NMBS held their annual Dinner Dance on October 31st in the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, London, with 1000 guests in attendance.
The guests in attendance represented a broad spectrum of NMBS’ 1,000 plus strong merchant membership and its network of over 600 building industry suppliers.
The evening commenced with a speech from Chris Hayward, NMBS’ managing director, who gave an update on the buying society’s current performance which includes a projected turnover for 2015 of £1.4bn – an increase of 8% on last year.
Hayward also explained how NMBS remains committed to Strengthening Independents, by providing the very best trading platform for building industry suppliers to engage with its merchant members.
Combined, these members represent 40% of the total merchant market place and are responsible for over £6.5Bn in sales every year.
In addition, Hayward spoke about NMBS’ presidency of EURO-MAT, a cooperative organisation made up of numerous different European buying groups, before welcoming Gert Raddemaker, managing director of Euro-mat, who was a special guest for the evening.
Following Hayward’s welcoming address, guests were able to enjoy dinner, networking opportunities, and a variety of entertainment.
As ever, the evening also offered guests the chance to win a number of prizes courtesy of various supplier sponsored competitions and a charity prize drawer. This charity prize drawer, as well as table donations on the night, successfully raised over £5,000 each for NMBS’ two chosen charities: The Rainy Trust and CRASH.
Concluding, Hayward said: “Every year the NMBS Dinner Dance continues to surpass expectation and the 2015 event was no exception.
“I would like to thank all those who attended for their support and particularly all of our sponsoring suppliers who helped to make the evening possible.’