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Industry Links

Welcome to our signpost page.

We have designed this page to provide you with lots of useful links to a variety of sites from around the industry, which will keep you up to date with all the latest news and industry events as well as giving access to informative material from other associations and educators involved in our industry.

The categories below include:




        Awards | Conferences | Exhibitions


        Business 2 Business | Consumer


Bucks New University

Buckinghamshire New University is looking forward to accepting the first cohort of students on to its Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design in September 2014.

This new course has been designed in conjunction with key members of the kitchen industry and is in response to national training needs.  It is designed primarily for employees already working in the sector covering a wide number of job roles.

The course is offered as a blended learning opportunity, with three long weekend residential sessions each academic year where you will meet your fellow students, the course team and our industry supporters.

To find out more about the degree course click here

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Bathroom Academy

Nowadays, the people who really know what they are talking about are the ones who are the most successful in the bathroom business.

They get it, and get it right. First time.

But they needed training and that is why the Bathroom Academy was created. It is a unique eLearning package for anyone who works in the bathroom industry, whether they are a complete novice or an experienced person wanting to freshen up their skills.

The Bathroom Academy was created by members of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, by experts drawn from leading world-class manufacturers. The quality of the information is guaranteed.

Exceptional product knowledge creates and nurtures customer confidence. All the learning material in the Bathroom Academy has been written to inform and educate. Every aspect of the bathroom industry is covered.

The Certificate in Bathroom Studies, an open learning programme of assessment, testing and certification.

To find out more about the courses click here


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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The Society of British and International Design (SBID) is the national representative organisation to the European Council of Interior Design and Architecture. (ECIA)

We create and measure the professions trading standards through practice, knowledge and science. We steer and protect our members in business to increase their profile, protect and promote their reputation and create opportunities.

SBID has spent two and a half years shaping and forming the accredited CPD Programme to ensure it truly is the leading CPD Provider to and for the interior design sector.

We have measured, reviewed and set the official CPD Accreditation to provide regulated CPD registration to providers able to meet the standard.

To find out more about the CPD events click here


Electrical, Ventilation, Heating and Water Regulation Training

As part of the NAPIT Group, NAPIT Training delivers a comprehensive portfolio of its own training and assessment in addition to industry approved training that is certificated by City & Guilds, Blue Flame (UKAS Accredited), BPEC and the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM),  throughout its regional UK training centres.

A wide variety of NAPIT training and assessment is available to electrical installers working in either the domestic or industrial sector; they include the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations, Inspection, Testing and Certification of Electrical Installations, 3-Phase Distribution and Control and also an Electrical Inspector Periodic Inspection Reporting course.

NAPIT Training courses and assessment days are both practical and theory based, with specialist training rigs to aid your learning process.  All relevant courses comply with current Building Regulations and British Safety Standards.  Now, as part of NAPIT’s expansion and ongoing development, NAPIT also offer training in the plumbing, heating, ventilation and renewable energy technology sectors.

To find out more about the courses click here

Webs Training




Webs Furniture Training has been delivering training since 1968. Recently much investment has taken place to upgrade and expand the workshop facilities. As the business has grown more highly skilled staff have joined Webs to further improve the quality of our service. We now work with furniture companies from all parts of the UK. All our apprentices are employed within the furniture sector from day one whilst attending our state-of-the-art training centre for off-the-job training.

Apprenticeships in the following areas at NVQ level 2 & 3


•    Upholstery
•    Sewing
•    Wood machining
•    Cabinet making
•    Frame making
•    Polishing
•    Component Manufacturing
•    Kitchen Installation

To find out more about the courses click here


CITB is responsible for maintaining qualifications and standards for the Construction industry including:

  • The National Occupational Standards (NOS) that support the construction industry
  • Major reform of Qualification Frameworks
  • Apprenticeship Frameworks to provide nationally recognised qualifications
  • The Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (C&BE) is designed for young people interested in sector-related learning.

To find out more about the courses click here

The Builders Merchants Federation




BMF runs a wide range of training and skills development for employees of merchants, distributors and suppliers, be they Yard and Counter Staff, Sales Staff and Managers or Directors, training can be arranged privately in your company or you can send employees to open courses we organise at venues local to your company. Training is run by qualified trainers and courses are accredited as appropriate to national standards.



Training includes:

  • Apprenticeship NVQ Level 2 or 3 qualifications (Government subsidised to most 16 – 25 year olds)
  • BMF Campus on-line product knowledge
  • Forklift & Banksman training, including CPC training
  • Skill training such as sales, margin management and
  • Health & Safety (IOSH Certified) and Customer Care Distance Learning
  • BMF Diploma (for trainee Managers) and Foundation Degree in Merchanting awarded by the University of the West of England

To find out more about the courses click here



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The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association (KBSA) brings together over 300 fully accredited, UK based independent, retailers. Each KBSA member provides all the expertise required to design and install your new or updated fitted kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or home office.

