Independent builders merchant buying group h&b held its annual Activity Day at Forest Pines, Brough, where over 130 member firms and suppliers battled intensely with across a range of outdoor activities, which also included golf and quad bike driving.
As usual at this event, the autumn sunshine shone benignly and after an afternoon of good sport a fine Dinner for one hundred and eighty was held at Forest Pines, Brough where the event was held. Guests included Chris Hayward, Managing Director of NMBS, and Graham Smith, retiring Sales Director of Brett Martin Building Products Ltd.
After the dinner, attended by 180 people, h&b chair Peter Buttle thanked suppliers for their help in sponsoring the event, and Martin Mansfield of h&b for arranging it. He then presented the prizes.
The Golf prize was won by Simon Taylor of Bostik, followed by Aaron Frogley of Vado. In third place was Steve Pilgrim of Birkenhead Roofing & Building Supplies. Taylor was a prize winner again with Duncan Murray of Strata Stone, Steve Robbins of Chalford Building Supplies, and Paul Munro of Aspinall & Son as the best golf team.
Taking first place on the Quad Bikes challenge was Chris Dawson of Brett Martin; Ian Newey of Dacatie had the highest clay pigeon score and Wayne Harris from Ibstock hit the bull with the Archery prize.
A draw in aid of h&b’s chosen charity this year – the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre Appeal – was won by by Neil Hemington of Hevey Building Supplies. The draw raised over £2500 for the charity. The prizes were sponsored by Charlton Gates and Fencing, Symphony Kitchens, and Velux.
The following day saw the h&b members meeting to decide which suppliers to invite to to tender for supplying the group for 2015, where existing agreements were due for renewal. Management Committee members stayed on into the afternoon and were given a presentation by Chris Hayward about the possible future direction of NMBS, for which feedback was requested.