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Rock up and rock out in Tenerife

Roy Marriott of Mansfield is the lucky winner of Graham Plumbers’ Merchant’s Rock Up and Win competition.

Mayor backs opportunities for young builders merchants

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has praised the commitment of the Builders Merchants Federation to encouraging more young people to enter the building materials industry.

BMF expands Policy and Public Affairs presence in Scotland and Northern Ireland

The Builders Merchants Federation has appointed Perspectiva Consultants to act as government relations consultants in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Small builders resilient despite material price hikes, says FMB

The workloads of small and medium-sized construction firms grew slightly in the first three months of this year despite record numbers of builders reporting rising material prices, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Construction sector's sales expectations fall

Sales expectations in the construction sector for the next six months have dropped since April last year.

JP Corry honoured as top builders' merchants in Northern Ireland

The overall winner in the fifth Octabuild Builders Merchant Awards Northern Ireland is JP Corry Lisburn, while JP Corry’s latest addition, Coleraine, scooped an award for Best Premises.

MKM Anlaby boosts DIY SOS build for Hull family

MKM’s branch in Anlaby is to feature on the BBC’s DIY SOS programme after donating to a project to help a local family.

Ibstock Brick shortlisted for 2018 BusinessGreen Leader Awards

Ibstock Brick's strategic approach to sustainability has won it a shortlisting for the 2018 BusinessGreen Leader Awards.

CMA partly approves Breedon Group’s acquisition plans

The Competition and Markets Authority has approved part of Breedon Group’s bid to acquire assets from Tarmac.

Keystone hosts latest BMF Regional Centre of Excellence

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Keystone in Swadlincote.

Richard Williams joins H&B merchant group

H&B has announced that North Wales builders' merchant Richard Williams will join the group on 1 May.

WCoBM and Rainy Day Trust join forces to support training and development

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants and the Rainy Day Trust have formed a partnership to provide support in training, education and career development for young people in the industry.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant branch expansion success

Recent branch openings in Kilmarnock and Newton Abbott continue the on-going expansion of Graham Plumbers’ Merchant, which has seen investment in 34 new branches in the last three years.

Market dynamics and material shortages set to affect oak wood availability in Europe

Markets for European Oak are facing increased pressure on price and availability. This was the key message at the European Oak Conference held in London last week.

First Minister unveils £95m mill expansion

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday unveiled a new manufacturing line at Norbord's Inverness plant following a £95 million investment.

Ray Stubbs to host BMF Members' Day

One of the best-known voices in football will host the business conference at BMF Members' Day, which takes place at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent - the home of England’s 28 national football teams.

Actis helps family featured on BBC’s DIY SOS: The Big Build

A family affected by leukaemia and cerebral palsy, whose specially adapted home is to be featured on a BBC extreme home improvement show later this year, has been given a helping hand by insulation experts Actis.

“Material prices continue to rocket”, says FMB

More than half of small building firms say that rising material prices are squeezing their margins and the same percentage have had to pass these price increases onto consumers, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

50th anniversary of the NMBS annual exhibition

The UK’s largest buying society for independent builders’, plumbing and heating, timber, and hardware merchants held its 2018 event on Wednesday 11 April at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry and enjoyed record-breaking levels of success.

Keyline employees recognised for 70 years of service

Keyline has recently recognised four of its employees for their dedication to the company by presenting long-service awards.

WCoBM celebrates student success at City & Awards luncheon

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) hosted its annual City & Awards luncheon in March at the City’s historic Vintners’ Hall.

BMF CEO in line for UFEMAT Presidency

John Newcomb CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is set to be the next President of Ufemat, the European Association of National Builders Merchants Associations and Manufacturers.

Chandlers Material Supplies opens a new shop and counter in Chelmsford

NBG Partner Chandler Material Supplies has capped off a highly successful six months with the opening of a brand-new shop and counter area at its Chelmsford depot.

Builders’ Merchant Company expand into South Yorkshire

Builders’ Merchant Company (BMCo) continue on its expansion plans by opening a third branch.

Macmillan Cancer Support unites behind trade professionals in support of men with cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support is uniting Selco Builders Warehouse Travis Perkins and Wolseley and six other companies to be part of its with ‘Just Say the Word’ male cancer campaign.

Jewson launches fund to support people and projects in need

Jewson has revealed the details of its fourth Building Better Communities competition, which gives tradespeople the chance to apply for a share of a £250,000 prize fund.

