Trade body airs frustration as it waits for response from Homebase to letter on rebate changes

Trade body British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) says it has yet to receive a response to a letter executive chairman David Smyth wrote to Homebase complaining about the DIY retailer’s planned change in rebates.

Homebase wrote to suppliers last month asking for two per cent extra in rebates. Trade bodies including the BPOA, NFU and GIMA have said this is unacceptable.

Smyth said: "I wrote to Homebase but have had no response, which is disappointing."

"What we’re up in arms about is our members have negotiated a trading relationship and this is outside that agreement. Two per cent could be the difference between staying in business or not."

GIMA director Neil Gow said: "We know that a successful trading relationship is built on mutual respect and co-operation and discussion and anything not done that way, as BHETA says, is not conducive to good working relationships."

In his letter Smyth asked for a meeting with Homebase commercial director Paul Emslie.

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