Builders' Merchants News
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.

The BMF launches free Stockist Search app

In response to demand, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its new Stockist Search app – the easy way to find a local BMF stockist.

BMF urges political parties to support Britain’s merchants

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has written to each of the major political parties in the run up to the general election asking them to commit to supporting Britain’s builders’ merchant industry in their manifesto.

Travis Perkins unveils competition winner

Travis Perkins has unveiled its winning entry for a school art competition it held in London to mark the company’s signature of the Armed Forces Covenant in March.

Parker Building Supplies celebrates university success

Parker Building Supplies is celebrating the university success of eight employees.

Arnold Laver awarded Grown in Britain chain of custody

Arnold Laver & Co has been awarded a Grown in Britain chain of custody licence, enabling British-grown timber and wood products in its range to be positively identified and promoted.

ForgeFix turns fastening into an art

ForgeFix has donated a portrait of David Bowie, created using 4000 of the company's ForgeFast elite performance woodscrews, for sale at a charity auction.

SR Timber duo's Kilimanjaro climb raises £5,000 for charity

Richard Stone and Jason Lumley from SR Timber raised the money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) after making it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro – which stands at just shy of 6,000m tall.

Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and Considerate Constructors Scheme launch new mental health initiative

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and the Considerate Constructors Scheme have launched a new initiative to help support the mental health agenda in the construction industry.

Olympic Fixings secures £6m investment for growth

Olympic Fixings Group is all set for growth after a £6m combined investment from PHD Equity Partners and Secure Trust Bank.

Selco’s summer expansion is underway

Selco Builders Warehouse has launched a series of branch openings, opening its 49th UK branch in Crayford.

MRA MD gets double award nomination

Lucia Di Stazio, managing director of MRA Marketing, has been shortlisted in two categories for the prestigious Institute of Directors (IoD) South West Awards: Director of the Year and Young Director of the Year.

The IPG welcomes new merchants

The Independent Plumbing Group (IPG) has welcomed two new members - Carman Heating Supplies and Unique Plumbing Supplies.

Elite cycling team ‘building’ for the future thanks to RGB sponsorship

RGB Building Supplies and its sister company, The Room Works, are delighted to announce their sponsorship of an elite women’s cycling team as part of south west community project Cycle Engage UK.

Three new members elected to BMF Board

Andrew Harrison of Travis Perkins, Shanker Patel of Lords Group and Ian Haldane of the Haldane Shiells Group have been elected to the Board of the Builders Merchants Federation with effect from 1 July, 2017.