Builders' Merchants News
BMF assesses Carillion impact on materials supply chain

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has undertaken an initial survey of its members following the collapse of Carillion to assess the potential impact of the company’s liquidation further down the building supply chain.

Vince Cable to speak at BMF Members Day

Sir Vince Cable, the leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Twickenham, is the first headline speaker to be confirmed for BMF Members’ Day in September, which takes the theme “The Future Belongs to the Bold”.

Redrow teams up with academic institutions to launch UK’s first dedicated housebuilding degree

Redrow in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Coleg Cambria have established the UK’s first dedicated Housebuilding Degree. LJMU have also validated the qualification.

Banks must show leniency to Carillion's SME supply chain, says FMB

Banks must show leniency to the thousands of SMEs in Carillion’s supply chain, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Travis Perkins plc employees presented with Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award

Five employees from across Travis Perkins plc have secured a prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE). All five completed the programme in 2017 and were presented with their certificates on 17 January 2018 at St James’s Palace on behalf of HRH The Earl of Wessex.

The 12th annual Executive Hire Show

The Executive Hire Show has become a hub for the hire industry and year on year the show increases in size and visitors to the event can always guarantee plenty of brand new products on display

Decking firm’s anniversary year milestones

Dorset-based metal decking company SMD Ltd is looking ahead to a successful year after celebrating a number of significant milestones during 2017.

Rupa Huq MP visits Lords Builders’ Merchant

“With local elections in all London Boroughs in May, political parties should remember that housing is not built, nor are homes improved, without London’s builders, plumbers and timber merchants,” says Lords Builders’ Merchant to Rupa Huq MP when she visited the 33-year old business in Park Royal, Ealing.

EH Smith appoints new Chairman

EH Smith has announced the appointment of its current Chief Executive, John Parker, as company Chairman following the death of longstanding chairman Ken Smith in November.

Carillion's demise raises concerns among industry

News of Carillion's liquidation has left industry asking what the impact on SME subcontractors will be, and what changes need to be made to public sector construction contracts.

Construction Industry Helpline provides £705,000 of financial support to construction families in need

In 2017, the Construction Industry Helpline supported over 1,500 construction families in crisis, with over 400 families granted £705,000 of emergency financial help.

Covers acquires OTBS Builders Merchants

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants has acquired Orpington Timber & Building Supplies (OTBS) in Bexleyheath, Kent, strengthening its portfolio of branches in the South East to 15 depots.

Carillion goes into liquidation

Construction giant Carillion is to enter compulsory liquidation with immediate effect, following months of speculation and a number of profit warnings.

BMF wins UFEMAT Best Practice Award for second year running

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was delighted to win the Best Practice Award for the second year running at the recent UFEMAT AGM held in Stockholm. UFEMAT is the European Association of National Builders’ Merchants Associations and Manufacturers.

PageGroup hosts latest BMF Regional Centre of Excellence

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of PageGroup. The growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence is making training courses and regional meetings more accessible to BMF members around the country.

Wavin invests in training with new Doncaster learning centre

Wavin has officially opened its new Doncaster Learning Centre.

VADO announce the VADO Rally for 2018

VADO have announced the return of the VADO Rally for June 2018. Competing to raise money for the Rainy Day Trust and Variety charities, members of the kitchen, bedroom and bathrooms industry will be teaming up once again to rally through some of Europe’s greatest cities and scenery.

Four community causes to benefit from £500 each

Kingsfold builders’ merchant D.W. Nye has launched its ‘Proud to be Local’ campaign, which will give away £500 each to four community groups and good causes in the area during 2018.

Scape Group comments on ONS’s ‘Output in the construction industry’ report

Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, comments on ONS Output in the Construction Industry statistics

New branch opening for Builders’ Merchant Company

Builders’ Merchant Company are pleased to announce its new Rotherham branch will be open on the 1st March, situated on The Barbot Industrial Estate, Rotherham.

New Housing Ministry must show consistency of approach, says NFB

Theresa May has appointed Dominic Raab, MP for Esher and Walton, as Minister of State for Housing and Planning.

Construction output set to drag on GDP growth

ONS figures show that construction output in November rose by 0.4% in both monthly and annual terms. However, monthly data are volatile and on a rolling three-month basis, output declined 2.0%. This was the largest fall since August 2012.

Ibstock Brick recognised for its marketing support at Jewson supplier awards

Ibstock Brick has been recognised for its marketing support at the Jewson annual supplier awards.

WCoBM welcomes eight new Liverymen

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) goes from strength to strength with the recent admission of eight new Liverymen, installed at one of the City’s most prestigious venues - Mansion House. The Livery now stands at 213 Liverymen and 21 Freemen.

Easy Bathrooms celebrates fifth anniversary with launch of its 17th showroom

A fast-growing bathroom supplier is marking its fifth anniversary with the launch of its 17th showroom.

