Builders merchant buying group NMBS has reached 3000 member branches within the UK, which is more than any national merchant, twice as many as McDonalds and three times as many as Starbucks.
The landmark achievement closely follows NMBS’ 50th anniversary year and its recent amalgamation with United Merchants Plc (UNIMER).
Chris Hayward, managing director, said: “The success of NMBS and its members in achieving this latest milestone fully reflects the valuable benefits NMBS offers to independent merchants, and the major attractions provided by pooling expertise and resources and working together.”
Aside from providing independent merchants with a good indication of NMBS’ continuing growth and popularity, the buying society is keen to point out that its latest achievement carries very positive implications for suppliers.
Hayward added: “NMBS’ penetration into the market and the massive proliferation of builders’ merchant branches now being operated by our members make us arguably the most effective route to market for any building industry supplier. It is incredible to think that we have a much bigger footprint than such well known retail brands as McDonalds & Starbucks which seem to be on every corner.
“No other Merchanting Group can currently offer the same degree of national presence or UK-wide reach and we look forward to working with our supplier partners in growing even more our 40% share of the merchant market place, with our members combined annual sales already in excess of £6.4bn.”