Builders' Merchants News
Builders spend two and a half years at merchants

Over the course of their career, builders spend an average of two and a half years at builders’ merchants, according to a new report.

Construction purchasing slows, and delivery times hit a three-year low

Purchasing activity in the construction supply chain has increased slowly, while the skills shortage damages delivery times and recruitment.

Polypipe buys Permavoid in £16.5 million deal

Polypipe has acquired Permavoid, a specialist designer and supplier of surface water management equipment.

ERA breaks into electrical wholesale market with Electricbase deal

As part of its “natural progression”, ERA is breaking into the electrical wholesale market by suppling its products to Electricbase.

BMF lobbying success over post-Brexit VAT payments

The Builders Merchants’ Federation has welcomed a Government decision that ministers will allow BMF members to adopt postponed accounting for import Value-Added Tax on goods brought into the country after the United Kingdom leaves the EU in exactly seven months’ time.

Lib Dem peer confirmed for BMF Members Day

Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the Builders Merchant’s Federation’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.

SR Timber’s secret to success

Despite the difficult weather and the recent decline in construction activity, SR Timber has reported double-digit growth in sales of roofing batten.

New lease of life for ailing merchant branch

One year on from facing closure, a builders’ merchant in Stevenage is celebrating its successful turnaround.

Kind builders help make a home more accessible

Charitable tradespeople have united to make an ex-builder with Motor Neurone Disease’s home and garden more wheelchair accessible.

Builders’ merchant role models inspire the next generation

Three representatives from the builders’ merchant sector will be sharing their career journeys with young people over the next few weeks.

50 years of production celebrated

A cement plant in Northern Ireland is celebrating 50 years of clinker and cement manufacturing.

Apprentice of the Year competition returns

Students from 13 different colleges across the UK will be battling it out to bring home the Apprentice of the Year trophy.

Bee garden creates a buzz in Manchester

As the bee population declines by a third, award-winning designer Alexandra Froggatt has designed a new garden to attract them.

A good Brexit outcome is “critical” for coatings

As the coating industry’s exports decline, it is “critical” that the government agrees a good Brexit deal.

New panellist joins the BMBI

An expert in the shower enclosures and showering market has joined the Builders’ Merchant Building Index panel.

Hourly rates shoot up as skills shortage takes hold

The skills shortage is the reason behind the conduction industry’s rising pay rates, according to software and service supplier Engage.

First ever supplier partners with the CCS

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has welcomed its first supplier partner to help “portray a positive image” of the industry.

Demand for natural slate is through the roof

"Increasing demand and popularity" for its products has prompted a Spanish natural slate supplier to expand its UK team.

155 years’ service celebrated

More than a century and a half of service has been recognised at Naylor.

“'No-deal' Brexit would be disastrous” says FTA

The supply chain, which is the “blood in the veins of the UK economy”, would suffer from a 'no-deal' Brexit, according to the Freight Transport Association.

Exeter Chiefs and Bradfords Building Supplies join forces

Premiership rugby team the Exeter Chiefs have teamed up with Bradfords Building Supplies for the 2018-19 rugby season.

“Help for Hospices” hopes to raise £30,000

Thirteen hospices are set to benefit from a week of fundraising activities.

Hitachi Koki becomes Hikoki

Hitachi Koki is changing its name to Hikoki next month, as the company says it looks to incorporate “Japanese wisdom” into its core.

Trio of quality standards for Spirotech

Three internationally-recognised quality standards have been awarded to Spirotech.

Drop in EU migrant workers sounds alarm bells for UK construction, says FMB

Figures showing a drop in EU net migration are worrying for the construction sector, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Introducing Kingspan Water & Energy

Kingspan Environmental is changing its name to Kingspan Water & Energy.

Häfele celebrates accessibility with wheelchair rugby team sponsorship

Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby Team has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with Häfele.

Safety campaign will tell fork lift truck users: “Make sure they get home safe”

Every day, five fork lift truck drivers are injured or killed – but a new campaign aims to to stop these tragic accidents happening.

Door experts consulted in fire safety overhaul

Experts in fire door hardware are being consulted to help revise fire safety regulations for buildings.

The heat is on to take advantage of cashback scheme

Eligible builders' merchants should move quickly to capitalise on the benefits of London's new £10 million Cleaner Heat Cashback Scheme, according to an industry spokesman.

Mind Coach joins speaker line-up for BMF Members Day

Mind Coach John Dabrowski, an expert on mental resilience, is the latest keynote speaker confirmed for the Builders Merchants Federation’s Members Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018 next month.

Construction slows but civils surge

Civils are a bright spot on an otherwise dull horizon for construction, according to a recent report.

It’s good news for Grafton

The Grafton Group has reported “excellent” growth across all its divisions in the first half of 2018.

Human rights compromised by Grenfell-style combustible cladding, says British Safety Council

The British Safety Council has welcomed the challenge to the government that a failure to address the risk to life posed by flammable external cladding, similar to that used on the Grenfell Tower, is a breach of human rights.

Builders' merchants' sales enjoy Q2 bounce

Sales through UK builders' merchants bounced back in the second quarter of this year, with the Builders Merchants Federation’s Builders Merchants Building Index reporting 7.2% growth in sales value on Q2 2017.

Charcon joins the Birmingham Cycle Revolution

Charcon Hard Landscaping, a division of Aggregate Industries, has joined Birmingham’s Cycle Revolution by supplying 955l/m of its award-winning Cycle Kerb for the city’s new, multi-million pound cycle highway.

Court ruling set to impact construction disputes involving companies in liquidation

A new court judgment will have a major impact on disputes involving companies in liquidation, says construction consultancy MPG.

A-level students encouraged to consider a career in the builders’ merchant industry

Students who have recently received their A-level results are being encouraged to consider a job in merchanting.

Construction of a £10 million sustainable HQ begins

Work has begun on a Festool's new £10 million, solar-powered headquarters.

‘Apprentice of the Year’ wows judges

Callum Megarry has been crowned ‘Apprentice of the Year 2018’.

International standard for water efficiency proposed

Bathroom manufacturers want to develop a universal standard to indicate the water efficiency of fittings and appliances.

New Norwich branch for Kent Blaxill

Kent Blaxill is aiming to match its “discerning” customers’ requirements with a new branch in Norwich.

Grafton’s new plan to pay down £56 million debt

The Grafton Group is raising millions of pounds through an alternative form of financing.

New investment “strengthens the Catnic brand across Europe”

Catnic has added seven new manufacturing lines to its German factory.

It’s a hat-trick for Burton Albion FC sponsorship

Russell Roof Tiles will be sponsoring Burton Albion Football Club for the third year running.

New merchant partner joins NBG

A Lincolnshire-based builders’ merchant has become the latest addition to the National Buying Group’s roster.

Historic building restored to its former glory

A former coaching inn has been renovated without losing its charm thanks to the teamwork of Dale Joinery and Jewson.

Prostate Cancer UK partners with Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins has announced Prostate Cancer UK as the official charity to its golf tournament.

“Pitiful” Paper promises “warm words” but no action

The government’s new Paper has been condemned as “pitiful” by MPs who want to see more money available for social housing.

Howarth Timber puts its best foot forward for charity

A coastal walk to raise money for Cancer Research UK has a £10,000 target.