Builders' Merchants News
Ridgeons’ new website customers easy access to stock and pricing

Ridgeons has launched a new e-commerce website with click and collect from any of its 26 local branches within two hours of ordering and new incentives for customers to open accounts online.

BMF membership hits new high at 600

Membership of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) continues to rise, with the Federation welcoming Cardiff-based FW Morgan as its 600th member on 1 July.

England stars take on Worcester's Boiler Box challenge

Worcester, Bosch Group is inviting installers to take on the Boiler Box Challenge, after taking ex-England stars Wayne Bridge and Kyran Bracken back to their roots for its 'Rely On' campaign.

Flame Heating Spares expands into Scotland after £300k investment

Flame Heating Spares launches three new trade counters in Scotland, following a £300,000 investment.

Keyline staff member saves a man's life

Keyline staff member Scott Kilmer is being hailed a hero after saving the life of a man who suffered a major cardiac arrest.

Nine Essex children’s projects seek makeover

Nine children’s community projects in Essex have entered a competition to win a £10,000 makeover of their premises. The projects include nurseries, infant schools and sports clubs, among them four from Colchester and two from Braintree.

Filling Big Ben 395 times with British timber

Four years since its founding on 4 July 2013, Grown in Britain, the British-grown timber marketing campaign, has the support of nearly 200 organisations in 15 different sectors from construction companies to wildlife organisations.

Abode’s managing director climbs to Mt. Kilimanjaro summit

Abode’s managing director Darren Holiday and two of his friends climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

BMF supports marketing qualification for construction industry

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is supporting a new marketing qualification developed for those working in and around the construction industry by the world’s leading professional marketing body.

Keyline’s Longest Day Golf Challenge raises £2,000 for charity

A team of golfers from Keyline, and one of its suppliers Wavin, took part in a Longest Day Golf Challenge and raised £2,000 for Prostate Cancer UK and also Macmillan Cancer Support.

Bostik becomes official partner of Tour de France

Bostik has signed up as an official partner of iconic cycling event, the Tour de France. The new sponsorship agreement upgrades the firm’s previous participation as an official supplier in 2015 and 2016 and will run for the next two years. The event will be used as a platform to communicate and promote the Bostik brand to a large global audience.

MKM hosts event with football legends and raises £5,000 for Hospice

An event in support of Essex children’s hospice Little Havens, featuring former West Ham players Tony Cottee and Tony Gale, has raised over £5,000 for the charity.

Actis welcomes call for government to thermally retrofit homes

Actis have welcomed a report published stating that the government urgently needs to improve thermally inadequate homes to help it achieve its 2050 energy efficiency targets. Actis recommend one practical way to do this is by retrofitting loft insulation.

Rudridge sponsors strongman extravaganza

It's a sporting event that guarantees gasps of disbelief – the UK's Strongest Man 2017 takes place this summer, and once again it's being sponsored by groundworks and civil engineering distributor Rudridge.

Methven appoints new area sales manager

Methven has appointed a new Area Sales Manager for its central region as it continues to strengthen its reputation as a market leader in shower design and spray technology.

Apprentices building careers at timber merchant

A group of apprentices are building business skills for the future at timber and builders merchant Covers.

Covers sponsors ‘Constructive rewards’ for students at Chichester College

Students studying for qualifications in the construction sector have been presented with awards for their hard work during the Construction Prize Giving 2017 at Chichester College.

UK ‘green’ policies will accelerate global deforestation

Use Wood Wisely’s website tackles environmental issues affecting the UK and the wider world, debating the pressing need for sustainable and renewable energy sources.

Ridgeons employees celebrate over 800 years of service

Ridgeons recently honoured the long service and achievements of 64 employees at its 20th annual Long Service Awards reception.

System Group apprentice wins top prize at Talent in Logistics Awards

A System Group apprentice working for CEMEX UK is on the road to success after scooping a top prize at the Talent in Logistics Awards, reflecting her commitment to training as she pursues a career as a driver at one of the UK’s leading suppliers of building materials.

Ribbon to open new Elliotts branch was cut using a bolt cutter, hedge trimmers and a chainsaw

The Mayor of Winchester, Cllr David McLean, joined the Bishop’s Waltham community to celebrate the launch of the new, super-sized Elliotts branch last night.

NBG and H&B merger talks end

The Boards of NBG and H&B have confirmed that they have ended discussions around a potential merger of the two organisations. This decision follows consultation with both memberships.

Aggregate lays plans to encourage more women workers amid escalating skills gap

With the skills deficit continuing to grow, Aggregate Industries believes that breaking down gender barriers is vital to safeguarding the future of the construction industry – and has laid some firm foundations to encourage more women into its own workforce.

JT Dove aim to raise £20,000 for charity

JT Dove Ltd, a North East-based builder’s merchants, have swapped tools for trainers for a series of charity fundraising efforts with the goal of raising £20,000 for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund at the Freeman Hospital.

Michelmersh acquires Carlton Main Brickworks

Michelmersh has announced its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Carlton Main Brickworks Limited for a net consideration of £31.2 million.

