Builders' Merchants News
Considerate Constructors Scheme announces 2017 monitoring checklist

The Considerate Constructors Scheme – the national scheme to improve the image of the construction industry – has announced a new Monitors’ Checklist.

Government names new construction minister

Lord Prior of Brampton has been named as the government's new construction minister.

Housebuilding defies overall construction decline

Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published today (11 January) show that construction output declined again 0.2% in November 2016. 

Drayton raises £1000 to help the homeless

Drayton launched its annual ’12 Days of Christmas’ campaign at the end of 2016 with the aim to raise money for its chosen charity, Centrepoint. The controls manufacturer was delighted to be able to hand over a cheque for the grand total of £1,000.

RGB announces latest Community Fund winner

Lampard Community School in Barnstaple is the latest winner of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund following a public vote.

Most builders are reporting material price hikes, warns FMB

Some 70% of UK builders have seen an increase in material prices due to the depreciation of the pound, new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed.

UK construction manufacturing continues to grow

Sales in the UK construction products manufacturing market continued to climb for a fifteenth consecutive quarter in Q4 of 2016, according to figures published in the Construction Products Association's (CPA) latest State of Trade Survey.

BMF membership hits 22 year high

The strength and influence of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) continues to grow with 578 companies now in membership, the highest number since 1995.

Flame Heating Spares expands into Scotland

Flame Heating Spares is set to cross the border and expand into Scotland. The firm has appointed an experienced development director for Scotland, as it seeks to acquire a number of sites and develop the Flame brand north of the border.

Grant UK makes Julia’s House its charity of choice for 2017

Grant UK has announced that Julia’s House is its chosen charity for 2017. A variety of fundraising activities will be organised by the Devizes-based company throughout the year to help support the work of this local charity, which supports seriously ill children in Wiltshire and Dorset who do not have access to the level of care and support that they need. This year Julia’s House will also be opening a new hospice in Devizes, the first of its kind in the county.

Howarth Timber partners with Cancer Research UK

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is gearing up for a big year of fundraising and campaigning after Cancer Research UK was named as the firm's charity partner for 2017/18.

Lords Builders Merchants acquires Hussey and Saunders

West London-based Lords Builders Merchants has acquired the share capital of E Hussey and Sons Ltd, t/a Hussey and Saunders.

GRS acquires aggregates business Maen Karne

Independent materials trading group GRS has expanded its business with the acquisition of Maen Karne for an undisclosed sum.

Ridgeons opens Saffron Walden branch

Ridgeons has opened the doors of its flagship Saffron Walden branch.

BMF Members’ Day – theme and first speaker announced

The Business Programme at BMF Members’ Day on 20 September 2017, takes the theme “Building Beyond Brexit”.

MKM opens new branch in Crewe

MKM Building Supplies has opened its doors in Crewe, creating 17 new jobs in the Cheshire town.

Forterra becomes BMF’s 200th supplier member

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) celebrated the New Year by welcoming Forterra as its 200th supplier member.

CRASH patron Bauder offers support for homeless

CRASH patron Bauder has continued its quest to make a practical difference to the lives of homeless people through donations of toiletry gift bags.

Starter Homes a good foundation, says FMB

The 'Starter Homes Land Fund', which will see 30 areas across England given funding for new housing developments specifically designed for first-time buyers, has been described as a positive message by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Graham promotes healthy living during EHS Day

In October, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant used its Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Day to promote the importance of health and wellbeing to its customers and staff. The annual event, introduced in 2000, also provided the opportunity to support the work of Alzheimer’s Research UK and SANE – Graham’s charity partners for 2016.

Vandersanden Group acquires Hoskins Brick

Belgian brick and pavers manufacturer, Vandersanden Group, has today announced its acquisition of Hoskins Brick, the company’s exclusive UK distribution partner.

Baxi Heating receives Investors In People Award

Baxi Heating has been rewarded for its efforts in developing and supporting employees across the UK and Ireland with the Investors in People Award.

Sovini delivers Christmas food to families in need

Sovini Trade Supplies (STS), part of The Sovini Group, has delivered £15,000 worth of Christmas food and toiletries to families in need in Merseyside.

RGB receives over 250 donations to its Christmas Present Appeal

The generous customers of RGB Building Supplies donated in excess of 250 gifts to the builders merchant's Christmas Present Appeal in aid of Children's Hospice South West.

Rainy Day Trust looks to deliver new services after being granted CIO status

The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) announced today that it has been granted Charitable Incorporated Organisation status by the Charity Commission. 

