All 750 employees at branches across the Midlands and South East will get the afternoon off on 25 June.

A business that employs in excess of 750 employees is closing all its branches across the Midlands and South East on June 25 to give staff an extended weekend break.

The Independent Builders Merchants Group, includes Parker Building Supplies, Chandlers Building and Roofing Supplies, Stamco Timber and Fairalls Builder’s Merchant, is set to close its entire 39 branch network on Friday 25 June so that staff across all areas of the business can enjoy a well-earned extended break on the first weekend following lockdown easing.

MD Allun Pittingale said that all branches of the builders' merchants had remained open throughout the pandemic with staff working relentlessly to serve the entire building trade, often in challenging circumstances, and being utterly flexible and amenable at all times. 

“What better way to show we care than to give everyone some extra time to spend with friends and families once the lockdown restrictions are all finally (and hopefully) lifted in June,” he said.

As a further show of appreciation all employees will also receive vouchers so they can enjoy dinner compliments of the business that night.

All customers are being informed of the unprecedented closing of the business for the afternoon too.