Our Brands

Our Brands
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      A Wide Range of Leading Brands in Our Industry

      Grafton Group's portfolio of businesses incorporates a number of market leading brands in builders and plumbers merchanting, DIY retailing and mortar manufacturing in the UK and Ireland.

      Select a brand name from the list above for detailed information about the company, its areas of expertise and links to the company website.

    • Bohen

      Bohen is a new concept for buying fitted kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. Backed by Grafton GB Ltd, now consumers can benefit too from its extensive design expertise, product understanding and industry know-how – not to mention quality and workmanship guarantees.

      Beautifully crafted kitchen, bathroom and bedroom designs and accessories are made and produced exclusively for Bohen in the UK. And design consultants are the country's first to hold a nationally-recognised qualification that gives them a unique ability to advise on modern styles, trends and technology for people’s homes.

      As well as offering an eclectic collection of fitted kitchen, bathroom and bedroom products, and design and planning expertise, Bohen provides three installation options from full service provision with a 5-year guarantee to recommending reputable tradespeople or offering distance support for those who prefer to manage the process themselves.

      Showrooms are based alongside branches of Plumbase and Buildbase in 13 locations across the South and South East.


    • Hirebase

      Hirebase is committed to offering a professional hire service. Consistent high standards of advice, equipment and customer service are achieved through a quality hire fleet, competitive pricing and fast service as well as a professional and knowledgeable team of experts. Convenient plant, tool and equipment hire is available through a national network of branches.

      Hirebase invests heavily in branded plant, tools and equipment, which all undergoes a stringent service check before and after every hire, adhering to Hire Association Europe (HAE) standards.

      Colleagues are fully trained and experienced with extensive knowledge of the hire industry. They are available for help and advice on any hire application and customer requests are dealt with promptly, efficiently and courteously.

      Hirebase adopts a standard pricing policy and operates local flexibility to ensure a competitive position. Its dedicated fleet of delivery vehicles ensures that all equipment delivered arrives on time

      There are more than 100 Hirebase outlets located within a number of Grafton Merchant businesses, providing customers with a genuine one-stop-shop.


    • Plumbase Industrial

      Plumbase Industrial brings mechanical and electrical contractors an unrivalled level of service and value engineered solutions to fulfill all the needs of the commercial heating market.

      Aimed at mechanical contractors working on major building projects, Plumbase Industrial has secured agreements with high quality manufacturers to offer innovation and value across a range of products but with a particular focus on pipeline and mechanical engineering supplies.

      As a trusted supplier, it strives to be the name at the forefront of customer’s minds when it comes to meeting their industrial and commercial needs.

      Plumbase Industrial

    • Plumbase Spares

      Plumbase Spares is the destination that professional Gas Safe engineers head to for real expertise and advice as well as a wide range of quality products.

      Customer relationships are built on trust, honesty and delivery and customers can be confident, that no matter how specialist, they can count on Plumbase Spares to stock the brands that they can trust.

      A dedicated delivery fleet combined with first-class customer service means that goods are delivered where and when required, without delay.

      Plumbase Spares

    • Buildbase Civils and Lintels

      Buildbase Civils

      Trading from 17 strategically placed branches, Buildbase Civils is a national distributor of products and services to the house building, contracting, civil engineering and groundworks sectors of the construction industry.

      A diverse and extensively stocked range of products include large quantities of civils, drainage, heavy side and ground engineering goods from key manufacturers as well as its own Centurion range of access products, all available for delivery or collection.

      Buildbase Lintels

      Buildbase Lintels is the UK's largest steel lintel distributor, servicing the construction industry in partnership with four brand-leading products - Birtley, Catnic, IG and Keystone. And our bespoke Lintel manufacturer Harvey's Steel Lintels.

      More than 50,000 steel lintels are in stock at any one time. And with an additional 5,000 pre stressed concrete lintels from Naylors available through 15 national distribution centres, Buildbase Lintels supports 25% of the UK's construction needs.

      It provides take-offs from drawings and lintel scheduling free of charge, plot banding and numbering and on time deliveries for developers, technical advice on equivalents and alternatives, rapid sourcing and crane off-loading for contractors.

      Plumbase Spares

    • Boole's

      Boole's supplies a wide range of reliable tools and pipe fittings to a vast array of industries, operating from a 50,000sqft. office and distribution centre in Stockport.

      As a trusted supplier, it strives to be the name at the front of its customer's minds when it comes to meeting all of their industrial and commercial needs.

      Boole's has exceptional expertise within the industry, which ensures that its high levels of customer service meet the evolving demands of the sector.


    • MFP

      MFP is a leading producer of quality uPVC building products for the construction industry, public utilities and local authorities. The company, established in 1967, has a long record of providing its customers with the highest quality products, combined with first-class service and technical support resource.

      Enjoying a market-leading position as a provider of a wide range of uPVC roofline systems, MFP has launched a wide range of draining products over the past five years.

      The Eavemaster Fascia and soffit system, which was designed and developed in-house, is a premium product range and is widely accepted as the best product in the marketplace. The Eavemaster product range is certified by the British Board of Agreement (BBA).

      Following on from the success with Eavemaster, MFP developed a new rainwater system in 2005.

      MFP holds registered designs and patents for a number of products and is licensed by the British Standards Institute to apply the B.S. Kitemark to a range of above and below ground drainage products.

      It's great to work for MFP as the focus of the company has always been on excellence in terms of both product quality and the service we deliver to our customers.
      Pat Scanlon,
      Quality Control Supervisor

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.mfp.ie
      SummaryA leading producer of quality uPVC building products.
      No of employees45
      Branch number2
      Head officeLucan, South Dublin
      Managing directorDamien Fallon

    • Mpro

      Mpro is a brand of general wholesalers in Belgium.

