Inspirational Timber Merchant Wins Top Prize in IKO Sponsored Award

Acheiver of the Year Paul Sheppherd, Murdock Builders' Merchants (centre) with Iko Commercial Director Paul Owen (right)

IKO PLC was proud to sponsor the ‘Achiever of the Year’ category at the recent Builders Merchants’ News Awards, this year awarded to Paul Sheppard from Murdock Builders Merchants Ltd.

Group Timber Manager Paul has steered the company through one of the firm’s toughest challenges to date after a timber mill, critical to the daily functioning of the business, was destroyed in a serious fire.

Paul successfully liaised with Murdock’s branches and their Timber Buyer to minimise disruption to the supply chain as much as possible and played a key role in replacing all the equipment that was lost in the fire. At the same time, the business had already committed to investing in new plant equipment in another area of the business so Paul had to oversee the installation of this too.

Now in their 17th year, the Builders Merchants’ News Awards are the only official awards for builders’ merchants. This year’s ceremony was held at the Park Lane Hilton hotel in London on Friday 23 November. The ‘Achiever of the Year’ category which IKO PLC sponsored recognises the contribution of an individual within the merchant sector who has gone above and beyond their job role in the past 18 months.