Thomas Parker
Thomas Parker
Managing Director
2020 Lifetime Achievement Winner

Tom has dedicated virtually all of his working life supporting the building materials sector. He founded Parker Building Supplies in Uckfield in his mid-20s in and was still involved with the company upon retiring in 2018. Parker Building Supplies now has a £72 million turnover, with 320 employees and 28 branches across Sussex and Kent. Tom was extremely influential in the formation of the National Buying Group in 2003. Today, it represents over 100 independent merchants trading from 420 branches across the UK and boasts a £1 billion turnover. Tom was also instrumental in the merger of United Merchants plc (Unimer) with National Merchant Buying Society in 2014, creating the UK’s largest buying group for independent merchants. It now has 1,150 members, with combined sales of £9 million. Tom deservedly became the latest recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Builders’ Merchants awards 2020. He now divides his time between Latvia to be with his family and the south of England where he was born and bred.

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