Builders' Merchants News
HB42 joins the BMF

HB42 has joined the Builders Merchants Federation as a supplier member.

Bradfords Building Supplies acquires Solo Building Supplies

Bradfords Building Supplies has bought Archmartin, trading as Solo Building Supplies.

Jon Culshaw to attend Awards Dinner at BMF Members’ Day

Jon Culshaw, widely regarded as Britain’s best impressionist, will be attending the black-tie Awards Dinner at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Members’ Day event on 27 September.

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Developer sent down after building collapses

A property developer has been jailed after his perilous project caused the collapse of a roof, injuring one person.

Shortlist announced for Brick Awards 2018

The 2018 Brick Awards has beaten its record number of entries, with 332 projects entering the competition across 15 categories. 

Great Wall of China challenge raises thousands for hospice

An eight day trek across the Great Wall of China has raised £5,000 to care for terminally ill people and their families.

Concrete supplier “bucks industry trend” with speedy delivery

Customers buying concrete from Anderton Concrete wait just two or three days for their delivery to arrive.

Elliotts launches limited-edition pale ale to celebrate heritage

Elliotts has teamed up with Tap It Brewing Co to launch an exclusive pale ale to celebrate its beer-brewing heritage.

E-commerce expertise on hand for Border

Hermitage Innovation Group, parent company of Border Merchants Systems, has bought a web development company, Wkdcode.

Outstanding suppliers recognised at awards

Suppliers and employees who demonstrated “exceptional performance” were commended by Graham Plumbers’ Merchant.

Two customer experience awards nominations for Bristan

Bristan Group has been shortlisted in two categories in the UK Customer Experience Awards.

Aggregate paves the way in eliminating construction industry sexism

A ‘female friendly’ job site has commended Aggregate Industries for its efforts to get more women into construction.

Obituary: Chris Burd CBE, BSW Timber

Chris Burd CBE, the first Chief-Executive of BSW Timber, has passed away at the age of 83.

Bristan switches to brass

Bristan has implemented a key change to its product design, by replacing plastic backnuts with brass ones.

Mayor opens door for Covers

Covers has celebrated the opening of its new Chichester Doors and Windows Design Showroom. The Mayor, Councillor Martyn Bell, officially unveiled the new showroom at a special launch event.

Ideal Commercial Boilers backs mayor's cashback scheme

Ideal Commercial Boilers is backing the Cleaner Heat cashback scheme announced this week by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Shares collapse like a ton of…

Brick supplier Ibstock’s shares plummeted by 13% this week due to lower levels of production.

BMF welcomes London mayor’s new boiler initiative

An initiative to encourage London’s SMEs to replace their old, inefficient boilers with modern, energy-efficient models has been welcomed by the Builders Merchants’ Federation.

Triumphant in trade, declining in DIY: Travis Perkins’ first half of 2018

Trade is performing well, but there are challenges in the DIY market, according to Travis Perkins’ interim report for the first half of 2018.

Finalists announced in BMF Training Awards

The Builders Merchants Federation has announced the five companies that have been nominated to represent their region for the title BMF Training Company of the Year.

New boilers turn up the heat at YTIC training centre

Installers and engineers training at Your Training and Inspections Centre in South Wales will have brand new Grant boilers to study.

Selco expansion continues with Chelmsford branch

Selco Builders Warehouse has continued its rapid expansion by opening its 66th UK branch in Chelmsford – its eighth new store this year.

Horsham FC U14s score another year of sponsorship

Young footballers can rely on the support of Covers Timber and Builders’ Merchants for another two seasons.

Bute sees sky-high sales

Russell Roof Tiles says demand for its Bute tile is continuing to increase as it reports record sales.

Covers donates £5,000 to Portsmouth FC Academy following charity match

Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has donated £5,000 to Portsmouth FC Academy following a charity match that saw Covers FC teams take on former football legends from Portsmouth FC.

Graduates gear up for charity bike ride

An 8,000 km charity bike ride is being sponsored by a decorating and building supplies merchant.

BMF’s Dubrovnik Conference sold out

The 2019 BMF All Industry Conference, which takes place next June, has sold out in record time, just six weeks after launch.

Van insurance costs reverse

The cost of annual premiums for van insurance have dropped in the last year, says a new report.

Former England footballer to kick off Education Awards

Graeme Le Saux has been announced as this year’s guest speaker at the annual Guild of Architectural Ironmongers Education Awards.

Rising stars in merchanting given career boost

Budding entrepreneurs can receive free business skills training from Gibbs & Dandy.

Generous donation is a game-changer for stadium

Football fans can support their local team in style thanks to a £5,000 donation from D.W Nye.

Football’s Wellness Guru to speak at BMF Members Day

Dr Dorian Dugmore, one of the world’s foremost authorities on corporate wellness and its impact on company performance, is to speak at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Members’ Day Annual Conference which takes place on 27 September 2018.

Swift service award for supplier

Lakes Bathrooms has been recognised for its fast-acting customer service.

Prestigious accreditation for ERA

An accreditation recognising a company’s commitment to supporting staff has been awarded to security systems supplier ERA.

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.