Trade association the Kbsa has announced 10 companies have joined the association, continuing the drive towards 50 additional retail members by summer 2019.
If follows on from the Kbsa reporting “unheard of” retail membership at its AGM, last year.
The latest members includes eight retail businesses, a corporate member Gardner Distribution, and a Foundation member New Forest Designs in Hampshire.
In addition, EKCO (Edinburgh) has added an additional branch to its membership.
The eight retail members include: F&D Kitchen Solutions in Milton Keynes, ADMO Kitchens in Leytonestone, Cu-cucine in Oxfordshire, Kitchen Ergonomics in Hertfordshire, K&M Interiors in Melton Mowbray, Banstead Kitchen Studio in Surrey, Martha James Kitchens & Living Spaces in Lincolnshire and Kitchens Unlimited in Ashford, Kent.
National account manager of the Kbsa Allister Reed said: “We are delighted to begin 2019 with such an influx of new members.
“This is certainly going to be a challenging year as the Brexit deal fiasco plays out over the coming months.
“It is our intention to build an association that is relevant and strong, able to support members as they face the uncertainties and market challenges ahead.
“We will continue to promote the new Foundation memberships over the coming year.
“This unique package allows start-up businesses to take advantage of Kbsa membership earlier than they could have done previously, and enables us to offer them much needed support during their formative years.
“These are exciting times for the Kbsa as we drive forward our plans to make the association bigger and stronger, enabling us to be even more successful in promoting, protecting and supporting the independent KBB retail specialist.”