Builders' Merchants News
Showcase event success for MKM Honiton

MKM’s Honiton branch has celebrated its half-year anniversary, and launch of its new kitchen and bathroom showroom, with a special open evening.

Support CRASH in the Bear Grylls Survival Race 2017

CRASH is urging people throughout the merchant industry to take part in the Bear Grylls Survival Race 2017 to help raise money for the charity.

Bond It continues investment programme

Bond It is set to build on the business with a further six figure investment into its business.

Independent Plumbing Supplies joins The IPG

Southampton-based Independent Plumbing Supplies has become a member of buying group The IPG.

Huws Gray relies on Doosan for its fleet

Huws Gray was created as a one-stop shop for all building products and materials – from below ground drainage to bricks and blocks, doors, windows and roofing materials. The company prides itself on fast and efficient customer service. That means loading and unloading lorries quickly, and efficiently moving materials on-site – activities that require a dependable, well-maintained forklift truck fleet.

Norbord launches new nationwide SterlingOSB merchant campaign

Following a successful 30th birthday year in 2015, 2016 also saw great results from the SterlingOSB brand campaign; sales increased by 24%.

Pegler Yorkshire launches campaign to support future generation

Pegler Yorkshire has launched a campaign to support a number of initiatives throughout Doncaster and the UK to encourage awareness of career opportunities, inspire children to consider technical based GCSE’s, or give young adults the confidence to choose vocational courses and apprenticeships.

The IPG welcomes new member AC Bathrooms

The IPG has welcomed member number 138, AC Bathrooms & Heating.

MAM Software reports positive customer survey

MAM Software is pleased to report the results of its annual customer satisfaction survey. After being asked questions regarding staff professionalism, knowledge and response times, the results show that a high percentage of MAM customers are satisfied with the service that they receive.

Dancing on the Tiles

Staff at Russell Roof Tiles are raising money with the launch of a Strictly Come Dancing-style live ballroom dancing competition.

RGB selects its 2017 charity

RGB Building Supplies is delighted to announce it has selected Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) as its charity and will be fundraising for the cause throughout 2017.

Trade Paint Xpress expands offering with new online service

Trade Paint Xpress, a decorators' merchants located in Chippenham, Wiltshire, has expanded into online retailing with its new website

National DIY Show announced for 2018

Taking place on Sunday 3 and Monday 4 June 2018, the National DIY Show will be held at the Ericsson Hall at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Cash for quotes with Gibbs & Dandy

To celebrate its website update, Gibbs & Dandy is looking to reward its customers who take advantage of the new site.

Making a mark on the landscape

Making their own mark on the future landscape, Grown in Britain (GiB) staff, supporters and licence-holders came together to begin planting the Grown in Britain Grove, part of the Sylva Foundation’s Future Forest, in Oxfordshire on 10 February.

Strategic partnership for Wyckham Blackwell and The Keystone Group

Wyckham Blackwell and The Keystone Group has announced that they have together acquired a 50% stake in the Timber Innovations Ltd Timber Frame business in Solihull as part of a Strategic Partnership Agreement.

BMF opens London Regional Centre of Excellence

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its first Regional Centre of Excellence in London thanks to the co-operation of SIG plc.

Jewson scores shirt sponsorship with Oxford United youth team

Jewson has been chosen as the front of shirt sponsor for Oxford United Football Club’s under 18’s team after pledging its support to the Friends of Oxford United Youth Academy group.

Timloc Building Products moves to Ozone Business Park

Timloc Building Products is to become the latest in a string of companies to move to Ozone Business Park in Howden.

Johnstone’s Community Spirit competition returns for 2017

Johnstone’s Trade has opened nominations for its Community Spirit competition, and is asking residents to put forward a deserving local community organisation or charity building that could benefit from a redecoration.

IKO’s #NoMorePotholes shortlisted for Marketing Excellence Award

IKO PLC’s #NoMorePotholes campaign has been shortlisted for Best Use of Social Media in the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Marketing Excellence Awards.

Screwfix opens 500th store

Screwfix has opened its 500th UK store at Lumina Park, Enfield. Since opening its first store in Yeovil in 2005, Screwfix has opened one store per week for the past six years.

Why health and safety signage is important to construction

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there were 144 UK workers killed at work between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016. 43 of the 144 fatal injuries took place within the construction industry alone.

Huws Gray launches charity partnership with the Sepsis Trust UK

Huws Gray has announced its charity partnership with Sepsis Trust UK for 2017.

Rising cost pressures expected to dent construction industry growth

Firms across the construction industry are bracing themselves for further cost pressures after reporting a rise in raw material prices despite growth across the industry during 2016 Q4.

