John Nicholls (Ltd) was founded by the late chairman John Nicholls 1965. The continuity as a family business is assured by sons Andrew and Philip who together drive Nicholls forward with the commitment and levels of customer service to which all our customers, trade and retail, have become accustomed.

The company maintains and continues to demonstrate its strong position at the forefront of the industry with its commitment to the Fortis Merchants Limited and the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS).

John Nicholls now has a network of 18 building & timber and plumbing & heating branches and 10 kitchen and bathroom showrooms throughout Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Dorset and Hampshire proudly employing over 250 people, with a turnover in excess of £50 million.

John Nicholls is a member of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). Being part of the federation brings many benefits; access to industry training to help develop our staff, keep abreast of the latest standards and policies that affect the building sector, further enhance our status as a leading builders merchant and ultimately help provide an even better service to you our customers.

1965

John Nicholls opens a Builders Merchant in Overthorpe Rd, Banbury

1972

Plumbing & Heating branch opened in Cherwell St, Banbury

1976

Plumbing & Heating branch moved from Cherwell St to Overthorpe Rd site

Kitchen and Bathroom showroom opened on Overthorpe Rd site

1998

Plumbing & Heating branch opened in Bicester

2001

Plumbing & Heating business acquired in Rugby

2002

Plumbing & Heating branch opened in Witney

Plumbing & Heating branch moved from Overthorpe Rd to Dorcas Rd

Kitchen and Bathroom showroom in Overthorpe Rd expanded

2005

Builders and Plumbing & Heating merchant opened on Station Approach, Kidlington

2007

Plumbing & Heating branch moved to standalone site in Kidlington

Plumbing & Heating branch relocated in Witney

2012

Builders merchant opened in Rugby

Plumbing & Heating branch relocated in Rugby

2014

J&B’s Plumbing & Heating business in Bournemouth acquired 3 Plumbing & Heating branches and 2 Bathroom showrooms

Bathroom Solutions brand is born

2015

J&B’s Plumbing & Heating branch with bathroom showroom opened in New Milton

J&B’s Bathroom showroom in Moordown converted to new Head Office for J&B’s

Bathroom Solutions showroom opened in Kidlington

Nicholls Trading Head Office relocated to Adderbury

2016

Builders merchant opened in Bicester

Plumbing & Heating branch relocated in Bicester

Bathroom Solutions showroom opened in Witney

J&B’s Plumbing & heating branch with bathroom showroom opened in Branksome

Kitchen Solutions brand is born

Bathroom Solutions showroom opened in Bicester

Kitchen Solutions showroom opened in Bicester

2017

Plumbing & Heating branch opened in Buckingham

Banbury Showroom undergoes full refurbishment

2018

Bathroom showroom in Kidlington relocates next door to Kidlington Plumbing

Kidlington Plumbing undergoes full refurbishment

2019

J &Bs Plumbing & Heating branch with Bathroom Solutions showroom opened in Ringwood

Banbury Plumbing Branch full refurbishment of Sales, Office, Trade Counter and Showroom areas.

Launched our own Bathroom Solutions Brochure

Launched our own Customer Reward Scheme – Nicholls Rewards

J&Bs Plumbing & Heating branch with Bathroom Solutions showroom opened in Christchurch

John Nicholls opens Long Hanborough Distribution Depot