The IBA IBA - VDE approved fully insulated modern hand tools IBA - indoor and outdoor heating solutions for multiple applications IBA - range of modern finishes for any wiring accessory requirements IBA - efficent low voltage lamps to keep your customers smiling IBA - instant electric showers to enhance any home IBA - circuit protection for domestic and commercial buildings IBA - security products to keep homes and businesses safe The Independent Buyers Association (IBA) established in 1993, is one of the most respected and successful buying groups in the UK combining the purchasing power of more than 80 Electrical Wholesalers to provide cost effective buying with substantial rebates and mutual support



The IBA was formed in mid 1993 in the North West of England by 10 Independent Electrical Wholesalers, 6 of which are still in the Group to-day. By the end of 1999, there were 25 members, a number that has grown consistently each year since, to a number now of 75 Members with 92 branches.

Geographically there are members throughout the UK.

Overall the Group turns over around £120 million.

Group Objectives

  • To build a nationwide Group of Independent Electrical Wholesalers, all of whom will have equal rights on input into running the Group.
  • To utilise this buying power to appoint key Suppliers in the industry with competitive deals and to build close, long-term profitable relationships with these Preferred Suppliers.
  • To significantly increase the profitability of all Group Members by these improved supplier deals and marketing/sales support activity.
  • To encourage as much informal networking within the Group as possible in order to optimise the breadth and depth of experience within the membership.

Operating Policy

The Group is run by its members for its members, with all key decisions taken on a one-member one-vote basis.  Apart from Members annual fees, which are used to fund the management and administration of the Group, 100% of all rebates negotiated with suppliers pass back to the membership.

The Group has an annually elected Executive of 3 plus a Management Committee representing up to 20% of the Group’s membership.

In terms of Supplier relationships, new members and general management of the Group, this is handled by a staff of 3 employees, the Chief Operating Officer, Finance Manager and Office Manager, with a head office in Newton-le-Willows, Warrington.

The aim is to continue to run the Group primarily on a national basis with quarterly meetings held around the UK, where members are encouraged to attend by having events linked to each of these meetings. Attendance at 2 of these meetings is a stipulated requirement of all Members.

Owing to the growth in size of the Group in recent years, we do now hold informal voluntary Regional Meetings to gain more input from our members.

Suppliers to the Group

The Group has over 100 Preferred Suppliers from across the electrical market with a handful of Recognised Suppliers mainly supplying services such as insurance, telecoms, stationery etc. Annual deals are agreed with these suppliers where invoice prices, annual rebates, payment terms, service levels, carriage paid order levels and marketing support are the key benefits negotiated on for the membership.

The aim is to develop strong long term relationships and high levels of business with each, supplier and try not to spread the business too thinly.

Regular promotional activity, either set for a period or handled on a one off collated order basis, is a strong feature of the Group and our Suppliers.

Marketing and Sales Support

There are 2 Trade shows per year, where the Group’s Preferred Suppliers exhibit and promote their business to the Membership – these shows being linked to two of the Group’s quarterly meetings.

In addition, there is a highly successful IBA Catalogue, in priced or un-priced versions for use by the membership.

Become a Member

If you are looking at ways to improve your sales and profits, then the IBA Buying Group can provide you with the following ways to help:

  • Access more Direct Accounts with manufacturers
  • Preferential discounts and payment terms
  • Excellent benefits
  • Catalogue and Trade Shows
  • Constant promotional activity

Become an IBA Member

Members List

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List of all Members (.pdf)

Become a Supplier

If you are looking to grow your business in the Independent sector, then the IBA Buying Group could be the route for you. We offer:

  • Nearly 100 branches nationwide
  • True support from a buying group run by its Members
  • Trade Shows and Catalogue opportunities
  • Excellent promotional opportunities

Become an IBA Supplier

Suppliers List

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List of all Suppliers (.pdf)