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20th January 2020
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iKBBI commits to The Furniture Makers Company
The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers has confirmed this week that it is supporting The Furniture Makers Company as a Corporate Member, joining brands including iKBBI Installation Partners B&Q and John Lewis, as well as sponsor Blum.
Formed as a guild in 1952, established as a livery company of the City of London in 1963, and granted a Royal Charter in 2013, the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers has a strategy to support three key areas within the furniture industry: Education, Excellence and Assistance.
The Company is also proud to support our armed forces by being affiliated with 2nd Battalion The Rifles. Its historical ties with the forces date back to 1989 when the Bond of Association was made between the Company and The Royal Green Jackets, who in 2007 became a part of the new regiment - The Rifles.
iKBBI CEO Damian Walters, who attended the admissions ceremony in central London earlier this month on behalf of the organisation, says: "We have been supporting the charity with several initiatives already, but are pleased to make the Company our official charity.
"The Furniture Makers Company's core pillars are not too dissimilar to those of the Institute. Its commitment to education, especially with its tireless efforts working on educational programmes for schoolchildren and students, as well as its sterling work on recognising quality standards, are close to our own".
The iKBBI and The Furniture Makers Company will work together, along with other key parties, to develop a nationally available apprenticeship for kitchen, bedroom & bathroom installation and Continued Personal Development opportunities for time-served installers.
In a further interesting move, the iKBBI is conducting a poll to find out what the industry thinks about the possibility of Brexit. Have your say at:
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