Builders' Merchants News
BMF links continued growth to low tariff Brexit deal

Data collected by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has found that builders’ merchants had a strong end to 2016, and anticipate increased growth this year, despite sector concerns about the impact of Brexit.

The Ridgeon Group raises £30,852 for Macmillan Cancer Support

Ridgeons has raised £30,852 for Macmillan Cancer Support, the company’s elected charity of 2015 to 2017.

Actis welcomes government insulation report

A Green Building Council report, stating that 25m UK homes need to be retrofitted between now and 2050, has been welcomed by Actis.

Addis Housewares gets behind Rainy Day Trust challenge

Addis Housewares has teamed up with the Rainy Day Trust to raise awareness and funds for the home improvement workforce and their families.

Rudridge helps riding stable with donation following burglary

Rudridge has come to the rescue of Mayfair Farm Riding Stables after materials for their new paddock were stolen in a burglary last week.

The ROCKWOOL Group unveils new brand identity

The ROCKWOOL Group has unveiled its new brand identity together with a new “purpose” statement and corporate video.

BMN exhibits at Ecobuild 2017

We will be exhibiting at Ecobuild this year, drop by stand B100 within the Builders Merchants Federation Pavilion to say hello.

3i and LDC sell stakes in MKM Building Supplies to Bain Capital

MKM Building Supplies, 3i Group, LDC and Bain Capital Private Equity have announced a binding agreement for the sale of 3i and LDC’s stakes in MKM to Bain Capital. Management will retain a significant shareholding in the business.

Flame targets record turnover with Newcastle opening

Flame Heating Spares is on track to more than double its turnover and workforce, with the launch of its latest branch in Newcastle upon Tyne.

JP Corry raises money for charity

JP Corry has presented a cheque for £8,970.09 to Multiple Sclerosis Northern Ireland and Alzheimer's Research UK following a fundraising drive.

General Building Plastics develops Banbury branch

General Building Plastics (GB Plastics) has announced two significant developments for its local branch and trade counter in Banbury.

Chandlers recognises staff with awards

Chandlers Building Supplies recently presented Halesowen Timber sales co-ordinator Sam Lock with its first Outstanding Contribution Award and Brighton branch timber distribution driver Premysl Vik with its Best New Starter Award.

National award for heating and plumbing entrepreneur

John Savage, managing director of Flame Heating Spares, has been named BQ National Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, after competing against 12 other entrepreneurs from across the UK.

TG Skip Hire celebrates business success

The team at TG Skip Hire – part of the Tudor Griffiths Group – has seen an increase in business of 15% up on last year.

Redland invests in tile manufacture

Redland has announced a new manufacturing line for its plain-tile appearance product, DuoPlain, and large-format concrete tiles and slates.

Jewson supports cyclist in Giro d’Italia challenge

Coventry-based veteran cyclist Mick Ives is set to ride the exact route of the 2017 Tour of Italy in a bid to raise vital funds for Barnardo’s, Rainbow Children’s Hospice, Padraic Sweeney Kidney Research and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice. The Giro d’Italia is 3,400km long and takes place over 21 days in May, with 2017 marking the 100th edition of the race.

Actavo opens new branch in Uxbridge, West London

Actavo Hire & Sales Solutions has opened a new branch in Uxbridge, West London. As part of the company’s expansion of its branch network across the UK and Ireland, it is also offering specialist shoring services.

Gibbs & Dandy raises employee pay above National Living Wage

Gibbs & Dandy has announced that it is increasing its minimum employee hourly rate of pay above that of the government’s National Living Wage.

Strong finish to 2016 cements year of growth for builders’ merchants

A strong set of results for the final quarter of 2016 completes a further year of growth in sales of building materials through UK builders merchants. The latest figures from the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Builders Merchants Building Index Q4 report show that general merchants generated annual revenues in excess of £5.44bn with sales value growth of 5.2% on 2015.

Showcase event success for MKM Honiton

MKM’s Honiton branch has celebrated its half-year anniversary, and launch of its new kitchen and bathroom showroom, with a special open evening.

Support CRASH in the Bear Grylls Survival Race 2017

CRASH is urging people throughout the merchant industry to take part in the Bear Grylls Survival Race 2017 to help raise money for the charity.

Bond It continues investment programme

Bond It is set to build on the business with a further six figure investment into its business.

Independent Plumbing Supplies joins The IPG

Southampton-based Independent Plumbing Supplies has become a member of buying group The IPG.

Huws Gray relies on Doosan for its fleet

Huws Gray was created as a one-stop shop for all building products and materials – from below ground drainage to bricks and blocks, doors, windows and roofing materials. The company prides itself on fast and efficient customer service. That means loading and unloading lorries quickly, and efficiently moving materials on-site – activities that require a dependable, well-maintained forklift truck fleet.

