Grafton Group

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Grafton Group plc
Type Public limited company
Traded as LSEGFTU
Industry Building materials
Founded 1902
Headquarters Dublin, Ireland
Key people Michael Chadwick(Chairman)
Gavin Slark (CEO)
Revenue 1,899.8 million (2013)[1]
Operating income 80.0 million (2013)[1]
Net income 62.1 million (2013)[1]

Grafton Group plc is a United Kingdom and Ireland-based builders merchants business. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


The company was established by William Chadwick as Chadwicks (Dublin) Ltd in 1902.[2] It subsequently became Concrete Products of Ireland.[3] It was the subject of an Initial Public Offering in 1965 and building materials company Marley subsequently took a 51% stake.[3] Michael Chadwick bought out Marley and renamed the business Grafton Group in 1987.[3] It bought British Dredging, a UK builders merchants, in 1998 and Jackson Building Centre, another UK builders merchants, in March 2003.[3]

It also bought Plumbline, Scotland's largest independent plumbers merchants, in 2003 and Heiton Group, Ireland's largest independent plumbers merchants, in 2005.[4] Then in 2006 it bought Plumbworld, one of the UK’s largest online bathroom retailers.[5]

Towards the end of 2013, Grafton Group opened 10 showrooms and launched a brand new website by the name of Bohen, focusing on the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom industry.[6]


The company owns the Buildbase, Plumbase, Selco and Jacksons brands.[7] It also has a number of businesses that trade exclusively online.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Preliminary Results 2013
  2. ^ Michael Chadwick: Grafton Group Business & Finance, 2010
  3. ^ a b c d Beating the Budget blues The Independent, 10 December 2011
  4. ^ Grafton boosted by Heiton buy Construction News, 13 September 2005
  5. ^ Plumbworld appoint new deputy Managing Director Journalism, 13 August 2012
  6. ^ "Campaign unveiled to launch new kitchen, bedroom and bathroom brand Bohen". Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Grafton group suffers from bad weather Builders Merchant Journal, 6 May 2010
  8. ^ Grafton Merchanting buys online merchant Builder's Merchant News, 30 June 2010

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