Builders' Merchants News
Merchants encouraged to inspire the next generation of employees

Construction Careers Week is urging merchants to inspire young people to join the industry.

Banning combustible cladding is “crucial to public safety”

Rockwool is supporting MPs calls for combustible cladding to be banned on high-rise buildings.

Six shortlisted for BMF Supplier Engagement Award

The Builders Merchants Federation has announced the finalists for its 2018 Supplier Engagement Award.

Dauntless Scots complete Three Peaks Challenge

A Scottish team has raised thousands for charity after climbing the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in one day.

Marching at midnight

Almost 2,000 women have walked through the night to raise money for a local hospice.

Industry accreditation celebrates sustainability

Thanks to its commitment to responsible sourcing of materials, Tobermore has earned a top industry accreditation.

Fire doors not fit for purpose

Five different suppliers’ fire doors fail to meet requisite fire performance standard.

Heatwave takes its toll on tradespeople

The recent heatwave has caused tradespeople to call off jobs early.

A giant leap for construction

A toy astronaut carrying a construction bolt has been launched into space.

Plumber’s pipe dream comes true

A Sheffield plumber has won a holiday for him and his family to any destination they choose.

Wales urged to be wise with water

Merchants are being urged conserve their water as the heatwave dries up reservoirs.

Imperial launches industry first with new York Clamp brick

Imperial Bricks has introduced the York Clamp, the first time a new handmade version, created using the traditional manufacturing methods, has been made available to the market. 

FORTIS names its official brick supplier

Imperial Bricks has become the supplier of choice for FORTIS.

Refurbished roofing branch reopens

Roofing and building contractors in Essex can now benefit from a one-stop-shop for all of their roofing needs following a major refurbishment.

Community hero will receive £500

Nominations are open for a campaign that gives local groups and charity projects £500 towards their cause.

Co-workers don’t beat around the bush

Green-fingered volunteers helped to tame a carer colleague’s unruly garden as part of a campaign to help the community.

HB42 joins the BMF

HB42 has joined the Builders Merchants Federation as a supplier member.

Bradfords Building Supplies acquires Solo Building Supplies

Bradfords Building Supplies has bought Archmartin, trading as Solo Building Supplies.

Jon Culshaw to attend Awards Dinner at BMF Members’ Day

Jon Culshaw, widely regarded as Britain’s best impressionist, will be attending the black-tie Awards Dinner at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Members’ Day event on 27 September.

Help save a construction worker’s life today

Every working day in the UK two construction workers take their own life. But your donation could turn things around for someone who is struggling.

Developer sent down after building collapses

A property developer has been jailed after his perilous project caused the collapse of a roof, injuring one person.

Shortlist announced for Brick Awards 2018

The 2018 Brick Awards has beaten its record number of entries, with 332 projects entering the competition across 15 categories. 

Great Wall of China challenge raises thousands for hospice

An eight day trek across the Great Wall of China has raised £5,000 to care for terminally ill people and their families.

Concrete supplier “bucks industry trend” with speedy delivery

Customers buying concrete from Anderton Concrete wait just two or three days for their delivery to arrive.

Elliotts launches limited-edition pale ale to celebrate heritage

Elliotts has teamed up with Tap It Brewing Co to launch an exclusive pale ale to celebrate its beer-brewing heritage.

E-commerce expertise on hand for Border

Hermitage Innovation Group, parent company of Border Merchants Systems, has bought a web development company, Wkdcode.

Outstanding suppliers recognised at awards

Suppliers and employees who demonstrated “exceptional performance” were commended by Graham Plumbers’ Merchant.

Two customer experience awards nominations for Bristan

Bristan Group has been shortlisted in two categories in the UK Customer Experience Awards.

Aggregate paves the way in eliminating construction industry sexism

A ‘female friendly’ job site has commended Aggregate Industries for its efforts to get more women into construction.

Obituary: Chris Burd CBE, BSW Timber

Chris Burd CBE, the first Chief-Executive of BSW Timber, has passed away at the age of 83.

Bristan switches to brass

Bristan has implemented a key change to its product design, by replacing plastic backnuts with brass ones.

Mayor opens door for Covers

Covers has celebrated the opening of its new Chichester Doors and Windows Design Showroom. The Mayor, Councillor Martyn Bell, officially unveiled the new showroom at a special launch event.

Ideal Commercial Boilers backs mayor's cashback scheme

Ideal Commercial Boilers is backing the Cleaner Heat cashback scheme announced this week by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Shares collapse like a ton of…

Brick supplier Ibstock’s shares plummeted by 13% this week due to lower levels of production.

BMF welcomes London mayor’s new boiler initiative

An initiative to encourage London’s SMEs to replace their old, inefficient boilers with modern, energy-efficient models has been welcomed by the Builders Merchants’ Federation.

Triumphant in trade, declining in DIY: Travis Perkins’ first half of 2018

Trade is performing well, but there are challenges in the DIY market, according to Travis Perkins’ interim report for the first half of 2018.

Finalists announced in BMF Training Awards

The Builders Merchants Federation has announced the five companies that have been nominated to represent their region for the title BMF Training Company of the Year.

New boilers turn up the heat at YTIC training centre

Installers and engineers training at Your Training and Inspections Centre in South Wales will have brand new Grant boilers to study.

Selco expansion continues with Chelmsford branch

Selco Builders Warehouse has continued its rapid expansion by opening its 66th UK branch in Chelmsford – its eighth new store this year.

Horsham FC U14s score another year of sponsorship

Young footballers can rely on the support of Covers Timber and Builders’ Merchants for another two seasons.

Bute sees sky-high sales

Russell Roof Tiles says demand for its Bute tile is continuing to increase as it reports record sales.

Covers donates £5,000 to Portsmouth FC Academy following charity match

Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has donated £5,000 to Portsmouth FC Academy following a charity match that saw Covers FC teams take on former football legends from Portsmouth FC.

Graduates gear up for charity bike ride

An 8,000 km charity bike ride is being sponsored by a decorating and building supplies merchant.

BMF’s Dubrovnik Conference sold out

The 2019 BMF All Industry Conference, which takes place next June, has sold out in record time, just six weeks after launch.

Van insurance costs reverse

The cost of annual premiums for van insurance have dropped in the last year, says a new report.

Former England footballer to kick off Education Awards

Graeme Le Saux has been announced as this year’s guest speaker at the annual Guild of Architectural Ironmongers Education Awards.

Rising stars in merchanting given career boost

Budding entrepreneurs can receive free business skills training from Gibbs & Dandy.

Generous donation is a game-changer for stadium

Football fans can support their local team in style thanks to a £5,000 donation from D.W Nye.

Football’s Wellness Guru to speak at BMF Members Day

Dr Dorian Dugmore, one of the world’s foremost authorities on corporate wellness and its impact on company performance, is to speak at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Members’ Day Annual Conference which takes place on 27 September 2018.

Swift service award for supplier

Lakes Bathrooms has been recognised for its fast-acting customer service.