Builders' Merchants News
The British Woodworking Federation extends membership to Certifire Scheme

Builders’ merchants may find that their fire doors make them now eligible to join the BWF’s Certifire Scheme, as it is being extended to include companies that use Q-Mark fire doors.

IKO helps to restore historic Hurst Castle

IKO has played a major part in the £1 million restoration of a castle built by Henry VIII.

Football legends join Rudridge for seven-a-side event

Workers at drainage, groundwork and civil engineering material specialist Rudridge swapped high-vis jackets for football kits at its ninth annual seven-a-side event.

BSW Timber invests £35 million in Slovenian sawmill

Forestry and timber company BSW Timber is building a new sawmill, Combined Heat and Power plant, and band pellet manufacturing facility in Slovenia.

Ideal Boilers partners with West Bromwich Albion Football Club

Domestic heating and boiler manufacturer Ideal is partnering with West Bromwich Albion Football Club, with its logo set to appear on the players’ kit and training wear.

Want your say on the plumbing and heating engineering industry?

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering is holding its Annual General Meeting where members can have their voices heard on industry matters.

Celotex rejects claims made in BBC Grenfell Tower Panorama

Celotex is challenging claims made in a BBC News story that it knowingly mis-sold the dangerously flammable insulation used on Grenfell Tower.

Keyline will host a charity cycle for Prostate Cancer UK

Civil and drainage solutions supplier Keyline is hosting a charity bike ride from Dumfries to Inverness next month.

Norbord lends its support to homeless charity Social Bite

Norbord donated 11 packs of SterlingOSB to a project to build temporary accommodation for homeless people in Edinburgh.

Selco opens second Bristol branch

Selco Builders Warehouse has officially cut the ribbon to its second Bristol branch, bringing its total number of branches to 65.

Cable praises success of Twickenham timber business

If the government does not secure mutually beneficial customs arrangements before the UK leaves the EU in ten months’ time, Twickenham firm Alsford Timber will have to pay millions more upfront to buy European softwood.

MKM branch wins Responsible Business Champion Award

The All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group gave the award to the Kirkcaldy store as part of a Responsible Business Scheme.

The FMB call on the government to make public sector contracts accessible to SMEs

The Federation of Master Builders addressed the ‘closed shop’ culture reported by SME workers who say it prevents them from landing bigger projects.

Flex R opens its second depot

The company, which supplies EPDM materials for flat roofing, has opened a new centre in Huddersfield.

Bassetts open new store in Enniskillen

Plumbing and heating merchant Bassetts has opened its sixteenth store in Northern Ireland, following a £2 million investment.

Brokenshire to investigate cladding despite Hackitt’s verdict

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has stated that the government will consult on banning combustible cladding on high-rise residential buildings.

Isover has launched its airtightness and moisture management course

The course is held at the Saint-Gobain Technical Academy in East Leake, Nottinghamshire, and is aimed at specifiers and housebuilders.

Kellaway Building Supplies supports Bristol Noise community project

Kellaway Building Supplies has continued its support of community improvement charity Bristol Noise.

Hopefield Fab is on the lookout for new apprentices

Hopefield Fab, who produce metal bar tops, over bar glass racks, under-counter units and decorative metalwork - are recruiting new apprentices to join their firm.

Builders’ merchants’ sales growth continues upward trend in Q1 2018

The Builders Merchants Federation has recently released figures in its Builders Merchants Building Index which show continued growth, albeit at a slower rate.

Leaside Timber and Builders’ Merchants joins NBG

Buying group NBG has welcomed Leaside into its membership of independent builders’ merchants.

Norbord opens its new £95 million site

Having outgrown its old site, Norbord has opened a new factory in Inverness which allows the company to produce a new type of OSB.

Disappointment meets Hackitt Review recommendations

Suppliers say they are “disappointed” that Dame Judith Hackitt has not recommended that it should be mandatory for sprinklers to be fitted into tower blocks in her review of Building Regulations and fire safety rules.

Shadow Women’s Secretary praises LRBM sisters

Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities Dawn Butler showed support for her local builders’ merchant on a visit to London Reclaimed Brick Merchants last week.

CEMEX and RoadPeace gear up for safety scheme

CEMEX UK is calling on the construction industry to join the Construction Logistics and Community Safety scheme.

