The ceremony will take place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London Thursday 22 June 2017, hosted by one of the UK’s top comedians, Jimmy Carr. 

One of the most distinctive talents on television, Jimmy is known for his deadpan sense of humour and his signature laugh. Starring in many TV programmes over the years, including the topical panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats, the weekly satire 10 O’Clock Live and the ever-popular Have I Got News For You, Jimmy has become a star of British comedy.

After a quarter-life crisis, Jimmy decided to quit his job in marketing and train to become a psychotherapist. However, a career in comedy was where he really flourished. Described as England’s answer to Emo Phillips, his material effectively deconstructs aspects of modern day life through a series of  more one-liners than should be humanly possible.

Jimmy has appeared on Tonight With Jay Leno as well as Late Night With Conan O’Brien. He’s also a regular QI panellist alongside hosting Channel 4’s Big Fat Quiz.

Aside from his TV roles, Jimmy was the first comedian to perform an online gig on Second Life. He is consistently one of the UK’s top live comedians touring almost every year and his live DVDs regularly top the charts. He has also toured with the band The Killers.

Jimmy has made an appearance in a number of films, including Confetti, Storm Breaker, and Telstar, and is also the author of  joke book ‘The Naked Jape: Uncovering the Hidden World of Jokes’.

Publication and event manager Carl Hearnden said: “We are thrilled to have Jimmy Carr as this year’s host; guests are guaranteed to be in fits of laughter. With Jimmy’s outstanding talent and distinctive dark humour, the BKU Awards 2017 are set to be a truly fantastic night”.

Virtual Worlds is the UK’s leading CAD provider to the KBB industry; a position rewarded to them through their success in facilitating increased sales to their network of manufacturing, distribution and retailing clients.

Virtual Worlds is targeted to deliver enhancements to the end consumer’s buying experience with a range of products and services including the provision of computer generated photography for glossy brochures and a unique, fully immersive and interactive 4D showroom buying experience which places the end consumer inside a real world simulation of their future KBB space.

Having already sponsored Capital Radio’s Greg Burns and British comedian Paul Sinha to host the inaugural event, Nathan Maclean, managing director of Virtual Worlds, said: “Everyone at Virtual Worlds is very excited to be sponsoring the BKU Awards once again in 2017.

“As a 4D CAD technology provider operating predominantly in the bathrooms and kitchens space, we see a lot of the great work that is done by retailers, suppliers and brands right around the country – and feel it is important that they can be recognised at an event such as this.

“We work in such a diverse industry, with so many talented teams and individuals doing amazing things. For the finalists, the awards offer an excellent opportunity to be recognised on a national level for all of the hard work they put in all year round.

“We wish all the nominees the very best of luck, and look forward to meeting the finalists in London in June.”

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