Builders' Merchants News
May wrong to “cut green crap”, says FMB

Theresa May’s decision to scrap the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is alarming as it signals that improving the energy efficiency of our existing buildings has been pushed further down the list of government priorities, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

MKM triumphs in BMF Mastermerchant Challenge

The BMF’s annual team building event, the Mastermerchant challenge, was won for the second year running by MKM’s Norwich branch.

CEMEX invests in the Gloucestershire building market

CEMEX UK has invested in a new readymix concrete batching plant at Moreton Valence in Gloucestershire. Costing £0.7m the new plant replaces the existing plant in Gloucester, just over eight miles away.

H+H launches self-build website

H+H has launched a new website dedicated to the self-build sector. The Lifetime House website provides information about building a home using traditional masonry construction, discussing the performance characteristics of aircrete and explaining its role in building a home.

ForgeFix hosts 24-hour customer events

ForgeFix has staged two 24-hour customer events: dubbed ’24 hours with ForgeFix’, the events enabled stockists of ForgeFix products to learn more about the company’s offerings before being able to network in the evening.

Department for Energy & Climate Change axed

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been axed as part of new Prime Minister Theresa May's first Cabinet reshuffle.

BMF calls for construction industry Brexit talks

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is leading calls for urgent talks with the government over the impact of Brexit on the construction industry.

‘Build a Boiler’ winners assemble on Worcester’s production line

Nine installers have come away from Worcester, Bosch Group with a brand new boiler made with their own hands, after testing their skills on the manufacturer’s factory floor.

HSS Hire expands in Wales with new customer distribution centre

HSS Hire Group has opened its largest ever customer distribution centre in Wales, creating up to 65 new jobs over the next three years.

Selco continues its expansion with new Chessington branch

The chief executive of Selco Builders Warehouse has revealed that it will continue its strong expansion strategy after unveiling its latest branch.

Growth continues despite pessimistic outlook

The Construction Product Association's (CPA) latest State of Trade Survey reports continued growth in sales of construction products in the second quarter of 2016.

Rt.Hon Theresa May MP visits new Maidenhead Screwfix store

Trade supplier Screwfix, welcomed local Member of Parliament Theresa May to its new Maidenhead store on Friday 8 July, prior to the announcement that she would become the next Conservative Party leader and UK Prime Minister.

BMF contributes to public accounts’ committee inquiry

The House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee has begun an inquiry into the failure of household energy-efficiency schemes - and the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has submitted views on what went wrong with the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation.

Anglia Tool Centre expands trading radius with three showrooms

Anglia Tool Centre has expanded its offline trading radius with showroom openings in both Oxford and West Midlands, strengthening its position as one of the leading power tool retailers in the UK.

Arbor Forest Products invests in MDF success

Arbor Forest Products has invested £2.8m in a new MDF production unit that will double the company’s capacity.

BDA responds to figures showing an increase in brick deliveries

The Brick Development Association (BDA), the body that represents the clay brick and paver industries in the United Kingdom, has responded to recent comment about the state of the construction industry.

Top business award for heating and plumbing merchant

John Savage, managing director of Flame Heating Spares, has been named the Institute of Directors' (IOD) North East Young Director of the Year at the annual IoD Yorkshire & North East awards.

Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire visits Naylor

On 24 June, the Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe, visited the Cawthorne manufacturing facilities of Naylor Drainage, to see first hand Naylor's extensive Clay and Plastic pipe manufacturing facilities and meet many of Naylor's 380 employees.

Jewson announces Building Better Communities winners

Jewson has announced the winners of its 2016 Building Better Communities competition, awarding 28 projects from across the UK a share of the £250,000 prize fund.

Full House for BMF Members’ Day

Tickets for BMF Members' Day have sold out two months in advance of the event, which takes place on 20 and 21 September.

Gateshead heating and plumbing supplier taps into growth

A Gateshead-based heating and plumbing equipment wholesaler has opened a showroom and expanded its product offering, thanks to a six-figure working capital facility from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Wienerberger apprentice scoops two wins at Apprenticeship Awards

Wienerberger is celebrating after one of its apprentices was named a double award winner at the annual Apprenticeship Awards. Mitchell Bates, a Wienerberger advanced apprentice at the company’s Hartlebury site, was named First Year BTEC Electrical Engineering Student of the Year, and also won the Most Improved Apprentice of the Year award.

Travis Perkins Managed Services awarded Tpas Quality Mark

Travis Perkins Managed Services, which provides maintenance materials and supply chain planning for public sector organisations, has been awarded the Supplier Quality Mark by Tpas, the tenant engagement company.

EH Smith strikes gold at RoSPA’s Awards

EH Smith Builders Merchants has been awarded the Gold Medal at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Awards for its outstanding commitment to occupational health and safety and in recognition of having won nine consecutive golds awards since 2008.

