Builders' Merchants News
Last minute substitution adds midfield flair to BMF Members’ Day

Football fans the world over understand the positive impact a last-minute substitution can bring to the game, so delegates to the BMF Members’ Day Business Conference should not be disappointed to learn of a late change to the speaker programme.

SME bosses worry they cannot offer staff enough benefits

Two in three small and medium enterprise owners are concerned that they do not offer their employees the same benefits that large corporations do.

New Keyline location is safer and more accessible

Customers will benefit from easier access and a safer site now that Keyline has relocated its Aberdeen branch.

Selco partners with former “worst football club in England”

St Francis Rangers FC have signed a sponsorship deal with Selco as the team continues its “impressive” comeback.

Supplier of the Year receives two more awards nominations

It has been an exciting month for Midland Lead, which has won H&B group’s Supplier of the Year, and been shortlisted for two Burton Mail Business Awards.

FireAngel announces new connected home management partnership with Mears Group

FireAngel is joining with Mears Group to provide social housing tenants with a bespoke connected home management system.

Get on board with Graham

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant will be hosting a Dragon Boat Race later this week to raise funds for Barnardo's.

Billions of pounds announced for affordable homes

The prime minister is due to pledge an extra £2 billion funding for social housing today.

Merchants urged to raise awareness of “dangerous” unqualified gas engineers

Experts are urging merchants to join in with an initiative to raise awareness of the importance of only allowing a qualified person to work on a gas installation.

Survey reveals “disturbing” lack of fire door knowledge among tradespeople

An online poll has revealed that 50% of tradespeople do not feel confident in advising customers on fire door safety.

“Hugely popular” charity regatta raises thousands

Charities were the winners of this year's Polypipe Regatta after the event raised £11,000 for good causes.

Brick merchant assists with Ryder Cup promo video

A promotional video for the Ryder Cup international golfing tournament featured products from London Reclaimed Brick Merchants.

New certification awarded to fire collar

A fire protection product has received a “significant” new CE Marking.

Car-aoke rally raises £100,000 for charity

A musical and karaoke-themed car rally has raised £100,000 for mental health charity Mind.

Borough Green factory officially opened

H+H has officially opened its upgraded aircrete factory, giving it the capability to produce enough extra Celcon Blocks to build 5,000 houses a year.

Supportive managers are the key to improving mental health in the workplace

“Ongoing leadership and hands-on support” are vital to support workers with mental health problems, according to Mates in Mind.

Celebrate the industry with #loveconstruction

People who work in construction are being called on to help promote a positive image of the industry.

Brand new kitchen up for grabs

A premium kitchen worth £9,700 will be awarded to a school, charity or community group, as part of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Initiative.

New site and academy to support DHF’s expansion

The Door and Hardware Federation has doubled in size in the past five years, and so it has relocated to a bigger premises.

Merchant honours customer’s final journey

A builders’ merchant in Lancashire recently paid its respects to a regular customer by giving him a “last lap” in the firm’s yard.

Grant oil boilers win accolade for second year running

Which? has named Grant’s boilers as Best Buys in its 2018 oil boiler survey for the second consecutive year.

Lenny Henry to host the 2018 awards

Sir Lenny Henry is to host this year’s Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence.

New branch creates 11 jobs

Following a £1 million investment, a new builders’ merchant branch has opened in Morpeth, creating jobs for 11 people.

Selco Stars initiative launches

Charities and community groups could win £500 worth of building materials thanks to Selco Builders’ Warehouse.

Half of workers have experienced poor mental health in current job

Results from a major study of workplace wellbeing revealed half of respondents had experienced a mental health problem in their current job – but supportive managers made all the difference.

Material prices continue to rise

Material prices are rising in all sectors of construction, and plywood is the material with the biggest price increase.

New FMB president vows to tackle skills shortage

Attracting more young people into the sector is top of the agenda for Arthur McArdle, the new National President of the Federation of Master Builders.

North West merchant opens two new branches

Two new builders’ merchant branches have opened following a £9 million investment.

£80 million investment will transform “much-loved” community park

A park on Blackpool’s seafront is being renovated following an £80 million investment.

New-look branch prepares to launch

Howarth Timber’s Wakefield branch will be reopening in October following a refurbishment.

Soft Landings Framework is updated

BSRIA has relaunched its Soft Landings Framework – BG 54/2018 Soft Landings Framework 2018 – Six Phases for Better Buildings.

New landscaping academy opens

Landscaping professionals will be “empowered to bring their future projects to life” with a brand new training academy.

New certification for slate cladding

Two of CUPA PIZARRAS’ slate cladding systems are now BBA certified.

“Spiced honey” is the colour of 2019

Dulux Trade has revealed its colour of the year – a warm amber tone called Spiced Honey.

Million pound supplier bought back by founding family

The family who founded a steel tube supplier have bought it back after 55 years.

Lords Group acquires Kings Langley Builders

West London-based Lords Builders Merchants has acquired Kings Langley Building Supplies.

Volunteers kick off football ground’s heating renovation

Young players at AFC Yorkshire will now be able to shower and keep warm when they come off the pitch, thanks to local tradespeople.

Resilient Breedon Group enjoys busy start to 2018

One of the busiest periods in its history has seen the Breedon Group generate 16% more revenue during the first half of this year.

Volunteers help rebuild community spaces for Grenfell residents

Grenfell residents will get their prestigious boxing club back, plus a new community centre.

South Coast Building Supplies is latest h&b merchant to join BMF

South Coast Building Supplies, which has just celebrated its tenth anniversary, is the latest member of the h&b buying group to join the Builders Merchants Federation. There are now more than 50 h&b merchants within the BMF’s membership.

Builders spend two and a half years at merchants

Over the course of their career, builders spend an average of two and a half years at builders’ merchants, according to a new report.

Construction purchasing slows, and delivery times hit a three-year low

Purchasing activity in the construction supply chain has increased slowly, while the skills shortage damages delivery times and recruitment.

Polypipe buys Permavoid in £16.5 million deal

Polypipe has acquired Permavoid, a specialist designer and supplier of surface water management equipment.

ERA breaks into electrical wholesale market with Electricbase deal

As part of its “natural progression”, ERA is breaking into the electrical wholesale market by suppling its products to Electricbase.

BMF lobbying success over post-Brexit VAT payments

The Builders Merchants’ Federation has welcomed a Government decision that ministers will allow BMF members to adopt postponed accounting for import Value-Added Tax on goods brought into the country after the United Kingdom leaves the EU in exactly seven months’ time.

Lib Dem peer confirmed for BMF Members Day

Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the Builders Merchant’s Federation’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.

SR Timber’s secret to success

Despite the difficult weather and the recent decline in construction activity, SR Timber has reported double-digit growth in sales of roofing batten.

New lease of life for ailing merchant branch

One year on from facing closure, a builders’ merchant in Stevenage is celebrating its successful turnaround.

Kind builders help make a home more accessible

Charitable tradespeople have united to make an ex-builder with Motor Neurone Disease’s home and garden more wheelchair accessible.

Builders’ merchant role models inspire the next generation

Three representatives from the builders’ merchant sector will be sharing their career journeys with young people over the next few weeks.