Welcome!

I 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.

Thanks,

Vicki

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.

Internships

Shortlist.com
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

kbbreview

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 

  • News: George Clarke calls for 100,000 council houses a year for 30 years
  • Feature Q&A: In conversation with Roberto Palomba
  • Feature: Distributor profile: ‘We’ve never gone for a quick sale’, CDUK
  • Feature: The forgotten B (bedrooms)
  • Trends: Kitchen, bathroom, appliance and surface
  • Feature: Showroom of the month: Simply Kitchens

August 2019 

  • Online-only news: Mira Showers wins second Queen’s Award for Enterprise
  • Online-only news: BCT bought out by Al-Murad Tiles
  • Online-only news: New sales director for LG UK
  • News: Bathstore in administration
  • News: Ideal Standard targets design crowd with £1m showroom in Clerkenwell
  • Online-only IG video: Ideal Standard showroom
  • Feature Q&A: Minhyeok Bu, Samsung
  • Feature Q&A: In conversation with Brent Heavener, @tinyhouse
  • Feature: Manufacturing profile: Grohe
  • Trends: Kitchen, bathroom, appliance and surface
  • Feature: Showroom of the month: CP Hart

July 2019 

  • News: Uncertainty is ‘hurting consumer confidence’
  • News: Our potential is so big, Brexit is irrelevant, says Grohe CEO
  • Feature Q&A: In conversation with Simon Rimmer
  • Trends: Kitchen, bathroom, appliance and surface
  • Feature: Showroom of the month: Tom Howley

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

  • Online-only news: : BCT retailers ‘left in dark’ over administration
  • Feature Q&A: In conversation with Simon Acres
  • Trends: Kitchen, bathroom, appliance and surface
  • Feature: Manufacturing profile: British, bullish and Brexit ready, Omega
  • Feature: Showroom of the month: Bury St Edmunds

January 2019

  • Online-only news: Cevisama: Brexit fears blamed for dip in Spanish tile sales
  • Online-only feature: Tile counsel: How to create a showroom display
  • Online-only news: Omega ‘taking the bull by the horns and investing’ ahead of Brexit
  • Feature Q&A: In conversation with Joel and Kate Booy
  • Trends: Kitchen, bathroom, appliance and surface
  • Feature: Showroom of the month: Richard and Richard’s

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

  • Online-only news: Neolith celebrates strong first year of direct sales in the UK
  • Online-only news: MHK buying group growing but behind target in UK
  • News: Kbsa hits 40th anniversary and report ‘unheard of’ growth
  • Feature Q&A: ‘Join us and be a bigger industry voice..’, Allister Reed, kbsa
  • Feature Q&A: Designer roundtable
  • Feature: ‘People still want a German kitchen’, Jens Klar, Nobilia
  • Trends: Kitchen, bathroom, appliance and surface
  • Feature: Conducting the perfect event
  • Feature: Showroom of the month: Harlequin Bathrooms

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 

  • Online-only news: and video: New colours and styles for PWS’s 1909 kitchens
  • Feature: Navigating the marketing minefield
  • Trends: Kitchen, bathroom and appliance
  • Feature: Showroom of the month: Farnham Furnishers

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.