Builders' Merchants News
Free cookery demo day at Covers

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Bognor Regis will be hosting another free cookery demo day.

BMBI reports sales growth at UK builders' merchants

Figures just released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index show positive sales growth through UK builders merchants during the first quarter of the year. Total Q1 sales were up +5.9% compared with the same period in 2018.

Harlow Bros joins NMBS

Midlands-based independent merchant Harlow Bros has joined the National Merchant Buying Society.

Polypipe gives merchants added advantage

Polypipe Building Services is introducing a service offering merchants the opportunity to recommend systems that can be designed and delivered ready to install on-site.

Turnbull & Co to make £1 million expansion

Turnbull & Co has announced it will be investing £1 million into a new branch in Lincoln.

Footie favourites score for charity

Russell Roof Tiles’ top five-a-side squad recently battled it out with local businesses from the Burton area to raise money for charity.

Three more Sussex charities in public vote for £500 funding

Three charities are hoping to be the recipients of £500 after being shortlisted in the latest round of NYEs Building Supplies campaign ‘Proud to be Local’.

Nottingham MP sees the opportunities for a low carbon future in city homes

MP for Nottingham South, Lilian Greenwood, saw first-hand how the building materials industry can play a key role in delivering a low carbon future for the city.

Keyline unveils branded truck to drive home health message for Prostate Cancer UK

Keyline Civils has embarked on its latest quest to drive home awareness of prostate cancer in the form of newly-branded truck.

BHETA reveals the best-performing home improvement sectors

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association has released its quarterly GfK POS Index report, which represents more than 1,400 brands.

Talasey Group celebrates 15 years in business

Talasey Group is celebrating its 15-year anniversary this June and is reflecting on its history and recent boom in business.

BMF shortlisted in Trade Association Awards for 5th year

The Builders Merchants Federation has been shortlisted in the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards for the fifth year in succession.

Nigel Clough cuts ribbon on MKM Burton

Hull-based MKM has officially cut the ribbon on its new branch in Burton upon Trent with the help of local football legend Nigel Clough.

Roof tiles are a ‘bute’y in Hampshire

Sheldons Reach in Hampshire has become the latest housing development to benefit from Russell Roof Tiles’ Bute tile.

Highlife hits the high notes

Highlife Bathrooms has enjoyed one of its most successful ever starts to a year, following its £100,000 rebranding from Alliance Sanitary Products in February.

Cut VAT on home improvements to boost economy, says FMB

The Federation of Master Builders is calling for the Government to cut the VAT on home improvement work.

Rough Runner 2019 - better and muddier than ever!

Rough Runner will be back on 7 September at Finsbury Park.

Imperial matches bricks for £9.4 million restoration

Imperial Bricks supplied bricks for a new £9.4 million structure within an 18th century National Trust listed property.

Bradfords hits the airwaves with its first TV advertising campaign

Bradfords Building Supplies has launched its first ever TV advert to showcase its spring deals.

Covers Portsmouth team tip hats to charity

Staff at Covers in Portsmouth have donned an array of different hats in aid of charity.

Local sporting hero officially opens renovated James Burrell branch

James Burrell welcomed the captain of Blyth Spartans A.F.C, Robbie Dale, and Vice-Chairman, Kevin Scott to officially open its renovated Blyth branch.

Kebony completes sustainable dream hideaway in Norway

Kebony was selected to clad the exterior of an “an innovative and peaceful retreat” on the island of Skåtøy, Norway.

Scott Parnell employee completes London Marathon in memory of daughter

A Scott Parnell employee has raised more than £4,700 for the neonatal care charity, Bliss, after completing the London Marathon in memory of her daughter, who died at six weeks old.

JCW Acoustic Supplies takes expert advice to the trade

The JCW Acoustic Supplies Roadshow is touring the UK in May, June and July, giving local trades a chance to access expert advice.

Travis Perkins reports positive start to 2019

Despite uncertain market conditions, Travis Perkins reported strong merchanting like-for-like sales growth of 10.6%.

