Head of Retail

Mark is an experienced designer and first worked with our furniture range over seventeen years ago. Mark joined The Kitchen Store as Design Consultant, progressing via Senior Designer, Design Manager and Store Manager to his current position as Head of Retail.


“My main responsibility is to meet customers, design kitchens and build strong relationships. I’m passionate about our team’s customer focus – getting results for customers and ensuring we take the stress out of the buying process wherever we can.”



Head of Technical

Jason is responsible for all activities relating to delivery of service to our customers and is passionate about the high level of customer service that is offered by all members of the team. Prior to The Kitchen Store, Jason worked at Manhattan Furniture for over 16 years, where he first worked with Alan our MD, before progressing through the business to Group Sales Support Manager.

“Everybody at The Kitchen Store genuinely wants everything to run smoothly, and they’re always willing to go the extra mile in order to keep our customers happy.”


Store Manager

Catherine joined The Kitchen Store after graduating from the University of Brighton with a BAHons degree in Interior Architecture. Starting as Designer, Cat progressed to Senior Design Specialist then on to Manager of our Horsham store. Cat work’s closely with customers to achieve the ideal design for their new kitchen and project manages the whole process from initial design concept through to installation.


“I’m passionate about developing relationships with customers to find creative ways to achieve their perfect kitchen design, then seeing it through to completion.”



Store Manager


Senior Design Specialist

Kevin is a familiar face at our Brighton & Hove store where he joined as part of the founding team. A Senior Design Specialist, Kevin works with customers on a range of projects large and small designing kitchens for homes throughout Sussex.


“I’m very proud that one of my designs is featured in our promotional materials and as an advert in Portfolio magazine.” Outside of The Kitchen Store, Kevin is renovating his first home from start to finish. “My design skills have certainly proved very valuable and I’ve also designed and installed my own kitchen.”


Senior Design Specialist

Kerry is part of our close-knit Horsham design team.  She works with customers throughout Sussex developing their kitchen designs and managing them through to completion.


“I’m passionate about design and working with my customers to create their perfect space”


Trade Design Specialist

Zach joined The Kitchen Store as our first apprentice. Since completing his apprenticeship he is now a Trade Designer working in our Lancing and  Horsham stores. Zach works directly with customers in the store, draws plans and quotes their designs.


Outside of The Kitchen Store, Zach plays for his local football team and enjoys being a team player. “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue learning new skills with The Kitchen Store.”


Senior Designer, Parts & Additions

Haley joined The Kitchen Store as a Product Advisor in 2007.  After years of building her product knowledge she is an expert on Paula Rosa Manhattan products past and present. As the senior team member in The Kitchen Store Direct team she helps customers throughout the country add to their existing Paula Rosa Manhattan kitchens.


“Over the years I’ve continued to build up my product knowledge and have learned how to design, deal with trade customers and train other staff members, I enjoy working as part of a supportive team, and am passionate about the growth of The Kitchen Store.”


Designer, Parts & Additions


Senior Administrator

Maria was parting of our founding team back in 2004. As Senior Administrator she aids our designers by raising orders, informing customers of deliveries, taking payments, checking quality and general admin. Maria has worked in the kitchen industry for over 20 years – including time at both Manhattan Furniture and Paula Rosa – so it comes as no surprise that she knows our Paula Rosa Manhattan kitchens like no one else.


“I’m passionate about the great team that I work with and the social events that we enjoy together, Oh, and the delivery of the fruit box on a Monday morning!”


Senior Projects Coordinator

Sian is the Senior Projects Coordinator for our Lancing & Hove stores and manages all our customers orders, our installers and stone masons to bring kitchens to life.





Projects Coordinator


Projects Coordinator


Finance Coordinator

Kate is responsible for the day-to-day running of our finance team. Since joining the Company Kate’s proud to have achieved a diploma in AAT accountancy and survived two year-ends!


“I love working within the team and knowing my colleagues are happy to come to me with any account queries.”



