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Jewson Ltd
TypeLimited company
IndustryBuilding materials
FounderGeorge Jewson
HeadquartersMerchant House, Binley Business Park, Binley, Coventry
Area served
United Kingdom, Ireland
Key people
  • Peter Hindle
    (Managing Director, 1999–2013)
    Peter Stringer
    (Managing Director, 2013–2015)
    Mark Rayfield
    (Managing Director, 2015–2017)
    Thierry Dufour
    (Managing Director, 2017-2018)
    Mike Newnham
    (Managing Director, 2018–present)
ProductsBuilding materials
Joiners merchants
ParentSaint-Gobain Building Distribution Group

Jewson is one of the largest chains of British general builders' merchants, selling to small and medium building contractors. The chain comprises around six hundred branches located all across Great Britain. Jewson, as part of the Meyer group, was acquired by the French conglomerate Saint-Gobain in April 2000. [1]



George Jewson bought a business in Earith in 1836 to trade goods in the Huntingdonshire Fens of East Anglia.[2] His son John Wilson Jewson (b. 1817) had 13 children: the eldest, George, at the time working with a timber merchant in Norwich, suggested expansion there.

John Jewson bought a house in Colegate in Norwich in 1868, and he moved there where he developed a successful timber, coal and builders' merchant business. The family played a role in civic service in Norwich and Norfolk.

In October 2001, Worldwide Business Information and Market Reports stated that "Having undergone a period of major consolidation, the builders' merchants market is now dominated by Jewson Ltd (owned by Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Ltd), Wolseley and Travis Perkins... These top three companies each have total sales of over £1bn."[3]


Jewson Ltd vs. Jewson's Drives Ltd[edit]

On 15 May 2009, Jewson Ltd applied under s.69 (1) Companies Act 2006 for a change of name of Jewson's Drives Ltd which had been registered since 18 March 2009.

Jewson Ltd argued that they enjoyed goodwill under the name "Jewson" since 1836 and that they were the United Kingdom's leading timber and builders' merchant. Jewson Ltd alleged that Jewson's Drives Ltd had been offering flagging, paving, fencing and related services and that their own customers had been misled by the respondent.

However, as long as Jewson's Drives Ltd had actually been operating as a business and there was no evidence to show they only registered their name for the purpose of obtaining (valuable) consideration from Jewson Ltd or for the sake of obstructing their own registration of a name, then they could have a defence to the application.

Jewson Ltd's application was struck out by the adjudicator.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jewson case study
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 April 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Norman Jewson
  3. ^ "Key Note Builders Merchants". Worldwide Business Information and Market Reports. October 2001. Archived from the original on 8 February 2012.
  4. ^ Jewson Ltd -v- Jewson's Drives Ltd Archived 3 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 21 September 2014


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