NMBS Conference: Facing the future with confidence

Published:  22 June, 2012

SPAIN: "All athletes have the mindset to listen and to learn and that is what the NMBS Conference is about," said Roger Black MBE, Olympic runner and conference host. He set the scene for the first industry conference in four years and one which, delegates commented, is 'overdue', 'very welcome' and 'much needed' for the merchant sector.

Day one of the event, held in Marbella today, saw NMBS managing director Chris Hayward welcome delegates and give an overview of both his organisation's financial health and a summary of what is to come.

Mr Hayward said: "This conference is all about our industry's success, both today and in the future." He said that the Society had achieved a turnover of £403m - up 11% on 2011 and that with probity, it had managed to keep its overhead costs low at 0.2%.

NMBS, he went on, was "working hard for members and suppliers to create better buying power for its members at every level." To illustrate this point, he cited the supplier who, at the Trade Show last month took £2m of orders on the day.

"We are all looking forward to our businesses picking up," he said. The conference had a 50:50 mix of merchants-to-suppliers and 40 major sponsors. Representatives from all the major buying groups were present along with delegates from national merchant, Grafton.

Mr Hayward particularly thanked the Builders' Merchants Federation for its "invaluable input and help with the organsation of this event." He went on to state that "the exchange of ideas that conference represents will go towards building a better future for all of our businesses".

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