Within days of this year’s National Buying Group (NBG) Conference and AGM being announced, the event is already sold out. The conference, with the headline sponsor Polypipe and based on the theme of Building Our Brands, will be held at the Celtic Manor Hotel from 8-10 November.

The event will bring together NBG’s merchant Partners and suppliers for a programme of business and leisure activities and a full scale exhibition with 127 exhibitors, as well as the formal proceedings of the AGM. The event is set to be extremely well supported by both merchants and suppliers with more than 450 delegates attended including 150 owners, principles, and MDs of the 82 NBG merchant partners, and nearly 300 representatives from NBG suppliers.

“This year’s theme is Building Our Brands because supporting and growing both manufacturer’s our Partners’ brands is in our DNA,” says NBG MD Nick Oates. “We believe that NBG is particularly focused on supporting and developing the top building products brands, a commitment not always shared by other businesses more focused on their own label programmes. And, as the premier buying group for independent merchants, we are at the forefront of promoting strong, local merchant brands which have so many advantages over the national chains.”

In addition to the AGM business and exhibition, this year will see a new feature at conference, a Supplier Summit. This is a fast-paced briefing where NBG suppliers will be kept abreast of the latest NBG developments and innovations, along with plans for further improving the organisation’s operations in line with feedback from an extensive supplier survey carried out earlier in the year.

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