The new branch is a strategic addition to the company's network extending its scope towards London and throughout the county.

H&B member Longwater Construction Supplies is set to open a new branch in Marks Tey, near Colchester, extending the company’s reach into Essex.

This expansion has been facilitated with the assistance and collaboration of the H&B Buying Group’s deals, and support from H&B’s supplier cohort.  

Established in 2008, Longwater Construction Supplies is a truly independent builders' merchant based in the East Anglia. The company offers a wide range of construction materials to a diverse customer-base, including house builders, groundworkers, landscapers, building contractors and the general public.

The firm operates a fleet of delivery vehicles that service customers throughout East Anglia from its headquarters in Norwich along with branches in Attleborough, Newmarket, Sleaford and now Colchester.

The depot boasts a spacious yard and customer parking facilities, a well laid out trade counter and shop, plus an impressive hard landscaping display area that has already proved very successful since the soft launch in early August. The official opening, marked by a well-supported trade week, will take place 18-22 September 2023.

"Expansion of the builders' merchant side of the business into Essex has been on our radar for a while,” said Longwater Owner and MD Neil Carter.

"We have been delivering from our depots in Norwich and Newmarket into Essex for a while, servicing our existing customer base. The site at Marks Tey strategic location next to the A12 makes it an ideal fit for our growth plans and securing new business in Essex and North London.

"The help from the H&B supplier base has been key to the new branch’s opening, through its access to competitive deals and supplier support when opening new locations."