IBC diversifies into garden centres

Buying group for independent builders merchants, IBC, has announced the launch of its new garden centre division. It will be working with garden centres to assist and add value to their procurement process.

Commercial Director Paul Read said: ?It?s an obvious step for us in truth. A number of our existing supply partners cut across both general merchant supply and garden centres and our model lends itself perfectly for the many Independent garden and lifestyle centres across the UK.?

He continued: ?IBC Garden will follow the key ethos of our merchant model, including free membership at the point of entry, sales and marketing support and most importantly, bringing our substantial existing buying group knowledge and buying power to a new sector of businesses across the UK, while making new friends in the process.?

National sales manager Marc Coulson said: ?We are really excited about the launch. We are already working with our first garden group members, garnering feedback and starting to create value for both them and our supply chain. This is something we are committed to and fully expect this to be every bit as exciting as our builder?s merchant division.?

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