Builders' Merchants News
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.

Borough Green factory officially opened

H+H has officially opened its upgraded aircrete factory, giving it the capability to produce enough extra Celcon Blocks to build 5,000 houses a year.

Supportive managers are the key to improving mental health in the workplace

“Ongoing leadership and hands-on support” are vital to support workers with mental health problems, according to Mates in Mind.

Celebrate the industry with #loveconstruction

People who work in construction are being called on to help promote a positive image of the industry.

Brand new kitchen up for grabs

A premium kitchen worth £9,700 will be awarded to a school, charity or community group, as part of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Initiative.

New site and academy to support DHF’s expansion

The Door and Hardware Federation has doubled in size in the past five years, and so it has relocated to a bigger premises.

Merchant honours customer’s final journey

A builders’ merchant in Lancashire recently paid its respects to a regular customer by giving him a “last lap” in the firm’s yard.

Grant oil boilers win accolade for second year running

Which? has named Grant’s boilers as Best Buys in its 2018 oil boiler survey for the second consecutive year.

Lenny Henry to host the 2018 awards

Sir Lenny Henry is to host this year’s Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence.

New branch creates 11 jobs

Following a £1 million investment, a new builders’ merchant branch has opened in Morpeth, creating jobs for 11 people.

Selco Stars initiative launches

Charities and community groups could win £500 worth of building materials thanks to Selco Builders’ Warehouse.

Half of workers have experienced poor mental health in current job

Results from a major study of workplace wellbeing revealed half of respondents had experienced a mental health problem in their current job – but supportive managers made all the difference.

Material prices continue to rise

Material prices are rising in all sectors of construction, and plywood is the material with the biggest price increase.

New FMB president vows to tackle skills shortage

Attracting more young people into the sector is top of the agenda for Arthur McArdle, the new National President of the Federation of Master Builders.