The IPG, the largest and fastest growing membership group for plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists is pleased to welcome its 200th Member – Thompson & Leigh.

 All new additions broaden the strong geographic reach of the network of independent IPG retailers throughout the UK, with new members joining those who are continuing their support since the start up 8 years ago.

Glenn Fisher,  IPG’s Managing Director said: “It’s encouraging to see new members joining the group on a regular basis, in reaching our 200th member we are demonstrating our commitment to the great British independent business. The work we have done and continue to do to give our members a voice and the opportunity to compete in a busy marketplace is making a real and tangible difference  – together we are stronger.”

Thompson & Leigh's Sales Director, Ian Thompson commented: “The key motivating factors that made me want to become a member of The IPG were the financial benefits of course, but also there was the immediate sense of family that Robin Beal (IPG’s Chairman) and Glenn were creating. It was clear from the way they talked that the IPG was as much a passion for them as a business. To find there were the added benefits of marketing, e-commerce and counter offerings - it sealed the deal in our eyes.”

 Ian went on to say: “We had high hopes for this year, now we are aiming higher. The support we are already receiving from both ‘new and established’ IPG suppliers means there are exciting times ahead for us. Hopefully, with our commitment, the relationship will benefit both suppliers and the group alike”.

Since its launch, The IPG community has achieved a remarkable impact by raising awareness of the independent plumbing, heating, and bathroom retailer. The membership group offers a unique business model and has a team of highly experienced sales and marketing professionals to answer all their member needs. Members enjoy three core services: buying, marketing and digital.

Nike Lovell, Head of Marketing said: “We want to make life as easy and as successful as possible for our independent businesses and enable their customers to buy the best brands locally at great prices. Many of our members have now adopted dual-branded signage and are playing a fundamental part in growing the brand of The IPG and strengthening the groups position within the market.”

D.R Peel is the latest member to have dual-branding, Managing Director Elliot believes that being part of the group should be all or nothing. He wanted to fully commit by taking advantage of the dual branding, a new website and all that IPG has to offer. Elliot is a proud member, and he is “looking forward to going from strength to strength with The IPG beside him”.