Founder

Founder

After starting a family, Brian decided it was time to give it a go himself. As his name had become well known within the roofing industry, as well as his jokes (some good, some not so good) it was decided the only name for the company should be "Brian Gow Roofing Supplies".

Brian took with him two trusted employees, Keith Page and Ian Wakeford (who still work for the company today) and the three of them started Brian Gow Roofing Supplies, out of a small shop in Crowborough, with an even smaller yard and one van...and so the adventure started. Very quickly more space was required, so Brian found a redundant chicken shed on a farm in Forest Row, which allowed much more room for storing second hand materials, which was their main focus initially. Within three years the business was doing well, and Brian and Keith wanted to expand into the Haywards Heath area. An ideal location was found in Scaynes Hill with a large purpose built warehouse, office and yard area. This depot was to serve the company well, as it's size allows it to be the main stock holding depot, where 90% of the deliveries come from.

Steve King had worked at the Scaynes Hill depot for eight years, before opening a depot in Upper Hartfield in 2009. Hartfield has become a busy depot reaching out to a customer base in East Sussex and Kent. Crowborough had become surplus to requirements as it was within close proximity to the Hartfield depot, as was Forest Row a few years prior.

Brian Jnr who previously worked at the Crowborough and Hartfield depots, had an opportunity to open a depot in Burgess Hill in 2012. Burgess Hill was an opportunity not to be missed, as it's a large expanding town, with good infrastructure and links to Brighton and surrounding costal towns. Brian was very proud of watching his company grow for twenty years, before sadly passing away in 2016.

He always believed in providing a friendly but professional service, and that is something he has passed onto his three children that all work for the company.

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