John George and Henry Shaw rejoin forces

John George, the family-run wholesale distributor that has been trading since 1725, has joined forces formally with Henry Shaw & Sons. Having worked closely together for more than two decades, the two companies are now coming together under common ownership.

Working out of the current six sites, the combined organisation

will continue to provide a wide product range delivered predominantly on their own fleet of vehicles nationwide. The companies will continue to operate under

Covid causes cancellations

Independent builders merchant buying group NMBS has cancelled its 2021 Dinner Dance. The event usually gathers 1200 guests together at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London for an evening of dancing, entertainment, and dinner. NMBS managing director Chris Hayward said: “Despite our best efforts to plan and organise for the event, we are not able to commit to hold the event with the usual pre- dinner drinks reception and live entertainment and dancing. “We are very disappointed to

Merchant plumbing & heating sales slow up in January

Specialist plumbing & heating merchants’ sales in January were down 5.0% on January 2020 according to the second Plumbing & Heating Merchant Index report. Month-on-month sales were positive with sales up 18.5% in January compared with December 2020. This was helped by three more trading days in January, but after adjusting for trading days, sales were still higher (+0.7%). January’s PHMI Index, which contrasts sales with the base period of January to December 2019, was 99.4.

The new report charts the sales 6

have to cancel our event again this year, however we believe that under the circumstances this is the best way forward.” The next date is Saturday October 22 2022. lThe UFEMAT Congress due to take place in London from 14-17 October 2021 has been postponed again due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. The conference, which brings together builders merchants, building material suppliers and trade bodies from across Europe, will now be held from 28-30 April 2022.

performance of specialist plumbing & heating merchants from month to month. The Index (PHMI) report is the first to analyse point of sales data collated from a range of specialist plumbing & heating merchants with combined annual sales of £3bn. The report also shows the impact of the pandemic on specialist plumbing & heating merchants, and charts the sector’s gradual recovery since the fall caused by the first lockdown in the Spring. MRA Research produces the

report, which provides reliable data and a platform and voice for the industry, as well as for leading plumbing & heating brand, on a monthly basis. There is no overlap or double counting between PHMI and the BMBI sales data.

their respective brands and look to work together to create a common offering to all customers over the coming months. Executive directors of John George, Mark and Dave Lambert, will run the combined organisation with the help of the management team of Henry Shaw. Mark Lambert commented, “2020 saw challenges for both John George and Henry Shaw & Sons in line with the rest of the industry. We believe that the two businesses working together will only serve to enhance the customer experience.”

New Nevill Long Branch for East Anglia


North Lincolnshire-based timber importer and timber products manufacturer Arbor Forest Products has begun production on its new sawmill planing line. The company is investing £6 million in the new facil- ity which features unique timber scanning technology, allowing the company to eliminate defects in lengths of timber – reducing waste and saving time for Arbor Forest customers.

The planing line was de- veloped in conjunction with Swedish company System Hall AB, which designs, manufactures and sup- plies many different types of mechanical handling systems and conveyors for the woodworking industry, primarily – up to now – in its neighbouring Nordic countries.

Specialist independent distributors Encon Insulation and Nevill Long have expanded their growing national network of branches, with the opening of their latest Nevill Long branch in Thetford, Norfolk.

The branch, located in Burrell

Way Trade Park, offers a complete range of leading interior brands available through Nevill Long. Opened to service primarily interior projects in the Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, North Essex and North Hertfordshire districts, the new branch aims to bring more business to the region and work with the local community.

Along with the new branch, a

growing team, renowned for their specialist knowledge of drywall, ceilings and interior systems will join branch director, Vikky Ranns to deliver customer service to local contractors.

SIG UK has reopened its branch in Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire. The 30,000sq ft premises, just outside Glasgow, has been completely refurbished and will hold up to £1 million in stock and have 30 permanent members of staff. David Hope, divisional managing director for the North & Scotland, said: “This branch opening is an excellent example of SIG moving in the right direction by increasing its number of highly experienced staff on the ground to work step by step with contractors and make a real, material contribution to their project goals.” The site, which was closed in 2019 as part of a consolidation strategy, will operate a fleet of five delivery vehicles when it reopens, with plans to grow this fleet to eight vehicles as the business expands. April 2021

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