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This is the kbbreview Podcast from Taylist Media. In March 2020, when it became clear that the coronavirus had the potential to severely affect the fortunes of the kbb sector we launched The kbbreview Podcast. The initial aim of the show was to talk directly to leading retailers and suppliers about how they were managing the situation, evaluating the market, and predicting the future during a bizarre and unprecedented crisis.We knew that a podcast was the perfect medium for a time when people needed reassurance that they weren’t alone in their dilemmas, they could hear the real voices of their peers and that provided great comfort at a really uncertain time. Since then, The kbbreview Podcast has grown with a life and personality of its own, what started as a direct response to a crisis has become a fountain of stories, advice, reassurance and inspiration that covers the whole market, not just the response to the virus.
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The kbbreview Podcast kbbreview, Andrew Davies

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 36 Ratings

This is the kbbreview Podcast from Taylist Media. In March 2020, when it became clear that the coronavirus had the potential to severely affect the fortunes of the kbb sector we launched The kbbreview Podcast. The initial aim of the show was to talk directly to leading retailers and suppliers about how they were managing the situation, evaluating the market, and predicting the future during a bizarre and unprecedented crisis.We knew that a podcast was the perfect medium for a time when people needed reassurance that they weren’t alone in their dilemmas, they could hear the real voices of their peers and that provided great comfort at a really uncertain time. Since then, The kbbreview Podcast has grown with a life and personality of its own, what started as a direct response to a crisis has become a fountain of stories, advice, reassurance and inspiration that covers the whole market, not just the response to the virus.
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    If you were running for Prime Minister...

    If you were running for Prime Minister...

    Welcome to The kbbreview Podcast, your host is Andy Davies and this may be the last episode of Season 11 but we've got a couple of very interesting bits for you
    First up we're talk about manifestos - we all know there's going to be a General Election this year so if you were running for Prime Minister, what would be in YOURS to help kbb businesses?
    While we were at the KBB show we took the opportunity to ask this very simple question to some leading industry figures.
    And then we go from Prime Minister to prime time TV. Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen made an appearance at the KBB show supporting Caple so kbbreview editor Rebecca Nottingham caught up with him to hear his views on kitchen and bathroom design. Warning, this next interview contains flamboyance...


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    • 23 min
    Do we still need reps on the road?

    Do we still need reps on the road?

    Welcome to The kbbreview Podcast, your host as always is Andy Davies and this week we're looking at the communication between suppliers and their retailers.
    Since Covid there has been massive shift in how this is done, the traditional rep-on-the-road model has morphed into a hybrid of some area sales managers and a lot more emails, portals, Zoom, Teams, webinars and the like.
    From the suppliers point of view it's not hard to see why. Reps are expensive and can only cover so much, but technology allows direct communication and exchange of important updates and information easily. 
    For the retailers, however, they like face-to-face, it's their bread and butter after all, plus they have potentially dozens of suppliers and that means dozens of portals, emails, updates and Zoom calls to get through - and the onus is on them to do it.
    So it's time consuming AND the volume of information coming this way means that they may miss important updates such as price changes or stock availability.
    Andy caught up with a few key suppliers to ask them what they think. Is there still a role for the rep on the road, and how do you get important messages across when the inbox is so noisy…
    But do retailers agree? We ask them too....
    What do you think? Email Andy at andrewdavies@taylistmedia.com or find him on LinkedIn here

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    • 18 min
    KBB SHOW PODCAST BONUS: Sonas Bathrooms

    KBB SHOW PODCAST BONUS: Sonas Bathrooms

    Welcome to another bonus episode of The kbbreview Podcast, your host is Andy Davies and at the kbb show last week he caught up with Richard Sloan, the CEO of Sonas Bathrooms. 
    It was their time exhibiting at the show AND, of course, they were also our Podcast Partner for the 20204 kbbreview Retail & Design Awards.
    So that's two greatest reasons to talk to Richard about the health of the market, the relationship between suppliers and retailers and how they're doing exhibiting for the first time. 
    If you want more info on Sonas Bathrooms then you can find out everything you need to know at sonasbathrooms.co.uk and we highly recommend checking out all the special 2024 awards podcast episodes here.

