Sirius Buying Group reports of its best year to date, plus new approved members
The Group powered through the pandemic with regular virtual member meetings, online business updates and presentations from Approved Suppliers, tailored advice and early rebate promise. As well as this, it launched its pioneering digital trade show with exclusive deals to help further enhance Members’ bottom lines.
The electrical appliance and kitchen retail industry buying group also revealed that it had its largest ever intake of new members last year – now at 178, with 250 stores. From January this year, it also welcomed four more new Approved Members – Clocktower, The Appliance Company, La Redoute, and The Real Kitchen Company.
Steve Jones, who took over the role of Managing Director of Sirius Buying Group at the start of the year (pictured left), commented: “We are delighted to extend a warm welcome to our new Approved Members and assist them in going to the next level with their business goals in 2021.
“We are extremely proud of our Approved Members and Suppliers as the Sirius ethic of working creatively together for the greater good paid off last year, supporting 250 retail outlets during unprecedented times. As our sector prepares for life after lockdown in the light of Government guidelines and new legislation after Brexit, working in unison to serve our customers and local communities has never been more important.”
Darren Scott, National Business Development Manager at Sirius Buying Group (pictured left), added: “It is an honour and a privilege to welcome our new Approved Members into our close-knit business community and work with them on their newly-supported retail journeys.”
Tom Harvey, Managing Director of Clocktower – a regional domestic appliances retailer serving the Southern Lake District and Northern Lancashire, said: “Retaining our identity and independence is vital and Sirius allows us to do that while at the same time enabling us enjoy benefits the wider group offers.
“As a new member I’m excited to be able to improve the company’s bottom line. The potential rebates through the strong position Sirius has within the industry has made joining a no-brainer for me.”
At The Appliance Company, in Buckinghamshire, Directors Ian Fender and Jon Haigh, said: “We knew people from Sirius through our logistics business, Spexmo, and it was obvious that Sirius and the relationships within the group were best placed to help us exploit price points, coupled with sales and marketing support. The knowledge and well-rounded opportunities for directional guidance will greatly assist in us maximising sales.”
Another online retailer, French-owned La Redoute UK, joined Sirius Buying Group to secure access to key brands and accelerate its home electricals division.
Ryan Gilfrin, Head of Buying and New Business, said: “Our vision is to become the destination for families to get their essential items quickly and affordably across fashion, homewares and electricals, and becoming a Sirius member is a big part of this.”
Mr Jones concluded: “The retail landscape continues to evolve in 2021, with the prospect of the stamp duty holiday being extended until the end of June, so we need to focus on our strengths and deliver the difference consistently to consumers and developers alike as the property market takes off this spring.”
Look out for the exclusive interview with Steve Jones in the March edition of ERT magazine!