Strategic Professionals

As qualified trainers Strategic Professionals understand that people gain skills in different ways. A college course isn’t for everyone. Sometimes people need to discuss things in the contextof their own work in order to gain a greater understanding.

 Sharon Southcott BA (Hons), MSc, Cert Ed, ISMM Dip, CMI Dip, is a qualified marketer and management trainer. A former Product Manager and National Account Manager in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom (kbb) sector she went on to become a Marketing and Management Lecturer and Assessor before combining her skills and returning to the sector as a Trainer and Mentor working with many blue chip companies.Sharon has worked with names such as Aqualux , B&Q, Bernsteins Kitchens, Imperial Bathrooms, Jacuzzi UK, Lecico plc, Utopia and Neoperl to name but a few. Sharon understands the specific needs of the kbb sector and as such is able to deliver tailored practical solutions.

KIWA

An international quality authority, permanently occupied with improving processes, products, employees and organisations. our core business relates to certification. This is supported by testing, inspections and consultancy. They are active in many countries thorough Europe and China. In the UK, their expertise is in testing and approval of water related products for Water and Building Regulations.

Installer Magazine

Installer2020 is the leading trade show for plumbing and heating engineers, welcoming over 150 suppliers with more than 5,000 visitors. Held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry from 12-14 May, Installer2020 is the perfect place for manufacturers to showcase their latest products to their core audience. This year, Installer2020 is getting bigger – with more exhibition space and more special feature areas attracting more new visitor groups. A key focus for 2020 will be the new ‘Bathroom Zone’ focussing on trends, innovations and technical updates in the bathroom industry. For more information about exhibiting, or registering for you free ticket, please visit www.installershow.com.

KBB Review

The leading media company in the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom sector. Its portfolio of magazines, websites and events cover the principle business and consumer titles in the marker with its brands of kbbreview and Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms. Kbbreview magazine was established over 25 years ago and its Kbbreview awards evening is widely considered as the biggest and best networking gala dinner in the industry.

KBB Daily

The online community for professionals in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom industry. Published by Hubert Burda Media UK, the owner of Essential Kitchen & Bathroom Business, it is updated daily with news, blogs, features and all the latest job vacancies. Kbbdaily.com encourages its reader to help shape the site via comments, social media and their editorial contributions.

Compusoft

Compusoft is a services and Software Company with over 25,000 licences installed in Europe and Australasia. We care about delivering measurable value for our customers which in day to day operations means: very user friendly sales tools that are built on 100% Windows based platforms, accurate up to date data as well as easy to use cost reducing business management tools. We are the absolute number one market leader in Europe with 21 wholly-owned subsidiaries across 16 countries employing 350 staff which means also that we are the perfect partner for many UK KBB companies that want to expand their business on Europe mainland. We have made it our trademark to not only have cutting edge technology in our software solutions, but also to apply the highest possible standards in after sales service. The fact that more than 50% of our staff have chosen to be shareholders for sure helps maintain the high level of motivation needed to achieve those high standards. This also explains why in 25 years Compusoft has grown from a start-up into a 50 MIO EUR powerhouse in our KBB niche market. The fact that more than 80% of our users are former customers of rival companies tells the whole story.

Virtual Worlds

First launched in 1998 Virtual Worlds was renamed in 2001 as the company upgraded it into many new sectors. Due to our market leading Interactive 3D capability our packages now provide solutions to a wide range of markets, including amongst others kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, offices, playgrounds and stores. Android, iPad and Web planning and design solutions have been released that integrate with and enhance trading web sites. These include sales solutions and online presence for Manufacturers, Distributors and Retailers. Virtual Worlds is a division of Logicom Computer Services (UK) Ltd, which, using the latest technology has catered for the needs of industry and retail worldwide for over 30 years.

2020 Spaces

The market leader in integrated kitchen and bathroom design software for the home improvement sector both in the UK and worldwide. Renowned for its superior graphics and unrivaled presentation quality, 20-20 Technologies deliver innovative planning solutions, a wide range of quotation and pricing tools to allow seamless integration into existing business systems and ordering processes of independent retailers and major corporate businesses.

HIP Magazine

HIP Magazine is the only magazine for plumbing & heating students and apprentices, reaching 200 colleges around the UK. Developed by lecturers and key industry leaders, the publication is both industry and syllabus-led, creating an essential course companion and study aid for Levels 2 & 3.

