Builders merchant buying co-operative Unimer held its first Supplier Conference last week (October 13).
Almost 140 delegates, from a wide variety of supplier companies, met at the National Homebuilding & Renovating Centre in Swindon, to explore in-depth how they can grow their business with Unimer.
Unimer’s strategy is to work closely with suppliers and members alike to ensure the trading relationship and the opportunities it offers suppliers are fully maximized.
Suppliers got an overview of the current market for the industry, with the emphasis on how vital the building materials industry is for the economy. They were also reminded of the benefits Unimer can offer with Unimer On-Line, a portal exclusively available to suppliers and members to streamline ledger processes.
Unimer marketing manager Suzanne Millward explained the routes to market available to Unimer suppliers including the benefits of optimizing and expanding existing marketing communications plans by integrating the cost-effective offerings from Unimer.
Benefits derived from other business opportunities such as eBuildingSupplies and Green Energy Centre were explored in detail by Robin Somerville and Lorcan Anglin respectively.
Despite the challenges faced by manufacturers and distributors to grow market share, improve on cash flow and reduce their operations costs, Unimer clearly demonstrated how it can add value to suppliers in all of these three challenging areas.
Millward says: “We were delighted that so many representatives could join us today. The very first Unimer Supplier Conference was by all accounts a very successful event, and we have received very positive feedback from delegates. It is clear that our strategy of delivering real benefits to suppliers is proving very valuable to them.”