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James Hargreaves continues with its expansion

James Hargreaves Plumbing Depot is on the lookout for branch managers as its expansion continues at a pace with a further three branches to be opened over the next few months.

James Hargreaves continues with its expansion

The plumbers merchant has already invested £3.5m across the opening of 14 new branches in the past three years.

It is set to open branch number 37 in Harrogate, with openings in Hunslet, West Yorkshire and Matlock, Derbyshire set to follow later this summer.

Sales director Bill Davies said the expansion will continue apace, wherever the right calibre of manager can be found.

“The company policy has always concentrated as much on people as geography – if we find the right person then we are happy to open a branch around them,” said Davies.

“It might sound an unusual approach, or even a gamble, but it has worked for us time and time again.”

James Hargreaves Plumbing Depot reported an annual turnover increase of 33% for 2013, and Davies said the company is looking to branch out into different areas of the country.

“The net is widening all the time for us,” added Davies. “Initially, most of our branches stood within a few miles of the company headquarters in Burnley, but that is not the case now. We have branches from Stoke to Lancaster and Blackpool to Hull.

“The vast majority are managed by locals; people who not only know all about the plumbing and heating business, but have a direct link to the respective town or city. That local knowledge is massively important.

“Precisely why we say that finding the right person is step one. The location follows and then we back it all up with our in-house support.

“The system works well, emphasised by our on-going expansion programme and balance sheet, and there really is no upper limit on the number of branches we would like in the portfolio.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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