IPG members across the country are celebrating a combined annual turnover of in excess of £400 million, a double-digit year-on-year growth since June 2017.
Which? magazine revealed last month that its readers rate independent and local businesses over big chains when it comes to buying new bathrooms, and IPG believes this trend is in part responsible for the sales figures of the independent businesses represented by The IPG. Over half intend to recruit more staff in the coming year, and many are currently undertaking projects to expand operations.
Based in Bournemouth, heating merchant Gasbits Ltd have recently opened a new branch in neighbouring New Milton. Gasbits Director, Ross Pavey, said: “We have definitely benefited from being part of The IPG, as we have access to better deals with suppliers and contacts that go beyond our own networks.”
Another member, Ergonomic Designs, has also opened a new store in Oundle, Peterborough, whilst Canterbury Plumbing Supplies has just finished building a bathroom showroom in Eltham. H Lilley & Co have also finished the final touches on a new showroom.
John Hunter from Ergonomic Designs, commented: “The IPG’s buying power and marketing support has already helped us grow since we joined, as evidenced by our new store! We’ve already started to see great interest from both industry professionals and the public.”
Fraser & Ellis, which celebrates its 100th anniversary next year, have recently acquired Fulham Heating. Paul Fraser commented: “Joining The IPG has been one of the best business decisions we’ve made since I took over the family company. Their ongoing support has helped us massively, particularly with the great deals they secure from suppliers.”
The IPG’s Robin Beal, concluded: “Independent businesses are continuing to thrive, and The IPG members are no exception. Our members are becoming more prominent and successful in their local areas, as tradespeople and the public alike recognise their expert knowledge, excellent customer service and many other benefits they receive from choosing an independent over a national chain. The number of new stores, acquisitions and recruitment going ahead across our members is really promising to see, we’re excited to hear more news in the coming months!”