New NBG Partners revisited – are they reaping the Buying Group benefits?

Over the last year, National Buying Group (NBG) welcomed multiple companies to its growing community of independent merchants and is hailing their early successes.

NBG were joined by Habco Building Supplies in late 2021, followed by Sovini Trade Supplies Ltd, Buildland Ltd and Towy Works Ltd in March 2021, and Bridgport Building Supplies in April of this year.

Sovini Trade Supplies (STS), a North West-based builders merchant with years of experience in supplying a range of products to repairs and maintenance and construction companies across the UK has already benefitted from NBG’s supply chain network.

Alan Evans, Regional Operations Manager, said: “We have not only benefitted from the commercial gains you would expect from a Buying Group, but in the current climate of unprecedented supply issues and price increases we have really felt NBG working on our behalf to minimise the impacts. The whole NBG team have been open and welcoming, and the joining process was very smooth with assistance always at hand.”

Family-owned builders merchant Buildland Ltd is one of the UK’s leading suppliers in building and landscaping materials for the trade and public. Satty Jutla-Kalsi, Director at Buildland Ltd has said, “Since joining in February 2021, NBG and the team have been very supportive during this very difficult year. Despite the pandemic restrictions, we were still able to continue productive business meetings via zoom and telephone. We found NGB very professional and one of the best Buying Groups, their offers and competitive prices from Suppliers have helped us greatly.”

Towy Works, a specialists builders merchant based in Carmarthen also joined earlier this year. Malcom Griffiths, Manager at Towy, said: “Since joining NBG back in March 2021 they have been very true to their word and commitment to our business. NBG have supported us greatly through these very trying times of which we are very grateful.

The NBG team has also supported the expansion of Independent Builders Merchant Group (IBMG), the largest independent builder merchant group in the South East.

Allun Pittingale, Managing Director at IBMG, said: “Being a member of NBG through a hugely challenging period of COVID - navigating poor product availability (often controlled through allocation) and spiralling Supplier costs - has enabled us to come together as a collective to secure supply, buffer some price changes and has helped us to maintain the exemplary service our customers expect.

“Product allocation management has been helped by being on various CMTs but together we could improve here. Rebate calculation, collection and allocation is first rate. We appreciate the support NBG has given us by accepting and welcoming new members brought about by our acquisition activity. NBG has many benefits and, with support from its broad membership, can continue to improve together.”

Total Plumbing, RGB Building Supplies, 3Counties Timber and Building Supplies Online, Buildit Gloster and CRS Building Supplies were recently welcomed to NBG as associates of Grant & Stone, now also part of the IBMG family.

Peter Cudd, Group Managing Director at Grant & Stone, said: “Grant and Stone group are committed to the members of NBG, and we are integrating these fabulous new businesses into the group. Since joining NBG, the supply market has been slower due to stock availability, and we continue to work closely with Partners to resolve issues together.”

Managing Director at NBG, Nick Oates, said: “We are so proud that despite the challenges of the last year, NBG is continuing to grow and celebrate the successes of all our Partners and associates. One of the best things about NBG is the community spirit, which we saw throughout 2020 and have seen continue this year.

“To see our community get even bigger and closely support each other through challenging times truly reflects what being part of NBG is all about – with Partners and Suppliers continuing to benefit from centralised and ongoing support.”