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Owner – Richard Tremewen

Bellbird Building Supplies

Hallam, VIC

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www.hbt.net.au

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For more information and

membership application call

1300 305 719

Head Office 02 4472 1515

HBT is a buying group for the independent hardware and building materials retailer

Our staff costs

are reduced and

buying power is

increased.

When was the business started?

My grandfather Jack started with a sawmill in the East Gippsland

after WWII and we adopted the current name in 1987.

And your involvement?

I started here in 1996 and took over from my dad Peter about four

years ago.

What type of business do you have?

We’re 95% trade and we largely service the eastern half of

Greater Melbourne.

You joined HBT in December 2010 –

why?

Well we tried one of the franchise groups which didn’t suit us, but

we saw HBT as a major addition to our buying function. It works

incredibly well for us and means our hardware staff can focus on

ranging and selling rather than negotiating.

What would you say to a store that

was thinking about HBT?

You should absolutely do it. Our staff costs are reduced, buying

power is increased and it has opened opportunities for us with

many alternate suppliers.

Can people call you about this?

Our number is 03 9703 2444.