Vicki EvansI am currently a deputy editor for kbbreiew magazine.

Previously, I was a reporter for Builders’ Merchants News and I briefly worked for Heating, Ventilation and Plumbing as well.

I  graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism in 2016 and before that I studied at the University of Chester to get a BA (Hons) in Journalism with Creative Writing.

I also run a very successful YouTube channel called Nerd with a Manicure and this has 42k subscribers and 15 million views. I have ran this channel for six years. I do all the content creation for this channel including the social media and the blog which is tied into the same theme of beauty and lifestyle.

Please have a look around to see examples of my work and so to social media to see the variety of platforms I am on as well.



My writing

kbbreview – Deputy Editor  

April 2018 – Present

After just 10 months in my reporters role, I decided I needed a new challenge so I moved jobs to kbbreview. My role includes a lot of juggling across a variety of jobs throughout the day.

  • Writing news and features for both print and online
  • Social media strategy
    • Developing a strategy for the kbbreview awards
    • Daily social media posts
  • Video production and creating video news
  • Monthly pages that I am currently in charge of is:
    • Showroom of the month
    • In conversation
    • Trends


Builders’ Merchants News – Reporter

November 2017 – April 2018

Due to changes within the BMN team, I was moved on to work to just work for BMN. I was doing the same job I was doing when I worked for both publications but took on more responsibilities like:

  • Organising magazine supplements and working with organisations to create content for them
  • Keeping the flow of the magazine and liaising with magazines departments and freelancers plus updating the flatplan
  • Commissioning content with people in the industry or marketing agencies to provide articles
  • Managing all four social media accounts
    • Increasing the impressions on the Twitter account by over 175% within the first six months of starting
  • Marketing for the BMN Awards
    • Creating a social media strategy to raise the profile of the Awards and encourage engagement from followers.

Heating Ventilation and Plumbing and Builders’ Merchants News
– Reporter

June 2017- November 2017

When I started at Hemming, I was working for two of its Building Services publications HVP and BMN. During this time I was able to multitask and manage my time between the two publications. My main role during this time was mostly reporting, which included:

  • Reporting and writing for both online and print
  • Producing the weekly newsletter and using HTML coding
  • Research and conducting interviews with key industry contacts
  • Sub-editing and proofreading
  • Layouts and design
    • Creating pages using InDesign and Photoshop
  • Work closely with all magazine departments
  • Provide administrative advice and support to the Editor.


August 2016 (2 weeks)
I was working for the online team of Shortlist Magazine and developed my skills at writing articles for a consumer title when producing content for immediate release online.

Northern and Shell
August 2016 (2 weeks)
Working with the Sunday supplements for the Sunday Express and Sunday Star. I mainly worked for S magazine but also did tasks from Big TV and Hot TV.

Rapid News Communications
May 2014 – June 2014 (5 weeks)
I did a five-week placement at Rapid News and I was working for five of their business-to-business magazines. The content I was writing about was challenging. However, this was an exciting opportunity to write about the content I was not familiar with.

Published articles

An overview of all my magazine features, exclusive news and other content I have written for kbbreview, BMN and HVP.


December 2020

  • Feature: A statement about luxury
  • Trends: Kitchen
  • Feature: Showroom of the month: Halcyon Interiors

November 2020

October 2020

September 2020

May 2020

April 2020

13th issue – The design trends shaping your world

  • Feature: Timeless design
  • Feature: International design

March 2020 

February 2020 

  • News: City vibes and global living
  • Feature: Showroom of the month: Searle and Taylor

January 2020 

December 2019 

  • News: Ex-Bathstore franchisee bounces back under own name
  • Feature Q&A: In conversation with Joe Fattorini
  • Feature Q&A: ‘Our mission is suitability’, Insinkerator
  • Feature: Let’s get Digital: Make Friends and influence people
  • Trends: Kitchen, bathroom, appliance and surface
  • Retailer Profile: Cambridgeshire Bathrooms
  • Feature: Showroom of the month: Silver Birch Interiors

