Together, the merchants will supply in-house contractor teams with a range of plumbing, heating and general maintenance materials respectively.
The new contract is to supply one of the Group’s companies: Places for People Homes, the property management arm, which is responsible for 48,000 homes across England and Wales.
An extensive tender process began in June 2012 and has resulted in Graham Plumbers’ Merchant being appointed a national contract to supply boilers, heating spares and radiators.
In addition, builders’ merchant, Jewson, will supply general maintenance materials in the north east, north west, south and west Yorkshire, south Midlands and south east areas.
“The combined national reach of both merchants was a key factor in the decision,” said Richard Williams, procurement manager at Places for People. “Graham and Jewson will hold core stock in branch for our in-house maintenance teams, delivering materials directly to site when needed or through a van replenishment service. These solutions will help to improve our efficiency and productivity.”