Builders' Merchants News
Full programme announced for Women in Industry Conference

All the expert speakers have now been announced for the first ever NMBS Women in Industry Conference. launches new online portal

Online builders’ merchant,, has unveiled a new online portal at

BMBI finds Q2 sales slowing at UK builders’ merchants

Figures for Q2 2019 just released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index report the first negative growth in sales through UK builders merchants since data collection began in 2014.

George Lines opens new branch

Specialist Civils Merchants George Lines, part of the Lords Builders’ Merchants Group, has opened a new site in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Bobby Davro to host charity auction at BMF Members’ Conference

Bobby Davro, the comedian, actor and TV personality, will host a charity auction at the Builders Merchants Federation Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s annual members’ conference, on 19 September.

Elliotts installs life-saving devices in its branches

Defibrillators with 24-hour access have been installed outside Elliotts branches in Southampton, Ringwood, Lymington and Portsmouth.

Frank Key shoots for success with Arnold Town Football Club

Building supplies company Frank Key is once again providing vital support to the local football team Arnold Town FC to ensure they are ready to run out for the new season.

Marley bought out from Etex

Inflexion Private Equity has announced that it will acquire roofing specialist Marley from Etex.

Fabdec fosters industry collaboration with AECOM factory visit

Stainless steel heat transfer product manufacturer Fabdec held a technical training day for public health engineers from global infrastructure services firm AECOM to foster industry collaboration and share best practice.

Lakes certified as a Carbon Neutral Company

Lakes has achieved the Carbon Footprint Standard having assessed its carbon emissions and achieved carbon neutrality via support of internationally certified carbon offset projects.

Scott Parnell opens new depot in Leeds

Scott Parnell – the civils and drainage supplies specialist - has announced the opening of its new depot in Leeds.

TIMco announces partnership with local wildlife organisation

TIMco is supporting its local community by partnering with Bees In Our Community – a bee conservation organisation based in Northwich and operating throughout Cheshire.

Chandlers attracts famous faces to play charity football tournament

Michael Kurn of TalkSport, Big Brother winner Jason Burrill, ITV presenter, Rob Lamarr, Ashley Buckenham of Celebrity Ghost Hunt, former professional footballer Kerry Mayo and Britain’s Got Talent singing sensation, Wayne Woodward, are among the well-known personalities taking to the pitch for Chandlers Building Supplies’ big footie tournament in Sussex.

Hitting new heights to raise awareness of mental health in construction

An intrepid member of the SIG Design and Technology team is limbering up to climb one of the world’s highest mountains, all in the name of charity.

BMF opens first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls

The Builders Merchants Federation has just launched its first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls near Stockton on Tees.

James Donaldson and Sons invests in Automated External Defibrillators

James Donaldson and Sons has announced its recent investment in Automated External Defibrillators for all 31 of its sites throughout the UK.

BMF announces shortlist for Young Achiever Awards

The Builders Merchants Federation has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BMF Young Achiever Awards, which recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement in the next generation of managers.

Covers helps out at Cat and Rabbit Centre

A team of staff from the Portsmouth and Gosport depots of Covers Timber & Builders Merchants has volunteered for the day at the Sidlesham Cat and Rabbit Centre.

Keyline relocates from Warrington to Widnes

Keyline’s Warrington branch is now trading out of a brand new 3.5-acre site in Widnes, as it plans to strengthen its network in North West of England.

Thousands raised for ambulance trusts during RGB’s charity golf day

RGB Building Supplies’ annual golf day raised £3,908 for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust.

Selco colleagues put best foot forward to raise £8,000

Colleagues at Selco raised thousands of pounds by trekking 26 miles along the banks of the River Thames.

Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity publishes third annual Impact Report

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity Club has just published its third annual impact report which shows how the charity is helping to make a difference to the lives of construction workers.

Howarth to raise thousands of pounds with annual charity trek

The Howarth Timber Group has revealed its aims to raise £5,000 for its charity of the year, Cancer Research UK, from its annual fundraising trek.

Only a few weeks left to get your nominations in for the Builders’ Merchants Awards

The deadline to get nominations in for the Builders’ Merchants Awards 2019 is Friday 30 August 2019, so now is the time to enter.

Partners praise buying group’s “invaluable” support

Three builders’ merchants are celebrating one year of partnership with National Buying Group, a buying group for independent merchants.