Futurebuild

Futurebuild brings together opinion-shapers, decision-makers and product innovators under a common purpose to explore the latest technologies and approaches, and debate the biggest issues facing the built environment – now and in the future. The six Futurebuild Hubs will provide dedicated platforms that unite sector specific experts and innovators with leading brands and organisations, the Hubs are the place to showcase innovation and launch and promote products with highly engaged audiences. New to Futurebuild 2019, is the Interiors Hub, the leading destination for manufacturers across all areas of commercial and domestic interiors – including healthy buildings, kitchens, bathrooms, washrooms, surfaces, flooring, lighting, appliances and technology – to meet the UK’s largest audience of contract specifiers. The Interiors Hub will provide manufacturers with the opportunity to meet active buyers and high-level decision makers involved in housebuilding, commercial fitout, student accommodation, social housing and the public sector. It will be a space to showcase innovative products that can add value to large-scale projects and collaboratively explore the impact of design on end users. Futurebuild 2019 will be shaped by you. Everyone involved in the event, from the largest headline partner, to the smallest start-up exhibitor, will play a critical role in supporting the industry to collectively create a more positive, sustainable and future-proofed built environment.

Kitchen & Bathroom News

Kitchens & Bathrooms News is an award-winning magazine for professionals who design and specify these hardworking, yet superbly stylish, spaces. Created in a design-led style that directly connects with the creativity of the industry, it effortlessly blends news with expert views, product trends and business advice. Put quite simply, it has been created to help retailers, architects, interior designers, property developers and merchants run their businesses and stay ahead in an ever-competitive marketplace.

NSF Wales Limited

Our NSF International laboratory in Wales (UK) offers testing and approval services to the water pipe and fittings industries and the manufacturers of materials in contact with potable water, and contributes to the development of British and European standards as well as developing bespoke standards for unique water products.

In Compliance GmbH

In Compliance GmbH is an international consultancy specialising in the approval and certification of water fittings and components. A German based company with a satellite office here in the UK, In Compliance truly is an international company capable of supporting any compulsory or voluntary approval worldwide thanks to our dynamic and professional network of testing facilities and certifiers. Whether a product is at conception and prototype stage or simply requiring re-approval, In Compliance has the technical experts to help. Supporting approvals throughout the EMEA and America, In Compliance can help with the design, administrative and technical aspects of any approval, along with dynamic training workshops to understand why compliance is important. Compliance. Its what we do.

Courtprice Limited

Established in 1984, this Corporate Business Insurance Broker and Independent Financial Adviser specialises in Plumbing and Heating Engineers, Manufacturers and Distributors. Based just off the M42 in South Birmingham, they are able to service their Industrial/Commercial client base up and down the Country. They provide Pension and Investment advice and advise on specialist covers for the Construction Industry, BIMsure range of products including Professional Indemnity covers including BIM Liability, Collateral Warranty and Contractors All Risks.

Barbour ABI

A leading construction data specialist, supplying UK wide project information to companies within the construction industry. This data tracks and reports on 100% of all new build and other planned refurbishment projects, whilst also supplying key contact information. This data is then made available through the online database, Evolution, making it easy for you to track upcoming and current work opportunities in your area and target decision makers at the right time, whilst saving you time and resources.

NMBS

The National Merchant Buying Society Ltd (NMBS) is a centralised buying society for Independent Builders, Timber, Hardware, Plumbing and Heating Merchants. It has over 1000 members with over 3000 branches with over £1.4 billion buying power.

Acres Consultancy Limited

Acres Consultancy will add value in recruitment, training and digital media to your KBB or Merchant business. Utilise the diversity of our team skills, experience and knowledge that will offer you solutions and support your business growth. With a unique range of consultants, we will become your first choice provider for all services: Considered recruitment | Accredited sales training | Digital marketing | End to end web development | Experienced business consultancy Ideas are our business and we know that we can make a tangible difference. We help you stand out from the competition, improve sales conversions and increase profits.

BiKBBI

The UK's first and only institute dedicated to the installation of kitchen, bedroom and bathroom product. As a non-profit-making organisation, their aim is define and launch specific installation standards for KBB installation, whilst supporting reputable installation businesses with their commercial aspirations. Providing UK consumers with an informed choice and driving down complaints is a priority for The Institute, and this is achieved via the innovative iSP initiative, in addition to independent accreditation for kbb installers.