This Leeds group operates out of 30 builders’ merchants and employs 1,000 people. It says it has grown to become the largest privately owned supplier of timber and building materials in the UK. It also provides timber engineering services and makes softwood windows and doors. The business dates back to 1840 and is now owned and led by descendants of the founder: managing director Nick Howarth, 59, and his brother Andrew, 61, who is chairman. A recovery in new-build housing helped profits reach £9.3m in 2016.

This profile reflects the company at time of publication and does not reflect any changes that may have subsequently occurred. Fast Track and its sponsors do not endorse, guarantee or recommend investment in any of the companies.

Company details
Year2017
Rank4
CompanyHowarth Timber Group
ActivityTimber products supplier
LocationLeeds
Annual profit growth133.38%
Latest profits £000s9,292
Latest sales £000s169,232
Staff914
Founded1840
Websitewww.howarth-timber.co.uk

If applicable:

* supplied by company † annualised figure