in digital marketing and retailing.



So while you’re entertaining you will also be getting to know, with them, the very latest business philosophies. 

No matter whether you and your customers are in small medium or large organisations there is something for everyone – can you afford to miss it?

The Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference has evolved and matured over the last decade and has now become the premier event in the industry’s calendar. It is now the biggest, longest-established and most confident of its kind. Last year, in 2014, the event was expanded to include the kitchen industry,  a change which has proved very popular.

This content-rich event on 13 October 2015 will be held at the stunning Heythrop Park, Enstone, Oxfordshire and will be hosted by Kasia Madera, the broadcast journalist, and experienced conference moderator.


Our seven world-class speakers will give us their thoughts on the general conference theme of ‘market reality.’  Innovation, Creation, and Change are topics to be explored.

The aim of the carefully-constructed and broad-ranging agenda is to generate new ideas in the quickly changing world of the bathroom and kitchen industry. Manufacturers, merchants and retailers need to grasp a greater understanding of the today’s commercial world if they are to take a larger portion of consumer disposable income. Delegates will hear about today’s business reality, and the increasingly important power of the consumer. The pace of change in our market means that we must be constantly changing and adapting at least as fast as the business environment. 

A busy, targeted and delegate-focussed exhibition accompanies the conference.


Conference 2015 will offer delegates a unique and quite remarkable opportunity to absorb the very latest information helping them remain competitive in rapidly-changing world markets.


The SPEAKERS

The full line up of speakers for Conference 2015 was announced in early June and there is no doubt that they will be brimming with ideas to engage, captivate and inspire the B&K industry.
The seven experienced and fresh-thinking speakers fit perfectly with event. 
The conference has grown over the last decade and is now the biggest, longest-established and most confident of its kind. Our speakers will all have something to say about what the kbb industry needs to do to stay fit for the future. 

Paul McGee - One of Europe’s leading speakers on the subject of change, leadership, workplace relationships and motivation.
Jonty Bloom - Well-known broadcaster and business correspondent. Jonty leads network radio coverage of the latest economic, business and industry stories – from the workings of the EU to the rise of pound shops.
Alan Wallace – CEO of AppleGreen Homes Ltd, experts in creating sustainable homes.

Dick Powell - Co-founder and Chairman of internationally renowned design and innovation company Seymourpowell.

Professor Joshua Bamfield - Director, Centre for Retail Research.
Allister Frost - Former Head of Digital Marketing for Microsoft.
Michael Buerk – Award winning broadcaster and journalist. Presenter of BBC Television's flagship news programme, The Ten O'clock News. Chairman of the BBC's discussion programme on moral and ethical issues The Moral Maze. 

Kasia Madera - Conference Host. 
Kasia is an experienced broadcaster having been a presenter and the journalist at the BBC for over a decade. She is currently a presenter for BBC World News and is one of the main anchors of the 'Newsday' programme. Kasia is a vastly experienced conference host, having moderated a number of very large international events and chaired panel discussions on topics ranging from business and the economy to politics and freedom of speech.



Michael Buerk – Key Note Speaker

Michael Buerk has probably won more international awards for television reporting than any other British journalist most notably for his coverage of the Ethiopian famine for BBC News in 1984/5. He was named "Television Journalist of the Year" by the Royal Television Society in 1984 and won a second RTS award that year for foreign reporting. He has won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for factual broadcasting. He has been awarded the "Golden Nymph" at the Monte Carlo Film and Television Festival Europe's premier prize for television journalism and the United States "National Headliner" and "George Polk" awards, two of the three most important honours there for broadcasters.


DELEGATES

Who should attend? 
  • Business owners, CEOs, MD’s, Product managers, Change leaders and managers, Team leaders, Marketing people, Sales people, Media people. 
  • Bathroom and Kitchen manufacturers, merchants, distributors, retailers, architects, and designers. 
  • Broadcast, digital and print media people.
  • Small, medium or large organisations are catered for.

Why attend?
This year’s conference, open once again to all in the Bathroom and Kitchen Industry, will offer delegates the opportunity to improve their understanding of current and future trends in business both at home and abroad. They will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of leading experts. 


The conference organisers – The Bathroom Manufacturers Association - understand the importance of accessing expert advice and first-hand knowledge from people who have been there, done it and have a proven record of success. This year’s conference will not disappoint.


Delegates will have the golden opportunity to network with their peers, and will leave conference fully energised, inspired and encouraged to embrace the latest business philosophies.


Conference also enables delegates to network and develop new relationships with editors and journalists in the trade and consumer media.


A range of delegate packages are available. 


For more information please contact the BMA at:

www.bathroom-association.org/annual-conference 

info@bathroom-association.org.uk

telephone 01782 631619 

Thursday, 18 June 2015

The line-up is complete

The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, organisers of this year’s Bathroom and Kitchen Industry Business Conference, has announced its complete line-up of speakers for the event on 13 October.
At the recent BMA Marketing Committee meeting, four more world-class speakers were approved.
Jonty Bloom heads the final list.  Bloom is the well-known and well-respected broadcaster and business correspondent, heard regularly on the radio. He will be speaking about Britain’s business relationship with Europe, particularly in the light of the UK government’s renegotiations.  Bathroom and Kitchens will be affected no matter what happens in the future and Jonty will have much to say of relevance to our industry.

Alan Wallace, head of Apple Green Homes, the innovative builder based in Glasgow, will bring his thoughts about the future of homes in the UK. He will explore the sustainable design and construction of homes which are ‘better, bigger and warmer.’

The future of retailing and the trends in consumer habits will be discussed by Professor Joshua Bamfield, Director of the Centre for Retail Research and acknowledged expert on trends in retail in the UK.

Finally, the highly recommended former head of Digital Marketing for Microsoft, Allister Frost, will be speaking about what the digital world means for business – and it won’t be all about Facebook or Twitter.

“We are delighted with our line-up for this year’s conference,” says Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association.  “Our list is particularly strong this year. We have class-leading speakers and very well-known names in the mix. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we are looking beyond our industry for inspiration and this year’s conference is aimed at joining up the dots – setting out the importance of design, innovation, sustainability, business in Europe, retailing and of course the industry conference itself.   It’s set to be the best yet!”

The final four will join award winning Michael Buerk, newsreader, journalist and broadcaster, who will present then Key Note speech.

Dick Powell, co-founder and Chairman of internationally renowned design and innovation company Seymourpowell will speak about ‘Designing Innovation’ and Paul McGee the internationally recognised speaker and best-selling author will give us his thought-provoking and unique insights into communication.

Hosting the conference is Kasia Madera. Kasia is a BBC World News presenter and is one of the main anchors of the ‘Newsday’ programme, she can also be seen on World News Today.

Bookings are being taken now and some early-bird discounts are available for group bookings by manufacturers.

The Bathroom and Kitchen Industry Conference
Tuesday 13 October 2015
Heythrop Park, Enstone, Oxfordshire