BiKBBI inaugural awards event hailed as 'complete triumph'

IndustryNews Thu 3rd Feb 2022 by KBBFocus

BiKBBI inaugural awards event hailed as 'complete triumph'

BiKBBI inaugural awards event hailed as 'complete triumph'

The British Institute of KBB Installation (BiKBBI) has hailed its inaugural awards ceremony, which was held at the QEII Centre in Westminster on 1st February, as a 'complete triumph'. The BiKBBI welcomed more than 275 industry guests – including shortlisted installers and installation businesses from across the UK – to the ceremony, which was created to celebrate success and excellence within KBB installation. 

The event was guest hosted by KBBFocus commercial director Darren Summerfield, pictured right, with special after dinner speaker and British sporting legend Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, pictured left.

BiKBBI chief executive Damian Walters said: “Our inaugural awards ceremony was a complete triumph. We recognised some outstanding achievements and I had the opportunity to honour a dearly departed friend and BiKBBI board member Vince Linnane. What was really quite special was the feeling of togetherness in the room. Spirits were high, people were smiling and enjoying themselves, which has been long overdue. The night reminded me why I love this industry as I do”.

The awards followed the BiKBBI annual conference, which took place earlier in the day with industry speakers including Quooker MD Stephen Johnson, together with a panel discussion from leading industry figures. Author, motivational speaker and former member of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, the Hon. Stuart Lawrence, addressed how the industry can develop a diverse future workforce. 

Walters added: “These were two ambitious events, delivered on the same day. To say it was a logistical challenge would be an understatement, but I cannot be happier with the outcome. Our conference, attended by MPs and the minister for business, energy and industrial strategy, covered the very key topics important to our industry, with fantastic statistical insight to help focus our industry. We welcomed Hon. Stuart Lawrence, youth worker and brother of murdered Stephen Lawrence, to the afternoon session to discuss how we can diversify the workforce and attract a new generation to the industry.”

Winners of the inaugural BiKBBI Annual Awards 2022: 

Young Installer of the Year
Sponsored by VitrA
Won by Sam Greenhalgh of Attica Bespoke

Community Champion of the Year
Sponsored by Trend Bedrooms
Won by System XL

Independent Retailer of the Year
Sponsored by MALMO
Won by John Lewis of Hungerford

Customer Service Champion of the Year
Sponsored by AO
Won by Christian Andrews Interiors

Installation Manager of the Year
Sponsored by Image On Workwear
Won by David Rowley of Victoria Plum

Installation Business of the Year
Sponsored by HÄFELE
Won by BT Projects (London)

Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by Shower Wall
Won by Harrison Fish

National Retailer of the Year
Sponsored by Anthill
Won by Wren Kitchens

Installer of the Year
Sponsored by ROCA
Won by Paul Miles of ACE Electrical & Plumbing

Special Recognition Award
Sponsored by Protect My Install
Posthumously Awarded to Vince Linnane
Presented to brother Kevin Linnane and sister-in-law Yvonne Linnane

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