Carrickfergus-based Kelso Agencies is one of Northern Ireland’s longest established distributors of quality plumbing and bathroom products. The company was founded in 1979 by Jim Kelso, one of the industry’s more colourful characters to distribute market-leading brands to plumbing merchants and bathroom retailers.
In 2005, Kelso Agencies became a member of the Sanbra Group, a highly successful family-owned Irish business based in Dublin, that manufactures many of the industry’s most recognised brands including Instantor, St James, Flair Showers, Tucson and Elemex, to name a few. Now proudly celebrating its 45th year in business, Kelso Agencies has ambitious future plans firmly in place. The success over the last five decades has been built upon the cornerstones of a comprehensive portfolio of premium branded plumbing and bathroom products, long-term strategic supplier relationships and exceptional customer service.
Stephen Fee, Kelso’s General Manager who joined the business back in 1992, said, “We have always prided ourselves on being able to offer customers a unique range of products.
“We understand the need for our merchant and showroom customers to sell quality products that can be installed with confidence and provide fit-and-forget solutions. “As such, we have developed long-term strategic partnerships with carefully selected manufacturers. We’ve also worked with many of these since our inception in 1979. “Today, we are Northern Ireland distribution partners for McAlpine, Wirquin, St James, Abacus Bathrooms, Cosytoes, Lecico Bathrooms, Van den Berg, Viva and many other respected brands.”
The Kelso Agencies team is also committed to sourcing the latest plumbing, heating and bathroom innovations and works proactively to keep abreast of new market trends and technologies. Stephen said, “The very long-standing relationships that we have forged with manufacturers, combined with our ability to keep a finger on the pulse of the plumbing, heating and bathroom industries, means that we are perfectly placed to provide customers with the plumbing and bathroom products they need, every time they need them.
“With 98% of our products coming from GB and Ireland-based manufacturers, we are also able to react rapidly to customer requirements, guarantee quicker lead times than most other competitors and provide the assurance of knowing that quality, reliability and durability come as standard.”
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