The Kbsa has advised members that they can open their showrooms for business in accordance with the latest government guidelines.
The statement was made after the Kbsa received information from trading standards and members received letters from their local MPs. The Kbsa initiated the letters, also writing to the Rt Hon Alok Sharma, asking for urgent clarification on the potential opening of their retail stores, after national retailer Wren re-opened for trading.
Kbsa national chair, Richard Hibbert, said: “Our members were naturally concerned that large national competitors were gaining a commercial advantage by opening their kitchen showrooms, when the government guidance seemed to indicate that they should remain closed.”
“We therefore took action to clarify the government advice and on the basis of the replies received so far from local MPs, Trading Standard Offices and other relevant regulatory authorities, we have announced that retail members should feel free to open their premises to business, in accordance with the new health and safety measures.
“Since the start of the lockdown our members have rigidly followed the advice of the government and supported the efforts to protect the NHS and save lives. It was unacceptable that there was ambiguity in the market place and we are pleased that our efforts have resulted in members feeling confident to re-open their showrooms.”