Three generations (l to r): Tony Blaxill, Ben Blaxill and Simon Blaxill.

Kent Blaxill celebrates 175 years

Published:  25 February, 2013

Directors of Kent Blaxill, the East Anglian building supplies company, raised a glass to toast the company’s 175th anniversary when they met for their first board meeting of the year in February.

Still working at the company today are three generations of Blaxills, all from different branches of the family – Simon Blaxill, managing director, Tony Blaxill, director, and Ben Blaxill, who has taken on a project to establish central distribution for the company.

From the Kent side of the company, Ben Kent and Elizabeth Cash, née Kent, are directors.

Simon Blaxill said: “Although over the centuries the company has grown from a small Colchester shop into a multimillion pound business with branches across East Anglia, it still remains a family run business.”

A series of events are planned for the year ahead to mark the anniversary.

Sign Up

For the Builders' Merchants News enewsletter.

In the spotlight


Builders Merchants Vacancies – UK Wide

At Arco, we are an industry specific recruitment consultancy, providing sales and managerial staff Nationwide to Merchants, Distributors and Manufacturers of Building Materials within the Construction Sales Sector. Priding ourselves on our unparalleled customer service and hard work, we offer a fresh, innovative and personal approach to recruitment specifically designed to meet our clients’ needs and candidates’ skills.

Guest Blog by Simon Damp

Is DIY a lost art?

As time goes by, the art of do-it-yourself when it comes to activities around the home and garden is fast becoming more and more of a lost art.