Each year, the achievements of the Ideas for Living Studio Partner network are recognised with the Studio Partner Awards. This year, the 4th annual Studio Partner Awards were hosted on Thursday 24th May at Jardin Blanc, RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The event was a fantastic evening filled with a wealth of celebration in recognition of the brilliant achievements of the kitchen studios within the Ideas for Living Studio Partner network, over the past year. Attendees this year included our shortlisted Studio Partners, esteemed press guests, and fantastic sponsors, including GROHE, Rangemaster and Smeg.
Guests enjoyed a fabulous three course meal designed by one of Britain’s most respected chefs, Raymond Blanc OBE, and created by his team.
The meal was followed by the highly-anticipated awards ceremony, which was presented by Raymond Blanc. The calibre and volume of nominations for award this year was incredible, providing quite a challenge for the panel of judges to create a shortlist, and even more challenging to choose worthy winners for each of the categories. The winners were:
Winner: Studio 10 Kitchen Design
One of the most competitive categories was the Best Use of Social Media, celebrating how Studio Partners utilise social media channels to promote their business, engage with customers and build an online community.
The Best Use of Social Media Award 2018 went to Derbyshire-based kitchen studio, Studio 10 Kitchen Design for their superb use of content sharing, regular interaction with customers and creation of engaging content.
Winner: Regal Kitchens
The Best Website Award category looks at Studio Partners who are tech-savvy and have developed an online presence as beautiful as their showroom with an easy to navigate, stylish, trust-building website that incorporates excellent customer service.
The Best Website Award was presented to Chelmsford-based kitchen studio Regal Kitchens, for their user-friendly design – a glittering example of best practice. Find out more about Regal Kitchens in their Studio Partner Spotlight or read their 10 tips for designing the perfect kitchen by their kitchen expert, John Martin.
Winner: Parlour Farm
The Best Showroom Award celebrates the clever use of space in Kitchen Showrooms, demonstrating an exemplary customer journey that allows homeowners to visualise the world of opportunities for their space. Judges also looked for kitchen showrooms with functional product displays and beautiful design.
The worthy winner was Cirencester-based kitchen studio Parlour Farm, who excelled in both use of space and stylish design, as well as creating an inspiring and exciting customer journey. Find out more about Parlour Farm in their Studio Partner Spotlight.
Winner: In2 Solid Surfaces
The GROHE Award recognised kitchen studios who were really engaged and enthusiastic with the GROHE brand.
Presented by GROHE, this award went to kitchen studio In2 Solid Surfaces for their outstanding commitment and wholeheartedly developing into a loyal brand ambassador.
Winner: BMS Kitchens & Bedrooms
The Best Success Story celebrates the Studio Partners who have achieved exceptional success in the last year. Our panel of judges considered growth, commitment to Ideas for Living and Häfele and took a detailed insight of each of our finalists on an individual basis. Considering the challenges they have faced and how they have overcome these, and come out stronger.
York-based kitchen studio, BMS Kitchens & Bedrooms were the worthy winners in this category, having elevated their family business, becoming a well-known and respected name in their local area.
Winner: Round Oak Interiors
The Special Recognition Award category celebrates kitchen studios who have stood out for their achievements throughout their Studio Partnership. Taking into account above-and-beyond loyalty to Ideas for Living and Häfele, and complete adoption of the Ideas for Living values and philosophy, this category commends passionate and talented Studio Partners.
This award was presented to West Midlands-based kitchen studio Round Oak Interiors for their patience, generosity and dedication. A fantastic partner that have consistently shown commitment to quality, service and the Ideas for Living and Häfele brand.
Winner: K F Kitchens
Our most coveted category, Studio Partner of the Year recognises the most elite Studio Partners in our network – Studio Partners who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment, going above and beyond to maximise their partnership with Ideas for Living and Häfele.
The Studio Partner of the Year Award was presented to Plymouth-based kitchen studio K F Kitchens – a fantastic, dedicated and knowledgeable team who offer honest and constructive feedback, continuously working together with the Ideas for Living and Häfele team.
A huge Congratulations to all of our winning Studio Partners!
After the awards ceremony, guests were invited for a meet and greet with host, Raymond Blanc, who answered all of their culinary questions and made everybody feel incredibly welcome.
The 4th annual Häfele Studio Partner Awards were a huge success and a night to be remembered by all. A huge thank you to all of our incredible Studio Partners, our press guests and our brilliant sponsors, GROHE, Smeg and Rangemaster.