Merchant buying group, H&B, has announced that it has recruited one of the UK’s largest independent builders’ merchants, Bradfords Building Supplies.
With 41 branches, predominantly in the West Country, Bradfords is said to be one of the fastest-growing builders’ merchants in the UK and joined H&B from November 1, 2017. This news followed the recent announcement that TBG had also become a member of H&B.
David Young, managing director at Bradfords, said: “These are exciting times for us and joining H&B was a logical strategic step for us at this time. We are closely aligned, not only in terms of our supplier base, but more significantly in terms of our ethos and vision as to how independent groups can develop in an ever-changing market place.”
Nick Lander, managing director of the H&B Group, added: “Last week we announced the creation of the ‘development group’ to help smaller independent merchants play a more active part in our organisation. Today (November 1) we are announcing that one of the biggest independents in the UK is joining H&B – another significant milestone in the evolution of group strategy.
“Bradfords are an excellent fit for us as we look to continue to strengthen our heartland in England and Wales, and we believe our new partnership with them confirms our values of mutual respect, vision and inclusiveness continue to set us apart in the industry.”