Chandlers Building Supplies celebrates 25 years under its new management. With Sussex man Andrew Cope at the helm, the family owned builders merchants is delighted to be recognised as one of the region’s super growth businesses.
It is also prestigiously listed in the London stock exchange group, ‘1000 companies to Inspire Britain’*, staff throughout its branches in Sussex, Surrey, London and the West Midlands celebrated with tea and cake this week.
It reports an increase in turnover of just under 20 per cent on the previous financial year, with an 18 per cent growth in net profit. While it remains a 13-branch operation, it has grown its staff numbers by a third over the last year.
This strategy has enabled an investment of £1.5m in stock to expand the ranges offered and a half million pound investment in plant and machinery largely to develop its delivery and distribution service network.
Andrew Cope, MD, said: ”We are all very proud of our achievements. Our team of 210 employees, many of whom have been with us a lifetime, are truly exceptional. This is their success. Their knowledge of our vast ranges is second-to-none and that’s why our customers remain so loyal.”
Jason Austin of the Petworth branch said: “Chandlers Building Supplies is a unique tight-knit community. As an organisation not only do we look after our own but there is a strong ethical backbone to the business to look after our customers as well as give back to the local communities in which we operate.”
Andrew Cope said: “The merchants sector is highly competitive, and while some of the larger players in this sector are struggling, the approach Chandlers Building Supplies has taken across Sussex, Surrey and West Midlands has allowed us to flourish.”
With the slogan, Build on our Reputation, the builders merchant has built its own reputation over the last 25 years as a reliable, knowledgeable and customer-centric merchant.