In the first stage of a planned regional expansion, Carver (Wolverhampton) Ltd has bought Lancashire-based South Ribble Timber Co for an undisclosed sum.

The move is in direct response to increased transport costs. Sales director Ivan Savage said: ‘We cannot see them decreasing, so we have been looking at ways of developing satellite depots.’

The company now plans to install plant to manufacture trusses and other timber engineered products from the South Ribble site which specialises in the supply of timber product ‘build packs’ to regional and national housebuilders.

Mr Savage explained: ‘This will complete the package as far as we are concerned as we already deal with everything else.’

Carvers, with its established Baltic-based importing arm, is also extensively involved in the supply sector in the Midlands.

Mr Savage said: ‘This is the first time the business has developed outside of the Wolver-hampton premises and it is quite a step forward for an independent. If it is successful we will go forward from there.’