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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.

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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