Established in 1963; The National Merchant Buying Society Ltd (NMBS) is a centralised buying society for Independent Builders, Timber, Hardware, Plumbing and Heating Merchants. NMBS have over 1,100 members with over 3,700 branches with over £1.78 billion buying power.

The primary aim of NMBS is to enable their members to get the best possible deal from suppliers through exclusive supplier offers and terms to independents via centralised purchasing, marketing, and event activities.

“NMBS are 100% committed to developing and strengthening independent merchants by constantly innovating and adding value at every opportunity.”


Troy UK work hard to build a better future for independent distributors of industrial supplies by working in partnership with market-leading manufacturers and specialist suppliers to ensure high-quality products at competitive prices. This is backed by bespoke services and support needed to get them in front of the right customers.

Since establishing in 1986, Troy has diversified and expanded their product portfolio, growing to a combined selling power of £1.1 billion today.

“Being part of Troy (UK) Ltd gives its members access to leading suppliers of industrial products and equipment, plus a full range of strategic support services that help to drive further efficiencies and overall profitability.”

Eurosafe is an alliance of the very best independent PPE distributors in the UK. The 12 owner-managed businesses, each experts in their fields, boast a collective 20 branches strategically placed in industrial centres nationwide. All members hold local stock available for same-day collection and next day delivery.

The group’s combined expertise facilitates a number of specialist technical services alongside the provision of high-quality head-to-toe PPE, including PPE and H&S consultancy, RPE face-fit testing, earplug fit testing, prescription safety spectacle tests, site surveys, and safety checks.

The group subscribes to the British Safety Industries Federation (BSIF) Registered Safety Supplier Scheme and members are ISO 9001 and 14000 accredited.

United Farmers was established as a federal co-operative in 1971. Essentially a ‘not for profit’ purchasing agency its main goal was to consolidate the buying power of co-operatives in order to deliver competitive advantage through scale of purchasing.

United Farmers has developed geographically and now has a membership base of 33 businesses with a turnover of around £1.2 billion. With over 135 retail sites, stretching from the South of England to the Orkney Islands in Scotland, including Ireland and the Falkland Islands, United Farmers offers excellent geographical coverage of UK agriculture with country retail stores.

United Farmers encourages transparent business relationships between its members and suppliers, always looking for new opportunities to develop advantages for both parties.

In 2005 the PDP Buying Group was formed by several likeminded Motor Factors who realised that by being part of a large National Buying Group they were losing the ability to shape their own future for the specific needs of their businesses.

These Motor Factors concluded that by negotiating directly with suppliers, they would achieve advantageous commercial terms and a closer working relationship with those suppliers.

Today the PDP works with exactly the same principals, working closely with our supply partners to achieve market-leading commercial terms. The membership works closely together helping each other in the increasingly competitive market.

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Registered Safety Supplier Scheme

“All PPE must be correctly tested and certified to meet the appropriate European standard. Unfortunately, the quantity of non-approved product being sold into the UK is on the increase. Such products should not be used for business because they contravene safety legislation.

A number of items are available that claim CE approval but in reality, they have not been appropriately certified. Even worse, some items are in fact counterfeits of existing products. In our experience, these products just do not perform as they should, putting lives at risk and again exposing the user to prosecution.

To help combat this, the BSIF has created the Registered Safety Supplier (RSS) scheme. Companies displaying the scheme’s logo have signed a binding declaration that the safety equipment they offer meets the appropriate standards, fully complies with the PPE regulations, and is appropriately CE marked.

All Registered Safety Suppliers are independently audited to confirm compliance with the scheme’s requirements.

Remember, by using a Registered Safety Supplier you can be sure you will only be supplied with genuine, appropriately approved product and you will receive sound advice without any attempt to mislead you.” (http://www.bsif.co.uk/rsss/)


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