Builders' Merchants News
Selco reaches 62 branches

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened its 62nd branch, and second in Leeds, on Roundhay Road, marking another milestone in the company’s fast paced expansion.

Keyline team using pedal power for charity

A group of staff, suppliers and customers from heavy building materials supplier Keyline are gearing up to take on the challenge of cycling from its Dumfries branch to its Inverness depot in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Baxi Heating event welcomes in new regulations

Representatives from all areas of the heating industry, along with trade bodies, consumer groups, housing associations and the media joined Baxi Heating at an event in Westminster to herald the introduction of Boiler Plus – changes to the Building Regulations that will increase the energy efficiency of domestic heating in existing homes in England only.

The TTF’s Merchant Guidance on Plywood Standards

Plywood is one of the most popular timber products for Merchants and builders. However, there has been confusion and difficulties over the different technical use classes for interior or exterior applications.

ForgeFix raises £501 for NMBS charity through its Princess Leia ScrewsArt

ForgeFix donated a unique portrait created using its products for sale at a silent auction, which sold for £501.

Breakdown of new tax legislation for this coming year

David Redfern, founder of DSR Tax Claims, looks at some of the changes that will be in place this coming tax year.

Bristan joins the BMF

Bristan has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), as a way to “show of support for its merchant partners.”

Sydenhams acquires Tipadel builders’ merchants

Sydenhams have acquired Tipadel Limited builders’ merchants based in Frome, Somerset.

Warning signs for construction as output drops, says FMB

Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in responded to the latest PMI data, which showed that snowy weather, rising costs and uncertainty relating to Brexit are to blame for the sharp drop in construction output.

Quality of industrial extension leads under investigation

Market surveillance by the Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) has revealed “significant quantities of substandard pre-assembled industrial extension leads” are on sale in the UK.

MKM opens 53rd branch

MKM Building Supplies has continued its nationwide expansion, this time cutting the ribbon on a 53rd branch.

Ridgeons celebrates new flagship branch in Cambridge

Following on from the expansion of Ridgeons Nuffield Road branch, Ridgeons has now opened its new flagship branch in Norman Way.

Breedon Group has acquired Staffs Concrete

Staffs Concrete complements Breedon’s existing mini mix businesses, 1stMix and Pro Mini Mix, which operate throughout the West and East Midlands and East Anglia. It will draw material from Breedon’s local ready-mixed concrete plants and extend the Group’s reach to the north of Birmingham.

Palladium Building Supplies donate supplies to Primary School

Palladium Building Supplies donated a new pink Wheelbarrow and a range of Children's Gardening Tools to Kingsbridge Primary School Gardening Club.

Covers raises £16,950 for local hospices

Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has presented three local hospices with £16,950 of funds following a fundraising campaign to help charities in the community.

Chandlers Building Supplies announces charity partner

Chandlers Building Supplies has announced that the Construction Industry Helpline, run by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, is its charity focus for the coming year.

MKM Kirkcaldy receive ‘Excellence in Customer Service’ Award

MKM’s branch in Kirkcaldy has won top prize for ‘Excellence in Customer Service’ at the Fife Business Awards ceremony.

Lords Builders Merchants welcomes shadow chancellor

With local elections in all London boroughs in six weeks’ time, politicians must remember that housing is not built, nor are homes improved, without London’s builders, plumbers and timber merchants.

Rembrand Timber and Builders Merchants join H&B

Rembrand Timber and builders merchants, based in Dundee, have joined the H&B merchant group.

Pasquill recognise colleagues through its annual awards

Pasquill held its third annual awards evening, to celebrate staff excellence across the business.

Silverline Tools announced as Official Tool Partner of Prudential RideLondon

Silverline Tools, Europe’s fastest-growing tool brand, is now the Official Tool Partner of Prudential RideLondon.

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland celebrate one-year anniversary of charity partnership with Barnardo’s

Saint-Gobain has raised more than £200,000 over the year for children’s charity Barnardo’s.

Modern apprenticeships boost from partnership with college

Norbord has created a new Modern Apprenticeship programme to develop skills that are focused on the technical and manufacturing aspects of the process at the mill.

Covers sponsors Chichester Rugby Club

Covers Timber and Builders Merchants have agreed to sponsor Chichester Rugby Club for another season.

