Builders' Merchants News
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James Burrell staff take coastal walk for community access defibrillator

Staff from James Burrell Builders Merchants have completed an 11 mile walk to raise £1,600.00 for North East Hearts with Goals, which will fund a community access defibrillator.

Mobile app
Border releases major ERP update

Border has started issuing the latest CounterAct update to its customers. Release 2-8B is a major upgrade with over 620 changes and improvements to the software.

The Warrington team
Selco staff get creative for Macmillan

Coffee, cakes, competitions and hair shaves were the order of the day in all 66 Selco branches to support Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

structural timber awards
Stewart Milne Timber Systems and Taylor Lane scoop top industry award

A collaborative project between Stewart Milne Timber Systems and Taylor Lane Timber Frame has been recognised for demonstrating the best use of timber frame at this year’s coveted Structural Timber Awards.

Russell Roof Tiles invests in digital tools
Russell has online tools covered

In an evolving digital age, Russell Roof Tiles has seen growing popularity for its interactive digital platforms, seeing almost 3,000 customers benefitting in just 12 months.

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Ibstock’s new Product Selector streamlines brick sourcing

Ibstock Brick has launched an innovative new Product Selector designed to help architects, specifiers, merchants and builders identify the perfect brick for their project.

Saint-Gobain brands come together to celebrate staff with new Offsite Solutions Awards

International Timber, Pasquill, Roofspace Solutions and Scotframe have joined forces to launch the Saint-Gobain Off-Site Solutions (OSS) Awards, in an attempt to recognise and highlight achievements of staff across all four businesses.

Craig Ducker (Selco), Rob Brewill (Selco), David Rose (Selco), Alison Crook (Unipart), Claire Walters (Unipart), Howard Luft, Ian Kennedy, Chris Dixon (Unipart),
Selco announces 'historic' new distribution centre

Selco Builders Warehouse has exchanged contracts and begun work on a new 60,000 sq ft lightside distribution centre due to open in January 2020. 

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Better Bathrooms profitable again

The Buy it Direct Group has announced that it has turned Better Bathrooms into a profitable company again after acquiring the ailing business in March this year.

Selco tackles Monday blues with £13k customer giveaway

Each of Selco’s 66 branches gave customers the chance to win £200 worth of Sainsbury’s shopping vouchers, simply by being the first person into a store wearing an item of Selco merchandise.

The BBA delegation at Wykamol
Wykamol's Brexit-busting new plant gets BBA opening

A multi-million pound new plant designed to improve Wykamol's environmental performance and ensure product supply post-Brexit has been opened by the British Board of Agrément (BBA).

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Aggregate Industries urges prioritising mental health following startling new statistics

On the occasion of World Mental Health Day (10th October), Aggregate Industries is emphasising the importance of prioritising employee mental health and wellbeing.

Chandlers and Parkers merge

Chandlers Building Supplies Ltd and Parker Building Supplies Ltd have announced that they have merged after Chandlers is bought up by equity firm.

Burglar in action
Survey reveals many people leave it too late to secure their homes

A survey for IronmongeryDirect found that 85% of tradespeople were only asked to fit security products after a break-in.

The group
Nicks Timber enthuses the Next Generation

HNC Construction students joined Nicks Timber for the latest TTF TimberWorks visit.

VW Transporter van
Wolseley and Ideal Boilers launch ‘Epic Giveaway’ for installers

Wolseley and Ideal Boilers are giving plumbing and heating installers the chance to win thousands of pounds-worth of prizes as part of their 'Epic Giveaway', including a VW Transporter van worth £40,000.

HGV on a motorway
Selco Driver Academy is revving to go

Selco Builders Warehouse, working in partnership with Interserve Learning & Employment and Fleetmaster, has launched a Driving Academy for its staff, the first phase of which could produce up to 50 fully qualified HGV drivers.

Abbeygate joins National Buying Group

The National Buying Group (NBG) is adding to its list of partners yet again, as it announces the recruitment of London-based merchant Abbeygate Builders Merchants Ltd.

Tobermore lorry
Tobermore celebrates record-breaking delivery speeds

In the month of September 2019, 99.8% of Tobermore deliveries were made in full and on time as agreed, breaking its already outstanding record for delivery speeds.

The Maxi Readymix plant
Maxi Readymix Concrete sold to Aggregate Industries

Construction materials supplier Aggregate Industries, a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, has acquired Maxi Readymix Concrete Limited.

The De Vere Beaumont estate
BMF Members Conference heads south for 2020

The Builders Merchants Federation has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16th and 17th September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Plumbase in store
Grafton flushes Plumbase

Grafton Group plc has announced that it has completed the sale of Plumbase to Plumbing and Heating Investments Ltd for an enterprise value of £66.75 million.

Wilf Noble
Wilf Noble goes up in the h&b world

h&b Development Group member Wilf Noble has become the latest graduate to the h&b’s primary group.

MKM Aberdeen team
MKM to expand further in Scotland

MKM Building Supplies Ltd, the UK’s largest independent builder’s merchant is opening five new branches in Scotland within 12 months and further expansion is planned for 2020.

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Re-claimed, re-engineered - recycled paint for decorators

Dulux Trade becomes the first major manufacturer to produce partly recycled paint, in partnership with Veolia UK.

