The original vision of a one stop store was the idea of the then Managing Director whilst working for Plymouth Zoo and various safari parks where he made animal houses. Wherever he worked he found he had great difficulty finding all the materials he needed to complete a job in one place.

He had to spend much of his time traveling around from merchant to merchant. That aggravation gave him the idea of setting up a business where people would be able to get all they needed from one location – so TOTEM TIMBER was born.


Starting with timber and sheet materials Totem soon expanded into hardware items such as ironmongery, lighting, bathrooms, decorative floorings and many more. The company now sells virtually everything you might need for household and commercial improvements.


The current Directors are assisted in running the business by a 3 man Management team that have been with the company for a combined total of 75 years.

Building on the strong base created over the past 40 years it is hoped that the company can grow further having recently joined the H&B Group giving the pricing benefits of a large group of

independent companies purchasing together.