The judging process for the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards is like no other in the industry. We have always believed that awards are only worth winning if people truly feel they have been fairly and accurately judged in a process that is transparent and comprehensive.


The design categories are judged by two separate panels of leading experts – one for kitchen and one for bathroom. In the first stage of judging they shortlist all the entries by scoring them independently of each against the criteria, we then add up the scores and the top four in each category become the shortlist.

In the second stage of design judging, the shortlisted finalists present their projects to the panel in person via Zoom. This invaluable extra stage gives judges the chance to ask in depth questions about the design before they choose their winners.


Again, the retail categories are judged by different panels for kitchen and bathroom. The entries are scored and shortlisted in the same way and then, in the Retailer of the Year, Showroom of the Year and New Retailer of the Year categories, judges visit each business personally to see it for themselves up close before they choose their winner.


This year, there will also be a two stage process to the Rising Start of the Year category. The entries are scored and shortlisted, and then a panel of expert judges will discuss each finalist in detail before choosing a winner.


The Installation Company of the Year is chosen using the same scoring system to arrive at a shortlist and then a panel of expert judges will discuss each finalist in detail before choosing a winner.


The judging panel for the Supplier Team of the Year is made up of experienced independent kitchen and bathroom retailers. The tried and testing scoring system is used again to arrive at a shortlist which is then discussed in detail by the panel before choosing a winner.

If you have any questions at all about the judging process then contact [email protected]. Transparency and openness are key to making these awards successful.

We will announce the judging panels nearer the entry closing date.