Builders' Merchants News
Government to directly commission newbuild homes

The government will now directly commission some newbuild properties as part of a major change in policy.

FAKRO confirms sponsorship of 2017 BMF All-Industry Conference

FAKRO has confirmed its headline sponsorship of the BMF All-Industry Conference in 2017.

Huws Gray acquires Manchester-based Brick Market

Huws Gray has announced its first-ever acquisition in the south Manchester area, having recently completed the purchase of Stockport-based Brick Market (trading as Woodford Building and Plumbing Supplies).

Toolbank announces 'Real Deals for You' winners

Toolbank has announced the winners of its annual Real Deals for You promotion, which took place in the run up to the Christmas period.

Markovitz opens new restaurant

Builders' merchant The Markovitz Group has embarked on an unusual new venture, with the opening of a new restaurant and wine bar in the vilage of Tideswell, Derbyshire.

Ridgeons warehouse good for region

Ridgeons, the timber and builders’ merchant in the East of England is boosting employment in the region at its new central distribution warehouse in Mildenhall.

CPS smashes £1m fundraising target

City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) has smashed its £1m fundraising target for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Triton embraces new BMA thermostatic definition

Formed to provide an independent forum for bathroom manufacturers in the UK to properly discuss matters of mutual interest, the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) has targeted thermostatic temperature control for electric showers as one area in need of clarity.

Southern expansion for James Hargreaves Plumbing Depot

James Hargreaves Plumbing Depot continues expansion

Graduation for Gibbs & Dandy apprentices

Fourteen Gibbs & Dandy employees have officially completed their apprenticeships after graduating from the builders’ merchant’s tailor-made training course.

National awards recognises Howarth Timber’s Rebecca

The Construction Marketing Awards have recognised the achievement of Howarth Timber’s Rebecca Galyer, who was highly commended in the Emerging Talent category at the annual gala event.

John Nicholls Group joins PHG

The PHG buying group has announced that the John Nicholls Group, including J&B Plumbing Supplies, will join the membership from 1 January, 2016.

Customer engagement leads to award win for Gibbs & Dandy

A campaign to engage with its customers and increase sales has led to Gibbs & Dandy winning an award at the Construction Marketing Awards 2015.

Growth at Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants leads to premises expansion

Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants (PPHM) is expanding its premises to meet growing demand from tradespeople across the capital.

Jewson puts its best foot forward

The Jewson Contractor Sales team have donned their trainers to walk the London Marathon Route for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Sovini Trade Supplies spreads Christmas cheer

Staff at Sovini Trade Supplies have been spreading festive cheer across Sefton, Merseyside, by donating Christmas trees to local schools.

MRA Marketing wins CMA award with Deceuninck

MRA Marketing has won the 2015 Construction Marketing Award (CMA) for Strategic Planning & Management for its work with Deceuninck.

Record Scottish construction output 'driven by infrastructure'

Output from the Scottish construction industry has risen to a record £14bn in the 12 months to September 2015, according to new figures published by the Office of National Statistics.

Stonemarket's Road Show hailed a success

Stonemarket took its new products for 2016 on the road this year to see as many builders' merchants, garden designers and contractor customers as possible.

The future is burning bright for oil

Worcester, Bosch Group has urged installers working in off-mains gas areas to stick with oil as the market looks set for a promising time.

BMF launches service to manage employment risks

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a new service to help members stay up to date with employment law and to provide support managing difficult employment issues.

Chandlers acquires Banstead Builders Merchants

Chandlers Building Supplies has acquired Traceway, which operates as Banstead Builders Merchants in Surrey.

Snap and share happy elves to win prizes!

Take a photo of one of Hope’s special festive cement lorries, tweet it and you could win an Apple TV!

Together Towards Tomorrow: BMF Members Day 2016

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced the date, theme and venue for BMF Members Day 2016.

BDR Thermea to acquire ECR International

BDR Thermea, a Dutch heating products group with its global headquarters in Apeldoorn, has announced the acquisition of US-based ECR International.

Roofing supercentre opens in Sheffield

Sheffield's construction sector has been given a major boost with the opening of a specialist roofing supercentre.

Aqualux named Fortis supplier

Fetim Group UK, which owns the Aqualux and Haceka brands, has been appointed approved suppliers to the Fortis independent mixed merchant buying group.

