Builders' Merchants News
Lighthouse Club’s Summer Ball raises a spectacular £40,000

It was a balmy summer evening as more than 400 guests arrived at the City Central Marquee at the Honorary Artillery Company in London for the annual Lighthouse Club Charity’s Summer Ball.

Jason’s journey

Chandlers Building Supplies is helping its Petworth branch manager raise money for the Construction Industry Helpline.

Another successful VADO Rally raises over £90,000

Another successful VADO Rally has raised over £90,000 for charity after 22 teams embarked on an epic adventure through some of Europe’s greatest cities in just four days.

Colin Clark MP visits Inverurie builders’ merchant GPH

Colin Clark, MP for Gordon, visited the Inverurie premises of GPH on Friday.

Grafton Group revenue grows by 7% during first half of 2018

The Grafton Group has revealed that its UK merchanting business grew its profits by almost 7% during the first half of the year.

Plumbase MD to chair BMF P&H Forum

Mark Bradley, Managing Director of Plumbase, will take over as Chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation’s Plumbing & Heating Forum from its next meeting in November.

Gorilla Glue bonds with The Brick

Gorilla Glue has joined forces with The Brick to donate its products and to host community events and training sessions for the charity.

Naylor Industries reports transitional year

A "transformational" £15 million investment programme has put growth on hold for Naylor Industries.

Ibstock Brick recognised for innovative approach to sustainability

Dedication to reducing energy consumption and increasing efficiency has won Ibstock Brick an accolade at this year’s Business Green Leaders Awards.

Three Peaks Challenge raises thousands for cancer charity

A team from Anderton Concrete have raised £14,000 for charity Macmillan Cancer by climbing three mountains in 24 hours.

Building a better-informed future at the Build Show 2018

Construction output is reportedly on the rise again, but risks from the economic uncertainty around Brexit, post-Grenfell regulatory changes and the well-documented skills shortages in building trades are raising a lot of questions about the future for the builders’ merchants industry.

Grange’s fencing forms part of BBC award-winning garden

A Show Garden which won two awards at this year’s BBC Gardener’s World Live contained raised pond and edible beds.

Roman helps young entrepreneurs win prestigious business award

A group of budding entrepreneurs have won a national award, with the help of shower manufacturer Roman.

Kit Malthouse becomes eighth housing minister in eight years

Kit Malthouse is the new Housing Minister, replacing Dominic Raab.

New technologies take centre stage at Civils Expo 2018

Civils Expo will cover the largest infrastructure projects both in the UK and abroad and will feature exhibitors showcasing the very latest products and services for the sector.

Figures show a sharp decline in construction projects

A construction activity index report has shown a “disappointing” decline in projects starting in the last three months.

Hilary Benn MP visits Howarth Timber Leeds branch

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies recently welcomed Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn to its branch at Prince Edward Works in Leeds, to learn about how merchants deliver for their communities - and to discuss issues affecting the supply chain and the wider West Yorkshire economy.

Actis says off-site homes are vital in housing crisis race against time

Actis says more off-site construction is key if the plans in a report into how the UK manages its housing market are to be achieved.

Pasquill showcases recent investments at Redhill branch open day

Pasquill recently invited customers to an open day at its Redhill branch, offering an exclusive insight into the recent six-figure investments in the site.

The BCF takes the cake

The British Coatings Federation celebrated its 25th birthday last week, with a ceremonial plaque and an anniversary cake.

New deals strengthen NBG hand

NBG has signed several new buying deals with some of the building industry’s premium brands, including Bond It, Forgefix, Gorilla, Imperial Bricks and Wykamol.

George Clarke to give Keynote Address at BMF Young Merchants Conference

Architect and television presenter George Clarke will be the Keynote Speaker at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Young Merchants Conference.

Polypipe Terrain assists with “one of a kind” landscaped roof garden

Polypipe Terrain is supplying a drainage system for a £150 million development in London.

Philmac moves into bigger premises to support continued growth

Philmac has moved its warehouse and its commercial activities to bigger sites as the company continues to grow.

