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NMBS - The National Merchant Buying Society Ltd

The National Merchant Buying Society Ltd (NMBS) is a centralised buying society for Independent Builders, Timber, Hardware, Plumbing and Heating Merchants. It has over 1000 members with over 3000 branches with over £1.4 billion buying power.


BMF - Builders Merchants Federation

The Builders Merchants Federation is the only organisation that represents and protects the interests of Merchants and Suppliers to the merchanting industry.

The BMF has over 480 members ranging from small companies to national groups. Leading building material manufacturers are Supplier members.


NBG - National Buying Group LLP

  • 83 partner companies comprising of 291 outlets
  • Group collective turnover to £750 million
  • NBG now has a members outlet in most areas of the UK, offering the customer best service, best value and best quality both locally and nationally.

The National Buying Group is an independent, progressive and fast growing group of privately owned builders merchants based throughout the UK.

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FORTIS is a mixed Timber, Building and Lighstside merchant purchasing group with a visionary way of doing business. FORTIS, made up of businesses that were previously members of two alternative buying groups, has 38 member companies across the UK (approx 290 branches) with combined annual revenues of approx £1.0 billion.


H&B Group

H&B Group provides its members with a platform to better represent their interests in negotiations with suppliers. H&B Group is the fastest growing buying organisation for independent builders merchants.



Troy are the leading UK buying group for supplies to the engineering, manufacturing and related industries. Troy has more than 300 independent distributors, getting great deals from more than 400 suppliers on everything from high-spec, high-tech tools for large manufacturing plants to power tools, fixtures and fittings, and safety and workwear. Troy also supports its members with strategic and administrative services making the process of building your business much easier.


Allied Merchants

Allied Merchants Buying Association (AMBA) is a group of leading Independent Building, Timber, Plumbing, Hardware, Agri Trade, Fuel, Garden and Homeware Retailers working together to enhance business through the development and deployment of co-ordinated negotiation of Prices and Terms in conjunction with Supplier Partners. Formed in 2011 they have grown to 20 members with 118 stores nationwide. Allied Merchants Buying Association is managed to benefit member stores by making them more profitable.


HAI - Hardware Association Ireland

Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) are the national representative body for hardware/DIY retailers and builders merchants, as well as manufacturers/distributors to the trade. They uniquely represent all levels of the supply chain and include within their membership ranks, national and international companies, multi-branch chains and smaller independent hardware businesses.