“Growing with the Community since 1770”
The first Bradford to appear in the parish register was during the reign of Henry VIII and now, Bradfords is a privately held company with c.145 shareholders.
Older Bradfords branches are located near railway stations, which was the fastest method of distribution for our products in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Today Bradfords Building Supplies Ltd has 49 branches throughout the South West, Herefordshire and Worcestershire and is one of Britain's leading names in the building supplies industry.
William Bradford owned quarries in Pilsbury producing lime for fertilizerWhere It All Began...
Jabez Bradford started the Yeovil branch of the businessThe First Branch
Bradfords were incorporated after being operational for 120 yearsIncorporation
Philip Bradford joined the board and saw a boom in the building and timber businesses up until the outbreak of WWIIBusiness Boom
Substantial investment in an animal feeds businessDiversifying
Bradfords add a light side to the business – kitchen and bathroom showrooms
The animal feeds business sold and a restructure of company to include Bradfords Building SuppliesLightside
1980s and 90s
1983 new branches were opened at Exeter and Taunton. Slades of Evercreech, was purchased.
Further acquisitions in 1990 with the purchase of May & Wills in Redruth and Kemps in Ross-on-Wye. A branch was opened in Ledbury in 1998 along with a further acquisition (Underwoods) in 2000 giving another two branches in Malvern and Worcester.
Acquisition of Snows Timber
New branches opened in Newton Abbot, Trowbridge and Weston-Super-Mare.Expansion
Crendon Timber Engineering purchasedAcquisition of Crendon Timber Engineering
Acquisition of Totem Timber, now known as the St Austell branch.Further Expansion
10 kitchen and bathrooms showrooms were modernised across branches.New Markets
Acquisition of two Burdens branches (now BBS Dorchester and Cinderford branches)More Acquisitions
We opened our Exmouth ‘super branch’.Re-Brand
BBS acquires Blandford Timber and launches online trading websiteRetail Website Launch
BBS acquires Hilton Building Supplies, Julians Building Supplies, Ashmead Building Supplies and YPS.Growth
Bradfords continues to grow in, opening a number of new branches, including Martock, Wareham, Bude & Andover.New Branches
BBS acquire a branch in Dawlish!Trade Website