Builders' Merchants News
Actis renews its partnership with LABC for 2019

Insulation specialist Actis has renewed its partnership with Local Authority Building Control for 2019 after its first year as a sponsor.

W.Howard Group joins NMBS

The W.Howard Group has announced it has become a National Merchant Buying Society supplier member.

Two new patron partners join CRASH

Geberit and Lords Builders Merchants have become new patron partners of CRASH.

Alliance sets sights on retail market with rebrand

Alliance Sanitary Products has branded as Highlife Bathrooms as part of its new plan to enter the consumer retail market.

Free cookery demo and kitchen open day at Covers

Covers in Bognor Regis is hosting a cookery demo and kitchen open day on 12 February.

DHF announces more robust measures for new members

Following a ‘bumper year’ of record applications, the Door Hardware Federation has introduced more robust procedures for companies wishing to join.

BA’s sudden passing of David Caulfield 1956 – 2019

BA Components has announced that its Sales and Marketing Director, David Caulfield, has died after a short illness.

Williamson praises expansion of Derby builders’ merchant

Chris Williamson MP visited Derby’s oldest building materials business, Browns, to see how it has invested in the business to open a second branch.

SIG to celebrate revamped branch

SIG Roofing is hosting an open day with special promotional offers in celebration of its recent Nottingham Finch branch refurbishment.

Mental health first aiders will support co-workers at NYTimber

Six members of NYTimber’s management team are now fully-qualified Adult Mental Health First Aiders.

Metac receives LABC certification

Isover’s pitched roof rafter solution, Metac, has officially become Local Authority Building Control registered.

Growing Kudos at 20 years

Kudos Showering Products is marking its 20th year of trading with ambitious growth plans for the business.

Kent Blaxill conference names Supplier of the Year

‘The customer – how can you enhance your customer’s experience to ensure he chooses you as his preferred supplier’ was the theme of Kent Blaxill’s annual conference.

Breaking down the borders in Ireland’s merchant trade

The Builders Merchants Federation held a historic meeting consisting of members from across Ireland gathered together for the first time.

Bradstone announces best landscapers at Assured Awards

Paving manufacturer Bradstone has celebrated the achievements of its Assured members at its annual national installer awards.

Builders’ Merchant Company to open fourth branch

BMCo, a recent addition to the National Buying Group, has announced it will be opening its fourth branch in Goole in May.

BMF Burns Supper raises thousands for charity

The Builders Merchants Federation raised £4,625 at its annual Burns Supper, held at the Dunblane Hydro Hotel.

Apprentices on course for competition success

Two apprentices from TG Electrical Services are through to the second round of a national competition that could see them crowned as the best in the country.

Building better (and greener) communities

Volunteers have rallied together to build a brand-new garden for Jewson Building Better Communities 2018 winner, Headway Darlington.

Draper Tools celebrates centenary year

Family-owned Draper Tools is celebrating 100 years in business this year with promotions, a party, and a charity partnership.

Problems are mounting for builders, according to FMB

Growth in the construction industry could be held back by a weakening housing market, rising costs and an increasingly nervous banking sector, according to the Federation of Master Builders’ latest study.

Tighter regulations and on-site mixing will prevent more weak mortar, say experts

Lafarge Cement is calling on housebuilders to insist on tighter controls around the use of mortar, following claims that the use of substandard product is causing damage to hundreds of new homes.

TTF starts New Year with new members and format

A new action-focused structure and new Timber Trade Federation members mark the start of a significant year for the UK’s timber trading sector.

Covers Alresford donates materials to school

A previously unusable area of space has now been converted into a picnic terrace at Sun Hill Junior School thanks to a donations from a local merchant.

BMF launches Building Blocks online training for merchant starters

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched Building Blocks, a new online training programme designed to introduce apprentices and other new starters to the intricacies of life in a builders’ merchant.

Coomers raises record funds for dementia centre

Coomers Timber & Building Supplies has presented its charity of the year, a local dementia centre, with £8,061.