      Leader in the Building distribution materials in Brussels, Brabant Wallon and in the Eastern townships, Mpro is engaged to provide services and solutions tailored to all types of construction.

      This is why Mpro is the favourite partner of building professionals.

    • YouBuild

      YouBuild is the new brand name that groups family businesses with a strong local reputation, in the Belgian market.

      The baseline "We Supply" covers the values these businesses stand for : a total concept (from concrete to finishing), professional materials & professional advice, focus on training and respect for the authenticity of the original businesses (you know who you talk to).

      Youbuild is the local market leader, and focusses on renewing concepts to ensure growth and added value.

    • SDI

      Southern Drywall and Insulation (SDI) supplies an extensive range of drywall and insulation solutions, including standard and performance plasterboards, plasters, metal sections, exterior renders, screeding, ceiling tiles, fire protection boards, timber and fixings.

      Stocking products from leading manufacturers such as British Gypsum, Lafarge, Knauf Insulation, Kingspan and Cemex, SDI ensures it uses the best quality goods. The main customer base is centred on the large drylining subcontractors to the National House Builders. The company also has a wide range of other customers, such as regional house builders, local house builders and small plastering contractors, as well as inter-company customers Buildbase, Plumbase and Selco.

      Its extensive fleet of modern vehicles is geared to provide a prompt and efficient service to construction sites across the South West of the UK, covering more than ten counties. From curtain siders to flatbed vehicles with Moffett Mounty and Hiab offload facilities, SDI has a vehicle for every type of product delivery and order size.

      Both locations offer trade counter services from friendly, knowledgeable staff, who receive on-going training in both products and applications.

      The best thing about life at SDI is that the team spirit and character improves the productivity of the company.
      Stewart Bartlett,
      Branch Manager

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.southerndrywallandinsulation.co.uk
      SummaryAn insulation solutions distribution company based in Poole.
      SectorDrywall and insulation
      No of employees16
      Branch number2
      Head officePoole, Dorset
      Managing directorPaul Foster

    • Sam Hire

      Sam Hire is Ireland's leading tool and small plant hire company operating from nine locations throughout the Republic of Ireland. Sam Hire's main business is the provision of tools and small plant equipment to the construction and residential sector.

      The company's main product areas include: building and concreting equipment; woodworking tools; towers and lifting gear; cleaning, decorating and maintenance products, as well as landscaping and gardening tools. The company also operates in the powered access market, supplying both electric and diesel scissor lifts, telehandlers and booms.

      From the outset, the guiding principle behind the success of Sam Hire has been putting the customer at the forefront of everything the company does.

      The recent past has seen a major integration of the Sam Hire brand into the operations of Heiton Buckley, Chadwicks and Cork Builders Providers. This integration, which has seen Sam Hire counters established within the builders' merchants operations, allows the Group to offer a one-stop-shop for the building and residential customer all under one roof. The company expects this development to benefit both the hire and building materials businesses in the coming years.

      I work in a lively hire and building materials location where the varied customer and staff interactions keep me busy all day.
      Mark Melia,
      Counter Sales
      Company Information
      Web addresswww.samhire.ie
      SummaryA leading tool supplier and small plant hire company.
      SectorTool hire
      No of employees33
      Branch number9
      Head officeClondalikin, South Dublin
      Managing directorAndrew Hewat

    • Plumbase

      Plumbase is the fourth largest plumbing and heating merchant with a network of 220 branches across the UK.

      As one of the country's leading suppliers of plumbing and heating products, it focuses on a customer base of domestic and commercial Gas Safe engineers, plumbers, and maintenance contractors.

      Plumbase places the customer at the heart of everything it does. It leads the way by employing great people, who are not only experts within their field but also provide outstanding customer service.

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.plumbase.com
      SummaryOne of the UK's leading national plumbers' merchants who's success has resulted in the award Best Plumbing and Heating Merchant.
      SectorPlumbing and heating
      No of employees1,080
      Branch number198
      Head officeCrawley, West Sussex
      Managing directorAndy Gribble

    • CORGIdirect

      CORGIdirect is an established name within the gas industry as a publisher and supplier of technical publications, as well as essential products and services. Wider trade professionals, such as plumbers, electricians and heating engineers, are also supported by the company.

      As a multi-channel direct marketing business, CORGIdirect provides the right products and services to help its customers work safely and competently, while presenting a professional image.

      CORGIdirect has supported the Gas Safe register since the change in registration body, offering Gas Safe licensed forms and labels, along with signage and embroidered workwear.

      It's considered a 'one-stop-shop' for publications, tools, equipment, workwear and training aids.

      Each of us plays an integral part in the success of CORGIdirect, instilling a tremendous sense of worth to our work.
      Chris Long,
      Technical Editor

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.corgi-direct.com
      SummaryCORGIdirect supports specialised tradesmen with essential products and services to allow safe and professional working practices.
      SectorPlumbing and heating
      No of employees6
      Branch number1
      Head officeBasingstoke, Hampshire
      Managing directorClare Barrett

    • Buildbase

      Buildbase is one of the UK's fastest growing builders' merchants with more than 150 branches nationwide.

      All of its branches are long-established companies which have been serving local trades people for many years, with knowledge and experience to match.

      Buildbase believes strongly in understanding the needs of the trade professional and the business is developed specifically to meet those demands - vast stock levels, high quality products, competitive pricing, reliable delivery and exceptional customer service.

