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RGB raises over £635 for children’s hospice

RGB Building Supplies raised over £635 for Children’s Hospice South West during its #UptheVolume event to celebrate Children’s Hospice Week on 26 May.

Chance to win £500 voucher with Ibstock

Merchants are being offered the chance to win a £500 Buyagift voucher as part of a nationwide competition from Ibstock to celebrate the upcoming launch of two new additions to its Tradesman range.

Tarmac unveils new division for commercial landscaping

Tarmac has announced the formation of a new division – Topscape – solely aimed at supplying the commercial landscaping market.

Chance to win £500 voucher with Ibstock

Merchants are being offered the chance to win a £500 Buyagift voucher as part of a nationwide competition from Ibstock to celebrate the upcoming launch of two new additions to its Tradesman range.

Bradstone urges merchants to showcase most successful hard landscaping displays

The 2017 Builders’ Merchants News Awards (BMN Awards) launched recently and paving manufacturer, Bradstone, is for its eighth year sponsoring the Hard Landscaping Display of the Year award.

Baxi Heating acquires Packaged Plant Solutions

Baxi Heating has acquired Packaged Plant Solutions to strengthen and grow its existing packaged plant room offer in line with market demands.

Gardiner support for BMF on international trade

“It is essential the next government negotiates a mutually-beneficial new trade deal with the European Union before the United Kingdom leaves,” was the message from Barry Gardiner, MP for the Labour Party, to the Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF) yesterday.

Champion Timber launches same delivery service for Guildford

Following customer demand, the Guildford branch of Champion Timber has launched its new same day delivery service.

Howarth At Home has the recipe for success

Howarth at Home is celebrating success after winning at the new Laura Ashley Kitchen Collection Stockist Awards for its work promoting and selling the Laura Ashley Kitchen Collection.

BMF lobbying on leaving the EU and customs arrangements

“Our negotiating aim is a bold and ambitious free trade agreement, greater in scope than any such agreement before.” That was the recent message from David Jones, Minister for Exiting the European Union to the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

MKM marketing and digital director shortlisted for Women in Business Award

MKM Building Supplies’ Linda Clarke has been shortlisted for a prestigious business award at the Barclays Yorkshire Women in Business Awards.

Sydenhams completes Three Peaks Challenge for Macmillan Cancer

Staff and customers of Sydenhams took part in the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Baxi wins double at Gas Industry Awards

Baxi has returned home happy after the Gas Industry Awards, having won in categories for both energy efficiency and customer service.

Jewson announces Building Better Communities finalists

Four construction professionals and 35 regional projects have been named as finalists in the annual Jewson Building Better Communities competition. A prize fund of £250,000 will be shared by the winners to help deserving causes across England, Scotland and Wales.

More students for TFT Woodexperts courses

A further 19 students have qualified for their Level 4 Certificate in Wood Science and Timber Technology with TFT Woodexperts, with three merits and two distinctions among the results.

Bradstone raises £8,000 for trio of local charities

Bradstone has hosted a charity football tournament in aid of #ChallengeDerbyshire.

A strong start to 2017 for builders’ merchants

The latest figures from the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) confirmed a strong start to 2017 with a further three months of growth in the sales of building materials through UK generalist builders’ merchants in Q1.

Abode’s Matthew Pitt charity challenge

Matthew Pitt, commercial and operations director of Abode, has just completed a 90 mile walk along the Dales Way, a long distance footpath, raising over £2,500 for the Alzheimers Society.

Kerridge Commercial Systems holds successful customer conference

Konnect17 – a two-day customer conference held recently for users of K8 software – was the best-attended Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) customer conference yet, with 35% more customers present than at last year’s event.

New BMF Apprenticeship Training Agency to boost apprentice employment

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has formed an accredited Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) that will help its members benefit from the opportunities created by the Apprenticeship Reforms – whether or not they are required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy.

RDT's CEO completed coastal path challenge

Bryan Clover, chief executive officer of the Rainy Day Trust (RDT), has completed the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Challenge for charity – walking all 186 miles in 9.5 days!

Independent merchant welcomes MP

JT Dove sends a message to government during visit by MP

The BMF welcomes new members in Northern Ireland

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is delighted to welcome two new independent merchant members in Northern Ireland.

Jewson scores fundraising goal

Jewson employees, suppliers and customers donned their shorts and football boots to raise more than £1,360 for Barnardo’s.

