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 over 95 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 11 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 opened in Solihull

  • 1977

    Enderby branch opened in Leicester

  • 1979

    Hemel Hempstead branch opened in a village of Bovingdon

  • 1992

    Cannock branch opened

  • 1995

    Stourbridge branch opened

  • 2002

    Witham branch opened in Essex

  • 2005

    Sutton Coldfield branch opened

  • 2007

    EH Smith Head Office relocates to Shirley, Solihull

  • 2008

    Ken Smith awarded Builders Merchants News Lifetime Achievement
    Longbridge branch opened

  • 2012

    An new office was opened for a team specialising in Architectural Clay serving London & the surrounding areas

  • 2013

    New Olton branch opened

    EH Smith wins ‘Best Marketing Initiative’ for the ‘Proper Builder’ campaign at Builders Merchants News Awards for Excellence

    EH Smith wins best ‘Strategic Planning and Management’ award at the Construction Marketing Awards

  • 2014

    Ken Smith awarded Birmingham Post Lifetime Achievement

    Harborne ‘Local’ branch opens

    EH Smith wins Independent Builders’ Merchant of the Year at the Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence

  • 2015

    An additional specialist Architectural Clay office opened in Lydiate Ash

  • 2016

    EH Smith wins Best Customer Service at the BMN Awards

    Porotherm Training & Demonstration Centre opened 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 for business

    John Parker becomes Chairman