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NBG Conference takes a new direction

Published:  25 October, 2011

EDINBURGH: NBG's 'radically different' Conference on 14-15 November is taking the theme of 'Building Sustainable Business' as the group gears up for what could prove to be two challenging years ahead for the industry.

"Out goes the old 'meet the merchant' and the formal gala dinner and in its place will be a fast-moving series of events and networking opportunities, exploiting a supplier-driven strategic buying group conference to maximise both the commercial opportunities and the strengths of our trading relationships," said executive chairman Allan Durning.

NBG has hired First Event Management to manage and deliver this Conference "The company has been contacting suppliers with sponsorship opportunities that will be available over the two days," Mr Durning continued.

"We have received a super response from both our sponsoring suppliers and NBG partners for what will be our best ever event, marking the new direction NBG will be taking over the next five years," said Mr Durning.

Tickets for the second night's gala dinner are selling fast, so suppliers are urged to reserve their space now to avoid disappointment."We're looking forward to networking and debating with our key suppliers on the big issues facing the independent sector at the Edinburgh Conference," said Mr Durning.

NBG is an independent, progressive and rapidly-growing group of privately-owned builders' and plumbers' merchants based throughout the UK. It currently has 85 partner companies comprising 273 outlets in most areas of the UK. The Group's collective turnover is over £750m.