Former builder sees merchant firm grow

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 31 Mar 2018

A FORMER builder who sold his home in order to take over a Hornsea builder’s yard says he has seen positive growth after two year of running the business. 

Nick Tudor and his wife, Mandy, now run Woods Builders Merchants in the town, and say they have seen the firm develop since the takeover. 

The new owners say they believe their background in the building industry has helped them to introduce new stock, which is in demand.  

Mr Tudor said he has not seen the building industry more positive in the region for a long time and says the firm is completely focussed on continuing current growth. 

He said: “We took this over two years ago, at the beginning of next month. It had already been running as a merchants, but it was more directed towards the DIY side of the industry. 

“We sold our house to buy the place. We invested everything in it so it has been our sole focus, night and day, over the past two years. We’ve tried to build it up since we’ve been here. We’ve seen a growth in customers recently.

“We are always looking to continue growing, but obviously space is a limiting factor here. The building industry is in a good position, right now, so it’s important we strengthen now.”

Nick and Mandy Tudor

Mr Tudor said he has tried to use his experience as a builder in the region in order to help the firm grow. 

“I was a builder by trade and that was how I initially became involved,” he said. “I’ve been into a lot of builders’ merchants and had an idea in my head of how we could change the business to fit more with those needs.

“We’ve had support from local builders as well, because we are also trying to ensure we can keep our prices down. I’ve been able to bring in materials or products that I know will sell, because of my background.” 

The owners of Woods say that often builders’ merchants can be male dominated and put off some customers. Mr Tudor says this is something he has tried to change. 

He said: “We feel we’ve created a really positive atmosphere in the shop. It’s a very male-dominated profession, but since we made some alterations we have seen quite a lot more female customers. 

“It was important to ensure it had a very friendly feel and we have had a lot of positive feedback about that since. 

“It’s open to everyone. We are getting a good balance of the general public and trade, and that’s been important for helping us grow.”

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