Builders' Merchants News
Contractor raises thousands for slavery victims

A contractor has raised almost £3,000 to help victims of modern slavery.

Manchester band strikes a chord with timber merchant

A nationwide music competition judged by Howarth Timber was won by Manchester quartet The Covasettes.

Long-standing employees lauded

The longest-serving members of staff at the Ridgeon Group have been commended for their commitment.

Brits want environmentally sustainable homes, says report

A recent survey has shown that the majority of respondents consider environmental sustainability when choosing a new home.

Minister warms to eco-friendly heat pump

The government is funding a ground source heat pump as part of its nationwide campaign to reduce carbon emissions.

Battle of Britain Bunker exhibition uses Charcon paving

A new £6 million Battle of Britain heritage site in London contains paving from Charcon.

Tax-dodging construction director banned from business

The director of a construction firm has been disqualified for seven years after failing to pay the tax he owed.

Cricketers boost charity coffers

A charity dinner with former England cricket player Jonathan Trott has raised £11,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Penalty shoot-out scores big win for charity

A penalty shoot-out has raised £389.73 for Children’s Hospice South West.

BMF shortlisted as Trade Association of the Year

The high standard of member support provided by the Builders Merchants Federation has been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards.

Lack of productivity causing falling profit margins, says report

Six major construction firms have issued profit warnings during the first half of the year, according to a new report by Ernst & Young.

Bigger branch means bigger business

A major capital project has delivered larger premises and given a builders merchant more space to showcase all of its products and offer improved customer service.

The truth about Trump to be revealed at this year’s UK Construction Week

If there is one woman who has stories to tell, it is Barbara Res.

New partnership to improve inadequate fire testing regime for cladding

UK fire testing regime is “not fit for purpose”, say insurers.

Dragon Boat Race a roaring success

A team from Wirquin has raised money for charity by taking part in the St George’s Dragon Boat Race in Lakeside, Doncaster.

Geberit opens latest BMF Regional Centre of Excellence

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Geberit in Warwick.

UK’s best construction sites honoured

Construction sites that best collaborate with their suppliers the most effectively have been recognised in the National Ultra Site Awards.

IronmongeryDirect celebrates its steeliest employees

Staff members who have served more than ten years at IronmongeryDirect have been recognised with awards.

Stax changes its status

A cash and carry operator which serves the building, heating and plumbing sector has changed its status to aid its expansion.

Construction making no progress in gender equality, says report

No progress has been made in achieving gender diversity in senior roles within the construction industry.

Covers’ cricket club sponsorship runs on

The Bognor Regis branch of Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has renewed its sponsorship of its local cricket club.

Merchants urged to grasp opportunities offered by offsite manufacturing

Offsite manufacturing offers merchants a “valuable” opportunity if they are prepared to be resourceful and take it.

Construction industry sees unexpected growth

The construction industry is getting back on its feet following a turbulent six months, according to a new report.

Cistermiser Keraflo proud to be ‘Made in Britain’

National industry body Made in Britain has welcomed Cistermiser Keralfo to its ranks.

Jewson’s Trade Heroes crowned

Five trade heroes and 32 regional projects have won a share of a £250,000 prize fund from Jewson.

New brick cladding system is the first to use real Ibstock Brick

Ibstock Kevington has launched a new brick clip cladding system.

Union’s keyPRIME unlocks 18 more years of patent

Union’s keyPRIME reversible key cylinder system has been granted a second patent.

£1 billion VAT bombshell for building supplies

A £1 billion VAT bombshell will hit building supplies to the UK if builders’ merchants are forced to pay 20% VAT upfront on European timber and other materials.

Chandlers Building Supplies scoops BMF Mastermerchant trophy again

Chandlers Building Supplies scooped the BMF Mastermerchant trophy for the second year running.

Back of the net! Chandlers raises £500 for homeless charity

Chandlers Building Supplies has raised £500 for a local charity by hosting a football-themed day at its Brighton branch.

