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GIMA buying group will offer 35% cost savings

Published: 18 May 2015
The Garden Industry Manufacturers' Association (GIMA) says its new buying group offers unique new benefits for members, helping to bring better access to vital services and business.
Billed as a one-stop shop for members, and created in association with Buying Support Agency (BSA), the buying group is designed to provide bulk buying power and cost savings of up to 35%. It will also make it less time-consuming to source the cheapest deal on non-core overheads and services.

GIMA members who join will have access to 20 different service and amenity providers, covering telecoms, gas and electricity, stationery, parcel courier services, waste recycling, catering, workwear, cleaning services, packaging and photocopying. 'Eco buying' also features, for those companies wanting to reduce their carbon footprint.

There is also no contract period, and the £495 annual fee that would normally apply for such a service has been waived.

Speaking at the recent GIMA Day Conference, BSA managing director Matthew Roper said: "The buying group has been designed to allow GIMA members to maintain operational control of suppliers, whilst enabling them to benefit from both cost and time savings. Additional peace of mind also comes from the fact that BSA will continually monitor supplier performance to ensure the absolute best service and value for money.

"We already have several hundred suppliers trading and thousands of businesses benefiting from the process, and we look forward to welcoming GIMA members on board."

Read a full report on the GIMA Day Conference in this Friday's edition of DIY Week

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