Elevate Your Craft: Expert Insights and Resources for Trade Professionals

Staying up to date with the latest trends, advancements, and regulations is crucial for professionals in the bathroom trade industry. 

Following the launch of the Royal Bathroom trade account, we have created this comprehensive guide to provide expert insights and resources for trade professionals. 

From industry trends and practical tips to choosing the best bathroom supplier - we have it all covered for you.

Industry Trends and Insights

The bathroom trade industry is constantly evolving, and it's essential to stay updated with the latest trends and advancements. 

  • Sustainability - One of the most significant trade industry trends right now is the focus on eco-friendly products. Consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious, and they want products that are both stylish and sustainable. This trend has led to the development of products such as low-flow toilets, water-saving showers, and energy-efficient lighting.
  • Smart technology - Another big trend in the bathroom trade industry is the integration of smart technology. Smart technology has revolutionised the way we live, and it's now making its way into the bathroom. Smart toilets, showers, and mirrors are just a few examples of how technology is changing the bathroom experience. 
  • Minimalist designs - Increasingly popular in the bathroom trade. Consumers are looking for clean, simple designs that create a sense of calm and relaxation. This trend has led to the development of products such as wall-mounted toilets, frameless shower enclosures, and floating vanities.
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Your Professional Development with the Royal Bathrooms Trade Account

At Royal Bathrooms, we signpost various resources to help trade professionals like you enhance your skill set.  This includes information on online courses, workshops, and certifications that could be helpful in enhancing your career as a trade professional.  

Recommended Online Courses, Workshops and Certifications

Here are some recommended qualifications and schemes for bathroom trade professionals:

  1. City & Guilds Plumbing Qualifications: City & Guilds offers a range of plumbing qualifications and certifications that are recognised in the UK. Their courses cover various aspects of plumbing, including bathroom installations and repairs.
  2. BPEC Bathroom Installer Certification: BPEC (British Plumbing Employers Council) offers a Bathroom Installer Certification scheme that focuses specifically on bathroom installations. This certification demonstrates competence in bathroom fitting and is highly regarded in the industry.
  3. Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) Training: WRAS provides training courses on water regulations and compliance. Understanding the regulations specific to the UK ensures that bathroom installations adhere to the necessary standards.
  4. Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers (iKBBI): The iKBBI offers various training programmes and certifications for kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom professionals in the UK. Their courses cover aspects such as design, installation, and customer service.
  5. NICEIC Bathroom Electrics Course: NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) provides specialised bathroom electrics courses for professionals involved in electrical installations in bathrooms. These courses ensure compliance with UK electrical safety regulations.
  6. British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI): The BiKBBI offers training, qualifications, and support for professionals in the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom industry. They provide courses on various aspects of bathroom installations and business skills.
  7. Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) Courses: The APHC offers a range of training courses for plumbing and heating professionals in the UK. Their courses cover topics such as bathroom plumbing, heating systems, and energy efficiency.
  8. Online Workshops and Webinars: Stay updated with the latest trends, technologies, and industry best practices by attending online workshops and webinars organised by organisations like the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and trade publications.

Remember to research each course, certification, or workshop to ensure it aligns with your specific needs and goals as a bathroom trade professional.

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Networking Opportunities and the Benefits of Joining a Trade Association

Joining trade associations provide valuable opportunities to learn from industry experts and connect with other professionals. Trade associations offer expert insights and resources such as training programmes, industry news, and networking events. 

These events provide opportunities to meet other professionals, share knowledge and experiences, and learn about new products and services.

Essential Trade Resources

To stay informed about the latest industry news and trends, it's essential to have access to reliable trade resources. 

Here are six websites, blog, and forums that provide valuable insights for bathroom tradespeople:

  1. Royal Bathrooms Blog: This blog offers a wealth of articles and guides to assist professionals, homeowners and enthusiasts in creating functional and aesthetically pleasing bathroom spaces. 
  2. Plumbing Perspective: This website provides news, articles, and resources for plumbing professionals. It covers topics such as plumbing codes, regulations, and best practices.
  3. The Houzz Bathroom Blog: This blog covers a wide range of topics related to the bathroom trade industry, including product reviews, design trends, and installation tips.
  4. Tilers Forum: This forum is dedicated to tiling professionals and provides a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences. It covers topics such as tile installation, grouting, and sealing.
  5. Electrician Talk: This forum is dedicated to electrical professionals and provides a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences. It covers topics such as wiring, circuits, and safety regulations.
  6. Contractor Talk: This forum is dedicated to general contractors and provides a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences. It covers topics such as project management, estimating, and marketing.
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Tools and Equipment to Enhance Efficiency and Productivity

Using the right tools and equipment can enhance efficiency and productivity in the bathroom trade industry. Some essential tools and equipment include power tools, hand tools, safety gear, and measuring equipment. Investing in high-quality tools and equipment can save time and money in the long run.

  • Power tools such as drills, saws, and sanders can make installation and repair work faster and more efficient. 
  • Hand tools such as wrenches, pliers, and screwdrivers are essential for precise and detailed work. 
  • Safety gear such as gloves, goggles, and masks are crucial for protecting against accidents and injuries. 
  • Measuring equipment such as levels, tape measures, and laser levels are essential for accurate installations.

Best Practices and Tips for Bathroom Trade Professionals

To provide the best service to customers and build a strong reputation, it's essential to follow industry best practices and safety regulations. Some expert tips include:

  1. Always wear safety gear, including gloves, goggles, and masks.
  2. Follow safety regulations and guidelines to prevent accidents and injuries.
  3. Communicate effectively with customers to understand their needs and preferences.
  4. Provide high-quality workmanship and attention to detail.

Improving customer satisfaction and building a strong reputation

To be successful in the bathroom trade industry you will need to provide excellent customer service and maintain a professional reputation. 

Recent research suggests that 94% of customers are more likely to repeat a purchase after a positive experience. Similarly, 82% of customers recommended the company to others based on good customer service. 

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How to choose the best bathroom suppliers for your trade business?

Choosing the right suppliers is crucial for trade professionals to provide high-quality products and services to their customers. 

Some factors to consider when choosing the best bathroom suppliers include:

  • Quality of products and materials
  • Pricing and availability
  • Delivery times and reliability
  • Customer service and support
  • Reputation and reviews

Why should you choose a Royal Bathroom Trade Account?

There are a host of benefits that come from opening a trade account with Royal Bathrooms. They include access to exclusive resources, discounts on products, and personalised support. 

By choosing a Royal Bathrooms Trade Account, you can enhance your skills, improve your services, and grow your business.

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Ongoing skill development and staying updated with industry trends are crucial for bathroom trade professionals. It ensures you are able to choose the best bathroom supplier, provide high-quality services and stay competitive within your industry. 

By utilising the resources and tools provided by Royal Bathrooms, trade professionals can enhance skills, improve services, and build a reputation for excellence within your field.