Timeline

1963

NMBS (North Midlands Buying Society) is formed by 12 merchants from Nottingham, Leicester, Lincoln and Belper.

1964

John Tatton, NMBS’ first employee is appointed due to rapid success and growth. John quickly became indispensible and stayed with NMBS for 28 years.

1968

The first ever NMBS Exhibition is held on 25th April at the Pennine Hotel in Derby.

NMBS changes its name to National Merchant Buying Society as merchant numbers grow, with more members outside of the North Midlands than within in it.

1979

Quarterly rebates are introduced to increase benefits to NMBS’ Members.

1984

Buyers guides are introduced, becoming the ‘go-to’ resource for independent merchants looking for the best deals and new products.

1994

NMBS introduces EDI trading solutions for our suppliers to start sending invoices and credit notes electronically.

1997

NMBS gains Investors in People status, which we have continued to maintain to this day, throughout periods of considerable change.

A year of firsts, with the first NMBS Conference, held in Edinburgh, and the launch of the first NMBS website.

2006

The NMBS Report Centre is launched, providing our members and suppliers with 24-7 access to online accounts information.

2011

NMBS relocates to Merus Court, Leicester, with more space and better transport links.

2012

NMBS re-brands, taking on a new look and a new logo. The rebrand was driven by a desire to ensure our visual brand continued to reflect the evolving nature of the business.

2013

NMBS Celebrates 50 years of strengthening independents with a commemorative luncheon at the Guildhall, London.

NMBS amalgamates with Unimer, increasing its supplier portfolio to over 600 suppliers and its membership to over 1000 merchants, on top of implementing a revolutionary new back office system.

2018

94 Merchant members made the decision to join NMBS. This breaks all previous records.

2019

NMBS achieves a record annual turnover of £1.93 Billion.

2020

NMBS Launches OnePlace. The B2B Ordering and product information management (PIM) platform.

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