Just under 20% of Cemco Merchant Network members have left the buying group to join the newly-formed specialist Plumbing and Heating Buying Group (PHG).
The seven former Cemco members, which are independent merchants, include Duftons, Plumbcity, Plumbstop, Richmonds, Stuart Plumbing & Heating Supplies and Tucker French and Spinks, whose Managing director Matthew Harrison was on the Cemco management board.
This move has swelled the membership of PHG, nearly doubling the number of businesses involved, which now stands at 17.
Chairman of PHG, David Pochin commented on the increase of membership: “The Plumbing and Heating Group (PHG) was conceived back in July to become the leading buying organisation for plumbing, heating and sanitaryware products. This was always going to be a tough challenge without the leading plumber’s merchants from the Cemco group and thus we are absolutely delighted that eight of them will now be joining us from February 1.”
He continued: “Inevitably, much hard work will be required to ensure the integration of the former Cemco members and our other new recruits MKM and Plumbco, but we have plenty of ability around our enlarged table and we are confident that this will be successfully achieved. Clearly, PHG now offers suppliers the very best independent route to market and we are looking forward to working with them to our mutual benefit.”
Matthew Harrison of Spinks, spoke on behalf of the new members: “We met with PHG for the first time only last month and that was really to discuss possible future collaboration but it became readily apparent to all of us that our futures would be better together rather than apart.
“All of us share the ethos of the PHG founders are we are extremely excited about us working together to create a very special buying organisation.”
The seven Cemco members join Willbond, James Hargreaves, Ridgeons, Tippers, Farr & Harris, RGB, Crossling, Robert Pochin, HPS and Beggs & Partners at PHG.