Builders' Merchants News
Naylor acquires Raglan

Naylor Drainage has acquired the business and assets of plastic raw material processor Raglan.

Covers opens hardwood store

Covers Timber and Builders Merchants unveiled its new 14,000sq ft hardwood shed on 16 January with the Mayor of Chichester, Councillor John Hughes, on hand to cut the ribbon.

Gibbs & Dandy wins preferred supplier contract

Builders’ merchant Gibbs & Dandy has won a contract to be a preferred materials supplier for Building and Technical Services (BTS), which is the trading arm of Luton Borough Council.

We must build 200,000 homes a year by 2020, says FMB

Government and industry must collaborate to build at least 200,000 homes a year by 2020 in order to tackle the housing crisis, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Ideal Standard to invest in consumer cash back promotion

As part of its strategy to connect its brand with the consumer, Ideal Standard is launching a cash back promotion aimed at generating consumer interest and driving footfall into their independent showroom network.

A new window of opportunity as Velux partners with TrustMark

Velux has established a partnership with TrustMark to help consumers find trusted installers when looking to carry out installations on their properties.

Bosch celebrates successful 2014

Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating saw significant growth last year, with its year-on-year sales increasing by 28% and six new industry specialists added to its national sales team.

British Gypsum expands environmental transparency in 2015

British Gypsum is making it easier for specifiers and architects to identify environmental performance with the launch of seven new Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), covering nine products.

Hanson Cement joins the BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed another high profile supplier into membership, with Hanson Cement joining the Federation from 1 February.

Howarth Timber celebrates 175th anniversary

The Howarth Timber Group is celebrating its landmark 175th anniversary in 2015 and has got an exciting line-up of events, competitions and roadshows planned to mark the occasion in style.

MKM Retford named top seller of

An independent builders’ merchant in Nottinghamshire is celebrating success after being named sales champions by

Bradstone Assured announces consumer strategy at national conference

Bradstone announced significant investment in a multi-media consumer strategy at its second national conference for Bradstone Assured installers at Mallory Park racing circuit in Leicestershire on 23 January.

Keyline opens Glasgow rail office

Builders’ merchant Keyline has opened a national rail sales office for Scotland, dedicated to supporting customers working on all Scottish rail contracts including major improvement schemes currently underway.

MP visits IKO’S new factory

Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport for the Derbyshire Dales, recently paid a visit to IKO PLC’s new mastic asphalt and hot melt factory at Grangemill Quarry, Derbyshire, which opened at the end of 2014.

Business Minister pays visit to RGB’s Penzance branch

As part of a tour of the area looking at business growth, the Minister of State for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Matthew Hancock MP, made a visit to the Penzance branch of RGB Building Supplies on 9 January.

New year, new branch for Donaldson Timber Engineering

Truss manufacturer Donaldson Timber Engineering (DTE) has made a positive start to the year with the opening of a new branch in the north west of England.

DSL invests to meet demand

Deborah Services Limited (Deborah) – a specialist in the provision of non-mechanical construction equipment – is investing £6m in its hire and sales division to re-model its 28 branches and open four new branches across the UK and Ireland over the next two years.

“Solid foundations” shown in William Sinclair’s financial statement

William Sinclair Holdings PLC has released its audited preliminary results for the past year.

Saint-Gobain prepares to celebrate 350 years

Saint-Gobain is marking its 350th anniversary with a series of events and activities to celebrate the company’s history and confidence in the future.

Dialogue and opportunity – it’s all looking positive

In an upbeat British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) forum on 15 January, 2015, Ian Preedy, group commercial director at Travis Perkins entertained a sell out audience of BHETA members on the opportunities in the Group, outlining the different approaches to its brands – in particular Travis Perkins, Wickes and Toolstation.

Myers Building Supplies briefs MP on construction industry

Keighley MP Kris Hopkins visited Myers Building Supplies in Silsden on 16 January, 2015 to hear about the challenges facing the construction industry.

IFD FAKRO skiing world championships

Roofers from across the UK and throughout Europe are invited to take part in the IFD FAKRO Winter Olympics, which are being held from 5 to 7 February in the picturesque ski resort of Muszyna in Poland.

Apprentices encouraged to share best work to win PS4

British Gypsum is calling for all budding plasterers from across the country to submit examples of their best work to be in with a chance of winning one of five PS4s.

Wolseley UK starts LGV apprenticeship scheme

Wolseley UK has launched an apprenticeship scheme for large goods vehicle (LGV) drivers.

