Burdens Limited

Burdens Limited

Burdens Limited

Burdens Limited are the UK`s leading supplier of civil engineering and building materials to the infrastructure, environmental and industrial markets. Burdens product range spans more than 18,000 lines, from gas and water pipelines to environmental-management systems such as rainwater harvesting. Burdens provide service and support from a national network of over 50 specialist distribution depots covering the UK and Ireland. Burdens depots are typically 3-4 acre sites with fully concreted yards on which the unloading, loading and bulk stockholding of civil engineering materials is carried out using specialised handling equipment. Internal storage is provided in warehouses configured with the latest racking and storage technology, backed by company-wide integrated stock management control systems.

Company details

UK Sales Office, Earl Russell Way, Lawrence Hill , Bristol , Avon BS 16 7FQ United Kingdom
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Business Type:
Industry Type:
Water and Wastewater
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)

Burdens is a UK based company with over 50 depots throughout the UK and overseas with over 1,100 employee stakeholders. The company supply's products and services that have a direct impact on all our daily activities. These include utilities, infrastructure, construction and the environmental sectors.

WT Burden was established in Birmingham by Wilfred Thomas Burden in 1929. The Vision and Values of the Company's founding families has had a significant influence on the culture of the business and its resultant ownership model. Read our story to find out more about the history of WT Burden.

Burdens Charitable Foundation helps good causes at home but chiefly in developing countries, recognising the important role that the charitable sector now fulfils in our own society and equally our responsibility to the creation of a fairer world.

The founder of the business, Wilfred Thomas Burden, gifted a substantial proportion of his shareholding to create the Burdens Charitable Foundation (BCF). Unlike many foundations of equivalent size, BCF has chosen not to employ marketing organisations or fund raisers, preferring instead that all of its income goes to selected causes. Increasingly BCF has chosen to focus its resources on direct aid to one of the poorest areas of the world, currently sub Saharan Africa.

The most recent example is ‘La Renaissance’, a project to build and run initially one school to provide education for orphaned, abandoned and disabled (visually impaired) children in Burkina Faso, West Africa, one of the poorest countries in the world. An education for an otherwise disabled African child provides him or her with the skills to allow them to contribute to their local society and in doing so support themselves. This is one of the win-win situations so vitally needed in those parts of the world yet to achieve the economic strength of places such as the UK.