Retired branch manager inspires the next generation

One of Pipe Center and Climate Center's longest-standing branch managers has assumed a new part-time coaching role for his peers across the UK following his recent retirement.

Stan's the man in his brand-new van

Dennis Roberts from Ty Croes on Anglesey has won a brand-new Vauxhall Vivaro van in the Huws Gray 25th anniversary raffle.

The WCoBM continues to expand with new members

The Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants (WCoBM) continues to grow, adding nine new Liverymen and 10 new Freemen to its membership this year.

BMF MD shortlisted for CEO of the Year

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has been shortlisted in the UK Associations Awards, organised by Associations Network.

Jack helps England power to championship

A Luton HGV driver is celebrating helping England win the 2015 Home Nations Championship in powerlifting, beating teams from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Final anniversary event is a huge hit

Huws Gray marked its final 25th anniversary event of 2015 with a special charity fundraising evening at Tre-Ysgawen Hall on Anglesey, which was supported by key suppliers, employees and charity representatives.

Major investment returns restructured Ferroli to full strength

Italian boiler manufacturer Ferroli has announced that the final negotiations of the company’s restructure are due to be completed at the end of this year and that boiler production is back to full strength.

Life begins at 40 for Selco

Selco Builders Warehouse has continued its growth strategy by opening branches in Southampton and Weybridge, taking the total number of outlets around the UK to 40.

A third of construction firms are turned off by taking on apprentices

A third of small construction firms are being put off from taking on apprentices because of the bureaucracy involved, according to a new research report called: “Defusing the skills time bomb” published by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

'Borderline national crisis' in fire safety, says BWF-CERTIFIRE chairman

The new chairman of the UK's largest fire door certification scheme has sounded a stark warning about fire safety in UK buildings.

New homes plan at risk from skills shortage, warns FMB

The Chancellor's vision of building 400,000 new affordable homes could be derailed by the current skills shortage in the construction industry, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned.

Bassetts opens new Belfast store

Bassetts, a bathroom, heating and tile merchant in Northern Ireland, has recently opened a new 'Simply Bathrooms' showroom within the heart of the Boucher Road retail area in Belfast, as well as expanding the showrooms in two of its County Londonderry branches.

NMBS named as a finalist at the British Excellence in Sales & Marketing Awards

NMBS has been announced as a Finalist in the Best Sales & Marketing Assessment Tool category at the upcoming British Excellence in Sales and Marketing Awards (BESMA).

Builders’ merchants sales rise in Q3

The latest sales figures from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel, released on 27 November by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), show sales in Q3 2015 through the UK’s general builders’ merchants were up on both the last quarter and the same quarter in 2014.

Festive breakfast mornings at RGB branches

The Barnstaple, Penzance and Holsworthy branches of RGB Building Supplies are hosting festive breakfast mornings in December offering the perfect opportunity to pick up a Christmas present for those DIY lovers.

NIA responds to government’s planned 400,000 new homes

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has shared its surprise and concern with the Committee on Climate Change, following reports that the government intends to build 400,000 new homes in the next few years, which may have to be retro-fitted with insulation and other energy saving measures to meet the UK’s carbon saving targets.

Bosch agrees new Irish supplier partnership

Bosch Commercial and Industrial has announced a new supplier partnership with Heat Merchants in Ireland to supply its range of commercial products.

Autumn Statement 2015: The industry reacts

The construction industry is broadly in favour of the changes announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement, which was announced on Wednesday 25 November.

ASSA ABLOY scoops innovation award

ASSA ABLOY has triumphed at the Black Country Chamber of Commerce Awards.

2015 Spending Review: Key Points

The Chancellor George Osborne has set out the government’s spending plans in today’s Spending Review, including plans to tackle the deficit and almost £7bn in funding to build 400,000 new affordable homes in England.

Charity thrives for HPS at PHEX

HPS Heating Plumbing Supplies raised an incredible £8,840 for Great Ormond Street Hospital during this year's PHEX Chelsea Exhibition.

The world’s best new architectural ironmongers are honoured

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) celebrated the very best in education achievements of the next generation of architectural ironmongers at its Education Awards ceremony on 12 November.

Worcester wins at AGSM awards

Worcester, Bosch Group has been recognised within the social housing sector for going the extra mile with their customer support and has taken home the Boiler Manufacturer Customer Service Award at this year’s Association of Gas Safety Managers (AGSM) Supplier Excellence Awards.