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F & P opens new Bedford distribution warehouse

F & P, Primaflow and Connections has opened its new southern regional distribution centre in Bedford, scaled to serve customers in the Midlands and south of the UK, and make over 3,000 products available for next-day delivery.

Keyline saddles up and raises over £8,500 for charity

A group of Keyline staff, customers and suppliers raised in excess of £8,500 for Prostate Cancer UK when they replaced their hard hats for cycle helmets and completed a gruelling biking challenge on 3 June.

Ridgeons’ internal promotions help form new Operations Board

Ridgeons has announced that it has formed an Operations Board to draw on the skills and experience of existing colleagues and support the company’s continued growth.

Pochin plays its parts for boiler engineers

Independent plumbing and heating merchant Pochin has expanded into a new product category, stocking boiler spares for a range of the most popular boiler brands.

New production line at International Timber

The International Timber Trafford Park facility has introduced a fully integrated production system.

Keyline quiz night raises over £1,000 for charity

A recent quiz night organised by the Keyline Projects Team in Honiton raised a fantastic £1,117 for Prostate Cancer UK.

Polypipe starts three-year partnership with Help for Heroes

Polypipe has confirmed a three-year partnership with Armed Forces charity Help for Heroes, which will see the manufacturer of plastic piping, rainwater systems, and underfloor heating help raise funds to support those with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces.

Gas Safe Europe have expanded distribution of the Detectagas

The new legislation relating to carbon monoxide and smoke alarms requires all landlords to fit and maintain working CO alarms. Testing the alarms can be difficult as the most accurate way to test is using a safe level of gas to test the alarm.

Industry responds to Queen's Speech

The construction industry has responded to yesterday's Queen's Speech, welcoming the government's commitment to industrial strategy.

BMF reaction to the Queen’s Speech

Queen’s Speech to Parliament today set out the government’s legislative programme for the next two years. The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed the government's plans on housing and industrial policy.

AWMS raises money for charity in 'Fireman Sam' banger

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) has taken up the challenge to enter the Pavestone Rally in aid of The Rainy Day Trust and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Parker Building Supplies and Kent County Cricket Club team up

Parker Building Supplies has become official partner of the Kent County Cricket Club as part of a three-year deal.

Employees value benefits as financial pressures rise

Employees are increasingly recognising the value of their workplace benefits as financial pressures increase, new research from MetLife’s UK Employee Benefit Trends Study 2017 shows.

Roofing’s Top Ten apprentices tough it out in national final

Ten of the country’s best roofing apprentices are gearing up for the two-day final that will see one of them awarded the title of Redland Apprentice of the Year.

DW Nye’s first demo day of the year

The South East may have been enjoying a heatwave, but builders visiting DW Nye on Monday were getting ready for winter by finding out about the latest products on offer.

Henry Carver awarded the Express & Star Business Person of the Year

Carvers Building Supplies managing director, Henry Carver, has won Business Person of the Year Award at the Express and Star Business Awards.

NMBS launches Special Offers App

NMBS has made it easier for its merchant members to embrace mobile technology to market their businesses with a Special Offers App.

Building sector unites to support workers with cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support is uniting with six companies from the building and construction sector, to raise awareness of cancer and encourage men to get support.

Chandlers Building Supplies helps charity farm build

Chandlers Building Supplies celebrated the completion of Chailey Heritage Foundation's Patchwork Farm project by donating its final fundraising efforts to the Foundation. The money donated is part of the merchant's ongoing support of the Foundation.

Södra Wood announces new HQ

Södra Wood, formerly Crown Timber, is relocating its UK and Irish operations to a new flagship HQ in the Office Park in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The move will see more than 40 staff working in an integrated environment.

Keyline has won back-to-back RoSPA’s health and safety awards

Keyline, a UK supplier of civils and drainage solutions, has received a gold Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Award for the second year in a row.

NMBS Conference 2018: Venue, location and dates

At the conclusion of the successful 2017 BMF Conference, the location for next year’s industry Conference was announced.

Construction sector unites to raise cancer awareness

Macmillan Cancer Support is uniting with six companies from the building and construction sector, to raise awareness of cancer and encourage men to get support.

Chandlers Building Supplies helps charity farm

Chandlers Building Supplies celebrated the completion of Chailey Heritage Foundation’s Patchwork Farm project by donating its final fundraising efforts to the Foundation. The money donated is part of the merchant’s ongoing support of Chailey Heritage Foundation.

Plumbase names its Supplier of the Year

APP Plumbing and Heating has been named Supplier of the Year by heating and plumbing merchant Plumbase.

