This Birmingham timber and builders’ merchant was founded in 1922 by the father of Ken Smith, who was chairman of the company until he died, aged 99, in 2017. It has 11 sites across the Midlands and southeast England, stocking building supplies, trade products, paving and landscaping items. New branches in central Birmingham and Castle Bromwich helped lift sales to £155.5m in 2018. The group is led by chief executive and chairman John Parker, 61
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