A Trade Only Life

Williams & Co named the 76th Best Company to work for in the UK by the Sunday Times

Williams & Co are pleased to announce that we have some wonderful news to share! From our small beginnings in Portsmouth in 1972 as a local Plumbing and Heating Trade Merchant, we’ve grown to become a real presence in the industry nationally with 36 trade counters and 3 regional fulfillment centers across England and a Same Day delivery service across the country.


Last year we were delighted to share news that as well as making it on to the London Stock Exchange’s top 1000 companies to inspire Europe – click here for more info – we were also very pleased to announce at the end of 2018 that we had achieved Two Star “Outstanding” accreditation status from The Sunday Times “100 Best Companies to work for” competition.

But we didn’t stop there. At the awards ceremony last Thursday in Battersea Park, we were announced as number 76th on the list itself. Out of all entries in the UK, we are rated as the 76th best company to work for. Not too shabby!


This is truly epic news for us, and – we hope – the industry. We’re working ceaselessly to make Williams & Co the best plumber’s merchant in Britain for our chosen customer type, AND the best employer in our sector. While our ‘Excellent’ 9.7 Trustpilot score is evidence of the standard of our service, we hope that this most recent accolade from The Times proves that we’re making inroads to become the best employer, too.

In MD Ray Stafford’s own words “I can’t make this a great place to work. Along with colleagues in the senior leadership team, I can make mistakes which wreck the workplace culture, but even our best work will not make it great. The very most that the senior team can achieve is to create an environment in which everyone else can make it a great place to work. Workplace culture comes from a thousand little interactions with team colleagues and how your line manager treats you when you are going through a tough time, whether your ideas are listened to, and lots of other, relatively small things which collectively can make or ruin every day. Everyone contributes, but the supervisors, team leaders, assistant managers and branch and department managers are amongst the most critical in making or breaking the workplace culture.”

“I would like to congratulate Willliams & Co on their achievement of a Two Star Accreditation status and being named as one of the UK’s Best Companies to Work for. Best Companies have been producing the Accreditation standard since 2006 to acknowledge excellence in the workplace. We are proud that organisations like Williams & Co focus on their employees and have been rewarded with an engaged workforce who tell us that they’re a best company to work for.” – Founder and CEO, Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For magazine



State of the Trade Survey – How was 2018 for you?


Happy New Year!

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, our decorations are firmly back in the Williams & Co loft!

It’s time to reflect on 2018 and look forward to what 2019 will bring us. Our 2018 State of the Trade Survey was completed by almost 1400 Gas and Heating engineers across the UK to provide this report that explores last years business performance and behaviour, and looks forward to the coming year.

State of the Trade Survey Results

Same Day Delivery

We’re super pleased to announce the launch of our SAME DAY EVERY DAY service this week.
Same Day Delivery
* Order to an eligible postcode (see below) between 12am and 12pm and receive your delivery between 2pm and 8pm – FREE for orders over £100 (exc. VAT)
* Order to an eligible postcode (see below) between 12pm and 12am and receive your delivery next day before 2pm – FREE for orders over £100 (exc. VAT)
* Orders under £100 (exc. VAT) will incur a charge of £9.95
Same Day Delivery is available 7 Days a week, every day excluding Christmas Day.
You can order by phone 7am – 8pm, call our Sales Team on 01329 226501.
We can ship anywhere in the world (for a price!) so please contact us if you need something delivered off the mainland, and together we can work out the best way to ship it to you.

We aren’t some faceless, automated corporate machine, so if you have a special requirement, please contact us via the 01329 226501, and you can talk to the person who’s actually going to pack and despatch your order.
See the list below for postcodes eligible for Same Day service
Your postcode may not be here yet, but we’re updating the area as the service grows.
N,NG (Exc NG34),NN,NW,OL,OX,PE1-10,PE15-19,PE26-29,PO1-22,PR,RG1-7,RG10-16,RG18-19,RG21-45,RM,

Manchester, Milton Keynes and then Basildon makes 3!

We never stop at Williams & Co, so following the awesome launch party of our Milton Keynes Trade Counter we though we’d pop another branch in Basildon (any excuse)!

Yes, in addition to our nearby Chelmsford and Romford branches, Basildon – the home of Depeche Mode, Denis van Outen and the Creator of Bob the Builder – now also has it’s very own Trade Counter and warehouse, delivering quality Trade Supplies to the town and surrounding area.

Williams Basildon opens it’s doors at 11am tomorrow for beers, burgers, reps and most importantly the chance to pick up a voucher booklet that can save you £1500+.

Manager David Offer is waiting to show you why we’re rated ‘Excellent’ on TrustPilot and our service is legendary throughout the South. Find him and his team at:

4/5 Basildon Trade Centre,

Luckyn Lane,


SS14 3GD

01268 269999

See you there!

Milton Keynes is go!

We’re very pleased to announce the smooth launch of our Milton Keynes branch – it’s enormous 18,000 sq ft warehouse and bubblysmolTrade Counter opened without a hitch with a great party and awesome food on the 4th of this month.

We had reps from all our best selling products there to introduce themselves, a bar, some of the best burgers in town and a massive £3000 voucher to spend in branch.

Head down to the branch today at Unit 2 Dunfermline Court, Kingston, Milton Keynes, MK10 0BY to meet Manager Mike Tierney and Regional Operation Manager Dean Jackson, and pick up your very own voucher booklet.

With Trade events, Same Day Every Day delivery and exceptional customer service Milton Keynes branch is already a hit in the area, Williams Trade Only are on the move!