Builders' Merchants News
Earls Colne Recreation Club wins a facelift

The public have voted for Earls Colne Recreation Club to have a £10,000 makeover of its facilities as the winner of a competition sponsored by building and decorating supplies company Kent Blaxill and Crown Paints.

Sea Cadets ready to set sail due to Selco donation

Islington’s once thriving Sea Cadets unit is a step closer to being revived, after a leading building materials supplier donated 13 fire doors.

Ladders and swings top creativity table for #FlexYourPex competition

Ladders, swings, mug holders, and dumbbells are just a few of the creative uses plumbers and merchants have found for Speedfit connections, as part of JG Speedfit’s ‘Flex Your Pex’ competition.

Progress revealed in Hanson’s 2017 sustainability report

Hanson UK’s 2017 sustainability report charts a year of progress – capital investment is up 40% with a significant amount spent on projects to save energy, reduce emissions and improve its sites.

HSE releases workplace fatality statistics

According to recent statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), based on a wide variety of industries, there were 137 workers killed at work in the UK in 2016/17.

BMF wins Best Practice Award

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) scooped a Special Prize at the 2017 Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards, winning the Skills Development Award for the second time - the first was in 2015.

Mira raised over £1,500 for Cancer Research

As part of their ongoing support for Cancer Research UK (CRUK), staff at Kohler Mira recently staged a football fun day at Cheltenham Town FC to raise funds for the charity.

Innovation and learning at this year’s Build Show

The Build Show, part of UK Construction Week, returns for the third year to the Birmingham NEC, 10-12 October, 2017.

Spreading smiles for seriously ill children in hospital

Camden based charity, Spread a Smile, held their fundraising dinner on Wednesday 28 June at the London Marriott Hotel in Swiss Cottage.

Frank Howard’s annual tool show welcomes 1,000 visitors

On 30 June and 1 July, 1,000 visitors attended the Frank Howard Tool Show at Chelmsford City Racecourse.

Jewson partners with NHS in new “Cover up, mate” sun care awareness campaign

Construction workers are being urged to “Cover Up, Mate” and protect themselves against ultraviolet (UV) damage as part of a new NHS campaign being supported by Jewson.

Howarth Timber relaunches Derby and Tottenham stores

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is continuing its programme of investment with a new, larger store in Tottenham and a full refurbishment at its Derby branch.

RGB helps primary school develop outdoor education facility

Following a public vote, Holsworthy Primary School has been announced as the latest winner of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund.

Jewson announces Building Better Communities winners

Jewson has announced the winners of its 2017 Building Better Communities competition, giving two Trade Heroes and 24 regional projects from across the UK a share of the £250,000 prize fund.

CITB’s future dependent on fundamental change, says FMB

The Government’s decision to support the continuation of CITB, is the right decision for our industry, but only if it is subject to fundamental reform, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Building Better Communities winners announced

Jewson has announced the winners of its 2017 Building Better Communities competition, giving two Trade Heroes and 24 regional projects from across the UK a share of the £250,000 prize fund.

Myers Building Supplies opens Knaresborough branch

The Myers Group is pleased to announce the opening of its latest branch - Myers Building Supplies at Knaresborough.

Selco Builders Warehouse opens three new branches on the same day

The builders merchant opened the doors at South Cardiff – the company’s second branch in the Welsh capital – Thurrock and Warrington at the same time.

Merchants rewarded at Master Builder Awards

For the first time, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has partnered with the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) to reward some of the best merchants in the country, alongside the UK’s best builders in the Master Builder Awards.

Symphony picks up Supplier of the Year award

Symphony has picked up the Showroom Supplier of the Year award from long-term customer, Jewson. Having worked together supplying their own brand premium ‘By Design’ kitchen offer, showroom colleagues were asked to vote for their preferred supplier based on a number of criteria, with Symphony receiving 50% of the total votes - the next nearest receiving only 18%.

Bond It wins Inspiring Business Award

Bond It is celebrating its success after winning a coveted business accolade.

Construction Product Manufacturers Pessimistic of Growth

The latest Construction Products Association (CPA) State of Trade Survey reveals that UK construction product manufacturers are becoming increasingly pessimistic of future growth, as input costs rise and uncertainty grows.

Chandlers announces its Supplier Rep of the Year 2017 Winners

In the builders’ merchant industry, the relationship between merchants and suppliers is crucial to get right to ensure the customer gets the best possible deal.

Gibbs & Dandy fundraises for kids in care

Gibbs & Dandy has unveiled a nationwide charitable partnership with children’s charity, Barnardo’s.

Redland’s roofing Apprentice of the Year

Somerset’s Joe Stradling has won the title of Redland Apprentice of the Year against stiff competition as one of ten of the country’s best roofing apprentices. In a West Country double, Cornishman Tom Knight was awarded Highly Commended.

