Benchmark to distribute Kilsaran materials

Published:  24 March, 2011

MANCHESTER: Benchmark Building Supplies is to distribute paving and dry goods including mortar and concrete for Irish construction materials manufacturer Kilsaran.

Kilsaran, a £173m-turnover company manufactures and distributes paving and dry goods including mortar and concrete. Tom Tevlin, managing director of Kilsaran's paving division, said: "We have been exporting to the UK for two years, but realise that to get a decent market share we need to have a local presence.

"Our investment in manufacturing means that our capacity is much more than the local Irish market can support. Coming to the UK was always part of the vision.

"We are now looking to knit together a distribution network in all the large UK cities.

"This is a long-term commitment to the UK and to finding suitable partners to bring our products to the market." Kilsaran is close to agreeing terms to set up its UK headquarters in Trafford Park.

Tevlin said Kilsaran would also look to expand into mainland Europe, particularly Belgium and Holland, as well as Scandinavia.

Benchmark Building Supplies, which is based in Audenshaw, has six depots within the M60 area and a two-year contract with the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities to supply block paving across the city region. It has agreed an exclusive deal to sell Kilsaran's products in Greater Manchester to its 700 private and public sector customers.

Phill Brown, managing director and founder of Benchmark Building Supplies, said: "We were approached by Kilsaran about six months ago and are their first partnership in the UK.

"We already sell around £1m of block paving every year.

"My plan is to open two more depots creating 20 jobs over the next two years, and we would target Altrincham and Oldham.

"Our growth has been achieved on the back of our public sector contracts."

Mr Brown added: "We are worried about budget cuts, but have also seen an upsurge in business in the construction sector, which we hope will continue."

Benchmark turned over £12m in the year to last March and has 65 staff.

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