About Us

 

As a family-run business, we are proud to be one of the largest independent builders’ merchants in the UK, providing products and services to tradespeople and DIY enthusiasts. With 100 years’ experience in the construction industry we are well established as specialists in bricks, timber and general building materials, and pride ourselves on our excellent customer service, knowledgeable staff and comprehensive range of products.

 

 

Established in Birmingham in 1922, our branch network consists of 10 conveniently located trading locations throughout the Midlands and South East which have been serving local trade professionals and home improvers for many years.

 

By staying true to our guiding principles and core values we continue to build on our commitment to ensure that we offer our customers the best service possible – today, tomorrow and into the future.

 

 

Your Proper Builders Merchants

 

EH Smith Builders Merchants are well known in the construction industry for their ability to source specialist materials and solutions to fulfil our customer’s requirements. The wide range of stock and expertise, ranging from bricks and masonry through to timber, civils, tools and landscaping, makes EH Smith the one-stop-shop for the true trade professional and DIY enthusiast.

 

 

Exceptional Service

 

We offer a vast array of services to both trade and DIY customers. Whether it’s a large scale project, new development or a home owner looking to make home improvements, we offer:

 

• Exceptional customer service
• Knowledgeable & helpful staff
• Specification advice & special orders
• Delivery direct to site
• Fully stocked welcoming trade counters

 

 

Proper Prices

 

EH Smith understand that using products from leading suppliers, that are known and trusted in the industry, is key to our customers.

We regularly review and work closely with sector-leading suppliers to ensure our customers receive the best possible products at competitive trade prices.

 

 

Huge Range of Products

 

EH Smith stock over 30,000 lines of quality building supplies and trade products. Through the expansion of stock holdings on quality brands, competitive pricing and an unrivalled local delivery service, EH Smith have developed their core business in order to meet customer needs.

 

We specialise in:

 

Bricks & specialist masonry
Timber products
• Civil engineering solutions
Insulation
• Paving & landscaping
• Painting and decorating
General building supplies
• Self-build project services
Kitchens and bathrooms

 

 

Our Amazing Team

 

The EH Smith Builders Merchants team is made up of over 450 members of staff across our various branches and offices. All of our staff are encouraged to undertake continuous training in products and customer service, ensuring that they deliver the best possible customer experience.

 

Interested in a fulfilling role at EH Smith? Please visit our Careers page.

  • 1922

    EH Smith is founded by Mr E.H. Smith, transforming a business supplying jute sacks and bulk bagged cement from a railway sidings in Small Heath, Birmingham, into a builder’s merchants operation

  • 1959

    Ken Smith becomes chairman of EH Smith

  • 1975

    Shirley branch opens

  • 1977

    Leicester branch opens

  • 1979

    Hemel Hempstead branch opens

  • 1992

    Cannock branch opens

  • 1995

    Stourbridge branch opens

  • 2002

    Witham branch opens

  • 2005

    Sutton Coldfield branch opens

  • 2008

    Ken Smith awarded BMN Lifetime Achievement

    Longbridge branch opens

  • 2012

    An new London office for a specialist Architectural Clay team opens

  • 2013

    Olton branch opens

    EH Smith wins ‘Best Marketing Initiative’ for the ‘Proper Builder’ campaign at BMN Awards

    EH Smith wins best ‘Strategic Planning and Management’ at the CMAs

  • 2014

    Ken Smith awarded Birmingham Post Lifetime Achievement

    Harborne ‘Local’ branch opens

    EH Smith wins Independent Builders’ Merchant of the Year at the BMN Awards

  • 2015

    An additional specialist Architectural Clay office opens in Lydiate Ash

  • 2016

    EH Smith wins Best Customer Service at the BMN Awards

    Porotherm Training & Demonstration Centre opens in Olton

  • 2017

    EH Smith wins the RoSPA President’s Award

    Castle Bromwich ‘Local’ branch opens

    EH Smith wins ‘Best Mid-Budget Marketing Campaign’ at the CMAs

  • 2018

    Birmingham Central branch opens

    John Parker becomes Chairman

  • 2020

    Architectural Design Centre in Clerkenwell, London opens

  • 2021

    Kitchens & Bathrooms showroom in Henley-in-Arden opens

  • 2022

    EH Smith celebrates 100th year