Sirius Buying Group, a British buying group specialising in the electrical appliance and kitchen retail sector, has identified energy efficiency as the number one priority when fitting out the kitchen and utility room, with sustainable features now becoming an integral part of product development and consumer choice.
Steve Jones, Managing Director at Sirius Buying Group, said, “Ahead of the Autumn Statement, our latest field data shows that homeowners are keen to learn more about the latest technological advancements when upgrading their appliances so that they manage their energy use.
Independent retailers need to anticipate this in the sales conversation with clear evidence, which conveys how efficient a product will be over its lifespan and be open about aftersales regarding the replacement market and spare parts.
We have a duty of care to help consumers understand the raft of features and benefits available to make the best use of their budget and open their eyes to new possibilities.”
As a cornerstone of modern life, the latest appliances cater to end-users at all price points as the market reflects a new appreciation of individual lifestyles and life stages. The convergence of the wellness kitchen with affordable luxury has opened up the middle market between entry-level and premium considerably, so choosing the right product mix is vital.
Across the UK, increasingly discerning end users are weighing up their options in terms of a higher upfront cost for long-term rewards and the reassurance of a premium brand focusing on what is the best bang for their buck right now, given the cost of living constraints.
Mark Veysey, Head of Operations at Sirius Buying Group, said, “The Government’s energy efficiency campaign for businesses is also a big story, and as dynamic and responsive entrepreneurs, we encourage all Sirius Members to consider what financial support might be available to them.
We encourage them to see how they can cherry-pick official advice to support their objectives for 2023-4 to enhance profitability. For example, exploring new LED lighting solutions in the showroom, changing broadband suppliers, upgrading dated software, monitoring and adjusting heating or looking into using an electric vehicle fleet.”
He added, “I would encourage Members to look for more sustainable solutions to support long-term growth with talent mapping and recruitment strategies, up-to-date stock management systems and payment plans. We fully understand that each and every one of our Members has different goals and strategies, so bespoke coaching and mentoring is always available whether you are a new entrant or a more established presence.
Remember that you can tap into the Sirius hive mind and broaden your thinking so you can plan ahead with confidence and security whether you want to enhance sales training or grow your leadership team.”
Making the most effective use of resources in terms of time, space, and utility is a natural extension of both the retail skillset and with this in mind, Sirius Buying Group will be extending a warm welcome to Members at its keenly anticipated Autumn Trade Show at the Marshall Arena, in Milton Keynes on Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd October 2023.
Marion Morton, Head of Commercial at Sirius Buying Group: “We are excited to be putting the finishing touches to a great package of events over two days so that approved suppliers and members can enjoy exclusive deals on the latest products and enjoy peer-to-peer networking.
We will be sharing the latest and most relevant business intelligence with our community so they can track lifestyle trends alongside getting first sight of the latest innovations with in-depth supplier presentations.
Bringing Members together face-to-face to pool knowledge and celebrate success leads to lasting and supportive connections both personally and professionally, so we want as many Members as possible to join us before the Christmas countdown begins.”
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