About Robert Price

Robert Price is the largest independent builders' merchants in South East Wales. Our network of 22 branches extends across the South East Wales region and includes: 15 builders' merchants, 2 timber merchants, 3 roofing merchants, a specialist insulation branch and an agricultural division. See our Branches page for the full list of branches.

Established in 1847, our customers include house builders, private and commercial contractors, public sector organisations, self-builders, local tradesmen and 'DIYers'. The Robert Price Group offers the full spectrum of industry divisions, delivering reliable and professional merchant products and services to all our customers.

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History

Robert Price was established in Abergavenny in 1847, originally as a stone masons and later specialising in monumental works. The main office was situated at Lion Works, Lion Street, Abergavenny where Robert Price lived with his family in the adjoining cottage, with his horses and drays kept at Park Road. An examination of many of the gravestones in churchyards in Monmouthshire will reveal the lettering "R.Price, Abergavenny" carved into their plinths and surrounds.

The Ebbw Vale branch was opened in about 1870. Additional small monumental works at Brynmawr, Crickhowell and Blaenavon were opened by the turn of the century. Monumental work continued until about 1939 with customers often paying in advance for their tombstones, which would then be inscribed except for the date of death.

Robert Price, grandson of the founder, canvassed local builders to establish support for his idea of opening a builders’ merchant. The response to the early marketing exercise was encouraging. With an oral "promise" not to compete as a builder, he started to stock and supply materials to tradesmen in Abergavenny and Ebbw Vale. Originally stock was limited to basic heavyside building materials and hay for horses. Now over 20,000 products are stocked.

Original deliveries were made by a handcart and 'interbranch' was courtesy of the rear platform of the double-decker bus service between Abergavenny and Ebbw Vale. A far cry from today's dedicated modern transport fleet and fork lifts.

The Beaver was later adopted as the company's corporate identity and has become synonymous with top quality products at nationally competitive prices.

The head office remains at Abergavenny with 22 branches spread across South Wales. As a result of our expansion, major manufacturers recognise Robert Price's considerable purchasing power.

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Community

As a major employer and supplier in the South Wales area, Robert Price believe that we should give something back to our local community. We are proud to assist a large number of local charities, community groups and sports teams.

The current directors of Robert Price are fifth generation descendants of the founder. We are still a family run business with working directors actively involved in all aspects of the company. Robert Price currently employs around 250 staff. The company policy is to train and develop its workforce. The opportunities within Robert Price are many and varied - check the current vacancies on our Jobs page.