Builders' Merchants News
Building work begins on new Geberit headquarters

Following its acquisition of Twyford Bathrooms last year and as part of Geberit’s ambitious growth plans, building work has begun on the manufacturer‘s new headquarters.

BSS’s back-saving safety initiative shortlisted for awards

A safety programme, which has cut lost time manual handling accidents across the BSS branch network by 80% in one year, has been shortlisted for an award. The BSS LiFT programme has been shortlisted for the H&V News Awards 2016 in the Safety Initiative of the Year category.

‘Simplicity is key’ ahead of Budget announcement

Neil Schofield, head of external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group, has called for the Chancellor George Osborne to ensure that any schemes introduced to improve domestic energy efficiency as part of next week’s Budget are as simple as possible for the nation’s homeowners to access.

Natural Paving Products fights child exploitation in India

Putting ethical trading at the centre of all it does, Natural Paving Products (UK) has partnered with Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize winner 2014, to improve the lives of Indian children near its quarries and new factory.

CBI economist to speak at Members Day

CBI economist Anna Leach will be one of the keynote speakers at the Builders' Merchants Federation (BMF) Members Day in September.

Breedon Aggregates reports promising growth

Breedon Aggregates has announced its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2015 and reports strong growth as well as promising forecasts for the future of the group.

Eurocell expands horizons with Vista acquisition

Eurocell has announced the acquisition of Vista Panels from CorpAcq. Vista is a manufacturer of composite and PVC-U entrance doors, with a turnover of approximately £14m.

Significant growth for Breedon Aggregates

Breedon Aggregates has announced its audited annual results for the year ended 31 December, 2015.

SAS Direct acquired by SIG plc

SIG plc, a FTSE-250 leading European specialist supplier to the construction, building and industrial markets, has acquired SAS Direct & Partitioning Ltd (SAS Direct), an interiors distributor operating in the mid to high-tier partitioning sectors in the UK and Ireland.

Higgins Building Supplies celebrates its 150th anniversary

Higgins Building Supplies is celebrating a major business milestone this year. The family owned builders’ merchant, which operates from a depot in Wellingborough and a second site in Irthingborough, is commemorating 150 years of trading.

Zero Bills Home is launched on BRE Innovation Park

RIBA award-winning zero carbon design and development business Zed Factory has unveiled the Zero Bills Home, which it says is a response to the housing crisis that aims to make home energy bills obsolete.

Plumb and Parts Center tours UK with Trade Talk

Plumb and Parts Center has announced the dates and locations for its latest series of events for the trade.

Team aims to ignite interest in construction industry

Three students scooped the top prize in a competition to devise a video and social media campaign to inspire young people to consider careers in the construction industry.

Concrete company urges industry to attract more female drivers

South-west based Hopkins Concrete is urging the haulage industry to find ways of encouraging more female drivers to help solve the severe driver shortage.

Buttle's joins London Stock Exchange's top 1,000 SMEs

St Albans-based builders' merchant Buttle's has joined the London Stock Exchange Group's list of '1,000 companies to inspire Britain in 2016'.

Myerson Solicitors LLP assists with the sale of Conerstones Building and Landscape Products to Huws Gray

Commercial law firm Myerson Solicitors LLP has advised Cheshire Concrete Products on its sale of Cornerstones Building and Landscaping Products to Huws Gray.

Travis Perkins reports rising profits and branch openings for 2015

Travis Perkins, the builders’ merchant group, has released positive results for the financial year ended 31 December 2015, reporting strong growth amidst a swathe of new branch openings for several of the groups’ businesses.

Stelrad wins supplier award from merchant group

Stelrad Radiators has been awarded a prestigious award by Grahams Plumbers Merchants.

City Heating Spares now available for PTS and Travis Perkins customers

The availability and expertise of City Heating Spares (CHS), already enjoyed by customers of City Plumbing Supplies (CPS), is now available in select branches of Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS) and Travis Perkins (TP).

Bassetts expands and plans for continued growth in 2016

Northern Ireland’s bathroom, heating and tile company, Bassetts, has announced major growth milestones, including new store openings, showroom expansions and reinvestment in the company following a period of significant growth.

Travis Perkins Managed Services has won the Most Innovative Supplier award

Travis Perkins Managed Services has won Most Innovative Supplier in the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards, beating four other short-listed companies to the title.

Salamander Pumps hits the road

Salamander Pumps is taking its key messages around innovation, technology and service directly to installers with the help of merchants around the UK.

FAKRO celebrates 25 years of innovation

FAKRO celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016, with a wealth of activities planned throughout the year to thank customers and staff that have helped the company get to where it is today.

Worcester, Bosch Group advises engineers to consider security of data in controls

Amid recent stories in the national press surrounding the security of personal data, a spokesperson for Worcester, Bosch Group has called on installers to place greater focus on how information is collected and treated by internet-connected heating controls.

