Builders' Merchants News
Material handling industry warned to be ready for winter

A material handling expert is warning companies to be prepared for a long, hard winter and to ensure that their businesses aren’t damaged by a lack of forward thinking.

Five top tips to save cash on fuel

Truck and van owners can save cash at the fuel pumps by taking advantage of five cost cutting pieces of advice based on research by van supplier

Easy ways to pet-proof your home

We are a nation of pet lovers, but our furry friends can do a lot of damage around the home. Rex Nye from independent builders’ merchant D.W. Nye has some solutions.

Is vehicle leasing the right option for your business?

Vehicle leasing can be an attractive option for businesses large and small. Tom Preston, Managing Director at Hippo Leasing, explains the most important things to consider when deciding if vehicle leasing is the right option for your business.

The £100 million robbery: Tool theft in the UK

Tool theft is at an all-time high. Powertools2U analyses the epidemic, and gives tips on how to keep your tools safe.

Nine tips for re-energizing your print marketing

Is your print marketing stale and ineffective? The team at marketing experts Romax have put together nine tips to help you freshen up your print.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: importance of security awareness training

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month, and cyber security company eSentire is explaining the importance of security awareness training and sharing tips and best practices for phishing attacks

Top ten unmissable highlights of the UK’s largest construction event

With only days to go until the premier built environment event kicks off, it really is last chance saloon for construction professionals wanting to sign up and take advantage of everything that’s on offer at UK Construction Week.

Connected lighting project at brick factory saves 50% on energy costs

Abtec Building Technologies recently installed a connected lighting system at a newly constructed brick factory in the East Midlands, using the latest technologies to help save on costs, energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

Twelve reasons to attend UK Construction Week

With only a matter of days to go until the UK’s largest construction industry event, here are 12 reasons why you can't afford to miss UK Construction Week 2018.

Five good strategies for making the most of the UK’s largest construction event

When you are faced with a huge industry event attended by 35,000 contacts, featuring at least 350 speakers delivering 300 hours of content, and more than 650 stands covering over 70,000m2 and providing launches, demos and offers on more than 10,000 products, you need a strategy.

Nathan Aspinall steps up to the oche

Professional darts player Nathan Aspinall paid a visit to TIMco recently, to thank the company for sponsoring him.

What is the new ePrivacy regulation - and what does it mean for my business?

Romax, which specialises in direct mail and print marketing, explains the new E-privacy regulation and how it will affect your business.

FEIN celebrates 30 years of pneumatic pipe saw action

FEIN Power Tools UK, the inventor of electric power tools, discusses its anniversary and how one pipe saw machine has remained a best-seller without major alteration or upgrade for more than 30 years.

Addressing the offsite opportunities and changing demands

Steve Thompson, Managing Director of steel framing solutions manufacturer EOS Facades, offers his perspective on the ‘offsite revolution’.

The unlikely parking laws to consider when driving a van

Drivers are being advised of a number of unlikely laws which, if broken, could land them in costly situations when it comes to parking commercial vehicles.

How to stay cool in a van with no air con

Van drivers who are busy at work this summer are being advised on how they can keep cool in their vehicles without having to rely on air con.

Opportunities for builders' merchants in Medway

What are the reasons behind the construction boom in Medway, and what does this mean for builders’ merchants? Ian Bond, Development Manager at Space Business Centres, explains.

Poor van driving is bad for business

Experts at one of the UK’s leading suppliers of vans to tradesmen and women say poor van driving could be enough to put people off dealing with a company.

Drivers warned of ‘white van tan’ dangers as UK continues to heat up

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at, explains the sun damage risk that van drivers face – and the precautions they should take.

How to use new skills for modular construction excellence

Alex Dalton, Managing Director of woodworking machinery specialists Daltons Wadkin, discusses the five skills that can help to achieve excellence in future off-site builds.

FEIN: Celebrating 30 years serving British tradespeople

Having served 150 years in the power tools industry with 30 in the UK market, FEIN looks back on its history and shares its secrets to success.

The dangers of Japanese Knotweed

If you are a homeowner looking for information, or a construction site manager looking to brush up your knowledge, Build-Zone have put together a small guide that tells you everything you need to know about Japanese Knotweed.

Technical challenges of glass for megatall buildings

Glass for megatall buildings (i.e. skyscrapers over 600 metres high) often tends to be taken for granted in terms of its technical functions. Yet the high-tech, high strength glazing that covers today’s megatall buildings – such as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – is as important to the building’s performance as the steel and concrete inside it.

Guardian Glass Europe has this handy insight into the challenges of building skyscrapers with glass, and the considerations that should be made when using the material.

Raising the bar – how to create beautiful garden borders

Rex Nye from independent builders’ merchant D.W. Nye offers his top tips for creating beautiful borders and eye-catching edging in your garden.

Leasing a vehicle? Make sure you know the jargon

Tim Alcock from has defined the most important words and phrases you should expect to hear if you’re a builders’ merchant considering leasing a vehicle in 2018.

