The Local Merchant Group, the division of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution which includes Gibbs & Dandy, DHS, Normans and Frazer held a national conference for a hundred of its leading suppliers.
The event in Milton Keynes was designed to help suppliers understand more about the 2014 direction of the group and the best ways of working alongside them.
The daytime presentations were followed by an evening Gala Dinner.
Managing director Neil Lawrence made special presentations to a number of team members that had each achieved 40 years’ service – amongst them Nigel Beavan, the branch manager from Gibbs & Dandy Hereford – the longest serving employee of all.
Commercial director Matt Hunt said: “The occasion gave us the opportunity to share our strategy and plans with those present, and fully explain how the Local Merchant Group fits into the wider structure.
“We wanted suppliers to really understand our culture and how we differ from others in the market, which helped to outline the best ways of working with us for mutual growth in 2014. Feedback from suppliers has been fantastic and we are very positive about our growth plans for the year ahead.”