November 2019 

October 2019

  • Feature: Manufacturing profile: Kohler Mira UK
  • Trends: Kitchen, bathroom, appliance and surface
  • Retailer Profile: The Furniture Union
  • Feature: Showroom of the month: DNA Bathrooms

September 2019 

August 2019 

July 2019 

June 2019 

  • Feature Q&A: Mark Bickerstaffe, Kohler
  • Feature: Experiential retailing: ‘Everyone deserves an experience’, Parlour Farm, ‘It’s all about breaking down barriers’ Kitchen Culture and Stars of the big screens, Marks Electrical
  • Feature: Distributor profile: ‘Without good customers, I don’t exits’, IDS
  • Trends: Kitchen, bathroom, appliance and surface
  • Feature: Showroom of the month: Porcelanosa

May 2019 

  • Feature Q&A: In conversation with Georgie Barrat
  • Feature Q&A: Manufacturing profile: ‘We only work with true partners’, Vitra
  • Feature: Manufacturing profile: Prepared for whatever Brexit brings, Blanco
  • Trends: Kitchen, bathroom, appliance and surface
  • Feature: Showroom of the month: Dobsons

April 2019 

  • Feature Q&A: Neolith
  • Trends: Kitchen, bathroom, appliance and surface
  • Feature: Retailer profile: ‘Customers must get on board or go elsewhere’, Sustainable Kitchens
  • Feature: Showroom of the month: Baden Bathrooms

March 2019

  • Feature: A marriage of convenience, retailer/supplier relationships
  • Trends: Kitchen, bathroom, appliance and surface
  • Feature: Showroom of the month: Acaelia Home Design

February 2019

January 2019

December 2018 

  • Feature Q&A: In conversation with George Clarke
  • Feature: Making the internet work for you
  • Trends: Kitchen, bathroom, appliance and surface
  • Feature: Showroom of the month: Classic Interiors

November 2018

October 2018 

  • News: Ram raiders wreck kitchen showroom
  • Feature Q&A: In conversation with Rachel Khoo
  • Trends: Kitchen, bathroom, appliance and surface
  • Feature: Retailer profile: From rivals to partners, Kutchenhaus
  • Feature: Showroom of the month: Victoria and Albert

September 2018 

  • Feature Q&A: In conversation with Kurt Merki Jr
  • Trends: Kitchen, bathroom and appliance
  • Feature: ‘I wanted to build an army of women plumbers’, Hattie Hassan
  • Feature: Showroom of the month: Harvey Jones

August 2018

  • Feature Q&A: In conversation with Patricia Urquiola
  • Feature: Hire purpose
  • Trends: Kitchen, bathroom and appliance
  • Feature: Showroom of the month: Elite Stone

July 2018 

June 2018

Builders’ Merchants News (BMN)

BMN Leading lights

  • Feature: Independents
  • Feature: Nationals
  • Feature: Branch openings
  • Feature: Giving something back
  • Feature: Voice of the independents

April, 2018

  • Feature: Take a look into virtual reality

BMF Supplement

  • Feature: Elliott’s 175th Anniversary
  • Feature: A decade of Digby Stone
  • Feature Q&A: 30 minutes with Glenn Paddison

March 2018

  • Feature: Investing in people and branches

October 2018

  • Feature: Timco is expanding to support its legacy

Heating Ventilation and Plumbing (HVP)

October 2017:

September 2017:

My YouTube Channel – Nerd with a Manicure

I have my main YouTube channel nerdwithamanicure  for five and a half years now.

In that time, I have learned so much about online video, social media, and YouTube.

The most obvious thing I have developed is my video making skills. When I started out I had no experience with video editing, filming, lighting or scripting. To be honest I had very little ideas about fashion and makeup as well.
But I taught it all to myself.

I learned everything from basic video editing to teaching myself Final Cut Pro on a Sunday afternoon.

I learned how to manage social media and cross-platform to generate more buzz about the channel. I learned that one good video could launch your channel like no one can imagine.

But most of all I taught myself how to stick to a regular schedule of content and how to manage both YouTube and every other responsibility that I have.

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