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About Gibbs & Dandy

Gibbs & Dandy are your handy, jack of all trades local builder’s merchant. Whatever your trade is, you’ll be welcome at Gibbs & Dandy. We’re sure to have everything you need, and if for whatever reason we don’t, our team will work hard to get it for you. A lot of our branches carry specialised ranges, specialising in timber, bricks, landscaping and much more. Our teams will be happy to invite you in for help with your job list. With 27 branches nationwide, feel free to pop in for a cup of tea and chat about your next job with one of our colleagues.

We offer our customers a personal and trusted service. Your experience and projects are at the heart of everything we do. Our knowledgeable teams are always on hand to provide advice and solutions. We work with you to ensure your plans become reality.

People are the centre of everything at Gibbs & Dandy. Our people focus includes those who we do business with, and our colleagues who make it happen. Working at Gibbs & Dandy means operating in a challenging and fast-paced environment. Our colleagues bring a great deal of enthusiasm, support and well-placed humour to their roles. They build strong connections with our customers, and also with each other. We pride ourselves on a diverse workforce from a range of backgrounds, who come together to create the Gibbs & Dandy you know and trust.

To help them thrive and progress, we offer our colleagues the same personal service as we do our customers. Providing them with the support and opportunities they need to learn and develop. By doing so, we ensure that working at Gibbs & Dandy is more than a job, it’s the start of a long and rewarding career.

Gibbs & Dandy and STARK

The STARK Group is one of Europe’s largest retailers and distributors of building materials for professional builders. Headquartered in Denmark, and with major operations in 6 European markets, STARK has over a century of experience getting those in the trade the materials they need to do their work.

Being a member of The STARK Group represents an exciting new chapter for Gibbs & Dandy. We have been here helping tradespeople like you succeed since the 1840s, and we're excited for what the future holds!

An older Gibbs and Dandy branch circa 1950s

Our history

The roots of Gibbs & Dandy can be traced back to the 1840s, when it was an ironmongery business based in Luton. George Frederick Gibbs acquired the business and ran it with success until 1894. At which point, William and Percy Dandy bought the business. They decided to keep the local connection, naming the business Gibbs & Dandy. 

The brothers traded as a partnership until 1920, when a private limited company was formed. The company grew, and new premises were acquired in Luton and Dunstable. In July 1953, Gibbs and Dandy was floated on the Birmingham Stock Exchange.

Since 1953 Gibbs & Dandy has continued to expand…

  • 1968 - The company acquired Frederic Gale Ltd, a Bedford-based public company
  • 1975 - Relocated to Barker’s Lane, Bedford 
  • 1987 - Gibbs & Dandy had continued growing in Luton, having three sites in different parts of the town. These sites were consolidated onto a single 7-acre site in Dallow Road, which also became Head Office
  • 1990 - Gibbs & Dandy bought two branches in St Neots and St Ives from David Smith Ltd
  • 1997 - Bought the two branches of Miller, Morris and Brooker Ltd in Slough and Maidenhead
  • 2002 - Gibbs & Dandy acquired Elliott & Co Ltd in Henley to further establish its presence in the Thames Valley

  • 2005 - Gibbs & Dandy acquired Timber Force UK, Kettering
  • 2007 - Another acquisition was made with Carson Fletcher Timber in Market Harborough
  • 2008 - Gibbs & Dandy was acquired by Saint-Gobain Building Distribution (SBGD)
  • 2011 – A number of other merchants owned by SGBD, were rebranded as Gibbs & Dandy including EP Builders (Leicester), Nixon Knowles (Worksop, Doncaster & Nottingham) and Archibalds (Pudsey & Huddersfield)
  • 2012 - 12 former Build Center branches and a Merton Timber branch in East Dulwich, acquired by SGBD, were integrated into Gibbs & Dandy
  • 2017 - Builders merchant Chas Lowe & Sons in Knebworth was acquired by Gibbs & Dandy and relocated to Stevenage along with all of the Chas Lowe staff
  • 2023 - Gibbs and Dandy joins The STARK Group, one of the largest retailers and distributors in Europe

At Gibbs & Dandy, we have a proud history built on local relationships. Embedded in communities in 27 locations, each branch aims to meet the needs of their local market and customers.