Triple ISO accreditation for NMBS

NMBS has successfully retained three different ISO accreditations.

NMBS team goes the distance for charity

Staff from NMBS have successfully completed a charity bike ride with a difference and raised over £300 for a number of worthy causes.

Tradesuperheroes could win New York City break with CCF

Insulation and interior building products distributor, CCF, is looking for trade superheroes to win a trip to go to New York City in May 2017.

Coastal Building Supplies raises £1800 at trade show

Coastal Building Supplies held a trade show at its Wentworth Road, Ipswich branch recently, raising over £1800 for St Elizabeth Hospice.

Executive Hire Show 2017 features 50 new exhibitors

The 11th Executive Hire Show is opening its doors to hire industry professionals on 8 and 9 February 2017 at the event’s established home at the Ricoh Arena Coventry UK.

Travis Parkins collaborates in Circular Building project

Travis Perkins has collaborated with a team of designers on a new method of construction; where materials are sourced, built then recycled and reused as part of a continuing process aimed at improving quality of living in the future.

Grundfos joins the BMF

Grundfos Pumps has become the latest supplier company to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

IKO UK Group awarded Highly Commended Supplier by Willmott Dixon

IKO UK Group was awarded Highly Commended Supplier in the People category at a recent Willmott Dixon Supply Chain Partner Event at Warwick Racecourse. The event recognised the achievements of Midlands-based supply chain partners.

Baxi Works scoops business award

Baxi has won an award for digital marketing at the UK Business Awards 2016. The company was recognised for its Baxi Works loyalty scheme.

Jewson and Barnardo’s get together in charity partnership

Jewson will be raising funds for Barnardo’s in 2017 after the children’s charity was selected as its charity partner for the next 12 months, part of charity efforts throughout the Saint-Gobain Group.

Rudridge delivers Christmas joy to local children’s charity

Rudridge has delivered £500 worth of Christmas presents to local children’s charity Chailey Heritage Foundation.

Construction output forecast scaled back to 1.3% for 2017

Total GB construction output volume in 2017 is forecast to grow by 1.3% compared to 2016, according to research from Leading Edge. This takes total output to £136.4bn in 2017, at 2013 prices.

Shredded Wheat joins IKO plc to win with Motorbase

IKO plc is delighted to welcome Nestle Shredded Wheat as title sponsor of the Motorbase Performance team in the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).

The ‘tree amigos’ come to the rescue at local church

Now in its ninth year, the Festival of Christmas Trees in the Holy Cross Church in Uckfield has become something of a local institution.

Wavin to host latest BMF Regional Centre of Excellence

Wavin is providing the BMF’s latest Regional Centre of Excellence, the first in Yorkshire, at its Doncaster manufacturing and distribution centre of Hep2O Plumbing & Heating Systems.

WCoBM supports training and development with new bursary

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) is introducing a new bursary to support individuals in small, independent builders’ merchants in training and education. 

Electrical Safety First called on fake charger prosecution

The prosecution of a high street retailer, for selling fake charger kits, used Electrical Safety First’s expertise to make its case.

Baxi charity calendar urges people to have a safe 2017

Baxi has launched a charity calendar for 2017 featuring children’s drawings that send a serious message to grown-ups. The calendar features 12 different pictures, drawn by children of Baxi colleagues. Each one offers a safety tip designed to make sure their parents come home safely.

TIMco named Supplier of the Year by NBG

The National Buying Group (NBG) has awarded TIMco the title of ‘Supplier of the Year’ in the Painting, Decorating, Ironmongery, Hardware, Electricals & Fixings Category at this year’s awards ceremony.

Keystone Contracts is welcomed into The IPG family

Buying group The IPG continues to grow at a swift rate and has welcomed Keystone Contracts as its latest member.

MKM opens 46th branch in Sharston

MKM Building Supplies has landed in Sharston, south Manchester, creating 14 jobs with its 46th branch opening.

#RelyOnWorcester this Christmas

Worcester, Bosch Group has launched an online advent calendar to give installers the chance to win daily prizes, as part of its very own 12 days of Christmas.

Travis Perkins is named in Britain’s Most Admired Companies awards

Travis Perkins has been awarded second place in the Building Suppliers category of ‘Britain’s Most Admired Companies’ (BMAC) 2016 awards.

Plumb, Parts and Drain Center extends Christmas opening hours

To ease the stress of emergency Christmas callouts, Plumb Parts and Drain Center is extending its opening hours even further this year.

Ideal Standard joins the BMF

Ideal Standard has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), further strengthening the Federation’s plumbing and heating sector.