Builders' Merchants News
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.

Archwood Group renews its commitment to merchant customers

The Archwood Group has a new leadership team, helping to ensure a bright future for its merchant partners.

Grant UK donates £2,000 to local children’s charity

In 2017, the staff at Grant UK were busy organising fundraising events for Julia’s House. From bake sales through to raffles, Grant UK’s staff has helped to raise £2,000 for this children’s charity whose work is based in Dorset and Wiltshire.

Volunteers needed for sensory room building project

A couple in Great Bardfield in Essex is calling out for volunteers with building skills to help them build a sensory and therapy room at home for their young daughter who has severe disabilities.

It's time to ensure action on retentions, says NFB

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) and other trade federations with members most likely to be affected by the collapse of Carillion continue their push for action on retentions.

Even more IronmongeryDirect staff achieve Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) qualification

IronmongeryDirect, has announced that an additional four staff are now GAI qualified, enabling them to provide enhanced in-depth technical assistance and support to customers.

RGB donates Community Fund to village hall

Following a public vote, Lapford Victory Hall has been chosen as the latest winner of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund.

FMB’s skills shortage report underlines need to increase off-site volumes, says Actis

A report by the Federation of Master Builders, highlighting the fact that the shortage of construction workers has hit its worst ever levels, is the latest sign that offsite housing volumes must be increased to help tackle the housing crisis.

Women Installers Together Conference 2018

Following the success of last September’s WIT Conference event organisers Stopcocks Women Plumbers, together with event partner Polypipe Building Products, are delighted to announce the date, venue and headline speakers of the 2018 conference.

Parker Building Supplies employees graduate

Eighteen Parker Building Supplies employees have passed their exams with flying colours.

Warranty a key driver behind installer purchasing decisions

The length of warranty on a product plays a key part in purchasing decisions for the majority of installers, a survey by Redring has shown.

Carlton Manufacturing joins the Builders Merchants Federation

Carlton Manufacturing has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

30 years of service for Roman employee

Roman has celebrated their Contract Sales Director’s 30 years of service at Roman.

Chandlers Building Supplies is looking for 2018 charity partner

Chandlers Building Supplies is on the search for a charity to partner with for 2018.

Marble & Granite Designs joins KBBG as a new supplier

The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group (KBBG), part of DER KREIS, has extended its ever-growing list of suppliers, with the addition of Marble & Granite Designs.

Honeywell hits the road

Honeywell takes to the road again with its team to showcase its full range of smart heating controls and security products at plumbing and heating merchants across the UK until March 2018.