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We are your local plumbers' merchant with each of our branches stocking a wide range of plumbing, heating, bathroom and renewable energy supplies.

From boilers to brassware, sinks to showers and tools to taps –
the team at Drakes are ready and waiting to help with your next job.

Drakes News

By TOM TAYLOR 20 Jun, 2017
Join us at Drakes East Grinstead on Thursday 22nd June and Drakes Gillingham on Friday 23rd June.

Come and meet Tom Chambers from EPH Controls at our East Grinstead and Gillingham branches as he demonstrates the new R-Series of programmers whilst you enjoy a free breakfast and hot drink!

With 5-year warranty and frost protection as standard, EPH's R-series of programmers are the ideal fit and forget solution - especially with their industry standard backplate for installer convenience!

The new EPH controls R-Series range is now available from all Drakes branches and we're celebrating by inviting you to come and discover all the benefits from EPH themselves.

Join us at Drakes East Grinstead on Thursday 22nd June and Drakes Gillingham on Friday 23rd June.
By TOM TAYLOR 03 Jun, 2017

We have been listening to our customers and working hard to bring you the best deals on the products you want!

Drakes has recently been accredited as a Specialist Stockist for Polypipe Underfloor Heating (UFH) which means we can offer better prices, greater ranges, quicker stocks and faster turnarounds – all with our newly trained and BPEC qualified staff! We really are the merchant to speak to when looking for Polypipe UFH!

To celebrate our new status we’re offering up to £50 of Love2Shop vouchers to all account customers buying from our range of Polypipe UFH. Full details on the Love2Shop voucher rewards offer can be found below.

Speak to your local Drakes   branch   or call our Sales Support Team on 01892 559940 for help with your next Polypipe order or to receive a very competitive quote and top-notch service today!

By TOM TAYLOR 19 May, 2017

Not satisfied with offering great Drakes Deals on plumbing, heating and bathrooms to all of the South East – Drakes have taken an interest in educating the plumbers of tomorrow!

In partnership with West Kent College, and to further develop the industry recognised courses they offer, we opened our doors recently to let Level 1 Plumbing Students in to test their skills in a real merchant environment.

All the students were tasked with researching, planning and specifying an environmentally friendly water fountain that must be both sustainable and aesthetically pleasing. It also had to be done within certain budgets and to fit specific criteria to replicate real-world installation works. Along with West Kent College’s tutor Nick and our own Head of Sales Adam Austin, the team at Drakes talked through each of the student’s plans and helped provide them with costings and possible options for their choice of product – advising them of the latest fittings and installation possibilities. Most importantly the students got some genuine experience of how merchants and tradespeople operate together and the relationship that Drakes can offer that has helped our existing customers become very successful.

Manager of Drakes Tunbridge Wells Geoff Brown was especially keen to ensure the students left knowing why they had selected certain items and how their choices of installation and product would benefit their future customers and lead to increased work and learning. The future’s bright for these plumbers of tomorrow!

This is one of the many projects and endorsements that Drakes is proud to be working on with West Kent College and other educational facilities in the South East. For further information please contact us on   01892 559915   or email   mail@drakes.biz   with your enquiry.

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Why Drakes?

Advising and pricing. Discussing and delivering. Drakes is here to help with every stage of your next job.

Trained Professionals

Our BPEC trained staff offer a personal service and correct advice every time.

Business Support

Personal pricing and net monthly terms for account customers PLUS access to trade days and regular company events!

Delivery Service

Next day delivery available. To your van door or latest site address, get everything delivered on time and in-full.

Price Confident

Regular Drakes Deals and branch specific special offers! We welcome the chance to beat any quote - why not give us a try?

About us


As an independent plumbers’ merchant serving trade and retail customers across the South East for over 30 years, we are known for offering unbeatable customer service, dependable professionalism and excellent value for money.

We maintain excellent working partnerships with our suppliers and ensure all of our staff are fully trained with access to ongoing and certified development. Plus, as members of large national buying groups Fortis and NMBS, we have the power to offer you exceptional prices on whatever you need in plumbing, heating and sanitaryware. 

You get the right product at the right price with great service from our helpful and knowledgeable team.

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Customer Feedback


“We were very impressed with your service and our visit proved to be very beneficial to us…you can be assured we will recommend you to everyone!

Doris Herlihy
Gillingham

“I can never fault the perfect service that I receive at Drakes Sittingbourne. All of the staff are helpful and polite.”

A. Kingsmill
Crown Property Maintenance

“Within minutes I’d got the bits I needed, together with tips on how to fit it. Such a relief for a DIYer. I’ll definitely be coming back – thank you.”

John Berrington
Whitstable

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