Robin Beal
Robin Beal
Independent Plumbing Group

Robin has 30 years’ experience in the industry, from Trading Director for invoice-clearing house United Merchants PLC to suppliers such as Hunter Plastics Ltd. Consequently, he acquired an insight into the merchant market that led him to eventually form The IPG. Robin founded The IPG in 2013 with the aim to support small independent plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists with growth and development.

Since then, he has developed The IPG into the biggest and fastest-growing membership group in the sector, employing 17 staff, working with 150 suppliers and has over 200-member outlets with a combined turnover in excess of £400m. Robin has a never-ending passion is for independent businesses, helping them to grow and develop. He lives on the south-coast with his wife and two daughters. “I think the awards are a great way to celebrate the excellence we achieve in our sector each year and to acknowledge & reward those who go the extra mile”

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