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Locally there are several DIY stores with a range of goods with good accessibility


Potters is a homewares store with a fair range of small DIY products. They have a range of tool consumables (drill bits, sanding paper, electrics, key cutting, paint & decorating supplies etc) and easy parking round the rear. Phone: 01702 202727 9am - 5pm Monday - Saturday,0.6643545,13.06z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1spotters!3m4!1s0x0:0x9118d0b899a36ea4!8m2!3d51.601273!4d0.6538153


Based around 10 minutes drive from the space on the border between Ashingdon and Rochford is a timber merchant and DIY store. It also has a motor store with bicycle components etc next door. There are two car parks, the front of the store which can be quite full or the unmade carpark which also serves as the timber loading bay.

Sapwoods has a wide range of sheet timber & softwood construction lumber and a large table saw and chop saw for sizing. It also carries a range of DIY electric and manual tools in the silverline style range. They stock a reasonable range of abrasives for sanding and have a selection of ironmongery. Phone: 01702 549881 Open 7:30am-5:30pm Mon-Fri 8am-5pm Sat 9am-2pm Sun,0.6961484,17z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x47d8d9326e80d141:0x5f6f08e0de58429c!2sSapwood+DIY!8m2!3d51.5935785!4d0.6983424!3m4!1s0x47d8d9326e80d141:0x5f6f08e0de58429c!8m2!3d51.5935785!4d0.6983424

Home Plus

Situated in Rochford Square, contains ironmongery and some DIY supplies Phone: 01702 545201 Open 9am-5pm Monday to Sat Weds 9am-1pm Sun closed.,0.7044798,17z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x47d8d926bdb01463:0x4ffb29d5f833fdf8!2sHomeplus+2!8m2!3d51.58261!4d0.7066738!3m4!1s0x47d8d926bdb01463:0x4ffb29d5f833fdf8!8m2!3d51.58261!4d0.7066738


Similar to sapwoods, but also stocks limited range of hardwood (White & red Oak, Tulip) - around 25 minutes drive. Tel: 01268 732373 & 01268 732688 Monday to Friday: 8.00 am – 5:00pm (Closed for lunch from 12:30-1:00pm) Sat/Sunday Closed to public during COVID. Check website for details

F H Ives Ltd 209 – 215 Southend Road, Shotgate. Wickford, Essex SS11 8PG,0.5418359,17z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x47d8c3682da21ea3:0xb93f197fa38f586f!2sF+H+Ives+Limited!8m2!3d51.6111231!4d0.5440299!3m4!1s0x47d8c3682da21ea3:0xb93f197fa38f586f!8m2!3d51.6111231!4d0.5440299

EJ Alloys

More consumer friendly than IMS, only 15mins by car.


Metals: Aluminium, Brass, Copper, Mild Steel, Phosphor Bronze, Stainless Steel,

Plastics: Acetal, Acrylic (also known as Perspex), Nylon, Peek, Polypropylene, PTFE, PVC, Tufnol

130 Prince Avenue Westcliff-on-Sea Essex SS0 0NW​

tel: 01702 342727 email: [email protected]

Shop open

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm

  • Available by telephone only from 8:30am Monday - Saturday*


National supplier of metal - Will take orders from non trade, you cannot walk around their yards. Stocks literally all raw metal goods to sheet that's 1ft thick.

Most lengths of angle iron etc are in 7.5m sections, so factor in cutting and VAT into any quotes unless you have a long car.

Based in Shoebury.

Metal Stock House, 5 Vanguard Way, Southend-on-Sea SS3 9RE Phone: 01702 296955

Hours: Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm,0.7898254,17.97z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sIndustrial+Metal+Services!3m4!1s0x0:0x23beb085e51fc303!8m2!3d51.535105!4d0.7912382

Dry Ice (Leigh on Sea - checking where they distribute from) (West Sussex) - £32.50 for a 7KG shipment.

Liquid Nitrogen / LN (Essex)

CO2 (Obviously Essex)