Builders' Merchants News
Builders' Merchants Awards for Excellence 2018 launched

The Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence 2018 are officially open for nominations!

Flame Heating Group expands into Scotland

Flame Heating Group expands into Scotland by opening branches in Glasgow, Ayr and Edinburgh.

Norbord goes for gold

Norbord is celebrating achieving gold in the Structural Timber Association's new Assure accreditation programme.

Dematic opens robotics centre of excellence

Dematic says it has set up a Robotics Center of Excellence business unit, dedicated to developing and engineering robotic automation.

IBC welcomes three new members

IBC has announced that three independent builders' merchants have become new members.

Covers scores a hat trick

Covers’ staff will be helping to raise funds for the Brain Tumour Research charity later this month by supporting its Wear A Hat Day.

New brand identity for Knauf Insulation’s

Knauf Insulation has launched a new brand identity: ‘challenge. create. care’. The move is designed to underpin its customer-centric approach and commitment to driving innovation in the built environment.

Kellaway Building Supplies acquires Marlborough Building Supplies

Kellaway Building Supplies has continued its recent growth with the acquisition of the successful family run business, Marlborough Building Supplies.

Millbrook Distribution joins NBG

NBG has once again expanded its membership base with the addition of new partner Millbrook Distribution.

Reclaimed bricks used in art exhibition

London Reclaimed Brick Merchants has a huge variety of customers; whether the company is working on large builds that require tens of thousands of bricks, or on restorations, DIY projects, artistic and theatrical displays that need hundreds or thousand of bricks.

MKM celebrates its women for International Women’s Day

MKM Building Supplies is taking a look at the experience of the women in its ranks. These women are seeking to dispel some of the myths, and to inspire others who may be considering a career in the merchant industry.

BMF promotes industry apprenticeships

As part of the Builder’s Merchants Federation’s Youth Recruitment Campaign for 2018, the BMF’s Apprenticeship Plus team was out in force using the platform provided by Apprenticeship Week to promote the merchant industry as a career choice for school and college leavers.

Blood bikes hit the road thanks to Russell Roof Tiles

A new £15,700 motorbike was purchased for a local charity thanks to staff at Russell Roof Tiles.

Marsh increases capacity to meet growing demand

Marsh Industries’ Bridgewater production and distribution facilities is expanding to meet increasing demand for its range of off-mains drainage systems.

NMBS achieves Investors in People Gold accreditation

NMBS has gained independent recognition of its progressive employment practices.

Travis Perkins plc has already recruited 200 apprentices in 2018

Travis Perkins plc celebrates the 200-apprentice milestone in the lead up to National Apprenticeship Week 2018.

BMF Diplomas for Elliotts employees

Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) Diplomas in Merchanting have been awarded to group of employees from Elliotts Builders Merchant.

Too cold to lay bricks, says FMB

A number of construction sites across the UK have ground to a halt due to heavy snow, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Bournemouth army cadets fired up by merchant’s materials donation

Gibbs & Dandy Bournemouth has donated materials to help build a new outdoor firing range for young army cadets.

Forticrete welcomes new dry fix standard BS 8612

Forticrete, part of Ibstock plc, has already started putting its products through rigorous testing to meet the BS 8612: Dry-fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling, criteria.

David Meade joins NMBS 2018 All-Industry Conference line-up

NMBS has confirmed a further speaker for its 2018 All-Industry Conference.

BMF Mastermerchant 2018

Twenty-four teams of four will compete over the weekend of Friday 13 to Sunday 15 July to be titled BMF Mastermerchant.

Cistermiser Keraflo appoints new logistics partner

Cistermiser Keraflo has partnered with Seven Sixty Logistics to help provide improved delivery times.

Ninety per cent of small firms still not prepared for GDPR

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) research shows that over a third of small businesses have not yet started preparing for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) while a further third (35%) are only in the early stages of preparations.

New corporate identity for ERA

ERA has unveiled a brand new corporate identity.

D.W. Nye’s ‘Proud to be Local’: voting begins

The public to decide the winner of the first £500 of D.W. Nye’s ‘Proud to be Local’ campaign.

