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Smith Brothers Stores honours third generation Chairman

John Smith, former Chairman of heating and plumbing merchant Smith Brothers Stores, has died aged 86.

National Buying Group celebrates suppliers at annual awards

The National Buying Group celebrated the stars of the sector in its Supplier Awards earlier this week at the climax of its annual conference.

Permaroof UK announces large expansion programme for 2019

Permaroof UK is set to make further investment in its head office in the New Year.

Iconic RAF speaker to headline BMF’s landmark anniversary dinner

A year of celebration for the Builders Merchants Federation draws to a close with a special anniversary dinner to mark 40 years of the BMF itself and 110 years as a trade body. The guest speaker comes from another iconic organisation celebrating its own centenary this year - the RAF.

Local MP visits historic builders' merchants

John Penrose, MP for Weston-Super-Mare, has visited local business Bradfords Building Supplies for a tour of their site and to meet staff.

Timber giant branches out

Arnold Laver & Co has merged with The National Timber Group, creating the largest independent timber distribution company in the UK.

New ROCKWOOL expansion will create 65 jobs

A multi-million pound project to build a new logistics centre for ROCKWOOL will create 65 new jobs.

BMF opens third Regional Centre of Excellence in Scotland at Superglass

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its 22nd Regional Centre of Excellence, and the third in Scotland, at Superglass Insulation in Stirling.

Construction course for veterans celebrates its 100th graduate

As the country marks 100 years since WW1, the 100th student has graduated from a course that teaches ex-service personnel construction skills.

Treats all round as NMBS transforms for Halloween

Things turned spooky at the National Merchant Buying Society when it hosted a day of Halloween celebrations to raise money for charity.

Proposal for a merger between IoBM and BMF fails to win support

The Institute of Builders Merchants has said no to a proposal for a merger with the Builders Merchants Federation.

“Check your insurance,” urges manager of branch devastated by fire

The manager of a branch that lost 75% of its stock to a fire has warned merchants to check their insurance covers fire damage.

Five new business councils to advise the Prime Minister on post-Brexit opportunities

The Prime Minister has formed five new business councils to advise on how to create the best business conditions in the UK after Brexit.

Weigh to go!

Employees at Russell Roof Tiles are shedding the pounds to raise money for local causes.

Bricks-and-mortar businesses at a four-year low

Numbers of British bricks-and-mortar businesses have declined to a four-year low, according to a new report.

Who has Britain’s dirtiest trade van?

A competition to find the country’s dirtiest trade van will reward the winner with a free re-wrap of their offending van.

Roxor doubles its size with new acquisition

Holding company Roxor Group, which owns Ultra Finishing, Portabella Shaw, Shanghai PTB sanitary ware and Fireclay Factory, has doubled its size by acquiring a bathroom retailer.

Former RAF Sergeant joins Travis Perkins

A former Royal Air Force Sergeant will help Armed Forces leavers explore new job opportunities with Travis Perkins.

Pub quiz teams rack their brains for charity

Guests at Rudridge’s charity pub quiz had their general knowledge put to the test, raising £1,000 for charity.

One in, one out at the Plumbing and Heating Group

RGB Building Supplies is leaving the PHG, but Bristol Building Supplies will be joining from January next year.

“Time to talk about fire protection” say manufacturers

An industry lunch was held recently to highlight the importance of fire protection and third-party accredited products and installers.

Hertfordshire Royals net sponsorship

A thriving junior football club in Hertfordshire has hit the back of the net with a sponsorship deal with Selco.

Seven million pound refurbishment completed early

Refurbishments worth £7 million have been completed at Knauf Insulation’s manufacturing plant in Cwmbran, South Wales.

New Industrial Strategy Council meets as membership announced

Senior individuals from business, academia and civil society comprise the Industrial Strategy Council, led by the Chief Economist of the Bank of England, Business Secretary Greg Clark announced yesterday.

