As the annual NBG Conference fast approaches, we take a look at what partners, suppliers and guests can expect as they prepare to head to Glasgow from 19-20 November.
Glasgow is famous for its thriving music scene, Billy Connolly and the fierce rivalry between Celtic and Rangers, but did you know Stan Laurel made his performing debut at the city’s Britannia Panopticon venue — one of the oldest remaining music halls in Britain — or that the Tikka Masala was (apparently) invented in the Shish Mahal restaurant in Glasgow’s west end? And now Scotland’s largest city is set to host the best NBG Conference to date, taking place at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) later this month.
The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Maximise Sales’ and both the Supplier Summit and exhibition will concentrate on supporting NBG partners and suppliers to do just that. The Supplier Summit will, as usual, kick off proceedings on the first day, with appearances from a roster of special guests and the new product showcase set to give a taster of what to expect from the exhibition.
On the following day, the SEC will be housing 151 stands including offerings from eight new suppliers for this year. 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 builders’ merchant industry.
Once again, the end of the conference will be marked with a gala dinner and the results of the annual NBG Supplier Awards. As always, there will be an award for each of NBG’s Category Management Teams (CMTs) as well as worthy winners of exciting new categories being announced.
This year’s conference will be supporting two charities, with proceeds from the Partners vs Suppliers football match and other fundraising activity across the duration of the event being split between The Rainy Day Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support.
NBG Managing Director Nick Oates said: “We can’t wait to welcome our partners, suppliers and special guests to the SEC later this month. As always, we have a jam-packed couple of days planned, including inspirational key-note speeches, the launch of some exciting new products and plenty of opportunities for our partners and suppliers to grow their networks.
“We have a few new faces joining us this year, both suppliers and partners, and we’re very much looking forward to bringing them into the fold. See you in Glasgow!”
“The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Maximise Sales’ and both the Supplier Summit and exhibition will concentrate on supporting NBG partners and suppliers to do just that.”
- NBG has recently announced that two new partners have joined the group, Tinhay Building Supplies and Abbeygate Builders Merchants.
- September was a busy month for sport as the NBG partners and suppliers took each other on at both cricket and golf. With the suppliers winning the cricket and the partners triumphing in the golf, the decider will be the football match at this year’s conference.
- NBG partners continue to report growth as both County Building Supplies and Collier & Catchpole open new branches.
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