Huws Gray moves into Staffordshire

Anglesey-based independent builders merchant Huws Gray has extended its reach into the West Midlands and bought two more branches in Wales.

Huws Gray moves into Staffordshire

In February it bought Laycocks Timber Merchants in Wigan; it has now announced the purchase of a former timber merchant in Stoke-on-Trent, Finney Forest at Blythe Bridge.

Alongside this, the company has acquired Llanidloes Building Supplies, its first branch location in Powys. The branch will continue trading as Llanidloes Building Supplies for the time being, and a member of the founding family, Craig Richards, will run the branch.

Another family business, J & B Willbrook, based at Dyffryn Ardudwy between Barmouth and Harlech on the Cambrian coast has become the latest Huws Gray branch in Gwynedd.

Huws Gray now trades from 39 locations.

Managing Director, Terry Owen said: “After a period of consolidation in 2011, we are excited to be bringing these new branches on board. Despite the challenging economic conditions, we remain positive and feel that the new additions offer a great deal of commercial potential as well as providing wonderful opportunities for us to develop our staff.

“As a company we are always looking for opportunities to extend our branch network and firmly believe that all three acquisitions are excellent fits for us in terms of location and business potential.”

“I’m keen to ensure that Huws Gray maintains the excellent reputation that Willbrooks have rightly earned over the last seven years, as well as working alongside the current team there to further develop opportunities within the branch.”

Huws Gray director, Dewi Morris said: “The Blythe Bridge site offers a fantastic location for us to start trading in Staffordshire. We are busy recruiting staff at the moment and I’m delighted to be able to offer employment opportunities in the middle of this economic downturn.”

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