Builders' Merchants News
Microsoft's Head of Technology booked for BMF Members' Day

James Akrigg, Head of Technology for Partners at Microsoft, will share his expertise with delegates at the Builders Merchants Federations (BMF) Members’ Day in September.

Cycle challenge to raise money for British Lung Foundation

Festool, a supplier of power tools and accessories, has launched a new Cycle Challenge to raise money for the British Lung Foundation (BLF) and to promote lung health to UK tradespeople.

International football legends join Rudridge for sports event

Rudridge swapped hard hats for football boots when it hosted the eighth annual seven-a-side sports event at Southampton FC’s stadium.

BMF shortlisted in Trade Association Awards for third year

For the third year running, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has been shortlisted in multiple categories in the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards.

Tarmac joins the BMF

Tarmac, a large supplier of heavyside building materials in the UK, has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Encon double capacity size with new location

Encon Insulation has relocated its Birmingham branch to larger premises’ doubling the size of its previous site as part of the company’s growth plan.

Major success for NMBS Golf Day

The recent NMBS Golf Day brought together 120 people from across NMBS' membership and supplier base to network on a superb course.

HiB and Bristan raise money for cancer charities

HiB and Bristan played a charity football match at Tamworth FC raising £1,300 to be split between Macmillan Cancer Support and Team Tilly, a charity for a local Tamworth child, Tilly Sweet, who is fighting childhood cancer. The final score of 2-1 to HiB and the match was close throughout.

New branches for NBG partners

NBG partners’ businesses are continuing to show growth with new branches and showrooms opening throughout the UK through.

Huws Gray donates £25,000 to UK Sepsis Trust

Huws Gray has recently donated £25,000 to the UK Sepsis Trust.

Bristan announces winner of its Niagara Falls competition

Bristan’s winner of its recent ‘New and Improved Electrics’ promotion has won an all-expenses paid holiday to the Niagara Falls. 136 independent merchants partnered with Bristan to offer the trip of a lifetime to customers.

h&b group members boost BMF membership in south west

Two family-run companies, Build Supplies of St Columb in Cornwall and Buildrite Trade & DIY Supplies of Weymouth, Dorset are the latest members of the h&b buying group to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in the south west region.

Transport ban for director of Birmingham builders’ merchants

The director of a Birmingham builders’ merchants, who “took no interest in vehicle and driver safety standards”, has been banned from operating HGVs for three years.

Students visit Covers’ timber mill

Covers has opened its doors to students to give them an insight into the workings of a modern sawmill.

RGB helps Seaton Martial Arts Centre complete floor renovation

As a previous winner of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund, Seaton Martial Arts Centre has been able to replace its damaged and unsafe floor, ensuring it can continue to offer martial arts to the local community for many years to come.

RGB raises over £635 for children’s hospice

RGB Building Supplies raised over £635 for Children’s Hospice South West during its #UptheVolume event to celebrate Children’s Hospice Week on 26 May.

Chance to win £500 voucher with Ibstock

Merchants are being offered the chance to win a £500 Buyagift voucher as part of a nationwide competition from Ibstock to celebrate the upcoming launch of two new additions to its Tradesman range.

Tarmac unveils new division for commercial landscaping

Tarmac has announced the formation of a new division – Topscape – solely aimed at supplying the commercial landscaping market.

Chance to win £500 voucher with Ibstock

Merchants are being offered the chance to win a £500 Buyagift voucher as part of a nationwide competition from Ibstock to celebrate the upcoming launch of two new additions to its Tradesman range.

Bradstone urges merchants to showcase most successful hard landscaping displays

The 2017 Builders’ Merchants News Awards (BMN Awards) launched recently and paving manufacturer, Bradstone, is for its eighth year sponsoring the Hard Landscaping Display of the Year award.

Baxi Heating acquires Packaged Plant Solutions

Baxi Heating has acquired Packaged Plant Solutions to strengthen and grow its existing packaged plant room offer in line with market demands.

Gardiner support for BMF on international trade

“It is essential the next government negotiates a mutually-beneficial new trade deal with the European Union before the United Kingdom leaves,” was the message from Barry Gardiner, MP for the Labour Party, to the Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF) yesterday.

Champion Timber launches same delivery service for Guildford

Following customer demand, the Guildford branch of Champion Timber has launched its new same day delivery service.

Howarth At Home has the recipe for success

Howarth at Home is celebrating success after winning at the new Laura Ashley Kitchen Collection Stockist Awards for its work promoting and selling the Laura Ashley Kitchen Collection.