      Because of its entrepreneurial culture, Buildbase gives all staff the opportunity to achieve their full career potential.
      Mark Winstanley,
      Branch Manager

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.buildbase.co.uk
      SummaryOne of the UK's fastest growing builders' merchants where quality and service have resulted in multi award winning achievements.
      No of employees2,000
      Branch number145
      Head officeOxford, Oxfordshire
      Managing directorStephen Thompstone

    • Plumbworld

      Plumbworld is the UK's largest specialist online retailer of bathroom and plumbing goods. Currently taking stock of main brands in bathroom products, such as Mira, Triton and Ideal Standard, but also boasting a large range of high quality own-branded bathroom suites and shower enclosures, www.plumbworld.co.uk is just one of the e-commerce sites operated. Others include the UK's fastest growing online tools retailer, www.toolbox.co.uk.

      More recently Plumbworld has ventured into new markets with specialist websites www.bbqbarbecues.co.uk and www.woodburning-stoves.co.uk. The company is marketing driven and continually segments its core promotions with micro-niche websites specialising in specific brands, such as www.drapertoolbox.co.uk, www.franke-sinks-shop.co.uk and www.hozelock-fittings.co.uk or specific product ranges, such as www.bath-panels.co.uk, www.hedge-trimmers.co.uk and www.socketry.co.uk.

      In total, Plumbworld operates over 50 websites, which offer over 60,000 products online and has plans to increase the number of websites to in excess of 100 by 2013.

      Plumbworld is a fast-paced and closely-knit business that offers new challenges every day.
      Scott Morris,
      E-Commerce Manager

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.plumbworld.co.uk
      SummaryOne of the UK's leading online retailers of bathroom and plumbing products.
      SectorBathrooms and plumbing
      No of employees50
      Branch number1
      Head officeVale of Evesham, Worcestershire
      Managing directorJames Hickman

    • Selco Builders Warehouse

      Selco Builders Warehouse is a unique business, operating a network of 30 purpose-built, trade only builders' warehouses in locations across England and Wales.

      The business model combines the best of traditional builders' merchanting with a modern self-service environment and many retail disciplines. Customer focus is at the very heart of the trade and Selco has built its business around serving the small/medium builder operating in the repair, maintenance and improvement sector.

      Selco's customers are attracted by simple clear pricing, stock depth, speed and excellence of service, along with fantastic value for money.

      Selco stocks a wide range of building materials from many leading trade brands. The product range covers all aspects of the building trade and is presented in easy self-service racking within large warehouses, offering excellent on-site parking, mechanical loading and speedy customer turnaround. Experienced staff and transparent pricing promote customer confidence.

      Selco has helped me to improve myself and I learn more every day. I started in 2002 as a stock controller and now I've progressed to be a company trainer, helping my colleagues to develop.
      Will Parker,
      Systems and Procedure Trainer

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.selcobw.com
      SummaryA network of purpose-built warehouses for builders across England and Wales.
      SectorBuilding materials for repair, maintenance and improvement
      No of employees1,500
      Branch number30
      Head officeKings Norton, West Midlands
      Managing directorChris Cunliffe

    • Secon Solar

      Secon Solar, the largest dedicated solar thermal distributor for accredited installers, are the only UK and Ireland distributor for the following market-leading manufacturers: PAW, for solar pump stations and other hydronic heating installations; Resol, for solar controllers and VBus accessories; Solar Metalflex for pipework and fittings, as well as agents and support specialists for Polysun Simulation Software. In addition, Secon is able to offer a full range of complementary products, including expansion vessels, valves, toolkits and high temperature insulation.

      With the recent addition of solar thermal panels and PV Kits, Secon can be the provider of choice for all installations, from domestic to large commercial projects.

      All the products are fully supported by outstanding technical support specialists, all able to work with customers to fault find as well as set up or specify suitable systems.

      The company's dedicated team of customer service staff is available from 8:30am to 5:00pm and in most cases are able to provide a next day delivery service for stocked items to the UK mainland, with a two to three-day service available to Ireland as well as the highlands and islands of Scotland.

      Our customers are passionate about what they do and Secon has a great team: we can rely on each other.
      Ann Pinder,
      Sales Administration Manager

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.seconsolar.com
      SummaryThe largest solar thermal distributor for accredited installers.
      SectorMaterials for use in the solar installation market
      No of employees11
      Branch number1
      Head officeWearfield, Tyne and Wear
      Managing directorKevin Carling

    • Frontline Bathrooms

      Frontline Bathrooms is one of the UK's leading bathroom distributors to plumbers' merchants and bathroom showrooms nationwide. What differentiates Frontline from its competitors is its consumer-driven approach, promoting its full range of bathroom products to the customer through an easy to understand, reader-friendly brochure and national advertising campaigns, all of which drive footfall through stockists' doors.

      With an 85,000 sq ft warehouse stocking all product lines, Frontline provides a fantastic next day delivery service to the majority of the UK through its fleet of over 35 vehicles.

      Frontline's brochure is produced twice a year providing a comprehensive guide to its bathroom solutions, while detailing its range of over 6,000 products, from both leading brands and Frontline's ownbrand ranges.

      In addition to the catalogue, Frontline is also leading the way in terms of technological advances with its unique online 3D bathroom planner, which allows consumers, plumbers and retailers alike to plan their bathrooms using Frontline products.

      Frontline has a fantastic working environment with a friendly, down to earth attitude, where everyone works together to achieve the best solution for our clients.
      Emma Sturgess,
      Marketing Manager

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.frontlinebathrooms.co.uk
      SummaryExpert nationwide bathroom distributors to merchants and showrooms across the UK.
      SectorBathroom distribution
      No of employees90
      Branch number1
      Head officeFeatherstone, West Yorkshire
      Managing directorNick Hall

    • PDM

      PDM is a leading supplier of above and below ground drainage, pressure pipeline products and other civil engineering materials to the Scottish market.

