Meet Rory Canning
Co-Owner

About Me

“I’m Rory, I’ve spent the last seventeen years working in the construction industry. I run my own successful landscaping & construction business RJC Builders and specialise in providing specialist advice on design and installation for people looking for a new patio, driveway or extension to their home. I am also Co-Owner of The Paving Experts, our family owned and run online merchants, based in the West Midlands providing landscaping, construction & building materials to trade and domestic customers.

“Over nearly twenty years i’ve gained extensive experience working as a landscaping and building contractor, and this helps me with my role at The Paving Experts where I provide valuable, in-depth technical expertise to our customers and staff. My hands-on experience as a contractor means that I’ve accumulated vast experience working with the majority of products that we sell so I’m always on hand to offer guidance, training and support where needed. 

“I also spend a lot of time providing advice to contractors like myself on the many forums we belong to such as UK PAVING TALK, as well as feeding into new product & technical development to help move our business forward.”

Career Pathway

Rory started his career in sales, negotiation and customer service moving into landscaping as a passion he’d had over many years. Rory set up RJC Builders in 2004 and over the last seventeen years has designed, installed and managed paving & landscaping projects using natural stone, granite setts, concrete slabs & block paving for hundreds of happy customers.

Rory has extensive experience across the building industry and vast knowledge of designing and laying block paving, natural stone such as limestone & sandstone and which grouts compliment different types of slabs and stone. Rory also has excellent knowledge of concretes, mortars, manhole repair products and installation – which comes in handy when advising his clients and the many technical queries we get at The Paving Experts.

Rory says of his landscaping business “I’m passionate about providing a perfectly seamless end-to-end service for my customers, I offer professional advice and guidance to help them design & plan out their garden and driveways spaces, I work with them to choose the most appropriate paving and grouts for the project – and am only satisfied when the job is complete and they are happy.”

Rory has a portfolio full of projects that he’s designed, managed and built with an array of customer testimonials that he’s incredibly proud of.

Mark Plimmer one of his customers said of RJC’s workmanship:

“We couldn’t decide how we wanted our patio to look, Rory was incredibly patient and helped us come up with a great design, he was on hand to help us select the stone, and the finish and the softer elements of the landscaping around the patio too. I cannot fault his work, he was professional, courteous and really efficient too – our patio and garden look great and it’s a lovely space for our family to spend time together.”

Qualifications and Professional Development

As well as having many years of practical paving and landscaping experience, Rory has spent time mentoring, coaching and developing young talent. Over the years he’s worked with a number of young people who he’s successfully passed his skills onto and who have subsequently gone on to set up their own thriving businesses.

Rory has furthered this knowledge through attending additional courses held by Instarmac and our many suppliers as he’s keen to develop his technical knowledge across our product range, as products continually evolve. Rory also has a vast set of contacts that he keeps in touch with from the building industry, by keeping up-to-date with any new products and developments and changes in the marketplace, Rory can ensure that the range we sell at The Paving Experts is exactly what our customers need.

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