Builders' Merchants News
New Whitchurch branch will create ten jobs

Ten new jobs will be created in Whitchurch when Huws Gray opens its new branch.

Merchant invests £2 million in new branch

James Burrell is expanding its reach within Yorkshire, with the announcement of a new £2 million branch.

New team heads up thriving BMF Young Merchant Group

Glenn Paddison, Branch Director at MKM Building Supplies is the new Chair of the Builders’ Merchants Federation’s Young Merchant Group. He will be supported by Jo Callow, Merchant Sales Support Manager at Knauf Insulation, who was elected to replace Glenn as the Vice Chair.

BMF wins Best Trade Association Award

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.

43% of mid-market construction firms feel a ‘no deal’ Brexit will boost revenues

More than 40% of middle market firms operating within the construction sector believe that exiting the European Union without a Brexit deal will have an advantageous or favourable effect on their revenues, according to a new survey by RSM.

More homes, more efficient homes

The Concrete Block Association has launched its part of the Modern Masonry ‘Better Built in Blockwork’ campaign to educate the construction industry on the benefits of concrete block construction.

Premier acquires further business in continued drive for expansion

Premier Forest Group has acquired Haverfordwest-based timber importer Merlwood Timber.

Marley Alutec implements faster delivery times for popular products

Marley Alutec has announced a major cut in the delivery lead times of its top-selling products.

Midland Lead features in the latest Parliamentary Review

Midland Lead is featuring in the latest Parliamentary Review - one of just 16 companies in manufacturing and service representing the metals, materials and fabrication sector.

Rowlinson Timber expands its operations to the South East

Rowlinson Timber has announced that, due to large/sustained and successful growth over the last few years, it is opening a main distribution hub in the South East and that, from 1 January 2019, its main operations will be based in the Port of Sheerness.

Rudridge Gravesend celebrates top marks in H&S audit

Rudridge Gravesend has been awarded a top score of eight in its latest Stay Safe Review.

Delivery drivers will be able to put away shopping while the customer is out

Supermarket shoppers will now be able to have their groceries delivered and put away – without even being at home.

Get in the Halloween spirit with NMBS

NMBS is setting out to find the independent merchant that best gets into the spirit of the Halloween season, with the launch of a competition to raise money for construction industry charity CRASH.

Worcester Bosch wins Best Buy status for ninth consecutive year

Gas and oil boilers by Worcester Bosch have been award Which? Best Buy status for the ninth year in a row.

New factory will insulate 40,000 homes per year

IKO Insulation has opened its first insulation plant in the UK in Alconbury, Cambridgeshire.

Housebuilders shares drop as housing tax on foreign buyers rises

Shares of some of the UK’s biggest housebuilders plummeted at the start of last week as the Prime Minister announced an increased property tax on overseas buyers.

Get snap happy and win a Google home device

People who enter ARP’s new photo competition can win one of five Google home devices worth £129.

“A tougher regulatory regime that has real penalties and sanctions for those that don't conform”

Dame Judith Hackitt, author of Building a Safer Future: Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, has spoken about the need for a joined-up regulatory process that goes hand in hand with a tougher regulatory regime that has real penalties and sanctions for those that do not conform.

New product testing addresses post-Grenfell concerns

The British Board of Agrément has announced an initiative to provide additional assurance to specifiers and clients that the building materials they use are of a consistently high quality.

Last chance to avoid missing out on this year’s Build Show

With only hours left until this year’s Build Show sponsored by Easy-Trim kicks off, builders’ merchants still undecided about making the journey will want to take a look at the latest announcements about what’s on at the show at Birmingham’s NEC between 9-11 October, before they miss out on the industry’s biggest event of the year.

New project in Cambridge University’s Botanic Gardens helps visitors “understand plant diversity”.

Cambridge University has chosen Accoya® wood to help form its world-famous botanic gardens.