      The company operates from a network of eight branches in Scotland. Its Inverness and Aberdeen branches service the north, while strong central coverage is achieved through the Kirkcaldy outlet. The Ayrshire and Dumfries markets are catered for by PDM's Kilmarnock branch.

      Each branch carries a unique stock profile to service the requirements of its customer base. All products are sourced from industry leading manufacturers who have strong ties with the Grafton Group. The delivery fleet at each branch ensures goods are provided on time to sites and in full. Alternatively, customers can collect from the branch trade counters, where goods can be made up prior to collection.

      The company prides itself in well trained staff; many have been with the business since it started trading in 1993 and have vast experience in their specialist field.

      The head office in Glasgow looks after many of the tender enquiries received and project manages contracts from start to finish.

      The company has helped me to develop my skills in management, which in turn I have passed on to my colleagues.
      Danielle Waddell,
      Assistant Manager

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.pdmltd.co.uk
      SummaryA leading supplier of ground drainage products to the Scottish market since 1993.
      SectorGround drainage
      No of employees82
      Branch number8
      Head officeGlasgow, Greater Glasgow
      Joint managing directorsKenny Stewart, Eddie Hernon

    • Woodie's

      Woodie's are Ireland's marketing leading DIY and Garden retailer. With 37 stores in Ireland, they are the only DIY retailer with stores nationwide so there is always a Woodie's store in easy reach. They have everything needed for any customer DIY or gardening project and also have a horticulturist in every store to give expert advice. Woodie's sell in all the main categories: decorative, DIY, power tools, hand tools, housewares, plumbing accessories, ironmongery and gardening to mention a few. The company is one of the best destinations for paint sales in the country.

      Woodie's have an active community on social media and a vibrant website. Woodies.ie is the only DIY website in Ireland where you can buy online or reserve and collect, with access to over 15,000 products. The website provides customer help through step-by-step video guides, tips on choosing the right product and monthly gardening advice from their gardening expert, Paddy Gleeson. They are active and long term sponsors of the TV show Super Garden which airs on RTE and are also play a key part of the gardening festival 'Bloom'.

      The Woodie's business prosperity is very cyclical, with the gardening season being most dependent on the weather, from March right through until the end of September. Winter is also an important time for Woodie's, as it sells the biggest range of Christmas decorations in the country.

      "Woodie's is a great place to work, providing dynamic and diverse individual and group challenges, within a rewarding work environment."
      Brian O'Neill,
      Online Manager

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.woodiesdiy.com
      SummaryThe leading DIY retailer and garden centre chain in Ireland.
      No of employees1,000+
      Branch number40
      Head officeTallaght, South Dublin
      Managing directorRaymond Colman

    • Macnaughton Blair

      The core division of Macnaughton Blair comprises a market-leading builders' merchanting presence in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, with specialist brands Watershed Bathrooms and Tiles, Moffett Thallon Doorways, MB Hire, MB Civils and paint supplier, MRCB.

      Scaffolding supplier and installation specialist Houtman Scaffolding, alongside five MB Hire tool and equipment rental centres, make up the Hire division.

      The Architectural division is branded Lloyd Worrall Group and consists of seven branches which specialise in the specification and supply of doorset solutions, architectural ironmongery and access control and door automation solutions. The business is in the top three in the UK, operating as MB Architectural in Northern Ireland and Lloyd Worrall and Yannedis in England.

      Our company epitomizes strong working relationships with our customers which distinguishes us as a market leader in the building sector.
      Kevin McCormick,
      Sales Manager: Merchanting

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.macblair.com
      SummaryGMNI is the largest builders' and plumbers' merchants in Northern Ireland, and the clear market leader in DIY retailing.
      SectorBuilding and architectural ironmongery
      No of employees445
      Branch number25
      Head officeBelfast, County Antrim
      Managing directorPeter Kearney

    • Euromix

      CPI Mortars Limited is the market leader in the supply of dry mortar and specialist concrete products.

      Raw materials including sand and aggregates, which are kiln dried at the factory, combined with other pre-dried constituents, including cement, limes, and various additives. These are then blended to the customer's particular specification.

      Once mixed, the product is placed into a silo which is delivered to the site. The silo has a continuous mixer underneath, and once the silo is connected to power and water it produces ready-to-use mortars or concretes at the press of a button.

      Refills are carried out by producing the same mix, which is then delivered to the on-site silo in artic or rigid pressurised tankers. The benefits of the dry system are many, including quality control and presentation.

      The company's current product range includes mortars, both natural and coloured, specialist concretes, grouts, renders, traditional hydraulic lime mortars, screeds, post mix, and roof tile bedding mortars. All of the products are available in bulk silos or 25kg bags.

      All of the major house builders and contractors in the UK utilise many of the products in a whole spectrum of construction projects.

      CPI Mortars has retained its small company informality and open door policy with management visiting all ten locations on a frequent basis and working with employees as necessary.
      Siobhan Muir,
      Management Accountant

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.euromix.com
      SummaryThe market leader in the supply of dry mortar.
      SectorSilo based dry mortar
      No of employees115
      Branch number9
      Head officeGlasgow, Greater Glasgow
      Managing directorLarry Dale

    • L&G Forest Products

      L&G is predominantly a timber and sheet material importer and merchant, breaking bulk at its site location in Detling near Maidstone, Kent, and distributing to the construction industry throughout nearby counties. With a three-acre purpose-built site, adapted to suit the establishment's requirements, and a 15-acre ex-quay operation, the company imports vast quantities of carcassing softwood from Sweden and Latvia.

      As specialist suppliers of all wood products to the construction industry, L&G's main clients include Laing O'Rourke, Kier Group, Berkeley Homes and Byrne Brothers. Its larger size subcontractors include South Eastern Carpentry, Atlantic Group, Keltbray and Woodlands.

