Builders' Merchants News
New survey on timber industry skills shortage

The Confederation of Timber Industry (CTI) and Proskills have launched an employer skill survey into the UK's timber industry supply chain.

Construction sales slow in Q4

Sales of construction products slowed in the fourth quarter of 2015, but optimism still remains for the future, according to the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Scotland’s business, energy and tourism minister opens Breedon’s new asphalt plant

Fergus Ewing MSP, Scotland’s minister for business, energy and tourism, opened a new asphalt plant at Daviot quarry near Inverness, which represents a £2.2m investment in the area by Breedon.

Breedon wins contract to supply first stage of A9 dualling

Breedon, UK aggregates and building materials company, has been awarded a £10m contract to supply drystone, ready-mixed concrete and asphalt to the first stage of the A9 dualling project.

British Gypsum launches e-learning for builders’ merchants and distributors

British Gypsum is introducing a series of e-learning modules to give builders’ merchants and distributors the information and knowledge they need to advise customers on the correct products and systems to use.

AKW signs deal with FORTIS

AKW has been chosen as an approved supplier to the independent merchant buying group FORTIS.

FMB survey shows alarming downward turn

Workloads for small builders across the country took a downward turn towards the end of last year, the Federation of Master Builders' (FMB) latest State of Trade Survey has revealed, amid worries over wider economic uncertainty.

Construction value in 2015 reached £74bn thanks to mega projects

The value of total construction contracts in the UK reached £74bn in 2015, a year-on-year increase of 16%, thanks to an influx of mega projects being commissioned.

BSRIA encouraged by current wave of house building announcements

BSRIA is encouraged by a recent wave of house building announcements, but is concerned with how they will be executed due to the industry skills shortage.

Eastleigh MP highlights need for skilled workers

Eastleigh MP, Mims Davies, has helped to highlight the increasing need for more skilled workers in today’s construction industry with a visit to a specialist training centre within Eastleigh College, Hampshire

Obituary: Michael Lee

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has sadly announced the death of Michael Lee, BWF membership director, after a short battle with illness.

Sektor invests in London showrooms

Sektor, interior solutions brand exclusive to CCF, has invested in two new showrooms to help London-based contractors, specifiers, and architects envisage the application of each Sektor solution.

HiB reveals brand new identity

Having recently turned a quarter of a century old, HiB is preparing for a new era of even greater success with the reveal of a new brand identity and strap line – making bathrooms beautiful.

TenderSpace launches suite of web-based tools

TenderSpace, a new suite of web-based tools for the property and construction industries, has launched as of January 2016.

Jewson welcomes crowds at live show

An on-site beach, a juice bar, and ‘Keith Lemon’ were just some of many talking points at Jewson’s first live event, which welcomed over 1,750 attendees.

Dr Mark Jenkins to speak at BMF Members’ Day

Dr Mark Jenkins, author and professor of business strategy at Cranfield School of Management will speak at the Builders Merchants Federation's (BMF) Members’ Day in September.

InSinkErator opens new showroom

InSinkErator, the food waste disposer and tap company, has moved to new offices with a new showroom and demonstration area to encompass its increasing product portfolio. 

Wolseley announces CEO and CFO succession

Wolseley plc has announced today that Ian Meakins, chief executive officer (CEO) is intending to retire on 31 August 2016. Mr Meakins was appointed CEO in July 2009 and during his tenure he has significantly reshaped the group into a focused plumbing, heating and building products distribution business operating in leading markets.

Practical Building Skills Challenge 2016

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) is challenging merchants across the country to pick up their tools and compete in the Practical Building Skills Challenge event.

Chandlers opens new roofing supplies branch

Chandlers Roofing Supplies, the roofing division of Chandlers Building Supplies, has opened a new branch in Rainham, Essex.

A-Plant announces acquisition of GB Access

A-Plant has acquired GB Access, a specialist provider of hoist hire equipment, in order to consolidate the company’s position in lifting and safety equipment and complement the offering of FLG Services, the A-Plant division that specialises in lifting equipment. 

Grant UK prepares for 20th anniversary

Heating specialist Grant UK is preparing to mark its 20th anniversary in 2016 and hopes for another busy year of product launches and innovation.

Water specialist Graf UK branches into Ireland

After experiencing considerable growth, water management specialist Graf UK has expanded its operations to Ireland, and is now providing its full range of stormwater management, rainwater harvesting and wastewater treatment solutions to projects across the country.

