National Buying Group celebrated the stars of the sector in its Supplier Awards (Tuesday 13th November) at the climax of its annual conference.

Bringing together more than 600 partners, suppliers and guests, NBG’s biggest conference to date focused on building strong brands and relationships.

The Gala Dinner in Liverpool, marking the group’s 15th anniversary, saw awards presented to individuals, brands and businesses to reward achievement and showcase outstanding service.

Awards were presented to suppliers from each of NBG’s eight Category Management Teams after votes from partners were counted. First-place winners included: H+H UK Ltd – Celcon (Brick & Block); Acheson & Glover Ltd (Civils & Landscaping); T I Midwood & Co Ltd (Decorating & Hardware); Quinn Cement (General Building); Merlyn (Plumbing, Heating & Showrooms); Knauf Insulation Ltd (Roofing & Insulation); Toolbank Ltd (Tools & Workwear); and MDM Timber Ltd (Timber). For the full list, including second and third place suppliers, please see below.

Brand of the Year was awarded to T I Midwood & Co Ltd. Based in Nantwich, T I Midwood is a supplier within NBG’s Decorating and Hardware Category Management Team (CMT) and one of the UK's largest and most experienced importers and wholesalers of screws, fixings, fasteners, nails and power tool accessories.

Gary Olver, Managing Director at Palladium and chair of the CMT, said: “T I Midwood are a family-owned company with core values that perfectly align to those of NBG; building strong relationships, offering fantastic service and investing in their brand. I think they’re truly deserving of the award and am delighted that they have won.”

John Gaunt, of Knauf Insulation, scooped the award for Account Manager of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. He said: “It’s an absolute honour to win Account Manager of the Year again. I have been in the industry for 18 years, have built some fantastic relationships and I’m truly grateful for the help and support I have received over the years.”

Nick Oates, managing director of NBG, said: “The Supplier Awards were the perfect way to round off this year’s conference. It’s great to see so many fantastic businesses being recognised and the partners votes are a testament to the strong relationships that continue to be built with our suppliers.”

Full list of 2018 winners:

Brick & Block

  • 1st place H+H UK Ltd – Celcon
  • 2nd place Quinn Building Products
  • 3rd place Ibstock Brick

Civils & Landscaping

  • 1st place Acheson & Glover Ltd
  • 2nd place Pavestone (UK) Ltd
  • 3rd place Aggregate Industries - Bradstone & Charcon

Decorating & Hardware

  • 1st place T I Midwood & Co Ltd
  • 2nd Tembe DIY Products Ltd
  • 3rd place Rodo Group

General Building

  • 1st place Quinn Cement
  • 2nd place Robeslee Ltd
  • 3rd place Siniat Ltd

Plumbing, Heating & Showrooms

  • 1st place Merlyn
  • 2nd place Eastbrook Co
  • 3rd place Qualitex

Roofing & Insulation

  • 1st place Knauf Insulation Ltd
  • 2nd place Celotex
  • 3rd place Quinn Therm Ltd

Tools & Workwear

  • 1st place Toolbank Ltd
  • 2nd place DART Tool Group
  • 3rd place Birchwood Price Tools Ltd


  • 1st place MDM Timber Ltd
  • 2nd place Arbor Forest Products Ltd
  • 3rd place International Timber Limited

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23 November 2018