Dambuster support the RAF

Wiseman Industries, who manufacturers DAMBUSTER, will be donating a percentage of the profits of all the product sales for the month of May 2018, to the RAF Benevolent Fund. This is in recognition of the historic Dambuster raid 75 years ago, 16th May 1943.

Management programme competed by Keyline employee

Keyline’ Mark Short, Sales Office Manager at its Taunton Branch, has graduated from the company’s First Line Management Programme.

Ridgeons Newmarket to invest in new £100k timber warehouse

Ridgeons’ branch in Newmarket is to build a new timber storage facility costing £100,000.

BMF Members’ Day to welcome real life 007

Former MI6 officer, Julian Fisher, will be speaking at the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) Members’ Day in September.

Ridgeons opens a new showroom in Cambridge

After a £150,000 investment, as part of a wider programme of renovation and expansion at the branch, Ridgeons has opened a new showroom in Cambridge.

NBG has signs deal with Quinn

NBG has signed a new deal for cement with Quinn Building Products. As part of the deal the Irish manufacturer has offered NBG Partners exclusivity on its new Master Grade cement range as well as access its new range of weatherproof packaged products.

Drop in apprenticeship starts shows need to reform levy, says FMB

Apprenticeship starts have decreased by a more than third in November 2017 compared with November 2016, highlighting the need to reform the apprenticeship levy system, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Dulux Decorator Centre launches online invoice payment functionality

Dulux Decorator Centre has introduced a range of new features and functionality to its website to offer greater convenience, support and flexibility to trade customers when managing their accounts.

Graham goes green

The recent addition to Graham Plumbers’ Merchant’s fleet is a hybrid delivery vehicle. The three-month trial area will be around London and the company will monitor the fuel and CO2 savings they can make.

Upward extensions in London: BMF comment

The Government is right to relax planning rules to make it easier for homeowners and businesses to build additional storeys, according to the Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF).

Strong Q4 Builders Merchants’ sales complete another year of growth

Another set of positive sales figures for the final Quarter of 2017 was announced through the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI).

Ridgeons donates materials to dog charity

Ridgeons in Thetford has donated fencing materials to help a national dog rescue charity based in Norfolk secure the home of trusted fosterer, Marie Murfitt.

Hybrid vehicle added to MKM Glasgow’s fleet

Since opening in 2013, MKM’s Glasgow branch has been committed to developing its environmental strategy.

Plumbase now to offer installers Polypipe UFH training

Plumbase and Polypipe have joined to enrol installers on a BPEC accredited UFH training scheme.

Selco hits the 60 branch milestone

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened its 60th branch in York and this new branch further strengthens Selco’s presence in Yorkshire.

Cowboy builders costs UK economy £10bn, says FMB

£10 billion each year is being lost from the UK economy because homeowners are so fearful of hiring amateur or fake builders, that they simply don’t commission building work, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Selco raises half a million for Macmillan Cancer Support

Selco Builders Warehouse has raised over £500,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support due to a range of activities across its 60 branch network.

New product videos for P C Henderson

P C Henderson, has launched a new series of product focus videos to help merchants and its customers gain a better understanding of the products.

Jez Rose will be NMBS’ Conference host

Jez Rose is will be the keynote speakers at this years’ NMBS Conference in Italy.

Alumasc acquires Wade International

Alumasc Group has completed the acquisition of Essex-based drainage specialist, Wade International. This is for a strategic move to improve its Water Management division.

Keyline employees’ receive long-service awards

Keyline presented its long-service awards to those employees who have been with the company for a number of years.

Birmingham city centre builders’ merchants “will assist rapidly-growing city development”

EH Smith to open a Birmingham Central branch offering same-day delivery.

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland named Top Employer

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland, leader in construction materials markets, has been certified as a Top Employer in the United Kingdom for the sixth year running, and in Ireland for a third consecutive year.

The CIPHE offers support to Carillion apprentices

Following the demise of Carillion plc, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is offering apprentices affected by the company’s collapse complimentary Trainee Membership and proactive support in finding other potential employers.