Neighbourly secures 15 elite national vendor partners for its UK franchisees
Neighbourly®, part of the world’s largest franchisor of home service brands, has secured 15 elite national vendor partners to join ProTradeNet® UK (PTN UK), a buying group that connects over 240 franchisees with the best-in-class vendors for their specific needs.
PTN UK, which was launched five months ago, is the preferred vendor division for all its six brands and allows franchisees to build and maintain relationships stronger than they would be able to establish and negotiate individually. It offers a broad span of services from machine parts and supplies, to drainage repair kits, landscape materials and low-cost refuelling and tracking for vehicles.
The 15 vendor partners, which include Abbey Finance, ABAX, AJ Vehicle Solutions, Bartrams Mowers, Biological Partnerships, C-Track, the Fuelcard People, Green-Tech, Honda, Office Depot, Phoenix Hire and Sales, Redstone (Tyres), Stens, Source One Environmental and Terratec, will offer cross-related services to Neighbourly’s family of brands and provide a solution for franchisees to gain continual exclusive business and promotion opportunities.
Steve Pickwell, Purchasing Manager for PTN UK, said: “It’s fantastic to have signed so many great suppliers to our platform and we have many more due to join over the coming months. Our aim is to offer the same broad span of services that our US colleagues do for their franchisees – more than 200 vendor partners and over a billion dollars of buying power. We are continually looking to grow our national vendor partnerships as this will not only help our franchisees to create substantial cost savings, but also allow them to build and maintain successful relationships with them.”
Anthony Jones, owner of A J Vehicle Solutions, said: “We are delighted to join PTN UK and the platform will give us a fantastic opportunity to work with all of the Neighbourly brands. We are an independent vehicle supply and funding company working across all manufacturing brands, which enables us to offer a wide choice, including electric vehicles, to the franchisees. We are looking forward to offering support and advice to the franchisees both now and in the future.”
Heather Stark, Brand Manager of The Fuelcard People, said: “It is great to be one of the preferred vendors on the PTN UK platform and we are looking forward to helping the franchisees make genuine savings on their fuel consumption. We are offering a free, no obligation Neighbourly discount fuel card, which will provide an unbeatable range of commercial rates valid at 8,500 pumps across the UK. The Fuelcard team are excited to be on board and hope many of the businesses take up this invaluable money-saving opportunity.”
ProTradeNet is the vendor division of Neighborly and was launched in 2005 in the U.S. It has been designed to accept only a limited number of preferred vendors per category at any given time and ensures they are seen and used by franchisees only.
For further information about ProTradeNet UK, visit www.protradenet.uk or call 01295 983421.