DIY enthusiasts and trade customers buy timber and building materials from this company’s network of 29 stores throughout the southwest, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands. Since buying the business in 1999, brothers and joint managing directors James and Charles Sherborne, 53 and 59, have acquired 12 companies, totalling 16 branches, and set up another seven sites. The company made profits of £5.9m in 2016, generating a margin of 10%, which it says is one of the highest for a UK builders’ merchant.

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Company details
Year2017
CompanySydenhams
ActivityBuilders' merchant
LocationBournemouth
Profits £000 5,930
Sales £000 60,929
Staff 402
Founded1874
Websitewww.sydenhams.co.uk