Lauren marks 45 years working in building industry at Elliotts Builders Merchants

SHE may be about to become a great-grandmother but there’s no stopping Lauren Haines when it comes to work.

Tuesday, 5th February 2019, 9:32 am
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 10:11 pm
Lauren Haines, outside Elliotts

In fact, her busy life juggling family and work is what Lauren says keeps her young. 

Lauren, 65, is a director at the south’s largest independent supplier of building materials to the trade and public, Elliotts Builders Merchant, and she is celebrating 45 years at the family-run company.

She joined Elliotts in 1973 and worked as a typist in Elliotts’ brick department before working her way up through sales and management. Lauren’s hard work was rewarded in 1997 when she was appointed as a director.

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Since joining the board of directors, Lauren has helped with Elliotts’ expansion and has brought several new product lines to market.

Lauren, who lives in Shirley, said: ‘I soon realised that Elliotts was a great place to work and I was given the opportunity to develop a career. 

‘A lot of things have changed in the last 45 years. The company had just two branches when I joined but now has 13 merchant branches with four showrooms and two tool centres. To have played a part in the growth of the company is something that I’m incredibly proud of.’ 

She added: ‘It just shows what a family business is like to work for. You feel very much part of it, you never feel like a number, and that’s important.’ 

In October 2018, Lauren’s hard work was rewarded further as she was nominated to be a ‘Role Model’ by UK Construction Week. This honour was offered to just a handful of people within the industry.

She said: ‘I was surprised to be nominated. I’ve gained invaluable experience from role models during my 45-year career and I’m pleased be in a position now to help others.’ 

Today, Lauren oversees the Elliotts Sales Hub, a team of product specialists across all areas of construction. As a high achieving female in a male-dominated environment, Lauren would like to see more women in the industry.

‘It’s been difficult being a female in the building industry, especially in the early days as women were not key within the industry,’ Lauren said. 

‘But now a third of the product experts in our sales hub are female. It’s encouraging to see more women taking up roles, and we need to continue to promote this.’