Over 1000 merchants and suppliers gathered at the annual NMBS buying group dinner-dance in London on Saturday (October 28), raising £12,000 for charity in the process.
The UK’s largest buying society for independent builders’, plumbing and heating, timber, and hardware merchants staged its annual Dinner Dance at the Grovesnor House Hotel in the heart of Mayfair, London.
Tim Allen, NMBS’ chairman, outlined how the buying society has never been in better shape and how its turnover looks set to reach £1.6BN in the current financial year.
He also reminded the assembled audience that the annual NMBS Dinner Dance is a celebration of the independent merchanting sector and of the benefits of independent merchants working together.
He went on to thank the NMBS events team and the event’s numerous sponsors for arranging and supporting the evening.
Table donations and prize draw entries from the evening collectively raised £10,260 for NMBS’ two chosen charities, The Rainy Day Trust and CRASH. NMBS committed a further donation to round the fundraising total up to £12,000.
The total raised was announced by managing director Chris Hayward, who is celebrating 40 years of service with the buying society in 2017, having first joined the business as an office junior on 17th October 1977 and who received a special award from Chris Bence to commemorate it.
Among the evening’s highlights were Elaine Wan winning the prize draw for a bundle of the latest tech including an iPad Pro, an iPad Pro smart keyboard, an iPad Pro stylus and a set of Beats EP headphones as well as an iTunes gift card, as well as entertainment from Lilli La Scala & Glitterball Dance Girl, 5 After Midnight (X Factor finalists) and Jersey Boys’ tribute band, the Jersey Guys, who sang a number of classics by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Hayward said: “The annual Dinner Dance remains an important way of enabling NMBS to bring together people from both the member and supplier side of our operations.
“These individuals help to make NMBS and indeed the independent sector what it is so it’s always great to see them letting their hair down and celebrating their achievements and those of the industry.
“As ever, the NMBS events team did a fantastic job in arranging the evening and I’d like to thank them, our guests and all the sponsors for a thoroughly enjoyable evening.”