15 November 2009

So where were you then?

Once again the National Business Awards (NBA) has held a successful event, and once again the vast majority of the suppliers and retailers in KBB-Land were not represented.

It was left to Ian Cheshire, Group CEO of Kingfisher plc to carry the lone KBB flag. (Make of that what you will kitchen and bathroom companies.) Sadly for Ian, Co-op boss Peter Marks who won this year's Orange Leader of the Year award pipped him at the post.

Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, The National Business Awards, sponsored by Orange, is the UK’s most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on success, innovation and ethical business.

So, aren't you running a successful company? I know from the information that I receive on a daily basis there is not shortage of innovation and surely your business is ethical too.

To (almost) quote from Delia Smith: "Where were you then?"

It's clear that you love vertical awards, as there is no shortage of them. There's the kbbReview's industry awards that will run alongside kbb Birmingham in March next year. A few weeks ago the Designer Awards took place, and there are a growing number of specialist supplier awards from the likes of RAK Ceramics and Neff UK- and even the Bathroom Manufacturers Association's awards to the media and exhibitions.

Vertical awards do have their place of course, but there are individuals and companies in KBB-Land that deserve the national recognition the NBA can bring. And I for one would like to see a few more of them up on the stage at next year's event.

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