After 45 years of steady growth – SNS Building Products is still a successful independently owned and run company.

Having identified a gap in the marketplace, in 1974 Andrew Brown left his job with a local builders merchant to start up his own business – Southern Nail Supplies. Selling only nails, he started from an office at home and a rented lockup garage to store the stock.

In 1978 Andrew bought his first premises in Basingstoke, Hampshire and to meet market needs, the business diversified into other products including Polythene, Joist Hangers and Straps.

In 1985, the company moved to larger premises in Vyne Road, Basingstoke, and in 1990 with further expansion a new, independently owned business was set up – Southern Building Supplies, operating from separate premises in Salisbury, Wiltshire.