Builders' Merchants News
Aggregate lays plans to encourage more women workers amid escalating skills gap

With the skills deficit continuing to grow, Aggregate Industries believes that breaking down gender barriers is vital to safeguarding the future of the construction industry – and has laid some firm foundations to encourage more women into its own workforce.

JT Dove aim to raise £20,000 for charity

JT Dove Ltd, a North East-based builder’s merchants, have swapped tools for trainers for a series of charity fundraising efforts with the goal of raising £20,000 for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund at the Freeman Hospital.

Michelmersh acquires Carlton Main Brickworks

Michelmersh has announced its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Carlton Main Brickworks Limited for a net consideration of £31.2 million.

Get the builders' view at Members' Day

Arthur McArdle, National Vice President of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), will present a builder's view of Brexit at the Builders Merchants Federation's (BMF) Members' Day in September.

Thousands raised 'tanks' to Marsh Industries appeal

An ingenious idea to help raise money for merchants' own local charities from Marsh Industries is now running successfully in more than 200 branches across the UK, raising thousands of pounds for worthy causes close to merchants' hearts.

MKM Marketing and Digital Director Triumphs at Women in Business Awards

Linda Clarke of MKM Building Supplies has been named ‘Woman of the Year (Large Business)’ at the Barclays Yorkshire Women in Business Awards.

Gibbs & Dandy celebrates its latest branch with Stevenage launch

Gibbs & Dandy is celebrating the official opening of the latest branch in its network, as it cuts the ribbon on its new Stevenage branch.

JB Kind Doors launch Extreme competition

Joiners, carpenters and building professionals have the chance to win a weekend in a VW campervan with 50 runners up able to win an ‘Extreme’ branded hoodie, as part of a competition with JB Kind Doors.

Geberit Awards winners hit the jackpot with tour of new head office

As nominations open for the Geberit Awards 2017, last year’s winners enjoyed a tour of the new Geberit head office in Warwick and a meet and greet with one of the UK’s top darts players, Adrian Lewis.

Call to end ‘one in, three out’ deregulation

More than 700 organisations and individuals have now signed an open letter to UK Prime Minister Theresa May, which challenges arbitrary deregulation of health and safety.

BMF announces strategic partnership with Grown in Britain

With around a fifth of general merchant business comprising timber and wood products, maximizing sales opportunities in the category is key to profitability.

BMF lobbies to improve air quality in English cities

If government goes ahead with the introduction of Clean Air Zones, Ministers must act to support merchants to replace old vehicles with cleaner, greener models. That is the message from the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) to the new Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP.

IBMF delivers the Ibstock difference

With sustained growth being experienced throughout the construction sector, merchants from across the UK gathered earlier this month at the 20th Independent Builders’ Merchant Forum (IBMF) hosted by Ibstock, to garner advice on capitalising on the growth opportunity and share opinions on continuing the upward trend.

C&W Berry enter the Southport Flower Show

C&W Berry are looking forward to the Southport Flower show as it shows its interpretation of the theme: ‘The Curious Garden.’

Housebuilders 'must do more to attract women and young people'

The UK's housebuilding industry must do more to attract women and young people to avoid a workforce crisis, according to new research

Building product sales down in April but sales per day reach new high.

The latest figures from the BMF's Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) showed builders' merchants' sales to builders and contractors were 6.3% lower than in April 2016, due to there being three fewer trading days.

Industry sets fundraising record at BMF All-Industry Conference

The BMF has confirmed that a record sum of £71,531 was raised for charity during the Gala Dinner that concluded its All-Industry Conference in Budapest last weekend.

F&P opens new Bedford distribution warehouse

F&P, Primaflow and Connections has officially opened its new Southern regional distribution centre in Bedford, scaled to serve customers in the midlands and south of the UK, and make over 3,000 products available for next-day delivery.

Covers donates high-vis vests to junior school

Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has donated 25 high visibility vests to Court Lane Junior School in Portsmouth.

TG Group cements a deal with local college athletes

A family-owned Shropshire business has joined forces with a local college to boost the skills of future international athletes.

Dunlop Multi-Skill Champion announced

Jason Skitt from Walsall College has been named as Dunlop’s Multi-Skill Champion 2017 after succeeding in a number of construction tests.

SR Timber duo set for charity Monte Carlo rally

SR Timber is entering a team for a charity car rally to Monte Carlo this September, which will take them through ten European countries in just four days in a road-legal car that costs less than £500 to buy.

British Standard for the ‘circular economy’ launched

BSI has launched a new standard for the ‘circular economy’, BS 8001: 2017: Framework for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organizations – guide.

Travis Perkins hosts ‘Brew Up’ in aid of the Armed Forces

A local celebration to show appreciation for the work of the Armed Forces was held in Northampton on 19 June to mark the beginning of Armed Forces Week.

