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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
Mike Newnham (Managing Director)
ProductsBuilding materials, joiners merchants
Number of employees

Jewson is one of the largest chains of British general builders' merchants, selling to small and medium building contractors. The chain comprises around 600 branches located all across Great Britain. Jewson is part of Denmark's STARK Group.


George Jewson bought a business in Earith in 1836 to trade goods in the Huntingdonshire Fens of East Anglia.[1] 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.

Jewson, as part of the Meyer group, was acquired by the French conglomerate Saint-Gobain in April 2000.[2]

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]

In December 2022, Saint-Gobain announced it was selling Jewson to Denmark's STARK Group for £740m. The sale included Northern Ireland local brands Gibbs & Dandy and JP Corry, specialist brands Jewson Civil Frazer and Minster, and International Timber.[4] The sale was completed in early 2023, when STARK appointed former Travis Perkins executive John Carter as CEO of the newly-formed Stark Building Materials UK Ltd.[5]


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.[6]


  1. ^ "Owlpen Manor". Archived from the original on 5 April 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2008. Norman Jewson
  2. ^ Jewson case study
  3. ^ "Key Note Builders Merchants". Worldwide Business Information and Market Reports. October 2001. Archived from the original on 8 February 2012.
  4. ^ Prior, Grant (12 December 2022). "Jewson sold to new Danish owners for £740m". Construction Enquirer. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  5. ^ "Danes put Carter in charge as Jewson takeover completes". The Construction Index. 1 March 2023. Retrieved 1 March 2023.
  6. ^ Jewson Ltd -v- Jewson's Drives Ltd Archived 3 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 21 September 2014

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