A new online builders merchant has been set up by the former directors of builders merchants Buildbase and John Fleming, the former owners of MGM Timber and a former director of Keyline Builders Merchants.
Kens Yard, www.kensyard.co.uk, is being run by ex-Buildbase regional director Scotland Ken McLelland, Charles McLeish and Joe McConville, formerly of MGM Timber and Andrew Sutherland former UK Financial Controller and Company Secretary of Keyline Builders Merchants.
Aimed at the ‘serial’ project builder, self-builder and small building contractor in the UK and beyond, the company also includes Charles Shaw, Chairman of 5pm.co.uk and former Chief Executive of Invergordon Distillers plc.
The company is currently offering 30,000 products which will rise to an estimated 45,000 in Phase 2. Among the brands on offer are HOPPE door furniture , the complete Carron Phoenix range of kitchen sinks, taps and accessories and the complete range of Kahrs hardwood flooring products. The full JELD-WEN joinery products catalogue and the full Velux catalogue are promised for Phase 2.
The site offers a building estimates service for extensions, refurbishments and new-build projects, initially for free as a launch ‘special’ to customers who spend £500 or more. Customers can upload a drawing, or enter measurements to obtain a quote. Ken’s Yard handles the entire ordering process and items like roof trusses will be delivered direct to site within 14 days.
Ken McLelland said: “Ken’s Yard enables building professionals to reduce procurement costs by taking full advantage of the reach and power of the internet without compromising quality or choice of products. When we looked closely at the e-commerce operators in the repairs, maintenance and improvements market (RMI) the gap we saw was to combine the credibility associated with a specialist site with the wider appeal of the generalist site. We have positioned Ken’s Yard to appeal to the professional who now sees the benefits of e-commerce while being accessible to the competent project builder who is quite comfortable researching and sourcing on-line.
“We understand what the building professional needs and are already receiving very positive feedback about Ken’s Yard’s straightforward and refreshing approach to doing business.”