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Builders’ merchants raise glass to 175th anniversary

06:00 26 February 2013

Three generations (l to r):  Tony Blaxill, Ben Blaxill and Simon Blaxill (managing director)

Three generations (l to r): Tony Blaxill, Ben Blaxill and Simon Blaxill (managing director)

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Directors of Colchester-based building supplies company Kent Blaxill toasted the company’s 175th anniversary when they met for their first board meeting of the year this month.

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Three generations of the Blaxill family, all from different branches of the family, still work at the company today.

Simon Blaxill is managing director, Tony Blaxill is a director, and Ben Blaxill has taken on a project to establish central distribution for the company. From the Kent side of the company, Ben Kent and Elizabeth Cash, née Kent, are directors. Simon Blaxill said: “Although over the centuries the company has grown from a small Colchester shop into a multimillion pound business with branches across East Anglia, it still remains a family-run business.”

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