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Builders merchant enters tool hire with dedicated offering in branch

Following substantial investment, Parker Building Supplies and Chandlers Building Supplies is launching its own in branch tool hire service.

The first branches to offer tool hire will be Petworth in October. This will be followed by Godstone, and then Eastbourne in late October. In total there will at least six branches within the Parkers, Fairalls and Chandlers network offering tool hire by the end of the year.

Simon Gibbons (pictured), who previously in his career managed multiple sites for National Hire businesses such as A-Plant, Travis Perkins and Grafton Group, will lead the new tool hire service at Parkers, Fairalls and Chandlers.

The new tool hire offering, integrated within the merchants’ branches, will have two dedicated hire staff at each location. Specialist workshops and compounds have been constructed at each location, along with washdown stations and a new computer system. New staff recruitment is in full swing and equipment sourced for all branches.

Chandlers, Parker Building Supplies and Fairalls, plus Stamco Timber are part of the Independent Builders Merchant Group (IBMG) boasting 39 branches in the south east of England and the Midlands.