Builders' Merchants News
Ridgeons launches Plumbstock in St Neots

Ridgeons this month opened its second branch in St Neots as part of its new PlumbStock brand dedicated to heating and plumbing.

Karndean Designflooring joins Fortis

Karndean Designflooring is now an approved supplier to independent merchant buying group, Fortis, in response to industry demand for its easy-fit product ranges.

NMBS Exhibition sees unprecedented demand for space, organiser says

All exhibition space at the NMBS Exhibition has been taken less than a fortnight after going on sale, both within the exhibition venue and for display vehicles, the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) has said.

Frank Key acquires Clower & Son

Frank Key Group has announced its acquisition of Clower & Son (Builders' Merchants).

Nicholls strengthens its position in Oxfordshire

John Nicholls (Trading) is set to strengthen its position within Bicester and Oxfordshire by opening a new “Supersite” in early 2016.

A Super launch for John Nicholls (Trading)

John Nicholls (Trading) has announced the opening of its first 'Supersite', planned for early 2016.

Jewson opens Customer Experience Centre in Binley

Jewson has celebrated the opening of its new Customer Experience Centre in Binley. 

Employers struggling to fill positions not considering apprenticeships, survey suggests

Three quarters of UK business owners struggle to find the right employees according to a new survey.

Jewson scheme receives IoBM accreditation

Jewson's Management Trainee Scheme has been accredited by the Institute of Builders' Merchants (IoBM).

Sovini Trade Supplies donates to DIY SOS

Liverpool company Sovini Trade Supplies, part of the Sovini Group, has donated thousands of pounds worth of products to build a community for war veterans as part of a DIY SOS build.

GPH gets involved in national charity event

GPH Builders' Merchants is inviting people to enjoy tea and home-made cake in its branches as part of a national fundraising event.

NMBS MD appointed president of Euro-Mat

Chris Hayward, managing director of NMBS, has been elected president of Euro-Mat, the leading European cooperation of independent builders' merchants.

CRASH half marathon brings fundraising to Windsor Castle

A recent half-marathon for industry charity CRASH has raised over £19,000 for the homeless.

GPH backs Scottish farm intern programme

Ringlink Scotland’s intern programme has entered its third year, and GPH Builders Merchants has endorsed it by continuing its support of the project.

Managing warmth in social housing the theme of Worcester conference

Worcester, Bosch Group recently held its second annual conference for influencers in the social housing sector, aimed at managing warmth in UK housing stock.

GPH encourages Ringlink’s interns to put their best foot forward

Ringlink Scotland’s successful intern programme has entered its third year, and GPH Builders Merchants is proud to continue its support of the project.

Scotland Build 2015 event will aim to harness positive Scottish renewables stance

The Scottish Government has revealed it will retain the “Grandfathering” guarantee under the Renewables Obligation for green electricity, in contrast to England and Wales.

Knauf praises Scottish commitment to reducing carbon emissions with new Technical Handbooks

Knauf Insulation has welcomed the new edition of Section 6 (energy) of the Technical Handbooks, which were released at the beginning of this month by the Scottish Government.

Rod Stewart agrees to perform MKM-backed Hull concert in June 2016

Rod Stewart has been persuaded to perform at Hull’s KC Stadium by MKM executive chairman David Kilburn, a concert that will coincide with the company’s 21st anniversary next year.

Wolseley plc publishes annual results

Shares in Wolseley plc fell yesterday after the company posted its financial results for the year ended 31 July, 2015.

Selco adds three new branches to 2015 expansion plan

Selco Builders Warehouse will open three more new branches before the end of the year, taking the total number of outlets opened in 2015 to five, the company has revealed.

Pipe and Climate Center revises Kings Cross strategy to exploit demand

Pipe and Climate Center has invested £180,000 into streamlining the offering at its Kings Cross facility in central London, responding to an increase in demand for its essential product lines, the company says.

Graham requests help in search for 'customer hero' employee

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched its search for a 'customer hero’, as part of its Graham Heroes Awards, in order to reward employees who have demonstrated exceptional customer service.

Construction charity launches #notjustforboys campaign

The Construction Youth Trust charity has launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging young people to look at careers in the built environment.

New home levels continue to rise

Despite the dip in figures seen in August, the number of new home registrations across the three months from June to August has risen compared with the same period in 2014.

Huws Gray skydives for charity

Nine Huws Gray employees recently took on a tandem sky dive at Whitchurch to raise essential funding for Hope House Children's Hospices.

