Builders' Merchants News
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.

Duffield Timber carves out £1m investment

Duffield Timber has made a £1m investment in new machinery at its site near Ripon, North Yorkshire.

Booming Selco reaches major landmark

During what is the biggest period of expansion the company has ever undertaken, Selco has opened a branch in Guildford on the Slyfield Industrial Estate.

Rudridge employees set to cycle in memory of colleague

Two Rudridge employees are gearing up for the challenge of a lifetime to raise cash in memory of a colleague.

New pre-school wins help from RGB

Muddy Boots Woodland to Shore Pre-School, due to open in Bideford, Devon in 2017, is the latest winner of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund following a public vote.

Centurion launches major rebrand

PPE manufacturer Centurion has re-launched its brand following a complete brand review during 2016.

Businesses urged to get behind community farms and gardens

UK Businesses, big and small, are being urged to take action to support their local community growing groups, many of which struggle to make ends meet.

Considerate Constructors Scheme launches in Ireland

The Considerate Constructors Scheme - the organisation established to improve the image of the construction industry - is now international, having launched its first registered site in Ireland.

Baxi Heating team scoops marketing award

Baxi Heating has won Marketing Team of the Year at the 2017 Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Marketing Excellence Awards.

BMF and IoBM agree strategic partnership

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) have agreed a strategic partnership that will see the two bodies working together more closely to develop the professionalism of the industry.

JP Corry shortlisted for responsibility award

JP Corry has been shortlisted for a Responsible Business Award in Northern Ireland.

Aggregate Industries invests £2m in block plants

Aggregate Industries’ Masterblock business has invested £2m into improving its block product operations at three of its factories across the country, in response to a steady increase in demand from the housing industry.

Keyline rally heads to Spain for charity

In a galaxy not so far away, employees from Keyline will morph into their favourite characters from Star Wars, Doctor Who and The X Files as they jump behind the wheel and drive across Europe to raise vital money for Prostate Cancer UK.

UK brick manufacturers report increase in distribution

The steady increase in UK-manufactured brick deliveries has continued in line with rising industry demand, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Balcas Timber hires sales executive

Kym Tuckwell has joined Balcas Timber as sales executive and will be covering the sales territory of south Wales, the West Midlands and south/south west of England.

Online building products retailer secures £8.65m for growth

Private equity house Key Capital Partners (KCP) has acquired a majority stake in online retailer of building materials, Construction Materials Online (CMO), which operates retail sites supplying DIY builders and small building contractors.

BMF launches new Training Solutions Prospectus

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has published a new Training Solutions Prospectus, which details the full programme of specialist training support available for merchants and their suppliers.

The IPG announces inaugural Conference and exhibition

Independent merchant buying group The IPG has announced its first conference and exhibition.

Home Energy Scotland Loan Scheme “hugely encouraging”, says Neil Schofield

Neil Schofield, head of external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group has praised a new incentive designed to encourage homeowners and landlords in Scotland to make energy and money-saving improvements to their properties.

Elliots branch reopening launched by Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp launched the new and improved Elliotts’ Fordingbridge branch at a customer event recently.

Staff steel themselves for charity efforts

Staff at Dorset-based SMD are steeling themselves for a series of charity efforts this summer.

RGB showroom bake-off event takes the cake

To celebrate the first anniversary of The Room Works, a kitchen and bathroom showroom from RGB Building Supplies based in Exeter battled it out with Exeter City FC and the Exeter Chiefs rugby team during a charity bake-off on 4 May.

Designer of Elliotts Living Spaces wins national award

Elliotts Living Spaces designer Emma Knight has been crowned Sottini Showroom Designer of the Year after her 3D bathroom design was selected by a judging panel made up of industry experts.

On the hunt for Britain’s Best Bacon Butty

The classic bacon sandwich is the breakfast of choice for our nation’s tradespeople, with new research suggesting it is their favourite secret indulgence.

TTBS appoints new national president

At the Timber Trades Benevolent Society’s (TTBS) Annual General Meeting, held on 11 May, Ivan Savage, the Society’s general manager since 2011, was also appointed as the national president for 2017 and 2018, succeeding Robert Bruce of MH Southern & Co.

JELD-WEN celebrates Jewson’s Best Young Tradesperson of the Year

JELD-WEN has sponsored and presented the Jewson Best Young Tradesperson of the Year 2017 competition, 18–24 category, which was awarded to winner Jack Allen, a carpenter from Glasgow.

IKO wins International Safety Award

IKO PLC has been awarded an International Safety Award for Manufacturing by the British Safety Council. The award reflects the company’s commitment to protecting all its employees from the risk of injury and ill health at work.

Grafton Group issues promising trading update

Grafton Group plc, the builders’ merchanting and DIY Group with operations in the UK, Ireland and Belgium has issued its trading update for the period 1 January 2017 to 30 April 2017.

Family owned brick company sees growing demand from SMEs

Small and medium sized housebuilders across the UK are concerned that clay brick shortages could significantly delay construction projects, as we move through the year.

ForgeFix’s Mike Pollard completes London Marathon

Mike Pollard from ForgeFix has successfully completed the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon for charity.

Nu-Heat invests in future growth

Nu-Heat has secured investment from new shareholders as part of plans for continued growth.

John Nicholls wins Established Business Award

John Nicholls Building and Plumbing Merchants has won the Established Business Award at the Cherwell Business Awards.

Rising costs means mixed start to 2017 for construction industry

The industry reported a strong start to 2017 with increases in sales, output and workloads in Q1 driven by increased demand, according to the Construction Products Association’s (CPA) Construction Trade Survey Q1, which also painted a positive picture for 2017 with companies reporting an optimistic outlook for the year ahead.

A year of madness at Wirquin

Wirquin is celebrating 40 years in business this year and has pledged to have a year of madness, which the company is sharing across its social media platforms.