Midlands-based independent merchant Emerys Timber and Builders Merchant is the latest recruit to H&B buying group.

Part of the Joseph Parr Group established in 1883, Emerys is based the north west Midlands and last year turned over a £14m from its two depots. The company has traditionally had a specialism as a timber merchant but now operates a truly mixed merchant business including kitchen and bathrooms with a new showroom opening at the Telford branch late last year.

Emerys has never been part of a buying group before and Managing Director James Hipkins is clear that membership of H&B will bring distinct benefits to the business.

He said: “Clearly the buying deals and rebates are a big part of the reasons we joined H&B.

“Even though we are confident that we were buying well as a stand-alone company, we believe that buying as a group, especially on bulk product, can only benefit our bottom line.

“We are confident that being part of a successful group like H&B will help us secure allocations and ensure our supply lines, especially at the moment with product shortages and the uncertainty around supply post-Brexit.

“Being inside the H&B family not only protects the business, it also offers synergies within our group with others that are H&B members.”

Emerys is also anticipating improved and closer relationships with H&B suppliers, working with them in partnership to build credibility, support and improved alliances.