Mexican ambassador opens Wavin site expansion

The expansion of Wavin’s Chippenham site has been officially opened by the Mexican ambassador, Julián Ventura Valero.

Charity-minded Farnham roofer crowned nation’s ‘Local Hero’ in the 2018 UK Roofing Awards

Charity-minded Surrey roofer Lee Moran has been crowned the nation’s top ‘Local Hero’ in the National Federation of Roofing Contractors 2018 UK Roofing Awards, sponsored by SIG Roofing.

Government must transform how it works with construction post-Carillion, says FMB

The government must learn from Carillion by enforcing fair payment and opening up public sector contracts to smaller firms, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Ideal Bathrooms demonstrates commitment to customer service with new distribution hub

Ideal Bathrooms has made a major investment in its Scottish distribution operation with a move to a new 33,000 sq ft distribution hub in the centre of Glasgow.

Andrew Harrison and David Kilburn to speak at BMF Young Merchants Conference

Two of the most influential leaders in the builders’ merchant industry will speak at the BMF Young Merchants Conference in October.

Chandlers Building Supplies lends its support to the Construction Industry Helpline

Chandlers is helping to promote the Construction Industry Helpline, a free and confidential service that helps construction workers and families affected by mental health issues.

Digital VAT records may become mandatory for merchants

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has clarified that businesses with a turnover exceeding the VAT threshold of £85,000 will need to make their VAT records digital from April 2019.

St Albans next stop for expanding builders' merchant

Selco Builders Warehouse has further strengthened its offering in the London area by opening its a branch in St Albans - its 63rd in the UK.

RGB turns runners blue for charity

RGB Building Supplies is supporting Children’s Hospice South West’s charity Rainbow Run by sponsoring its blue paint station.

BMF wins ASI award for second time

The Builders Merchants Federation’s website, launched in April 2017, has recently received the Great Things Award for the second year running.

Are you ready to take off with Osma?

The 2018 edition of the Take Off with Osma competition launched on 8 May, and merchants have the opportunity to win several prizes.

Women lead the way in history-making IAI Awards

Iron ladies of the door hardware industry showed their mettle at a recent ironmongery industry awards.

Merchant trainees to double five-year CHUF donation in new challenge

JT Dove has made a large donation to the Children’s Heart Unit Fund that has hit an incredible milestone and opened up a new opportunity.

Grafton stays strong despite battering from Beast from the East

Builders’ merchanting and DIY supplier Grafton Group has released its trading report for the year so far, revealing the Beast from the East and Storm Emma gave its trading a battering but its forecast for the year remains strong.

BMF completes cyber essentials certificate with GDPR/Cyber Audit Plus service

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has completed the Cyber Essentials Certificate, ahead of the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) law on 25 May 2018.

New factory signals the next phase of continued Rhino Products growth

Rhino Products is to build a new factory next year featuring custom designed production areas, as it is outgrowing its current site.

Rock up and rock out in Tenerife

Roy Marriott of Mansfield is the lucky winner of Graham Plumbers’ Merchant’s Rock Up and Win competition.

Mayor backs opportunities for young builders merchants

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has praised the commitment of the Builders Merchants Federation to encouraging more young people to enter the building materials industry.

BMF expands Policy and Public Affairs presence in Scotland and Northern Ireland

The Builders Merchants Federation has appointed Perspectiva Consultants to act as government relations consultants in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Small builders resilient despite material price hikes, says FMB

The workloads of small and medium-sized construction firms grew slightly in the first three months of this year despite record numbers of builders reporting rising material prices, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Construction sector's sales expectations fall

Sales expectations in the construction sector for the next six months have dropped since April last year.

JP Corry honoured as top builders' merchants in Northern Ireland

The overall winner in the fifth Octabuild Builders Merchant Awards Northern Ireland is JP Corry Lisburn, while JP Corry’s latest addition, Coleraine, scooped an award for Best Premises.

MKM Anlaby boosts DIY SOS build for Hull family

MKM’s branch in Anlaby is to feature on the BBC’s DIY SOS programme after donating to a project to help a local family.

Ibstock Brick shortlisted for 2018 BusinessGreen Leader Awards

Ibstock Brick's strategic approach to sustainability has won it a shortlisting for the 2018 BusinessGreen Leader Awards.

CMA partly approves Breedon Group’s acquisition plans

The Competition and Markets Authority has approved part of Breedon Group’s bid to acquire assets from Tarmac.