First branch of 2018 for Selco

The UK’s fastest growing builders merchant has opened its first branch of 2018 – taking its total to 59 in the UK.

Metal Weight Calculator helps lighten the work load

thyssenkrupp Materials, a supplier of stainless steel, aluminium and mild steel products, has recently unveiled an online tool to guide its customers through the technical process of buying metal.

W.Howard introduces commercial flexibility with new production line

Supplier of MDF profiles, The W.Howard Group, has made a investment into its Kildare site, with the introduction of a Makor production line.

BMF marks three landmark anniversaries in 2018

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is set for a year of celebration with three major events taking place during 2018 to commemorate a trio of landmark anniversaries.

BSS a tour de force for Mental Health Charity Mind

A team of volunteers from BSS have proved themselves a tour de force after raising over £5,000 in aid of Mind – the mental health charity.

Construction products sales expected to slow this year

The UK’s £56.5 billion construction product manufacturing industry is expected to slow this year as the sector lost its pace at the end of 2017, according to the CPA’s State of Trade Survey for 2017 Q4.

D.W. Nye customers help to raise £252 for charity

Customers of the Kingsfold builders merchant D.W. Nye have helped to raise £252 for Horsham charity Born Free.

Covers raises £350 for Chestnut Tree House

Staff at Covers discarded their fleeces and flocked to don their favourite festive jumper in December to raise funds for charity.

Sika Everbuild Receive Tenth Award in Eight Years at NBG Conference

Sika Everbuild were thrilled to receive their tenth award in eight years at the 2017 NBG Conference held at the Liverpool Exhibition Centre on 14th November, receiving the 2nd place award in the General Build Supplier of the Year category.

Vaillant partners with Sustainable Building Solutions

Vaillant has announced its partnership with Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of Travis Perkins Plumbing & Heating division, marking a concerted drive to make more of its energy efficient products available to the market.

Skills and Quality key themes for new NHBC roadshows starting next month

Attracting young people into construction and new home quality are among the areas of focus to be discussed by industry experts at this year’s NHBC Building for tomorrow roadshows – ‘Future Skills, Future Standards, Future Quality.’

UK’s builders revealed as multi-talented counsellors and child minders

Citizens Advice may be out of a job soon as results from a recent survey reveal that the nation’s builders are shovelling out advice on everything from parenting to finance.

Polypipe Ventilation evolves into Domus Ventilation

Polypipe Ventilation, manufacturer energy-saving domestic ventilation systems, has been reborn as Domus Ventilation, with a larger sales network, new branding, and a new management and customer services team.

Covers employee celebrates 25 years of service

An employee at Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Brighton has celebrated the impressive milestone of 25 years of service at the business.

Flame on course for 'multiple' launches in 2018

Flame Heating Group is set for another strong year as it aims to launch an additional six branches during 2018.

Jewson awards Norbord with ‘Supplier of the Year’ accolade

Norbord Europe Ltd was presented with the ‘Best Overall Supplier 2017’ award by Jewson at Jewson Live in December, the UK’s biggest builders’ merchant show, “for ensuring the availability of its products across all our branches, despite difficult market conditions”.

Russell Roof Tiles raises £32,500 for vital services charity

Staff at Russell Roof Tiles have pulled out all the stops and raised an amazing £32,500 to help local vital services – close to its factories. Staff from Burton on Trent and Lochmaben have danced, hiked, run and quizzed their way to raising the cash.

@plumbcenterUK becomes @wolseleyUK

Wolseley has made another step forward in bringing together its heating, plumbing, drainage, mechanical and cooling specialisms by re-branding its Twitter feed to @wolseleyUK.

Branch Bros celebrates 50th anniversary

An independent family builders’ merchant has celebrated 50 years in business.

Rudridge presents Gravesend employees with long service awards

Rudridge has recognised two employees at its Gravesend branch for their long service to the company.

Ridgeons branches raise over £4,600 for EACH over Christmas

Ridgeons has raised over £4,600 for East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) in support of the charity’s 'EACHmas' fundraising initiative.

GAI welcomes Hackitt recommendations

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) has welcomed the findings and recommendations of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and Dame Judith Hackitt’s interim report, ‘Building a Safer Future’.

Keyline helps The Sick Children’s Trust park its toy cars

The Colchester branch of Keyline has donated materials to The Sick Children’s Trust to enable the charity to build a shelter for outdoor toys kept at Acorn House, which is based in the grounds of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

Hydraulics firm embarks on new era of growth in anniversary year

Ehrco has celebrated its 25th year in business by achieving an 18% rise in turnover.

The Talasey Group announces winners of its 2017 Landscaping Professional Awards

Open to members of the Talasey Group's Landscaping Professionals Scheme, the annual Landscaping Professional Awards recognise some of the most striking and innovative projects that were completed with the company's products during the course of the year.