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Travis Perkins plc ( ) is a British builders merchant based in Northamptonmarker. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

History

The Company can trace its origins back to 1797, when the Benjamin Ingram company of joiners and carpenters was founded at 33 Beech Street in the City of Londonmarker. Benjamin Ingram subsequently merged with Perkins to become Ingram Perkins.

Sandell Perkins was formed in 1970 following the merger of Sandell Smythe & Drayson and Ingram Perkins. Sandell Smythe & Drayson was itself the product of a 1964 merger of Joseph Sandell (formed in 1812) and Smythe & Drayson which had itself formed in 1954 from Geo. Drayson & Son (formed 1875) and J. & A.S. Smythe (formed 1785).

Together with a number of smaller acquisitions Sandall Perkins acquired Broad & Co. (formed in 1881) in 1975. Sandell Perkins was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1986. At that time it had 49 branches principally based around London and the South-East.

Travis Perkins was formed by a merger between Travis & Arnold and Sandell Perkins in 1988.

Subsequent acquisitions have included AAH (46 branches) in 1994, BMSS (26 branches) in 1996, Keyline Builders Merchants (101 branches) and Sharpe & Fisher (38 branches) in 1998, City Plumbing Supplies Limited (48 branches) and Commercial Ceiling Factors (20 distribution centres) in 2002, Jayhard (53 branches) and B&G (12 branches) in 2003, Wickes (171 stores) in 2005 and Tile Giant in 2007.

Operations

The company's product lines include kitchens, bathrooms, hand and power tools, landscaping materials, general building materials, painting and decorating materials, timber and joists. It also offers tool hire, and services for self-builders. The Company operates seven businesses in the UK from over 1200 sites. These businesses are:

  • Travis Perkins - General Builder's merchant
  • Keyline - Heavyside and Civils Merchant
  • City Plumbing Supplies - Plumber's merchant
  • CCF - Insulation and Dry-lining materials distributor
  • Benchmarx - Kichens and Joinery supplier
  • Tile Giant - Tiling merchant
  • Wickes - DIY stores


References

  1. Travis Perkins: History
  2. Travis Perkins buys rival for £184m
  3. Travis Perkins buys Wickes
  4. Travis Perkins buys Tile Giant


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