      Over the past four years, L&G has become a preferred supplier to Buildbase Southern Distribution, providing untreated and treated carcassing to various depots. The company has more recently partnered with BSW Latvia, using a high quality product, which has enhanced service to the group.

      L&G prides itself on being a leading supplier in its field, offering the best and largest selection of stock for immediate delivery.

      Working for L&G is not like coming to work. As quite a small organisation, we all get on very well and it feels like a family.
      Jane Williams,
      Accounts Manager

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.lgforestproducts.co.uk
      SummaryKent-based timber and sheet material importer and merchant.
      SectorSpecialist timber
      No of employees29
      Branch number1
      Head officeMaidstone, Kent
      Managing directorJeff Foot

    • Davies

      Davies was established as a specialist supplier of plumbing and heating products in 1933. During the same year, Drainage Systems Ireland was established to cater for the rapid growth in this sector of the market.

      The Davies group has dedicated staff in each division: domestic plumbing, industrial plumbing, domestic heating, industrial heating and drainage.

      The operation is supported by a 40,000 sq ft facility with custom-designed offices, dedicated trade counter area and separate retail bathroom showroom and drainage system building.

      The staff of Davies include a team of engineers that work closely with its customers and always strive to provide the best solution. Davies' in-house design department offers tailor-made, cost-effective and innovative solutions in the civil, industrial plumbing and heating sectors.

      The company has worked closely with partners to supply materials to some of the most prestigious contracts throughout Ireland for many years. These include many NRA road contracts, Irish Rail projects, major hospital contracts, Department of Education, ESB, NTL, UPC, Bord Gais and DAA projects

      Davies' partnerships with suppliers and the teamwork amongst staff members have enabled us to build relationships with our customers, making it an enjoyable working environment.
      Rory O'Hanlon,

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.davies.ie
      SummaryA specialist supplier of plumbing and heating products.
      SectorPlumbing and heating
      No of employees58
      Branch number2
      Head officeRaheny, County Dublin
      Managing directorGerry Tobin

    • Keelsupply

      When Keelsupply was established 21 years ago, there was a growing need for a dedicated supplier of drywall products. The industry evolved very quickly with drylining taking over from wet plastering and metal studding replacing timber

      Keelsupply is unique in that it is the only drywall distributor to stock a comprehensive selection of all three major plasterboard manufacturers' products. Meanwhile, wider markets are reached through the development of the insulation and external render side of the business.

      With its reputation based on a reliable, friendly and efficient service, Keelsupply's 50,000 sq ft depot in Newton-le-Willows services the entirety of the North West with a specialist fleet of 15 Hiab and Moffett vehicles.

      Of late it has distributed to a growing number of independent merchants in the area. Keelsupply also carries out a considerable amount of inter-company business to Buildbase, Civils and Lintels, Plumbase and Selco.

      With over 65 per cent of our staff having ten years or more service experience, I am very proud that Keelsupply has a knowledgeable and happy team.
      Paul Boyers,
      Managing Director

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.keelsupply.co.uk
      SummaryA specialist drylining and insulation distributor founded in 1990.
      SectorDrylining and insulation
      No of employees38
      Branch number1
      Head officeNewton-le-Willows, Merseyside
      Managing directorPaul Boyers

    • GM Distribution

      GM Distribution is a UK distribution centre, based in Milton Keynes. It provides 'final mile' commercial and supply chain support to the Group's LCC Supply Chain strategy, including the management of the International Consolidation Centre in Shanghai.

      At its distribution centre, the company handles foreign exchange payments in five different currencies. GM Distribution also offers import duties and taxes, declarations and bills of lading.

      With final mile logistics delivered to 580 UK and Republic of Ireland locations, GM Distribution is one of the largest distribution centres in the country. In addition to this, the organisation provides marketing support to internal customers, producing catalogues and promotional material.

      Combining camaraderie with a professional atmosphere, the company has found a good recipe for success. The diverse, challenging and rewarding job is thoroughly enjoyable.
      Stuart Loch,
      E-Commerce and Marketing Manager

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.gmd.graftongb.co.uk
      SummaryMilton Keynes-based distribution company providing the Group with commercial and supply chain support.
      No of employees13
      Branch number2
      Head officeMilton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
      Managing directorJulian Smith

    • Heiton Buckley

      Heiton Buckley is a full-service builders' and plumbers' merchant with 12 branches. It is the largest steel stockholder in the Republic of Ireland, with a dedicated stock centre in Ashfield, which also provides a 'shotblasting' facility, together with a 'cut and bend' reinforcing steel plant. Regional steel stockholding businesses are located on the Heiton Buckley sites at Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Castlebar, Sligo and Letterkenny.

      Heiton Buckley provides a full range of timber, doors and floors, sheet materials, building materials and heating and plumbing supplies.

      The company supplies to the trade and public sectors, and has recently expanded its offering to the development sector. This new initiative is supported by upgrades to branch showrooms, which include expanded display facilities for bathrooms, showering, stoves, heating appliances and renewable energy.

      Rural Heiton Buckley branches and associated brands have also introduced a new hardware category, offering farmers land drainage, fencing and plumbing products, together with tools and equipment.

      Individuals are assisted with tailored development plans to help them with personal career progression.
      Aileen Haverty,
      Human Resource Officer

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.heitonbuckley.ie
      SummaryAward winning builders' and plumbers' merchant for both the trade and public sectors.
      No of employees330
      Branch number12
      Head officeClondalikin, South Dublin
      Managing directorEddie Kelly

    • Boundary Bathrooms

      Boundary Bathrooms has been supplying leading names with exclusive bathrooms and designer radiator products through its showroom for over 65 years. In recent times it has added specialist e-commerce to its company dynamic in order to provide every major brand in the bathroom and radiator industry to consumers and developers across the country.

