Builders' Merchants News
How small e-commerce businesses can improve their offer

Andy Bojko, MD of clothing retailer Hidepark, gives three simple tips to better online retail.

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Six tips to prepare for an unpredictable winter

Peter Fane, founding director of grounds maintenance specialists, Nurture Landscapes, offers his top six tips to ensure that construction sites remain safe and operational through the dark, winter months ahead.

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Climbing the proverbial ladder: how Bobtrade CEO Shneor Crombie hopes to transform the building supplies market

As procurement platform Bob Trade completes its beta testing and becomes ready to fully launch, we take a look at the company's unique roots and how its CEO, Shneor Crombie, set up the business.

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How to improve lighting safety

David Boultbee, Technical Consultant at Ultra LEDs, discusses how LEDs can help improve safety when lighting new buildings.

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Four things that can make your work van a target for theft

Your van is crucial to your livelihood as a builder or merchant, but with tool theft on the rise, it's important that you know how to protect your vehicle and the equipment inside.

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Seven advantages of sourcing materials from liquidators

Requirements to stay within the proposed budget means that project managers must spend money smartly to minimize costs. Jeson Pitt, from D&F Liquidators, explains why one of the best ways of doing that is by sourcing the construction materials from liquidators.

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The expanding decorating sector: How can merchants make the most of it?

Keeping up with today’s rapidly evolving decorating sector can be a real challenge for merchants.

“The future is modular”

Wayne Oakes, Director at civil and structural engineering practice, Dice, explains why he thinks modular homes are the answer to the housing crisis.

Is DIY dead?

Simon Fleet, Group Commercial Director at W.Howard Group, asks whether the golden age of DIY is over as younger homeowners prefer to call in the experts.

Issues women face in the workplace

A new survey conducted by has studied the way women feel in the workplace, with 69% of women saying they have been addressed in a less than professional way at work.

Foundations for equality

Lawyers Sarah Wales, Fiona Graham and Curtis Fox explore how the construction sector can promote inclusivity of the LGBTQ+ community.

Sustainable water softening

Increased consumer demand for eco-friendly options has resulted in the next generation of sustainable water softeners, says Kevin Johnson, Managing Director of Monarch Water and Technical Director of the UK Water Treatment Association,

Revealed: Where most homes are being built

According to data shared by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, there are 162,000 houses under construction in England with the South East leading the way.

Create a circular supply chain

W.Howard’s Group Commercial Director Simon Fleet reveals how MDF can play its part in creating an environmentally friendly circular supply chain.

Revealed: Professionals reveal how they are benefiting from building information modelling surveyed 602 architects, engineers and construction professionals to identify what they think are the biggest benefits of using building information modelling (BIM).

Connected future: smart home tech Brits expect to own in five years

Interested in connected living, property specialists analysed the latest findings from accounting firm Ernst & Young, which surveyed 2,500 UK households to identify which smart home devices/appliances they plan to definitely own in five years’ time.

Plastic-free July: How merchants can reduce their plastic footprint

As a means of helping the construction industry lessen its plastic usage, Insulation Express has uncovered the practical solutions merchants can utilise on a day-to-day basis:

UK’s care-home buildings present fire risk to our ageing population

Karen Trigg, Business Development Manager at Allegion UK, discusses the importance of addressing fire safety in buildings that house elderly residents.

Survey reveals high job satisfaction amongst UK tradespeople

Almost three quarters of tradespeople in the UK are happy in their work, despite working long hours and regular weekends, according to a new survey.

Five tips for employers to help reduce stress in the workplace

To mark World Wellbeing Week, Workfront has put together five practical tips to reduce work related stress in employees.

Five reasons businesses should bare their souls to customers

Jonathan Musgrave, Chief Digital Marketer for Steep Digital Marketing, offers five ways that being transparent in digital marketing can win over customers.

How to make life quicker and easier while cutting insulation

The problem of holding a piece of insulation with one hand while wrestling with a pair of kitchen scissors or a Stanley knife with the other is an issue faced by many installers, according to insulation specialist Actis.

Dawn of a new age in customer service

Mirka, which manufactures sanders and abrasives, explains how you can enhance your business’s customer service using social media.

Women Installers Together: Pre-Conference interview

Hattie Hasan, winner of the Installer MERIT award, founder of Stopcocks Women Plumbers and force of nature behind the Women Installers Together Conference talks to Sam Canfield - Marketing Manager - Communications, Graham, the Plumbers’ Merchant about the state of the industry, women and how merchants fit in it all.

