Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins plc is a British builders' merchant and home improvement retailer based in Northampton. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange, and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

Travis Perkins plc
Traded asLSE: TPK
IndustryBusiness-to-business, Retail
Founded1988, through merger between Travis & Arnold & Sandell Perkins
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Stuart Chambers (Chairman)
Nick Roberts (CEO)
ProductsBuilding and home improvement materials, tool hire
Revenue£6,740.5 million (2018)[1]
£(21.7) million (2018)[1]
£(83.5) million (2018)[1]
Number of employees
circa 30,000 (2019)[2]
Keyline Builders Merchants


The company began in 1797, when the Benjamin Ingram company of joiners and carpenters was founded at Beech Street in London.[4]

Benjamin Ingram subsequently merged with Perkins to become Ingram Perkins in 1850.[5] Ingram Perkins then merged with Sandell Smythe & Drayson in 1970 to form Sandell Perkins.[6] Sandell Perkins was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1986, shortly before it merged with Travis & Arnold in 1988, to form Travis Perkins.[7]

Subsequent acquisitions have included AAH (46 branches) in March 1994,[8] BMSS (26 branches) in December 1995,[9] Keyline Builders Merchants (101 branches) in May 1999,[10] and Sharpe & Fisher (38 branches) in 1998,[11] Broombys Limited (nine branches) in January 2000,[12] City Plumbing Supplies Limited (48 branches) in July 2002,[13] and Commercial Ceiling Factors (twenty distribution centres) in October 2002,[14] Jayhard (53 branches) in August 2003,[15] and B&G (twelve branches) in October 2003,[16] Wickes (171 stores) in December 2004,[17] and Tile Giant in November 2007.[18]

The company had a particularly challenging time following the financial crisis of 2007–2008; it stopped its dividend and indicated it was open to declaring a rights issue.[19]

In May 2008, Travis Perkins invested in online marketplace between tradesmen and homeowners, MyBuilder.[20] In May 2010, Travis Perkins made a successful offer to acquire BSS Group for £553m,[21] and then acquired the remaining 70% stake in Toolstation in January 2012,[22] and the whole of Solfex in January 2013.[23]

In November 2017, Travis Perkins sought support from the local community in Pimlico, when the oldest timber yard in the United Kingdom, owned by Travis Perkins, was threatened by closure to allow a housing development to proceed.[24] Following a decline in the home improvements sector, Travis Perkins announced plans to demerge Wickes in July 2019, in order to focus on the sale of building materials to the construction trade.[25]


The company's product lines include general building materials, timber, plumbing & heating, kitchens, bathrooms, landscaping materials and tool hire.[26]

See also


  1. "Annual Results 2018" (PDF). Travis Perkins. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  2. "Travis Perkins". CityWire. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  3. "Grade II listed building on Crown Road / Southbury Road" (PDF). Enfield Society. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  4. "Share of the Week: Travis Perkins". The Times. 10 March 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  5. "Bow Creek/River Lea - Leamouth". EDith's Streets. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  6. "Paddington: Economic History, in A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 9, Hampstead, Paddington, ed. C R Elrington". London. 1989. pp. 233–241. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  7. "Travis board loses last family member". The Independent. 7 September 2001. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  8. "Travis Perkins expands network: Builder's merchant buys AAH building material distribution chain for pounds 42m". The Independent. 18 March 1994. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  9. "Travis Perkins buys builders' merchants". The Independent. 13 December 1995. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  10. "Travis Perkins seals £181.5m deal for rival Keyline chain". CN Plus. 6 May 1999. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  11. "Strong foundation for Trowbridge driver". Wiltshire Times. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  12. "Jobs hope follows Penrith builders' merchant take-over". Cumberland and Westmoreland Herald. 29 January 2000. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  13. "Travis Perkins Buys City Plumbing Supplies for £38.2m". Hemscott. 1 July 2002. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  14. "Travis Perkins in pounds 45m CCF deal". Birmingham Post. 3 October 2002. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  15. "Travis Perkins PLC said it has acquired Jayhard Ltd for 26.5 mln stg cash". Desktop trader. 1 August 2003. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  16. "Travis Perkins has acquired B&G". Business sale. 1 October 2003. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  17. "Travis Perkins buys Wickes chain". BBC. 16 December 2004. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  18. "Travis Perkins snaps up Tile Giant". Retail Week. 15 November 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  19. "DIY firm Travis-Perkins hammered". Express Newspapers. 27 March 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  20. "Travis Perkins takes stake". This is money. 29 May 2008. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  21. Fletcher, Nick (28 May 2010). "BSS jumps 34% after £553m offer from Travis Perkins". Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  22. "Wickes owner buys remaining 70% of Toolstation". Retail Gazette. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  23. "Travis Perkins buys renewables firm as part of Green Deal push". Greenwise business. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  24. "Oldest timber yard in the UK faces closure". Builders Merchant News. 8 November 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  25. "Travis Perkins set to sell off Wickes amid a DIY decline". This is Money. 2019-07-31. Retrieved 2019-08-24.
  26. "Travis Perkins". The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
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