John George and Henry Shaw re-link businesses


John George, the family-run wholesale distributor that’s been going since 1725, has joined forces formally with fellow long-running distributor Henry Shaw & Sons.
Having worked closely together for more than two decades, the two companies are now coming together under common ownership, reversing a demerger that took place in the early eighties.
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. Existing customers of both companies will benefit from a broader product range, which includes nails, screws, bolts, fixings, fencing, ironmongery, building products and sealants and mastics.
The companies will continue to operate under 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 & Sons.
Mark Lambert said: “2020 saw challenges for both John George and Henry Shaw & Sons in line with the rest of the industry. However, it proved to be a very positive twelve months and we believe that the two businesses working together will only serve to enhance the customer  experience. We are excited to be able to offer nationwide delivery on our unique range of products.”
Originally an ironmongery business set up in the City of London, John George now delivers a range of over 7,500
products to over 1,000 trade customers.
Henry Shaw & Sons was founded in 1799 and is one of the UK’s largest stockists of ferrous and non-ferrous nails. Based in Birmingham and Elland, Henry Shaw provides nails, screws, fixings, bolts and hardware across the North of England and Scotland.
John George Main Stock Warehouse in Reading 1
John George’s main warehouse in Reading

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

Check Also

Phil Bonar low res

New partner enquiries at record levels, says NBG

National Buying Group (NBG) has reported that new Partner enquiries are at record levels as …