Mat Miller, one of our directors at Grant & Stone, reflects on how being a founding partner of National Buying Group has helped boost business. From when we opened our first Builders Merchants in High Wycombe back in 1987, Grant & Stone quickly became one of the leading merchants for the building, plumbing and electrical trades in the area.
Still a family-run business, Grant & Stone now operates from nearly 30 branches, ranging from Bicester to central London and Reading, and also boasts the successful online shopping platform Trading Depot.
Director Mat Miller leads the builders merchant arm of the business and is the driving force behind our expansion into the timber trade. “We’ve been looking at growing our offer and adding a timber merchant for the last 15 years but just hadn’t found the right place,” says Mat. “In April this year, we finally found the perfect place and upped our specialisms. We also have Electrical Wholesalers, Plumbers Merchants, Bathroom Showrooms & Kitchen Showrooms. I look after eight builders merchant depots and the new timber yard.
“This year also marks our 15th year of being partners of NBG. We’ve been with them since day one and I’d like to think we’re an integral part of the group. Since then, NBG has grown considerably. The deals we’re managing to secure and the buying power we can harness is fantastic. We can now compete with other merchants with confidence.”
Since expanding into the sector, Mat has joined NBG’s Timber Category Management Team (CMT) and has just completed Grant & Stone’s first deal. Mat says: “When we purchased the timber yard, it was the start of a pretty steep learning curve but joining the CMT means I’ve been able to spend time with the experts and pick up some tricks of the trade.
“Some of the other members of the team have been trading for years and it’s been so helpful to be able to work alongside them. There are always so many deals happening in the timber team and I’ve just secured my first one for composite decking. I’m looking forward to seeing what deals come through in the near future.”
Last month saw hundreds of NBG partners, suppliers and special guests attend the annual conference in Liverpool. Mat attended on behalf of Grant & Stone, alongside the timber merchants branch manager, “Taking our new branch manager to the conference was really important as there were lots of great timber suppliers on the list to attend and we wanted to make the most of it,” says Mat.
“We had a fantastic couple of days, learned a lot and made some really good contacts that will hopefully allow us to carry on making deals and will see our timber arm of the business go from strength to strength.”
12.00 am, 11 February 2019
Electrical Wholesalers Stevenage opening March 2019
10.46 am, 4 February 2019
Branch opening event from 13th - 16th February open to the trade and public.
12.00 am, 1 February 2019
Mat Miller, one of our directors, reflects on how being a founding partner of the National Buying Group has helped boost business.
3.55 pm, 29 January 2019
Wheatley Builders Merchants sponsors Nemesis Boxing Club's Oxfordshire based event.
4.44 pm, 9 January 2019
Grant & Stone sponsors the Hell-Fire Half and 10k, and Marlow 5
9.00 am, 7 December 2018
Grant & Stone sponsored the White Lions Club Quiz Grand Final allowing the Lions to present an initial cheque of £2500 to Wycombe First Responders.
12.23 pm, 3 December 2018
Our introductory offer on the boiling water tap from Redring
10.04 am, 3 December 2018
We stock LED strip lights for a all environments including internal and external applications
2.11 pm, 8 November 2018
Grant & Stone recently sponsored Evie Taylor who took part in a World Challenge trip to Malawi, Africa
9.31 am, 26 October 2018
Grant & Stone held a Charity Event to raise money for the Chilterns Gateway Club
11.40 am, 5 October 2018
As part of our continued support of the local community our Bicester Plumbers Merchants sponsored Fayth a local gymnast based in Oxfordshire
1.45 pm, 18 September 2018
Grant & Stone supports hospitals Charity Fun Run & Family Day
3.45 pm, 11 September 2018
Earn more Velux rewards this September and October
7.30 am, 5 September 2018
On 1st September 2018 the EU light bulb ban came into effect, banning all halogen bulbs in all but specialist applications.
7.30 am, 3 September 2018
Grab your Grant and Stone t-shirt and share on social for your chance to win.
5.06 pm, 15 August 2018
Music Stages Sponsor 2018
4.42 pm, 29 May 2018
Luke Williams, Bicester Plumbing staff member completed the three peaks challenge to raise money for Stand Up to Cancer.
