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"I am delighted that AIS have won the Interiors Monthly Best Furniture Buying Group award, which confirms our position as the leading furniture and home buying group in the UK and Republic of Ireland. We always strive to give our members utmost satisfaction with our services," says Peter Mallinson, AIS merchandise director – home.

AIS offer its members more than just the core buying group benefits that would naturally be expected of it. Procurement across many non-retail areas, including insurance and utilities, and container importing through its Freight Club are just two of the other services that add value to membership that altogether generates positive endorsements such as these.

"AIS membership gives us a real advantage over bigger competitors in a highly promotional market: from exclusive merchandise to trade shows to procurement and marketing initiatives," says Peter Harding of Fairway Furniture.

"We particularly value AIS’s exclusive merchandise that improves profit margins," commented Dominic Reynolds of Reynolds.

"Not once in over 25 years have we regretted joining," reckons Paul Glasswell of Glasswells.

"We have enjoyed advantageous and enduring financial benefits on settlement terms and facilities procurement. Membership is unreservedly recommended," remarks Roe McCrossan of Lucas Furniture.

"The AIS central payments facility (CENPAC) is extremely efficient and saves us money on our own internal accounts administration resource," explains Peter Mitchell of Jarrold.

"We recently saved several thousands of pounds on the purchase and service contracts of delivery vehicles and have also enjoyed benefits on utility contracts," says Jonathan Stoker of Stokers.

"We are part of the AIS Freight Club and have been absolutely delighted with the first class service and fixed pricing we receive," comments Steve Foster of Fishpools.

"Sterling is a member of AIS for sound business reasons," says Gordon Mearns of Sterling Furniture Group.

"I’m proud to be part of an organisation that elicits such positive feedback from members and it gives me and my colleagues great satisfaction to continue to support them in many ways that have a positive effect on their businesses," adds Mallinson.