Merchant Acquires Specialist Timber Range from Bust Business

A FAMILY-OWNED builders’ merchant has acquired part of a specialist timber range to its portfolio while appointing two new employees.

Based in Widnes, Cheshire, Silva Timber went into administration in October 2023. The deal sees Beesley & Fildes acquire a range of products from the business, including external cladding, coated wood, hardwood decking, slatted screen fencing and cedar shingles. Sustainably sourced from around the world, the timber range will be available across the merchant’s 11 branches and online.

Former Silva Timber employees, Andrea Rolt and Jenny Merritt have also joined Beesley & Fildes as specialist timber sales representatives. The duo had worked at Silva Timber for nine and seven years respectively.

Specialist Timber Range 

James Beesley, commercial director at Beesley & Fildes, said: “As a local business with complementary products, Silva Timber presented an opportunity for us to significantly enhance our portfolio. For the first time, we can now offer a specialised timber range comprising the highest quality hard and soft woods.

“The arrival of Andrea and Jenny further strengthens our offer. With specialist expertise and experience, they are great assets to our growing team.”

Commenting on their appointment, Andrea Rolt said: “Having worked with specialised timber products for many years, our comprehensive knowledge will ensure customers make informed choices. From architects and developers through to landscapers and DIYers, we’re looking forward to helping a wide variety of people and seeing their projects come to fruition.”

The acquisition follows Beesley & Fildes recent £300,000 investment in a new timber treatment plant at its Chester branch. The fully automated plant can operate all year round and for the first time, enables the merchant to treat timbers in green and brown from its Chester site. With no need for manual equipment, output has tripled, and drying time has been reduced enabling treated timber to be collected on the same day.

Beesley and Fildes is part of the Combined Buying Association.

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