12.04 pm, 12 March 2018
See attached poster for branch closures this week
7.30 am, 14 February 2018
Nemisis Boxers getting fit for their fights!
9.13 am, 20 December 2017
One of our Aylesbury customers, AGH plumbing recently ran in Bearbrook road race sponsored by Grant & Stone. Well done guys!
3.38 pm, 21 November 2017
This season we are supporting Wealdstone Youth U7's
10.01 am, 13 November 2017
This season we are continuing to support our hometown team Wycombe Wanderers
9.21 am, 6 November 2017
Continuing our offers every Friday throughout November.
9.00 am, 3 November 2017
Our latest offer from Vado on a few kitchen taps.
3.00 pm, 1 November 2017
Introducing Friday Frenzy! We are running a different promotion every Friday in November
3.00 pm, 31 October 2017
Ela has been volunteering in Sierra Leone and even took a bit of Grant & Stone along with her!
12.21 pm, 31 October 2017
Powertool, Tools & Workwear offers. While Stocks Last!
8.39 am, 31 October 2017
Calibration Day at our Maidenhead Electrical Wholesalers.
10.29 am, 17 August 2017
Send in your pictures featuring one of our logo's for a chance of winning some amazing prizes!
8.29 am, 21 June 2017
Hemel Hempstead Electrical Wholesalers are having a calibration day on Wednesday 19th July
9.03 am, 15 June 2017
Aylesbury Electrical Wholesalers are having a calibration day on Tuesday 25th July
3.56 pm, 14 June 2017
We are having a breakfast morning with Marshall Tufflex at our Maidenhead Electrical Wholesalers
10.22 am, 6 June 2017
Our Bicester apprentice Tyler Parslow in action.
12.07 pm, 15 May 2017
Don't forget to sign up to this year's Wycombe Half Marathon & 10K
9.00 am, 15 May 2017
We provided the Boy's school with some special paint for their boathouse floor which was in desperate need of some TLC!
3.38 pm, 11 May 2017
Chesham United Ladies beat MK dons 2-1 to win the county cup! Sponsored by Grant & Stone.
10.19 am, 10 February 2017
We have updated our website to add detailed Envirovent Heat Recovery section.
9.29 am, 30 January 2017
Announcing our new app!
12.25 pm, 15 August 2016
We gave the boys over at Aylesbury our t-shirts to warm up in
12.45 pm, 25 July 2016
We have just updated our Shower Systems page with some more detailed information
4.13 pm, 4 July 2016
Tie your laces, grab your number and head to the start line for the Grant & Stone Wycombe Half Marathon & 10K
8.32 am, 15 June 2016
Marlow United took two teams to Camber Sands over the bank holiday weekend.
3.12 pm, 3 June 2016
Don't forget we do kitchens! Check out our Kitchen Portfolio
8.29 am, 20 May 2016
Offering powerful precision in a beautiful minimalist design, combined with high-quality features and precise water distribution
3.18 pm, 12 May 2016
Wienerberger took us go karting for the evening! Watch the outcome
7.00 am, 6 May 2016
Tough environments need stronger solutions. Introducing Sollysta Metaclad.
7.00 am, 2 May 2016
The brand new Halo Handle from Arysto by Merlyn
10.00 am, 1 May 2016
Thanks to your feedback Hager have enhanced their Design 10 and 30 boards
10.26 am, 29 April 2016
We recently added a paving & landscaping display to our Slough Builders Merchants
2.58 pm, 26 April 2016
The Grant & Stone Marlow 5 is just over a week away! Are you ready?
11.51 am, 25 April 2016
Grant & Stone Supporting Inter-college competition
2.52 pm, 15 April 2016
Our NEW Bicester Bathroom Showroom is NOW OPEN
3.32 pm, 8 March 2016
Smoothest joystick handling for effortless precision and ultimate comfort for a lifetime with GROHE FeatherControl.
9.50 am, 22 February 2016
We have just added Arada Stoves to our website.
