An independent family builders’ merchant has celebrated 50 years in business.

Branch Bros turn tractors into timber by launching a new depot at Holbeach in Lincolnshire to celebrate its half century.

Ben Callow, Branch Manager of the Holbeach depot, said that maximising use of the space had been the main priority when designing the site, and that is where the brand Filplastic has brought a lot of value.

He said: “We really wanted to maximise storage and display in the main shop area for customer service and self selection which is why we spoke to Filplastic. They have worked with us before at our other branches. To achieve that, they suggested taller racking in the shop meaning we can store back up stock higher, only bringing it down when the shelves below become low on stock.

“Filplastic drew up the plans and supplied the racking, which we fitted ourselves. It has enabled us to make the best of the available floor space, so I’m really pleased with the job.”

The premises required significant renovation before work on the inside was able to take place, including structural repairs and re-cladding the roof and insulating the building, and replacing the floor, electrical lighting and heating to name just a few.

Now it consists of a trade counter within the main shop area, stores with timber mill, warehouse and a yard for storage and display of building products, aggregates, paving, decking and many other outdoor building and gardening products.

Gary Winter, Business Development Manager of Filplastic in the north of England, said: “The Holbeach depot is near the centre of town and has its own parking so it is accessible and convenient for trade and retail customers alike.”

Branch Bros is a third-generation family business which opened its first branch in The Deepings in 1967. The company opened a second branch at Bourne in 1997 after 30 years of trading, and then Holbeach this year to celebrate 50 years of business. All 3 locations are in South Lincolnshire but cover a wide rural area.