Why timber is the eco-friendly option for your workplace and home

Looking to reduce your carbon footprint? Wooden products retailer A Wood Idea explain the reasons why timber is such an environmentally-friendly material.

How to tackle mental health issues in the construction industry

Male construction workers are three times more likely to commit suicide than the average UK male. Solicitors Kara Price and Sarah Wales at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson have been studying mental health in the construction industry, and have written a helpful guide on how to deal with mental illness in the workplace and spot the early warning signs.

Ten ways builders’ merchants can conserve fuel

As the cost of fuel creeps up, Tim Alcock of has revealed ten top tips on how to make a full tank go further.

Five top tips for tending to your turf

Rex Nye from independent builders’ merchant D.W. Nye offers his top tips for lawn-laying and getting the most out of your grass this spring.

Create a safer working environment with these three vital steps

Over the last two years, 5.5 million working days have been lost due to non-fatal workplace injuries. Even though construction site safety has improved over the years, it clearly remains a critical challenge for the industry.

2018 Trend: Go For Gold

While copper has long reigned as king of the kitchen accents and accessories, there’s a new metallic finish set to dominate throughout 2018 – gold! Explains Chloë Thacker, Marketing Director, Hafele UK.

Top tips to comply with government standards on dust regulation

In Great Britain alone, there are an estimated 12,000 lung disease deaths each year linked to past exposures to dust at work.

How to improve safety eyewear compliance

Safety eyewear is compulsory for a wide-range of sectors, but poorly specified glasses can cause the user discomfort and ultimately lead to non-compliance, despite the vital role safety eyewear plays.

An overview on regulation changes and new government initiatives

This year a range of regulatory updates and government-led initiatives are expected to have an impact on the construction industry, potentially affecting thousands of tradespeople, suppliers and merchants across the UK.

Fire safety precautions to take before Bonfire Night

As builders merchants who stock timber the fireworks season can increase the risk of fires starting. You should take reasonable steps to minimise the potential of a fire starting at your branch by doing the following.

The right to train is good for business, says Logic4training

Mark Krull, Director for Logic4training calls on businesses to take another look at the Government's ‘Right to Request Time to Train' scheme, which could help fill skills gaps in the building services engineering sector and beyond, following a recent report that the scheme is not known about or dismissed by eligible organisations.

25,000 new council homes: what does the PM’s speech mean for the building industry?

Here, Kenzie Group analyse the PM’s speech she made during the conservative party’s conference and what 25,000 new council homes may mean for the UK building industry.

How can we solve the construction industry’s waste problem?

The UK construction industry requires 400 million tonnes of material each year. Of that, 60 million tonnes end up going straight to the tip because materials have been over ordered or get damaged because they either aren’t stored properly or due to inappropriate ordering.

Installers should advise families on CO safety

Adrian Keats from Honeywell’s Home Safety business comments on new research by carbon monoxide (CO) awareness campaign group Project SHOUT, suggesting that the number of children suffering from suspected CO poisoning is on the rise.

BMN Leading Lights 2017

BMN has published its annual review of the top-performing national and independent merchants for 2016 (previously published in the April 2017 issue of Builders' Merchants News and sponsored by Kerridge Commercial Systems).

How merchants can meet new landscaping demands

With summer in full swing, there’s no more important time for merchants to stock products for gardening improvements. Mike Lomax, Marketing Communications Manager at Tarmac’s Cement business, gives merchants some handy advice on how to meet the needs of professional gardeners and landscapers in search of the perfect outdoor spaces.

The merchant's role in sustainable building

Bill Price, national commercial technical manager at Tarmac Cement, looks at how manufacturers and merchants can work together when it comes to creating an environmentally sound future for the building sector.

BMN's Hot 100

Alongside BMN's May issue, we released our very first Hot 100 supplement, a showcase of 100 of the most innovative, creative and refreshing products available to merchants in the last year.

Merchant profile: Building relationships

BMN recently caught up with Mark Evans, TG Builders Merchants general manager at Tudor Griffiths Group, to talk about the company’s newest merchant branch and how the business manages a wide range of interconnected divisions.

Merchant profile: Investing in the future

Linnell Bros, a timber merchant with a long history of providing high quality products and customer service, has been investing heavily in timber treatments. BMN reports.

Merchant profile: Building a strong future

Expansion and rapid growth is setting Kellaway Building Supplies in good stead for 2017. BMN visited the headquarters in Bristol to find out more.

Merchant profile: Good people create good business

Milford Building Supplies is taking its people-centred business into the digital age with new developments online and through social media. BMN finds out more.

Information Technology: The value of online learning

Craig Cundey, national training manager for Redring Xpelair, discusses the advantages of online learning and its many benefits for merchants and their staff.

Merchant Profile: Blanchford takes on Bicester

BMN recently sat down with Blanchford Building Supplies to discuss the company’s new branch, and its plans as the business approaches its 80th anniversary.