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The BGW Group supplies goods and services to a diverse array of industry and customer sectors but all of our companies are built on the same simple formula:

Our extensive electrical and plumbing wholesale businesses are core to the organisation. Being 100% Australian privately owned enables us to empower our local managers to run each business in the way that best suits their customer’s needs. Localised decision making underpinned by the purchasing power of the world’s largest wholesaling groups, with revenues in excess of A$34.5 billion, allows us to provide personalised service with surety and financial strength.

In addition to wholesaling, we have assembled a unique group of specialist supply and services companies. Each businesses operates under its own brand but all work together to share expertise and support services, to leverage opportunities for growth, and to maximise efficiencies through collective buying power. This means we source products at competitive prices so you can be confident you are getting the best value solution every time.

The BGW Group of companies strive to achieve superior customer service by utilising experienced staff and quality products. We are proud of our history and look forward to a strong future of growth for both our customers and suppliers.

The History of BGW Group

We are proud of our history which has created the strong foundations that support our ongoing success.

In 1982 CNW Electrical was purchased as the first company in what has become the BGW Group. Since then we have developed and diversified as illustrated in the timeline below.

We remain a privately owned business and attribute our success and continued growth to our philosophy of believing in people, innovation, and providing quality products and services. To ensure our continued growth and success we continue to offer friendly and professional service whilst maintaining strict quality, safety and environmental standards.

We look forward to continuing this strong growth in partnership with our customers and suppliers.

BGW Group Timeline

1938

Robert Fergusson

Robert Fergusson opened in Tasmania, supplying to the domestic and commercial electrical and plumbing markets.

1947

Samios Plumbing Supplies

Samios was started by a father and son team in Stones Corner, trading as a plumbing, hardware and earthmoving business.

1952

CNW Electrical

The first CNW branch began trading on Stanley Street in East Brisbane. The three owners were Cameron, Nielsen and Walters.

1975

Sherriff Electrical Wholesalers

Sherriff was established by Gary Sherriff in Melbourne.

1982

CNW Electrical

CNW East Brisbane was purchased by the BGW Group.

1985

Specialist Export Services

Specialist Export Services was established to provide technical and product support to the electrical and construction industries.

1987

Norfoam

Norfoam was established in Innisfail to provide North Queensland with insulation products.

2004

Samios Plumbing Supplies

Samios was purchased by the BGW Group.

2005

Sherriff Electrical Wholesalers

Sherriff Melbourne was purchased by the BGW Group.

2007

Robert Fergusson

Robert Fergusson stores in Launceston, Devonport and Burnie were joined the BGW Group.

2009

Fortitude Boxing

Fortitude Boxing, which provides traditional boxing programs, joined the BGW Group.

2009

TSG

The TSG joint venture was formed between CNW Electrical, Wholesale Electric (USA) and R & M Electrical (U.K.), to supply the Gorgon LNG project in Western Australia.

2009

CMMS Australia

CMMS was established as a joint venture between CNW Electrical and Wholesale Electric (USA) to provide inventory control, waste reduction and delivery schedules for the construction of LNG plants in Australia.

2010

BGW Technologies

BGW Technologies was established by the BGW Group in Brisbane as an electronic security technology company.

2011

CNW Energy

CNW Energy was established by the BGW Group to provide service and support to the TSG and CMMS joint ventures.

2011

Broughton Minerals

Broughton Minerals, which holds various mining leases and tenements in Queensland, joined the BGW Group.

2011

Lighthouse

Lighthouse, which provides local expertise in lighting and electrical, joined the BGW Group.

2012

Cablemakers

Cablemakers was established by the BGW Group to service the cable distribution market in North Queensland.

2012

Envirovision

Envirovision was established by the BGW Group to provide energy management solutions.

2012

Specialist Export Services

SES joined the BGW Group.

2014

Energy Saving Specialists

Energy Saving Specialists was established by the BGW Group to help commercial, hospitality, industrial, manufacturing and healthcare operations save power and money.

BGW Careers

Our diverse group of companies operate in a variety of industries and we value motivated staff. We are always looking for a wide range of skills and experience. Please submit your resume below so we can consider which part of our business you may be best suited to join.