Award winning brick merchant McGovern & Co. is celebrating reaching a milestone of eight million bricks supplied in the two years since its acquisition by a growth strategy firm.

Established in the North-East for more than 70 years, McGovern & Co. was acquired in September 2020 by Yorkshire-based growth specialists, Alpaca. Since then, the Gateshead-based business has benefited from both Alpaca’s financial investment and its expert advice and business acumen, helping it hit its highest sales figures in over ten years and now this eight millionth brick milestone.

McGovern & Co. managing director, Andrew Pickersgill, said: “In the two years since McGovern & Co. was acquired by Alpaca we’ve seen the business benefit from new marketing activity, including a new website and branding. We’ve also worked to expand our customer base across the North of England, including architects, builders, homeowners and builders’ merchants looking for sustainable building solutions from industry experts.

“This, combined with a busy time for the construction industry, has helped us reach such an impressive milestone. We’re really pleased to officially present out eight millionth brick to Tandem Construction Ltd., and we’re looking forward to seeing what future milestones we can reach!”

The eight millionth brick will be used in the creation of 14 homes in Jarrow, on the Neon Social Club site. Nathaniel Crinson, Director of Tandem Construction Ltd, said: “As a relatively new company, we’ve really appreciated how professional, responsive and helpful McGovern & Co. has been to work with. They’re currently supporting us with quality products and innovative options on three sites in Blyth, Shildon and Jarrow, and we’ll definitely continue to work with them on our upcoming projects.”

McGovern & Co. has served customers across the North East since 1949, and currently holds one of the largest stocks of bricks in the region, with more than two million bricks at its depot every day. The business recently won the Small Business Award at the 2022 North East Business Awards.

Picture shows: Steve Ruddick, Commercial Manager at McGovern, presenting the eight millionth brick sold since the company’s acquisition to Dan Levington & Nathaniel Crinson from Tandem Construction.