If you’re reading this then you have the privilege of not only being on our new website; but also playing host to my first Publicity Engineers blog of 2016. So what better way to see the end of a year by welcoming in 2017 by looking at the previous year…!?

I personally tend to try and avoid yearly reviews; like those self indulgent facebook videos doing the rounds, there is an initial feeling of watching someone’s pure narcissism unfold before your very eyes before boredom takes hold. But 2016 has been such a year that to avoid looking back at it would be verging on the bizarre.

We have seen the loss of David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Victoria Woods, Prince and Mohammed Ali to name just a few. Britain lost the EU…but is seemingly showing no signs of leaving. We got May in July (that’s Teresa not Brian) as our Prime Minister, Corbin kept his job and Trump won the battle for the White House.  But what about the KBB industry?  What about the wonderful side of the UK economy that we occupy?

I think for me, the main negative from the year was the tragic loss of Zaha Hadid. A phenomenally talented and giving designer in an industry that has always been considered ‘a man’s world’; Zaha Hadid will always be considered one of the finest ever designers to have graced this industry and she will be sorely missed.

But focusing on the positives…well, we had a stunning KBB Show which has always been acknowledged as an accurate barometer for the economic mood in the UK for the industry; therefore we should all be confident in our business prospects as organisers UBM put on another brilliant show. Phenomenal stands from the likes of Perrin & Rowe, Multiwood, Franke, Ideal Standard, Schuller to name a small handful set the trend for what was a brilliant few days in the heady heights of the Birmingham NEC. There were phenomenal awards ceremonies from the likes of KBB, BKU, Designer, FX, SBID and of course EKBB (my goodness we do love an acronym don’t we?!) who made its awards debut in December.

To be fair, a lot of people argued that we didn’t need another awards; but this awards put on professionally by Darren and his team, made it’s inclusion not only feel worthwhile but wholly necessary and everyone who attended is looking forward to the next one.

There have been triumphant successes in the bathroom industry from the likes of Just Trays and the BMA; Hansgrohe opened their showroom in Clerkenwell and as we enter into 2017 with the likes of Roca and Poggenpohl celebrating key anniversaries, the momentum in the industry is showing no signs of abating. It would be an understatement to say we are all looking forward to a fruitful 2017 which kicks off with Living Kitchen; looking at the exhibitor list it is promising to the best yet!

Talking of anniversaries; it’s a certain specialist KBB niche PR & Marketing agencies 21st birthday next year.  Yes, Publicity Engineers can now legally drink in the states! Which is an amazing achievement and even though I’ve only worked for the company for a few months it’s an occasion that I am particularly looking forward too.  The company is growing in size and imagination and we have some exciting news to announce in the first quarter of next year…BUT we are keeping that close to our chests J

It’s been an eventful but brilliant year. Let’s all look forward to a great 2017 working together to keep this vibrant industry we work in alive, interesting, profitable and fun.

Happy Christmas to all of you