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Travis Perkins Plc history, profile and corporate video

Travis Perkins Plc supplies building materials to builders’ merchanting and home improvement markets. The company operates through four divisions: General Merchanting, Consumer, Specialist Merchanting and Plumbing & Heating. The General Merchanting division supplies building materials to professional building companies, contractors and tradesman throughout the United Kingdom. The Consumer divisionoperates through three businesses trading under different brands: Wickes, Tile Giant and Toolstation. The Specialist Merchanting division consists of four businesses trading under different brands: Keyline, CCF, Benchmarx and Rinus Roofing Supplies. The Plumbing & Heating division includes various brands: Birchwood Price tools, BSS, City Plumbing, DHS, F&PWholesale, PTS, and Spendlove C. Jebb. Travis Perkins was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Northampton, the United Kingdom.

“Travis Perkins History

The company began in 1797, when the Benjamin Ingram company of joiners and carpenters was founded at 33 Beech Street in theCity of London. Benjamin Ingram subsequently merged with Perkins to become Ingram Perkins.

Sandell Perkins was formed in 1970 following the merger of Sandell Smythe & Drayson and Ingram PerkinsSandell Smythe & Drayson was itself the product of a 1964 merger of Joseph Sandell (formed in 1812) and Smythe & Drayson which had itself formed in 1954 from J. & A.S. Smythe (formed 1785) and Geo. Drayson & Son (formed 1875).

Together with a number of smaller acquisitions Sandell Perkins acquired Broad & Co. (formed in 1881) in 1975. Sandell Perkins was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1986. At that time it had 49 branches principally based around London and the South-East.

Travis Perkins was formed by a merger between Travis & Arnold and Sandell Perkins in 1988.

Subsequent acquisitions have included AAH (46 branches) in 1994, BMSS (26 branches) in 1996, Keyline Builders Merchants (101 branches) and Sharpe & Fisher (38 branches) in 1998, City Plumbing Supplies Limited (48 branches) and Commercial Ceiling Factors (20 distribution centres) in 2002, Jayhard (53 branches) and B&G (12 branches) in 2003, Wickes (171 stores) in 2005 and Tile Giant in 2007.

In 2008, Travis Perkins Group invested in online marketplace between tradesmen and homeowners, MyBuilder

Travis Perkins made an indicative £553 million takeover offer for BSS Group on 28 May 2010, which was accepted by the company’s board.

Travis Perkins plc acquired the remaining 70% stake in Toolstation on 3 January 2011.”

*Information from Forbes.com and Wikipedia.org

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