Independent builders merchant group Myers group is celebrating its 90th year in business.
It was set up by Hervey Myers as a housebuilding business in 1929 ; today it turns over more than £50m and employs more than 350 people from across the region.
The group now comprises subsidiaries Myers Building Supplies, Myers Skip Hire, Johnsons Wellfield and Readymix Huddersfield, offering everything from skip hire, aggregates and Readymix concrete through to kitchens, bathrooms and timber.
Still family owned, it is now run by brother and sister team James and Katie Berry who became Directors and equal shareholders of the company in 2012. Growing up with the company and working whenever and wherever they could, the pair learned all they could about the business and were very aware of the challenges that they would need to embrace if they were to become the fourth generation to take the business forward.
James Berry says: “We have a very close family and are so proud to be celebrating 90 years of a business that has evolved over the generations. Myers Group has a history that dates back beyond the second world war and the one thing that still resonates is our values and commitment to delivering quality, not only in the products we produce but also in the way we interact and engage with our customers.
“We don’t believe our great-grandad really set out with plans to create a business that would transition from one generation to the next, but it has now become a legacy that we can build upon and pass on to our children.”
Reporting an increase in turnover of 10% for the Myers Group last year, the business has a lot to celebrate as it continues to look at opportunities that will allow it to grow and incorporate new sales channels.
“Construction has been a relatively stable sector as there has always been a need for building materials, but we do see the need to be agile and to adapt with the times. We may be a 90-year-old business, but we have a strong future ahead and we intend to retain that for the 350 people that rely on us. We also need to think about the next generation that will continue the journey and add a further chapter to the Myers family story.”
Katie Berry adds: “The focus now is on growing the business with a great team around us that we can rely on and who will help us to become Yorkshire’s leading independent business, not necessarily in terms of sales but certainly in relation to quality, service and values.
“That is what we stand for and that is what has resonated throughout the history of the Myers Group. We attract ‘Myers people’; those that have ambition, determination and a desire to do the right thing for our customers and communities. That is what we believe sets us apart and differentiates us from others in the market.”
Myers Group, which is head quartered in Huddersfield, has 14 builders’ merchant branches and four Readymix concrete sites across Yorkshire, a skip service and Johnsons Wellfield quarries which manufactures high quality Yorkstone.