- 1st May 2013
- 1st May 2013
- 22nd April 2013
The Nevill Long name has it's origins in the 18th Century, when it was involved in the Timber importing trade. It is recorded as being established in 1759. Subsequently it then grew into one of the largest Softwood importers in the UK
In 1959 the Nevill Long family retired, and the Panel side of the business was purchased by the manager of the Fibre boards division, Hedley J Meek.
By 1961 he had divested some of the smaller subsidiaries to concentrate on Nevill Long & Co (Boards) in Southall (now our Heston branch). Development was fast, mainly into decorative and constructional building boards, and then into ceiling systems and laser levelling equipment. Nevill Long was in fact one of the first companies to bring this exciting new laser levelling technology back from America and introduce it to the UK market.
In 1964 a new distribution centre was introduced at Forest Gate to serve east of central London. This is the origins of our state of the art branch now in Dagenham.
The early 1960's also saw Nevill Long become the first UK distributor of Armstrong Ceiling tiles. These were imported in from the USA, and used to arrive by barge to be manually unloaded into the dockside premises on North Hyde Wharfe, Southall.
The Nevill Long logo implemented back then still remains today.
Nevill Long continued to expand throughout the 1970's, focussing more on the suspended ceilings and interiors market. The Armstrong range was now supplemented by Plasterboard products from British Gypsum, Insulation boards by Cape Insulation, ceiling tiles from Celotex and Donn grid.
Arborite decorative laminates and various wood panelling products were all the rage, and again Nevill Long was at the forefront of distributing these products and introducing them to the UK market.
The 1980's saw further development from Nevill Long. In 1984 a branch was opened in Bristol, looking to expand West of London and the South. This still remains, though now in more modern premises.
"Longshot", a quarterly journal for the industry, was introduced and became staple reading for many, introducing new products and highlighting recent projects.
In 1982, and again in 1985, Nevill Long were presented with the coveted British Safety Council Sword of Honour. This put it among the Top 30 safest companies in the world. By 1986 Nevill Long had actually won the British Safety Council Award for nine consecutive years. This theme continues today as the Health and safety of it's customers and staff remains top of Nevill Long's agenda
1986 was also to be Nevill Long's Silver Jubilee year, celebrated by conferences, dinners and exhibitions, attended by all the major players in the industry.
In terms of products, 1984 saw "Longline" Drywall introduced to the market, initially consisting of just two sizes of stud and track. Today it has grown to a range which offers complete system solutions to the interior fit-out market.
Nevill Long was also one of the first to stock Celotex's then new "Double R" Isocyanurate insulation boards, now better known as GA4000.
1988 then saw the opening of it's 4th branch in Daventry (now Nevill Long Northampton), as it looked to expand into the Midlands. This was managed at the time by our current MD, Dave Bonner.
In 1989 Hedley J. Meek passed away, and left the company in the trust of a charity.
By 1990 an agreement had been reached by James Latham Plc to purchase Nevill Long. The period following this saw further growth and product development, and the opening of new branches around the UK. The introduction of James Latham as owners also saw the Nevill Long logo adopt it's current purple and green colour scheme.
Leeds branch was opened in 1994 from scratch, whilst the acquisition of Soarsett in 1998 saw Nevill Long expand it's position in the North through branches in Preston, Manchester and Washington.
As the millennium passed Nevill Long continued it's expansion plans, opening a new branch in Birmingham.
In 2006 James Latham agreed a deal to sell Nevill Long to Wolseley Plc, who integrated it as a division of Encon Insulation Ltd, acquired by Wolseley a year earlier. Since then Nevill Long and Encon have worked together harmoniously, with Encon's complementary product portfolio enhancing the ability of Nevill Long to sell Insulation products and Drywall systems, with Encon equally benefitting from improved and specialist access to Suspended Ceilings and Partitioning products.
Since acquisition Nevill Long has further expanded, with locations added in Cardiff, Plymouth and Glasgow, creating a truly national network of branches.
Encon returned to its independent roots following a management buy-out led by Stuart Moore, CEO, on 31st October 2011. The sale covered the entire Encon group of businesses.
On completion of the buy-out Stuart said: “As the new owner of Encon, I believe we have an excellent opportunity to drive the business forward, and I truly believe we have an exciting journey ahead of us”.
In a message to customers he further added “I would like to reassure you that nothing changes for you. The Encon group of businesses remain committed to delivering the same high levels of customer service as always. The management team is committed to ensuring that customer service excellence remains Encon’s number one priority.”
Today Nevill Long continues to thrive in a difficult market place, it's core values of customer service and specialist & knowledgeable staff ensuring that they are able to continue to offer great service and value to all our customers, both existing and potential.
We at Nevill Long are extremely proud of our lengthy and distinguished history, and value the supplier and industry links that have been built over the past 50 years. We use this experience today to ensure we are at the forefront of customer service and product knowledge.