      The Colne-based company has been able to maximise its purchasing power and in turn pass on the financial benefits of this partnership to its extensive client base, selling at internet prices. The website currently offers in excess of 100,000 products, available to order online or over the phone. All products are delivered throughout the UK.

      As part of its development, Boundary Bathrooms has its own in-house team of designers creating new and exciting products, examples of which are teak wood, stone and even copper baths; all of which offer a completely individual style for the discerning homeowner.

      The company also boasts a highly efficient and knowledgeable sales team that can advise on style, design and technical information, as well as answer installation queries.

      Working at Boundary Bathrooms makes you feel like part of a family unit. Great communications and relationships are not only important with customers but also with other employees.
      Joanne Butterworth,
      Assistant to the Internet Manager

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.boundarybathrooms.co.uk
      SummaryLeading bathroom designer and supplier for over 65 years.
      No of employees25
      Branch number2
      Head officeColne, Lancashire
      Managing directorNeil Dent

    • Progress Group

      Progress Group has two trading companies, Shoreheat and ProServe, operating in the heating spare parts, controls and consumables market.

      Its customer base ranges from British Gas, local authorities, large maintenance companies and health authorities to partnerships and sole traders in Shoreheat.

      ProServe sells exclusively to heating stockists and merchants, who resell into the trade and end user markets, similar to Shoreheat's customer base.

      Progress Group is a friendly environment to work in. Everyone is helpful, enthusiastic and approachable.
      Kerry Gibson,
      Systems Support Team Leader

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.progressgroup.co.uk
      SummaryOperates in the heat, spare parts, controls and consumables market.
      SectorHeating spare parts and controls
      No of employees100
      Branch number19
      Head officeFairford, Gloucestershire
      Managing directorAndy Gribble

    • In-House at the Panelling Centre

      The trade distribution business is conducted by The Panelling Centre Ltd. The company serves the kitchen and wardrobe manufacturing industries with a range of components, sheet materials and fittings. The head office ensures that each of the company's seven branches nationwide carries a complete stock range available off-the-shelf.

      As a retail-focused business supplying a range of flat-pack and assembled kitchens under the Smartfit brand, it has eight showrooms nationwide and the company provides a CAD design service. Each showroom has a vast selection of kitchen and wardrobe displays, including sliding systems, along with a dedicated area for built-in appliances. Also sold is a range of laminate and engineered flooring and internal doors.

      The business operates in the low, mid and high market sectors. Flat pack kitchens and wardrobes are available to take away on the day, while the assembled Smartfit programme is made to order in ten working days.

      I love coming in and meeting new people every day, working with a great support team and giving customer satisfaction.
      Linda O'Brien,

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.in-house.ie
      SummaryMaterial and component retailer to the kitchen and bathroom industries.
      SectorKitchen and bedrooms
      No of employees121
      Branch number8
      Head officeSantry, North Dublin
      Managing directorMark Patterson

    • Telfords

      Telfords was founded in 1885 in Mountrath. As a general merchant store it sold farm supplies, hardware, grocery and bakery. In 1970 it began specialising in hardware, building materials and farm supplies, following market trends at the time.

      In 1990, Telfords opened its second store, located in Portlaoise as a response to the growing customer base and another shop was opened in Athy in 1998.

      In 1993 the company acquired the current Portlaoise site from IAWS Ltd. Since moving to this site, the business has grown rapidly. A major overhaul in 2000 saw the trade centre, DIY store, yard and offices developed, while in autumn of 2006, the construction of the new electrical super store was completed.

      Carrying a large product range at all of the stores, Telfords stocks over 50,000 products at any one time and endeavours to source and supply any product to meet a customer's needs.

      The company stocks building materials, electrical supplies, paint, timber floors, bathroom equipment, gas fires, solid fuel stoves, garden furniture, household items and everything the DIY enthusiast could possibly need.

      Telfords has a great work ethic. Staff and management work as a team. It is at times challenging, but also flexible and rewarding.
      Ciaran Carroll,
      Financial Controller

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.telfords.ie
      Summary100-year-old award winning hardware and building material specialist.
      SectorBuilding, DIY and electricals
      No of employees62
      Branch number3
      Head officePortlaoise, County Laois
      Managing directorLiam McEvoy

    • Boole's Tools and Pipe Fittings

      Since Boole's was established as a family business in 1960, it has grown from a small fledgling company into a multimillion pound organisation.

      However, this success has been based on not only understanding the needs of its customers but on being able to satisfy those needs quickly, efficiently and professionally.

      While supplying a wide range of products across a vast array of industries, Boole's operates from a 50,000 sq ft purpose-built office and distribution centre in Stockport, giving the company an ideal infrastructure to service the demands of its customers.

      By keeping stock of a comprehensive range of tubes, valves, fittings, flanges and allied pipeline products, the company can supply the items whenever they are required without delay.

      Where applicable, test certification on specific products is available and for other items Boole's supplies a letter of conformity.

      Boole's believes that quality does not end with the products. The company continues to work towards higher standards of service, with every care taken to ensure customer satisfaction.

      Coming to work is never a chore and the people are great.
      Cheryl Clayton,
      Credit Control Department

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.booles.co.uk
      SummaryA 50-year-old family-run business supporting various industries.
      SectorSteel tubes, fittings and related products
      No of employees75
      Branch number3
      Head officeStockport, Cheshire
      Managing directorNeil Walker

    • Chadwicks

      Chadwicks is a full-service builders' and plumbers' merchant, which operates from a network of branches: nine in Dublin and a further 13 located in principal trading towns throughout the Republic of Ireland.

