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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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Mannok voted hero of the NBG’s lockdown Supplier Awards

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Irish cement and building materials brand Mannok has swept the board for the second year in a row at the National Buying Group Supplier of the Year Awards. Though its annual conference and awards could not go ahead as planned, NBG held a virtual event tonight (Wednesday November 25th) which …

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Bernard Exton Supplies is the latest partner to join the National Buying Group

National Buying Group (NBG) is growing its list of partners once again as Bernard Exton Supplies is the latest to join the group of independent builders merchants. Extons is the UK’s leading roofing material supplier to London and the home counties. The company offers a complete range of roofing products …

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The NBG Annual Conference returns

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On the 19-20th November, NBG is taking place in Glasgow and will see hundreds of delegates arrive at the Scottish Event Campus. Over the two days delegates will have access to exclusive deals, a first-look at new products and the opportunity to network with like-minded partners and suppliers from the …

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