Keyline's Branch of the Year is Treforest depot

The Treforest branch of leading heavy building materials provider Keyline is celebrating after being named the company’s Branch of the Year at its February annual conference.

New kitchen and bathrooms showroom for TG

The TG Dreams Kitchens and Bathrooms showroom has been unveiled at TG Builders’ Merchants, in Manchester Road, and will employ three full-time staff.

Lawsons’ new gas-powered eco-friendly lorry

Lawsons now offer an eco-friendly delivery solution for builders in the capital, with the first natural gas-powered lorry joining its London delivery fleet.

First anniversary for RGB's Bodmin branch

RGB Building Supplies marked its first year of being part of the Bodmin community on Tuesday 6 March by inviting local residents, and those that work in the trades, to enjoy a free celebratory breakfast and view the renovations that have recently taken place.

Kellaway Building Supplies raises over £13,000 for Children’s Hospice South West

Kellaway Building Supplies raised £13,195.73 in 2017 for Children’s Hospice South West, a charity that provides end of life care and support for children with life-limiting illnesses.

Plumbase introduces 24-hour spares line

Plumbase has introduced an exclusive 24-hour spares line that will ensure installers can place same-day and next-day orders of vital spare parts, even if they happen to be working outside of core trading hours.

Grant UK expands its headquarters

Grant UK has carried out an extensive expansion of its HQ in Devizes, Wiltshire.

Lawsons sees 60% sale growth through Alumasc range

Lawsons is experiencing strong growth with Alumasc’s all metal range of rainwater products.

BuildStation partners with BRS and Bevan Group

BuildStation has a new Bevan-built crane truck to a its new branch after the first crane was such a success.

D.W. Nye acquires Redhill business

D.W. Nye has acquired Fixings and Powertool Center in Redhill, Surrey.

BMF builds presence at UK Construction Week

The Builders Merchants Federation is building on its successful first two years at UK Construction Week and once again hosting its own pavilion at this year’s exhibition.

Industry expert to talk digital disruption at NMBS Conference

The highly pertinent topic of digital disruption on the building materials market is set to feature on the agenda of the 2018 NMBS All-Industry Conference.

Chandlers Building Supplies open for business after fire

Chandlers Building Supplies’ Brighton branch is open for business today, just four days after it went up in flames.

Merchants' feedback prompts new investment

Listening to its merchant customers has resulted in a £2.6m factory investment and a new range of products for Quinn Cement.

Parker Building Supplies has been acquired by Cairngorm Capital

Cairngorm Capital Partners (Cairngorm Capital) has acquired Parker Building Supplies (Parkers) from its founder and Managing Director Tom Parker who is set to retire.

Merchant soaks up success from new bathroom displays

A Bedford builders’ merchant has made a splash by unveiling an extensive new bathroom showroom.

TV gardener helps Pavestone to cultivate brand

David Domoney, landscaping expert on ITV's Love Your Garden, has teamed up with Pavestone to promote beautiful patios.

Band of Builders beat the "Beast from the East" to renovate sick girl's home

More than 60 builders spent a week battling against sub-zero temperatures to transform the home of a sick little girl.

Selco offering arrives in Milton Keynes

Selco Builders Warehouse has officially cut the ribbon on its Milton Keynes branch as the company’s rapid expansion continues - taking its total to 61 in the UK.

Ariston joins the BMF as new Supplier Member

Ariston has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) as a supplier member.

The IoBM is looking to merge with the BMF

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) is in talks to merge with the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Chandler offers "fantastic opportunity" to young champions

A “fantastic opportunity” to help a builders’ merchant keep up with the times and to develop their careers is being offered to young builders.

Firefighters tackling blaze at Chandler Building Supplies

Fire fighters are tackling a “serious” fire at Chandler Building Supplies' Brighton branch.

Selco app now is able to fully complete transactions

Selco Builders Warehouse Project Tool app, which launched at the end of last year, now allows its customers to complete purchases through their smartphone.

Andy Street to give keynote address at BMF Members’ Day

Andy Street will give the final address at BMF Members’ Day in September after Vince Cable has pulled out of the event.

Small sites and small builders will build homes faster, says FMB

According to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the best way to speed up housing delivery is to get more small builders back into the market and focus more attention on the potential of smaller sites.