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    • 11 min
    KBB SHOW PODCAST: The kbbreview Award winners!

    KBB SHOW PODCAST: The kbbreview Award winners!

    Welcome to The kbbreview Podcast, this is another of our special episodes from kbb Birmingham, although to be more precise this one is coming from the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards 2024. 
    Host Andy Davies found a relatively quiet spot to talk to you but we had around 900 people filling the room celebrating the very best of the industry so it was a big noisy crowd and an amazing atmosphere.
    Our host was Stephen Mulhern and he had the whole room in the palm of his hand but we managed to grab our winners as they came off stage.
    As always, these special awards episodes are brought to you with the support of our 2024 Podcast Partner Sonas Bathrooms - they're all here tonight so hello to you all again if you're listening and thank you for all your support this year. These episodes really give us the chance to explain what the awards are all about it, give a little peak behind the curtain AND let every meet some of the finalists and judges.
    And that's really important as, even though we're alwaus have a big party here we really work hard to make sure these are awards worth winning.
    You can find out more about Sonas Bathrooms at sonasbathrooms.co.uk and you can also see the full list of winners at our website kbbreview.com/awards as well as a full gallery of pictures from the night which is, let's be honest, what everyone wants to see. 
    We open entries for the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards 2025 in the Autumn so watch out for that...


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    • 15 min
    KBB SHOW PODCAST: Day Two interviews

    KBB SHOW PODCAST: Day Two interviews

    Welcome to the second of your special kbbreview Podcast episodes direct from kbb Birmingham 2024
    It's been another really busy show today, with lots of very interesting conversations on and off the record , including some fantastic gossip which we couldn't possible repeat and some genuinely honest assessments about the health of the market. 
    Today we've got a couple of very interesting interviews that host Andy Davies did on the hoof here at the NEC.
    First up, we're talking changes to the laws surrounding the recycling of appliances - what it means for suppliers AND what it mean for retailers who sell them and take the old ones away. It's a very important subject that could directly effect you so we're meeing Anthony Sant, the joint MD of Swift Electrical.
    Then we have a really interesting discussion with Walter Peteri, Quooker's Global Director and the son of founder Henri Peteri. Quooker is such an interesting story not just in the product but also the marketing and Walter has some very insightful views on innovation within the kitchen industry.
    Don't miss it!


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    • 16 min
    KBB SHOW PODCAST: How's business?

    KBB SHOW PODCAST: How's business?

    It's the first of our daily episodes direct from kbb Birmingham 2024 and there's one question on everyone's lips - how's business?
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    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

SueG45 ,

Essential

What was essential listening during the worst days of the pandemic has now become essential listening for the day-to-day kbb showroom and business owner. Everyone in the industry should be tuning in every week.

seancafferty ,

Very Helpful

This podcast is very useful shared learning. I particularly respect the independent specialist who discovers or digs out a winning strategy, and is keen to share it with other independent specialists. I believe the key is accepting that competition between ourselves is the minor and healthy threat. The threat is national companies masking the service they offer to look similar to the expertise we offer, and busy multi tasking potential clients, are not at fault for buying from nationals, we independents are at fault when one of our target client profiles buys from a national. Those who want to boast about only getting leads from recommendations are basically boasting about lacking ambition and only being confident they can sell what they do to somebody who already knows what they do. I think Andy wants our sector to prosper. Oh and just to ensure I have no friends, a trade association devoted to selling the benefit of guaranteeing big up front deposits, is not going to win target clients from national advertisers either. We will not learn new stuff while looking up our own arses x

Robbo_Day_True ,

Pushing the industry to be honest

As someone who has been in the KBB industry for so many years, it’s great to have this podcast which really tries to get into the good and the bad of the industry, so that we can all listen, learn and take note from it.

Definitely part of my essential listening.. superb 👏🏼👏🏼

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