Left to right: Angela Rushforth, Simon Wright MP and John Mortlock.

East Anglia’s largest independent merchant welcomes Lib Dem MP

Published:  03 August, 2011

CAMBRIDGE: How the building materials’ supply chain is evolving through the recession – and responding to the carbon challenge – was the focus of a constituency visit to Ridgeons by Simon Wright MP in June.

The MP visited the Norwich South branch of Ridgeons, East Anglia’s leading timber and builders’ merchant to learn how the company helps his constituents choose a greener way of life.

During the visit, hosted by managing director, Angela Rushforth, Mr Wright toured the branch with Northern region commercial director, John Mortlock. Mr Wright was shown Ridgeons’ operations and heard of the important role that each of the merchant’s 22 branches plays in ensuring that the construction needs of the region are continuously met.

As merchants offer the most efficient route-to-market, their role in the local construction economy is vital in providing everyday trade essentials and value-added home improvement products.

Ridgeons views the return of a thriving repair, maintenance and improvement market as a way to revitalise the region’s economy. It beleves  there is demand in most areas, which has been somewhat restricted due to economic uncertainty.

The reluctance of banks to lend, the absence of first-time buyers, and housebuilders who mothballed new developments means merchants are increasingly enduring tougher trading conditions.

Praising the success of the Ridgeons' team, Simon Wright MP commented: "I was delighted to visit my local branch of Ridgeons and learn about the company’s contribution to the construction economy in the area. It was great to hear from a local company celebrating one hundred years of successful business about their plans for the future."

"I welcomed the chance to discuss the Government's Green Deal that I’ve recently been scrutinising in committee. Merchants have a vital role to play. I’m keen to work with local councils and industry to identify ways in which they can work in partnership to help people make the most of the opportunity to improve the energy performance of their property, cut bills and save money."

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