Nottingham teen given career kick-start from Oakfield Construction

Oakfield Construction has hired an apprentice as part of its partnership with a Nottingham youth mentorship organisation.

Keyline continues nationwide expansion with new Leeds branch

Civils, drainage, utility and hire stock worth £1.5 million is now available at Keyline’s new Leeds site.

New British Standard guides bring door hardware professionals up to date

A raft of revised British Standards has prompted the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers to publish three new technical guides for door and window hardware specialists.

Roll up, roll up for the Heatrae Sadia circus!

Heatrae Sadia has announced a fundraiser with a twist, as it brings all the excitement of the circus to Norfolk.

Rolawn helps Young Offenders' garden ‘A Place to Think’ scoop silver at RHS Hampton Court

Rolawn’s continued support of the 2018 show season paid dividends for many of the show gardens at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, with six of its supported gardens scooping medals. With challenging conditions due to the continued dry weather, one of the benefactors of Rolawn supplying topsoil and Medallion turf was Southend Borough Council’s ‘A Place to Think’ garden, which earned a Silver.

Double win for builder’s merchant at the National Family Business Awards

Elliotts is celebrating winning two awards over the weekend at the National Family Business Awards 2018.

Peter Hindle MBE to extend term as BMF Chairman

The Builders Merchants Federation has confirmed that Peter Hindle MBE (pictured) will remain in post as Chairman until March 2020. The 12-month extension of his term of office will provide continuity at Board level as the BMF focuses on its next stage of development.

BPMA supports letter to Prime Minister expressing concerns over Brexit ‘no deal’ scenario

As one of the 13 trade associations that make up the membership of the EURIS Task Force, which collectively represents industry sectors with a combined turnover of £110 billion, the British Pump Manufacturers Association and its members have added their voice to this important communication.

Moray MP visits Keith Builders Merchants to hear expansion plans

Moray MP Douglas Ross visited KBM recently, meeting MD Jeff Smith, director Kevin Mitchell and BMF Regional Manager Graham Bolton.

Lighthouse Club’s Summer Ball raises a spectacular £40,000

It was a balmy summer evening as more than 400 guests arrived at the City Central Marquee at the Honorary Artillery Company in London for the annual Lighthouse Club Charity’s Summer Ball.

Jason’s journey

Chandlers Building Supplies is helping its Petworth branch manager raise money for the Construction Industry Helpline.

Another successful VADO Rally raises over £90,000

Another successful VADO Rally has raised over £90,000 for charity after 22 teams embarked on an epic adventure through some of Europe’s greatest cities in just four days.

Colin Clark MP visits Inverurie builders’ merchant GPH

Colin Clark, MP for Gordon, visited the Inverurie premises of GPH on Friday.

Grafton Group revenue grows by 7% during first half of 2018

The Grafton Group has revealed that its UK merchanting business grew its profits by almost 7% during the first half of the year.

Plumbase MD to chair BMF P&H Forum

Mark Bradley, Managing Director of Plumbase, will take over as Chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation’s Plumbing & Heating Forum from its next meeting in November.

Gorilla Glue bonds with The Brick

Gorilla Glue has joined forces with The Brick to donate its products and to host community events and training sessions for the charity.

Naylor Industries reports transitional year

A "transformational" £15 million investment programme has put growth on hold for Naylor Industries.

Ibstock Brick recognised for innovative approach to sustainability

Dedication to reducing energy consumption and increasing efficiency has won Ibstock Brick an accolade at this year’s Business Green Leaders Awards.

Three Peaks Challenge raises thousands for cancer charity

A team from Anderton Concrete have raised £14,000 for charity Macmillan Cancer by climbing three mountains in 24 hours.

Building a better-informed future at the Build Show 2018

Construction output is reportedly on the rise again, but risks from the economic uncertainty around Brexit, post-Grenfell regulatory changes and the well-documented skills shortages in building trades are raising a lot of questions about the future for the builders’ merchants industry.