Merchants Merge for Growth

CHANDLERS BUILDING Supplies Limited and Parker Building Supplies Limited have merged, with the support of their strategic partner, Cairngorm Capital.

The new enlarged company has 37 branches operating from the Midlands to the South East, with combined revenues of £180 million and over 750 employees.

Established in 1993, Chandlers is a privately-owned, independent builders’ merchant offering a mix of heavy and lightside building materials to the construction industry. It has 14 branches serving Sussex, Kent, Surrey, London, Essex and the West Midlands, including six specialist roofing supplies centres.

Headquartered in Ringmer, East Sussex, it generates revenues of £60 million and employs over 230 people.

Parkers, together with its sister brands Stamco and Fairalls, is the largest independent builders’ merchant group in the South East. In addition to its heavyside offering, the group also a range of trades goods. Headquartered in Polegate, East Sussex, the group has 23 branches serving Surrey, Sussex and Kent, over 500 employees and combined revenues of £120 million.

Expansion

With no overlap in branch locations and a highly complementary product range, this merger is strategically important, offering both companies the opportunity for geographic expansion and to extend their product ranges. It was prompted by the existing shareholders’ desire to take the business to the next level. Andrew Cope, Chandlers’ Managing Director will join the board of the new combined company as a Board Director.

The senior management teams of both companies will merge under the leadership of Chris Maityard, Parkers’ Chief Executive, to scale the business and generate further growth, ensuring that the company fulfils its potential.

Chris Maityard said, “This merger consolidates our leadership as an independent in the South of England. Our company is at a really exciting point in its development and is ready to capitalise on the numerous growth opportunities available to it. We have ambitious plans to fulfil. I look forward to the next phase of its development.”

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