Get the builders' view at Members' Day

Arthur McArdle, National Vice President of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), will present a builder's view of Brexit at the Builders Merchants Federation's (BMF) Members' Day in September.

Thousands raised 'tanks' to Marsh Industries appeal

An ingenious idea to help raise money for merchants' own local charities from Marsh Industries is now running successfully in more than 200 branches across the UK, raising thousands of pounds for worthy causes close to merchants' hearts.

MKM Marketing and Digital Director Triumphs at Women in Business Awards

Linda Clarke of MKM Building Supplies has been named ‘Woman of the Year (Large Business)’ at the Barclays Yorkshire Women in Business Awards.

Gibbs & Dandy celebrates its latest branch with Stevenage launch

Gibbs & Dandy is celebrating the official opening of the latest branch in its network, as it cuts the ribbon on its new Stevenage branch.

JB Kind Doors launch Extreme competition

Joiners, carpenters and building professionals have the chance to win a weekend in a VW campervan with 50 runners up able to win an ‘Extreme’ branded hoodie, as part of a competition with JB Kind Doors.

Geberit Awards winners hit the jackpot with tour of new head office

As nominations open for the Geberit Awards 2017, last year’s winners enjoyed a tour of the new Geberit head office in Warwick and a meet and greet with one of the UK’s top darts players, Adrian Lewis.

Call to end ‘one in, three out’ deregulation

More than 700 organisations and individuals have now signed an open letter to UK Prime Minister Theresa May, which challenges arbitrary deregulation of health and safety.

BMF announces strategic partnership with Grown in Britain

With around a fifth of general merchant business comprising timber and wood products, maximizing sales opportunities in the category is key to profitability.

BMF lobbies to improve air quality in English cities

If government goes ahead with the introduction of Clean Air Zones, Ministers must act to support merchants to replace old vehicles with cleaner, greener models. That is the message from the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) to the new Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP.

IBMF delivers the Ibstock difference

With sustained growth being experienced throughout the construction sector, merchants from across the UK gathered earlier this month at the 20th Independent Builders’ Merchant Forum (IBMF) hosted by Ibstock, to garner advice on capitalising on the growth opportunity and share opinions on continuing the upward trend.

C&W Berry enter the Southport Flower Show

C&W Berry are looking forward to the Southport Flower show as it shows its interpretation of the theme: ‘The Curious Garden.’

Housebuilders 'must do more to attract women and young people'

The UK's housebuilding industry must do more to attract women and young people to avoid a workforce crisis, according to new research

Building product sales down in April but sales per day reach new high.

The latest figures from the BMF's Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) showed builders' merchants' sales to builders and contractors were 6.3% lower than in April 2016, due to there being three fewer trading days.

Industry sets fundraising record at BMF All-Industry Conference

The BMF has confirmed that a record sum of £71,531 was raised for charity during the Gala Dinner that concluded its All-Industry Conference in Budapest last weekend.

F&P opens new Bedford distribution warehouse

F&P, Primaflow and Connections has officially opened its new Southern regional distribution centre in Bedford, scaled to serve customers in the midlands and south of the UK, and make over 3,000 products available for next-day delivery.

Covers donates high-vis vests to junior school

Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has donated 25 high visibility vests to Court Lane Junior School in Portsmouth.

TG Group cements a deal with local college athletes

A family-owned Shropshire business has joined forces with a local college to boost the skills of future international athletes.

Dunlop Multi-Skill Champion announced

Jason Skitt from Walsall College has been named as Dunlop’s Multi-Skill Champion 2017 after succeeding in a number of construction tests.

SR Timber duo set for charity Monte Carlo rally

SR Timber is entering a team for a charity car rally to Monte Carlo this September, which will take them through ten European countries in just four days in a road-legal car that costs less than £500 to buy.

British Standard for the ‘circular economy’ launched

BSI has launched a new standard for the ‘circular economy’, BS 8001: 2017: Framework for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organizations – guide.

Travis Perkins hosts ‘Brew Up’ in aid of the Armed Forces

A local celebration to show appreciation for the work of the Armed Forces was held in Northampton on 19 June to mark the beginning of Armed Forces Week.

F & P opens new Bedford distribution warehouse

F & P, Primaflow and Connections has opened its new southern regional distribution centre in Bedford, scaled to serve customers in the Midlands and south of the UK, and make over 3,000 products available for next-day delivery.

Keyline saddles up and raises over £8,500 for charity

A group of Keyline staff, customers and suppliers raised in excess of £8,500 for Prostate Cancer UK when they replaced their hard hats for cycle helmets and completed a gruelling biking challenge on 3 June.

Ridgeons’ internal promotions help form new Operations Board

Ridgeons has announced that it has formed an Operations Board to draw on the skills and experience of existing colleagues and support the company’s continued growth.

Pochin plays its parts for boiler engineers

Independent plumbing and heating merchant Pochin has expanded into a new product category, stocking boiler spares for a range of the most popular boiler brands.