Builders' Merchants News
Timber doors supplier celebrates carbon neutral accreditation

XL Joinery has been officially recognised and certified as a Carbon Neutral company due to its sustained commitment to significantly reducing its carbon footprint.

BMF opens South West Regional Centre of Excellence at ADEY

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

Spring Statement: BMF lobbies the Chancellor

The BMF has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, ahead of his Spring Statement to Parliament to lobby for more flexibility in the rules governing the Apprenticeship Levy.

Denleigh opens the door to new offices

A strong order book and sustained growth has seen leading independent doorway solutions company, Denleigh, make a move to larger new offices in Amesbury.

Debate and discussion at BMF All-Industry Conference

The BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will offer a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions.

Mechanics win Swarfega’s Toughest Trade 2019 title

Swarfega’s Tough-O-Meter has handed out the Toughest Trade 2019 title to mechanics, following a hard-fought battle of the trades on social media over the past two months.

Knauf Insulation’s Earthwool RainScreen Slab earns BBA certification

Knauf’s Earthwool RainScreen Slab has been certified by the British Board of Agrément for use in high-rise residential applications, giving merchants more options in the rainscreen market.

Apprenticeship scheme delivers fast track to success

Almost 70% of Travis Perkins’ apprentices have achieved a merit or better since it became the first ever builders’ merchant to achieve Employer Provider status.

Family celebrates almost 150 years’ service with merchant

Three generations of the Luton-based Smith family have racked up almost 150 years of service for Gibbs & Dandy.

Williams and Co. named 76th best company to work for in the UK

At an awards ceremony in Battersea Park last week, Williams and Co. was announced as number 76 on The Sunday Times "100 best companies to work for" competition.

Dulux academy celebrates the passion of apprentices in National Apprenticeship Week

Dulux Academy is proud to support National Apprenticeship Week for the third consecutive year.

Russell puts sustainability on the agenda

Russell Roof Tiles has joined the Royal Institute of British Architects CPD Providers Network, investing in the development and training of architects and specifiers.

MKM hits milestone 60th branch

Hull-based MKM Building Supplies has officially cut the ribbon on a new branch in Mansfield - a milestone 60th nationally.

Parents would rather children did an apprenticeship than a degree, says FMB

More parents in the UK want to see their child undertake an apprenticeship than a university degree, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders.

Pasquill launches apprenticeship scheme to bridge industry skills gap

To mark the start of National Apprenticeship week, Pasquill, the largest manufacturer and supplier of Roof Trusses in the UK, is looking to tackle the industry’s skills shortage with the launch of its new apprenticeship scheme, funded by the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy.

BMF launches ISM accredited sales management training

The Builders Merchants Federation has introduced a new sales talent development programme, accredited by the Institute of Sales Management, to support individuals looking to successfully develop and manage a portfolio of customers. 

Flamco joins the BMF

Flamco UK has joined the Builders Merchants Federation.

Boels Rental opened a new depot in Stoke

Hire company Boels Rental opened a new depot in Stoke-on-Trent last week.

Polypipe welcomes royal visitor

Polypipe was given a royal seal of approval last week during a visit by HRH the Princess Royal.

BMF opens Regional Centre of Excellence at SIG plc

The Builders Merchants Federation has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at SIG in Sheffield.

W.Howard Group invests in new warehouse facility

W.Howard Group has made a significant investment in a new warehousing facility in Glazebury, near Warrington in Cheshire.

Roofing trainees to reach for the top in BMI Apprentice of the Year 2019

Following the great success of the two previous competitions, BMI UK & Ireland – the manufacturer of flat and pitched roofing and waterproofing solutions – has announced the launch of its 2019 BMI Apprentice of the Year competition.

Industry leader slams climate body as “Living on another planet”

Former Government Minister Mike Foster, who now works for the not-for-profit body the Energy and Utilities Alliance EUA), today slammed the Committee on Climate Change for “living on another planet not trying to save the one we have” in his response to their latest report on low carbon heating.

