Builders' Merchants News
£1 billion VAT bombshell for building supplies

A £1 billion VAT bombshell will hit building supplies to the UK if builders’ merchants are forced to pay 20% VAT upfront on European timber and other materials.

Chandlers Building Supplies scoops BMF Mastermerchant trophy again

Chandlers Building Supplies scooped the BMF Mastermerchant trophy for the second year running.

Back of the net! Chandlers raises £500 for homeless charity

Chandlers Building Supplies has raised £500 for a local charity by hosting a football-themed day at its Brighton branch.

Nottingham teen given career kick-start from Oakfield Construction

Oakfield Construction has hired an apprentice as part of its partnership with a Nottingham youth mentorship organisation.

Keyline continues nationwide expansion with new Leeds branch

Civils, drainage, utility and hire stock worth £1.5 million is now available at Keyline’s new Leeds site.

New British Standard guides bring door hardware professionals up to date

A raft of revised British Standards has prompted the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers to publish three new technical guides for door and window hardware specialists.

Roll up, roll up for the Heatrae Sadia circus!

Heatrae Sadia has announced a fundraiser with a twist, as it brings all the excitement of the circus to Norfolk.

Rolawn helps Young Offenders' garden ‘A Place to Think’ scoop silver at RHS Hampton Court

Rolawn’s continued support of the 2018 show season paid dividends for many of the show gardens at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, with six of its supported gardens scooping medals. With challenging conditions due to the continued dry weather, one of the benefactors of Rolawn supplying topsoil and Medallion turf was Southend Borough Council’s ‘A Place to Think’ garden, which earned a Silver.

Double win for builder’s merchant at the National Family Business Awards

Elliotts is celebrating winning two awards over the weekend at the National Family Business Awards 2018.

Peter Hindle MBE to extend term as BMF Chairman

The Builders Merchants Federation has confirmed that Peter Hindle MBE (pictured) will remain in post as Chairman until March 2020. The 12-month extension of his term of office will provide continuity at Board level as the BMF focuses on its next stage of development.

BPMA supports letter to Prime Minister expressing concerns over Brexit ‘no deal’ scenario

As one of the 13 trade associations that make up the membership of the EURIS Task Force, which collectively represents industry sectors with a combined turnover of £110 billion, the British Pump Manufacturers Association and its members have added their voice to this important communication.

Moray MP visits Keith Builders Merchants to hear expansion plans

Moray MP Douglas Ross visited KBM recently, meeting MD Jeff Smith, director Kevin Mitchell and BMF Regional Manager Graham Bolton.

Lighthouse Club’s Summer Ball raises a spectacular £40,000

It was a balmy summer evening as more than 400 guests arrived at the City Central Marquee at the Honorary Artillery Company in London for the annual Lighthouse Club Charity’s Summer Ball.

Jason’s journey

Chandlers Building Supplies is helping its Petworth branch manager raise money for the Construction Industry Helpline.

Another successful VADO Rally raises over £90,000

Another successful VADO Rally has raised over £90,000 for charity after 22 teams embarked on an epic adventure through some of Europe’s greatest cities in just four days.

Colin Clark MP visits Inverurie builders’ merchant GPH

Colin Clark, MP for Gordon, visited the Inverurie premises of GPH on Friday.

Grafton Group revenue grows by 7% during first half of 2018

The Grafton Group has revealed that its UK merchanting business grew its profits by almost 7% during the first half of the year.

Plumbase MD to chair BMF P&H Forum

Mark Bradley, Managing Director of Plumbase, will take over as Chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation’s Plumbing & Heating Forum from its next meeting in November.

Gorilla Glue bonds with The Brick

Gorilla Glue has joined forces with The Brick to donate its products and to host community events and training sessions for the charity.

Naylor Industries reports transitional year

A "transformational" £15 million investment programme has put growth on hold for Naylor Industries.

Ibstock Brick recognised for innovative approach to sustainability

Dedication to reducing energy consumption and increasing efficiency has won Ibstock Brick an accolade at this year’s Business Green Leaders Awards.

Three Peaks Challenge raises thousands for cancer charity

A team from Anderton Concrete have raised £14,000 for charity Macmillan Cancer by climbing three mountains in 24 hours.

Building a better-informed future at the Build Show 2018

Construction output is reportedly on the rise again, but risks from the economic uncertainty around Brexit, post-Grenfell regulatory changes and the well-documented skills shortages in building trades are raising a lot of questions about the future for the builders’ merchants industry.