Norbord launches new nationwide SterlingOSB merchant campaign

Following a successful 30th birthday year in 2015, 2016 also saw great results from the SterlingOSB brand campaign; sales increased by 24%.

Pegler Yorkshire launches campaign to support future generation

Pegler Yorkshire has launched a campaign to support a number of initiatives throughout Doncaster and the UK to encourage awareness of career opportunities, inspire children to consider technical based GCSE’s, or give young adults the confidence to choose vocational courses and apprenticeships.

The IPG welcomes new member AC Bathrooms

The IPG has welcomed member number 138, AC Bathrooms & Heating.

MAM Software reports positive customer survey

MAM Software is pleased to report the results of its annual customer satisfaction survey. After being asked questions regarding staff professionalism, knowledge and response times, the results show that a high percentage of MAM customers are satisfied with the service that they receive.

Dancing on the Tiles

Staff at Russell Roof Tiles are raising money with the launch of a Strictly Come Dancing-style live ballroom dancing competition.

RGB selects its 2017 charity

RGB Building Supplies is delighted to announce it has selected Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) as its charity and will be fundraising for the cause throughout 2017.

Trade Paint Xpress expands offering with new online service

Trade Paint Xpress, a decorators' merchants located in Chippenham, Wiltshire, has expanded into online retailing with its new website

National DIY Show announced for 2018

Taking place on Sunday 3 and Monday 4 June 2018, the National DIY Show will be held at the Ericsson Hall at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Cash for quotes with Gibbs & Dandy

To celebrate its website update, Gibbs & Dandy is looking to reward its customers who take advantage of the new site.

Making a mark on the landscape

Making their own mark on the future landscape, Grown in Britain (GiB) staff, supporters and licence-holders came together to begin planting the Grown in Britain Grove, part of the Sylva Foundation’s Future Forest, in Oxfordshire on 10 February.

Strategic partnership for Wyckham Blackwell and The Keystone Group

Wyckham Blackwell and The Keystone Group has announced that they have together acquired a 50% stake in the Timber Innovations Ltd Timber Frame business in Solihull as part of a Strategic Partnership Agreement.

BMF opens London Regional Centre of Excellence

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its first Regional Centre of Excellence in London thanks to the co-operation of SIG plc.

Jewson scores shirt sponsorship with Oxford United youth team

Jewson has been chosen as the front of shirt sponsor for Oxford United Football Club’s under 18’s team after pledging its support to the Friends of Oxford United Youth Academy group.

Timloc Building Products moves to Ozone Business Park

Timloc Building Products is to become the latest in a string of companies to move to Ozone Business Park in Howden.

Johnstone’s Community Spirit competition returns for 2017

Johnstone’s Trade has opened nominations for its Community Spirit competition, and is asking residents to put forward a deserving local community organisation or charity building that could benefit from a redecoration.

IKO’s #NoMorePotholes shortlisted for Marketing Excellence Award

IKO PLC’s #NoMorePotholes campaign has been shortlisted for Best Use of Social Media in the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Marketing Excellence Awards.

Screwfix opens 500th store

Screwfix has opened its 500th UK store at Lumina Park, Enfield. Since opening its first store in Yeovil in 2005, Screwfix has opened one store per week for the past six years.

Why health and safety signage is important to construction

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there were 144 UK workers killed at work between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016. 43 of the 144 fatal injuries took place within the construction industry alone.

Huws Gray launches charity partnership with the Sepsis Trust UK

Huws Gray has announced its charity partnership with Sepsis Trust UK for 2017.

Rising cost pressures expected to dent construction industry growth

Firms across the construction industry are bracing themselves for further cost pressures after reporting a rise in raw material prices despite growth across the industry during 2016 Q4.

Construction industry reacts to housing white paper

The government has released a housing white paper, detailing a course of action to tackle the housing crisis in the UK. The paper has received mixed to positive reactions from across the construction industry.

NHBC new home registrations resilient throughout 2016

More than 150,000 new homes were registered in the UK by the National Housebuilding Council (NHBC) in 2016, the second highest in almost a decade.

Southalls and Gowling WLG warn builders’ merchants of health and safety fine risks

Specialist health and safety consultancy Southalls and international law firm Gowling WLG, warn medium sized builders’ merchants (£10-£50m turnover) of the significant fine risks they may face on the first anniversary of the new health and safety sentencing guidelines this month.

Jewson goes above and beyond the National Living Wage

Jewson has announced plans to increase its employees’ wages ahead of the government’s introduction of the National Living Wage later this year.

Dunlop launches Multi-Skill Champion Competition 2017

Dunlop is launching its Multi-Skill Champion Competition again for 2017, following the success of its inaugural competition last year.

Encon scoops regional Redrow Award

Encon Insulation has been named Supplier of the Year at the South West Redrow Awards, at Dartington Hall in Devon.