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It’s show-time


We light it up, we won’t come down And the sun can’t stop us now Watching it come true, it’s taking over you Oh, this is the greatest show They say that the measure of true fellowship is how long it takes you to pick up as though no time …

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NBG crowns 2022 Supplier winners

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Independent builders merchant buying group NBG celebrated its first full Conference and Exhibition for three years with a glittering awards ceremony  with the theme of NBG’s Greatest Show  at the International Convention Centre Wales in Newport today (Tuesday November 15th) The winners were: BRICK & BLOCK SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR …

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  By mutual agreement IBMG have agreed to leave NBG as at 31st December 2022 as both organisations believe that their best interests would be served by following their own strategies and negotiations in the future.   Nick Oates, managing director of NBG said: “The decision to part ways was …

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Elec-Mec chooses NBG

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Accessing industry expertise and experience was the key consideration for joining National Buying Group (NBG), according to the organisation’s newest Partner, Elec-Mec. The bathroom, plumbing, heating, lighting and electrical merchant, which has branches in West London and Middlesex, has operated as an independent merchant for the past 25 years. Yet …

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NBG accelerates talks with suppliers to reduce plastic packaging

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National Buying Group (NBG) is accelerating its talks with suppliers as it steps up efforts to reduce plastic packaging in the construction supply chain, and the potential tax impact on independent merchants. The ongoing dialogue with suppliers follows recent clarification of the obligated parties under the Department for Environment, Food …

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NBG sharpens focus on “buying better”

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National Buying Group (NBG) has rallied its Partners to sharpen their focus on working with Suppliers to “buy better” amidst an increasingly challenging building products market. The organisation’s recent annual Partner event saw a representative from each of its 83-strong partnerships of independent merchants gather to review and discuss the …

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NBG chairman cycles to support disadvantaged students

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National Buying Group (NBG) chairman, David Szymanski will cycle from Lands’ End to John O’Groats to support disadvantaged students. Szymanski, a well-known figure in the construction industry, was previously managing director of Hanson Building Products and a former non-executive director of the Building Research Establishment. He is undertaking the journey …

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Sector collaboration needed to tackle Plastic Packaging Tax, says NBG

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The builders’ merchants sector needs close collaboration with product manufacturers and Suppliers if it is to mitigate the impact of a looming increase in plastic packaging tax, according to National Buying Group (NBG). The advice comes after an analysis with NBG Partner, Kellaway Building Supplies, revealed a potential 2,400% increase …

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NBG calls for ‘pricing realism’ as inflation bites

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The impact of inflation across the construction supply chain fuelled by energy increases has led one of the UK’s largest buying groups to call for “realism” in pricing negotiations. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) is forecasting an inflation peak of 9% this year which is driving material costs up …

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Cowal buys Catherwood Construction Materials

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Scottish builders merchant Cowal Building and Plumbing Supplies has bought Catherwood Construction Materials. Cowal, an established family-run business with four branches located in key areas along the West Coast of Scotland, will retain the Catherwood name and team, including general manager Kevin Ellis, and continue to invest in the business. …

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