Builders' Merchants News
BSRIA helps give students STEM experience

Research organisation BSRIA hosted a group of year 9 and 10 students for a taster day of working in STEM.

Employees at Scott Parnell raise more than £5,000 with charity bike ride

Two employees at groundworks and civil engineering supplier Scott Parnell have raised over £5,000 for the National Autistic Society.

Bradstone products part of award-winning garden

Paving products from Bradstone have featured in a Silver Gilt medal-winning show garden at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

Predicting a kick-off in your household while the World Cup is on?

A study by furniture fittings and architectural hardware supplier Häfele found that the solution to clashing TV interests is a spare TV in the kitchen.

Allan Durning predicts some resistance to the Institute of Builders’ Merchants/Builders’ Merchant Federation’s proposed merger

Allan Durning, President of the IoBM, said he expects some members to vote against its proposed merger with the BMF.

Increased building materials volumes at Aggregate Industries helps to keep housebuilders in supply

With the UK in the grip of a housing crisis, the government has naturally focused its efforts on increasing the number of new homes built, by setting an ambitious target of 300,000 a year. That means now, more than ever, it is important for building materials manufacturers to play their role by ensuring housebuilders have the large volumes of product available to help meet demand.

Small construction businesses hit by payment crisis exacerbated by Carillion

The payment delay crisis has worsened for small construction businesses in the last year, exacerbated by Carillion, says online business finance supermarket Funding Options.

CEMEX UK to move headquarters

CEMEX UK is moving its headquarters from Thorpe, Surrey, to Rugby, Warwickshire, next month.

BMF 2019 conference venue revealed

Next year's Builders Merchants Federation conference is to be held in Dubrovnik.

NMBS actively considering latest technology

The NMBS is "actively investigating" the use of artificial intelligence to deal with customer enquiries.

Vote for your Trade Hero

You can choose the most deserving winner from the finalists of Jewson’s Trade Hero competition.

Look out for Dunlop’s new branded trucks

Tiling, flooring and decorating products manufacturer Dunlop has a new fleet of branded lorries.

Origin named as top growing company

Aluminium doors and windows manufacturer Origin has been named by The Sunday Times as one of Britain’s fastest growing companies.

All aboard for Polypipe’s yacht regatta!

Polypipe is recruiting shipmates for its 20th charity yacht regatta.

Dormole buys Tucks

Toolbank owner Dormole has increased its investment in the Irish market by buying Tucks O’Brien (TOB) and Tucks Fasteners & Fixings (QFF).

Jewson adds kitchen and bathroom showroom to York branch

Jewson has invested more than £100,000 in its York branch, opening a brand new kitchen and bathroom showroom.

SIG Roofing hosts grand reopening

SIG Roofing’s Sittingbourne branch hosted a reopening event following an extensive refurbishment project.

The FMB comments on worrying ONS figures

Brian Berry from the FMB puts construction output fall down to The Beast from the East, rising costs and Brexit.

Fun in the sun for a good cause

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Chichester has raised £556.10 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice at its annual summer fayre.

Chief Executive of BSRIA recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Julia Evans, Chief Executive at BSRIA, has been awarded an OBE for services to the construction industry.

NBG members expand and thrive

National Buying Group partners are reporting strong trading and many members are successfully carrying out growth, acquisition and expansion strategies.

NMBS launches All-Industry Conference app

NMBS has launched an app to help delegates make the most of attending its 2018 All-Industry Conference, which starts on Thursday.

Offsite homes will help solve housing shortage, says Actis

Insulation specialist Actis says homes shortage report demonstrates the need to increase production of offsite homes.

Graham shortlists colleges for £10,000 Refresh Scheme

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has announced its shortlist for the Graham College Refresh Scheme.

Act now to prevent another Grenfell tragedy, say London Assembly members

Members of the London Assembly yesterday agreed a unanimous motion calling for further urgent safeguards for residents, almost one year on from the Grenfell Tower fire.

Hanson meets sustainability targets

Hanson UK’s latest sustainability report shows it has passed its 2020 targets.

