A record number of independent merchants are set to take part in the National Buying Group’s annual conference in Liverpool next month.
NBG partners, suppliers and special guests will take part in two days of networking, fundraising and celebrations in the sold-out event at Albert Docks on 12-14 November.
The conference marks the organisation’s 15th anniversary and this year’s theme, Building Stronger Brands, will highlight NBG’s focus on creating lasting relationships throughout the industry.
Delegates will have access to an exhibition hosting 165 supplier stands, live demonstrations and the launch of new products. Also taking place will be the Annual General Meeting and Supplier Summit, where keynote speakers will take to the stage and NBG will be making announcements.
The gala dinner will see the announcement of the annual NBG Supplier Award winners. Categories include everything from Brand and Account Manager of the Year to awards for each of NBG’s Category Management Teams.
This year’s conference will support two great causes, with donations being split between construction industry charity The Rainy-Day Trust and Alder Hey Children’s Charity.
The Rainy-Day Trust has been providing support for 175 years through financial assistance, training and counselling for those in the industry. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital care for more than 275,000 patients and their families each year. As a new initiative this year, for every £10,000 of orders placed, NBG will also add £5 to the charity pot, a donation that will be matched by suppliers attending the conference.
Fundraising will kick-off with the annual charity football match where partners and suppliers will go head to head.
NBG Managing Director Nick Oates said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming all our partners, suppliers and special guests to the conference once again. It promises to be a fantastic two days, especially with the surprises we have up our sleeve.
“We’re especially excited for the charity football match. Last year’s final ended in a draw, so it will be interesting to see who will take the glory this year.
“Of course, the main thing is that we’re supporting two fantastic charities that are close to our hearts, so we hope everyone will give generously.”