AkzoNobel acquires concrete coatings manufacturer

AkzoNobel announced the acquisition of UK-based Flexcrete Technologies Ltd, whose products are primarily used for the protection and repair of concrete substrates.

TIMco’s pedal power raises £4,500 for Claire House Children’s Hospice

A group of employees from TIMco have raised more than £4,500 for Claire House Children’s Hospice by completing a 50-mile Chester bike ride.

Hampshire merchants now stocking YBS insulation products

May saw the Christchurch branch of Elliotts builders merchants taking its first delivery of products from YBS Insulation.

Ridgeons’ new website customers easy access to stock and pricing

Ridgeons has launched a new e-commerce website with click and collect from any of its 26 local branches within two hours of ordering and new incentives for customers to open accounts online.

BMF membership hits new high at 600

Membership of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) continues to rise, with the Federation welcoming Cardiff-based FW Morgan as its 600th member on 1 July.

England stars take on Worcester's Boiler Box challenge

Worcester, Bosch Group is inviting installers to take on the Boiler Box Challenge, after taking ex-England stars Wayne Bridge and Kyran Bracken back to their roots for its 'Rely On' campaign.

Flame Heating Spares expands into Scotland after £300k investment

Flame Heating Spares launches three new trade counters in Scotland, following a £300,000 investment.

Keyline staff member saves a man's life

Keyline staff member Scott Kilmer is being hailed a hero after saving the life of a man who suffered a major cardiac arrest.

Nine Essex children’s projects seek makeover

Nine children’s community projects in Essex have entered a competition to win a £10,000 makeover of their premises. The projects include nurseries, infant schools and sports clubs, among them four from Colchester and two from Braintree.

Filling Big Ben 395 times with British timber

Four years since its founding on 4 July 2013, Grown in Britain, the British-grown timber marketing campaign, has the support of nearly 200 organisations in 15 different sectors from construction companies to wildlife organisations.

Abode’s managing director climbs to Mt. Kilimanjaro summit

Abode’s managing director Darren Holiday and two of his friends climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

BMF supports marketing qualification for construction industry

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is supporting a new marketing qualification developed for those working in and around the construction industry by the world’s leading professional marketing body.

Keyline’s Longest Day Golf Challenge raises £2,000 for charity

A team of golfers from Keyline, and one of its suppliers Wavin, took part in a Longest Day Golf Challenge and raised £2,000 for Prostate Cancer UK and also Macmillan Cancer Support.

Bostik becomes official partner of Tour de France

Bostik has signed up as an official partner of iconic cycling event, the Tour de France. The new sponsorship agreement upgrades the firm’s previous participation as an official supplier in 2015 and 2016 and will run for the next two years. The event will be used as a platform to communicate and promote the Bostik brand to a large global audience.

MKM hosts event with football legends and raises £5,000 for Hospice

An event in support of Essex children’s hospice Little Havens, featuring former West Ham players Tony Cottee and Tony Gale, has raised over £5,000 for the charity.

Actis welcomes call for government to thermally retrofit homes

Actis have welcomed a report published stating that the government urgently needs to improve thermally inadequate homes to help it achieve its 2050 energy efficiency targets. Actis recommend one practical way to do this is by retrofitting loft insulation.

Rudridge sponsors strongman extravaganza

It's a sporting event that guarantees gasps of disbelief – the UK's Strongest Man 2017 takes place this summer, and once again it's being sponsored by groundworks and civil engineering distributor Rudridge.

Methven appoints new area sales manager

Methven has appointed a new Area Sales Manager for its central region as it continues to strengthen its reputation as a market leader in shower design and spray technology.

Apprentices building careers at timber merchant

A group of apprentices are building business skills for the future at timber and builders merchant Covers.

Covers sponsors ‘Constructive rewards’ for students at Chichester College

Students studying for qualifications in the construction sector have been presented with awards for their hard work during the Construction Prize Giving 2017 at Chichester College.

UK ‘green’ policies will accelerate global deforestation

Use Wood Wisely’s website tackles environmental issues affecting the UK and the wider world, debating the pressing need for sustainable and renewable energy sources.

Ridgeons employees celebrate over 800 years of service

Ridgeons recently honoured the long service and achievements of 64 employees at its 20th annual Long Service Awards reception.

System Group apprentice wins top prize at Talent in Logistics Awards

A System Group apprentice working for CEMEX UK is on the road to success after scooping a top prize at the Talent in Logistics Awards, reflecting her commitment to training as she pursues a career as a driver at one of the UK’s leading suppliers of building materials.

Ribbon to open new Elliotts branch was cut using a bolt cutter, hedge trimmers and a chainsaw

The Mayor of Winchester, Cllr David McLean, joined the Bishop’s Waltham community to celebrate the launch of the new, super-sized Elliotts branch last night.

NBG and H&B merger talks end

The Boards of NBG and H&B have confirmed that they have ended discussions around a potential merger of the two organisations. This decision follows consultation with both memberships.