Builders' Merchants News
Get snap happy and win a Google home device

People who enter ARP’s new photo competition can win one of five Google home devices worth £129.

“A tougher regulatory regime that has real penalties and sanctions for those that don't conform”

Dame Judith Hackitt, author of Building a Safer Future: Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, has spoken about the need for a joined-up regulatory process that goes hand in hand with a tougher regulatory regime that has real penalties and sanctions for those that do not conform.

New product testing addresses post-Grenfell concerns

The British Board of Agrément has announced an initiative to provide additional assurance to specifiers and clients that the building materials they use are of a consistently high quality.

Last chance to avoid missing out on this year’s Build Show

With only hours left until this year’s Build Show sponsored by Easy-Trim kicks off, builders’ merchants still undecided about making the journey will want to take a look at the latest announcements about what’s on at the show at Birmingham’s NEC between 9-11 October, before they miss out on the industry’s biggest event of the year.

New project in Cambridge University’s Botanic Gardens helps visitors “understand plant diversity”.

Cambridge University has chosen Accoya® wood to help form its world-famous botanic gardens.

Huws Gray expands into Blackpool

A timber merchant in Blackpool is the latest acquisition to join Huws Gray’s roster.

h&b member rises up the ranks

JTD Building Supplies has moved up from h&b’s development group to the main group as an associate member.

National award nomination for PC Henderson

This year’s British Chamber awards has recognised a sliding and folding door manufacturer for its exporting prowess.

Director recognised as one of the North-East’s most inspiring entrepreneurs

Flame’s Managing Director recieved a warm reception at the North East Entrepreneurial Awards.

“Deeds, not words” - the Inspire Summit on how to attract and retain women in the construction industry

Industry experts including Barbara Res, the woman who built Trump Tower, met at a recent summit to discuss how to create a more diverse construction industry.

Single-use plastic crackdown at UKCW will also raise awareness for water charity

Free tap water will be available at UK Construction Week to crack down on single-use plastic and support a water charity in Nairobi.

Charitable daredevils jump 10,000ft from a plane

Fearless employees from Huws Gray’s head office recently took on a tandem sky dive to raise money for the UK Sepsis Trust.

Forticrete welcomes commitment to housebuilding

The government's "serious steps" towards getting Britain building have been welcomed by Forticrete.

A force for good in roofing

As part of an initiative to attract former service personnel into the construction industry, Coleg Cambria is hosting a Forces in Construction Insight Day next week.

PM's housing announcement a "victory for common sense", says FMB

The Prime Minister’s announcement that the government will lift the borrowing cap on councils to allow them to build many more homes is a victory for bold thinking and common sense, says the Federation of Master Builders.

BMF goes the extra mile to fund coach for local special needs school

A four-day car rally across six countries was one of the fun activities members of the Builders Merchants Federation took part in to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus.

“Revolutionary” appliance prepares to launch

A “revolutionary” waste-repurposing product is being developed following a new partnership to ensure its readiness.

Town square regeneration will be assisted by Charcon

Eston town square in North Yorkshire is being regenerated with the help of Charcon’s concrete block paving.

Unpaid tradespeople demand change

Too many British tradespeople are not being paid for the work they have done, according to a new campaign supported by Scruffs.

Construction firms warned to “tread carefully”

Firms are being advised to “tread carefully” and “play it safe” amid warnings of the effect that Brexit could have on the construction industry.

Trademark granted for palisade fence that eliminates electric shock risk

New safety fencing by Scott Parnell has been granted a trademark.

Royal visit marks anniversary at Norbord

The Duke of York recently visited Norbord’s Inverness factory to celebrate one year of production on its new manufacturing line.

UK Construction Week joins a scheme to improve the industry’s image

The Considerate Constructors Scheme says it “welcomes” UKCW’s commitment to representing the industry positively.

Combustible cladding to be banned on high-rise buildings

The government has banned combustible cladding on buildings over 18m tall, following the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Latest acquisitions by Kerridge CS strengthen its hire industry potential

Kerridge Commercial Systems has acquired InspHire and Current-RMS.

New look, new Lakes

Lakes has revealed its new name, logo and plans for the future, following a rebrand.

Merchants unite to find missing children

Independent merchants have partnered with a charity to raise awareness of children who have gone missing.

Two new branches bolster MKM’s offering

MKM Building Supplies recently opened its 54th and 55th branches with the help of an industry VIP.

MTX assists project to help children learn about nature

A new wildlife garden has been built as part of an education programme to encourage children to learn about the natural world.

Pixie Lott to headline NMBS Dinner Dance

The National Merchant Buying Society is pulling out all the stops for its 2018 Dinner Dance, with Pixie Lott headlining a star-studded night of entertainment.

“Underperformance” makes Travis Perkins an attractive investment opportunity

Travis Perkins’ “underperformance” has prompted an asset management group to increase its shares in the hope it has potential to improve over the long-term.

Double delight for Huws Gray

Builders’ merchant Huws Gray has announced a pair of acquisitions to add to its branch network.

John Prescott announced as first speaker at BMF All Industry Conference

Lord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2019 in Dubrovnik next June.

BMF unveils strategy for Building Excellence

Ibstock Brick opens Eclipse to local community

Ibstock Brick welcomed more than 400 members of the local community over the weekend to celebrate the opening of its new Eclipse factory in Ibstock.

Million pound month for timber specialist

NYTimber is on course for a record-breaking year after its engineered wood products division achieved £1 million of sales in a single month.

Last minute substitution adds midfield flair to BMF Members’ Day

Football fans the world over understand the positive impact a last-minute substitution can bring to the game, so delegates to the BMF Members’ Day Business Conference should not be disappointed to learn of a late change to the speaker programme.

SME bosses worry they cannot offer staff enough benefits

Two in three small and medium enterprise owners are concerned that they do not offer their employees the same benefits that large corporations do.

New Keyline location is safer and more accessible

Customers will benefit from easier access and a safer site now that Keyline has relocated its Aberdeen branch.

Selco partners with former “worst football club in England”

St Francis Rangers FC have signed a sponsorship deal with Selco as the team continues its “impressive” comeback.

Supplier of the Year receives two more awards nominations

It has been an exciting month for Midland Lead, which has won H&B group’s Supplier of the Year, and been shortlisted for two Burton Mail Business Awards.

FireAngel announces new connected home management partnership with Mears Group

FireAngel is joining with Mears Group to provide social housing tenants with a bespoke connected home management system.

Get on board with Graham

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant will be hosting a Dragon Boat Race later this week to raise funds for Barnardo's.

Billions of pounds announced for affordable homes

The prime minister is due to pledge an extra £2 billion funding for social housing today.

Merchants urged to raise awareness of “dangerous” unqualified gas engineers

Experts are urging merchants to join in with an initiative to raise awareness of the importance of only allowing a qualified person to work on a gas installation.

Survey reveals “disturbing” lack of fire door knowledge among tradespeople

An online poll has revealed that 50% of tradespeople do not feel confident in advising customers on fire door safety.

“Hugely popular” charity regatta raises thousands

Charities were the winners of this year's Polypipe Regatta after the event raised £11,000 for good causes.

Brick merchant assists with Ryder Cup promo video

A promotional video for the Ryder Cup international golfing tournament featured products from London Reclaimed Brick Merchants.

New certification awarded to fire collar

A fire protection product has received a “significant” new CE Marking.

Car-aoke rally raises £100,000 for charity

A musical and karaoke-themed car rally has raised £100,000 for mental health charity Mind.