Tippers acquires Huthwaite Roofing Supplies

Tippers, going into its 100th year of business, has acquired Huthwaite Roofing Supplies. 

Flexeal unveils three new category brands

Coupling manufacturer Flexseal has unveiled three new category brands and will now market its product ranges under: Flexseal Civils & Drainage, Flexseal Plumbing, and Flexseal Water Management.

Kellaway Building Supplies acquires WTBS

Kellaway Building Supplies has bought Bridgwater-based company Western Timber and Building Supplies (WTBS) in an acquisition that sees the company’s branch network increase to 13 locations across Bristol and the South West.

ST Group wins St Helens’ Excellence in Business award

ST Group has been awarded an Excellence in Business award by the St Helens Chamber of Commerce at the 2015 Pride of St Helens’ awards ceremony, held at Langtree Park Stadium.

A-Plant opens new Tool Hire Express in Bridgwater

National hire company A-Plant has opened a new Tool Hire Express store in Bridgwater, Somerset, offering customers access to a wide range of tools and other small equipment for hire or purchase.

Chandlers' bathroom showroom gets customer focused new look

Chandlers Bathrooms has completed the renovations at its new Lewes showroom. The refurbishment has been done with the customer experience in mind, making it one of the largest showrooms in the area.

BMF salutes first post graduates

The Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) professional and personal development programme recently achieved a new landmark, when the first eight students graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Independent Merchant Leadership and Strategy, three of them with Distinction.

Jewson starts search for UK's 'best young tradesperson'

Builders' merchant Jewson has begun a quest to find the construction industry's freshest talent in its new 'Young Tradesperson of the Year' competition.

Markovitz and CL Jones join the BMF

Markovitz and CL Jones have joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Quinn Radiators rebrands as QRL Radiator Group

Following a company takeover last year, Quinn Radiators has rebranded to become QRL Radiator Group.

HPS turnover up 10% in 2015

Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) has announced sales of £53m in 2015, up 10% on the same period in 2014.

Keyline strengthens Utilities division

Keyline has announced a new management team for its Utilities division.

Jewson launches reward programme for customers

Builders' merchant Jewson has launched a new points-based rewards programme for its customers.

Hope celebrates third anniversary by revealing development plans

Construction projects across the South East of England will benefit from new operations being opened by cement, concrete and aggregates supplier Hope Construction Materials.

Saint-Gobain to invest in new manufacturing facility

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland will invest £20m in a new production facility for Celotex.

BMF introduces a new Legal Helpline

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a new Legal Helpline to support its members. Operating on a new telephone number, 0870 420 7373, the first 15 minutes of the service is completely free of charge.

Markovitz raises £21,000 for charity #ChallengeDerbyshire

Markovitz has raised £21,000 for local charity #ChallengeDerbyshire at a charity dinner

Government to directly commission newbuild homes

The government will now directly commission some newbuild properties as part of a major change in policy.

FAKRO confirms sponsorship of 2017 BMF All-Industry Conference

FAKRO has confirmed its headline sponsorship of the BMF All-Industry Conference in 2017.

Huws Gray acquires Manchester-based Brick Market

Huws Gray has announced its first-ever acquisition in the south Manchester area, having recently completed the purchase of Stockport-based Brick Market (trading as Woodford Building and Plumbing Supplies).

Toolbank announces 'Real Deals for You' winners

Toolbank has announced the winners of its annual Real Deals for You promotion, which took place in the run up to the Christmas period.

Markovitz opens new restaurant

Builders' merchant The Markovitz Group has embarked on an unusual new venture, with the opening of a new restaurant and wine bar in the vilage of Tideswell, Derbyshire.

Ridgeons warehouse good for region

Ridgeons, the timber and builders’ merchant in the East of England is boosting employment in the region at its new central distribution warehouse in Mildenhall.

CPS smashes £1m fundraising target

City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) has smashed its £1m fundraising target for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Triton embraces new BMA thermostatic definition

Formed to provide an independent forum for bathroom manufacturers in the UK to properly discuss matters of mutual interest, the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) has targeted thermostatic temperature control for electric showers as one area in need of clarity.

Southern expansion for James Hargreaves Plumbing Depot

James Hargreaves Plumbing Depot continues expansion

Graduation for Gibbs & Dandy apprentices

Fourteen Gibbs & Dandy employees have officially completed their apprenticeships after graduating from the builders’ merchant’s tailor-made training course.