Top builders merchants in Northern Ireland honoured
Top builders merchants in Northern Ireland honoured The overall winner in the Octabuild Builders Merchant Awards Northern Ireland 2016 is Haldane Fisher, Coleraine.
Other builders merchants to win awards are; JP Corry branches in Springfield Road, Belfast, Castlereagh and Bangor; Murdock Builders Merchants, Derry; Newry Building Supplies; NG Bell, Ballywater and Haldane Fisher, Conlig
The awards were presented on Thursday 7 April by Jonathan Bell MLA, Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in the Hilton Belfast Hotel before an audience of almost 200 people representing the merchant and building industry.
The building material manufacturers who organised the awards as Octabuild are: Gyproc, Dulux Paints, Glennon Brothers, Kingspan Insulation, Sanbra Fyffe, Tegral, Wavin and Irish Cement. This is the fourth Octabuild Builders Merchant Awards in Northern Ireland.
The awards judge, independent retail expert James Burke, was lavish in his praise of the high standard he found among all the builders merchants visited. He described the winners as exceptionally well-run businesses. He said that since the last awards in 2014 there was a stronger focus on sales growth structures and a greater focus on using digital media.
In introducing the awards the Octabuild chairman Tadhg Donohoe said, “Merchants who enter the Octabuild Builders Merchants Awards show that they have confidence in their ability to operate well-managed businesses and provide a quality customer service.”
The overall winner, Haldane Fisher, Coleraine. Haldane Fisher in Coleraine, is one of 10 branches in Northern Ireland of the family owned Haldane Fisher group. The Coleraine branch has been in operation since 2009 and currently employs 11 people. The judge complimented its energised sales process and very structured & results orientated team.
Haldane Fisher, Conlig which won the Customer Service Award
is in business 36 years. It employs 34 full-time + 2 part-time staff with an average 16 years service within the Bangor branch. It was commended for its dedicated separate plumbing centre for fast trade service and introduction of a new low cost finance option for customers.
The three JP Corry branches who won category awards were Bangor (Business Focus Award); Castlereagh (Management Award) and Springfield Road, Belfast (Premises Award).
JP Corry has been in business for over 200 years and has a network of 15 branches in Northern Ireland. The Bangor branch was described by the judge as having a very strong focus on sales growth. Castlereagh was described as a highly energised branch while the Springfield Road branch was lauded as one of the best laid out sites visited.
Murdock Builders Merchants, Derry won the Multi-location branch award
It is 19 years in business and employs 18 Full-time staff and 3 part-time staff.
The judge commented on its strong management respect for staff with a flexible approach to team building.
Newry Building Supplies, which won the Innovation Award, is 33 years in business. It employs 30 full-time +5 part-time staff. It was commended for its very innovative use of its delivery fleet to promote its business.
NG Bell & Son Ltd, Ballywater, won the Owner-Managed / Single Store
Award. It is a family run local company in business 66 years and has 15 full-time staff.
It was commended for its plan to grow business aggressively during 2016 and its reaction to business challenges.