Builders' Merchants News
JB Kind Doors pledges fundraising support for Dementia UK

Door distributor JB Kind is throwing its weight behind a charity providing support for families affected by dementia.

Carlisle expansion for Heating and Plumbing Group

Flame Heating Group has announced the launch of its first outlet in the North West, with the opening of its Carlisle branch.

Huws Gray to host first trade event with Welsh rugby legend following major takeover

More than a thousand tradespeople and members of the public are set to descend on The Barn at Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay, for the Huws Gray Giant Trade Event on April 17.

Trade Association partnership set to strengthen UK treated wood market

The Timber Trade Federation and the Wood Protection Association are joining forces under a strategic partnership agreement aimed at strengthening the UK market for treated wood.

Snows Timber takes brand new direction

Snows Timber, previously part of The Bradfords Group, has announced the completion of a management buyout.

D.W. Nye renamed NYEs Building Supplies

Kingsfold-based builders’ merchant D.W. Nye has been renamed as NYEs Building Supplies.

The CRASH Charity Sailing Cup is back!

CRASH is thrilled to announce that the CRASH Charity Sailing Cup will return for a fourth year on Friday 12 July 2019 at the stunning Portsmouth Marina, PO6 4TJ.

Scott Parnell expanding its Milton Keynes branch

Civils and drainage supplies specialist Scott Parnell will be expanding its Milton Keynes branch.

Dove hits 150 and sets milestone challenge

JT Dove is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion bosses have set themselves and the team a challenge.

Covers Chichester puts best feet forward for charity

The team at Covers Timber and Builders Merchants in Chichester donned an array of silly socks to raise funds for local charity Aldingbourne Trust.

Snows Timber warns against ‘no-deal’ Brexit in talks with local MP Gloria De Piero

Brexit dominated the agenda as Snows Timber hosted Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero at its Huthwaite distribution centre this week.

Chancellor’s Spring Statement: BMF statement

If the Government is serious in wanting to cut carbon emissions from homes, they ought to talk to the Builders Merchants’ Federation - because it is BMF members who make and deliver the majority of materials and products used to de-carbonise today’s housing.

Natural Cement Distribution joins the BMF

Natural Cement has become a supplier member of the Builders Merchants Federation.

Independent merchant announces another strong year

James Burrell Builders Merchants’ turnover has exceeded £64m for the year to October 2018.

Lakes introduces 100% recyclable packaging

Lakes has introduced new fully-recyclable packaging, designed to reduce its impact on the environment.

More costs and more delays will hamper house building, warns FMB

New biodiversity measures will result in more costs and more delays for the nation’s SME house builders, worsening the housing crisis, warns the Federation of Master Builders.

Keyline Civils specialists set sail for the Antarctic

Keyline has been invited to help coordinate the modernisation of the Rothera Research Station, the largest British Antarctic facility.

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies lands in Chester

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies has expanded its nationwide network with the recent launch of its new branch in Chester, bringing the total to 32.

Timber doors supplier celebrates carbon neutral accreditation

XL Joinery has been officially recognised and certified as a Carbon Neutral company due to its sustained commitment to significantly reducing its carbon footprint.

BMF opens South West Regional Centre of Excellence at ADEY

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

Spring Statement: BMF lobbies the Chancellor

The BMF has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, ahead of his Spring Statement to Parliament to lobby for more flexibility in the rules governing the Apprenticeship Levy.

Denleigh opens the door to new offices

A strong order book and sustained growth has seen leading independent doorway solutions company, Denleigh, make a move to larger new offices in Amesbury.

Debate and discussion at BMF All-Industry Conference

The BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June will offer a choice of four interactive industry workshops to attend as part of the Saturday morning programme, each offering a thought-provoking platform for group discussions.

Mechanics win Swarfega’s Toughest Trade 2019 title

Swarfega’s Tough-O-Meter has handed out the Toughest Trade 2019 title to mechanics, following a hard-fought battle of the trades on social media over the past two months.

Knauf Insulation’s Earthwool RainScreen Slab earns BBA certification

Knauf’s Earthwool RainScreen Slab has been certified by the British Board of Agrément for use in high-rise residential applications, giving merchants more options in the rainscreen market.

