50th anniversary of the NMBS annual exhibition

Published:  19 April, 2018

The UK’s largest buying society for independent builders’, plumbing and heating, timber, and hardware merchants held its 2018 event on Wednesday 11 April at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry and enjoyed record-breaking levels of success.

The show attracted the highest number of registered visitors with over 1,000 member attendees. It also saw the highest number of different exhibitors to date.

In total, 280 NMBS suppliers, covering every conceivable product category and type, appeared across 360 stands.

Chris Hayward, Managing Director at NMBS, said: “The very first NMBS Exhibition was held at the Pennine Hotel in Derby in 1968 and ever since it has continued to go from strength to strength.

“Today, there’s no doubt that the show has become the biggest and best trading event in the independent merchants’ calendar.

“The attendance figures, number of stands and sheer volume of transactions at the 2018 event clearly reflects that.”

Keen to make the most of the exhibition and its popularity with the independent merchanting sector, all of the exhibitors were running special promotions and deals.

Combined with other initiatives aimed at stimulating trading, such as spot buy deals and the NMBS Voucher book, these offers enabled visiting merchants to make significant, cumulative savings on orders equating to £1,000s.

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