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44 APPOINTMENTS & COMPANY NEWS


Forward-thinking F.H. Brundle celebrates 130 years in business


arrived in London with a dream of making it big and opened premises at 14 Paper Street EC1 - the centre of the Packing Case Trade. Spotting a gap in the market by selling


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nails and ironmongery, his attention to detail, careful product selection and quality made him stand out and his name quickly spread across the capital. 130 years on, those hallmarks remain at


the heart of leading wholesale supplier F.H. Brundle. Proud of its history and forward-thinking


in its approach, the company has been successfully led by five generations of the Brundle family - Frederick, Frank, Henry, Richard and Michael. But it has not always been easy.


F.H. Brundle had to overcome the Blitz which destroyed their headquarters in Paper Street, resulting in a subsequent move to Hackney in 1940. The move to Hackney was supposed to be


a temporary one, until suitable alternative accommodation could be found. But just over 50 years later, in 1998, the


company moved from its Hackney premises to Stratford, into a refurbished warehouse and offices, only to be compulsory purchased after it was announced London was to host the 2012 Olympics. F.H. Brundle then moved its headquarters


in the spring of 2007 to its present location in Rainham, Essex. Under the guidance of Richard, Frederick’s


son, a further five new branches were opened as Richard quickly recognised and spotted opportunities within the industry. That trait of careful product selection


resulted in the addition of welded wire mesh, perforated metal and wrought iron components to name a few – making F.H. Brundle one of the largest independent steel stockists in the UK. Today, the name F.H. Brundle is synonymous with the same values, quality and competitive prices first established way back in 1889 with the tradition of a proud family history at its core. But as Michael Brundle, managing


director and fifth generation of the family business readily admits, it is the company’s


forward-thinking, agile and flexible approach that has ensured it has grown and thrived. Mr Brundle said: “We are incredibly proud to celebrate 130 years in business. “We have always looked to innovate and


evolve our product range, while maintaining a loyal customer base and sustained growth by choosing products at the right price and offering excellent service levels. “We also continually search the world for


product opportunities to bring into the UK. This approach has seen the addition of Pro-Railing, our stainless steel handrail component system, and Marano, a stunning range of anodised aluminium fencing and railing systems that are long lasting, low maintenance and lightweight.” Spotting an opportunity and supporting it


with investment has always been key to delivering growth, and in 1998 the company’s first website was launched, followed by an ecommerce site in 2010. This allowed customers to order 24/7 for


delivery on one of the company’s 60 strong fleet of vehicles that utilise software technology to optimise the best routes, or trade counter collection. A design office was opened in 2012 to


support the design and development of new systems and products. With the latest advancements in 3D printing, the company in now able to produce prototypes and reduce its time to market for the likes of its Sleeve-Fit Brackets used with glass clamps, which deal with slopes, curves and stairs and can be built without drilling the stainless steel posts. Most recently introduced is Liveconfigurator, real time design software that helps customers design handrail and balustrades using Pro-Railing products. A major investment landmark in 2016 was


the opening its new distribution centre in Burton-On-Trent, which increased the company’s overall warehousing capacity to 500,000 sq ft – the equivalent size of almost 10 football pitches. Mr Brundle said: “There are not many


businesses who survive and adapt over 130 years and a huge thank you goes out to our amazing customers and my incredible team. “We will continue to work as hard as


possible to ensure F.H. Brundle remains at the forefront of the industry.”


01708 25 35 45 www.fhbrundle.co.uk


t all started thanks to a £500 loan between father and son. A wide-eyed Frederick Henry Brundle


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