Jenny Monroe speaks to Chris Connolly of Murdock’s Builder’s Merchants

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Chris Connelly from Murdock Builders Merchants,  Ballinderry Road, Lisburn.  US1316-501cd***Day in Life picture***
Chris Connelly from Murdock Builders Merchants,  Ballinderry Road, Lisburn.  US1316-501cd
***Day in Life picture*** Chris Connelly from Murdock Builders Merchants, Ballinderry Road, Lisburn. US1316-501cd
CHRIS Connolly, 33, is a sales rep for Murdock’s Builder’s Merchants which has a branch on the Ballinderry Road, Lisburn.

The branch has just recently celebrated its first anniversary here in Lisburn and the company as a whole celebrated 30 years in business last September.

Chris is married to Bronagh and they have two children. He joined the firm when he left school at 18.

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Murdock Builder’s Merchants was originally established in 1982 with the set-up of Newry Building Supplies Ltd and is currently one of the leading suppliers of building materials and timber in the Irish Market Place with nine Builders Merchant Branches plus three Timber Sites in Ireland, and have plans for continued growth.

It still remains after 30 years to be a family owned and run business, with many of its staff still here from its early years.

Murdock Builders Merchants are a leading national builder’s merchant, providing the building supplies and materials needed by our local trade and public customers.

We also offer customers the full range of materials required to build or renovate their home and garden.

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My normal day begins around 6.30am, get ready, help Bronagh get the kids up and leave to be in work for 7.30am.

As a rep I am out and about a lot but I currently share my time between the Lisburn and Banbridge branches.

When I get into work I will respond to emails, follow up on quotes and plan for the day ahead and work out who I will be visiting. I normally leave the office to start my visits between 8.30am – 9am.

When on site I discuss with the customer their relevant requirements and from there arrange a quote or order for the products and if needs be source specialist products for the customer.

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Throughout the day I liaise with Internal Sales Staff and our haulage department to make sure orders are delivered to our customers and arrive on site at the agreed date and time.

I like to keep in constant contact with my customers to ensure they know what is happening with their orders and deliveries.

A main part of my job is to know about all construction works in my area. I rely on contact that I have built up over the year and I would also spend a large percentage of my time trawling the area for new customers and leads.

I could visit around 10 sites in any one day. Once I’ve finished my last site call, around 4.30pm - 5pm I head back to the branch and follow up on orders and emails from customers.

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At Murdock Builders Merchants it is our aim to provide a top quality service; this we are able to do due to our highly experienced staff, location of our branches and high levels of stock on site.

We are happy to deal with all customers, from those carrying out minor home improvements to the large multi-national construction companies – each being as important as the other.

I’ve been working at Murdock Builders Merchants since I was 18 and I really enjoy my work.

The company is excellent to work for and highly professional in its field, but remains your one stop shop for all your home improvement and DIY needs in your local area.

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