New BSS App brings the branch to your phone or tablet

Delivering up to minute news and information to tablets and smartphones, the new free app from BSS, distributor of heating and pipeline products and services, is packed with useful features to help customers.

Williams & Co listed as one of the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain

Williams & Co has been listed by the London Stock Exchange (LSE) as one of 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain for the third time.

Wrekin Products listed as one of the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain

Wrekin Products has been listed on a report from the London Stock Exchange Group celebrating the achievements of the UK’s most inspiring and fastest-growing small to medium enterprises.

Government reminds roofing industry about meeting building regulations

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has reminded the roofing industry and housebuilding industry of the requirement to conform to building regulations.

Graham continues to rate highly on customer score metric

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has conducted its 14th Customer Score Survey with the results being extremely positive – and the highest score achieved to date.

Velux hits the road with new product range

Roof window manufacturer, the Velux Group, is on the road for the next four months to unveil its new white-painted roof window range to customers.

Q4 Builders' merchant sales show year-on-year growth

The latest sales figures from GfK's Builders Merchants Panel, released by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in the Builders Merchants Building Index, show sales in Q4 2015 through the UK's general builders' merchants were up on the same quarter in 2014.

Colour in Keith!

RGB driver Keith Thomas raised £365 for charity by asking customers to donate and choose what colour he should dye his hair.

FMB believes housebuilders can deliver quality and quantity

A speedier planning system that increases the quantity of homes will not reduce the quality of homes, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has stated, in light of a new House of Lords Committee report on the built environment.

Lloyd Webber, Ledigo!

Charles Ledigo, chairman of Reisser, has significantly funded the production of a new musical based on the lives and music of The Small Faces.

Kingspan cylinders makes brand changes

Kingspan Environmental has announced a rebranding of the business in order to better identify product lines and capitalise on the company’s positive image in the industry.

Entries now open for 2016 Windsor Half Marathon

CRASH is now seeking entrants to run this year's Windsor Half Marathon on behalf of the charity, through which the UK construction and property industry supports the homeless.

Ibstock investment doubles production at brick centre in Chesterton

Brick maker Ibstock has opened a new state-of-the-art cutting centre for its Chesterton brick works as part of its ongoing investment programme.

Sovini launches new training facilities

Sovini Trade Supplies, part of the Sovini Group, has launched a training facilities service at its warehouse in Liverpool.

New branch openings for Smiths Brothers Stores

Smiths Brothers Stores (SBS) are pleased to announce the development and opening of two new branches in the form of SBS Cardiff and SBS Heathrow, both now fully open for business.

GPH recommends homeowners 'batten down the hatches'

Following the recent flooding which has caused devastation to homes and businesses across the North-east, an independent builders merchants is encouraging homeowners to give their property a health check as winter weather continues to hold sway across the UK.

2015 boiler sales mark a return to an “undistorted market”

Martyn Bridges, director of marketing and technical support at Worcester, Bosch Group claims that the recently unveiled 2015 boiler sales figures paint a true picture of how the market performs without short-term distortions.

Howarth Timber experts deliver fire safety seminar

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies shared its expertise as an authority on fire door safety at a recent Fire Safety and Protection seminar hosted by Johnstone’s Trade.

Sherrards seals George Lines acquisition
Actavo Direct celebrates its first year 'digitalising' the industry

Actavo Hire & Sales Solutions, a supplier of specialised building equipment for hire and sale, launched Actavo Direct in 2015 and now celebrates its first birthday.

Merchants must not lose out on Apprentice Levy, warns BMF

The BMF has voiced concerns that builders’ merchants who are unwilling to take on apprentices may lose out when the UK government introduces the new Apprenticeship Levy in April next year.

CPS opens 200th new format bathroom showroom

The Edinburgh Albert Street branch of City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) has become the 200th to open a new bathroom showroom.

MKM Building Supplies reaffirms position as sales grow

MKM Building Supplies has reported outstanding growth in 2014/15. Revenue at the Hull-based group rose by 18% in the 12 months to September 2015, reaching £252m, up from £213m in the same period of the previous year. EBITDA and operating profit climbed further, both rising 27 per cent to £17.1m and £15.9m respectively.

BMF seeks Ambassadors for recruitment campaign

The Builders’ Merchant Federation (BMF) is set to recruit at least 20 Ambassadors from the ranks of its members to support a national youth recruitment campaign, Builders Merchants Careers. They will help to promote the opportunities offered by the industry to students and young job seekers throughout the country.

Acquisition of OHP by Speedy Hire

Speedy Hire, the tools, equipment and plant hire services company, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the entire issued share capital of OHP (the OHP Group).

SBF calls for ‘five pillar plan’ to support Scottish construction

The Scottish Building Federation (SBF) has launched its policy manifesto for the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections by setting out a five pillar plan for sustainable growth in the Scottish construction sector.