Builders' Merchants News
Christmas crime hotspots: Empty retail buildings and construction sites

Thefts and burglaries are expected to surge during the festive period, with empty construction sites and retail buildings at particular risk.

E-learning course will develop merchants’ expertise

Merchants can now learn about Saniflo’s products and how to install them online.

VELUX to sponsor BMF Burns Supper

The Builders Merchants Federation has announced that VELUX will be the headline sponsor of the 2019 Burns Supper, the BMF’s most popular and prestigious annual event in Scotland attended by more than 300 people.

Child’s play

A fancy dress pram-pushing race is being sponsored by a local builders’ merchant.

Verisure aims to help burglary victims with new partnership

Verisure is joining forces with Victim Support to raise awareness of the risks of burglary and educate the public about crime prevention.

Efficiency drive continues with distribution centre refurbishment

Snows Timber has completed a £500,000 refurbishment of its Mansfield Distribution Centre to improve efficiencies in the picking and milling of product.

Merchant on the move

After 11 years at its current site, the Cricklewood branch of Selco Builders Warehouse is moving to a new location.

Composite Prime breaks new ground with TTF membership

Decking company Composite Prime has become the first member of the Timber Trade Federation to solely supply composite materials.

BMF earns its tenth best practice award nomination this year

The Builders Merchants Federation has earned its tenth award nomination this year, with its latest member engagement initiatives and its use of social media being recognised in the Association Awards, which promote excellence in association leadership.

Beer tasting, celebrity chefs and pub quizzes

A masterclass in cooking, craft beer tasting and a trade-themed pub quiz are just some of the perks on offer at Jewson Live 2018.

Plywood leads the way as material prices keep rising

Building material prices have continued to rise this year, with imported plywood reporting the biggest price hike.

Plumbing supplier wins prestigious accolade

In recognition for outstanding levels of service, Ariston has been named ‘Supplier of the Year’ at the annual YPS Plumbing Supplies Awards.

IoD boss to speak at BMF All Industry Conference

Stephen Martin, Director General of the Institute of Directors, Britain’s longest-running organisation for business leaders, is the latest speaker confirmed for the BMF All Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June 2019.

Selco sacks are a roaring success

Dudley Zoo and its wild residents have received a generous donation from a local builder’s merchant to help clear away fallen leaves.

Leading the way in inspiring the next generation

Midland Lead is supporting 17 colleges to help develop future skills within the construction and roofing industry.

Door hardware manufacturer named Export Business of the Year

P C Henderson has won an accolade at the British Chamber Awards, which celebrates the nation’s best businesses.

RMI proves profitable for merchants

Repair, maintenance and improvement work is a key investment for short-term landlords, according to a new report.

Customer demand is the driving force for multi-million-pound investment

A multi-million-pound investment has seen Hamilton Plant Hire expand its fleet to meet customer demand.

Give a gift that counts this Christmas

You can help the Rainy Day Trust’s most vulnerable beneficiaries during the festive period by donating towards its Christmas hampers.

Hard work pays off for Rising Star of the Year

A Howarth Timber sales graduate has been named Rising Star of the Year at the 2018 British Excellence in Sales Management Awards.

Projects worth £600 billion in the pipeline as government gets Britain building

The government’s construction pipeline forecasts £600 billion of infrastructure investment over the next decade, and encourages offsite construction methods.

New girls’ rugby team supported by RGB

The only girls’ rugby team in its area has scored sponsorship from a local builders’ merchant.

Patents awarded to Forticrete’s “innovative” new tile

Forticrete has been granted three UK patents for its SL8® large format roof tile, giving its design 20 years of protection.

Travis Perkins to sell its Plumbing and Heating Division

The Travis Perkins Group is to sell its Plumbing and Heating Division, as part of a focus on delivering "best-in-class service" to its trade customers.

New mental health app launches for construction industry

Research shows that two construction workers take their own lives every day, and so a new app has been created to give them mental health advice.

Call for public to vote for charitable causes

Three charities are hoping to receive £500 after being shortlisted in the latest round of D.W. Nye’s Proud to be Local campaign.

BMBI Experts debate key issues and trends in construction in third Round Table

The third Builders Merchant Building Index Round Table Debate recently took place to discuss topical issues and the implications for the industry.

No-deal Brexit would be “disruptive” to supply chain

A new report explains the detrimental impact a no-deal Brexit would have on the construction industry.

New research names best cities for tradespeople

Merchants can see where in the UK their customers are with a new list of the cities that provide the best opportunities for tradespeople.

BMF Anniversary Dinner raises £6,000 for charity

A gala members’ dinner at the Belfry Hotel, the final celebration marking the Builders Merchants Federation’s Anniversary year, raised £6,000.

Cambridge alliance secures £72 million in government funding to drive innovation and boost construction

The Centre for Digital Built Britain at the University of Cambridge has joined forces with the Manufacturing Technology Centre and Building Research Establishment to transform the way that infrastructure is designed, built and used.

Wear your ugliest festive jumper to help support CRASH’S Christmas campaign

You can raise awareness for construction industry charity CRASH by donning a garish Christmas jumper at work.

Cancer survivor runs half-marathon to thank charity that supported him

A prostate cancer survivor donned his running shoes for the charity that helped him through it.

Russell’s quiz fundraiser raises the roof

A charity quiz night hosted by a roof manufacturer has raised thousands for local causes.

Combustible cladding ban moves forward

Regulations were laid in Parliament yesterday which will give legal effect to the combustible materials ban announced in the summer.

Drainage pipe picture wins national manufacturing photography award

An amateur photographer from Carlisle has won a national competition with his picture of a Naylor drainage pipe.

Hydrogen report is “a positive step forward”

The admission by the Committee on Climate Change that hydrogen is a viable option for the decarbonisation of heat in the UK has been welcomed by an industry spokesperson.

Bricks boost thanks to self-sufficient housing market

Increasing self-sufficiency in the UK housing market is boosting brick production, according to an expert.

Hospice a step closer to securing dementia garden

A Yorkshire hospice’s hopes of creating a new dementia garden have moved a step closer to reality after a merchant donated building materials.

Long-standing independent merchant opens new branch

RGB Building Supplies has opened a brand new plumbing and heating branch in Devon.

Skydive marks the end of disaster-plagued charity bike ride

A charity bike ride that saw just one team member left is coming to an end with a skydive to boost donations.

Football club’s stadium named the SR Timber Arena in sponsorship deal

A football ground in Nottingham has been renamed the SR Timber Arena after the timber supplier signed a sponsorship deal with a local team.

Fifty sixth branch for MKM

MKM Building Supplies has opened a new branch in Burnley - its 56th nationally - creating 15 jobs in the Lancashire town.

Best of the industry celebrated

The most inspiring, hard-working and talented people in the builders’ merchants sector have been honoured at this year’s Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence 2018.

Two new patrons support construction industry charity

Beale & Co and Reds10 have become patron partners with CRASH, the construction industry charity.

Gear up for #GivingTuesday

Tuesday 27 November is #GivingTuesday, an event to raise awareness of what the charity sector does – and businesses are being called upon to take part.

Record breaking donation for Alzheimer’s Society

Daring employees of CCF raised a whopping £32,615 for an Alzheimer’s charity by climbing the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Free lunch for lucky merchant customers

Builders can get a free lunch at a nearby café while Elliotts Builders’ Merchant processes their order.

Most Considerate Supplier celebrated

A supplier that says it goes the extra mile for both customers and employees has been recognised at the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s 2018 National awards.

Long-serving employee marks 40 years of service

A dedicated Kent Blaxill employee who has worked for the merchant for 40 years has been recognised for his commitment.