Greater Manchester-based Henshaws has taken over a new site in Rochdale, with the acquisition of R&M Roofing & Building Supplies.
The 36 year old Henshaws is a member of independent buying group h&b, and is already well-known in its original Stretford base, especially for roofing supplies. So when managing director Adrian Shelley heard from a h&b supplier that R&M was available, the synergies were obvious: a large site, a specialism in roofing, a strong independent ethos, and an established team. At the same time, R&M was keen to team up with a properly independent merchant with strong community values.
Shelley says that the membership of h&b was invaluable when it came to rebranding and restocking the new Rochdale depot. “We called h&b and they were straight on the case. A fellow member across the country helped with bricks and blocks, the h&b HQ team were also incredibly helpful at a busy and stressful time. To feel that support, as an independent merchant, is invaluable,” he says.
Henshaws is also using h&b deals and assistance from h&b suppliers to build different aspects of the Henshaws business: developing the company’s landscaping offering for instance which has shown strong growth in the last 18 months. “We are using h&b’s expertise, relationships and skills to leverage our success at this exciting time for the Henshaw business.”