Plumbase debuts “branch of the future”

Plumbase has unveiled its new London-based Park Royal location, which it says puts the customer experience at the heart of the design.

AR brings showroom displays to life

Virtual Worlds has launched an augmented reality app that enhances showroom displays and enables consumers to try before they buy.

Campaign to tackle plastics and packaging in construction launched

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has launched its industry-wide to raise awareness and showcase best practice in how the construction industry can reduce, reuse and recycle plastics and packaging.

Time is right to revive and reimagine the high street, says FMB

The high street is dying but not yet dead and can still be revived and reimagined, says the Federation of Master Builders in response to a new report by a Committee of MPs.

Heappey praises Glastonbury’s historic builders’ merchant

James Heappey, the MP for Wells, visited the Glastonbury branch of Bradfords Building Supplies to learn how the company is responding to today’s low carbon challenge and helping his constituents with greener living. 

Sales growth slows at UK builders merchants

Sales figures for the final quarter of 2018 published in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index show the first signs of a negative Brexit effect.

BMF opens Regional Centre of Excellence at Travis Perkins

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Travis Perkins Omega Centre in Warrington.

BMF opens Regional Centre of Excellence at Talasey

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Talasey Group in Doncaster.

BSW joins the BMF

BSW is the latest member to join the Builders Merchants Federation.

Supplier saddles up for sponsorship of female cycling team

Polypipe has signed on as principal sponsor of a new all-female competitive cycling academy.

New year, new home

Selco Builders Warehouse has officially taken the wraps off a new home for one of its flagship branches.

TIMco expands warehouse

TIMco has further expanded its warehousing facilities, more than doubling its number of loading bays.

Will you find the Golden Ticket?

NMBS is urging its members to check their NMBS Special Offer Packs, as three contain Golden Tickets for prizes that are yet to be claimed.

W.Howard to attend the NMBS Exhibition

W.Howard Group will be attending the NMBS Exhibition for the first time this year, bringing its range of MDF profiles and mouldings to hundreds of independent merchants.

Filplastic helps PC Building Supplies turn vision into reality

Filplastic has helped a Hampshire builders’ merchant turn its vision of a new depot into reality with a £70,000 contract.

Dragon boat challenge returns

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, entries are now open for the Construction Industry Dragon Boat Challenge, in aid of CRASH charity.

BMI UK & Ireland launches

Icopal and Monier Redland have merged to become newly-launched BMI UK & Ireland.

Blood Bikes receives charitable boost from Russell

Russell Roof Tiles has donated an impressive £4,000 to life-saving charity Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes.

Ferry impressive teamwork

British Gypsum and its supply partner, Nevill Long, have supplied materials for a multi-million-pound regeneration of the Queen’s Hall in Dunoon, Scotland.

Brick manufacturers rising to the challenge

The latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics show a thriving domestic brick manufacturing industry.

Rugby legend branch visit is a try-umph

SIG Roofing welcomed rugby legend Lee Dickson to its Northampton branch for a meet and greet.

Exceptional Chandlers staff celebrated

Two members of staff at Chandlers Building Supplies have been presented with top awards plus £500 each at the merchant’s annual conference.

Selco announces £30 million investment

Despite Brexit causing economic uncertainty nationwide, Selco has announced a £30 million investment in its business.

Soil stabilisation to make road construction “greener, leaner and more efficient”

A cement supplier has suggested that wider adoption of soil stabilisation could make road construction more cost-effective and sustainable.

Ibstock Brick scoops Energy Efficiency award

Ibstock Brick has been announced as the winner of the Energy Efficiency category at edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2019.

Final line-up for BMF All-Industry Conference Forum

The Builders Merchants Federation has confirmed the final speaker line-up for its popular Industry Forum debate at this year’s All-Industry Conference.

Reisser joins NMBS Professional Points scheme

Reisser has become the latest supplier to join National Merchant Buying Society’s Professional Points scheme.