CUPA GROUP completes acquisition of Burton Roofing Merchants

Natural slate producer CUPA GROUP has announced that it now owns 100% of Burton Roofing Merchants.

Reclamation-style bricks fuel growth

Handmade brick supplier Imperial Bricks has reported a 25% increase in sales and a 20% increase in business growth on the 2015/16 financial year.

Ibstock Brick emphasises support for merchants at 2018 Forum

Ibstock Brick has reiterated its support for independent builders’ merchants, pledging to “look after” them during 2018.

Travis Perkins branch also houses 572 students

Travis Perkins has built two mixed use development sites in London which combines branches with affordable housing.

Developers questioned on missed targets for affordable housing

Those in charge of building affordable homes in London deny claims they have missed their targets.

BMF shortlisted for five Trade Association Awards

The Builders Merchants Federation has been shortlisted in no fewer than five categories in the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards.

The BMF agrees to merge with the IoBM

The BMF surveyed its members and found that they were in favour of merging with the IoBM.

Wolseley UK launches a new and improved service

Wolseley UK has introduced new technology at more than 500 branches nationwide, to provide a better branch service and reduce paperwork.

BEIS figures show a slow in sales but hike in prices for the industry

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released its figures for building materials and components in 2018, reporting construction industry sales have decreased but prices for materials have increased.

Baxi backs Vado Rally driver

Baxi is sponsoring independent merchants PHS in this year’s VADO Rally.

LochAnna Kitchens fundraises to give back to the Stroke Association

Staff at LochAnna Kitchens have raised £600 for the Stroke Association, a charity close to their hearts.

Beat plastic pollution with this filtered water tap

To celebrate World Environment Day, InSinkErator® is encouraging the use of re-fillable drinking bottles instead of plastic ones.

AWBS wins award for transport standards

National Buying Group member AWBS has been awarded founder members status of the Earned Recognition Scheme.

Cheshire Mouldings named as one of 2018’s most inspiring companies for a third time

Timber manufacturer Cheshire Mouldings has been named one of 2018’s most dynamic and fastest growing British companies.

MKM Hartlepool’s Branch Director wins award for lifelong charity efforts

MKM Hartlepool’s Mick Sumpter has collected two prestigious awards on behalf of his charity as well as being bestowed the ‘Teesside Hero Award’ for his lifelong commitments.

Looking to reduce your company’s plastic waste?

Electric heating and hot water products manufacturer Heatrae suggests its water dispenser, SuperChill, can help combat plastic usage.

England footballer to speak at BMF Members’ Day

Footballer Laura Bassett - one of the first female players to be awarded a professional contract - will speak at BMF Members’ Day Annual Conference & Awards.

Europe’s Best Woman Contractor describes win as ‘victory for women’

Monika Slowikowska picked up the Best Woman Contractor award in The European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards.

WorkMobile launches its Paperless Challenge

A new campaign is underway to challenge merchants to reduce their paper usage, with prizes worth £1000 up for grabs to any merchant participating.

GROHE starts its retail road trip

Kitchen and bathroom products supplier GROHE is building brand awareness with a truck travelling all over the country to demonstrate its products to customers.

Huws Gray acquires Armstrongs and eyes further expansion

Builders’ Merchants firm Huws Gray has continued its expansion with the recent acquisition of Armstrongs Builders Merchants based in Lower Bentham, Lancashire.

PMI figures show residential housebuilding leads the way in an otherwise declining construction industry

The latest Construction Purchasing Mangers’ Index Figures have been released, showing that housebuilding continues to bounce back from a difficult start to the year, but construction’s new orders and outlook is in decline.

Breedon Group acquires Blinkbonny Quarry

Breedon Northern Limited, a subsidiary of construction materials supplier Breedon Group, has acquired Blinkbonny Quarry in Scotland.

J.W. Ostendorf becomes part of the Hempel Group

Hempel Group, parent company of Crown Paints, has signed an agreement to acquire German paint manufacturer J.W. Ostendorf.