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NBG presents a capital event

Published:  13 December, 2010

LONDON: Over 270 NBG members braved blizzards and deep snow to attend the group's Annual Conference in the capital.

Despite the heavy snowfalls throughout the country, merchants and suppliers gathered for a day of 'Meet the Merchant' sessions, private meetings and networking.

The event was in part held at the Park Plaza Riverbank centre, facing the Thames.

NBG's supplier awards, however, were held aboard the Silver Sturgeon – a luxury floating restaurant that toured the river, offering guests a glimpse of London by night on a clear and crisp evening.

This year's host was Simon Storer, director of external affairs at the Consruction Products Association. He said suppliers and merchants were key to the UK refurbishing over 26 million homes. This year's suppliers to receive an award from NBG were:

1 General build

1st place Everbuild

2nd place Lafarge Cement

3rd place Keystone

2 Timber

1st place Myers

2nd place James Donandson

3rd place Premdor

3 Plumbing and heating

1st place Comap

2nd place Polypipe

3rd place Fry & Pollard

4 Bathrooms, kitchens and tiles

1st place Ideal Bathrooms

2nd place Lakes

3rd place Symphony

5 Tools and workwear

1st place Toolbank

2nd place Brian Hyde

3rd place Belle

6 Bricks and blocks

1st place Ibstock

2nd place H+H

3rd place Hanson Building Products

7 Roofing and insulation

1st place Quinn

2nd place Superglass

3rd place Hanson Redbank

8 DPHIFE

1st place Ronseal

2nd place Sterling Hardware

3rd place Crown Paints

9 Civils and landscaping

1st place Bradstone

2nd place Stonemarket

3rd place Marshalls

The mood among both suppliers and merchants was upbeat. Two-thirds of the individuals Builders' Merchants News spoke to said 2011 would not be a year of major growth, but that it would be one in which business would get done – especially for the 'improve, don't move' brigade of homeowners who would choose to ensue that their property values remained high.

Many suppliers had invested in plant and equipment in the past year and although they admitted that 2011 looked flat, it might see small shoots of recovery for specific niche markets.

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