Builders' Merchants News
New production line adds capacity to W.Howard

A new production line has been installed at Polyco in Wales.

Fibo becomes sole supplier of wall panels to T Patton

Fibo UK is now sole supplier of wall panels to plumbing and heating merchant T Patton.

CRASH helps refurbish Recovery Hub and housing for homeless people

CRASH Charity helped Spitalfields Crypt Trust completely refurbish its Recovery Hub, as well as renovate several living spaces at its supported housing accommodation.

Timber doors supplier sponsors the planting of 100 trees at local primary school

XL Joinery has partnered with Carbon Footprint to sponsor the planting of 100 trees at a Bradford school, creating wildlife habitats and encouraging biodiversity.

Britain’s most successful Paralympic athlete to speak at BMF All-Industry Conference

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, Britain’s best known Paralympic athlete, joins the line-up of speakers from the worlds of business, politics and sport at the BMF All Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June.

Schneider Electric joins the BMF

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management has joined the Builders Merchants Federation.

Aggregate Industries opens new Sheffield concrete plant

Aggregate Industries has opened a new high-capacity ready-mix concrete plant on the outskirts of Sheffield.

Another chance for worthy causes to win £500

There will be another chance for charities, community groups and worthy causes to benefit from £500 cash courtesy of NYEs Building Supplies.

Marley Alutec fundraises for Keech Hospice Care

Staff from Marley Alutec took part in a week full of activities to raise money for local chosen charity, Keech Hospice Care.

Grafton acquires Polvo

Grafton Group has conditionally agreed to acquire Polvo, a Dutch company, for €131 million (£113 million).

NMBS Exhibition goes from strength to strength

The 2019 NMBS Exhibition was the biggest event of its kind to date, with more than 1,000 people attending.

Kent Blaxill completes annual fund-raising for Help for Heroes

Kent Blaxill raised £2,400 in 2018 for its chosen charity, Help for Heroes.

Cramlington expansion for Flame

Flame Heating Group has continued to develop its branch network after launching its second bathroom showroom.

Train to gain with Klober

Merchants can attend roof ventilation training days from Klober at its Castle Donington site.

Revealed: The merchants with the biggest gender pay gaps

Lawsons, Keyline, and Grant & Stone are the merchants with the biggest pay gaps in favour of women, while EH Smith, JT Atkinson & Sons and City Plumbing Supplies favour men the most.

Garador helps safeguard children

Garage door manufacturer Garador has undertaken two new projects to help keep school children out of danger.

Housing Minister to address BMF Members Annual Conference

Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Housing, will speak at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Members’ Annual Conference on 19 September 2019. 

Brick numbers building

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show domestic brick manufacturing continuing to rise steadily.

Merchant takes up charity rally challenge

Staff from a Shropshire firm have given up their free time to help a colleague prepare for a mammoth charity rally challenge.

BMF relaunches industry recruitment website

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched Building Materials Careers, a new, improved website to encourage more people to join the building materials sector by highlighting the wide range of careers available both in merchant and supplier businesses.

CCF opens brand new Scunthorpe branch

Insulation and interior building products distributor, CCF, has opened a new 18,000 sq. ft. branch in Scunthorpe.

BMI Group launches Technology Hub

BMI Group has opened its new multi-million pound Technology Hub in Reading.

Selco helps students cement their future

The next generation of tradespeople in Milton Keynes are laying the foundations for their future careers – thanks to a helping hand from Selco.

Huws Gray announces first acquisition of 2019

K.F Supplies has become the latest addition to Huws Gray’s roster, its first acquisition in East Yorkshire.

Evie's gift gives back

Evie Clover died from an aggressive brain tumour when she was aged 13. She wrote “Written by the Stars", a story of young girls overcoming centuries of a patriarchal society, when she was 12.

Kent Blaxill supports City College Norwich

Kent Blaxill is proud to support City College Norwich with its new Painting and Decorating Courses.