Water label appearing at Chandlers’ Lewes branch

The Water Label has now launched and will start to be seen on bathroom fittings that are available at Chandlers’ Lewes branch.

FMB lashes out against apprenticeship funding reforms

The future of the construction industry hangs in the balance following today’s government announcement on apprenticeship funding reforms, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Jewson wins contract with Pinewood and Shepperton Studios

Jewson has been granted the right to supply Pinewood and Shepperton Studios with a range of building materials to service the studio's on-site requirements. 

Caving exploration team puts its trust in Hitachi Power Tools

Hitachi Power Tools has provided its cordless power tools to a caving expedition team intent on exploring new underground systems in Spain.

Graham takes on apprentices

Working with its partner - Intec Business colleges, Graham Plumbers' Merchant has recently appointed 10 new apprentices throughout a number of its branches across the UK.

Builders back Scottish government small developer scheme

The Scottish government's new £30m Small Developers Scheme, which will form part of Help to Buy (Scotland), will increase growth in the small housebuilding sector, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Ecodhome agrees deal with IPG

Ecodhome, one of the UK's newest home automation providers, has agreed a deal with buying group IPG.

Wrekin Products invests in Scottish expansion

With the Scottish construction industry’s latest output figures approaching pre-recession levels, keeping sufficient stocks of construction products in Scotland is vitally important according to Wrekin Products’ regional sales and operations manager Richard Stewart.

Wolseley UK gets more technological

Wolseley UK is helping employees deliver better customer service by installing new technology across its branch network. New telephones, faster network connections, WiFi and upgraded computers are all being rolled to better equip branches for the future.

A JOSB well done as campaign ends

After running for nine years, the JOSB Done campaign is drawing to a close.

Hope announces investment programme

Hope Construction Materials has invested £14m to boost production at its Hope Works cement plant.

Travis Perkins heads up BHETA’s DIY forum

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is holding its next member forum on 15 January, featuring Ian Preedy, group commercial director of Travis Perkins.

Elliotts trials earlier opening hours at two of its branches

Elliotts, the Hampshire-based independent builders’ merchant has announced that it will open earlier as part of its drive to keep the county building.

Carvers is back on the map

Carvers Building Supplies enjoyed a successful relaunch event last month, marking the merchant’s return after a devastating fire in 2012.

Industry image must change this year, says KPMG

This year, the construction industry will need to take further steps to improve its image and address the widening skills gap, according to Richard Threlfall, KPMG’s head of infrastructure, building and construction.

MX recovery almost total after fire setback

Contrary to some rumours that have been filtering their way through to MX Group, all of the shower manufacturer’s products, apart from its gel coat shower trays, are unaffected by the fire that took place in November 2014.

MKM Glasgow raises £1,000 for charity

MKM Building Supplies' Glasgow branch has raised nearly £1,000 for charity to celebrate its first year of trading.

Wirquin breakfast mornings at local merchants

Local plumbers’ merchants are hosting Wirquin breakfast mornings for their customers to learn more about the sanitary equipment specialist’s wide range of products including the Macdee Motion universal dual flush siphon.

Confidence in Scottish construction hits a new high

Confidence within the Scottish construction industry has hit a new high as 2014 draws to a close, according to the latest Scottish Construction Monitor, a quarterly survey of the membership of trade body the Scottish Building Federation (SBF).

New home registrations continue to outperform 2013 levels

New home registrations across the UK remain ahead of last year’s figures, with the latest rolling quarter revealing an 8% increase on the same period in 2013, according to new figures released by the National House-Building Council (NHBC).

Sales insight launched for builders' merchants

GfK has launched the first robust sales tracking insights for the builders' merchant sector.

Production restarts at CEMEX South Ferriby plant

Production has started at CEMEX UK’s South Ferriby plant, thanks to significant work by its 150 workforce and over 400 contractors during the past year, following the flooding in December 2013.

Bain Capital acquires Ibstock

CRH, the international building materials group, has announced that it has reached an agreement to dispose of its clay and concrete businesses in the UK and its clay business in the US to private equity giant Bain Capital for £414m.

Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants launched

Pimlico Plumbers has opened its new plumbing merchant enterprise.

An occasion for cake

Origin, British manufacturer of bespoke bi-fold doors, windows and made-to-measure blinds, recently celebrated the production of its 100,000th bi-fold door with a giant ‘Origin Home’ cake, shared with all the staff at its Buckinghamshire factory.

BMF Members Day adds Purpose and Passion

‘People, Purpose & Passion’ is the theme of BMF Members’ Day 2015, which will take place on 16 and 17 September at Carden Park in Cheshire.