Outside the new branch
Bradfords opens new Sherborne branch

The evening of 26th September saw the official opening of a new branch of Bradfords, marking the start of a new era for the company’s long association with Sherborne town.

The Russell Roof Tiles team
Russell Roof Tiles steps it up for charity

Volunteers from Russell Roof Tiles have put their best foot forward, walking 7,077 miles to raise an impressive £1,600 for the charity Footprints Orphanage.

Rain falling on a wall
Energy Saving Trust renews Safeguard’s Stormdry ‘verified’ status

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) has renewed Stormdry Masonry Protection Cream's ‘verified’ status for its role in helping improve the energy efficiency of external masonry in buildings.

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Ibstock launches charity partnership with Shelter

Over the next two years, Ibstock will raise vital funds for Shelter through a series of fundraising initiatives, with a target of £50,000 in the first year.

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Paymentsense joins the BMF

Paymentsense is the latest service member to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Ryan Carr supported by colleagues from Pland Stainless
Team Pland steels itself for day-long charity ride

Over half the employees at Pland Stainless in Leeds took part in a virtual cycle relay to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, covering 130 miles and raising £1200.

Drayton warehouse
Drayton renews sustainability commitment

Drayton is pledging its ongoing commitment to finding sustainable manufacturing solutions, as part of this year’s National Recycling Week.

Hugh Dennis presenting the award
Cromar scoops h&b top prize

h&b has named Cromar Building Products as its 2019 Supplier of the Year.

Encon Trucks
Encon Group expands into construction products

The Encon Group has launched a new division, Encon Construction Products, to service the infrastructure sector.

The young achievers receiving their award
BMF Young Achiever of the Year winners announced

The winners of the BMF’s prestigious Young Achiever of the Year Awards have been revealed.

Team Selco
‘Team Selco’ steps up mightily for Macmillan

Staff from 10 different Selco branches have joined forces to complete the Macmillan Cancer Support Wye Valley Mighty Hike.

The new depot
Chippindale Plant depot opens in York

Chippindale Plant, the family-owned plant hire and sales specialists, which celebrated its 70th Anniversary earlier this year, has opened a new depot in York.

The apprentices receiving their certificates
Norbord apprentices celebrate qualifications

Two apprentices who have completed Norbord’s four-year apprenticeship programme at its Cowie plant have completed the SEMTA Modern Apprentice framework for Engineering and achieved the Engineering Maintenance Vocational Qualification at SCQF level 6, including a Higher National Certificate (HNC) qualification.

Jade Terry
Naylor employee BMF wins award

Jade Terry, a Sales Manager at Naylor Drainage, has been awarded the BMF Young Supplier Achiever award in the face of strong UK-wide competition.

Headteacher Samantha Eyre, Talsa Middleton, Michael Boyer and Givi Boyer
Howarth supports Derby primary school with donation

The Derby branch of Howarth Timber & Building Supplies has made a donation of oak sleepers to a local school to build and develop their own vegetable patch.

Crest Nicholson Willmotts
Freefoam is ‘Helping Customers Grow’

Freefoam has commissioned a PR campaign called ‘Helping Customers Grow’ that wants to shine a light on the roofline market and its supply chain

In store
Plumbase heats up on critical spares

Plumbase has increased its stock of heating and boiler parts to guarantee that more spares are readily available to installers.

SIG Roofing Cardiff supports local teams

Wattstown RFC and Pontyclun FC will receive sponsorship from SIG Roofing’s Cardiff Branch.

During the visit
Nottingham pupils tour state-of-the-art brick factory

Pupils from Fernwood Primary School in Nottingham recently had the opportunity to visit the "world’s most efficient brick factory".

David Bird, Trustee at the Exeter Chiefs Foundation; Paul Lethbridge Branch Manager at RGB Building Supplies’ Okehampton branch; Paul West, Branch Manager at RGB Building Supplies’ Exeter branch and Tony Rowe OBE, Chief Executive and Chairman of Exeter Rugby Group Plc
RGB converts Chiefs’ fundraising target

RGB Building Supplies has exceeded a fundraising target it had pledged to achieve in a year for the Exeter Chiefs Foundation XV programme.

construction worker looking pensive
BMF spotlights mental health with 2020 Charity Partners

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has nominated Mental Health UK and Samaritans as its charity partners for 2020.

Edward Naylor
Naylor Industries annual turnover grows 13%

Naylor Industries, the construction materials manufacturer, has reported a strong increase in annual turnover after completing a major capital investment programme.

Latham on the panel
WCoBM joins industry panel at Women In Industry Conference

The Master of the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM), Pippa Latham, attended the inaugural conference organised last week by the NMBS Finance Director, Julie Langford, to promote diversity and inclusion in our sector.

Fuel poverty
Elmhurst Energy responds to consultation on the Fuel Poverty Strategy for England

Elmhurst Energy has submitted its response to the Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) consultation on updating the 2015 Fuel Poverty Strategy for England.

Bellman and Robinson
Ryder keeps Travis Perkins fleet on the road

Financial strength and flexibility were key to completing the purchase and lease back of Travis Perkins’ 600-plus fleet in just 96 hours.