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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.

Need to prevent ‘Groundhog Day’ for SuDS following ‘Achieving Sustainable Drainage’ report

More needs to be done to avoid ‘Groundhog Day’ for sustainable drainage, warns ACO Water Management, following a further report profiling the slow delivery of SuDS in England.

What’s in store for tradespeople in 2019?

IronmongeryDirect outlines the range of regulatory updates and government-led initiatives that will shape the year for tradespeople.

Minimise injury by avoiding these common health and safety mistakes

Bull Products, manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, shares the most common health and safety mistakes that the construction industry makes, and more importantly, how they can be avoided.

A guide to public liability insurance

Public liability insurance is one of the most important forms of business cover. Here Trade Direct Insurance explains how it might apply to your business.

Van drivers are potty about damaged vehicles

Potholes could cost Britain’s van drivers thousands in damage repair bills during the winter months, experts have warned.

Revealed: the most common decorating mistakes

Rex Nye from DW Nye explains the best advice and products merchants can recommend to decorators.

Eight sustainable innovations that are shaping the construction sector

Protection Supplies has uncovered the cutting-edge yet conscious building materials of the future, and reveals how these materials are changing the way that buildings are now being constructed.

Making Tax Digital: What do businesses need to know?

Computer support and services company OGL Computer explains what business owners need to know about the roll out of Making Tax Digital.

The technology helping to prevent accidents

In 2016-17 there were 196 fatalities and 5,055 non-fatal accidents in the construction industry. Brigade explains why these accidents come about and what can be done to reduce them.

How to ventilate homes

Rex Nye, from independent builders merchant D.W Nye, explains how good ventilation improves energy efficiency and boosts health, as well as the products you can sell to assist it.

How construction workers can prepare for harsh weather

With recent long range weather forecasts suggesting the UK could be facing the coldest winter for almost a decade, roof systems manufacturer Marley is urging construction workers to get prepared for freezing winter temperatures.

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 LeaseVan.co.uk.

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 LeaseVan.co.uk 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 Confused.com, 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.