Cornish timber framer uses Actis Hybrid system in St. Ives upside down house

A Cornish timber frame specialist is using the Actis Hybrid insulation system on a project overlooking St. Ives.

Secrets to growing your business using print and digital

Where The Trade Buys explains how retail businesses can use print and digital marketing effectively to grow their business, considering marketing strategies including loyalty schemes, effective social media campaigns and retail trends.

The talent acquisition landscape is changing

HR departments must fully embrace the internet age when acquiring new talent, new research has revealed.

Cleaning up: how artificial reed beds are helping to solve unsavoury sewage side effects

Wendi O’Toole from Scott Parnell explains how artificial reed beds can treat water to not only support biodiversity but help to solve pollution problems and support sewage system performance.

Why is construction such a dangerous industry – and how can we reduce the risks?

Andrew Murphy, Managing Director of leading health and safety courses provider Boss Training, gives his thoughts on why construction presents so many health and safety risks and what can be done to prevent more accidents and potentially fatal injuries in the future.

Unbundling the insider threat and securing your data

Universal Data Protection explains how to reduce your risk of a data loss from an ‘insider threat’, which can include theft of IP, theft of client database, or exposure of employee or client personal data.

Dealing with seasonal inventory challenges

When it comes to stock management, seasonal changes are a big headache for the builders’ merchant. Epicor explains how this can be made easier for merchants.

Plastic soakaway crates installation: a step-by-step guide

EasyMerchant has created a handy step-by-step guide to installing plastic soakaway crates, along with a video demonstration.

Seeing is believing: why merchants have the edge over online

Despite the general increase in online sales, research by Van Vault has highlighted that tradespeople still prefer more traditional methods of buying equipment.

How will tax changes affect your business?

DSR Tax Claims has created a guide to tax changes for businesses in 2019/20.

How to lower your driving emissions

Motorists are being advised on how to reduce their vehicle’s emissions for better performance and increased fuel economy, with central London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone launching today.

UK consumers prefer to shop in store

A survey has revealed that 85% of people still prefer to physically purchase products in store, but 94% of consumers research a product online first.

Jewson helps build new community at Heyford Park

Jewson is working with Dorchester Living to support the construction of over 700 new homes at a former US Air Base in Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire.

Smith Brothers supports apprentice

The Smith Brothers Stores branch in Bristol has recently supported an apprentice. Here, they explain how it works and what the benefits are.

Marble trends for 2019

Marble has had a huge revival over the past couple of years. Rajeev Gupta, General Manager for Teraciel Marble Industries, explains the current trends in the market.

Expanding the design horizon

A renewed appreciation of traditional building materials is the catalyst for builders’ merchants to take advantage of increased interest in creative brick solutions, according to Simon Taylor, Director of Sales for Builders’ Merchants at Ibstock Brick.

Meet the women who are proving that construction is not just a man’s world

On International Women’s Day, Rebecca Palmer, who heads the construction department at solicitors Prettys, is keen to spread her message that the world of construction doesn’t have to be a male-dominated one.

International Women’s Day: Championing women in merchanting

With insights from MKM Building Supplies, we’re looking at the role women are playing in the merchant industry and what can be done to encourage more women to choose this as a career.

Dealing with hazardous waste: a constant battle in construction & how technology can combat it

Hazardous waste is a huge issue on building sites, and once they have been detected, it can change an entire development plan. Consultancy firm Patrick Parsons explains how technology can help combat this issue.

Electric power for newest additions to forklift fleet

Lawsons Timber’s latest deliveries from Combilift are electric trucks, in line with a general move towards electric power in a number of sectors.

Why driver mental health matters

One of the biggest issues facing van drivers today is also one of the least acknowledged. FTA explains how business owners can help look after their drivers’ wellbeing.

Six ways businesses can improve workplace wellbeing

Approximately 70 million work days — 12.7% of all sick days – are lost on a yearly basis because of mental health problems, costing in the region of £2.4 billion for companies. Cliverton has created an in depth guide into six ways mental health in the workplace can be eased.

Making the move to ERP

Epicor discusses the issues raised in Builders’ Merchants News’ round table debate on ERP systems last September.

Van drivers urged to use winter tyres

Van drivers are being warned to make sure their tyres are fit for winter conditions amid fears of increased accidents on icy roads.

A commitment to fix the system - the government's response to the Grenfell Tower Report

Lawyers Ian Atkinson, Angela Lopes and Lucy Hadrill outline the government's response to the Grenfell Tower Report and what it means for the construction industry.

Why porcelain is the next big craze in paving

Rex Nye, from online builders’ merchant D.W. Nye, explains why porcelain’s popularity for landscaping projects is only set to rise.