Sirius Buying Group holds 14th international conference

Steve Jones, managing director of Sirius Buying Group

Sirius Buying Group, the UK buying group for electrical appliance and kitchen retail industry, held its 14th annual conference at Tivoli Marina resort in Vilamoura, Portugal.

The event, held from May 19 to May 21, 2024, was attended by approved suppliers and members of the group. The conference was designed to allow members to discover and secure new commercial opportunities. The approved suppliers in support of this year’s event included the Electrolux Group, Midea UK, Haier, CDA, Franke, Hotpoint, Rangemaster, BSH Group, Smeg, RKW, Waterline, and D.A.D.

Day one of the conference provided all attendees with the opportunity to connect with industry peers, discover the latest deals, and tap into future market potential as approved suppliers presented their services to members.

The Sirius Group said the second day provided “a more relaxed environment to network as suppliers can meet one-to-one with new and existing members with the hope to develop new relationships”.

Commenting on the event, managing director of Sirius Buying Group, Steve Jones, said: “I am extremely proud of the growth mindset we have fostered as a group so we can keep leaning into new opportunities across the home appliance and kitchen furniture industry – from the supply chain to back office.

“Our annual International Conference is a great way to develop space in the market for collaboration, to stay connected, and continue to support each other as we welcome new Members and Approved Suppliers into the fold.

“We are strong believers in empowering the independent retailer to maintain their independence and with a collective trade purchasing power of more than £120 million+ we take pride in being able to encourage collaboration and drive positive change industrywide.”

Mark Veysey, head of operations at Sirius Buying Group also pointed out the significance of it being an election year. Said Veysey: “As the business community prepares for the outcome of the General Election and what a new government will bring, I think it is vital to recognise the rich product stock and continued business vitality in our sector.

“With manufacturers reflecting consumer desire for the greener products as the UK housing market stabilises, independent retailers must take this opportunity to draw from their own knowledge and experience to offer more specialised kitchen solutions for the UK homeowner.

“In my opinion, the home appliances sector is all about delivering freedom and a high level of personalisation to end users, taking the pressure off busy minds, and enhancing lifestyles so they can enjoy more quality time on what matters. Our aim is to do the same for our members.”

Marion Morton, head of commercial at the Group added that the Sirius conference is a platform to interact in a professional and relaxed environment to develop rapport and business partnerships, which set the foundations to future proof business plans. “Our members continue to take a progressive approach with an openness to change, and this would not be possible without the ongoing support from Sirius Approved Suppliers.

“Thank you to our Approved Suppliers for their support and to our Sirius Members for taking time away from their business to attend this year’s conference. We hope to see you next year.”

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