We’ve only gone and done it again!  Yes, that’s right, we are delighted to announce that we have taken home the BKU New Bathroom Retailer of the Year award for the second year running!

The Bathroom & Kitchen Update Magazine launched the BKU Awards to recognise and highlight excellence across the industry from retailers to manufacturers, individuals and services.  Those in the industry are invited to nominate and then vote for companies in a number of categories. 

It was a wonderful evening that took place at the Millenium Gloucester Hotel in Kensington, London, hosted by the brilliant comedian Jimmy Carr.  We were joined by over 300 fellow members of the industry to celebrate the achievements, hard work and dedication over the past year and see the stars of the industry pick up their awards.

We would like to congratulate the other winners for their achievements, and in particular our friends at Ideal Standard, HiB, Utopia and Vado who won Best Sanitaryware Brand, Best Accessory Brand, Best Furniture Brand and Best Tap Brand. Well done to all!

The evening was a great success with the proceedings concluding with a charity raffle, raising a generous sum for Rennie Grove Hospice care.

It’s a huge boost in confidence to be recognised by our fellow members of the industry and we’re thrilled to have retained our crown of New Bathroom Retailer.

Finalist at the BKU Awards


Following on from last year’s success at the BKU Awards, which saw us walk away with the ‘New Bathroom Retailer of the Year’ award, we are thrilled to announce that we have been nominated once again- and this time for four awards!

We could not be happier having been nominated in the following categories:

  1. Bathroom Showroom of the Year
  2. Independent Bathroom Retailer of the Year
  3. New Bathroom Retailer of the Year
  4. Best Customer Service

Mark Hanson, Managing Director, says: “We are delighted to have been nominated as a finalist in the BKU Awards for not just one category, but four!  It is fantastic to be recognised by others in the industry and I’m extremely proud of the whole team for all their hard work and effort that has seen the business go from strength to strength.

We have, and always will, continue to invest in our bathroom showroom to ensure it provides the ultimate retail experience and showcases the wide selection of manufacturers we offer so that there’s something for everyone no matter what your taste or style.”

Voting closes on May 19th 2017 so if you’re in the industry and would like to show your support for Beyond Bathrooms, please follow this link:

We will be extremely grateful for your support and we look forward to the award ceremony.

happy world toilet day 2015

Happy World Toilet Day 19th November!

World Toilet Day may sound funny but what it stands for is no joke.

Formed in 2001 World Toilet Day (WTD) is designed to help the billions of people worldwide living without sufficient access to improved sanitation.  This lack of sanitation impacts peoples lives in all areas, the education of young girls is often disrupted as they drop out of schools that do not provide sanitation facilities once they reach puberty and the diarrhoeal diseases that are a result of poor sanitation have been responsible for more children’s deaths each year than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.

Around one billion people still have no toilet facilities whatsoever and have no choice but to go in the open.  With over 1,000 children a day dying due to poor sanitation it wasn’t until the 24th of July 2013 that 122 countries sponsored the UN resolution entitled “Sanitation for All” which led to the 19th of November being designated World Toilet Day and thereby recognised as an official UN day.

As part of their initiative to raise money and awareness of their cause, World Toilet hold an annual World Toilet Summit, and run social enterprises known as the World Toilet College, and SaniShop.

The World Toilet Summit is held to bring together delegates and stakeholders of the organisation together for the day to socialise and discuss the latest breakthroughs in sanitation. They hope that by bringing those from all backgrounds in the sanitation sector together they can empower and build the knowledge of those who attend in hopes of improving the sanitation marketplace.

The World Toilet College is one of the World Toilet Organisations social enterprises that provides training to those in the sanitation sector.  Their aim is to ensure the dignity of those in the sanitation industry, and to boost their self-confidence by training them to a higher standard by teaching them how to do further jobs such as small repairs, so as to be multi-skilled for future employment.

SaniShop is another of the WTOs social enterprises, through SaniShop they aim to improve global sanitation conditions by empowering local entrepreneurs.  The social franchise provides cheap, but high-quality toilet products that are made with locally sourced materials and made by local masons who are trained by Sanishop with the knowledge for installation, maintenance and repairs. Local sales entrepreneurs are used to help trigger demand in their community through sales and hold awareness events for the SaniShop products, toilets can then be built and supplied by the local masons.  Since 2009 SaniShop has been responsible for the building of well over 10,000 household latrines.

The WTO also host a number of fundraising events so that everyone worldwide can participate and raise awareness to this important yet overlooked cause.

To join in or host your own fundraising “Urgent Run” , a fun run held on the 19th of November in an effort to “raise a stink” about sanitation please go to and for any further information on World Toilet Day and what it stands for visit

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