Macnaughto­n Blair

Chief ex­ec­u­tive: Gavin Slark

Belfast Telegraph - Top 100 Northern Ireland Companies - - ENTRIES 21-100 PROFILED -

Pre-tax profit: £4.7m Em­ploy­ment: 442 Pay bill: £13.8m

10 Fal­con Road Belfast BT12 6RD Tel: 028 9038 5363

Builders’ mer­chants Macnaughto­n Blair was formed in Jan­uary 1973 as the re­sult of a merger be­tween two of North­ern Ire­land’s best known firms in the field, Nor­man Macnaughto­n & Sons, and Joseph Blair Ltd, a hard­ware and iron­mon­gery provider.

The merged busi­ness was lo­cated on the Boucher Road in Belfast where it still op­er­ates from to­day. The sin­gle site oper­a­tion was ac­quired by Ir­ish busi­ness Grafton Group plc in 1989, one of Grafton’s very first ac­qui­si­tions in the UK. The busi­ness grew through a se­ries of ac­qui­si­tions be­tween 1997 and 2008, in­creas­ing the builders mer­chant branch net­work in North­ern Ire­land to 16 branches plus one in Dou­glas, Isle of Man.

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