Merchant Marker Maker

Keystone Group is proud to bring you the latest edition of Merchant Market Maker, featuring all the latest news from the Builders Merchant industry. Including interviews with merchants from across the UK & Ireland and the best margin making opportunities.

We spoke with Karol McGuckin, CEO of MacBlair, about some of the key challenges in the current climate for merchants and what their business looks for in partnership with suppliers. Karol delves into how adapting to the opportunities of online retail has impacted their company, stating that it has enabled MacBlair to “enhance customer experience”.

We also hear from the siblings behind LBS Builders Merchants (LBS) who are joint Managing Directors of their family-run merchant business in Wales. The duo discuss topics from building a strong team dynamic, maintaining positive supplier relationships, to the increase in energy-efficient product lines.

And finally, Keystone Group hit a major milestone this year, celebrating its 35th anniversary. This was the perfect opportunity to catch up with our valued merchant partners and honour many years of successful relationships. With our Chair, Sean Coyle stating that “our builders merchants have been true partners and a vital cornerstone of our business”. What a celebration!

If you would like to request a hard copy of Merchant Market Maker, please email