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NEWS | Round-up


CIH thanks its suppliers for help to ‘compete with the larger guys again’


COMBINED INDEPENDENT


Holdings, which represents the Euronics buying group in the UK, recently celebrated the support from its suppliers at a lunch and awards ceremony held at Claridge’s in London.


In his opening address, CIH chairman Steve Scogings [a director of


the nine-store Stellisons chain,


which sells electricals and kitchens (pictured left)], thanked suppliers for helping its members “compete with the larger guys again” and “reclaim some of the business we have lost in the past”.


He also spelt out the buying group’s achievements over the past year: “It has been a busy 12 months and I feel we have achieved a great deal so far, including: • Holding a highly successful overseas conference; • Delivering a fantastic showcase at the NEC; • Giving every member more of a say in their company with proportional representation at the board; • New Euronics fascia rollout; • Brand sponsorship; • And our very own extended warranty scheme created in partnership with Retracare, called Smartcare.” Before announcing its award- winning suppliers for 2019, Scogings thanked all the brands that had supported the buying group, saying: “I would like to thank all the suppliers for their fantastic support this year to both me, Stuart [Cook, chief executive] and the team at Andover.


“We have had many new opportunities given to us that have benefited our membership and this has helped the members begin to believe we can start to compete with the larger guys again and can take our channel forward and start to reclaim some of the business we have lost in the past. “Without this relationship, we cannot function, and we never forget that this is a partnership in which we both have a vested interest in making a profit. Neither you the suppliers nor us the retailers can survive in this business without that lifeblood.”


The first of two individual awards


was given to Andreas Meier, chief executive of BSH UK and Ireland who leaves in February to take up a new role heading up SDAs in Europe, for “his service to our business”. The second individual awards went


to Roy Dickens, who is retiring from his position as retail director, specialists, at Sony UK, thanking him for his “willingness


to always put the


independents needs first”. In the main awards, white goods


supplier of the year went to Blomberg, the group’s dedicated brand, produced for them by Beko. Brown goods supplier of the year was won by Sony. Scogings said of their award: “Sony is a brand that has really shown they are willing to work with CIH this year. “We have had some fantastic exclusives being offered through the warehouse as well as an eagerness to help the member with promoting their


Beko MD Teresa Arbuckle receives White Goods Supplier of the Year award for Blomberg


products going forward.”


Its final award was for the company that had shown a commitment to independents, which went to Haier. Scogings commented: “The winner is a brand that has embraced both a willingness to offer highly sought-after Agency products that are extremely competitive in the market but also has provided some astonishing scoop purchases for the members to get their teeth into.”


In his speech, Scogings also


announced that there would be another Euronics TV advertisement starting on December 25 pushing “local family-run businesses to help local customers”, starring Nick Knowles, presenter of the popular TV show DIY SOS.


He also announced that the Day True opens third showroom


DAY TRUE has opened its third studio in Wimbledon Village. The four-storey showroom in - cludes kitchen, bedroom and bathroom displays. With established showrooms in


Maida Vale and Chelsea, Day True has opened in this location to expand its customer base in the south of London. Joint owner of Day True Hayley Robson is a prolific winner and former judge of the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards. Last year she won the Bathroom Designer of the Year Award in two categories: project cost £10,000 to £25,000 and £25,000+. The concept of the showroom is to


have a mix of functional concepts of room designs from an outdoor living area within an atrium that has a gin bar to a basement spa. The top floor of the showroom is set out as a two-bedroom show house, which allows customers to view the designs in a real home space. Part of


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Euronics buying group would be “pushing ahead” with its online offering and that Phase Five of its SAP (Systems Applications and Products) integration would focus on “delivering major growth for our members”. Scogings also took the opportunity


to thank his vice-chairman, Andrew Thomas, of AF Thomas in Newport, and chief executive Stuart Cook (pictured right) for their support. Of Cook, Scogings said: “Stuart has worked diligently this year in steering CIH towards an extremely bright future and has helped bring the team all on board for our joint vision of the company. “Working closely together, along


with Andrew Thomas, we have really delivered for the business. I believe we have improved the business for both members and suppliers.”


Dates announced for KBSA Conference 2020


THE KITCHEN and Bathroom Manufacturers Association (KBSA) has announced that its 2020 conference, AGM and awards dinner will be held on Wednesday, September 30. “We are delighted to have


announced the date for 2020 so early,” said KBSA chairman Richard Hibbert (pictured). “The 2019 event was fully booked, with attendance up 30% on the previous year, so we are urging members to save the date and book early, as soon as tickets go on sale.” Hibbert said the format for 2020 will incorporate an exclusive retailer dinner the evening before the conference and the annual awards dinner at the end of the day following the conference. He added: “We are committed to continually improving


the concept of the showroom is that the areas aren’t unused and are more like a real home where everything isn’t perfect – so there are working displays throughout the showroom.


the only conference that caters for the independent KBB retailer, presenting material and topics that offer tangible benefits, as well as a fabulous networking event. “There will be some enticing early bird offers available to members – details to be announced soon.”


kbbreview · January 2020


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