Bringing Light to the KBB World

In recent years, there has been increased focus in the KBB market around lighting. End-consumers now have much more knowledge and have been requesting lighting products from their KBB retailer. This had forced some KBB retailers to uncomfortably dip their toes in the lighting world.

Leyton Lighting for kitchen, bedroom and bathroom retailers - Available from NESP

We wanted to work together with a premier lighting retailer to educate KBB retailers, giving them the knowledge and confidence to sell to their customers. As one of the oldest lighting companies in the KBB market, we thought Leyton Lighting would be a great choice, so in May 2015 we signed up as Distribution Partner.

Leyton Lighting’s collection of stunning lighting includes beautifully crafted pendant and island lights specifically designed for kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms. The Trio Collection epitomises current trends using contemporary materials such as copper and glass, others are timeless classics that will grace any interior.Collection of contemporary glass pendants from Leyton lighting - available from NESP.

The Leyton range of KBB lighting includes cabinet, plinth, drawer and shelf lighting. Much of the range utilises the latest COB LED technology so you can offer your customers the most exceptional lighting for their homes.

The ultra-thin Targa cabinet light.

Browse the full Leyton lighting collection here. While online ordering is available for much of the range, you can also place your orders via our sales team by emailing sales@nesp.co.uk or giving us a ring on 0845 634 9700.

Independent Retailer Month – Get Involved!

"Independent Retailer Month is a campaign that runs annually throughout July to highlight the important role smaller, local, independent retailers play in the communities they serve, the local economy they contribute to, and in the retail sector as a whole."Independent Retailer Month 1

As a lot of our customers are independent kbb retailers working on our high streets, industrial estates and out of their own workshops, we thought it was important to support this campaign and let you know about all the resources on offer.

For every pound you spend in a locally owned business up to 70p benefits your local community whereas if you shop out of town or online, as little as 5p finds it’s way back.

The aim of Independent Retailer Month is to give a boost to the local economy and community. They want to help change consumer habits for the long term, creating more sustainable towns and communities.

To make it easy for shoppers to find their local independent shops, they have created a searchable directory of UK independent retailers. The directory is only available to independent businesses that serve the consumer. If you do qualify and would like a free business listing and social media promotion, then submit your business for free here.

Get a FREE business listing and get your business found online.
Get a FREE business listing and get your business found online.

To support all independent retailers, the campaign has created free downloadable resources including ‘How to beat the major retail brands’, ‘How to use 10 steps to retail success’ and ‘How to get started with social media’. View the full list of downloadable resources here.

Getting involved is free. If you want to find out more about the campaign, get access to free business hints and tips or drive extra footfall and sales with campaign events, then visit the Independent Retail campaign website.

Useful Links

Follow the campaign on Twitter @IndieRetailUK

Visit the Independent Retailer Month campaign page here.

Find out more about the Independent Shops directory here.

For some more ideas on how to get involved in the campaign visit this page.

Beer Day Britain Giveaway

For Beer Day Britain on Wednesday 15th June we handed out some nice bottles of beer to our lovely customers.

Our Sales Director, George Richardson, chose Newcastle Brown Ale as the drink of choice for some of our Scottish customers on the day. Here’s a selection of some of the recipients, including JRW Interiors, Signature Kitchens, Regency and Stevenswood.

Beer Day Britain Giveaway 2016
Beer Day Britain Giveaway 2016

A Quick Guide to Lighting

Quick guide to lighting your design from NESP.

Nowadays, peoples expectation of lighting extends beyond just a lamp and a ‘big light’. If you are feeling overwhelmed by all the different types of lighting options. Keep reading for a brief overview.

Lighting Function

There are three groups of lighting you need to consider when lighting a room. Combining all three will give you a great overall effect & provide flexibility to perform the wide range of functions the room may need to accommodate. This is especially important in kitchens.  The change from a bright, energetic light for daytime tasks to a relaxed space after work should be seamless and effortless. Continue reading “A Quick Guide to Lighting”

National Jelly Bean Day Giveaways

Did you know that Friday 22nd April was National Jelly Bean Day!

To celebrate, George and Richard were handing out jars of Jelly Beans to customers they visited on the day. The sweet jars were the perfect size to take home and enjoy over the weekend or to place in the showroom to share with customers (if they were feeling generous!).

National Jelly Bean Day at NESP

A few of our customers with their Jelly Beans!
A few of our customers with their Jelly Beans!

Mistral Training Session Success

Last week, we helped deliver Mistral training to dozens of fitters. Mistral is a 25mm solid surface format with a choice of 20 colours that gives fitters the freedom to design and shape their customers’ ideal kitchens without limits.

With no MDF or particleboard substrate to contend with, skilled joiners can create seamless joints between Mistral worktops, splashbacks and upstands. However, to get the best results, fitters should be trained and understand how to work with the material.

To help our Scottish customers make the most of Mistral, we organised a series of three training sessions. These were run by the experts at Karonia, the manufacturers of Mistral, and took place across Stevenswood counters in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dunfermline.

Our Sales Director, George Richardson, has attended all three sessions and is now our resident Mistral expert. If you have any Mistral fitting questions, you will now be directed straight to George!

Dave Boden of Karonia expertly demonstrates a stage in the Mistral fitting process.
Dave Boden of Karonia expertly demonstrates a stage in the Mistral fitting process.