Grange’s fencing forms part of BBC award-winning garden

A Show Garden which won two awards at this year’s BBC Gardener’s World Live contained raised pond and edible beds.

Roman helps young entrepreneurs win prestigious business award

A group of budding entrepreneurs have won a national award, with the help of shower manufacturer Roman.

Kit Malthouse becomes eighth housing minister in eight years

Kit Malthouse is the new Housing Minister, replacing Dominic Raab.

New technologies take centre stage at Civils Expo 2018

Civils Expo will cover the largest infrastructure projects both in the UK and abroad and will feature exhibitors showcasing the very latest products and services for the sector.

Figures show a sharp decline in construction projects

A construction activity index report has shown a “disappointing” decline in projects starting in the last three months.

Hilary Benn MP visits Howarth Timber Leeds branch

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies recently welcomed Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn to its branch at Prince Edward Works in Leeds, to learn about how merchants deliver for their communities - and to discuss issues affecting the supply chain and the wider West Yorkshire economy.

Actis says off-site homes are vital in housing crisis race against time

Actis says more off-site construction is key if the plans in a report into how the UK manages its housing market are to be achieved.

Pasquill showcases recent investments at Redhill branch open day

Pasquill recently invited customers to an open day at its Redhill branch, offering an exclusive insight into the recent six-figure investments in the site.

The BCF takes the cake

The British Coatings Federation celebrated its 25th birthday last week, with a ceremonial plaque and an anniversary cake.

New deals strengthen NBG hand

NBG has signed several new buying deals with some of the building industry’s premium brands, including Bond It, Forgefix, Gorilla, Imperial Bricks and Wykamol.

George Clarke to give Keynote Address at BMF Young Merchants Conference

Architect and television presenter George Clarke will be the Keynote Speaker at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Young Merchants Conference.

Polypipe Terrain assists with “one of a kind” landscaped roof garden

Polypipe Terrain is supplying a drainage system for a £150 million development in London.

Philmac moves into bigger premises to support continued growth

Philmac has moved its warehouse and its commercial activities to bigger sites as the company continues to grow.

Recommendation for homes to use heat pumps is “flawed”, says manufacturer

Worcester Bosch has challenged a report which recommended homes use heat pumps instead of mains gas.

The Institute of Builders Merchants immediately adjourns AGM for legal reasons

A crucial meeting on the future of the Institute of Builders’ Merchants has been suspended because members were not given enough notice.

Northern Ireland’s construction workforce to be given better mental health support

Mental health charity Mates in Mind is offering support to construction workers in Northern Ireland in a bid to improve mental health in the industry.

Kent Blaxhill manager runs 180km to celebrate firm’s 180th anniversary

The manager of builders’ merchant Kent Blaxhill’s Suffolk branch is running 180km this year to celebrate the company’s 180th year.

BPS opens renovated branch with a Bake-off style party

Building and Plumbing Supplies opened its revamped Leamington branch with an event attended by a contestant from BBC TV show The Great British Bake Off.

Jewson to support a world record workout

Jewson is assisting an attempt to break the world record for the most people exercising to a fitness video at once.

Merchants will reap benefits of licensed construction trade, says FMB

Builders’ merchants have been assured that a proposed scheme to licence the UK construction industry will not have a negative impact on them.

Selco and Knights form a winning team

Selco’s York branch has partnered with League 1 rugby club York City Knights.

Timber Expo branches out this year with new workshops and awards for role models

This year's Timber Expo, the biggest timber event of the year, features new workshops and a role model competition to inspire the next generation.

Housing minister opens major new brick factory

Ibstock Brick last week welcomed the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to open its new factory.

Rembrand joins Thornbridge and NYTimber to create the leading independent timber distribution company in Scotland and the North of England

Thornbridge Sawmills and Rembrand Timber have merged, with the help of further investment from Cairngorm Capital Partners.

Chichester College’s carpentry course benefits from donation of materials

The Chichester and Bognor Regis branches of Covers have donated materials and kitchen units to help carpentry and joinery students at Chichester College.

Bull Products alarm system a sure-fire way to keep construction workers safe

Bull Products is helping to protect construction workers at a redevelopment site in London where the 2012 Olympics took place.

D.W. Nye gives Holbrook Animal Rescue £500

Family-run charity Holbrook Animal Rescue in Horsham has been awarded £500 after winning D.W. Nye’s "Proud to be Local" campaign.