Makita UK is the NMBS supplier of the year 2011

Makita UK, the UK’s number 1 professional power tool manufacturer, has received the NMBS Supplier of the Year Award 2011.  The award was presented by Chris Hayward, Managing Director, National Merchant Buying Society Limited (NMBS), in acknowledgement of Makita’s involvement as the official supporting partner of the NMBS I Love Independents Do you? campaign which has been created to benefit 670 members, with over 2,000 branches nationwide, and their customers.

“In this first year of the I Love Independents campaign we have helped to support and reward local independent merchants. These businesses are staffed by professional and knowledgeable people, who are really in tune with their customers,” states Ian Knowles, National Accounts Manager for Makita.  “The ‘Independent’ merchant sector and its staff are of key importance to NMBS and they are equally important to manufacturers like Makita.  As a major manufacturer we try to be as competitive as possible in order to help the independent retailer carry the widest amount of stock as possible while remaining as price-savvy as any other merchant, regardless of size.”

In addition to established trading arrangements, Makita has sponsored golf day events and an NMBS App for the I Love Independents campaign.

At the 39th Annual Dinner Dance held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, in October, 850 guests enjoyed live performances from Beyond the Barricade and popular singer Beverley Knight.  Through raffles and auctions, over £20,000 was raised at the event. 

Of this £3000 will be contributed directly to Breast Cancer Care, Makita’s first charity of the year.  Makita’s aim is to donate a minimum of £50,000 raised from the sale of a special edition pink version of the popular Makita 10.8v DF330D Li-ion cordless drill.  Singer Beverley Knight contributed 100 personally autographed Soul UK CD’s which were specially auctioned for the Breast Cancer Care charity.  The remainder will be shared between the Rainy Day Trust, the charity that supports people who have worked in the home improvement industry but whose life circumstances have changed, and CRASH, the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless people.

More information is available on www.iloveindependents.co.uk or visit www.makitauk.com.

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