F & P opens new Bedford distribution warehouse

F & P, Primaflow and Connections has opened its new southern regional distribution centre in Bedford, scaled to serve customers in the Midlands and south of the UK, and make over 3,000 products available for next-day delivery.

Keyline saddles up and raises over £8,500 for charity

A group of Keyline staff, customers and suppliers raised in excess of £8,500 for Prostate Cancer UK when they replaced their hard hats for cycle helmets and completed a gruelling biking challenge on 3 June.

Ridgeons’ internal promotions help form new Operations Board

Ridgeons has announced that it has formed an Operations Board to draw on the skills and experience of existing colleagues and support the company’s continued growth.

Pochin plays its parts for boiler engineers

Independent plumbing and heating merchant Pochin has expanded into a new product category, stocking boiler spares for a range of the most popular boiler brands.

New production line at International Timber

The International Timber Trafford Park facility has introduced a fully integrated production system.

Keyline quiz night raises over £1,000 for charity

A recent quiz night organised by the Keyline Projects Team in Honiton raised a fantastic £1,117 for Prostate Cancer UK.

Polypipe starts three-year partnership with Help for Heroes

Polypipe has confirmed a three-year partnership with Armed Forces charity Help for Heroes, which will see the manufacturer of plastic piping, rainwater systems, and underfloor heating help raise funds to support those with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces.

Gas Safe Europe have expanded distribution of the Detectagas

The new legislation relating to carbon monoxide and smoke alarms requires all landlords to fit and maintain working CO alarms. Testing the alarms can be difficult as the most accurate way to test is using a safe level of gas to test the alarm.

Industry responds to Queen's Speech

The construction industry has responded to yesterday's Queen's Speech, welcoming the government's commitment to industrial strategy.

BMF reaction to the Queen’s Speech

Queen’s Speech to Parliament today set out the government’s legislative programme for the next two years. The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed the government's plans on housing and industrial policy.

AWMS raises money for charity in 'Fireman Sam' banger

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) has taken up the challenge to enter the Pavestone Rally in aid of The Rainy Day Trust and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Parker Building Supplies and Kent County Cricket Club team up

Parker Building Supplies has become official partner of the Kent County Cricket Club as part of a three-year deal.

Employees value benefits as financial pressures rise

Employees are increasingly recognising the value of their workplace benefits as financial pressures increase, new research from MetLife’s UK Employee Benefit Trends Study 2017 shows.

Roofing’s Top Ten apprentices tough it out in national final

Ten of the country’s best roofing apprentices are gearing up for the two-day final that will see one of them awarded the title of Redland Apprentice of the Year.

DW Nye’s first demo day of the year

The South East may have been enjoying a heatwave, but builders visiting DW Nye on Monday were getting ready for winter by finding out about the latest products on offer.

Henry Carver awarded the Express & Star Business Person of the Year

Carvers Building Supplies managing director, Henry Carver, has won Business Person of the Year Award at the Express and Star Business Awards.

NMBS launches Special Offers App

NMBS has made it easier for its merchant members to embrace mobile technology to market their businesses with a Special Offers App.

Building sector unites to support workers with cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support is uniting with six companies from the building and construction sector, to raise awareness of cancer and encourage men to get support.

Chandlers Building Supplies helps charity farm build

Chandlers Building Supplies celebrated the completion of Chailey Heritage Foundation's Patchwork Farm project by donating its final fundraising efforts to the Foundation. The money donated is part of the merchant's ongoing support of the Foundation.

Södra Wood announces new HQ

Södra Wood, formerly Crown Timber, is relocating its UK and Irish operations to a new flagship HQ in the Office Park in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The move will see more than 40 staff working in an integrated environment.

Keyline has won back-to-back RoSPA’s health and safety awards

Keyline, a UK supplier of civils and drainage solutions, has received a gold Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Award for the second year in a row.

NMBS Conference 2018: Venue, location and dates

At the conclusion of the successful 2017 BMF Conference, the location for next year’s industry Conference was announced.

Construction sector unites to raise cancer awareness

Macmillan Cancer Support is uniting with six companies from the building and construction sector, to raise awareness of cancer and encourage men to get support.

Chandlers Building Supplies helps charity farm

Chandlers Building Supplies celebrated the completion of Chailey Heritage Foundation’s Patchwork Farm project by donating its final fundraising efforts to the Foundation. The money donated is part of the merchant’s ongoing support of Chailey Heritage Foundation.

Plumbase names its Supplier of the Year

APP Plumbing and Heating has been named Supplier of the Year by heating and plumbing merchant Plumbase.

GB Plastics wins Midlands Family Business of the Year

General Building Plastics won the Midlands Family Business of the Year Champions 2017.