Builders' Merchants News
BMBI shortlisted for new award

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI), a brand of the BMF, has been shortlisted for another award, this time for the 'Best Practice Awards 2017' organised by the Trade Association Forum (TAF).

Hoskins Brick rebrands as Vandersanden Group

Hoskins Brick, the wholly owned distributor of Vandersanden bricks in the UK, has announced a full rebrand and unveiled its new corporate identity.

Border Merchant Systems welcomes new customer

Border Merchant Systems has announced its partnership with Robert Price Builders’ Merchants Borders as the newest CounterAct software user.

MKM supports sand art festival

MKM Building Supplies has been commemorated with a sand sculpture at the Redcar Sand Sculpture Festival in recognition of its continued support of the event.

BMF urges government to focus on building homes and developing industrial strategy

In the wake of one of the most unpredictable election results in recent years, the Builders Merchants Federation wants to see the new government focus on two major issues: building more homes and developing proper industrial policy. This will be a way promote economic growth across the UK.

Six awards for VELUX including Marketing Team of the Year

VELUX has won Marketing Team of the Year at the Marketing Society Star Awards for its work on two campaigns that helped grow its share of the roof window market.

Howarth Timber supports Local Music Live initiative

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is backing Local Music Live, a new initiative aimed at putting new talent on the radio.

Bacon with your building supplies at free demo day

Kingsfold-based DW Nye will be hosting a free demo day on 19 June, 2017.

Industry reacts to political uncertainty

Since the election, there has been a lot of speculation about the short and long term effects the Conervative minority government will have on policy.

Latest Reynaers showroom opens its doors in Stafford

Justin Hunter, Managing Director of aluminium systems supplier Reynaers at Home, was the star guest at the launch of a £100,000 showroom this month.

JP Corry scoops two accreditations

JP Corry’s Springfield Road and Castledawson branches have been awarded the environmental certification, ISO14001. This accreditation demonstrates JP Corry’s pledge to reducing environmental impact and improving environmental management efforts.

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.