Apprenticeship scheme delivers fast track to success

Almost 70% of Travis Perkins’ apprentices have achieved a merit or better since it became the first ever builders’ merchant to achieve Employer Provider status.

Family celebrates almost 150 years’ service with merchant

Three generations of the Luton-based Smith family have racked up almost 150 years of service for Gibbs & Dandy.

Williams and Co. named 76th best company to work for in the UK

At an awards ceremony in Battersea Park last week, Williams and Co. was announced as number 76 on The Sunday Times "100 best companies to work for" competition.

Dulux academy celebrates the passion of apprentices in National Apprenticeship Week

Dulux Academy is proud to support National Apprenticeship Week for the third consecutive year.

Russell puts sustainability on the agenda

Russell Roof Tiles has joined the Royal Institute of British Architects CPD Providers Network, investing in the development and training of architects and specifiers.

MKM hits milestone 60th branch

Hull-based MKM Building Supplies has officially cut the ribbon on a new branch in Mansfield - a milestone 60th nationally.

Parents would rather children did an apprenticeship than a degree, says FMB

More parents in the UK want to see their child undertake an apprenticeship than a university degree, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders.

Pasquill launches apprenticeship scheme to bridge industry skills gap

To mark the start of National Apprenticeship week, Pasquill, the largest manufacturer and supplier of Roof Trusses in the UK, is looking to tackle the industry’s skills shortage with the launch of its new apprenticeship scheme, funded by the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy.

BMF launches ISM accredited sales management training

The Builders Merchants Federation has introduced a new sales talent development programme, accredited by the Institute of Sales Management, to support individuals looking to successfully develop and manage a portfolio of customers. 

Flamco joins the BMF

Flamco UK has joined the Builders Merchants Federation.

Boels Rental opened a new depot in Stoke

Hire company Boels Rental opened a new depot in Stoke-on-Trent last week.

Polypipe welcomes royal visitor

Polypipe was given a royal seal of approval last week during a visit by HRH the Princess Royal.

BMF opens Regional Centre of Excellence at SIG plc

The Builders Merchants Federation has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at SIG in Sheffield.

W.Howard Group invests in new warehouse facility

W.Howard Group has made a significant investment in a new warehousing facility in Glazebury, near Warrington in Cheshire.

Roofing trainees to reach for the top in BMI Apprentice of the Year 2019

Following the great success of the two previous competitions, BMI UK & Ireland – the manufacturer of flat and pitched roofing and waterproofing solutions – has announced the launch of its 2019 BMI Apprentice of the Year competition.

Industry leader slams climate body as “Living on another planet”

Former Government Minister Mike Foster, who now works for the not-for-profit body the Energy and Utilities Alliance EUA), today slammed the Committee on Climate Change for “living on another planet not trying to save the one we have” in his response to their latest report on low carbon heating.

Plumbase debuts “branch of the future”

Plumbase has unveiled its new London-based Park Royal location, which it says puts the customer experience at the heart of the design.

AR brings showroom displays to life

Virtual Worlds has launched an augmented reality app that enhances showroom displays and enables consumers to try before they buy.

Campaign to tackle plastics and packaging in construction launched

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has launched its industry-wide to raise awareness and showcase best practice in how the construction industry can reduce, reuse and recycle plastics and packaging.

Time is right to revive and reimagine the high street, says FMB

The high street is dying but not yet dead and can still be revived and reimagined, says the Federation of Master Builders in response to a new report by a Committee of MPs.

Heappey praises Glastonbury’s historic builders’ merchant

James Heappey, the MP for Wells, visited the Glastonbury branch of Bradfords Building Supplies to learn how the company is responding to today’s low carbon challenge and helping his constituents with greener living. 

Sales growth slows at UK builders merchants

Sales figures for the final quarter of 2018 published in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index show the first signs of a negative Brexit effect.

BMF opens Regional Centre of Excellence at Travis Perkins

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Travis Perkins Omega Centre in Warrington.

BMF opens Regional Centre of Excellence at Talasey

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Talasey Group in Doncaster.

Supplier saddles up for sponsorship of female cycling team

Polypipe has signed on as principal sponsor of a new all-female competitive cycling academy.