BMF lobbying on leaving the EU and customs arrangements

“Our negotiating aim is a bold and ambitious free trade agreement, greater in scope than any such agreement before.” That was the recent message from David Jones, Minister for Exiting the European Union to the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

MKM marketing and digital director shortlisted for Women in Business Award

MKM Building Supplies’ Linda Clarke has been shortlisted for a prestigious business award at the Barclays Yorkshire Women in Business Awards.

Sydenhams completes Three Peaks Challenge for Macmillan Cancer

Staff and customers of Sydenhams took part in the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Baxi wins double at Gas Industry Awards

Baxi has returned home happy after the Gas Industry Awards, having won in categories for both energy efficiency and customer service.

Jewson announces Building Better Communities finalists

Four construction professionals and 35 regional projects have been named as finalists in the annual Jewson Building Better Communities competition. A prize fund of £250,000 will be shared by the winners to help deserving causes across England, Scotland and Wales.

More students for TFT Woodexperts courses

A further 19 students have qualified for their Level 4 Certificate in Wood Science and Timber Technology with TFT Woodexperts, with three merits and two distinctions among the results.

Bradstone raises £8,000 for trio of local charities

Bradstone has hosted a charity football tournament in aid of #ChallengeDerbyshire.

A strong start to 2017 for builders’ merchants

The latest figures from the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) confirmed a strong start to 2017 with a further three months of growth in the sales of building materials through UK generalist builders’ merchants in Q1.

Abode’s Matthew Pitt charity challenge

Matthew Pitt, commercial and operations director of Abode, has just completed a 90 mile walk along the Dales Way, a long distance footpath, raising over £2,500 for the Alzheimers Society.

Kerridge Commercial Systems holds successful customer conference

Konnect17 – a two-day customer conference held recently for users of K8 software – was the best-attended Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) customer conference yet, with 35% more customers present than at last year’s event.

New BMF Apprenticeship Training Agency to boost apprentice employment

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has formed an accredited Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) that will help its members benefit from the opportunities created by the Apprenticeship Reforms – whether or not they are required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy.

RDT's CEO completed coastal path challenge

Bryan Clover, chief executive officer of the Rainy Day Trust (RDT), has completed the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Challenge for charity – walking all 186 miles in 9.5 days!

Independent merchant welcomes MP

JT Dove sends a message to government during visit by MP

The BMF welcomes new members in Northern Ireland

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is delighted to welcome two new independent merchant members in Northern Ireland.

Jewson scores fundraising goal

Jewson employees, suppliers and customers donned their shorts and football boots to raise more than £1,360 for Barnardo’s.

Dulux Select Decorator Award winners announced

Dulux Trade has announced the winners of its Select Decorator Awards. Open to members of the Dulux Select Decorator scheme, entrants for this year’s competition were required to submit details of their best projects, complemented with statements from their clients.

SMD expresses concern at ability to plug skills gap

A 1.7 % sector growth forecast for five years until 2021 means youth is desperately needed, according to SMD, but the number of workers retiring is outstripping new blood.

Plumb Center launches first commercial online hub

Plumb Center has launched a dedicated commercial plumbing and heating section on its website, designed to make life easier for installers looking for commercial-grade products and advice.

Management buyout for AW Lumb

Independent merchant AW Lumb has been sold as part of a management buyout.

Fernox joins BMF

Fernox has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), providing an additional platform to promote best practice and reach out to customers through the federation’s unique forum of merchants and suppliers.

Ridgeons celebrates suppliers at its 10th anniversary awards

On 10 May, Ridgeons held its 10th annual Supplier of the Year Awards at Quy Mill in Cambridge.

Frank Howard Tool Show 2017

Showcasing the latest range of products and tools from big name brands, Frank Howard Tools & Fixings is inviting tradespeople and DIY’ers along to its annual tool show.

SBS staff reaches 10 years of service

Held at a venue in Nottingham on 13 May, all 12 branches and the head office of Smith Brothers Stores gathered to honour achievements of its staff.

Hosts announced for BMF Members’ Day

Miriam Staley, who kick-started a high profile career at the age of 26 when she made it to the final five of the first series of The Apprentice, will host the Business Conference at BMF Members’ Day on 20 September.

New showroom is unveiled

Customers at a Shropshire-based builders’ merchant will now be spoilt for choice thanks to the launch of a new kitchen and bathroom showroom.

Students love builders’ merchants!

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) recently exhibited at the annual Livery Schools Link (LSL) Showcase in Guildhall to help raise the profile of our industry among students.