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31st August 2020
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Leekes become latest high-profile retailer to join BiKBBI and Roman becomes sponsor
The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation has confirmed that the leading independent home department store Leekes Group has become its latest Retail Installation Standards Partner today. The Institute has also confirmed that Roman is to become a sponsor.
In a move that will see BiKBBI support Leekes as it works to meet its installation compliance requirement, Institute CEO Damian Walters commented on the announcement as being "significant". Leekes, with a rich history spanning over 120 years, operates from four showrooms: Cross Hands, Llantrisant, Bilston and Melksham - each with over 30 kitchen displays from suppliers including Omega, Symphony, Rotpunkt and designer Laura Ashley.
Commenting on the partnership, Leekes' kitchen & bathroom business manager Sean Barnes-Hurley said: "We continue to look at opportunities to ensure we provide our customers with the reassurance they need when choosing to buy their kitchen and bathroom from us. Joining BiKBBI we believe will be a really positive step in achieving this and we look forward to working alongside them."
BiKBBI CEO Damian Walters added: "We're working with and attracting a broadening range of retailers, from small independent showrooms to regional and national retailers with a comprehensive portfolio of products and services to support businesses deliver a solid installation proposition."
BiKBBI invites specialist KBB retailers of all sizes to consider their Retail Installation Standards Partnership initiative, supporting retailers to retail, installers to install and consumers to connect - all with education, standards and compliance at the heart of the organisation.
Showering specialist Roman was unveiled as the latest premier industry brand to support the objectives of the BiKBBI this week, as it commits to a three-year corporate sponsorship of the Government sanctioned organisation.
Roman's British manufacturing operation is based in County Durham, but is a truly international brand, now operating in over 56 countries.
Roman managing director, David Osborne (pictured) commented on the announcement by saying:
"We've been increasingly impressed with the activity of BiKBBI over recent months and years and its membership growth is itself a testament to its aims and objectives. We share its vision for education and communication at all levels of our industry - and of course we have a mutual interest in driving compliance and product standards."
BiKBBI CEO Damian Walters added: "Not only is Roman a great brand that is well respected within our industry, but it's a business that very much operates ethically and to the very highest standards. We're incredibly proud that Roman have committed to sponsorship and we look forward to working with the team, especially on the subject of CE Marking and the importance of product compliance messaging with our membership."
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