to the NMBS All Industry Conference

Dedicated to Building, Plumbing, Heating, Hardware and Timber Merchants the popular NMBS Conference is back for 2022 and with another stunning Italian destination….

Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast.

The dates for the conference are

Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th June

The focused business programme will combine current subjects, interesting keynote speakers and structured sessions so that delegates can tailor the conference to their own needs and requirements and take something away which can be implemented into their own businesses.

Like previous years the emphasis is on the working conference however the programme will allow plenty of time to enjoy your surroundings, socialise and indulge with group dinners and enjoy the stunning scenery in this beautiful part of the world.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Sam Hunt

NMBS Event Manager


Italian culture, buzzing bars and delicious pizzas are all on the menu in Sorrento – a sophisticated seaside town in the heart of the Neapolitan Riviera.

Cobblestone streets, colourful flowers and picture-perfect views of Mount Vesuvius and Naples – as a resort, hilly Sorrento comes up with it all. This chic setting on the southwest coast of Italy also offers designer boutiques, lively bars and authentic Italian restaurants. And it’s at the heart of the Neapolitan Riviera, so the beautiful towns of Positano and Amalfi are within easy reach as well.
Life here centres around Piazza Tasso – a picture-perfect square lined with grand old buildings and bustling cafés. Wander through the old town and you will uncover museums, galleries and leafy parks round every corner. Hop on the town’s wooden train to ride from sight to sight.



Itialian but English is widely spoken

Flight Time

3 hours approx. from UK


The Average temperature in June is 23°C.


Euro (€) £1.00 = €1.15 (as at April 2019)

Closest Airport


Time Difference

1 hour ahead of the UK


A full British passport is required valid for the duration of your stay.


The stylish Hilton Sorrento Palace is surrounded by citrus gardens in a perfect spot with fantastic views overlooking the sea.

Days can be filled lazing by the refreshing pools or exploring the historic Sorrento resort centre and evenings unwinding in the hotel’s cocktail bar. Rooms and Suites at Hilton Sorrento Palace combine Mediterranean warmth with contemporary elegance. The hotel offers Rooms with sea, garden, or mountain views.

Hotel facilities include

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344 bedrooms each with either a balcony or terrace

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2 outdoor swimming pools & 1 indoor pool

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3 On-site restaurants

2 On-site bars

Visit the hotel website

Flights to Naples

Outbound to Naples

UK Airport Out In Airline Operates Airline
Leeds 06:30 10:35 Wed & Sun Jet 2
Manchester TBC TBC TBC RyanAir
Manchester 07:45 11:50 Wed, Fri Sun Jet 2
Edinburgh 07:20 11:45 Sat Jet 2
Edinburgh 16:35 20:50 Tue, Thurs & Sun Easy Jet
Glasgow 07:30 11:55 Fri Jet 2
Birmingham 07:15 11:15 Fri Jet 2
Bristol 06:15 10:00 Tue, Thur & Sat Easy Jet
Liverpool TBC TBC TBC Easy Jet
Belfast TBC TBC TBC Jet 2
Stansted 06:40 10:15 Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun Ryan Air
Stansted 06:45 10:35 Mon, Fri Jet 2
Luton 06:10 09:55 Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun Easy Jet
Gatwick 06:00 09:35 Daily x 2 or more flights Easy Jet


UK Airport Out In Airline Operates Airline
Leeds 18:55 21:05 Wed & Sun Jet 2
Manchester TBC TBC TBC RyanAir
Manchester 12:50 15:05 Wed, Fri Sun jet 2
Edinburgh 12:35 15:05 Sat Jet 2
Edinburgh 10:55 13:25 Tue, Thurs & Sun Easy Jet
Glasgow 12:45 15:15 Fri Jet 2
Birmingham 12:15 14:20 Tue, Sat Jet 2
Bristol 21:50 23:45 Tue,Thurs, Sat Easy Jet
Liverpool TBC TBC TBC Easy Jet
Belfast TBC TBC TBC Jet 2
Stansted 11:25 13:15 Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun RyanAir
Stansted 11:25 13:15 Mon, Fri Jet 2
Luton 10:35 12:30 Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun Easy Jet
Gatwick 16:35 18:25 Daily x 2 or more flights Easy Jet
Gatwick TBC TBC TBC British Airways

