Independent builders merchant Lawsons is resigning from the builders merchant buying group National Buying Group, with effect from January 1, 2013.
The Colney Heath-based regional independent was a founder member of the organisation. Managing director Joe Inzani said the decision was not taken lightly, and that the group had helped Lawsons achieve a lot over the years in which it was a member.
“However, we now believe that our interests would be best served by being in full control of our own procurement policy rather than operating within a buying group,” he said.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we are not leaving NBG to join any other buying group. We wish the NBG and all of its members every success for the future.”
NBG non-executive chairman David Syzmanski says: “This comes at a period of change during the past 12 months as we further develop NBG as a buying organisation, enhancing the role of the category management teams, together with the formation of a new board, a newly created role of chairman and the recruitment of a new managing director.
“We look forward to working with and delivering on our commitment to our supplier partners.”
Lawson’s exit from NBG has been handled amicably and professionally from both sides. Although the official exit date is January 1, some agreements ending April 1 2013, will remain in place until that date. Details of agreements effected will be communicated to suppliers on an individual basis through both Lawsons and the NBG category management teams.