Builders' Merchants News
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.

Forterra staff to ballot for strike action over pay

Members of the GMB union at Forterra's Newbury site are to vote on whether to strike over a pay gap within the company.

Millions raised for teenage cancer charity thanks to merchant partnership

Fundraising activities hosted by a partnership of plumbing merchants have raised £2 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.

Russell Roof Tiles secures £1M MoD project

Russell Roof Tiles has won its largest single project in five years, delivering £1 million worth of pitched roof tiles and accessories for a £250 million Ministry of Defence development in Wiltshire.

A fantastic opportunity for both professional and personal development

Seven staff members have begun Howarth Timber’s Essential Foundations of Sales Management programme.

“Planning, graft and vision” helped transform showroom in four weeks

Bence Roofing Supplies’ new showroom has been opened by a local MP, who applauded its “planning, graft and vision”.

Positive summer for builders’ merchant’s sales

After a robust second quarter, sales through UK builders’ merchants continued to deliver value growth in Q3 2018, rising by 4.2% on the same period in 2017.

Another acquisition for Huws Gray

A Stoke-on-Trent builders’ merchant is the latest acquisition to join Huws Gray’s growing roster.

Brexit fears sink business morale

Fears about Brexit and the economy have led to the lowest levels of business optimism in almost six years, according to a new report.

“Healthy Eating Workplace of the Year” crowned

A food and drink awards ceremony has recognised the workplace catering at Travis Perkins.

CRASH charity launches the BIG CRASHMAS BUILD

CRASH, a charity that assists homelessness and hospice charities with construction related projects, has launched a Christmas appeal to raise £75,000.

“Innovative” decking manufacturer joins NBG

An eco-friendly composite decking company is the first of its kind to be invited to supply the National Buying Group.

Smith Brothers Stores honours third generation Chairman

John Smith, former Chairman of heating and plumbing merchant Smith Brothers Stores, has died aged 86.

National Buying Group celebrates suppliers at annual awards

The National Buying Group celebrated the stars of the sector in its Supplier Awards earlier this week at the climax of its annual conference.

Permaroof UK announces large expansion programme for 2019

Permaroof UK is set to make further investment in its head office in the New Year.

Iconic RAF speaker to headline BMF’s landmark anniversary dinner

A year of celebration for the Builders Merchants Federation draws to a close with a special anniversary dinner to mark 40 years of the BMF itself and 110 years as a trade body. The guest speaker comes from another iconic organisation celebrating its own centenary this year - the RAF.

Local MP visits historic builders' merchants

John Penrose, MP for Weston-Super-Mare, has visited local business Bradfords Building Supplies for a tour of their site and to meet staff.

Timber giant branches out

Arnold Laver & Co has merged with The National Timber Group, creating the largest independent timber distribution company in the UK.

New ROCKWOOL expansion will create 65 jobs

A multi-million pound project to build a new logistics centre for ROCKWOOL will create 65 new jobs.

BMF opens third Regional Centre of Excellence in Scotland at Superglass

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its 22nd Regional Centre of Excellence, and the third in Scotland, at Superglass Insulation in Stirling.

Construction course for veterans celebrates its 100th graduate

As the country marks 100 years since WW1, the 100th student has graduated from a course that teaches ex-service personnel construction skills.

Treats all round as NMBS transforms for Halloween

Things turned spooky at the National Merchant Buying Society when it hosted a day of Halloween celebrations to raise money for charity.

Proposal for a merger between IoBM and BMF fails to win support

The Institute of Builders Merchants has said no to a proposal for a merger with the Builders Merchants Federation.

“Check your insurance,” urges manager of branch devastated by fire

The manager of a branch that lost 75% of its stock to a fire has warned merchants to check their insurance covers fire damage.

Five new business councils to advise the Prime Minister on post-Brexit opportunities

The Prime Minister has formed five new business councils to advise on how to create the best business conditions in the UK after Brexit.

Weigh to go!

Employees at Russell Roof Tiles are shedding the pounds to raise money for local causes.

Bricks-and-mortar businesses at a four-year low

Numbers of British bricks-and-mortar businesses have declined to a four-year low, according to a new report.

Who has Britain’s dirtiest trade van?

A competition to find the country’s dirtiest trade van will reward the winner with a free re-wrap of their offending van.

Roxor doubles its size with new acquisition

Holding company Roxor Group, which owns Ultra Finishing, Portabella Shaw, Shanghai PTB sanitary ware and Fireclay Factory, has doubled its size by acquiring a bathroom retailer.

Former RAF Sergeant joins Travis Perkins

A former Royal Air Force Sergeant will help Armed Forces leavers explore new job opportunities with Travis Perkins.

Pub quiz teams rack their brains for charity

Guests at Rudridge’s charity pub quiz had their general knowledge put to the test, raising £1,000 for charity.

One in, one out at the Plumbing and Heating Group

RGB Building Supplies is leaving the PHG, but Bristol Building Supplies will be joining from January next year.

“Time to talk about fire protection” say manufacturers

An industry lunch was held recently to highlight the importance of fire protection and third-party accredited products and installers.

Hertfordshire Royals net sponsorship

A thriving junior football club in Hertfordshire has hit the back of the net with a sponsorship deal with Selco.

Seven million pound refurbishment completed early

Refurbishments worth £7 million have been completed at Knauf Insulation’s manufacturing plant in Cwmbran, South Wales.

New Industrial Strategy Council meets as membership announced

Senior individuals from business, academia and civil society comprise the Industrial Strategy Council, led by the Chief Economist of the Bank of England, Business Secretary Greg Clark announced yesterday.

Suppliers support homeless shelter’s refurbishment project

Accommodation that helps homeless people take their first steps towards independence has been refurbished thanks to charitable donations.

New look for SIG Roofing branch

A brand new showroom and trade counter have been added to SIG Roofing’s Gloucester branch following a major refurbishment.

Rallying call for 100% Hackitt

Two major organisations are calling on the government to fully adopt the recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt.

Duo of awards nominations for sustainable supplier

A “people focused” approach to sustainability has won Ibstock Brick two nominations in the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2019.

Three becomes one on gruelling charity bike ride

Disaster has hit a team of graduates attempting a 8,000 km bike ride to raise money for charity, with two out of the three forced to retire.

Pedal to the metal

British Gypsum’s Supplier Driver of the Year 2018 has been crowned at an annual competition in Burton-upon-Trent.

Keep the noise down

The quietest products have been recognised in the latest “Noise Oscars”.

Lagan is now Breedon

Lagan Group's brick, tile and bagged cement products have been rebranded as Breedon following its acquisition by Breedon Group earlier this year.

Sporting boost for Swansea hospice

Customers and staff at a Swansea builder’s merchant have proved ‘great sports’ by raising more than £1,300 for a local hospice.

“The future of the industry is in the room” – the BMF’s Young Merchant Conference

The future of the builders’ merchant industry came together at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Young Merchant Conference.

Billions promised for new homes

The Chancellor announced guarantees of £1 billion to SME house builders, plus funding for more than 650,000 new homes in the 2018 Budget announcement.

Chancellor backs BMF regional Help to Buy proposals

The BMF has welcomed the proposals announced by the Chancellor in the 2018 Budget that would see “new regional property price caps” introduced to the Help to Buy scheme.

Investment increases as brick demand doubles

A nationwide housing boom has doubled the demand for bricks, and so a concrete products manufacturer has invested heavily in its production line to keep up.