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Successful Bathroom and Kitchen Conference delivers tools for success in the brave new world

Published: 11 October 2019

The 2019 Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference was hailed a resounding success by delegates, who gathered at the Carden Park Hotel, Cheshire on 08 October.

The sell-out conference featured a programme of speakers on a range of topics, all aimed at providing valuable information about how to achieve business success during the challenging and uncertain times that prevail.

Tom Reynolds, BMA CEO said, “It was a supercharged day with something for everyone.  All the major issues that impact on the bathroom industry were covered, including compliance, global markets, design influences, trends and a fascinating insight into what the future of trade may look like post Brexit.

“The brilliant Ellis Watson set the standard for the day with an energetic and outstanding motivational speech about how to be brave, manage change and bring passion into business.”

Alan Dodds, President of the BMA added, “It was one of the best conferences, I have attended.  With so many inspirational and informative speakers, our delegates were able to take away a wealth of information that will make a meaningful difference to their businesses.”

Well respected bathroom industry professional Tim Pollard was facilitator for the day.  He introduced the speakers which included; Philip Crosbie from Eversheds who spoke about the law and compliance, Suzie Williford from NKBA introduced the Global Connect initiative, David Henig explored the implications of Brexit on trade and David Harrop and Dan Thirkell from research data company BRG provided an overview of the global bathroom market.

In the afternoon, trends specialist Cate Trotter looked at the changing face of retail and then hosted a design influence and trends panel.  Hayley Robson from Day True, Lindsay Blair from Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms magazine and Marianne Shillingford from Akzonobel Dulux discussed their thoughts and took questions from the audience.

The conference concluded with a gala dinner and special party to celebrate the retirement of former BMA CEO Yvonne Orgill.


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