National Buying Group (NBG) merchants throughout the UK are continuing to report strong trading conditions, as evidenced by a number of new branch openings across the group. The latest launches are a new Cirencester branch for Building & Plumbing Supplies (BPS) and a new branch for County Building Supplies in Cheltenham.
Established in 1934 and still family owned and run, the new Cirencester branch for BPS brings the company’s network of general merchant branches to six and follows the opening at Southam last year. The outlet stocks a wide range of building and plumbing supplies, timber, ironmongery and landscaping supplies.
“We’ve been looking to open a branch in Cirencester for some time,” says BPS’s Managing Director John Dibble. “The town fits well with our customer profile, and geographically it gives us an excellent base for tackling the Cotswolds. The town had long been crying out for a merchant that offers top service and we believe we can offer that.”
County Building Supplies operates a network of ten branches in the southern Midlands and Monmouth including garden machinery, building, plumbing, and kitchen businesses. The new branch, opening shortly, will be a plumbing and heating outlet with an on-site kitchen and bathroom showroom, complementing County’s existing general building branch in Cheltenham.
“The new branch in Cheltenham is part of our larger growth strategy which includes a sizeable pro-active sales force, a focus on green building and a strengthened management team,” says County MD Martyn Rees. “Cheltenham is an excellent position for this type of business and, with a very strong manager in place, I’m confident that the new branch will flourish.”
NBG has 82 partner merchants who collectively trade from nearly 300 outlets across the whole UK. NBG says it aims to be the UK’s “most professional, progressive, reputable buying group with excellent hassle free systems for merchants and suppliers alike”.