Jewson unveils its own rugby cup

In celebration of the Rugby World Cup, builders' merchant Jewson has created a giant cup of its own.

Norbord-sponsored architecture award presented in RIBA ceremony

The winner of the inaugural RIBA Journal Microarchitecture Award, which sought to reward the design of an “ideal mini-building” to be constructed predominantly using Norbord SterlingOSB panel, has been named at a ceremony held at the Institute’s London headquarters.

Fiftieth birthday bash for Russell Roof Tiles at St George's Park

Russell Roof Tiles has celebrated its 50th year along with 220 distinguished guests, who gathered at St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent to mark the firm’s half century.

Decorator training centre opened by Kent Blaxill in Colchester

The Kent Blaxill Decorating Skills Centre has opened the doors to its first cohort of students at the Colchester Institute Sheepen Road site, in time for the start of the new term. 

RGB's Barnstaple branch celebrates opening of new Tool Centre

The Barnstaple branch of RGB Building Supplies is holding a special launch event for its new Tool Centre between 29 September and 1 October.

Stricter laws on supply of legal woods to UK market backed by three-quarters of consumers in WWF survey

A statement asking the European Commission for tightened rules on illegal timber use has been signed by timber-dependent businesses across Europe, with a separate WWF poll suggesting that 76% of UK consumers want them.

Stax Trade Centres' Glasgow branch launch sees test of tradesmen's skills

TV sports presenter and reporter Hayley McQueen put Glasgow’s tradesmen to the test at Stax Trade Centres’ latest store launch this week.

Long term housebuilding strategy must back up five-year target, says FMB

The Government’s ambition to build one million homes over the next five years must be backed up by a comprehensive housing strategy, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Help raise awareness of hot water safety measures, Bristan tells installers

Installers are being encouraged to play an active role in promoting awareness of the importance of hot water safety measures, ahead of this year’s National Burn Awareness Day.

Buildbase launches Paintbase for decorators

Buildbase has launched Paintbase, a specialist offering to support the growing professional painter and decorator trade.

New roofing trading director appointed at Chandlers

Chandlers Building Supplies has announced the appointment of Danny Spokes as its roofing trading director.

Elliotts steps up plans to recruit seven apprentices this year

Elliotts has announced plans to recruit seven new apprentices this year after appointing four local candidates into full time employment during 2014-15.

Howarth Timber raises charity funds with Ben Nevis climb

Employees from Howarth Timber recently completed the Ben Nevis Challenge, raising more than £11,000 for the company’s partner charity, Caudwell Children.

Knauf names its Windsor Half Marathon charity run team

Knauf UK has announced it is to enter a team of seven employees to run the Windsor Half Marathon on 27 September, raising money for CRASH, the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless people.

CPS marks 300th store opening with new Durham branch

City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) has cut the ribbon at its 300th trade outlet, which includes an improved bathroom showroom.

Training centre opening will encourage skills development, Reynaers says

Reynaers this summer opened a new training centre in Halesowen, allowing both practical and theoretical training, ensuring that its products are installed to a high standard, the company says.

Travis Perkins and Keyline return to the BMF

Travis Perkins and Keyline have rejoined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). Both companies became members on 1 September 2015, boosting the BMF’s growing membership to 500 companies.

Aqualisa buyout deal backed by LDC

Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) has backed the management buyout of shower specialist Aqualisa from RBS and Sankaty Advisors.

Tarmac invests in cutting-edge asphalt plant

Tarmac has unveiled a state-of-the-art asphalt plant inside the M25 at Harper Lane, Hertfordshire. 

Rise of 30% in value of stalled construction projects last year, study suggests

The value of projects being put on hold has increased by almost 30% in the past 12 months, new data has revealed, despite a resurgent construction industry.

Ridgeons unveils new PlumbStock brand

Ridgeons has unveiled PlumbStock - a new brand for the heating and plumbing market.

Help to Buy scheme driving increase in housebuilding, government figures suggest

As well as helping about 120,000 people purchase a new home, the Government’s Help to Buy scheme is also boosting the housing market by stimulating housebuilding and increasing housing supply, according to government statistics.

Naylor Scotland marks extension of manufacturing operation

Naylor Scotland's Fife factory has celebrated the commissioning of its new twin wall drain line in an unveiling ceremony attended by Fife MSP David Torrance.

Anglia Tool Centre opens Milton Keynes branch

Anglia Tool Centre has opened a new Milton Keynes branch, extending its east of England presence.