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INDUSTRY UPDATE THE KBSA COLUMN


Wayne Hemingway to be new head judge for Kbsa Awards


T


he Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, Kbsa has announced that English designer Wayne


Hemingway is to be head judge for the Designer Awards 2018.


Wayne and his wife Gerardine started and built the fashion label Red or Dead into a company that received global acclaim. After 21 consecutive seasons, Wayne and Gerardine sold Red or Dead in a multi-million cash sale. They then set up


Hemingway Design, which specialises in affordable and social design. Wayne received an MBE in June 06 Queens Birthday List, is a Professor in The Built Environment Department of Northumbria University, a Doctor of Design at Wolverhampton, Lancaster and Stafford and a Fellow of Blackburn College.


Kbsa national chair Richard Hibbert says, “We are delighted to have secured such a well-regarded designer to head up our new judging panel for 2018.


“This is just one of the changes we are making this year to ensure that our awards are best in class and remain recognised as one of the most worthwhile awards in the industry.”


Wayne will also present the awards at the awards dinner on 12th September at the Stratford Manor Hotel, Stratford- upon-Avon. Other changes to the Kbsa Designer Awards 2018 include an enhanced rewards and recognition package. All shortlisted projects receive PR support and promotion of their winning designs and winners have a substantial package of personalised PR support, as well as exposure direct to consumers via the Kbsa’ s own consumer handbook. There is also a new financial reward for the Young Designer Award.


The Kbsa Designer Awards 2018 include:


• Kitchens up to £20k • Kitchens £20K to £40K • Kitchens over £40K • Bathroom Designer • Kitchen Concept • Young Designer


Closing date for entries is 31 May and full details are included on the downloadable entry form which is available here www.kbsa.org.uk/2018-designer-awards


 More details are available from The KBSA


www.kbsa.org.uk or call 01623 818808


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British Ceramic Tile set to celebrate homegrown design and manufacture at Clerkenwell Design Week


British Ceramic Tile will be opening its showroom doors for Clerkenwell Design Week, as the company dedicates its celebrations to honouring the best of Great British design and manufacture.


One of the UKs few remaining tile manufacturers to design and produce products here in Britain, the company is incredibly proud of its longstanding heritage and its in house design credentials, and will be marking the occasion through a range of activities that reflect the best of British.


Three days packed full of guest


talks and partner collaborations, the company has secured other like-minded big name brands from across the kitchen, bathroom and interior design industries to come along and showcase their products and services to visitors, offering a true vision of exceptional British design. Partners include Roman Limited, The Whitebirk Sink Co and March and May. Seward Street, EC1V 3PA. Open every day 9am – 5pm. G and High T available every day at 3pm.


www.britishceramictile.com


BA appoints new Digital Marketing Executive


Aaron has recently joined the BA team at their Cookstown base, working as their Digital Marketing Executive. Having previously worked at SAM Mouldings in Antrim, Aaron is focused on learning about the KBB industry and the marketplace.


“I have already started working on a number of projects, which I’m enjoying as it’s great to get stuck in straight away. I am really looking forward to the challenges my new role will bring.”


Aaron will be taking over from Clara Maybin in July when she leaves on maternity leave.


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