The Tudor Griffiths Group is one of the UK's leading independent businesses in the supply of construction materials and building supplies, ready-mixed concrete, skip hire, waste management and recycling.
After more than 140 years it is still owned and managed by the Griffiths Family who live near Oswestry, in North Shropshire. The current Chairman is Mr W M (Billy) Griffiths and the Managing Director is his son, Tudor Griffiths, who is named after Billy's father, who died in 1977.
The start of it all... The involvement of the Tudor Griffiths Group with the building industry dates back to the second half of the 19th century, to a time when parliament was dominated by
Gladstone and Disraeli and the British Empire controlled much of the land area of the world. In the countryside, steam-powered traction engines were beginning to appear, causing the work force to move into towns and cities.
In the village of Knockin, near Oswestry a family called Griffiths ran a grocery shop. At the age of 25, William Griffiths decided that he would set himself up as a builder working for local farms and estate owners.
The year was 1874, William established his business in nearby Kinnerley, where he started his own brickyard making bricks and drainage pipes.
When William Griffiths ventured on his own as a builder in 1874, he could have hardly imagined that the business he was starting-up would be trading over 140 years later, employing more than 250.
Today the Group consists of three principal trading divisions:
> Concrete & Aggregates
> Builders Merchants
> Enviro (which incorporates Skip Hire, Recycling and Renewable Energy)
In addition there are a number of other trading operations, including electrical services, holidays and leisure, shot-blasting and commercial vehicle paint-spraying, farming and land management...etc
These businesses trade out of 30 different premises, supplying an area which covers around 10,000sq miles, across North and Mid Wales, the West Midlands and the North West.
Over the generations it is evident that the Griffiths family has always endeavoured to be in the forefront of innovation and technical development. This has very much been the continuing ethos of Billy Griffiths' son Tudor,now Managing Director, who came back to Shropshire in 1988, after a spell working for an international aggregates and concrete company.
As the business reflects on its heritage, Tudor Griffiths is more aware than ever of the need to continually improve and enhance the operations of the business, so that future generations of his family will be able to maintain THE TUDOR GRIFFITHS GROUP as MARKET LEADERS for the long term.
'The current three generations of the Griffiths family, with the TV star Michelle Collins, all playing their part in celebrating the 140 year anniversary.'
'Tudor Griffiths, speaking at an Open Day at TG Builders Merchants, Oswestry in May 2013.'