Win with Ronseal and be at the heart of the rugby action

Ronseal, proud sponsor of the Rugby Football League, is giving away hundreds of great rugby prizes in a massive competition to celebrate Great Britain Rugby League’s tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Mark Garnier opens new training centre at Intergas head office

Dutch boiler manufacturer Intergas has completed its renovation of its new training centre and invited Mark Garnier, MP for Wyre Forest, to officially open the centre.

HiKOKI Power Tools joins Builders Merchants Federation

HiKOKI Power Tools has become a member of the British Merchants Federation.

West Building Supplies launches Scarborough depot

West Building Supplies has expanded outside its native Bridlington for the first time.

Flame's fast-spreading growth recognised

Flame Heating Group is celebrating continued success after winning a prestigious business award.

BMF launches the BMF Learning Academy for accredited training

The Builders Merchants Federation has announced plans to further professionalise training within the building materials supply sector with the launch of its own training brand, the BMF Learning Academy.

Wienerberger acquires BPD to strengthen position in roof market

Building solutions manufacturer Wienerberger has announced the acquisition of UK based BPD Holdings Limited.

Hundreds raised for Garden Re-Leaf

Rolawn has been hard at work fundraising £420 for the Greenfingers Charity Garden Re-Leaf day.

BHETA restructures to drive member engagement initiatives

BHETA is accelerating its member engagement programme and re-organising its management structure.

BMF launches Merchant Industry Forecast with special Brexit Report

Following an intensive programme to develop a forecasting model specifically aligned to the UK merchant sector, the Builders Merchants Federation has published the first edition of the Builders Merchants Industry Forecast, covering the period 2019-2021.

Aggregate Industries becomes first supplier to achieve PAS 2080 verification

Aggregate Industries has become the first construction materials supplier to achieve PAS 2080 verification after demonstrating its ongoing commitment to supplying low carbon solutions to infrastructure projects.

W. Howard introduces biodegradable packaging

W. Howard has introduced 100% biodegradable wrapping for all its delivered products.

Timber boss tells MP about impact of Brexit on importing

SR Timber’s Trading Director joined business leaders to tell Conservative Nicky Morgan MP about the stark realities that businesses are facing as the uncertainty around Brexit continues.

Super six to take on ‘The Beast’ for Seven Port Challenge

Chandler Building Supplies has announced its sponsorship of this year’s Seven Port Challenge, with six of its staff members taking part.

WCoBM recognises industry achievements at City & Awards luncheon

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants hosted its annual City & Awards luncheon this year at Grocers’ Hall in London.

Travis Perkins CEO steps down

John Carter has stepped down at CEO of Travis Perkins, with Nick Roberts, currently CEO of Atkins, succeeding him.

Apprenticeship Levy is exacerbating construction skills shortage, says FMB

The Apprenticeship Levy is exacerbating the construction skills shortage and must be reformed urgently, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Trade rewards scheme launched by online merchant has launched a new trade arm offering rewards for customers of its specialist online superstores.

What to expect at the NMBS Exhibition 2019

MAM, TIMco and HB42 will all be appearing at the NMBS Exhibition on 10 April at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

Growing NBG partners add value for customers

Three National Buying Group partners from across the UK have expanded their offerings with new sites, extended showrooms and new website features.

Seccombe Builders Merchants introduces new landscaping breakfast event

Isleworth merchant Seccombe is holding a breakfast event to meet landscaping suppliers on 25 April.

Leading sports psychologist confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference

Michael Caulfield Msc, one of the UK’s leading sports psychologists who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, as well as teams and players in both the Barclay’s Premier League and international and domestic cricket, has been confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF All-Industry Conference in June.

Joinery customer to enjoy Jamaica jaunt thanks to Gibbs & Dandy

A long-standing joinery customer is getting set to swap joists for Jamaica after being selected as the winner for Gibbs & Dandy’s seasonal getaway giveaway promotion.

Embrace your creative side with NMBS

NMBS has updated the NMBS Creative website to make it even more intuitive and user-friendly for independent merchants.