GB Plastics wins Midlands Family Business of the Year

General Building Plastics won the Midlands Family Business of the Year Champions 2017.

AWMS boosts merchant support with new literature

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) has completed a series of new point-of-sale literature to help merchants sell the benefits of its ranges of rainwater and drainage solutions.

Aurora lighting upgrade saves £20K for Gibbs & Dandy

Aurora Lighting has carried out a complete front and back of house lighting retrofit for Gibbs & Dandy Luton, part of the Saint-Gobain group, resulting in a reduced number of fittings and equipment, and increased annual energy savings of almost £20,000.

BMBI shortlisted for new award

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI), a brand of the BMF, has been shortlisted for another award, this time for the 'Best Practice Awards 2017' organised by the Trade Association Forum (TAF).

Hoskins Brick rebrands as Vandersanden Group

Hoskins Brick, the wholly owned distributor of Vandersanden bricks in the UK, has announced a full rebrand and unveiled its new corporate identity.

Border Merchant Systems welcomes new customer

Border Merchant Systems has announced its partnership with Robert Price Builders’ Merchants Borders as the newest CounterAct software user.

MKM supports sand art festival

MKM Building Supplies has been commemorated with a sand sculpture at the Redcar Sand Sculpture Festival in recognition of its continued support of the event.

BMF urges government to focus on building homes and developing industrial strategy

In the wake of one of the most unpredictable election results in recent years, the Builders Merchants Federation wants to see the new government focus on two major issues: building more homes and developing proper industrial policy. This will be a way promote economic growth across the UK.

Six awards for VELUX including Marketing Team of the Year

VELUX has won Marketing Team of the Year at the Marketing Society Star Awards for its work on two campaigns that helped grow its share of the roof window market.

Howarth Timber supports Local Music Live initiative

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is backing Local Music Live, a new initiative aimed at putting new talent on the radio.

Bacon with your building supplies at free demo day

Kingsfold-based DW Nye will be hosting a free demo day on 19 June, 2017.

Industry reacts to political uncertainty

Since the election, there has been a lot of speculation about the short and long term effects the Conervative minority government will have on policy.

Latest Reynaers showroom opens its doors in Stafford

Justin Hunter, Managing Director of aluminium systems supplier Reynaers at Home, was the star guest at the launch of a £100,000 showroom this month.

JP Corry scoops two accreditations

JP Corry’s Springfield Road and Castledawson branches have been awarded the environmental certification, ISO14001. This accreditation demonstrates JP Corry’s pledge to reducing environmental impact and improving environmental management efforts.

Microsoft's Head of Technology booked for BMF Members' Day

James Akrigg, Head of Technology for Partners at Microsoft, will share his expertise with delegates at the Builders Merchants Federations (BMF) Members’ Day in September.

Cycle challenge to raise money for British Lung Foundation

Festool, a supplier of power tools and accessories, has launched a new Cycle Challenge to raise money for the British Lung Foundation (BLF) and to promote lung health to UK tradespeople.

International football legends join Rudridge for sports event

Rudridge swapped hard hats for football boots when it hosted the eighth annual seven-a-side sports event at Southampton FC’s stadium.

BMF shortlisted in Trade Association Awards for third year

For the third year running, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has been shortlisted in multiple categories in the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards.

Tarmac joins the BMF

Tarmac, a large supplier of heavyside building materials in the UK, has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Encon double capacity size with new location

Encon Insulation has relocated its Birmingham branch to larger premises’ doubling the size of its previous site as part of the company’s growth plan.

Major success for NMBS Golf Day

The recent NMBS Golf Day brought together 120 people from across NMBS' membership and supplier base to network on a superb course.

HiB and Bristan raise money for cancer charities

HiB and Bristan played a charity football match at Tamworth FC raising £1,300 to be split between Macmillan Cancer Support and Team Tilly, a charity for a local Tamworth child, Tilly Sweet, who is fighting childhood cancer. The final score of 2-1 to HiB and the match was close throughout.

New branches for NBG partners

NBG partners’ businesses are continuing to show growth with new branches and showrooms opening throughout the UK through.

Huws Gray donates £25,000 to UK Sepsis Trust

Huws Gray has recently donated £25,000 to the UK Sepsis Trust.

Bristan announces winner of its Niagara Falls competition

Bristan’s winner of its recent ‘New and Improved Electrics’ promotion has won an all-expenses paid holiday to the Niagara Falls. 136 independent merchants partnered with Bristan to offer the trip of a lifetime to customers.