Golfers putt in big effort for charity

Staff, suppliers and customers at Selco Cardiff displayed their golfing prowess to raise more than £5,000 for charity.

Covers Bognor Regis donates materials to Men’s Shed

A Bognor Regis community group has received a donation of materials from Covers Timber & Builders Merchants.

DHF implores for training and compliance following death of six-year-old crushed by unsafe gate

The Door & Hardware Federation has called on the industry to ‘do better’ with regards to training and compliance, following the tragic death of a six-year-old boy who was crushed to death by an automated gate.

The IPG helps shape the future of its members by opening new flagship stores

The IPG has united with Newline Plumbing & Heating Supplies, Plumb Inn, and Gas & Plumb Bits to launch their newfound flagship stores across the UK.

AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies joins the BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation is delighted to welcome its newest merchant member – AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies.

Ibstock partners with Miller Homes to make a difference in Malawi

Ibstock Brick has teamed up with Miller Homes to help rebuild a community in Malawi.

Marley Alutec boosts website resources for merchants

Marley Alutec has launched its new and updated website designed to provide merchants with a range of useful tools, with a dedicated resources section and online estimating tools.

Bushboard backs British Army veterans

Leading worktop and bathroom panel manufacturer Bushboard has recruited ex-military personnel for several key roles within the company.

Show your support for the Pavestone Rally 2019

The Pavestone Rally starts on 5 September from Reims in Northern France to Stuttgart, Salzburg, Venice and finishing on 8 September in the beautiful setting of Lake Como.

Proteus golf day tees off to raise £10,000 for charity

Proteus Facades has helped raise thousands of pounds for charity after more than 80 amateur golfers including local businessmen, football legends and a professional boxer, came together to take part in the manufacturer’s annual golf day.

UK must review drainage design practice in response to increase in weather volatility

Stakeholders at every level of construction must acknowledge the growing risks posed by ageing drainage infrastructure, poor maintenance schedules and increasingly volatile weather patterns, warns water drainage specialists ACO Water Management.

CEMEX Invests in New Readymix Plant at Bramshill Quarry

Building materials supplier CEMEX has invested £1 million in a new readymix plant at its Bramshill Quarry in Hampshire.

Huws Gray Ridgeons March holds successful ‘Discover What’s New’ trade week

Huws Gray Ridgeons March held a fun-filled ‘Discover What’s New’ trade week to showcase the recent changes and a series of improvements which were made to the branch.

Travis Perkins confirms plans to drop Wickes

Travis Perkins has confirmed it plans to demerge DIY chain Wickes, and has also announced the sale of its Plumbing and Heating division is “well underway”.

Top 50 listing for builders’ merchant

Staff from Tudor Griffiths are celebrating after the firm was named as one of the fastest growing businesses in the county.

Horsham charities make shortlist for funding vote

Three charities are hoping to be the recipients of £500 after being shortlisted in the latest round of NYEs Building Supplies campaign ‘Proud to be Local’.

Timber doors supplier honours carbon neutral accreditation

As part of its ongoing carbon neutral accreditation, XL Joinery is supporting a variety of initiatives overseas which will aid both the planet, as well as the local workers.

EazyStock joins the BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation is delighted to welcome its newest service member – EazyStock.

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies engages chef Peter Sidwell as a brand ambassador

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies, has partnered with chef and TV presenter, Peter Sidwell, on a collection of seasonal recipes.

Building supplies distributor backs marines’ Atlantic row to fight ocean plastic

Resapol has lent its support for a team of Royal Marines Commandos in their daring bid to row across the Atlantic.

Covers pledges to match employee fundraising

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants has pledged to match any charity funds raised by its staff up to a maximum of £1,000.

Cartoons, cars and comedy - Everything from the 2019 Keyline Rally

Keyline has thanked everyone who participated in this year’s Keyline Rally in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Selco acquires fifth North West site

Selco Trade Centres has acquired a former Carpetright warehouse in Salford in a deal brokered by the specialist industrial and logistics team at real estate advisors Colliers International.

May the force be with you

Chandlers Building Supplies unveils a fully ‘pimped up’ and refurbished Reliant Rialto for its entry into the Pavestone Rally 2019.

Revised BMF Forecast shows drop in sales growth for 2019

The ongoing economic uncertainty linked to Brexit is a major factor in the revised Builders Merchants Industry Forecast of merchant sales, with a drop of -1.8% in expected growth for 2019 over 2018.