Wolseley closes in on Ideal Bathrooms buy

Plumbers merchant group Wolseley UK has announced agreements with Saint-Gobain for the acquisition of  Neville Lumb, DHS and Bassetts, and entered into exclusive negotiations for the acquisition of Ideal Bathrooms.

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Together the four brands represent around 485 employees and in 2020 generated a turnover of approximately 130m Euros.

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Keith Dorling, managing director for Wolseley Plumbing and Heating, said: “Business acquisition is a key aspect of our ambitious growth strategy. The deal with Saint-Gobain to acquire Neville Lumb, DHS and Bassetts will strengthen our ability to provide the local, personal service and expertise for which we’re renowned.

“What’s more, we are proud to welcome the three businesses and their employees to the Wolseley family, with Ideal to follow close behind. We believe our employees make our business what it is, and our new recruits are joining an exciting forward-thinking business with a gold standard workplace culture, an award-winning talent strategy, and industry-leading employee incentives and benefits. The plumbing and heating management team is considered one of the strongest in the sector and I know we will share knowledge and best practice between us to ensure we get the optimum result.

“Through our expansion into new and existing markets and our commitment to providing opportunities for career growth, it is our ambition to combine the best components of our new acquisitions to further reinforce our position as a market leader in subject matter expertise, customer service, product range and reliability. Ultimately, our goal is to provide a sustainable service for our customers and our customers’ customers – and this is significant step towards that.”

Earlier this year, Wolseley acquired some branches of the Graham plumbers merchant chain from Saint Gobain, the rest going to UK Plumbing Supplies.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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