IBC Buying Group has appointed a dedicated Divisional Manager to work closely with each Member company, acting as a single point-of-contact with whom Members can work to expand their Supplier base, take advantage of new deals, and seek advice on any issues they may have.
All IBC’s Divisional Managers have extensive experience working with, and for, suppliers and merchants across the industry, meaning that they are ideally placed to guide and support their Members whenever they are needed.
By working closely with their appointed Divisional Manager, IBC Members effectively have an extra member of staff at hand at all times, through whom they can learn about new technologies coming to market, and can access new products and Suppliers that will be a tangible boost for their business.
Mark explains: “Our role is to be there for our members whenever they need us, whether that’s through regular visits, by phone, or e-mail. We keep them up to date with market conditions on a weekly and often daily basis, and are also able to help them source the product they need whenever there are shortages in the market.”
Simon agrees, adding: “We regularly review our Members’ businesses to make sure we understand exactly what they need, and then we can suggest new opportunities for them to move into, and introduce them to new Suppliers. We’re always looking for new opportunities where our members can add value to their customers with new product and point-of-sale, for example, to make sure they get everything they need to be able to trade effectively and positively.”
Independent merchants traditionally spend a lot of time buying product and negotiating deals with Suppliers, but belonging to IBC Buying Group can save them the one day a week, on average, that they previously spent doing this work – freeing them up to concentrate on developing the rest of their business.
Simon is responsible for the Midlands, Wales, North and Scotland regions, while Mark works with all IBC Members across the South of England. Ross is responsible for the Inner London region.
To find out more visit www.ibcbuyinggroup.com.