Richard Trewewen

Bellbird Building Supplies
Hallam Victoria

When was the business started?
My grandfather Jack started with a sawmill in the East Gippsland after WWII and we adopted the current name in 1987.

And your involvement?
I started here in 1996 and took over from my dad Peter about four years ago.

What type of business do you have?
We’re 95% trade and we largely service the eastern half of Greater Melbourne.

You joined HBT in December 2010 – why?
Well we tried one of the franchise groups which didn’t suit us, but we saw HBT as a major addition to our buying function. It works incredibly well for us and means our hardware staff can focus on ranging and selling rather than negotiating.

What would you say to a store that was thinking about HBT?
You should absolutely do it. Our staff costs are reduced, buying power is increased and it has opened opportunities for us with many alternate suppliers.

Can people call you about this?
Our number is 03 9703 2444.