Trade association, the Kbsa has welcomed three members in July, which it says is “continuing a trend of retailers joining to benefit from the support provided, during these challenging times”.
Independent retailers Cole Roberts in Loughborough, HDM Kitchens in Taunton and Ridgeway Interiors in Oxfordshire are all showrooms open by appointment-only, as the lockdown eases.
Michael Cole of Cole Roberts said: “We’re delighted to have been listed as a Kbsa approved retailer having supplied kitchens and bathrooms to retail and trade customers for over 14 years.
“After recently moving into our brand new 8,000sqft showroom in Loughborough, this was the perfect time to join.”
He explained the decision to join the trade association: “We wish to reassure our customers given the current uncertainty within the market due to the issues surrounding COVID-19.
“Kbsa membership will help us to achieve this, as well as complement the reliability and high quality associated with the brands we supply, including our very own Projekt German Kitchens.”
Mark Butler of Butler Interiors added: “As a small, independent business, I often struggled finding time to do the nonessential tasks, COVID-19 came and like many I found myself with more time. So I took the opportunity to clear my to-do list, which included taking my initial Kbsa enquiry to the next level.
“When I contacted Kbsa chair Richard Hibbert, he gave me help and advice that would normally only be offered to Kbsa members. He genuinely seemed happy to help another independent business during these unprecedented times.
“It was this level of service that made me certain I had made the correct decision of becoming a Kbsa member.”
National account manager of the Kbsa Allister Reed added: “We are delighted to welcome three new members.
“The wide ranging support and added value we can provide is proving to be an essential part of a retailer’s tool kit as they get back to business.”