A Northamptonshire indepdent builders merchant is celebrating its 150th year in business in 2016. Higgins of Wellingborough has a number of events, promotions and initiatives planned for the year to mark the milestone.
These include opening a new counter at the Wellingborough site and running prize draws with the chance to win prizes including a brand new van. The business will also stage an exclusive 150th anniversary trade day for customers in September.
Nigel Higgins, the company’s current managing director, said: “The entire team at Higgins Building Supplies is delighted to be celebrating the company’s 150th anniversary.
“We owe our longstanding success to a combination of factors. This includes a belief in offering a wide range of high-quality, competitively priced products backed by the highest levels of service and friendly, expert advice.
“We also couldn’t have achieved such an impressive milestone without the support of the local building trade. We’d like to thank our past, present and future customers for their loyal business.”
The family owned builders’ merchant, which operates from a depot in Wellingborough and a second site in Irthingborough, was first based on Midland Road, Wellingborough, having been established in 1866 by Thomas Henry Higgins.
Originally a stonemason, Henry Higgins diversified in order to meet the needs of local customers who wanted their stonework and other building materials supplied at the same time.
In 1902 the company took the major step of opening a second depot in Kettering, a day and half’s horse and cart drive from Wellingborough – which would ensure an efficient delivery service.
Higgins bought its current 4.5 acre Turnells Mill Lane site in Wellingborough in 2003 before constructing a number of buildings and officially opening the depot for business in January 2004.
The company’s current second site, on Station Road in Irthingborough, was acquired in 2012. After extensive renovations to the existing on-site buildings, this depot opened in 2013 enabling Higgins to serve customers across a broader geographical area.