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Fairalls partners with Cairngorm Capital creating the largest independent builders’ merchant in the South East

Godstone, Surrey, 18 July 2019: Fairalls (Builders’ Merchants) Limited (Fairalls) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership with Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP to support its continued growth and development. It joins Cairngorm Capital’s other builders’ merchant brands, Parkers Building Supplies and Stamco, creating the largest independent builders’ merchant group in the South East. The newly enlarged group has 24 branches serving Surrey, Sussex and Kent, over 500 employees and combined revenues of £120 million. Cairngorm Capital is a specialist private investment firm that provides equity capital and management expertise to ambitious UK companies.

A family firm dating its origins back to 1900, Fairalls offers a mix of heavy and lightside building materials, from its four locations in Surrey and Kent – Gatwick, Sevenoaks and two branches in Godstone. Its Taylors Hill Branch in Godstone is one of the largest heavyside yards in the South East. In 2018 the business, currently managed by Bob Fairall and his son Richard, achieved revenues of approximately £15m with 85 employees. Bob will remain with the business on an interim basis before entering retirement. Richard will also remain with the business which will continue to trade under the Fairalls brand.

This is Cairngorm Capital’s third acquisition in the building merchants sector, following its purchase of Stamco last month and Parker Building Supplies in March 2018. With minimal branch overlap and a highly complementary product range, this partnership offers the strategic opportunity for geographic expansion and advances Cairngorm Capital’s strategy to expand its business through a combination of acquisitions, new site development and organic growth.

Robert Fairall, Managing Director of Fairalls said, “Having made the decision to retire, it seemed natural timing to find a partner who would ensure Fairalls fulfils its potential and I believe our partnership with Cairngorm Capital and the other group companies will achieve this. We have much in common with Parkers and Stamco in terms of heritage, outstanding product quality and a commitment to the highest standards of customer service, which makes this a very good fit. I am looking forward to facilitating a successful handover of the business to our new partners, who will be working closely with my son, Richard, to pursue new opportunities for innovation and growth, which will benefit our customers and employees, while retaining the company’s core values.”

Alex Bayliss, Managing Director at Cairngorm Capital added, “We have been working to build a customer-focused business, with great products, outstanding customer service and a strong, expanding branch network. Like Parkers and Stamco, Fairalls is an excellent company with a strong brand in the independent builders’ merchants market and an outstanding reputation with its customers. Geographically this partnership is highly complementary, extending our presence across the South East of England to make our group, the largest independent builders’ merchant in the region. We are delighted to welcome Fairalls to the group.”

Cairngorm Capital was advised on this transaction by PwC (financial and tax), Gowling WLG (legal), CIL (commercial), JLT (insurance) and Vail Williams (property). MDW Capital provided financing advice. Fairalls were advised by Rix & Kay (legal), Plummer Parsons (financial and tax) and EMC (corporate finance).

For further information, please contact Katherine Ritchie on 020 8347 6183 or 07941 040021

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Paving Displays at Fairalls

We’ve revamped our paving displays at our heavy side branches to make your shopping and decision-making experience a whole lot easier. With a superb collection of quality paving products from suppliers like Pavestone, Bradstone, A&G, Brett, and more, we’ll make sure to give your garden a sense of style with natural looking finishes. We have many different paving sets on display in a variety of colours and styles, from exterior porcelain paving, concrete paving to block paving, we’re sure to have one to suits your outdoor space. Don’t forget to check out our guide to porcelain paving here.

Alongside this, we also have a wide range of gravel, pebbles and slate, plus larger rockery stones to add to the garden landscape. All our aggregates are available in small bags, midi bags, large bulk bags and loose tipped tonnes, which can be delivered and unloaded at your home or site Monday – Saturday.

We also stock a range of natural sandstone products on display for particularly attractive feature displays, so why not come down and see for yourself and one of our team will be happy to help.

Click here for more info about our branches and opening hours.

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Fairalls Trade Day – Gatwick (21st May)

You’re invited to our Trade Day on the 21st May.

Please come along to celebrate the opening of our newly refurbished yard, at our Gatwick branch.

There will be product demonstrations, introductions to new product ranges, alongside exhibition stalls from some of our amazing suppliers such as Hunter, Dickies, Bradstone, Imex and many more, who will be answering your questions throughout the day.

Don’t forget, there will be great prizes, special offers and free food and drink!

See you there.

