The Independent Builders Merchant Group (IBMG), now reputedly the largest independent builders merchant group in the South of England – with 123 branches operating from Cornwall to Kent, combined revenues in excess of £500 million and over 1,700 employees – has announced the aquisition of DW Burns & Partner (Burns) to expand its network of specialist plumbing and heating merchants.
Established in 1963, DW Burns is a highly successful family run plumbers’ merchant and bathroom showroom, supplying both trade and retail customers across Surrey. A trusted local brand with a reputation for outstanding customer service, Burns has trade counters in Woking and Farnham, plus 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. Burns’ “highly complementary” 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. Culturally, both companies are said to be “highly aligned, sharing a common vision, independent ethos and commitment to providing the highest standards of customer service”.
For Burns, this partnership is described as securing 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 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 added: “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.”