Conference Itinerary

Social Activities taking place sponsored by Polypipe, Velux & Knauf Insulation

1930 Welcome Drinks in the Sorrento Lounge and dinner in the Citrus Garden
Drinks sponsored by Marsh Industries
Welcome Dinner sponsored by SIG
0700 - 0845 Breakfast in L'Alba
0845 Delegates assemble in Main Plenary room - Sirene
0900 Welcome from Conference Host David Meade
Conference Host sponsored by Worcester Bosch
0905 NMBS Welcome and NMBS Future Matters - Chris Hayward
0930 Changing Economics - The UK Economy in a post pandemic world - David Smith
0955 Creation of High Performing Cultures - Damian Hughes
1020 Speed up Success - Sophie Devonshire
1045 Coffee Break
1115 Driving Digital - eCommerce, digital & data in the Building Material Sector - George Brickwood
1135 Online or Over-the-Counter: Inside the Future of Retailing Building Materials - Tom Diplock
1200 OnePlace - how it can help drive growth & efficiency for merchants & suppliers - Andy Hextall
1220 Tech Talks - Intact and ECI/eCommonSense
1250 Question & Answers Session with George Brickwood, Tom Diplock and Andy Hextall
1305 Sustainability within the Construction Sector - Giles Bradford
1330 Summary and close for the Day
Lunch in L'Alba

Friday Evening

Evening at leisure for optional dinearound or own arrangements.

0700 - 0930 Breakfast in L'Alba
0950 Delegates assemble in Nettuno 1- 3
1000 Meet the Merchant Session
1130 Coffee Break
1200 BMF Conference 2023 - John Newcomb
1210 Extraordinary High Performance in Challenging Times - David Meade
1240 Power of the Mind - the links between psychology, performance & continuous improvement - Matthew Syed
Sponsored by Marshalls
1315 Summary & Close
Lunch in L'Alba

Saturday Evening

Gala Dinner

1930 Pre-Dinner drinks served in The Citrus Gardens
Sponsored by Metabo & Hikoki
2000 Dinner Served around Pool Area
Sponsored by The Keystone Group

Guests Depart


Early Bird Offer


Per person for the first two people from each member company

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Full Delegate Offer


Per person will apply for each person thereafter from each company

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The NMBS Conference ground package includes:

  • 3 night’s accommodation

    Check in 16 June and depart on 19 June 2022. Includes buffet breakfast in a standard double or twin room
    (There will be a supplement for single room occupancy)
  • Welcome buffet dinner

    (Thursday 16th June 2022)
  • All the conference sessions

    on Friday and Saturday, including buffet lunch on both days
  • Meet the merchant

    & Masterclass sessions
  • Gala Dinner

    (Saturday 18th June 2022)

Please note all costs are including VAT and are for participation in the NMBS conference ground package only (i.e. flights are not included). Early Bird offer for the first 50 merchant companies only – so don’t delay and book today.

Essential Information


The temperature in June in Sorrento has highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C

Conference Information & Registration Desk

Opening times:
Wednesday 15th June 12:00 - 19:30
Thursday 16th June 09:00 - 19:30
Friday 17th June 08:00 onwards
Saturday 18st June 08:00 onwards

Currency, Cash & Credit Cards

The currency in Italy is the Euro (€)
The current exchange rate is £1.00 = €1.17
We would advise that you obtain Euros prior to departing the UK, however you will be able to exchange money locally and at the hotel.

Dietary Requirements

If any dietary requirements have been made known to us in advance, we will endeavour to ensure catering departments have been advised and special meals are prepared for you. Some food services will be in the style of a buffet and you will need to make yourself known to a member of staff. Should you suffer from any severe allergies, please inform a member of the waiting staff or the First Event team so we can clarify what you are able to eat.

Dress Code

During conference - Smart/casual
Evening dinners - Smart/casual


Italy operates a two-pin plug socket so a European adaptor will be required.

Emergency Contacts

In the event of an emergency, please contact one of the Event Team on site -
Lucy Whitley +44 7841 698 892
Krisztina Maros +44 7877 256 310
Becky Lewandowski +44 7944 756 779
Holly Bedford +44 7500 122 868


A copy of your credit card will be requested on check in at the hotel and any additional extras added to your room account must be settled prior to departure.


Service charges are not usually added to bills. A 10-15% gratuity is suggested.

Hotel Check In/Check Out Times

Official check in time - 3pm
Official check out time - 11am

Should you be arriving on an earlier flight, please advise us and we will do all we can to ensure your room is ready on arrival.