Bristol installer scoops top prize in Bradstone competition

Landscape installer, Robert Knight of Red Oak Landscaping & Garden Services, has won an Isuzu D-Max Utah 4x4 pick-up truck as part of a celebratory competition to mark the 60th anniversary of hard landscaping manufacturer, Bradstone.

W.Howard acquires site for business relocation

The W.Howard Group has acquired a 4575 sq ft site in Leigh, Lancashire to relocate two of its businesses, Eccleston Engineering and RC Perry. 

Knauf Insulation welcomes local MPs

Labour MP Steve Rotheram, alongside Labour MP for St. Helens South and Whiston Marie Rimmer, toured Knauf Insulation’s plant recently to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to supporting businesses in the six boroughs of Liverpool.

Bristan announces its ‘Designer Collection Showroom of the Year’ award winner

Bristan has announced the winner of its first ‘Designer Collection Showroom of the Year’ award.

EU exit delivery plan needed to boost construction sector, says FMB

New construction statistics for June from Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI, which show the weakest sector performance for seven years, are a cautionary sign of the damage that current uncertainty is causing to the building industry, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned.

CPA responds to construction index drop

The Construction Products Association (CPA) has responded to the sharp fall seen in the UK Construction Purchasing Managers Index during the month of June.

Kerridge Commercial Systems acquires Mincron

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), a software supplier of software to the merchant industry, has reached an agreement to acquire Mincron Software Systems, based in Houston, Texas, and its successful suite of products.

BMF briefs members on Apprenticeships’ Levy

With less than nine months’ to go until the start of the Apprenticeships’ Levy, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has issued a briefing paper to all its members to outline changes that the UK government is making to the way apprenticeships are structured and financed.

BSS names Georg Fischer as Supplier of the Year 2016

BSS Industrial has awarded George Fischer its Supplier of the Year award for 2016.

Reaction to the UK’s fifth carbon budget

The UK’s fifth carbon budget, announced in parliament on 30 June, 2016, by Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has set out a new legally binding emissions reduction target for 2030.

Champion Timber branches out in Weybridge

Champion Timber enjoyed a successful opening event for its 10th branch on 28 June.

Putting merchants on top

As parts of its strategic expansion Russell Roof Tiles is supporting growth in the merchant sector with targeting marketing activity.

Can you help CRASH to build on the success it has achieved together?

As the construction industry’s charity, CRASH’s focus is on helping homeless and hospice charities with their buildings.

FSB sets out small business agenda for EU negotiations

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is urging the government to ensure economic stability at this time of uncertainty, and has outlined key asks to government in the EU negotiations.

Bears unite with Birmingham City Council and Selco to give away 1,000 cricket bats to local youngsters

With Birmingham Bears’ NatWest T20 Blast campaign well underway, Warwickshire County Cricket Club has launched a new initiative to donate 1,000 plastic cricket bats to youngsters across Birmingham and the county of Warwickshire.

New national distribution centre for HiB

Following on from a rebrand earlier this year, HiB has announced that it will be moving its Tamworth HQ to bigger premises to keep up with the businesses’ rapid rate of growth.

Ridgeons celebrates 1,165 years of service at Long Service Awards

The Ridgeon Group recently hosted two celebratory award ceremonies honouring 71 employees at its annual Long Service Awards.

London Boiler Cashback scheme: voucher update

News that vouchers are available to meet demand under the London Boiler Cashback Scheme has been welcomed by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Saint-Gobain reinvents its brand

Saint-Gobain has revealed its new strategic approach, as well as its updated logo.

GreenWorks has evolved to help you build intelligently

GreenWorks has evolved, rolling out a range of services to help its customers build more intelligently.

Success for GROHE Work Smarter Tour 2016

GROHE is celebrating the success of its 2016 Work Smarter Tour for installers, which took place in May.

Construction industry reacts to Referendum result

The EU Referendum result has caused uncertainty in the construction industry, with many associations and industry bodies calling on the government to react quickly in order to reassure the financial markets.

Blue Rock Systems launches new branding and logo

Blue Rock Systems, an ERP software supplier to merchants, wholesalers, suppliers and distributors, has introduced its new company branding and logo.

Entrepreneurs can find a home in the GAI

Start-ups and new entrepreneurs entering the door hardware industry are being targeted in a future-focused membership drive by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI).

Kenneth is named Dunlop Multi-Skill Champion 2016

Fourteen-year-old multi-skill student Kenneth Sylvester from Doncaster College has been named as the overall winner of Dunlop’s Multi-Skill Champion Competition 2016.

Grange investment in manufacture and distribution

Grange has announced a significant additional investment from its parent company Stelmet in the form of an expanded supply chain capacity. This will create additional manufacturing capability and provide an additional UK distribution site in the South East of England.