Timber firm Beers raises a glass to growth

A family-run timber importer and supplier to the construction trade has grown its sales of timber by 41% after acquiring a complementary business with support from Lloyds Bank.

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Read time: 5 mins      Added: 02/03/2020

Beers Timber & Building Supplies is a longstanding and leading supplier of timber and building materials in Merseyside, founded in 1916.

It has now acquired Bolton-based timber machining distributor Tonge Bridge Timber Sales, which manufactures and supplies wood products from skirting boards to decking and cladding.

The deal has helped Beers to grow both its headcount and customer base, with the business now on track to reach a turnover of £40 million within the next five years.

Beers staff

A long-term success story

Beers Timber & Building Supplies provides quality products to over 150,000 customers each year, employing 160 staff across 10 sites across the North West.

It was founded at a time when most of the nation’s timber passed through Liverpool, but over 100 years later the business is one of just a handful of timber importers remaining in the area.

The family-owned firm is today run by the fourth generation of the Beer family.

"At Beers, we're always expanding and growing to meet our customer needs."

Michael Beer, managing director, Beers Timber & Building Supplies

Michael Beer added: "The purchase of Tonge Bridge Mill is a great example of our forward thinking approach, allowing us to increase our capacity, introduce new product lines and boost our headcount.

"The team at Lloyds Bank has been by our side throughout this process, providing the tailored funding and support we needed to make the venture a success."

"Even at more than 100 years old, Beers Timber & Building Supplies continues to look forward."

Alistair Pike, relationship director, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking

A dynamic approach

Alistair Pike added: "This dynamic approach is what has enabled the business' longevity and success.

"Michael and his brother Alan are continuing the legacy of their great-grandfather at the same time as taking their business to the next level, which should be applauded.

"We've worked with this business for a long time, providing £2.8 million in support, which has included term loan and working capital. We're proud to work with forward-thinking businesses like Beers and hope they will inspire others to seize the opportunities available to achieve their business ambitions."

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