EKCO, the Edinburgh Kitchen Company beat off stiff competition from across the UK to win three top awards at the KBSA, Kitchen Bedroom and Bathroom Specialists Association, 2015 awards on Wed 18th Sep in Stratford–Upon-Avon. EKCO designer Hollie Kerr, scooped the prize for Bathroom Designer of the Year while previous winner of the same award, colleague Emma Campbell, took the top slot for Kitchen Designer of the Year. Emma, currently on maternity leave following the recent birth of her daughter Sophie, also made it a double by winning Young Designer of the Year, and not for the first time having won it previously in 2013.
EKCO Managing Director, Stewart Bruce said ‘My wife, and Co-Director, Heather and I have been running a successful business now for over 15 years but we continually strive to be better so it’s always a special moment when our company’s hard work is recognised by our peers in the industry.’ He continues, ‘We’re both really proud of Hollie and Emma’s achievements and the passion, enthusiasm and creativity all our designers display when answering client briefs.’
Stewart believes his designers’ success is down to a number of factors. ‘What a client wants and what they need are sometimes two different things. Emma and Hollie’s strengths lie in looking beyond the brief and developing a working relationship with clients which is built on trust. This allows them to be brave enough to challenge current thoughts and ideas so we can come up with the design that the client will not only love but is also going to work best for them, most of the time within a very tight budget.’