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PHG – 21!

The specialist Plumbing and Heating Buying Group is pleased to announce that Plumbers Merchants, Woodhouse & Sturnham Ltd. will be joining PHG with effect from 1st October 2013.

Founded in 1978, Woodhouse & Sturnham and sister company WSK Ltd. operate from 3 branches in Peterborough, St. Neots and Spalding and they are delighted to become the 21st member of PHG.

Managing Director John Sturnham said, ‘Joining a buying association has been on our agenda for some time but once we were aware of the PHG formation we knew that was the group for us. We feel proud and privileged to be sitting around the table with some of the best businesses in our sector and we are sure that membership will prove fundamental to our own expansion plans.

PHG Chairman David Pochin, who is equally pleased to welcome Woodhouse & Sturnham to the group, commented, ‘John Sturnham and his team run a highly respected and substantial business that will sit very well with our existing membership. Expanding the group is important but we will only act when we see an opportunity to add to our quality and provide our suppliers with increasing volumes.’

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For further information please contact:

David Pochin, PHG Chairman, 0116 242 9350
John Sturnham, MD W&S Ltd., 0173 323 3316
Tony Hogg, PHG PR, 0115 841 8881

Another New Member for PHG

Solihull based Gas Centre Ltd has joined PHG, the specialist plumbing & heating buying group, with effect from February 1st 2013.

Gas Centre principals Dave Bewick and Mark Barnes were previously with A&B Plumbing Supplies which they helped to build into a £16M turnover business before selling out to Jewson in 2006.
A former NBG member, Gas Centre has 2 branches and a sister company, Bathroom Centre Ltd.
A third branch is planned to open later this year.

PHG Chairman David Pochin said, “Gas Centre were early applicants for PHG membership and we are very pleased to now have them on board with us. Dave and Mark are well on their way to replicating their previous success with A&B and they will doubtless prove an asset to the PHG Group.

Having doubled our size in little over a month we are now pausing new membership applications until April 1st to allow us to focus on the effective integration of the enlarged group which now stands at 20 members.”

For Gas Centre Mark Barnes said, “We are very excited at the prospect of working with the likeminded members of the PHG team and we are certain that membership will enable us to rapidly grow our business.”

For further information please contact:
David Pochin, PHG Chairman, 0116 242 9350
Mark Barnes, Gas Centre Ltd. Director, 0121 705 1144
Tony Hogg, PHG PR, 0115 841 8881

8 Cemco Members Join PHG

Duftons, John Nicholls, Plumbcity, Plumbstop, Richmonds, Spinks, Stuart Plumbing & Heating Supplies and Tucker French have today given notice to resign from Cemco Lightside with effect from 31st January 2013.

The 8 members have decided to join PHG the newly formed specialist plumbing and heating buying group.

PHG Chairman David Pochin commenting on this news said, “The Plumbing and Heating Group (PHG) was conceived back in July to become the leading buying organization for plumbing, heating and sanitaryware products. This was always going to be a tough challenge without the leading plumbers’ merchants from the Cemco group and thus we are absolutely delighted that 8 of them will now be joining us from February 1st, 2013.
Inevitably, much hard work will be required to ensure the integration of the former Cemco members and our other new recruits, MKM and Plumco, 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 speaking on behalf of the new members said, “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 and we are extremely excited about us working together to create a very special buying organization.”

For further information please contact:
David Pochin, PHG Chairman, 0116 242 9350
Tony Hogg, PHG PR, 0115 841 8881

MKM joins PHG

Effective January 01 2013, MKM Building Supplies will be joining PHG the newly formed specialist plumbing and heating buying group.
MKM will look to route as much of its plumbing purchases as possible through the PHG buying agreements.

PHG Chairman, David Pochin commented, “We are absolutely delighted that the UK’s largest independent merchant has chosen to join our group.
MKM are a highly respected and dynamic company and they will bring substantial plumbing turnover and expertise to PHG. Our specialist plumbing and heating group has certainly struck a chord within the industry and we are already in advanced membership discussions with several other quality lightside merchants that will sit well within our likeminded team.”

MKM Executive Chairman, David Kilburn elaborating on their decision to join PHG said, “We like the people and the ethos within the PHG group which is looking to work with its chosen plumbing and heating suppliers to deliver mutual competitive advantage with the minimum of bureaucracy.
This light touch, ‘can do’ approach to business is perfectly in tune with MKM thinking and we look forward to working hard alongside our new colleagues to make PHG pre-eminent in its field.”

For further information please contact:
David Pochin, PHG Chairman, 0116 242 9350
David Kilburn, Executive Chairman, 01482 387214
Tony Hogg, PHG PR, 0115 841 8881

Plumco Joins PHG

Plumco Plumbing & Heating Supplies has joined PHG the newly formed specialist plumbing and heating buying group.
A former NBG member, Plumco was founded in Sheffield in 2000 and it now operates 4 branches in the South Yorkshire region.

PHG Chairman, David Pochin said, “We are very pleased to welcome Plumco Managing Director, John Smith and his company into membership.
John is a well respected figure in the industry who, despite these recessionary times, has managed to expand his business from Sheffield and into Doncaster and Rotherham.
We are currently talking to several other substantial Plumbers Merchants who, like Plumco, share our ethos and wish to belong to our lightside organisation.”

John Smith commented, “We are really looking forward to getting round the table with the PHG members who represent some of the very best Plumbers’ Merchants in the country. We will be able to focus exclusively on the products that are relevant to our business and we will be committing ourselves wholeheartedly to the future success of PHG”

For further information please contact:
David Pochin, PHG Chairman, 07801 923967
John Smith, Plumco Managing Director, 07779 663651
Tony Hogg, PHG PR, 07702 593334

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