Return to Rotherham for boss of builders’ merchant

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 27 Mar 2018

A STRATEGIC expansion plan is back on track for Scunthorpe-headquartered Builders’ Merchant Company, as it prepares to open a third branch of five it has targeted over a five year period.

Rotherham will now follow Hull after a look at Goole late last year found the town was too close to the North Bank site it had established in early 2016, when the growth ambition was first unveiled.

The South Yorkshire venture will open early next month, and like Hull, will be supplied from The Brickyard on Scotter Road South, where managing director Duncan Thomson took over back in 2010.

Within a year son Ali has joined as regional sales manager, winning work in a wider area.

Two units are being brought together with a yard created, close to existing Jewson and Howden operations in the Parkgate area.

Ali said: “This is branch number three. We are on track to do what we said, the five in five years. We now have the staff in place, and our joiners are going in to do all the racking and building the shop, ready to open on April 3.

“Again, Scunthorpe will be the feeder site. It is a good location, with a lot of businesses situated around it.”

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As reported, the site in Hull, on Gothenburg Way, Sutton Fields, opened in April 2016. It was a familiar move across the Humber Bridge for Mr Thomson, who plays semi-professional rugby union in the city for Hull Ionians.

“Hull has done very well,” he said, of the past 22 months. “The first proper year of trading saw it hit £1.2 million, it is going in the right direction.”

It launched after a client base was established, reaching the extent where fuel costs sending out from the 4.5 acre site in Scunthorpe made the move attractive.

This year will see 90 years of trading marked, with operations traced back to 1928, and a depot in Scunthorpe’s John Street. It joined forces with Winteringham Brothers timber importers of Grimsby during the Second World War, and was known as Harrison and Jewitt for a time, before reverting back to Builders’ Merchant Company in 2011, under Mr Thomson’s tenure.

He had worked in Rotherham for a national operation prior to arriving at The Brickyard. 

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