8.18 am, 16 February 2016
Brett's guide to maintaining and cleaning your Brett Concrete or Natural Stone Paving
2.30 pm, 11 February 2016
Polylok’s Poly-Air activated carbon vent filter can remove offensive odours such as Hydrogen Sulphide as they exit the sewer pipe network through vent pipes. This filter will eliminate these unpleasant odours.
11.20 am, 10 February 2016
After the devastating loss of his baby daughter, Charles conquers Mount Kilimanjaro for the charity Sands.
5.09 pm, 8 February 2016
Sign up for the 2016 Wycombe Half Marathon & 10K
12.04 pm, 8 February 2016
Sign up to this years Marlow 5
3.56 pm, 28 January 2016
The Hemel Hempstead Bathroom Showroom refurbishment is now complete
8.53 am, 11 January 2016
JB Kind Doors 2016 Brochure is now available.
10.17 am, 21 December 2015
The brand new LightwaveRF app has just been released with some useful new features
3.00 pm, 16 December 2015
Marsh clarify the general binding rules
9.35 am, 11 December 2015
Click overload protection for ventilation Equipment
11.01 am, 9 December 2015
Collingwood have created a quick tool free installation for their downlights
10.10 am, 4 December 2015
Hager talk about the myths of the 17th edition of the wiring regulations
3.28 pm, 3 December 2015
A campaign to teach the dangers of hot water
4.20 pm, 30 November 2015
Lighting & Home Automation Showroom Advert
9.10 am, 27 November 2015
We have teamed up with 4 other companies to get Brooklands College Brickwork Department their new polo shirts
8.34 am, 26 November 2015
Marsh's new Commercial & Industrial Water and Waste Management Systems Brochure
8.08 am, 16 November 2015
Our new Electrical Wholesalers in Oxford is NOW OPEN!
3.17 pm, 4 November 2015
Polypipe Underfloor Heating at Grant & Stone
3.24 pm, 29 October 2015
Hager Have Launched Their E-Catalogue App! Download it on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store today
9.41 am, 19 August 2015
Grant & Stone sponsor Brooklands College Brickwork Level 1 & 2
2.50 pm, 13 August 2015
We have sponsored Marlow United's Kits 2015/16 Season,
10.51 am, 10 August 2015
We are now suppliers of Alumasc, Water Management Solutions
9.59 am, 13 July 2015
We now stock Xpelair extractor fans!
10.26 am, 6 July 2015
We now offer Marsh Raincell industrial and commercial rain water harvesting systems
11.39 am, 18 June 2015
We are now stockists of Barlo Radiators
2.18 pm, 10 June 2015
Our new Lighting & Home Automation Showroom is now open!
9.13 am, 8 June 2015
Grant & Stone Sponsor Aylesbury United Juniors FC U12's Team
9.59 am, 1 June 2015
Grohe have just released their new magazine, 'Grohe magazine 3'
4.29 pm, 28 May 2015
It's that time of the year again, grab your running shoes and join us on the 12th July at The Rye
4.00 pm, 28 May 2015
Come to our select building branches and look for the right paving for you
3.13 pm, 28 May 2015
Did you know we stock Quinn Therm PIR Boards at all our Building Branches?
12.05 pm, 28 May 2015
We now offer sales & hire with Heras temporary site fencing
10.35 am, 28 May 2015
September - November 2014 we sponsored a series of charity pub quizzes organised by the High Wycombe Lions Club
3.12 pm, 23 April 2015
Marsh have just released their new Marmicro Mini Pump Chamber see attached leaflet for details
8.01 am, 15 April 2015
Our new Electrical Wholesalers in Amersham had a prize draw.
9.57 am, 19 December 2014
With our new showroom just opened in Aylesbury why not pop in and see what Küche kitchen is for you?
7.59 am, 11 November 2014
Grant & Stone sponsors Micklefield Judo Club Youth Squad
8.30 am, 31 October 2014
Lightwave RF is affordable smart home technology.
11.00 am, 23 October 2014
We have team of elite crack commandos taking part in the Rennie Grove Hospice Care Muddy Mucker Obstacle Race Event.
8.00 am, 9 September 2014
Grant & Stone Stock Bauhaus sanitary ware
8.00 am, 8 September 2014
Haupa high quality electrical tools
8.00 am, 7 September 2014
Grant & Stone sponsor top raffle prize at Millbrook Combined School.
