Paving manufacturer Pavestone celebrated the 50th trading anniversary of buying group National Merchant Buying Society last night with a surprise cake.
The sponge cake, in the shape of the NMBS offices in Leicester, was presented to NMBS managing director Chris Hayward at the pre-Exhibition Gala Dinner on May 14.
Pavestone director Eamon Allen let buildersmerchantsjournal.net in on the secret and said: “50 years of trading is an impressive achievement, especially bearing in mind the ups and down of the industry over that time. As independent manufacturers ourselves, we know the pressures that independence can bring. We really wanted to celebrate with NMBS and all their members and suppliers.”
“We also wanted to say a big Thank You to NMBS for all their support to merchants and suppliers over the past 50 years.”
Hayward said: “It was a huge surprise and a lovely one. It’s so nice to know that suppliers and members appreciate the work that we do. It’s an amazing cake and we would like to thank Pavestone for the incredible amount of thought and work that went into it.”
The cake contains 29kg of icing sugar, 20 lbs of flour and 240 eggs.
It was cut by Hayward and NMBS chairman Tim Allen, who remarked that the last time he shared cake-cutting duties with someone he ended up married to them.
The cut cake was shared by all the guests at the Gala Dinner.