Industry Legends

“Industry Legends” – we are delighted to launch an exciting new initiative, a series of films designed to share the thoughts and advice of some of the most successful professionals in the industry.

There will be more films coming soon, so watch this space.

Special episode

Mark Rosenhaus New York kitchen designer

Special edition of our Industry Legends project with a legendary NYC kitchen designer Mark Rosenhaus and well known UK KBB personality, Simon Acres. From both sides of `the pond` Mark and Simon discuss the key differences between the British and American kitchen industry. Simon Acres Group thanks to Mark Rosenhaus for his time and Andrew Sipajlo for sharing New York photos.


Season 1

Industry Legends – Part 10

Jim McCay

One of the industries most respected retailers and manufacturer of kitchens, Jim McCay of The Kitchen Depot shared his thoughts about the post Covid-19 recovery with Simon Acres on the latest Industry Legend podcast.
The Kitchen Depot is a two generational family business that has thirteen showrooms in Scotland, the Midlands, Oxford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead.

Listen to “Industry Legends – JIM McCAY TALKS COVID-19 RECOVERY PLANS WITH SIMON ACRES” on Spreaker.
Industry Legends – Part 9

Dave Hewitt

MD Oakwood Bespoke

For over 45 years KBSA member Dave Hewitt who is the MD of Oakwood Bespoke in Camberley has experienced many KBB situations. Dave is pleased to share his smart solutions for what’s become a challenging market for all kitchen retailers.

Listen to “Dave Hewitt_KBB Industry Legends Pocast” on Spreaker.
Industry Legends – Part 8

Johnny Grey

Founder and Designer at Johnny Grey Studio

Simon Acres from Simon Acres Group interviewing Johnny Grey – Kitchen design icon and Professor of design & kitchen culture

Industry Legends – Part 7

Trevor Scott

CEO of Rugby Fitted Kitchens

Starting in the KBB industry in 1979 as a Retail Sales Administrator, Legend Trevor Scott talks to us today about the change he has seen in the industry as well as speaking about his rise to becoming his own boss and CEO of Rugby Fitted Kitchens –

Industry Legends – Part 6

Dids Macdonald, OBE

Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company

“Unless we all shout loudly about what it takes to get a product from idea to marketplace, there’s an awful lot of ‘sweat equity’ to reach market & it’s important that this investment is returned.”

Industry Legends – Part 5

Graham Hayden

Training Expert

“In terms of learning, away from their home environment is much better because they don’t have any distractions of the day-to-day business going on or telephone calls. If they’re out of their environment and you make the environment exciting & fun, then they’re going to learn.”

Industry Legends – Part 4

Les Martin

Senior Designer – John Nicholls Banbury

Les Martin said: “Success is about absolute honesty, listen to clients with transparent trust. Testament is my repeat business for example, I`ve designed 7 kitchens over 40 years to the same customer”

Industry Legends – Part 3

Ray Isted

Marketing & Training Expert Ray Isted

Well known industry professional Ray Isted is the third KBB professional to take part in Simon Acres ‘Industry Legends’ series.

Industry Legends – Part 2

Peter Bird

Anglia Interiors

The second film features Peter Bird founder of Anglia Interiors, a family business that celebrated 45 years in business in 2019.  

Anglia Interiors has showrooms in Bedford and Huntingdon and has built a reputation locally for quality kitchens and bedrooms.

Principal Director Simon Acres and Peter Bird talk about smart solutions and the advice Peter would give those wanting to build a successful independent retail business.

Whilst customers have become more knowledgeable and the web has changed how customers shop, Peter believes that the ability to sell is still the most important skill for any retailer.  

Peter Bird said, 

“People buy from people, so staff must have the skills to engage with potential customers when they visit the showroom. In my experience, doing what you do best and bringing in experts to look after other aspects, training, recruitment and social media, will save time, money and stress.”

Simon said,

“Peter has a wealth of experience to share. Anglia Interiors is a successful KBSA family business that is not standing still, proud of its heritage but embracing new technologies in order to build a business that is fit for the future.”

Industry Legends – Part 1

Kitchens Continental

Bernard Miel

The first Industry Legend film features Director Bernard Miel at Kitchens Continental.
Based in North West London, Kitchen Continental supplies kitchens to both private individuals and trade clients including interior designers, architects and property developers.
During the film Simon Acres talks to Bernard about his 35 plus years in the industry, the changes he has witnessed and the advice he would give any new start-up businesses.
Bernard said,

“I am delighted to be part of this series of videos and promote the sharing of knowledge in our industry. We all have our own secrets of success to share, for me it is building up trust and approaching sales in a non-pressurised and relaxed environment.”