Chris Deans, Merchant Manager at NMSB, becomes ambassador for the BMF

We are extremely pleased to announce that Chris Deans, our Merchant Manager, has become an ambassador for the Builders Merchant Federation (BMF).

Chris has worked in the DIY and Merchant industries for over 15 years. Starting out as a student in a management masters programme and working his way up through the different roles across the retail businesses to become responsible for the Merchant division of NMSB.

Since joining us 18 months ago, alongside increasing our own revenues year on year, introducing new product categories and improving our customer experience in branch, Chris really enjoys developing his team and supporting their careers progress.

Chris commented:

“The merchant retail business is fast paced, competitive and varied but our customers are the best. You get to build great relationship and truly see how you can help. From advising people about the right products to use for certain jobs or the best tools to get, its extremely rewarding. I am proud of my own career journey so far and to now share this with others and inspire new talent to join the industry is something I am really excited about.”

Find out more about the Builders Merchant Federation by clicking here.

Apprenticeships at NMSB

New Milton Sand and Ballast are looking to start up an apprenticeship scheme across all areas of the company, please click here for trainee roles or contact us to talk about joining the industry and the opportunities we have available.


Local Primary School pupil creates eye-catching new design for our Road Sweeper

Earlier this month, we revealed the new, colourful design of our road sweeper, following a competition with the students at Milford on Sea C of E Primary School. (link to Home | Milford-on-Sea Church of England Primary School ( This week, we went to the school to reveal the vehicle to the students, and the winner, Tyler Pallant, age 9, along with runners up, Elouise Pallant, Mia Roberts and India Dowse, all received mini models of their designs.

Local School Helps Plant New Orchard

Pupils of Milford on Sea Primary School have helped us plant a new orchard, located at Downton Manor Farm Quarry in Milford on Sea. Working in partnership with The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the new orchard has been created to benefit local wildlife and will become an important new space for the community.

GCSE Students visit our Hurn Site

Last week we welcomed over 50 students from Parkfield School to our Hurn production and extraction site.

Awards Season

We are really excited to share with you that not only have we been nominated for finalists in the Builders Merchant Awards - Hard Landscaping Display of the Year, but NMSB has also been shortlisted as finalists in the prestigious Hampshire Business Awards, for Contribution to the Community, and Business of the Year. As well as qualifying to be included in the Solent SME Growth 100, and subsequently being nominated for the Leadership Team of the Year Award.

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