Reigate Road,
Hookwood,
Surrey, RH6 0AU
01293 823434

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Fairalls’ Guide to Porcelain Paving.

Porcelain paving is not ‘new’ in the house-building and landscaping industry, but it is undeniably a material that has grown enormously in popularity and transforms an outdoor area into a modern and stylish space. This article is a guideline into using porcelain paving, the benefits, the varied types and styles, alongside how to install it into your exterior area. 

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FREE Local Brick Matching Service

Fairalls proudly offer a free of charge brick matching service to regional house builders, trade, retail & self-build customers.

If you, or the project itself is within 20 miles* of one of our branches, situated in Godstone, Gatwick & Sevenoaks we’re more than happy to book an appointment in with you. We ask that you provide us with clear photographs of the bricks you would like to be matched, both up close (<1m) and slightly further away (3m). This allows us to have a better understanding of what kind of bricks we’re dealing with and what assistance we can provide. Alongside the photograph(s), we need a full site address and the quantity of bricks required to complete the project.

Once we’ve had a look at your photos one of our brick matching experts will either advise the best possible brick or arrange for one of our external sales representatives to match your bricks in person, providing physical brick samples should they be required.

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Key Cutting at Fairalls

Our High Street Godstone Branch (RH9 8LW) offers cheap Key Cutting service with most keys being completed in a matter of minutes. 

Don’t forget, this branch is open 7 days a week, so come in-store when you can and we’ll be able to help. If you do have any questions or wish to know more about our key cutting service please contact the branch directly on 01883 571003.

We offer cuts on:

Household Keys – Chubb Keys – Window Keys – Car Keys – Patio Door Keys – Filing Cabinet Keys – Office Keys – Caravan Keys – Garage Keys – Padlock Keys – Barrel Keys – & many more.

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Fairalls’ Guide to Artificial Grass

Artificial grass is a modern phenomenon, which has grown significantly in the last couple of decades as a developmental product from Astro turfs used for sporting purposes. It’s now a common gardening material whether on small scale front gardens, or large open spaces.

The use of artificial grass has many benefits, like the obvious lack of maintenance and aesthetic appreciation that comes with it. But, there’s also much more to it than that; for example it’s perfect for children, and pets. It’s design, alongside correct laying allows for fast drainage, and is also ideal for shaded or damaged areas where grass doesn’t grow.

At Fairalls we are a stockist and work closely with ArtificialGrass.com and more info can be found on their website.

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Wood and Floor Treatment with Liberon

Wood care and treatments are a key factor when using wooden materials, and whether it’s putting the finishing touches to your newly-laid garden decking, or just looking to polish an antique chair you found in the attic, it needs to be done. So, here’s a few pointers and ideas to get you going.

With product ranges in decking oils, finishing oils, all the way through to damage repair waxes, Liberon cover all bases within wood care projects. They’re a brand we work closely with, and one that we’re proud to stock, and much like Fairalls, they’ve been in operation for over 100 years! Having said that, their products are innovative, up-to-date and always top quality, and perfect for both the skilled specialist, or a domestic user.

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Fairalls’ Guide to Underground Drainage


Often an unsung hero in construction, underground drainage is an integral part of any property, and prevents damage on so many levels. With Fairalls bringing in huge trade discounts on our Underground range from Hunter Plastics, we thought we’d delve deeper into the types of underground drainage, put together a checklist when installing an effective system, and look over the general benefits of using plastic in underground construction.  Continue reading Fairalls’ Guide to Underground Drainage

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Brick Types and Their Uses: ‘What Brick To Pick’

Brick laying and manufacturing is an historic industry in the UK, and a big part of what we do at Fairalls. We’re proud to have been manufacturing and distributing bricks for over 100 years. Yet this is still an industry that is being modernised and updated today. This article will give you an insight into the types of bricks available, their purposes, and both their benefits and weaknesses. We’ll also look at the origins of bricks themselves, along with some fun facts to remember for your next pub quiz!

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Fencing: A How To Guide – Choosing the Perfect Fence for your Home

Within any property, the outdoor areas are a dynamic and defining feature that makes your house feel homely. Fencing is an important part of this and choosing the right fence is essential to many homeowners, as it gives structure, charm and character to the garden.

The following article is an insight into what makes the perfect fencing for your home, and a ‘how to’ guide when deciding what to choose, alongside a step by step guide on how to put it up.

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