Recommendation for homes to use heat pumps is “flawed”, says manufacturer

Worcester Bosch has challenged a report which recommended homes use heat pumps instead of mains gas.

The Institute of Builders Merchants immediately adjourns AGM for legal reasons

A crucial meeting on the future of the Institute of Builders’ Merchants has been suspended because members were not given enough notice.

Northern Ireland’s construction workforce to be given better mental health support

Mental health charity Mates in Mind is offering support to construction workers in Northern Ireland in a bid to improve mental health in the industry.

Kent Blaxhill manager runs 180km to celebrate firm’s 180th anniversary

The manager of builders’ merchant Kent Blaxhill’s Suffolk branch is running 180km this year to celebrate the company’s 180th year.

BPS opens renovated branch with a Bake-off style party

Building and Plumbing Supplies opened its revamped Leamington branch with an event attended by a contestant from BBC TV show The Great British Bake Off.

Jewson to support a world record workout

Jewson is assisting an attempt to break the world record for the most people exercising to a fitness video at once.

Merchants will reap benefits of licensed construction trade, says FMB

Builders’ merchants have been assured that a proposed scheme to licence the UK construction industry will not have a negative impact on them.

Selco and Knights form a winning team

Selco’s York branch has partnered with League 1 rugby club York City Knights.

Timber Expo branches out this year with new workshops and awards for role models

This year's Timber Expo, the biggest timber event of the year, features new workshops and a role model competition to inspire the next generation.

Housing minister opens major new brick factory

Ibstock Brick last week welcomed the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to open its new factory.

Rembrand joins Thornbridge and NYTimber to create the leading independent timber distribution company in Scotland and the North of England

Thornbridge Sawmills and Rembrand Timber have merged, with the help of further investment from Cairngorm Capital Partners.

Bull Products alarm system a sure-fire way to keep construction workers safe

Bull Products is helping to protect construction workers at a redevelopment site in London where the 2012 Olympics took place.

Chichester College’s carpentry course benefits from donation of materials

The Chichester and Bognor Regis branches of Covers have donated materials and kitchen units to help carpentry and joinery students at Chichester College.

D.W. Nye gives Holbrook Animal Rescue £500

Family-run charity Holbrook Animal Rescue in Horsham has been awarded £500 after winning D.W. Nye’s "Proud to be Local" campaign.

The BCF’s new headquarters are open for business

More than 50 guests from the coatings and printing inks industries attended the opening event on Wednesday for the British Coatings Federation’s new HQ.

Green infrastructure must be used to combat climate change, warns Polypipe

Polypipe has emphasised the importance of green infrastructure and pioneering water management solutions to prevent flooding and cool the environment.

Award-winning journalist to speak at BMF Members’ Day

Award-winning BBC business journalist and broadcaster Joe Lynam will be speaking at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Members’ Day Annual Conference in September.

And they’re off!

Keyline’s Annual Rally fundraiser began today, with 30 cars embarking on a journey to Calais to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

RGB get in the carnival spirit with latest Community Fund giveaway

Hartland Carnival has been voted as the latest winner of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund and the committee now has £1,000 to spend on building materials at RGB’s Bideford branch.

BWF members "Build it Better with Wood"

The British Woodworking Federation has launched a campaign to make wood the construction material of choice.

Construction boss banned for failing to pay health & safety fines

The boss of a Derbyshire construction company has been banned after failing to pay fines following multiple health and safety breaches.

Daredevil Selco manager skydives in honour of late colleague

A Selco Branch Manager jumped 15,000ft from a plane to raise money in memory of his colleague.

Save your skin this summer

Marley Eternit has some advice for tradespeople to keep their skin protected in the sun.

Dickies invites customers to help design its workwear

Dickies Workwear has created an online community where users can share their thoughts about upcoming designs for work attire.

Scott Parnell is lifeblood of blood donation delivery volunteer

Scott Parnell has sponsored a volunteer who delivers urgent blood supplies to hospitals in Essex by motorbike.

Wavin survey uncovers the biggest worries facing the plumbing industry

Tradespeople are most concerned about the skills shortage and lack of training, according to a survey by Wavin.