What about the sessions themselves? While they are often referred to as training sessions, it is more accurate to call them Product Demonstrations. The comprehensive nature of the demo means that it is not necessary to have any previous solid surface experience. So the sessions are open to anyone, whether they already work with Mistral or are looking to add it to their portfolio.

What does the MISTRAL Product Demonstration cover?

  • Product design, availability, features and sizes
  • Manufacturing process
  • Pre-installation advice – handling, storage, checks, batch matching and shade checks
  • Tooling requirements
  • Cutting
  • Machining
  • Orello solid surface sink installation
  • Jointing
  • Sanding
  • Finishing
  • Aftercare

What are the key things the fitters will come away with from the session?

  • Confidence and knowledge of how to correctly install all Karonia products
  • An appreciation of the ease of installation
  • Full understanding of tooling requirements
  • Full manufacturer support, advice and aftercare
  • Confidence in dealing with an experienced manufacturer and a field-tested product.

There’s been a lot of interest around Mistral as they recently introduced 3 new colours at the KBB 2016 show; Orion, Lunas and Polaris (see the new colours here). The sessions have proved so popular we have organised some further dates later in the year to take place in Scotland, here at NESP in Durham and at Karonia’s headquarters in Yorkshire.

Thanks to Stevenswood, one of our Scottish customers, who kindly offered up their space for the sessions.  

If you want more information on upcoming training sessions please contact our sales team on 0845 634 9700 or email sales@nesp.co.uk. View our full range of Mistral solid surface products and order online via the NESP website.

Social Media for your Business – The Basics

The internet is changing the way we do business; you’ll know yourself how many people research online before even stepping foot in a showroom, some suggest the figure is as high as 90%! When potential customers are looking online, how do you get to the top of their list?Social Media in the KBB Industry

One way to get found online & spread awareness of your business is to create company profiles on social networks like Twitter & Facebook. They allow you to build relationships with potential customers before they even enter your showroom.

Company pages are free to set-up so you have no excuse! Here’s a quick guide on how to get your company found online.

> Set up a company page

You probably have a personal Twitter or Facebook account but make sure you set up a company page. Find quick guides on how to set up a company Facebook page here & a Twitter page here.

> Fill in the bio

Always complete the ‘About Us’ section so if people come across you on Twitter or Facebook rather than your website they will still know who you are & what you do.

> Update contact details

Make sure your showroom address, phone number, email address & opening times are all up-to-date wherever they’re displayed (& display them everywhere!)

> Link it up

Everywhere you’re online, make sure there are links to all of your platforms. So, on your Facebook page, include your website address & twitter handle.

> Ask for feedback

There’s a massive 64% increase in willingness to purchase from customer reviews. So ask your customers to leave reviews!

Complete these steps to optimise your company’s online presence, get found online and bring more customers through your door!

5 Stands to Visit at kbb 2016

kbb Birmingham is the UK’s largest gathering of the world’s most exciting KBB brands. Taking place from 6 – 9 March at NEC Birmingham.

With so many exhibitors at the show, we thought we’d give you a shortlist of 5 stands we think would be worth a visit where you can find out more about our suppliers, including Mistral, Blum and Reginox.

Mistral – Stand M100

Mistral Solid Surface material is available to order from extensive stocks from NESP Ltd.

Karonia will be introducing three new colours to enhance the range, adding extra dimensions and choice to the ever-popular Mistral solid surface worktop range. We’ve seen them and think they’re going to be really popular!

Visit their stand to be among the first to see the new colours.

Blum – Stand N100

NESP is a leading distributor of Blum products.

The focus of this year’s show is on Blum’s solutions for handleless kitchen furniture. Blum offers three applications including lift systems, hinges and pull-outs – and four motion technologies including Blumotion, Tip-On, Servo-Drive and the new Tip-On Blumotion which will be launched at the show. The applications can combined with different motion technologies, allowing handleless fronts to open at a single touch.

Visit the Blum stand to try out TIP-ON BLUMOTION for yourself and discover more handleless furniture options.

Reginox – Stand N92

Reginox high-quality sinks and taps are available to order through NESP Ltd.

Reginox will be launching their brand new Regi Color range of coloured stainless steel sinks. A unique and exciting addition to the kitchen sinks sector.

Regi Color is launched in three stock colours – Arctic White, Sahara Sand (Beige) and Midnight Sky (Black). All three colours are available from NESP in three different size options -see our range here.

Made from high-grade coated stainless steel, Regi Color is perfect for those customers who crave colour in the kitchen! Visit their stand to see the amazing new Regi Colour sinks for yourself!

Finsa – Stand M116 

Finsa MFC panel products are available from extensive stocks. Order today from NESP Ltd.

The Finsa stand will be focussed on exhibiting melamines, chipboard and MDF’s as well as explaining its uses.

We carry extensive stocks

O&S Doors – Stand F125

We are an agent for Scotland for O&S Doors. Get in touch with our sales team for more information.

The Choose door range offers over 100 separate door designs with over 50 different finishes. Visit the stand to learn more.

The team at NESP are available to help at any stage of your project, simply email sales@nesp.co.uk or ring 0845 634 9700 if you want any more information about any of the mentioned product ranges.