Construction industry reacts to housing white paper

The government has released a housing white paper, detailing a course of action to tackle the housing crisis in the UK. The paper has received mixed to positive reactions from across the construction industry.

NHBC new home registrations resilient throughout 2016

More than 150,000 new homes were registered in the UK by the National Housebuilding Council (NHBC) in 2016, the second highest in almost a decade.

Southalls and Gowling WLG warn builders’ merchants of health and safety fine risks

Specialist health and safety consultancy Southalls and international law firm Gowling WLG, warn medium sized builders’ merchants (£10-£50m turnover) of the significant fine risks they may face on the first anniversary of the new health and safety sentencing guidelines this month.

Jewson goes above and beyond the National Living Wage

Jewson has announced plans to increase its employees’ wages ahead of the government’s introduction of the National Living Wage later this year.

Dunlop launches Multi-Skill Champion Competition 2017

Dunlop is launching its Multi-Skill Champion Competition again for 2017, following the success of its inaugural competition last year.

Encon scoops regional Redrow Award

Encon Insulation has been named Supplier of the Year at the South West Redrow Awards, at Dartington Hall in Devon.

Tubs & Tiles placed into administration

Tubs & Tiles, which had been trading since 1966 as a distributor, and in more recent years developed a showroom in Coventry, closed before Christmas 2016, following a ‘difficult trading period’.

Speedy Hire issues promising trading update

Speedy Hire, the tools, equipment and plant hire services company, has issued an update on its trading performance for the year ending 31 March 2017.

SR Timber moves to new headquarters

SR Timber has moved into new, larger premises in North Nottinghamshire as part of ambitious growth plans.

Bradstone hosts annual awards dinner

The most inspiring patio and garden makeovers from Bradstone’s network of Assured members were praised at the company’s Awards dinner in January.

Birchwood Price Tools joins the BMF

Birchwood Price Tools (BPT) is the latest member of the Travis Perkins Group to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Hudson Contract celebrates apprenticeship scheme success

Hudson Contract is celebrating having helped more than 80 apprentices begin a career in construction with its Apprentice Sponsorship Scheme. The company is encouraging other firms to host similar schemes to help address the skills shortage in the industry.

Russell Roof Tiles awards bursaries to young people

Russell Roof Tiles has awarded four bursaries in a bid to promote manufacturing, construction and engineering trades to young people.

What a difference a year makes

Twenty sixteen proved to be a year of significant change for the Rainy Day Trust. Not only did the charity become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, but it also launched a whole series of new programmes, specifically designed to tackle the impact of low income in the industry.

BMF Burns Supper raises £3,000 for charity

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) raised over £3,000 to share between the BMF’s nominated charity, The Teenage Cancer Trust, and the merchant industry charity, The Rainy Day Trust, at its largest ever annual Burns Supper held in Glasgow on 27 January.

Jewson Live is a success

Jewson finished 2016 on a high, with the return of Jewson Live. Even bigger and better than the 2015 event, the show welcomed over 2,300 attendees as well as 180 exhibitors.

Elta Group completes acquisition of Acoustica

Elta Group has bolstered its noise control offering with the acquisition of the business and technology of UK-based acoustics specialist Acoustica.

Keylite wins Buildbase Supplier of the Year

Keylite has been recognised once again for its outstanding customer service by winning Buildbase Supplier of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Further growth planned for Roofing Supplies business

South West-based roofing materials supplier Roofing Supplies Ltd (RSL) is set for further growth after its new owner pledged to develop the business in the region.

Top leadership coach to speak at BMF Members' Day

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has lined up one of the most effective leadership coaches to speak at BMF Members' Day in September, which takes 'Building Beyond Brexit' as its theme.

Jewson searches for Young Tradesperson of 2017

Jewson is calling on all construction professionals under the age of 30 from across the UK to submit their entries for its Young Tradesperson of the Year competition.

Buildbase names Brett Southern Supply Partner Of The Year

At the Buildbase Annual Conference, Brett Landscaping was awarded the accolade of Southern Region Supplier of the Year 2016.

Ideal acquires more warehouse space

Ideal Bathrooms has expanded its Milton Keynes warehousing with the acquisition of a new 40,000 sq ft warehouse adjacent to the head office and existing warehouse.

Boris visits George Bence Group

At the same time as Prime Minister Theresa May met with the President of the United States last week, the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson dropped in to the George Bence Group in Cheltenham to meet Paul Bence, managing director, who gave him a tour of the company’s headquarters.

WCoBM welcomes seven new Liverymen at Installation Dinner

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) goes from strength to strength with the recent admission of seven new Liverymen.