Mayor cements completion of £1m merchant refurb
Published: 24 December, 2010
TAUNTON: South West based Bradfords Building Supplies, one of the largest independent Builders Merchants in the UK, invited the Mayor of Taunton Deane to carry out an official opening of their new look branch in Taunton, Somerset.
The ribbon cutting ceremony which included senior members of staff marked the completion of the newly completed £1m building programme, providing much improved facilities for both customers and staff. And the good news is that the extended services now on offer at the branch have also created new job opportunities in the local region.
Councillor Jefferson, the Mayor of Taunton Deane says: “In these days of recession and the continual news of cuts in expenditure, it has given me great pleasure to officially open the newly completed branch in Taunton with the creation of two new jobs. Bradfords has a proud tradition here in the West Country of offering good service for well over 200 years. By asserting its independence in a world of increasing centralisation and rationalisation this investment shows that there is still confidence in the business sector to buck the trend and augurs well for the commercial future of Taunton.”
Dennis Smith, managing director of Bradfords says: “It is our company policy to only use local suppliers where we can. R G Spiller fully understood our needs and it was a smooth operation from start to finish. We are delighted with the quality of the finished project which will enhance the business and will create much needed new jobs in the local area.”
Andrew Howard, managing director of R G Spiller says: “We developed a close working relationship with the client to ensure that we would meet their brief fully. This included a new goods-in entrance to help reduce congestion as deliveries are now kept separate to customers parking. Noise levels were kept to a minimum and a clean and tidy site was maintained with all relevant Health and Safety measures put in place to safeguard both staff and customers.”
The new changes at Bradfords Taunton include a unique in-door patio display showing an extensive range of slabs, block paving fencing and forest garden furniture. And a new sales office displaying product literature is a comfortable and relaxing environment for customers to sit and discuss their building needs with the sales staff. There is also a new goods-in lock up, which means that materials can now be put straight into this holding store, instead of being left in the shop in the way of customers. The new timber store has also been constructed with pigeon hole racking to make it easier for customers to pick the mouldings they require.
Mike Tidmarsh, sales and marketing director Bradfords Building Supplies says: “As a result of the changes we have been able to introduce hundreds of new products and the new self-serve selection area has been re-designed to make it more user-friendly for the retail customer. It has been well worth the investment and our customers will immediately see huge benefits in store.”