Builders' Merchants News
First ever supplier partners with the CCS

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has welcomed its first supplier partner to help “portray a positive image” of the industry.

Demand for natural slate is through the roof

"Increasing demand and popularity" for its products has prompted a Spanish natural slate supplier to expand its UK team.

155 years’ service celebrated

More than a century and a half of service has been recognised at Naylor.

“'No-deal' Brexit would be disastrous” says FTA

The supply chain, which is the “blood in the veins of the UK economy”, would suffer from a 'no-deal' Brexit, according to the Freight Transport Association.

Exeter Chiefs and Bradfords Building Supplies join forces

Premiership rugby team the Exeter Chiefs have teamed up with Bradfords Building Supplies for the 2018-19 rugby season.

“Help for Hospices” hopes to raise £30,000

Thirteen hospices are set to benefit from a week of fundraising activities.

Hitachi Koki becomes Hikoki

Hitachi Koki is changing its name to Hikoki next month, as the company says it looks to incorporate “Japanese wisdom” into its core.

Trio of quality standards for Spirotech

Three internationally-recognised quality standards have been awarded to Spirotech.

Drop in EU migrant workers sounds alarm bells for UK construction, says FMB

Figures showing a drop in EU net migration are worrying for the construction sector, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Introducing Kingspan Water & Energy

Kingspan Environmental is changing its name to Kingspan Water & Energy.

Häfele celebrates accessibility with wheelchair rugby team sponsorship

Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby Team has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with Häfele.

Safety campaign will tell fork lift truck users: “Make sure they get home safe”

Every day, five fork lift truck drivers are injured or killed – but a new campaign aims to to stop these tragic accidents happening.

Door experts consulted in fire safety overhaul

Experts in fire door hardware are being consulted to help revise fire safety regulations for buildings.

The heat is on to take advantage of cashback scheme

Eligible builders' merchants should move quickly to capitalise on the benefits of London's new £10 million Cleaner Heat Cashback Scheme, according to an industry spokesman.

Mind Coach joins speaker line-up for BMF Members Day

Mind Coach John Dabrowski, an expert on mental resilience, is the latest keynote speaker confirmed for the Builders Merchants Federation’s Members Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018 next month.

Construction slows but civils surge

Civils are a bright spot on an otherwise dull horizon for construction, according to a recent report.

It’s good news for Grafton

The Grafton Group has reported “excellent” growth across all its divisions in the first half of 2018.

Human rights compromised by Grenfell-style combustible cladding, says British Safety Council

The British Safety Council has welcomed the challenge to the government that a failure to address the risk to life posed by flammable external cladding, similar to that used on the Grenfell Tower, is a breach of human rights.

Builders' merchants' sales enjoy Q2 bounce

Sales through UK builders' merchants bounced back in the second quarter of this year, with the Builders Merchants Federation’s Builders Merchants Building Index reporting 7.2% growth in sales value on Q2 2017.

Charcon joins the Birmingham Cycle Revolution

Charcon Hard Landscaping, a division of Aggregate Industries, has joined Birmingham’s Cycle Revolution by supplying 955l/m of its award-winning Cycle Kerb for the city’s new, multi-million pound cycle highway.

Court ruling set to impact construction disputes involving companies in liquidation

A new court judgment will have a major impact on disputes involving companies in liquidation, says construction consultancy MPG.

A-level students encouraged to consider a career in the builders’ merchant industry

Students who have recently received their A-level results are being encouraged to consider a job in merchanting.

Construction of a £10 million sustainable HQ begins

Work has begun on a Festool's new £10 million, solar-powered headquarters.

‘Apprentice of the Year’ wows judges

Callum Megarry has been crowned ‘Apprentice of the Year 2018’.

International standard for water efficiency proposed

Bathroom manufacturers want to develop a universal standard to indicate the water efficiency of fittings and appliances.

New Norwich branch for Kent Blaxill

Kent Blaxill is aiming to match its “discerning” customers’ requirements with a new branch in Norwich.

Grafton’s new plan to pay down £56 million debt

The Grafton Group is raising millions of pounds through an alternative form of financing.

New investment “strengthens the Catnic brand across Europe”

Catnic has added seven new manufacturing lines to its German factory.

It’s a hat-trick for Burton Albion FC sponsorship

Russell Roof Tiles will be sponsoring Burton Albion Football Club for the third year running.

New merchant partner joins NBG

A Lincolnshire-based builders’ merchant has become the latest addition to the National Buying Group’s roster.

Historic building restored to its former glory

A former coaching inn has been renovated without losing its charm thanks to the teamwork of Dale Joinery and Jewson.

Prostate Cancer UK partners with Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins has announced Prostate Cancer UK as the official charity to its golf tournament.

“Pitiful” Paper promises “warm words” but no action

The government’s new Paper has been condemned as “pitiful” by MPs who want to see more money available for social housing.

Howarth Timber puts its best foot forward for charity

A coastal walk to raise money for Cancer Research UK has a £10,000 target.

Domino chain reaction across Hull draws thousands

An art event involving 12,000 giant dominoes weaving their way through Hull was “an unforgettable spectacle”.

Health and safety ramifications are “more severe than ever”

Health and safety experts are warning that failure to adhere to regulations has bigger repercussions now than ever before.

Kerridge’s new acquisition strengthens its UK presence

Trading software provider Kerridge Commercial Systems has made a new acquisition, increasing its platform nation-wide.

New investment helps TIMco to be a “one-stop shop” for merchants

To keep up with demand from merchants for an increased range of products, TIMco has extended its UK quality control facilities.

Roof rescuer named ‘Local Hero’

A community-minded roofer has been nominated for the National Federation of Roofing Contractors’ 2018 UK Roofing Awards.

Homeless charity gets a helping hand

A charity in Bristol which repurposes used shipping containers into living space is receiving discounted building materials.

New sponsorship is a win for Halstead Town FC

Halstead Town Football Club has agreed new sponsorship deal with Scott Parnell for the 2018/19 season.

Boiler scrappage scheme “welcome news”

The Mayor of London’s new Cleaner Heat Cashback scheme has been endorsed by ATAG Commercial.

Luxury magazine commends Abode

Abode has won a Luxury Travel Guide Lifestyle Award.

Get in the running

A charity obstacle course race with discounted entry for people working in the construction industry is open for registration.

‘Boiler Man’ is hotly received

The official mascot of Ideal Boilers went down a storm with fans at his first appearance on the football pitch.

Merchants encouraged to inspire the next generation of employees

Construction Careers Week is urging merchants to inspire young people to join the industry.

Banning combustible cladding is “crucial to public safety”

Rockwool is supporting MPs calls for combustible cladding to be banned on high-rise buildings.

Six shortlisted for BMF Supplier Engagement Award

The Builders Merchants Federation has announced the finalists for its 2018 Supplier Engagement Award.

Dauntless Scots complete Three Peaks Challenge

A Scottish team has raised thousands for charity after climbing the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in one day.

Marching at midnight

Almost 2,000 women have walked through the night to raise money for a local hospice.