8.00 am, 6 September 2014
Hydraulic & Mechanical Swing Gates available at Grant & Stone
8.00 am, 5 September 2014
Maidenhead United FC signage gets a face-lift.
8.00 am, 5 September 2014
Marcaddy Cable Reels Now In Stock
8.00 am, 4 September 2014
Keystone have a wide range of regular lintels all made to meet requirements of all UK building regulations.
8.00 am, 3 September 2014
Latest features of the new roof windows by Keylite
8.00 am, 2 September 2014
The low cost solution to reduced carbon emissions and improved fabric energy efficiency.
9.00 am, 1 September 2014
8.42 am, 29 August 2014
Students from Brookland's College compete in the Skillbuild competition.
11.49 am, 28 August 2014
18-20th July 2014
10.33 am, 7 August 2014
Grant & Stone are 1st in the industry to stock the PayPal Here device. PayPal Here is a flexible and really safe way of getting paid.
7.54 am, 10 July 2014
Grant & Stone (Grunt & Groan) compete in The Rotary Club of High Wycombe's Dragon Boat Challenge.
11.11 am, 9 July 2014
A sales assistant at plumbing firm Grant & Stone has had his trademark beard and head shaved in aid of Matt's Fund.
3.12 pm, 2 July 2014
New Keylite Loft Ladder makes access to your loft much easier.
4.34 pm, 25 June 2014
Grant & Stone Sponsors Train Like A Pro on the 9th of August.
11.40 am, 23 June 2014
ESP Fire & Security Catalogue now available.
8.44 am, 16 May 2014
Grant & Stone stock Simpsons products
7.50 am, 16 May 2014
Official stockist of Crosswater brassware products.
3.12 pm, 7 May 2014
PolyFit introduces quickfix push fit plumbing
8.05 am, 2 May 2014
Pavestone's modern range to create a beautiful garden landscape.
4.31 pm, 14 April 2014
Grant & Stone join Bucks University Technical College as partners alongside McAfee, Cisco, National Trust and AVDC.
2.32 pm, 7 April 2014
Sewing the seed for astonishing £55,000 worth of fundraising
1.00 pm, 7 April 2014
Grant & Stone sponsors the Ridge Off Roader, taking place on 27th April 2014 at 10am
8.38 am, 4 April 2014
RM Cylinders products now being sold by Grant & Stone.
4.35 pm, 31 March 2014
New product addition to the website.
8.34 am, 13 March 2014
Grant & Stone proud to support Sign Health
10.15 am, 12 March 2014
Latest product from Mercury
7.53 am, 3 March 2014
New products and features from Timeguard
1.32 pm, 12 February 2014
Chilterns Cycle Challenge and The London Marathon
12.00 am, 6 February 2014
Girls Under 18 Indoor National Championship Report
3.21 pm, 5 February 2014
More information about our new Oil storage tank page on our website
10.29 am, 5 February 2014
Save yourself money using the new FutureTherm Technology from Keylite
12.00 am, 5 February 2014
Special people on ice
12.00 am, 4 February 2014
Specialists in Cast Stone Products
12.00 am, 3 February 2014
The garage door people
12.00 am, 2 February 2014
Grant & Stone sponsor the Strictly Florence Event in 2013.
12.00 am, 1 February 2014
We can now order in JBKind doors on request
12.00 am, 31 January 2014
Grant & Stone donates to Macmillan cancer support.
7.36 am, 30 January 2014
Article highlighting Hansgrohe's new products and talking about water saving technology.
11.59 am, 28 January 2014
Rosie's Rainbow Fund marks its 10th Anniversary year in 2013.
9.20 am, 3 December 2013
Heat Mat Ice & Snow melting systems are manufactured in Scandinavia and are designed to cope with the worst the Arctic Winter can throw at them.
10.16 am, 3 April 2013
Grant & Stone continues growth with Aylesbury opening.
9.00 am, 3 April 2013
New cement supplier for Grant & Stone builders merchants.
9.00 am, 5 March 2013
See it in High Wycombe. SensoWash® — Less is more after all.