Grafton Group

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Grafton Group plc
Public limited company
Traded asLSEGFTU
IndustryBuilding materials
Founded1902; 117 years ago (1902)
HeadquartersDublin, Ireland
Key people
Michael Roney (Chairman)
Gavin Slark (CEO)
Revenue 2,952.7 million (2018)[1]
187.5 million (2018)[1]
150.4 million (2018)[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]

In March 1998, it bought British Dredging, a United Kingdom builders merchants.[4] In February 2003, it bought Jackson Building Centres, another British builders merchants, based in Lincolnshire.[3]

In October 2003, it also bought Plumbline, Scotland's largest independent plumbers merchants.[5] In June 2004, it bought Heiton Group, Ireland’s largest independent plumbers merchants.[6] In December 2006, it then bought Plumbworld, one of the United Kingdom’s largest online bathroom retailers.[7]

In August 2013, it bought Wearside builders' merchant Thompsons,[8] in October 2013, it bought Binje Ackermans, a Brussels based merchanting operation,[9] and in December 2013, Grafton Group opened ten showrooms, and launched a brand new website called Bohen, which focuses on the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom industry.[10]

Then in September 2014, it bought Direct Builders Merchants, a general merchanting business based in Kent[11] and in December 2014, it bought Crescent Building Supplies, a builders' merchant based in Ruislip.[12] In March 2015, it bought TG Lynes, a distributor of mechanical engineering products,[13] in January 2016, it bought T Brewer, a London Timber distributor,[14] and in March 2016, it bought Allsand Supplies, a general builders' merchant located in Kent.[15]


The company owns the Buildbase, Plumbase, Woodies, Civils and Lintels, Selco and Jacksons brands.[16] It also has a number of businesses that trade exclusively online.[17]


  1. ^ a b c "Annual Report 2018" (PDF). Grafton Group. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  2. ^ Michael Chadwick: Grafton Group Archived 2013-03-03 at the Wayback Machine Business & Finance, 2010
  3. ^ a b c d Beating the Budget blues The Independent, 10 December 2011
  4. ^ "Grafton is tracking British Dredging". 10 March 1998.
  5. ^ "Plumbline duo cash in as Grafton enters Scotland". 7 October 2003.
  6. ^ Grafton boosted by Heiton buy Construction News, 13 September 2005
  7. ^ Plumbworld appoint new deputy Managing Director Archived 2013-10-18 at the Wayback Machine Journalism, 13 August 2012
  8. ^ Robert Gibson (29 August 2013). "Thompsons merchants acquired for £3.8m by Grafton group". journallive. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Grafton Group acquires Binje Ackermans for €20.5m". Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Campaign unveiled to launch new kitchen, bedroom and bathroom brand Bohen". Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Grafton Group Buys Kent-Based Direct Builders... - Morningstar". MorningstarUK. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  12. ^ Will Ackermann (4 December 2014). "Ruislip-based builders' merchants bought out by multi-billion pound firm". getwestlondon. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Grafton Group acquires TG Lynes". Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Grafton Group acquires London timber firm T Brewer". The Irish Times. 5 January 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  15. ^ "Grafton Group acquires Allsand Supplies". Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  16. ^ Grafton group suffers from bad weather Builders Merchant Journal, 6 May 2010
  17. ^ Grafton Merchanting buys online merchant Builder's Merchant News, 30 June 2010

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