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Garage Buying Group – Suppliers

The automotive aftermarket has been consolidating fast creating bigger winners, more losers and a great deal of insecurity for many suppliers and brands. The historical success of the motor factors in growing influence and building profits cannot be overstated. This led first to consolidation, as the larger chains grew, buying up smaller rivals whilst battling each other locally for scale. Then secondly came sales to private equity and international listed companies.

With that cycle seemingly complete, a relationship-driven market has become corporate, the future appears to be rationalisation to fewer suppliers, more ‘private label brands’ and a constant squeeze on the margins needed to run sustainable businesses.

Garage Buying Group offers an alternative route to market, enabling sustainable margins and offering the potential to grow by working more closely to support our customers and our suppliers.

We recognise and appreciate the importance the factors play in the supply chain, offering the essential ‘just in time’ supply of parts around the UK enabling customers to complete jobs fast. Sadly over the past 15 – 20 years, more and more of the local independents have disappeared or been acquired by global companies and the local entrepreneurial owners and staff that were in touch with its customers have been replaced. This has seen the reduction of choice as many recognised brands are frozen out and disappear from shelves as they consolidate spend and the product offer to the market. More often in favour of their own private label brands for increased profit for shareholders, whilst diluting customer choice and dictating what brands and products are available in the market. Those suppliers and brands that remain are aggressively squeezed in the same way as the supermarkets have been doing for decades and often any savings gained are not passed on as they maximise their profits and reduce the choice to the end user.

This has left many suppliers with great products and recognised brands finding themselves increasingly marginalised to the sidelines and ever further detached from their true customer. The world is changing and the way businesses purchase products are too and by deliberately not seeking to offer the ‘just in time’ delivery as the factors, we offer an alternative connecting the UK trade and businesses more easily and transparently into the supply chain, using modern technology, a low overhead storage/distribution operation along with the distribution capabilities of our suppliers that delivers all our members value for money.

We simplify and streamline the supply of products and services that can be supplied overnight or on longer lead times, there are many essentials that businesses now keep in stock and buy in larger volumes that are subject to extended purchase cycles or are purchased infrequently, such as Lubricants, Fluids, Chemicals, Consumables, Specialist Tools, Hand Tools, Power Tools, Capital and Workshop Equipment to name just a few.

We simply operate the buying group for the good of all our members and suppliers, our role is to bridge and link suppliers and their brands directly to our members. We provide both a central credit-worthy company that suppliers can work with easily, whilst bringing a simple single-point access to a wide range of products and services transparently.

This approach, backed up with efficient use of technology keeps operating cost low, eliminating the layers of fat that means we can deliver end user savings, good service and great value for money by working closely with our supply partners and bringing more market influence back into the hands of our members and suppliers.

We have thousands of members now across the UK that are regular users, we supply Independent Garages, Car Sales, Main Dealer, Bodyshop’s, Fast-Fit, Commercial Vehicle and Agricultural Sector, Haulage Contactors, Marine and Industry/Industrial Sector, Fuel Filling Stations, Hire and Fleet Companies, Machine & Plant, Building Supplies/Merchants, Local Councils, Manufacturers, Engineers, Re-Sellers, Specialists, Hospitality/Leisure, and other trade businesses to all four corners of the UK.

To find out more about the Garage Buying Group or to become a supplier, please enquire in confidence below and we will be in touch to arrange a convenient time to discuss in more detail.

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