Suppliers support homeless shelter’s refurbishment project

Accommodation that helps homeless people take their first steps towards independence has been refurbished thanks to charitable donations.

New look for SIG Roofing branch

A brand new showroom and trade counter have been added to SIG Roofing’s Gloucester branch following a major refurbishment.

Rallying call for 100% Hackitt

Two major organisations are calling on the government to fully adopt the recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt.

Duo of awards nominations for sustainable supplier

A “people focused” approach to sustainability has won Ibstock Brick two nominations in the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2019.

Three becomes one on gruelling charity bike ride

Disaster has hit a team of graduates attempting a 8,000 km bike ride to raise money for charity, with two out of the three forced to retire.

Pedal to the metal

British Gypsum’s Supplier Driver of the Year 2018 has been crowned at an annual competition in Burton-upon-Trent.

Keep the noise down

The quietest products have been recognised in the latest “Noise Oscars”.

Lagan is now Breedon

Lagan Group's brick, tile and bagged cement products have been rebranded as Breedon following its acquisition by Breedon Group earlier this year.

Sporting boost for Swansea hospice

Customers and staff at a Swansea builder’s merchant have proved ‘great sports’ by raising more than £1,300 for a local hospice.

“The future of the industry is in the room” – the BMF’s Young Merchant Conference

The future of the builders’ merchant industry came together at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Young Merchant Conference.

Billions promised for new homes

The Chancellor announced guarantees of £1 billion to SME house builders, plus funding for more than 650,000 new homes in the 2018 Budget announcement.

Chancellor backs BMF regional Help to Buy proposals

The BMF has welcomed the proposals announced by the Chancellor in the 2018 Budget that would see “new regional property price caps” introduced to the Help to Buy scheme.

Investment increases as brick demand doubles

A nationwide housing boom has doubled the demand for bricks, and so a concrete products manufacturer has invested heavily in its production line to keep up.

“Keep calm and carry on” - Stoic Brit self-builders defy Brexit uncertainty

Britain’s self-builders and home renovators remain unfazed by Brexit, according to a new survey.

International ministerial visit for Travis Perkins

A Chinese Minister recently visited Travis Perkins to see its award-winning apprenticeship model in action.

Campaign to support injured workers receives parliamentary support

A campaign to support injured workers who are taking their employer to court has been supported by the British Safety Council and several MPs.

Women in Construction campaign wins big

A campaign by the Considerate Constructers Scheme to encourage women into the industry has won a prestigious award.

BMF All Industry Conference looks to change conversation on mental health

The Builders Merchants Federation will be addressing the important issue of mental health at next year’s BMF All Industry Conference.

Door hardware experts urged to share their views

A major review of the Construction Products Regulations is being conducted, and door hardware experts are being called on to participate.

Merchant reaches final in Sussex Business Awards

Chandlers Building Supplies is one of the Sussex businesses in the running to scoop the Company of the Year award.

SR Timber’s staff are no dummies on heart health

Health-conscious employees at SR Timber attended a Heart Health session run by the British Heart Foundation, which included a demonstration of CPR, as part of its partnership with the charity.

“Solid trading performance in line with market expectations” – Travis Perkins’ third quarter trading update

A recent trading report by Travis Perkins shows growth in trade, while the DIY market continues to be challenging.

VAT: Shadow Chancellor reassures the BMF

"Don’t worry, we want to protect and safeguard investment in renewable energy and green infrastructure to help insulate homes and fit solar panels" was the message from John McDonnell MP to the Builders Merchants’ Federation yesterday.

Rhino Products charge ahead at Made in Wales Awards

Significant new investments have won Rhino Products the Manufacturer of the Year (turnover under £25 million) award.

Construction growth slows, says FMB

Growth among construction SMEs slowed in most parts of the UK in the third quarter of this year, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Retiring Russell employee celebrates four-decade career

A member of staff who worked at Russell Roof Tiles for 44 years recently received a warm retirement send-off.