For the first time, Unimer, the builders and plumbers merchants invoice clearing house held its annual trade exhibition and networking day over two days.
Some 210 delegates from 115 merchant companies attended the event at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Gwent. They were made up of 69% heavyside, 30% lightside and 1% buying group.
The business format on the first day was a trade exhibition featuring 76 supplier companies followed by, for the first time, a Meet the Merchant session.
89 merchant companies took part in the sessions which lasted two hours, broken down into eight 15 minute slots.
Unimer marketing manager Suzanne Millward, says: “We have listened to feedback from our merchants and suppliers, and as a result, the format of the Unimer Day was changed this year to deliver even more business benefits and networking opportunities. I am pleased to say that the positive comments we have had so far, have exceeded our expectations”.
The gala dinner, attended by 360 merchants and suppliers was followed by a day of golf, clay pigeon shooting and off-road driving.
The Bob Beaver Cup for clay pigeon shooting was won by Bob Deadman of Selco Builders Warehouse.