New hub gives H&B member more customer focus

H&B member M&J Builders Merchants has received planning permission for a new storage and distribution hub.

Wienerberger adds to UK roofing portfolio

Wienerberger has acquired BPD Holdings Limited, which manufacturers roofing and construction membranes, natural ventilation and specialist building products.

Bradfords: Building for the future

Britain’s oldest merchant, Bradfords Building Supplies, has unveiled its focus on building Bradfords to become the favorite building materials partner in the South West.

Ibstock plc launches new brand identity

Ibstock plc has launched of a new brand identity and which will ensure the breadth of the company’s extensive product and service offering is more clearly recognised.

Covers Brighton helps raise £35,000 for charity

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Brighton has helped charity supporters from Newick RFC in East Sussex raise £35,000 for Cancer Research during a special rugby match.

NMBS addresses Finance Leaders’ Summit

National Merchant Buying Society will be addressing Finance Directors and Chief Financial Officers from across the country during a prestigious two-day Finance Leaders’ Summit event in London.

Smith Brothers launches May open day

Smith Brothers is inviting customers to its open day to celebrate the official relocation of its Oldham branch.

BMF puts the building materials industry in the national spotlight

The Builders Merchants Federation is championing the value and significance of the building materials industry in a new regional and national approach.

CRASH helps to create a much-needed family bedroom for a children’s hospice

Construction industry charity CRASH has created an additional bedroom at Richard House Children’s Hospice.

CEMEX sites record over 100 wildlife species

Studies across 13 CEMEX quarries have discovered more than 100 wildlife species, including a variety of wildflowers, butterflies, rare birds and protected mammals.

Marley Alutec expands presence in Scotland

Marley Alutec has recently secured a new Scottish independent merchant stockist and federation membership.

TV’s Nick Knowles confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference

Prime-time TV personality Nick Knowles is the final speaker to be confirmed for the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June.

Stuart Turner powering water roadshow

Powering water; Stuart Turner has announced a series of low water pressure boosting roadshow events.

Border welcomes new CounterAct users

Border Merchant Systems is “delighted” to welcome four new users of its CounterAct system.

TECHNONICOL to sponsor 2019 UFEMAT Congress

The European Association of National Builders Merchants Associations and Manufacturers has announced that BMF member TECHNONICOL will be Platinum sponsors of this year’s UFEMAT Congress in Montreux.

Morpeth litter heroes highlight town’s plight

Groups of local litter-pickers have cleaned up Morpeth’s act by collecting bags of rubbish, with support from MKM Building Supplies.

Joinery on the Quest for future expansion after record year

Ensuring the level of service matches its craftsmanship has helped Quest Joinery almost double its business in the last year.

Crown Paints invites MPs to discuss innovation in the north

Crown Paints recently welcomed MP for Rossendale and Darwen Jake Berry and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss MP, to its headquarters in Lancashire.

SIG Roofing supports the future generation

SIG Roofing is supporting 11 apprentices through the Re:allies Framework, an initiative which helps people find training and employment in their local communities.

Graham’s Trade Saver: Take two

Graham Plumber’s Merchant has launched its second edition of Trade Saver - a quarterly brochure outlining the fixed prices of the company’s most popular lines.

Plumbase launches benefits portal for account holders

Plumbase has launched a rewards scheme to support plumbing professionals visiting their trade counters across the UK or buying their trade supplies online.

Scott Parnell secures first accreditation with Constructionline

Scott Parnell has secured its first accreditation with procurement and supply chain management service Constructionline.

VELUX Active recognised for smart home innovation

Roof window manufacturer VELUX® has been awarded Best Services Product at this year’s Housebuilder Product Awards for its smart home technology product, VELUX ACTIVE.

BHETA’s Toolstation ‘Meet the Buyer’ day another big success

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association’s recent ‘Meet the Buyer’ day was a big success.

Run raises vital charity cash

Staff from Tudor Griffiths have beaten their ambitious fundraising target thanks to generous donations.