NMBS celebrated the year in style on Saturday 27th October whilst supporting two industry charities CRASH and The Rainy Day Trust.
Commonly known as ‘The biggest and best social event for Independent Merchants’, the black tie dinner dance was held in the prestigious Great Room at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Musical entertainment was provided by X Factor winner Alexandra Burke who treated the audience to hits such as Hallelujah, Elephant and Bad Boys. With The Siren String Quartet and House Band Fully Funktional as the support acts it was a musical night to remember.
The evening began with the NMBS Chairman Tim Allen, concentrating on the many developments that NMBS has experienced over the last twelve months. He said: “NMBS is showing positive growth of approximately 8%, and is on target to exceed £534 million in turnover, in what is still a fairly flat market. Our turnover has been boosted by record numbers of new members and the addition of a few strategic supplier agreements.”
He concluded his speech by saying: ‘A special thank you must go to all of our sponsoring suppliers, for without their generous support this event would not be possible. Thanks must also go to the NMBS Management Board and Commodity Committees who help NMBS to build on our strength of electronic trading, low overhead costs and delivering extra rewards to members in the form of discounts and rebates.’ Allen concluded by thanking the members for their tremendous support and for driving the growth in turnover.
Allen moved on to focus on NMBS being named as a finalist in the British Computer Society Awards for the i-Exhibit App and also highlighted to the audience how NMBS will be celebrating their 50th year in 2013, and with this there will be an even bigger and better Exhibition on 15th May.
The evening not only provided a great opportunity to socialise and network with members and suppliers but also to raise much needed funds for the two benefitting charities. The generosity of the 900 plus members present helped to raise over £8,000 which will be split equally between The Rainy Day Trust and CRASH.
The prize from the main draw, kindly sponsored by Makita, was won by Sue Ballinger from Builders Supply Stores Coventry, who went home with a complete Apple Bundle, including the much sort after iPad. Guests also took part in a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the Rainy Day Trust and a Table Auction of signed copies of Alexandra Burke CDs which also helped to raise money for the two charities.
CRASH Chief Executive Francesca Roberts said: “We are enormously grateful to NMBS for their support and to members for their generosity. Every penny donated to CRASH at this event will go towards helping homeless men and women across the UK.”
NMBS Managing Director Chris Hayward said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all sponsoring suppliers, who helped to make the evening unforgettable, and also to thank our members for attending, as without them the event would not be such a success.”