LOCAL business, Channel Island Ceramics, has been nominated as a finalist in the Bathroom Designer of the Year – project costing between £10,000 and £25,000 category – at prestigious national awards organised by kbbreview, the UK’s leading business-to-business magazine for the industry.
Rachel Barclay, BA Hons (Interior Design), a Director at Channel Island Ceramics, said to be one of four short-listed from thousands of national submissions was ‘a real honour and something shared with everyone in the team who has helped make my designs a reality.’
‘At Channel Island Ceramics we believe that all three elements of our rooms are very important, these are the product quality, a first-class design and the highest standard of installation,’ said Mrs Barclay.
‘The most successful rooms have all three elements in balance. We work very hard to offer something special to our clients and it is very rewarding for this to be recognised by the judges of such a prestigious award.’
Channel Island Ceramics’ design submission is based around a very high specification bathroom in a new build home. It included raising part of the room to the level of the outside balcony so the area with the bath was seamless with the outside area. This enabled the bathroom design to bring the outside in, and vice versa, so the clients could truly appreciate the stunning views while enjoying a relaxing bath.
‘I think it is great for Channel Island Ceramics to be recognised because we were up against major, national bathroom and kitchen businesses like Ripples,’ said Mrs Barclay.
‘Winning would be the pinnacle of my career and I’m looking forward to the awards ceremony in March.’
Channel Island Ceramics won the award in 2013 and in 2002 it won Bathrooms + Kitchens Magazine’s bathroom retailer of the year, which is an all encompassing award (for design, customer relations, and showroom design) which is given out only once to any company. It was also runner up for the KBSA marketing award in 2002.
Tim Wallace, editor of kbbreview said: ‘This year marks a landmark 20 years of the biggest awards event in the industry, and we’re delighted to have kicked off the celebrations accordingly with a record number of entries.’
‘As always the standard of submissions has been incredibly high and the judging process, already renowned for its rigor, has been revised to reflect this. As such, we would like to extend our special congratulations to Rachel on being nominated as a finalist in her category, and wish her the very best of luck,’ he added.
Winners will be announced by the traditional opening of an envelope at the glittering, black tie gala dinner taking place on Tuesday 4th March 2014 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.
Mrs Barclay joined Channel Island Ceramics in 2002 and was recently promoted to become a Director and join of the board of the business.
‘After 13 years with Channel Island Ceramics I am really pleased to now have more input in to the running of the business above and beyond being a designer,’ said Mrs Barclay.
John Litchfield, Channel Island Ceramics Managing Director said, ‘we are all very proud of Rachel for being short listed for this prestigious design award. Rachel composed a convincing concept for this space followed by a clever room design. In an industry where design time is not sold by the hour it is good to be able to show our contemporaries that we are prepared to spend the right amount of time to get it right. This is one of many designs that demonstrates Rachel’s expertise. She is without doubt out there with the best and she deserves to win’.
For more information about Channel Islands Ceramics telephone 01481 234000 or visit the website at www.channelislandceramics.com
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