Builders' Merchants News
Kirby Sebastian supports Carver rebuild with new showroom
Published:  31 July, 2013

Kirby Sebastian is showing its support to Carvers in Wolverhampton, which was devastated by a fire in 2012.

Carvers, a family-run, fourth-generation builders’ merchants established in 1896, lost a major warehouse facility last year after fire broke out in a wood-burning stove at the premises in the centre of Wolverhampton.

The devastating fire destroyed offices, warehousing and stock, but director Henry Carver safeguarded the jobs of 200 employees and vowed to build the business back up again.

After opening a temporary warehouse facility last year, Carvers has been operating without a bathroom showroom. Now, Kirby Sebastian is assisting the company’s continued recovery by investing in a new temporary showroom which will operate while Carvers continues with its rebuild.

The bathroom brand has also helped to produce a print run of 70,000 16-page brochures for Carvers to be distributed in the local area.

Andrew Bullingham, commercial director for Kirby Sebastian, said: “We have established a great working relationship with Carvers, and as a fellow Midlands business we were more than happy to support them following this period of recovery. Helping to set up the new showroom is our way of helping Carvers get back on its feet. The staff and management have done a sterling job in keeping the business going in such difficult circumstances and we are proud to be part of the effort.”

The showroom will be open from the end of July to trade and public, and will feature a wide range of Kirby Sebastian bathroom suites, furniture, sanitaryware and brassware. Carvers’ new warehouse, including a new-concept builders’ village, is due to re-open in March 2014. The £4m rebuild, currently under construction, will feature a 34,000sq ft warehouse and a drive-through building supplies warehouse.

Mr Carver concluded: “Once we established that no one was injured in the fire, our immediate priority was to start re-building the business. It has been a long and emotional process, but with the backing of local companies like Kirby Sebastian the future is looking bright again for Carvers.”