Builders' Merchants News
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.

Domino chain reaction across Hull draws thousands

An art event involving 12,000 giant dominoes weaving their way through Hull was “an unforgettable spectacle”.

Health and safety ramifications are “more severe than ever”

Health and safety experts are warning that failure to adhere to regulations has bigger repercussions now than ever before.

Kerridge’s new acquisition strengthens its UK presence

Trading software provider Kerridge Commercial Systems has made a new acquisition, increasing its platform nation-wide.

New investment helps TIMco to be a “one-stop shop” for merchants

To keep up with demand from merchants for an increased range of products, TIMco has extended its UK quality control facilities.

Roof rescuer named ‘Local Hero’

A community-minded roofer has been nominated for the National Federation of Roofing Contractors’ 2018 UK Roofing Awards.

Homeless charity gets a helping hand

A charity in Bristol which repurposes used shipping containers into living space is receiving discounted building materials.

New sponsorship is a win for Halstead Town FC

Halstead Town Football Club has agreed new sponsorship deal with Scott Parnell for the 2018/19 season.

Boiler scrappage scheme “welcome news”

The Mayor of London’s new Cleaner Heat Cashback scheme has been endorsed by ATAG Commercial.

Luxury magazine commends Abode

Abode has won a Luxury Travel Guide Lifestyle Award.

Get in the running

A charity obstacle course race with discounted entry for people working in the construction industry is open for registration.

‘Boiler Man’ is hotly received

The official mascot of Ideal Boilers went down a storm with fans at his first appearance on the football pitch.

Merchants encouraged to inspire the next generation of employees

Construction Careers Week is urging merchants to inspire young people to join the industry.

Banning combustible cladding is “crucial to public safety”

Rockwool is supporting MPs calls for combustible cladding to be banned on high-rise buildings.

Six shortlisted for BMF Supplier Engagement Award

The Builders Merchants Federation has announced the finalists for its 2018 Supplier Engagement Award.

Dauntless Scots complete Three Peaks Challenge

A Scottish team has raised thousands for charity after climbing the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in one day.

Marching at midnight

Almost 2,000 women have walked through the night to raise money for a local hospice.

Industry accreditation celebrates sustainability

Thanks to its commitment to responsible sourcing of materials, Tobermore has earned a top industry accreditation.

Fire doors not fit for purpose

Five different suppliers’ fire doors fail to meet requisite fire performance standard.

Heatwave takes its toll on tradespeople

The recent heatwave has caused tradespeople to call off jobs early.

A giant leap for construction

A toy astronaut carrying a construction bolt has been launched into space.

Plumber’s pipe dream comes true

A Sheffield plumber has won a holiday for him and his family to any destination they choose.

Wales urged to be wise with water

Merchants are being urged conserve their water as the heatwave dries up reservoirs.

Imperial launches industry first with new York Clamp brick

Imperial Bricks has introduced the York Clamp, the first time a new handmade version, created using the traditional manufacturing methods, has been made available to the market. 

FORTIS names its official brick supplier

Imperial Bricks has become the supplier of choice for FORTIS.

Refurbished roofing branch reopens

Roofing and building contractors in Essex can now benefit from a one-stop-shop for all of their roofing needs following a major refurbishment.

Community hero will receive £500

Nominations are open for a campaign that gives local groups and charity projects £500 towards their cause.

Co-workers don’t beat around the bush

Green-fingered volunteers helped to tame a carer colleague’s unruly garden as part of a campaign to help the community.

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.

Help save a construction worker’s life today

Every working day in the UK two construction workers take their own life. But your donation could turn things around for someone who is struggling.

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.