Builders' Merchants News
Sovini Trade Supplies
Sovini Trade Supplies joins national procurement specialists

North West builders’ merchants and supply chain solution Sovini Trade Supplies has joined The Cirrus Consortium Materials Framework.

Soggy fisher
SBS 11th Annual Fishing Event makes a splash

Over 60 people faced the damp weather to take part in the 11th edition of Smith Brothers Stores' Annual Fishing Event on 14 June at Mallory Park Fisheries in Leicestershire.

Tariq Ahmad, Terri Harper and Mark Bradley
Industry powerhouses pack a punch with World Champion sponsorship

Merchant Plumbase and manufacturer Polypipe have agreed a £10,000 sponsorship deal with IBO Super Featherweight World Champion, Terri Harper (picture centre).

James Burrell timber yard
James Burrell gets sustainability accreditation for all 10 branches

James Burrell Builders Merchants has secured FSC & PEFC Chain of Custody Certification for its newest branch in Rotherham. This means that all 10 of the company's branches have now achieved the accreditation.

The revamped van
Surrey tradesman wins national dirty van competition

A Surrey tradesman’s van dubbed ‘the dirtiest in Britain’ has been given a professional makeover – thanks to a leading builders merchant.

Angela Straker
New manager leads Chandlers Building Supplies expansion in Banstead

Chandlers Building Supplies in Banstead is celebrating its recent refurbishment and expansion with a week of trade demos and promotions starting on 9 September.

Grab a bargain at SIG Roofing
£1,000 survey prize win a welcome wedding anniversary surprise

For building company owner Mark Lintott winning the £1,000 prize on offer for taking part in an SIG Roofing customer satisfaction survey could not have come at a better time.

Sustainable business
Plumbase launches sustainability initiative

Recognising the need to protect the environment for ethical and financial purposes, national plumbers’ merchant, Plumbase, has launched a company-wide sustainability initiative to reduce its carbon footprint and environmental impact across all of its branches.

Coventry United men's team
Coventry United gets further support from Graham with new sponsorship

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has renewed its sponsorship of Coventry United for the seventh season running. The merchant, which has its headquarters in Coventry, has lent its support to the club since it was formed in 2013.

Tinhay Building Supplies
Tinhay Building Supplies joins National Buying Group

Tinhay Building Supplies is the latest company to join the group of independent builders merchants National Buying Group (NBG).

Joe Lynam
Award-winning Journalist takes Business Brief at BMF Members Conference

The award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Joe Lynam, will speak at the BMF Members Annual Conference this month.

Whitchurch branch
Major builders' merchant launches prize bonanza at new store

Huws Gray has launched a prize give-away for customers and trade clients at its new Whitchurch branch.

Counting down to ‘biggest ever’ Digital Construction Week 2019

HP, Lenovo, Skanska, Bluebeam, Bentley Systems and Kier, are among the 180 industry-leading companies preparing to showcase their latest offerings at the ‘biggest ever’ Digital Construction Week, which returns to London ExCeL on 16-17 October.

Sturminster Newton Building Supplies joins IBC

Sturminster Newton Building Supplies has become the latest independent merchant to join the IBC Buying Group.

Primaflow F&P opens new state-of-the-art operations hub.

Primaflow F&P has opened a new 100,000-square foot distribution centre in Birmingham.

Dulux Academy Launches the Ultimate Wallpapering Challenge- The Dulux Academy Design and Decorate 2019

To all ambitious appliers and design hungry decorators!

Full programme announced for Women in Industry Conference

All the expert speakers have now been announced for the first ever NMBS Women in Industry Conference. launches new online portal

Online builders’ merchant,, has unveiled a new online portal at

BMBI finds Q2 sales slowing at UK builders’ merchants

Figures for Q2 2019 just released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index report the first negative growth in sales through UK builders merchants since data collection began in 2014.

George Lines opens new branch

Specialist Civils Merchants George Lines, part of the Lords Builders’ Merchants Group, has opened a new site in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Bobby Davro to host charity auction at BMF Members’ Conference

Bobby Davro, the comedian, actor and TV personality, will host a charity auction at the Builders Merchants Federation Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s annual members’ conference, on 19 September.

Elliotts installs life-saving devices in its branches

Defibrillators with 24-hour access have been installed outside Elliotts branches in Southampton, Ringwood, Lymington and Portsmouth.

Frank Key shoots for success with Arnold Town Football Club

Building supplies company Frank Key is once again providing vital support to the local football team Arnold Town FC to ensure they are ready to run out for the new season.

Marley bought out from Etex

Inflexion Private Equity has announced that it will acquire roofing specialist Marley from Etex.