      Timber, doors and floors, sheet materials, building materials, heating and plumbing, drainage, agri hardware, plus a recently expanded range of home improvement products are within its principal range.

      Chadwicks supplies trade customers and members of the public. Its staff pride themselves on the quality of their product knowledge, which is easily made available to their customers. Training sessions are held regularly to ensure that technical information is kept up-to-date and customer service training is also conducted regularly.

      A programme of refurbishment is currently being undertaken at all Chadwicks branches, aimed at improving product presentation. Updated displays of bathrooms, showering equipment, stoves and heating equipment as well as renewable energy products are a feature of this programme.

      Chadwicks has recently won a number of awards in the Octabuild Builders' Merchants Competition.

      Chadwicks has a history of having long serving staff members, which is testament to its positive working environment.
      Michael Monaghan,

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.chadwicks.ie
      SummaryAn award winning merchant for builders and plumbers in Ireland, supplying both the public and trade.
      SectorBuilding and plumbing
      No of employees340
      Branch number22
      Head officeClondalkin, South Dublin
      Managing directorEddie Kelly

    • Hendricks Lovell

      Trading for over 25 years, Hendricks Lovell Ltd has an annual turnover in excess of £27 million from its site in Middlesex, where it stocks large quantities of heavyside materials and specialist products.

      Through its expert divisions, Brickline, Drainline Supplies and Timberline Supplies, it also caters for brick, civil engineering and timber requirements.

      Top quality products, competitive pricing, quick delivery and specialist staff are things that Hendricks Lovell prides itself on.

      A fleet of over 17 vehicles range from transit vans to 20-tonne draw bar crane offload lorries to assist delivery within the M25 and Home Counties on a next day basis.

      I really like it here; time flies as it's always so busy and we often get great feedback from our customers, which makes all the effort worthwhile.
      Tracey Fisher,
      Sales Assistant

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.hendricks-lovell.co.uk
      SummarySuppliers of the most popular building materials including tools, protective equipment, tarpaulins, screws and nails.
      SectorHousing, construction and civil engineering
      No of employees58
      Branch number1
      Head officeHayes, Middlesex

    • Euromix

      CPI Mortars Limited is the market leader in the supply of dry mortar and specialist concrete products.

      Raw materials including sand and aggregates, which are kiln dried at the factory, combined with other pre-dried constituents, including cement, limes, and various additives. These are then blended to the customer's particular specification.

      Once mixed, the product is placed into a silo which is delivered to the site. The silo has a continuous mixer underneath, and once the silo is connected to power and water it produces ready-to-use mortars or concretes at the press of a button.

      Refills are carried out by producing the same mix, which is then delivered to the on-site silo in artic or rigid pressurised tankers. The benefits of the dry system are many, including quality control and presentation.

      The company's current product range includes mortars, both natural and coloured, specialist concretes, grouts, renders, traditional hydraulic lime mortars, screeds, post mix, and roof tile bedding mortars. All of the products are available in bulk silos or 25kg bags.

      All of the major house builders and contractors in the UK utilise many of the products in a whole spectrum of construction projects.

      CPI Mortars has retained its small company informality and open door policy with management visiting all ten locations on a frequent basis and working with employees as necessary.
      Siobhan Muir,
      Management Accountant

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.euromix.com
      SummaryThe market leader in the supply of dry mortar.
      SectorSilo based dry mortar
      No of employees115
      Branch number9
      Head officeGlasgow, Greater Glasgow
      Managing directorLarry Dale

    • Concrete Products of Ireland

      As one of Ireland's longest established building material suppliers, CPI concrete has learned to change with the times. Building on its proven track record of providing quality products, first-class service and unrivalled technical support, the company has been streamlined into a specialist supplier with two leading brands: EuroMix Dry Mortars and Baumit External Insulation Systems.

      EuroMix Dry Mortars, supplied in bulk silos, has revolutionised the market for dry mix products, offering push-button convenience and minimum waste, as material is mixed only as it is needed.

      The EuroMix range includes mortars, renders, screeds, concretes and grouts, which are also available for trade and DIY users in handy premixed bags, supplied through distribution partners.

      With the addition of Baumit acrylic renders and hydraulic lime plasters, CPI now offers a complete portfolio of façade solutions.

      Baumit External Wall Insulation is a premium quality, fully-certified system, supplied through the company's distribution partners and its national network of trained and approved installers, with technical and marketing backup from CPI's expert support team.

      External wall insulation offers a highly effective solution for improved energy efficiency in buildings. In partnership with Baumit, a European pioneer, CPI is now a leading force in this dynamic and fast growing sector.

      It's great to work for CPI as part of a team, aiming to be the best at what we do..
      Jim Donohoe,
      Production Manager

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.cpi.ie
      SummaryA long established building material supplier.
      SectorDry mortar
      No of employees15
      Branch number1
      Head officeLucan, South Dublin
      Managing directorAlan Haugh

    • Cork Builders Providers

      As a complete builders' provider supplying an extensive range of products to construction markets, Cork Builders site is the largest and most up-to-date in the country. Located in Cork, it has specialised departments in building materials, timber products, plumbing, heating, mains and drains, civils, ironmongery, plant, scaffolding and sustainable products.

      To support the above, the business has a seven acre purpose-built site, which includes a 15,000 sq ft shop/showroom and 30,000 sq ft of ancillary stores, in which one-to-one customer service is provided in order to satisfy market demand.

      All departments are staffed by highly trained people who are experts in their dedicated fields. In order to achieve this, the company works very closely with major suppliers to ensure that staff are trained and updated on new products and developments within the industry.