Alan founded our Company in 2004 and has spent his career in and around interiors and buildings. Alan leads the business and is still very much involved in all areas from product development, kitchen design, working with our partners and customers and developing our new stores.  Prior to The Kitchen Store he was a director of our supplier Paula Rosa Manhattan (then Manhattan Furniture).

Alan is a previous Sussex Boss of the Year and Sussex Entrepreneur of the Year.


“The Kitchen Store has grown through recommendation and it really matters to us that we get every kitchen right.  Our Investors in People Gold award sums up what we’re all about – a great team who care about their customers and each other.”


Installer (FIRA Gold accredited)

Dave is our longest-serving installer and has been fitting kitchens throughout Sussex for over 20 years. Dave’s attention to detail when installing kitchens is second to none. He goes the extra mile to ensure kitchens are fitted to our exacting standards. His kitchen workmanship was last independently assessed in January 2017 where he was awarded Gold by our testing body, FIRA.


“We were very impressed by the professionalism and courtesy shown to us by both Dave and Dan (the plasterer).  They both kept us informed as to the progress throughout and went the “extra mile” in making sure that we were happy.”


Installer (FIRA Gold accredited)

Harry is part of our installation team and works for customers throughout Sussex with his apprentice (and brother!) Rob. His kitchen workmanship was last independently assessed in January 2017 where he was awarded Gold by our testing body, FIRA.


“Everyone has been helpful and professional, with no fuss or mess. I think it was left cleaner than before they started! Harry and the stonemasons have worked to a very high standard. Thank you.”


Installer (FIRA Gold Accredited)


Installer (FIRA Gold accredited)


Installer (FIRA Gold Accredited)


A Sneak Peak Of The Platinum Grey & Blue Kitchen

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about the latest design trends that are currently taking the kitchen world by storm.

One of those trends was the growing use of contrasting colours.

So, it feels like the perfect time to tell you about this project, as it approaches completion:

A beautiful modern kitchen design by Nolte, in Platinum Grey & Deep Blue. And for the ultimate wow factor, an additional contrast with a striking Walnut breakfast bar.

We love it so much, we couldn’t wait till it’s finished! So here are a few teasers.

In the beginning…

One thing we love about our work is witnessing the transformation. The transformation from boxes, polystyrene and cabinets, to a stunning finished kitchen in just a few short weeks.

It’s so rewarding, and witnessing the look of delight on our clients’ faces never gets old.

Image of cardboard packaging for kitchen furniture, appliances, and accessories


The Installation

This is Trevor of Wharf Seamless, and he is preparing to fit the worktop.

Image of Trevor from Wharf Seamless preparing to fit a kitchen worktop

He’s making a digital template of the kitchen so that they can produce the CAD drawings of the surfaces, ready for manufacture. It’s what they do for every project, to ensure it’s completely accurate for installation.

And below, you’ll see the breakfast bar taking shape. The clients always wanted this surface to be a step up from the rest of the worktop.

It’s really unusual, it’s bold, and we all really love it!

Image of a wooden breakfast bar as part of the Platinum Grey and Deep Blue kitchen design


Finishing touches

Careful choice and thoughtful integration of appliances and accessories can be what makes or breaks a kitchen.

The clients knew they wanted a high-level dishwasher, so we carefully incorporated this into the kitchen design, ensuring that it was next to the sink for ease and convenience.

Left: Image of the Platinum grey kitchen appliances. Right: Image of the Platinum grey kitchen dishwasher appliance

So, if this has whet your appetite for more, make sure you look out for the Big Reveal in a couple of weeks!

Contact The Kitchen Store for German & British Kitchens

If you’re interested in the Platinum Grey and Deep Blue kitchen design, then please get in touch with us. With over 16 years of experience as kitchen specialists, we are an award-winning independent kitchen designer working with German and British kitchen designs.

We design and install the highest quality German and British kitchens across the South and we can tailor designs to suit all types of homes. Whether it’s a detached house, a family home, or even an apartment, our kitchen designers have the experience and expertise to meet your kitchen requirements.

Call us on 01273 95 77 88 or you can send us an email here.