Builders' Merchants News
BMF training receives CPD accreditation

The Builders Merchants Federation is gaining independent accreditation for its training courses through the globally recognised CPD Certification Service.

“Challenging market conditions” cause SIG revenue crash

A difficult construction landscape has led SIG’s revenues to drop in the last year. 

Celebrate the young talent in your business

Nominations are now open for the Midlands G4C Awards, rewarding outstanding young talent in construction.

Plumbworld completes MBO from Grafton Group

Online Home Retail Limited, which trades as Plumbworld, has just completed a successful management buyout from the Grafton Group.

OX Tools UK joins the BMF

OX Tools UK is the latest supplier to join the Builders Merchants Federation.

Covers to continue sponsorship of Alresford Rugby Club

Covers Timber and Builders Merchant has agreed to continue its sponsorship of Alresford Rugby Club for 2018/2019.

Counter-terrorism chief to speak at BMF All-Industry Conference

A former Commander at New Scotland Yard is to speak at the Builders Merchants Federation’s All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June.

BMF and MPs unite to support SME housebuilders

The interests of smaller housebuilders are not recognised at Westminster, and that must improve if housing targets are to be met, according to the Builders Merchants Federation.

Merchant gives cash boost to schoolboy’s ambitious Lego project

Charitable D.W. Nye has helped a 14-year-old complete a Lego replica of his school, plus awarded £500 to a Scout group.

Care home to create its very own Orient Express

A Portsmouth care home will be hoping to get its residents ‘all aboard’ for its new project - with the help of Covers Timber & Builders Merchants.

Hand tool manufacturers to benefit from new partnership

The Federation of British Hand Tool Manufacturers has joined the British Home Enhancement Trade Association.

Cromar wins innovation prize

Leadax, a product by Cromar Building Supplies, has been awarded the Veluwse innovation prize of 2018.

Champion of ethical business honoured with OBE

The Group Managing Director of Marshall’s has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list.

Charity donations on the house

A new initiative from Russell Roof Tiles will see it match fund the amount of money its staff raises for charity.

Jewson gives away £40,000

A total of £40,000 has been shared out between Jewson customers as part of its Big Cash Giveaway.

Sponsorship helps Bodmin Beasts ‘build’ for the future

The Bodmin branch of RGB Building Supplies is the new sponsor of the Bodmin Beasts U11 football team.

Christmas jumpers all around

The National Merchant Buying Society team got into the festive spirit on Christmas Jumper Day 2018.

Graham launches new and improved guide

Merchants can learn all about the leading plumbing products with Graham Plumbers merchant’s new Commercial Product Guide.

Immigration plans would “devastate” construction

The Immigration White Paper shows the government isn’t listening to the business community, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Everyone gets ‘appy’ at the Lighthouse charity’s lunch

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity raised £212,000 for workers and their families at a recent fundraiser.

Garador staff donate to local food bank

More than 100 food items have been kindly donated to a food bank by members of staff at Garador.

NMBS’ Gala Dinner and Exhibition announced

The National Merchant Buying Society has announced its Gala Dinner will be on 9 April, with its Exhibition taking place the following day.

Common Transit Convention news welcomed

The government’s announcement that the UK will remain in the Common Transit Convention has been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association.

JCB to sponsor BMF Golf Day at exclusive new club

There will be a new look to the Builders Merchants Federation’s annual Golf Day in 2019, following the announcement of JCB as the new sponsor for the event.

Pasquill gets into the ‘Trussmas’ spirit

A 23-foot tall Christmas tree made entirely of roof trusses has been unveiled at Pasquill’s Inverness branch.

Dry January will support construction industry charity

The Chief Executive at the Rainy Day Trust is losing the booze in January to raise money for his own charity and one that honours his late daughter.

Merchant supports food bank at busiest time of year

Generous staff at Kent Blaxill have donated ten boxes of food and some vital timber supplies to a local food bank.

The weight is over

Staff at a roofing supplier can once again indulge in mince pies and Christmas treats after they shed the pounds for local charities.

The most common Christmas household disasters

Leaky roofs and burst pipes are the most common problems that builders are called out to fix during the winter months, according to new research.

Tradespeople to the rescue at Christmas

A quarter of tradespeople who participated in a recent survey said they had been called out to work on Christmas day.

SIG Roofing raffle raises charity cash

A festive raffle has launched in aid of charity Parkinson’s UK.

Workplace wellbeing – is it working?

Employee wellbeing is being compromised by SME owners’ lack of understanding, but a new report explains how this can be rectified.

Winning streak for Jewsons campaign

An online campaign by Jewsons to show its support for young people has won its creator three awards.

Dashing through the snow

A festive philanthropist has completed a charity run dressed as Santa.

“Innovative” app wins big

Worcester Bosch is celebrating a double triumph having seen its app land two major accolades.

Marshalls acquires Edenhall

Marshalls has announced that it has bought Edenhall Holdings, in a strategic move to boost its growth in the new build housing market.

TIMco announces partnership with Fantom Hardware

TIMco has become the UK’s exclusive supplier to merchants and retailers for Fantom Hardware, creator of the award-winning Fantom Doorstop.

Weak mortar causes crumbling homes

New homes have been built using sub-standard mortar, meaning housebuilders have been forced to carry out remedial work.

Supplier spreads Christmas cheer

Christmas hampers donated to a primary school by a local supplier have helped raise £1,700.

Warning signs as construction output flat-lines

Rising costs and continued uncertainty over Brexit are to blame for the drop in construction output, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

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.