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I just feel happy here. The people I work with are great – we’re like a family.

Wendy Varley, Showroom Manager

Welcome to Wolseley

Wolseley UK is the country’s largest plumbing, heating and cooling trade specialist merchant and we aim to be the first choice specialist merchant for trade customers.

We supply 180,000 different products to over 100,000 customers every year. Join us and you’ll be part of a team that gets the right products to customers at the right price, in the right place, and at the right time. You’ll also enjoy extensive training and an award-winning pension and great rewards package. And, as part of the world’s largest specialist distributer of plumbing and heating products, you’ll have access to a wide variety of career opportunities.

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A national business

In the past, we operated under different brand names, such as Plumb Center, Parts Center, Drain Center, Pipe Center and Climate Center as separate businesses. Now, our customers can find all our products under one roof. We work with building and trade professionals every day. And by understanding their businesses, the products they want and the quality service they need, we aim to help them achieve more for their own customers.

From our offices in Warwick and Ripon, to our four distribution centres and over 500 branches up and down the country, our people work together to give our customers great service every day. It is a huge operation that involves one of the country’s largest fleets of specialist commercial vehicles and it’s backed by cutting-edge warehousing and customer focused supply chain.

Our companies

Wolseley UK is the UK's leading distributor of plumbing and building materials and products, serving professionals in the construction industry through a number of trading brands, listed below.

Wolseley at a glance








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Our vision and values

"Our vision is simple. We want to be first-choice specialist merchant for our trade customers."

Our 'RESPECT' values guide us in everything we do at Wolseley UK: the way we work, the decisions we make, and how we treat each other.


We deliver on our commitments with fairness, honesty and integrity.


We trust each other to get the job done


We work safely and don’t cut corners.


We move quickly and are open to new ways of working.


We strive to be the best and are proud of our company.


We put customers at the heart of what we do.


We support each other and are open and honest.

A brief history of Wolseley


Frederick York Wolseley launches the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Machine Company.


The first Wolseley horseless carriage went on sale in the UK at £120.


Wolseley sells its car and machine tool business which became a part of Morris Motors, BMC, British Leyland and Rover Group.


Wolseley merges with Geo H Hughes.


Wolseley acquires a number of UK heating and oil burning companies.


Sales hit £27 million.


The group repositions to focus solely on distribution.


Wolseley acquires US firm Ferguson Enterprises Inc.


Sales reach £739 million.


Wolseley plc changes its name to Ferguson plc.


Wolseley UK sold to private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier and Rice (CD&R)


A responsible business

We believe being ethical doesn’t just benefit people and communities – it’s good for our business, too. Why? Because if we always act with integrity, we’ll earn the trust and respect of our customers, suppliers and employees. That’s why we’ve developed sustainable and ethical business practices that enable us to be a responsible UK company.

You can find out much more about our commitments to our colleagues, our communities and the environment on our corporate website.

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Our awards and recognition

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Personnel Today Awards

Employee Benefits award.

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Professional Pensions Awards

Pension Scheme of the Year award.

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Personnel Today Awards

Talent Management award.

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National Mentoring Consortium Awards

New Employer of the Year award.

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The Logistics Awards

World class award.

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