Dulux Select Decorator Award winners announced

Dulux Trade has announced the winners of its Select Decorator Awards. Open to members of the Dulux Select Decorator scheme, entrants for this year’s competition were required to submit details of their best projects, complemented with statements from their clients.

SMD expresses concern at ability to plug skills gap

A 1.7 % sector growth forecast for five years until 2021 means youth is desperately needed, according to SMD, but the number of workers retiring is outstripping new blood.

Plumb Center launches first commercial online hub

Plumb Center has launched a dedicated commercial plumbing and heating section on its website, designed to make life easier for installers looking for commercial-grade products and advice.

Management buyout for AW Lumb

Independent merchant AW Lumb has been sold as part of a management buyout.

Fernox joins BMF

Fernox has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), providing an additional platform to promote best practice and reach out to customers through the federation’s unique forum of merchants and suppliers.

Ridgeons celebrates suppliers at its 10th anniversary awards

On 10 May, Ridgeons held its 10th annual Supplier of the Year Awards at Quy Mill in Cambridge.

Frank Howard Tool Show 2017

Showcasing the latest range of products and tools from big name brands, Frank Howard Tools & Fixings is inviting tradespeople and DIY’ers along to its annual tool show.

SBS staff reaches 10 years of service

Held at a venue in Nottingham on 13 May, all 12 branches and the head office of Smith Brothers Stores gathered to honour achievements of its staff.

Hosts announced for BMF Members’ Day

Miriam Staley, who kick-started a high profile career at the age of 26 when she made it to the final five of the first series of The Apprentice, will host the Business Conference at BMF Members’ Day on 20 September.

New showroom is unveiled

Customers at a Shropshire-based builders’ merchant will now be spoilt for choice thanks to the launch of a new kitchen and bathroom showroom.

Students love builders’ merchants!

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) recently exhibited at the annual Livery Schools Link (LSL) Showcase in Guildhall to help raise the profile of our industry among students.

Duffield Timber carves out £1m investment

Duffield Timber has made a £1m investment in new machinery at its site near Ripon, North Yorkshire.

Booming Selco reaches major landmark

During what is the biggest period of expansion the company has ever undertaken, Selco has opened a branch in Guildford on the Slyfield Industrial Estate.

Rudridge employees set to cycle in memory of colleague

Two Rudridge employees are gearing up for the challenge of a lifetime to raise cash in memory of a colleague.

New pre-school wins help from RGB

Muddy Boots Woodland to Shore Pre-School, due to open in Bideford, Devon in 2017, is the latest winner of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund following a public vote.

Centurion launches major rebrand

PPE manufacturer Centurion has re-launched its brand following a complete brand review during 2016.

Businesses urged to get behind community farms and gardens

UK Businesses, big and small, are being urged to take action to support their local community growing groups, many of which struggle to make ends meet.

Considerate Constructors Scheme launches in Ireland

The Considerate Constructors Scheme - the organisation established to improve the image of the construction industry - is now international, having launched its first registered site in Ireland.

Baxi Heating team scoops marketing award

Baxi Heating has won Marketing Team of the Year at the 2017 Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Marketing Excellence Awards.

BMF and IoBM agree strategic partnership

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) have agreed a strategic partnership that will see the two bodies working together more closely to develop the professionalism of the industry.

JP Corry shortlisted for responsibility award

JP Corry has been shortlisted for a Responsible Business Award in Northern Ireland.

Aggregate Industries invests £2m in block plants

Aggregate Industries’ Masterblock business has invested £2m into improving its block product operations at three of its factories across the country, in response to a steady increase in demand from the housing industry.

Keyline rally heads to Spain for charity

In a galaxy not so far away, employees from Keyline will morph into their favourite characters from Star Wars, Doctor Who and The X Files as they jump behind the wheel and drive across Europe to raise vital money for Prostate Cancer UK.

UK brick manufacturers report increase in distribution

The steady increase in UK-manufactured brick deliveries has continued in line with rising industry demand, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Balcas Timber hires sales executive

Kym Tuckwell has joined Balcas Timber as sales executive and will be covering the sales territory of south Wales, the West Midlands and south/south west of England.

Online building products retailer secures £8.65m for growth

Private equity house Key Capital Partners (KCP) has acquired a majority stake in online retailer of building materials, Construction Materials Online (CMO), which operates retail sites supplying DIY builders and small building contractors.