Fabdec fosters industry collaboration with AECOM factory visit

Stainless steel heat transfer product manufacturer Fabdec held a technical training day for public health engineers from global infrastructure services firm AECOM to foster industry collaboration and share best practice.

Lakes certified as a Carbon Neutral Company

Lakes has achieved the Carbon Footprint Standard having assessed its carbon emissions and achieved carbon neutrality via support of internationally certified carbon offset projects.

Scott Parnell opens new depot in Leeds

Scott Parnell – the civils and drainage supplies specialist - has announced the opening of its new depot in Leeds.

TIMco announces partnership with local wildlife organisation

TIMco is supporting its local community by partnering with Bees In Our Community – a bee conservation organisation based in Northwich and operating throughout Cheshire.

Chandlers attracts famous faces to play charity football tournament

Michael Kurn of TalkSport, Big Brother winner Jason Burrill, ITV presenter, Rob Lamarr, Ashley Buckenham of Celebrity Ghost Hunt, former professional footballer Kerry Mayo and Britain’s Got Talent singing sensation, Wayne Woodward, are among the well-known personalities taking to the pitch for Chandlers Building Supplies’ big footie tournament in Sussex.

Hitting new heights to raise awareness of mental health in construction

An intrepid member of the SIG Design and Technology team is limbering up to climb one of the world’s highest mountains, all in the name of charity.

BMF opens first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls

The Builders Merchants Federation has just launched its first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls near Stockton on Tees.

James Donaldson and Sons invests in Automated External Defibrillators

James Donaldson and Sons has announced its recent investment in Automated External Defibrillators for all 31 of its sites throughout the UK.

BMF announces shortlist for Young Achiever Awards

The Builders Merchants Federation has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BMF Young Achiever Awards, which recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement in the next generation of managers.

Covers helps out at Cat and Rabbit Centre

A team of staff from the Portsmouth and Gosport depots of Covers Timber & Builders Merchants has volunteered for the day at the Sidlesham Cat and Rabbit Centre.

Keyline relocates from Warrington to Widnes

Keyline’s Warrington branch is now trading out of a brand new 3.5-acre site in Widnes, as it plans to strengthen its network in North West of England.

Thousands raised for ambulance trusts during RGB’s charity golf day

RGB Building Supplies’ annual golf day raised £3,908 for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust.

Selco colleagues put best foot forward to raise £8,000

Colleagues at Selco raised thousands of pounds by trekking 26 miles along the banks of the River Thames.

Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity publishes third annual Impact Report

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity Club has just published its third annual impact report which shows how the charity is helping to make a difference to the lives of construction workers.

Howarth to raise thousands of pounds with annual charity trek

The Howarth Timber Group has revealed its aims to raise £5,000 for its charity of the year, Cancer Research UK, from its annual fundraising trek.

Only a few weeks left to get your nominations in for the Builders’ Merchants Awards

The deadline to get nominations in for the Builders’ Merchants Awards 2019 is Friday 30 August 2019, so now is the time to enter.

Partners praise buying group’s “invaluable” support

Three builders’ merchants are celebrating one year of partnership with National Buying Group, a buying group for independent merchants.

Golfers putt in big effort for charity

Staff, suppliers and customers at Selco Cardiff displayed their golfing prowess to raise more than £5,000 for charity.

Covers Bognor Regis donates materials to Men’s Shed

A Bognor Regis community group has received a donation of materials from Covers Timber & Builders Merchants.

DHF implores for training and compliance following death of six-year-old crushed by unsafe gate

The Door & Hardware Federation has called on the industry to ‘do better’ with regards to training and compliance, following the tragic death of a six-year-old boy who was crushed to death by an automated gate.

The IPG helps shape the future of its members by opening new flagship stores

The IPG has united with Newline Plumbing & Heating Supplies, Plumb Inn, and Gas & Plumb Bits to launch their newfound flagship stores across the UK.

AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies joins the BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation is delighted to welcome its newest merchant member – AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies.

Ibstock partners with Miller Homes to make a difference in Malawi

Ibstock Brick has teamed up with Miller Homes to help rebuild a community in Malawi.

Marley Alutec boosts website resources for merchants

Marley Alutec has launched its new and updated website designed to provide merchants with a range of useful tools, with a dedicated resources section and online estimating tools.

Bushboard backs British Army veterans

Leading worktop and bathroom panel manufacturer Bushboard has recruited ex-military personnel for several key roles within the company.

Show your support for the Pavestone Rally 2019

The Pavestone Rally starts on 5 September from Reims in Northern France to Stuttgart, Salzburg, Venice and finishing on 8 September in the beautiful setting of Lake Como.