Representatives from across the building, plumbing, heating, hardware and timber industries recently assembled for the 2013 NMBS Golf Day, which was held on the 25 July, 2013, at the Forest of Arden course.

In total, 60 independent merchants and suppliers took part, all looking to network and indulge in a spot of competitive fun.

No less than 13 different NMBS suppliers from across a range of product categories also chose to sponsor the event with Vado, Makita and Polypipe acting as key sponsors for the day.

Formed into mixed teams of NMBS members and suppliers, the players teed off at 10.30am amidst glorious sunshine courtesy of the UK’s recent heatwave.

Eighteen holes, 7,134 yards and a few hours later and the winning team was revealed as Paul Davis from Indesit, Ken Pepperell from P A Seccombe, Nick Drew from Drews and Tim Hoare from R C Bigwood.

Individual winners were announced as Andrew Woodruff from Independent Heating & Plumbing Supplies who took first place, while Gerald Vaughan of Towy Works came second and John Wyatt of Kingsley Bathrooms came third.

Additional prizes awarded included:

Longest drive: Andrew Aspinall (A R Aspinall)

Nearest pin: Geoff Kirk (DFS Fixings)

Ladies prize: Marguerite Dickens (Martin & Partners)

Supplier prize: Aaron Frogley – (Vado)

Commenting on the day, Sam Hunt, events manager at NMBS, said: “The NMBS Golf Day has become a must attend event in the diary of most independent merchants and suppliers to the sector. It provides an exceptional opportunity to mix business with pleasure, offering those attending the chance to network with both existing and new contacts in a non-formal, sporting and ultimately enjoyable setting.”

She continued: “We’re delighted that in NMBS’ 50th year, the day proved as popular as ever and I would like to thank all those involved. I’d especially like to congratulate the winners for claiming victory in the face of some fairly stiff competition.”