Ridgeons recently hosted its annual ‘Meet the Merchant’ day, which incorporated the ‘Supplier of the Year’ awards and also featured a format change this year encouraging less formal interaction and more social networking.

The event, held in Cambridge, was well supported with branch managers from Ridgeons’ portfolio of 26 stores and over 60 exhibiting suppliers in attendance. This allowed for Ridgeons suppliers to discuss industry developments and showcase new products from across a variety of product categories including building materials, plumbing & heating, bathrooms & kitchens, paint & Ironmongery and timber and panel products.

The event closed with the annual Ridgeons ‘Supplier of the Year’ awards, now in their ninth year. The awards recognise those suppliers who have worked in partnership to deliver business improvement and exceptional levels of service.

Simon Lee, area sales manager at XL Joinery Products said: “It’s been a very useful day, by interacting with numerous members of the Ridgeons team at one event, we are able to demonstrate the ways in which we can further support their collective requirements. We have also taken the opportunity to showcase new products to the branch managers, and put dates in the diaries for future meetings.”

The Ridgeons 2015 Supplier of the Year winners were as follows:

Lightside Supplier of the Year: The Symphony Group

Hardware & Decorating Supplier of the Year: Curtis Holt (Toolbank)

Heavyside Supplier of the Year: Aggbag

Timber & Sheet Materials Supplier of the Year: Ridgeons Forest Products

Commercial Team Supplier of the Year: Akzo Nobel

Sales Representative of the Year: Sam Barron (Keylite)

2015 Ridgeons Supplier of the Year: Curtis Holt (Toolbank)