SME builders and Unite the union agree 3.1% pay rise over the next year

The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) has agreed a one year deal involving a 3.1% pay rise to come into effect in June 2018.

Gibbs & Dandy says “cheers” to loyal customers with pub voucher

Gibbs & Dandy is saying “cheers” to its loyal customers this month with a pub voucher for those who spend on orders collected from branch in April.

New CITB Chair must make Board more representative, says FMB

The new Chair of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) should make it his priority to reform the CITB Board so it is more representative of the whole construction sector, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Covers to take part in Moonlight Walk in memory of colleague

A team of 33 colleagues from Covers Timber and Builders Merchants in Chichester will be taking part in St Wilfrid’s Hospice Moonlight Walk on Saturday 5 May in memory of a loyal colleague who sadly passed away in January.

Olympian Steve Backley to speak at first BMF Young Merchants Conference

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has confirmed that Steve Backley OBE, a British athlete who has won medals at three different Olympic games, will speak at the first BMF Young Merchants Conference.

Huws Gray expands into Cumbria

Huws Gray’s has acquired Penrith Building Supplies making this its first acquisition into Cumbria.

Thanksgiving Service for John Ward

Stopgap founder John Ward has sadly passed away and his family invites friends and colleagues to attend a thanksgiving service in honour of Ward’s life.

H&B launch its TBG Development Group

H&B today have formally launched its TBG Development Group. The group offers small to medium-sized merchants the opportunity to join a buying group where traditionally they may have been considered too small to participate.

NMBS hosts a successful Gala Dinner

NMBS has successfully staged its annual Gala Dinner, which hosted almost 650 guests covering full spectrum of NMBS' 1000 plus merchant members and 600 plus supply partners.

Selco reaches 62 branches

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened its 62nd branch, and second in Leeds, on Roundhay Road, marking another milestone in the company’s fast paced expansion.

Keyline team using pedal power for charity

A group of staff, suppliers and customers from heavy building materials supplier Keyline are gearing up to take on the challenge of cycling from its Dumfries branch to its Inverness depot in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Baxi Heating event welcomes in new regulations

Representatives from all areas of the heating industry, along with trade bodies, consumer groups, housing associations and the media joined Baxi Heating at an event in Westminster to herald the introduction of Boiler Plus – changes to the Building Regulations that will increase the energy efficiency of domestic heating in existing homes in England only.

The TTF’s Merchant Guidance on Plywood Standards

Plywood is one of the most popular timber products for Merchants and builders. However, there has been confusion and difficulties over the different technical use classes for interior or exterior applications.

ForgeFix raises £501 for NMBS charity through its Princess Leia ScrewsArt

ForgeFix donated a unique portrait created using its products for sale at a silent auction, which sold for £501.

Breakdown of new tax legislation for this coming year

David Redfern, founder of DSR Tax Claims, looks at some of the changes that will be in place this coming tax year.

Bristan joins the BMF

Bristan has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), as a way to “show of support for its merchant partners.”

Sydenhams acquires Tipadel builders’ merchants

Sydenhams have acquired Tipadel Limited builders’ merchants based in Frome, Somerset.

Warning signs for construction as output drops, says FMB

Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in responded to the latest PMI data, which showed that snowy weather, rising costs and uncertainty relating to Brexit are to blame for the sharp drop in construction output.

Quality of industrial extension leads under investigation

Market surveillance by the Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) has revealed “significant quantities of substandard pre-assembled industrial extension leads” are on sale in the UK.

MKM opens 53rd branch

MKM Building Supplies has continued its nationwide expansion, this time cutting the ribbon on a 53rd branch.

Ridgeons celebrates new flagship branch in Cambridge

Following on from the expansion of Ridgeons Nuffield Road branch, Ridgeons has now opened its new flagship branch in Norman Way.

Breedon Group has acquired Staffs Concrete

Staffs Concrete complements Breedon’s existing mini mix businesses, 1stMix and Pro Mini Mix, which operate throughout the West and East Midlands and East Anglia. It will draw material from Breedon’s local ready-mixed concrete plants and extend the Group’s reach to the north of Birmingham.

Palladium Building Supplies donate supplies to Primary School

Palladium Building Supplies donated a new pink Wheelbarrow and a range of Children's Gardening Tools to Kingsbridge Primary School Gardening Club.

Covers raises £16,950 for local hospices

Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has presented three local hospices with £16,950 of funds following a fundraising campaign to help charities in the community.