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GE Robinson acquire Craven Timber

Expansion continues with acquisition in Yorkshire

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Thursday 17 August 2017

GE Robinson has announced its first acquisition in Yorkshire having recently completed the purchase of Craven Timber (Batley) Ltd, based in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire. GE Robinson is one of the UK’s leading timber importers supplying timber to the trade since 1914, importing from locations across the globe to their sites in Salford and Walsall. Going forward the new business will trade as ‘Craven Timber’.

GE Robinson is part of the Haldane Shiells Group, which also incorporates Haldane Fisher NI and Haldane Fisher Isle of Man, totalling seventeen branches within the Group.

Craven Timber is a well-respected and successful business which has grown since 1995 under the leadership of Ian Farmer and Patrick Bingham, both of whom will continue to work in the business along with the existing staff.

Andrew Gerrard (Managing Director, GE Robinson) is delighted with the addition of the new site and said “Craven Timber is an extremely well-run business and it has been a pleasure to work with Ian and Pat to bring the business on board.  We want to continue to build on the work that they and their team have done over the last 22 years. We are looking forward to further developing the site and continuing to offer a good service to the local area and beyond. We have no doubt that we can take Craven Timber to the next level and offer both new and existing customers a wide range of products available in stock ready for when they need it.”

Ian Farmer (Director, Craven Timber) added, “We’re excited for Craven Timber to continue to grow and delighted to have the opportunity to work with the team from GE Robinson and take the business to the next level. Our customers have been incredibly supportive of us in the past, as have our staff and I know they will all continue to do so going forward”.

Pictured are Patrick Bingham (Associate Director – Craven Timber), Ian Haldane (Group Managing Director – Haldane Shiells), Andrew Gerrard (Managing Director – GE Robinson), Ian Farmer (Associate Director – Craven Timber).