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15th March 2019
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Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group annual members' meeting an immense success
The third annual members' meeting for the Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group (KBBG), the UK arm of Der Kreis buying group, took place at Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey recently, and was the group's most successful yet.
Illustrating how quickly the group has grown, almost every seat was filled in the Moss & Campbell Suite at the stunning venue in Weybridge.
Bill Miller, managing director, KBBG addressed the audience with reflections on how the group has grown, from just 15 in attendance at the first annual meeting three years ago, to nearly 100 at this year's meeting.
Following the welcome and introduction from Marcel Crezee, CEO, Der Kreis, Bill Miller presented a market analysis of buying trends relevant to the independent kitchen specialist, advising members on how to maximise sales opportunities, and outlining ways in which to take advantage of the many benefits membership of the KBBG brings. He announced exclusive member offers, and introduced four new suppliers who have joined the expanding organisation.
Also speaking were Michael Dohmen, Head of Sales, North-East Europe, Nobilia, who outlined the developments and advantages of the company to KBBG members while Ffion Francis from Houzz, spoke about market trends and how to use an online presence to benefit business. Just before lunch, Craig Matson, chairman of The Kitchen Education Trust, encouraged members to get involved with supporting the new degree course in Kitchen Design at Bucks New University.
In the afternoon, members and suppliers were treated to a tour of the Mercedes-Benz museum and thrilling high-speed AMG passenger rides around the historic Brooklands circuit. With one or two members nonetheless a little dizzy after their experience, the chance to network was helped by a serving of afternoon tea, and many members expressed how much they enjoyed the day.
"The KBBG is dedicated to providing the very best for our members, and we felt that not only does Mercedes-Benz, as a brand, align extremely well with our members' businesses, Mercedes-Benz World was the ideal location to demonstrate to our growing membership how much they are valued," explains Bill Miller. "We are extremely pleased with the strength of our third annual members' meeting, which was the biggest and most successful yet, and we look forward to greater and ongoing success in the future."
1st July 2016