Kellaway Building Supplies have been shortlisted as one of three finalists in this year’s Independent Builders’ Merchant of the Year at the Builder Merchant News Awards. As a national award, the panel of judges evaluates entries from independent merchants with 11-25 branches. The winner will be confirmed at the ceremony on the 25th November in London.
2016 has proved to be a notable year for Kellaway, following the acquisition of the business’ Group Head Office in Bristol as well as the purchase of the WTBS businesses in Bridgwater and most recently, Worcester based business Premier Timber. The company has also successfully implemented a new company wide IT infrastructure and have allocated further investment to improve their existing branches.
The shortlisting for this award serves to reinforce Kellaway’s values as the merchant of choice within the industry and help achieve their goal of being the ‘Merchant of Choice’ through a focus on staff development and delivering exceptional customer service.
Managing Director, Julian Milligan stated “I am delighted Kellaway has been nominated for the Independent Builders’ Merchant of the Year award. This year has been an eventful and successful one for us and this award recognises the company’s commitment to being the Merchant of Choice for customers and employees.”
Kellaway Building Supplies has purchased Worcester based Premier Timber and Builders Merchant and will become Kellaway’s 12th merchant branch. The acquisition involves the relocation from the current site to more suitable premises (within the same trading estate) creating greater space to offer an increased range of stock and vastly improved facilities for both customers and staff. The new site will be up and running in early 2017.
The purchase is the latest in a series of new sites and acquisitions, which has seen the business grow from its original Bristol site in 1982 to a strong, regional, independent company supplying trade and DIY; with the goal of being the ‘Merchant of Choice’ through a focus on staff development and delivering exceptional customer service.
2016 in particular has proved to be a notable year for Kellaway, with this most recent purchase, following the acquisition of the business’ Group Head Office in Bristol as well as the purchase of the WTBS businesses in Bridgwater, the successful implementation of a new company wide IT infrastructure and further investment to come around their existing branch network. The business has also been shortlisted for the 2016 Independent Merchant of the Year Award, with the winner to be announced at the end of November.
Managing Director, Julian Milligan stated “I am delighted to be welcoming all of the Premier team into the Kellaway Group. We see Worcester as a vibrant, growing city and a great opportunity to extend our reach into a new geographic market. This purchase further develops our branch network enabling us to better meet our customers’ needs, wherever in the region their work takes them. This year has been a busy and successful one for us and emphasises the company’s commitment to growth across new markets and to remain an independent merchant.”
Premier’s Manager, Collette Curtis, will continue in her role and added “We are all very excited about joining the Kellaway Group and see an extremely bright future for the branch. The staff and I are delighted to be part of a larger organisation that gives us security, investment and career development as well as generating more benefits for our customers.”