Philip Jenkins, Sugro UK

Sales at buying group Sugro UK are set to top £1bn this year.

During its annual strategy presentation, Sugro MD Philip Jenkins revealed turnover was up 10% this year due to strong new wholesaler recruitment and a successful member trading performance with many members, including Youings Wholesale, Barnstaple, achieving double-digit growth.

Most recent recruits to the group include Freemans Confectionery, Best Deal Cash and Carry, Jet Business Solutions, Birmingham Cash and Carry and Snack Mix Limited.

Jenkins also attributed the trading success to creative marketing by the group launched across the past year, including themed promotions Cash Bonanza and a Bonus Ball feature that coincides with Euro 2016.

“We are very pleased with the present performance of Sugro UK and its members, but we will continue to enhance our sector-leading trading strategies in the future, to meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive marketplace,” said Jenkins.

Jenkins also reminded suppliers to improve administration and reduce the number of delivery errors, incorrect prices and wrong payments that were becoming increasingly evident and rectify any problems as urgently as possible.