To find out more about the KBSA please click here


The Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) is the trade association for manufacturers of bathroom products trading in the UK.

The BMA represents the interests of over 50 major bathroom manufacturing groups and service providers with over 76 well-known brands. The manufacturing base directly employs over 10,000 people across 73 sites around the UK

To find out more about the BMA please click here



The Society of British Interior Design (SBID)is a not-for-profit organisation promoting interior design as a valuable skilled profession. The objective for practitioners is to improve the way designers and architects deliver their service in a transparent and professional format via trained skills and accountability, we aim to separate ourselves from those who practice, but are unqualified to our standards.

SBID is a serious B2B proposition which has attracted the interest of some very high profile companies, with everyone focussed and addressing the issues of sustainability in design and construction. Our membership consists of architects, designers, property developers, national and international construction companies operating in the public and private sectors, including, education, healthcare, hotel and leisure arenas.

 At SBID our role is that of communicator & facilitator between our members and the broad try. We therefore look for experts in specific areas such as  property, finance and law to dovetail our aims and objectives of high performance and added value, raising and creating industry standards and finally, through association with SBID enhancing the reputation of all parties with whom we work to create and facilitate business.

SBID is inducted into the ECIA positioning Britain for the very first time as an equal member country alongside sixteen fellow nations, each meeting the high standard of performance, education and competence.

To find out more about SBID please click here


NAPIT was formed in 1992 as the National Association for Professional Inspectors and Testers, with the aim of setting standards for industry. Since then NAPIT’s role has evolved and expanded to be one of the fastest growing Government Approved register holders for Part P Registered Domestic Electrical Installers (both full and defined scope) while continuing to serve the needs of those carrying out equipment testing and electrical installation and testing in commercial and industrial sectors.

Changes to the Building Regulations (Parts F, G, H, J, and L in England and Wales) meant many electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation contractors were finding they needed to notify work across several disciplines. In the past this has meant having to join several different Competent Persons Schemes to be able to self certify and notify work.

However, in April 2006 NAPIT was successful in being awarded additional licences by Government that allowed it to expand its range of Schemes to include plumbing, heating and ventilation. This ‘Complete Solution’ means businesses registered on NAPIT’s Competent Person Scheme only have to join one organisation, with one membership fee and one assessment fee. NAPIT has built on this success by acquiring licences to operate the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) in 2009 and the Green Deal Certification Scheme in 2012. This has added an expanding range of renewable and energy efficient technologies to NAPIT’s trade portfolio. This has given NAPIT members even more opportunity to expand their business, with the potential to take advantage of the reduced costs of NAPIT’s common sense, complete solution approach.

To find out more about NAPIT please click here

Builders Merchant Federation


iKBBI-logo-web-large-transThe Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers (iKBBI) is the UK’s first and only government sanctioned and not-for-profit institute dedicated to the kbb installation sector.

Lunched in 2007, the institute represents thousands of installers across the UK, together with national and independent retailers of kitchen, bedroom and bathroom product.

The aim of the organisation is to support reputable installation businesses and professional installers to meet their commercial aspirations, whilst raising installation standards and providing an informed choice for consumers.

To find out more about The iKBBI please click here

The Tile Association

The Tile Association represents the whole of the UK wall and floor tile industry under one organisation. It has more than doubled in size since originally formed and now has more than 950 members, consisting of tiling contractors, fixers, distributors, retailers and manufacturers. Its mission is to promote professionalism and technical standards in the tiling industry, as well as provide technical support to both members and their customers.

To find out more about The Tile Association please click here

The Furniture Makers’ Company

The Furniture Makers’ Company is the charity for the British furnishing industry. Its vision is for a thriving British furnishing industry with a talented workforce delivering high quality products, which supports those in need from within its ranks and those who have served it in the past.

It is here to help everyone involved in this exciting creative world, whether a student, designer, maker, business owner, retailer or a current or former employee.

  • It recognises and inspires excellence within the industry with its prestigious Guild Mark awards.
  • It encourages new talent with its extensive education programme.
  • It helps people from the industry when times are tough, with grants, services, time and support.

To find out more about the Furniture Makers’ Company please click here


There are a range of industry magazines available both paper based and electronic.  While most are focused on the business to business industry market there are some excellent consumer magazines as well.

Business to Business


Click on the logos to visit the magazines websites.

BKU  Designer Portfolio       Essential Portfolio          KBBR Portfolio          K & B News Portfolio

Digital & Newsletters

kbb daily Digital Portfolio           Kbzine Digital Portfolio            KB News Online Digital Portfolio                                    




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