      Cork Builders gives me the freedom to carry out my duties with the support of both management and colleagues, allowing me to achieve my full potential.
      Damian Houlihan,
      Stock Manager

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.corkbp.ie
      SummaryThe largest single building outlet in Ireland that has won awards for its support of the construction industry.
      SectorGeneral merchanting
      No of employees73
      Branch number1
      Head officeCork, County Cork
      Managing directorDan Twomey

    • Bathroom Distribution Group

      The Bathroom Distribution Group offers a wide range of products for both merchants and retailers.

      The company buys and breaks bulk products from both UK and European manufacturers, while also importing from the Far East for storage in its 100,000 sq ft warehouse. The company currently holds £2.5 million worth of stock, consisting of 10,000 product lines.

      Next day delivery of large items is possible thanks to its fleet of 36 vehicles, which service the area around the branches. Meanwhile, smaller items from the Bits 'n' Bobs range can be delivered nationwide via its next day courier service.

      Constantly searching for new and innovative products to ensure its customers stay ahead in terms of market trends, the Bathroom Distribution Group benchmarks prices and provides suggested retail charges, ensuring all of its customers retain a respectable margin. Excellent training means staff always have the answer to technical product enquiries.

      The Bathroom Distribution Group's team is experienced, creative, resourceful, respected and customer-focused, making it a genuinely nice place to work.
      Karen Sperrin,
      Procurement Manager

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.bitsbobsonline.co.uk
      SummaryA leading regional distributor with one of the sector's widest ranges of bathroom and associated products.
      SectorWholesale plumbing
      No of employees86
      Branch number2
      Head officeBolton, Lancashire
      Managing directorNick Hall

    • NDI

      The three Grafton Businesses of Acorn Insulation, Keelsupply and Southern Drywall & Insulation (SDI) have come together under the brand Nationwide Drywall & Insulation (NDI)

      NDI specialise in the supply of drywall, insulation and ceiling materials to the construction industry. NDI are able to offer the most comprehensive and developing range of products and systems, from well recognised, leading manufacturers.

      NDI boast a wealth of technical knowledge as well as a fully trained and experienced sales team that naturally commit to unrivalled, dedicated customer service to suit the requirements of all their customers, whatever the project.

      With such an extensive product range that can be supplied from stock, NDI is able to offer an excellent delivery service with the use of their diverse fleet of vehicles allowing them to deliver product nationally.

      As a specialist distributor, NDI are able to provide the most extensive range of dry lining, drywall and ceiling materials, tools and accessories. You can always be assured that competitive pricing and trading terms are available to suit your business.

      With such strong relationships with their manufacturers and suppliers, first class customer service and unmatched expertise in meeting the needs of the market, these are just some of the many strengths that NDI are able to offer to all their customers.

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.bitsbobsonline.co.uk
      SummaryA leading regional distributor with one of the sector's widest ranges of bathroom and associated products.
      SectorWholesale plumbing
      No of employees86
      Branch number2
      Head officeBolton, Lancashire
      Managing directorNick Hall

    • Electricbase

      Electricbase is a wholesaler supplying electrical contractors and engineers, installers, facilities managers and commercial and industrial users with a wide range of electrical products.

      The Electricbase branch network carries a comprehensive stock and each branch is run by an experienced and highly motivated team who are able to confidently assist all customers with any product enquiries. With a commitment to providing an unrivalled service, they aim to deal honestly with all their customers and secure their loyalty and trust by providing outstanding choice, value and service. The Electricbase team pride themselves on their ability to combine innovative, forward thinking with old-fashioned straight-forward service.

      A major strength of Electricbase is their commitment to investing in high quality and cost effective stock. Electicbase are continually adding to their already extensive range of products, sourced from the world's leading manufacturers. Electricbase are constantly adapting to meet the needs of an ever changing market and have strong relationships with their suppliers.

      Amongst the wide range of products stocked are lighting, lamps, cables, wiring accessories, domestic, commercial, industrial, switchgear and fusegear, control and automation, cable management, ventilation, space heating, water heating, cable components and accessories, emergency lighting and fire detection, security access control, site electrics and supplies, tools and fixings, instrumentation and electronic components.

      Electricbase electrical distribution outlets are planned for a number of qualifying merchanting branches throughout the UK as part of our "One Stop Shop" concept.

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.bitsbobsonline.co.uk
      SummaryA leading regional distributor with one of the sector's widest ranges of bathroom and associated products.
      SectorWholesale plumbing
      No of employees86
      Branch number2
      Head officeBolton, Lancashire
      Managing directorNick Hall

    • Acorn Insulation & Drywall

      Acorn is a specialist trade supplier of insulation and building components, which has expanded from Maidstone to branches in Milton Keynes and Telford. With over 100,000 sq ft of warehouse space and 16 trucks, Acorn is able to provide services across a wide area of the UK.

      Acorn's team is dedicated to providing quality service for its customers. Since its acquisition, the company has been working alongside a range of Grafton brands to supply other markets with insulation and drywall material, while maintaining its core market. This gives it a sustainable business platform for the future and is allowing it to grow at a sensible, organic rate.

      With the development of complimentary drywall distribution and its specialist vehicle fleet, Acorn is able to offer both the industry and other Grafton companies unparalleled full sales to site supply of drywall and insulation systems.

      With its sister companies at Keelsupply in the North West and SDI in the South West, it is well on the way to national coverage.

      Everyone at Acorn works together as a team: from top to bottom, the atmosphere is excellent.
      Ray Kenny,
      Warehouse Manager

      Company Information
      Web addresswww.acorninsulation.co.uk
      SummaryAn award-winning supplier of insulation products and building components.
      SectorInsulation and drywall
      No of employees44
      Branch number3
      Head officeMaidstone, Kent
      Managing directorRichard Carver



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