Who is FORTIS

FORTIS is a mixed Timber, Building and Lighstside merchant purchasing group with a visionary way of doing business, boldly putting our supplier Partners at the centre of everything we do. We are creating a different sort of purchasing organisation, one owned by its members all of whom are dedicated to working together as a team with an associated supply chain to meet their common needs and grow market share for the benefit of all involved.
FORTIS, made up of businesses that were previously members of two alternative buying groups, has 38 member companies across the UK (approx 290 branches) with combined annual revenues of approx £1.0bn

FORTIS is a mixed Timber, Building and Lighstside merchant purchasing group with a visionary way of doing business, boldly putting our supplier Partners at the centre of everything we do. We are creating a different sort of purchasing organisation, one owned by its members all of whom are dedicated to working together as a team with an associated supply chain to meet their common needs and grow market share for the benefit of all involved.

FORTIS, made up of businesses that were previously members of two alternative buying groups, has 38 member companies across the UK (approx 290 branches) with combined annual revenues of approx £1.0bn

Why is FORTIS different

FORTIS’s future growth strategy will focus on growing the already extensive Branch network whilst at the same time limiting the number of additional members via the use of strict admission criteria.

We believe that controlling the number of members is key to delivering commitment in the marketplace.

There is a willingness amongst all FORTIS members to focus on holding and developing broad and comprehensive ranges of stock. This provides a strong route to market for suppliers, whilst at the same time offering customers a flexible and robust service on which to build their own businesses

Careful thought has been given to creating a governance system, set out in the organisation’s Constitution, which is both commercial and democratic, allowing FORTIS to move quickly to stay ahead in a competitive industry, whilst giving every member a voice in the buying group they co-own.

There are many purchasing groups operating in the UK construction sector, of which FORTIS is the largest. FORTIS is group of businesses that share the same strong values and principles and there is a desire to ensure that FORTIS is an organisation with which suppliers aspire to do business. This combination of commercial acumen and corporate conscience is what makes FORTIS stand out from other buying groups.