Insurance & Medical

Travel insurance is NOT included in the conference package. It is essential that you and your partner have adequate travel insurance for the duration of the trip. Please ensure you have a copy of your policy when travelling in case of an emergency.


The language spoken in Italy is Italian.


- For travel to Italy, your passport must be less than 10 years old on the day that you enter. Please check from the issue date rather than the expiry date.
- Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave. Any questions about this at all please contact the event team - [email protected]

Responsibility Disclaimer

NMBS and First Event will not accept responsibility for the consequences or costs arising from the non-compliance with the customs or laws of Italy.

NMBS and First Event cannot take responsibility for injuries sustained whilst taking part in any sport activities during the event. Please ensure you have correct travel insurance to cover such activities.


All rooms in the hotel have a free safe. Please use these to store any valuables. NMBS and First Event cannot accept any responsibility for lost or stolen items.


Calls to Italy - please add 0039 to the beginning of the number.
Calls to the UK - please add 0044 to the beginning of the number.

Time Difference

The time in Italy is +1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.


Please note, travel requirements are in line with the destination's government guidance, as well as FCDO advice, correct at 10 May 2022. The restrictions are due to change again on the 31st May 2022 and we will update this page accordingly. We would advise waiting until this date to book any pre-flight tests.

If you're arriving into Italy via another country, please make sure that you check the entry requirements for the country you are flying into, in addition to the country you are staying in.

If you're aged 6 or over and fully vaccinated, you'll need to provide either:

• Proof of vaccination and booster: If you're fully vaccinated and have had your booster, you'll need to show proof of this.
• Proof of full vaccination (without booster): If you've been fully vaccinated with a complete course of an approved vaccine between 14 and 270 days before you're due to arrive in Italy, you'll need to show proof of this.

If you've received a final dose of the vaccine more than 270 days before you travel to Italy, or you're not fully vaccinated, you need to provide one of the following:
• A certificate to prove recovery from COVID-19 dated in the last 180 days
• A COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of your arrival into Italy
• A rapid antigen test, also known as lateral flow, taken within 48 hours of your arrival into Italy

How to get proof of your vaccination status

An NHS COVID Pass shows your COVID-19 vaccination details (including if you’ve had a booster) and will be accepted for travel. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, the process is different.

If you're not fully vaccinated, you'll need to call the COVID-19 helpline for the region you're travelling to, to inform them of your visit, within 48 hours of your arrival. For more information, please CLICK HERE

You'll need to wear a filtering face mask of level 2 (FFP2) or higher - and make sure it's WITHOUT valves - throughout your whole journeys to and from Italy. This type of face mask is readily available to buy online. If you don't have the correct mask, you may be denied travel.

Terms & Conditions

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations are not encouraged and will be processed on a case by case basis.

  1. Cancellation of participation on or before 31st October 2021 - a £100.00 administration fee per person will be retained.
  2. Cancellation of participation from 1st November 2021 until the 31st December 2021 will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  3. Cancellation of participation from 1st January 2022 onwards will incur 100% cancellation fees.

Requests to cancel should be by email to:
[email protected]

Data Protection

By completing the registration form for this event, you are giving your consent that the personal data contained therein may be used to assist NMBS in supporting you and your organisation through the provision of advice and consultancy, to inform you of relevant events, to manage the issue of any documentation you may request and to administrator your registration for the 2022 Conference.

Please note that NMBS may request a contractor to support these activities and process the data on our behalf. However, use of your personal data will only be authorised for the purposes indicated above and will be lawfully processed according to the Data Protection Act 1998.


Headline Sponsor

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This year we have an array of activities available exclusively to NMBS All-industry Conference participants that showcase the culture, traditions and gastronomy that the beautiful region of Sorrento has to offer.

Activities are subject to availability and are on a first come first served basis.

Thursday 16th June

You will depart the hotel by coach for Sorrento port where you will embark the ferry to Capri – with only a 30 minute crossing you will soon be on the beautiful and exclusive island of Capri.

Upon arrival you will be met with official Capri guides and taxis to take you on a tour of the Island. After which, a delicious lunch will be served in the village of Capri.

After lunch there will be time at leisure to shop, explore the area further or just relax with a delicious ice cream.