Vineyard toasts concrete success

Concrete specialists from a Tudor Griffiths Group have played a key role in helping to create the county’s latest visitor attraction.

Pasquill colleagues celebrate at fourth annual awards ceremony

Pasquill recently held its fourth annual awards ceremony celebrating colleagues who have gone above and beyond.

Julia Kendell is an official ambassador of National Home Improvement Month

National Home Improvement Month has announced TV presenter and former host of DIY SOS and 60 Minute Makeover, Julia Kendell, to be an official ambassador.

NMBS secures PfH accreditation

NMBS has been re-approved as a supplier under the Procurement for Housing framework.

Revealed: Brits’ interest in retailer-led services for home improvement and maintenance

New research suggests consumers are interested in merchants that also provide recommendations for tradespeople to carry out their home improvements.

BMF Members favour Brexit renegotiation

Members of the Builders Merchants Federation attending the BMF Brexit Forum this week had a clear message for Theresa May – go back to Brussels and renegotiate the exit deal.

Alloway Timber and Putney Builders’ Merchants join NBG

National Buying Group has welcomed Putney Builders’ Merchants and its parent company Alloway Timber as new partners.

Paralympian tennis player is IKO PLC’s new ambassador

IKO PLC has announced its new IKO Ambassador: Paralympian tennis player Jordanne Whiley MBE.

‘Give a gift’ success at MKM Hartlepool

MKM Hartlepool is thanking its customers, staff and local community after its 2018 ‘Gift a Gift’ collection topped previous years.

Practical advice for budding exporters

A conference to provide practical advice and inspiration to new and seasoned exporters is taking place in March.

First speakers announced for BMF All-Industry Conference Forum

David Young, Managing Director of Bradfords Building Supplies and Tony France, Sales Director of Ibstock Brick will take part in in a lively Industry Forum debate at this year’s All-Industry Conference.

CRASH helps install new roof for hospice

Halton Haven Hospice installed a new roof on its conservatory thanks to CRASH, meaning patients can now enjoy time with their family and friends, out of their bed.

Ideal Bathrooms’ race to Dubai

For the fifth year, Ideal Bathrooms has launched its annual customer incentive, offering bathroom retailers the chance to win a VIP trip.

New additions join IPG’s roster

BC Designs and Bayswater London W2 have become the latest manufacturers to join the Independent Plumbing Group.

Graham helps refresh to college’s training facilities

After winning Graham Plumber’s Merchant’s College Refresh Scheme, City College Norwich has upgraded its heating and plumbing training facilities with the £10,000 prize win.

Expert advice to improve employees’ wellbeing

New advice videos give recommendations for SME owners to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of their staff.

Jewson gets the go-ahead for Cheltenham branch

A new Jewson branch is set to be built in Cheltenham, which could create 15 jobs in the area.

MKM makes it 59 with Elgin branch

MKM has officially cut the ribbon on its new branch in Elgin - becoming the merchant’s northernmost branch.

BMF opens second BMF Regional Centre of Excellence at Xtratherm

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its 24th Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of Xtratherm.

NMBS breaks new member record

Ninety-four new independent merchants joined the National Merchant Buying Society in 2018 – the highest number ever to join in one year.

Online merchant’s rapid growth could indicate decline in bricks and mortar

An online builders’ merchant says its sharp increase in revenue could indicate a move towards customers sourcing materials online, rather than from bricks and mortar merchants.

Covers to sponsor Sussex Heritage Awards

Covers Timber & Builders’ Merchants has agreed to sponsor the 2019 Sussex Heritage Awards for the fourth consecutive year.

What is the UK’s toughest trade?

A competition is running once again to find out which is the toughest trade in the UK – will plucky plasterers be usurped?

Construction mental health charity provides more than £1 million to workers in crisis

The amount of aid provided to construction workers from an industry mental health charity rocketed by 75% in 2018 to £1.25 million.