Builder’s merchant Travis Perkins is rolling out a strategy to improve the quality and choice of its timber range to align itself with Grown in Britain, an initiative changing how timber is sustainably sourced and used in the UK.
Currently being tested in seven branches, Travis Perkins‘ range of timber products now features more ‘home grown’ carcassing products, reducing its reliance on imported timber.
Simon Pearson, Travis Perkins product group director, said: “The current pilot implements an improved product range, clear merchandising, and competitive pricing, all with the very clear additional benefit of using British carcassing suppliers where possible. Larger branches are being encouraged to source directly and more economically, whilst smaller trade counters will be buying predominately from Travis Perkins’ internal Timber Supply Centres to enhance our service further.”
Dougal Driver, chief executive of Grown in Britain, said: “Grown in Britain aims to change how timber is sustainably sourced and used in the UK by focussing on preferential consideration of home-grown product at procurement and increasing the number of woodlands in management. Pulling more products through the UK timber supply chain will support the rural economy and provide jobs, as well as investing in the societal benefits of woodlands and forests in this country – providing better management for product, people, and biodiversity.”