This is a full day trip. Cost per person is £259.00

This cost includes transfer to the port, ferry transfers, 3 course lunch with ½ bottle of wine, water and coffee and official Capri taxi tour with guise.

Thursday 16th June

Get off the beaten track of Sorrento with a mountain bike! This activity will lead you on roads and paths to discover the marvels of the Sorrento Peninsula. By following a hill path you will enjoy views of incomparable beauty of the Bays of Naples and Salerno which, in certain places, are both visible at the same time.

During the mountain biking you will stop at a local country farm and see how the local mozzarella is made, as well as taste a few other local delicacies such as salami and olive oil. The mountain biking in this area becomes a gourmet discovery combined with stunning views.

The duration is 4 / 5 hours and covering a distance of 10km – it is suitable for ALL bikers from novice to expert.

Cost per person is £188.00

This cost includes bike and helmet hire, guide and food tasting along the route.

Thursday 16th June

Enjoy one of the most panoramic views of the area on “God’s path” along the Amalfi coast.
The “Sentiero degli Dei” links the tiny hilltop town of Agerola with Nocelle. The name of the footpath, The Path of the Gods, is an indication of the spectacular scenery you can expect on-route with magnificent views of the Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri.

A box lunch will be provided.
The duration is 4 hours.

Cost per person is £130.00

This cost includes guides, boxed lunch and transfers.

Thursday 16th June

It is said to be one of the most spectacular roads in Europe and from Sorrento, the winding cliff top road offers breath-taking panoramic views from every bend each stop a fantastic world which dazzles the imagination and inspires unforgettable memories.

Head to Positano, the village perched on the mountainside and overlooking the sea. There will be time at leisure to walk and explore the cobbled streets and enjoy the silent beauty of the village.

By midday you will make your way to Amalfi, once a Marine Republic (powerful and prosperous) Amalfi is now a thriving resort. The unmistakable cluster of white tightly packed houses rising up the hillside is dominated by the beautiful Cathedral that stands at the top of stairs leading up from the main square.

Housed in the magnificent Cathedral are the remains of the Patron Saint of Amalfi Saint Andrew. Lunch will be served here followed by time at leisure.

The drive will depart the hotel at 09:00 and return around 16:00.

Cost per person is £188.00

This cost includes transfers, guide and 3 course lunch with wine and coffee.

Saturday 18th June

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, Pompeii tells a fascinating chapter in the history of Ancient Rome.

In 79 AD time here stood still when the eruption of the nearby volcano Vesuvius covered the city, the buildings, the streets and its inhabitants.

Discover how people lived in ancient Rome in the first century and visit the monumental buildings and houses where you can still admire the walls decorated with incredible mosaics and paintings. You can also visit the forum, the center of political and social life in the city, and where plaster casts of the victims are exposed along with everyday objects.

The visit to Pompeii will depart on Saturday afternoon at 13:30 – straight after the conference closes. A boxed lunch will be provided.

Return to the hotel will be at 17:30.

Cost per person is £131.00

This cost includes transfers, guide, headphones and a boxed lunch.

The activites are sponsored by:


We recommend pre-booking your transfers from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. The local transfer company we have partnered with to offer this service is Autonoleggio De Martino Sorrento.

The costs are as follows:

Journey: Naples Airport – Hilton Sorrento Palace (approx. 1 hour)

Mercedes E Class
(2 people with luggage)
€120 each way

Mercedes Mini Van
(4-6 people with luggage)
€165 each way

(8-12 people with luggage)
€300 each way

How to make a booking

Please contact Autonoleggio De Martino direct, using the NMBS dedicated email: [email protected]
In the email title quote ‘NMBS Conference’ and your surname.

Payment terms

After your booking is confirmed you will be sent a link by email to make payment by VISA or MasterCard. If you wish to pay by AMEX please request when booking and you will be sent a separate form to complete.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations must be made at least five days prior to the service. In this case no penalty will be applied and you will be refunded the cost of the booked transfer. If cancellation five days prior or less the booking will be non-refundable.


A taxi will cost from €125 each way.

Contact Us

Should you have any queries relating to the NMBS 2022 Conference please contact the relevant person detailed below:

For sponsorship at the 2022 conference and general NMBS member queries please contact:

Sam Hunt

NMBS Event Manager

Email: [email protected]

For 2022 Conference delegate registration and payment queries please contact:

NMBS Event Team

Tel: 01943 877444

Email: [email protected]