The Independent Builders Merchant Group (IBMG) has announced it has acquired DW Burns & Partner Ltd (Burns).

Established in 1963, DW Burns is a family-run plumbers’ merchant and bathroom showroom, supplying both trade and retail customers across Surrey. The company has trade counters in Woking and Farnham, as well as an extensive showroom in Woking.

Following its recent merger with Grant & Stone, this acquisition continues IBMG’s strategy of developing its divisions through a combination of acquisition, new site development and organic growth. Burn’s branch network and product range will extend the IBMG’s specialist plumbing and heating provision into Surrey, and provide a strong platform for further growth. 

For Burns, this partnership secures the right custodian for the business to support future succession – one with shared values, who will maintain and respect its legacy. Toby Hoyle,  Burns’ owner, will remain in the business working with Matt Bland, Managing Director of IBMG’s heating and plumbing division, to ensure Burns’ successful integration into the division.

Matt Bland, Managing Director of IBMG’s plumbing and heating division, said, “We are delighted to welcome Burns to IBMG. We have much in common so this is a strong and logical partnership. In addition, we are particularly pleased to be able to strengthen our plumbing and heating offer for our customers in Surrey.”

Toby Hoyle, Managing Director of Burns, said, “The team and I are delighted to join IBMG. Both companies share a commitment to the highest standards of customer service and an independent ethos, which makes this partnership a very good fit. Without doubt, this is the best step to ensure that Burns will go from strength to strength in the future.”