Huws Gray expands into Blackpool

A timber merchant in Blackpool is the latest acquisition to join Huws Gray’s roster.

h&b member rises up the ranks

JTD Building Supplies has moved up from h&b’s development group to the main group as an associate member.

National award nomination for PC Henderson

This year’s British Chamber awards has recognised a sliding and folding door manufacturer for its exporting prowess.

Director recognised as one of the North-East’s most inspiring entrepreneurs

Flame’s Managing Director recieved a warm reception at the North East Entrepreneurial Awards.

“Deeds, not words” - the Inspire Summit on how to attract and retain women in the construction industry

Industry experts including Barbara Res, the woman who built Trump Tower, met at a recent summit to discuss how to create a more diverse construction industry.

Forticrete welcomes commitment to housebuilding

The government's "serious steps" towards getting Britain building have been welcomed by Forticrete.

A force for good in roofing

As part of an initiative to attract former service personnel into the construction industry, Coleg Cambria is hosting a Forces in Construction Insight Day next week.

PM's housing announcement a "victory for common sense", says FMB

The Prime Minister’s announcement that the government will lift the borrowing cap on councils to allow them to build many more homes is a victory for bold thinking and common sense, says the Federation of Master Builders.

BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school

A four-day car rally across six countries was one of the fun activities members of the Builders Merchants Federation took part in to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus.

“Revolutionary” appliance prepares to launch

A “revolutionary” waste-repurposing product is being developed following a new partnership to ensure its readiness.

Town square regeneration will be assisted by Charcon

Eston town square in North Yorkshire is being regenerated with the help of Charcon’s concrete block paving.

Unpaid tradespeople demand change

Too many British tradespeople are not being paid for the work they have done, according to a new campaign supported by Scruffs.

Construction firms warned to “tread carefully”

Firms are being advised to “tread carefully” and “play it safe” amid warnings of the effect that Brexit could have on the construction industry.

Trademark granted for palisade fence that eliminates electric shock risk

New safety fencing by Scott Parnell has been granted a trademark.

Royal visit marks anniversary at Norbord

The Duke of York recently visited Norbord’s Inverness factory to celebrate one year of production on its new manufacturing line.

UK Construction Week joins a scheme to improve the industry’s image

The Considerate Constructors Scheme says it “welcomes” UKCW’s commitment to representing the industry positively.

Combustible cladding to be banned on high-rise buildings

The government has banned combustible cladding on buildings over 18m tall, following the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Latest acquisitions by Kerridge CS strengthen its hire industry potential

Kerridge Commercial Systems has acquired InspHire and Current-RMS.

New look, new Lakes

Lakes has revealed its new name, logo and plans for the future, following a rebrand.

Merchants unite to find missing children

Independent merchants have partnered with a charity to raise awareness of children who have gone missing.

Two new branches bolster MKM’s offering

MKM Building Supplies recently opened its 54th and 55th branches with the help of an industry VIP.

MTX assists project to help children learn about nature

A new wildlife garden has been built as part of an education programme to encourage children to learn about the natural world.

Pixie Lott to headline NMBS Dinner Dance

The National Merchant Buying Society is pulling out all the stops for its 2018 Dinner Dance, with Pixie Lott headlining a star-studded night of entertainment.

“Underperformance” makes Travis Perkins an attractive investment opportunity

Travis Perkins’ “underperformance” has prompted an asset management group to increase its shares in the hope it has potential to improve over the long-term.

Double delight for Huws Gray

Builders’ merchant Huws Gray has announced a pair of acquisitions to add to its branch network.

John Prescott announced as first speaker at BMF All Industry Conference

Lord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2019 in Dubrovnik next June.

BMF unveils strategy for Building Excellence

Ibstock Brick opens Eclipse to local community

Ibstock Brick welcomed more than 400 members of the local community over the weekend to celebrate the opening of its new Eclipse factory in Ibstock.

Million pound month for timber specialist

NYTimber is on course for a record-breaking year after its engineered wood products division achieved £1 million of sales in a single month.