The Timber Buying Group is launched

Published:  03 September, 2014

A new merchant buying group has been launched for the timber sector.

The Timber Buying Group (TBG) offers category-focussed purchasing for timber, panel and sheet materials, and manufactured second fix products such as doors, windows, frames and roof trusses. It aims to bring small- and medium-sized timber and builders’ merchants the chance to benefit from group deals from market-leading suppliers.

All deals are negotiated by the buying group on behalf of its members, saving merchants time and allowing them instead to focus on their own businesses. The Group operates a nett-price structure, with minimum two-year deals to offer continuity of supply.

TBG is already being supported by major timber suppliers including Balcas, BSW Timber, Samac Fixings, Crown Timber, Snows Timber and Keylite Roof Windows. The Group negotiates exclusive supplier deals for particular product types.

“We want to create a holistic approach free of bureaucracy and endless emails, because it’s about helping SME merchants to buy better,” explained TBG director Allan Durning. “It’s about establishing a longer-term buying group relationship with nett pricing, which means the merchants have total control over their own businesses.”

As well as timber and material suppliers, TBG is also working with a number of partners to offer other business services to members. These include recruitment services, consultancy, health and safety, solicitors, PR and marketing.

A regular online brokerage trading platform at will also enable suppliers to sell specific quantities of stock to merchants across the timber industry – not just TBG members.

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