Substantial north-west timber specialist Illingworth Ingham has become the latest full member of merchant buying group h&b, graduating from the group’s development section.
Illingworth Ingham was founded over 90 years ago in Manchester and remains a truly independent, family-owned and -led merchanting business with a strong reputation in timber. Operating from a seven-acre site in Trafford Park Manchester plus depots in Stockport, Hyde, Stretford and two branches in Macclesfield, the company has its own transport fleet, 150,000 square feet of warehousing, and machining, treatment and finishing facilities for a wide range of hardwood and softwood timbers.
Illingworth Ingham is part of h&b’s growing community of more than 100 independent merchant businesses with more than 270 branches across the UK that are benefitting from the group’s superior buying deals. Illingworth Ingham intends to leverage the power of these deals to diversify and grow its product offering, increase its heavyside range and to grow turnover and profitability.
“We are very excited about the potential for growth that joining h&b offers Illingworth Ingham,” says Chairman Simon Graveley. “The raft of h&b deals now unlocked for us opens up new horizons for the business to sell more products and sell more of them. Our newest branch in Macclesfield, opened in September last year, is a truly mixed merchant and we see h&b membership as a key to unlocking great growth there and in all of our depots.”
The h&b Development Group is a relatively new concept for the merchanting industry, offering carefully selected smaller merchants access to a vast range of negotiated deals and a strategically mapped route to growth and success. It has a number of structures and strategies in place to help members achieve the turnover required to take them to the next level and join the main h&b group with all the benefits and deals that that entails.
h&b is a truly national merchant buying group with sales approaching £1bn a year though its growing membership of independent builders merchants. 104 h&b merchant members with more than 277 branches are trading in partnership with around 280 suppliers. h&b offers its merchant members a real opportunity to improve profitability and grow market share by being part of the most progressive buying group in the UK.