Builders' Merchants News
And the winner is... Burge and Gunson

Shower manufacturer Roman, and shower tray manufacturer JT, have announced Burge and Gunson as the winner of their exclusive prize draw, which was held at the 'Meet the Merchant' Fortis conference on 29 and 30 April, 2014.

Mobile Centre of Excellence brings safety message to students

Buck & Hickman, a distributor of tools, maintenance and health and safety products, has shown its commitment to helping develop the UK’s skills base and supporting the tradespeople of the future.

BSS Industrial celebrates Slough opening

BSS Industrial has opened a new trade counter in Slough, providing a new customer base with unrivalled access to heating and pipeline supplies.

Blue Rock Systems expands with acquisition

Blue Rock Systems, a software reseller with hardware and support divisions based in Nottingham and Southampton, has acquired Soltec Computer Systems and RNS Computer Services in Brigg, Lincolnshire.

Belgrade Insulation opens in Glasgow

Belgrade Insulation opened its latest branch in Glasgow at the end of March, adding to its spread of branches in Leeds, Birmingham and Northampton.

Ridgeons’ Colchester branch to hold trade day

To celebrate recent improvements to its Colchester branch, Ridgeons is holding a one-day trade event on Monday 12 May 2014.

BSS Industrial expands warehouse

BSS Industrial has extended the warehouse space at its Magna Park National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Leicestershire by a further 38,500sq ft.

Last call for the Rainy Day Trust Karting Challenge

Places are still available for the 2014 Rainy Day Trust Karting Challenge – but you need to be quick!

Wolseley UK employees excel in online training

A new record has been set for the most online training courses completed in a month by Wolseley UK employees.

Peppard sees the power of paving

Peppard Building Supplies is reporting an upsurge in interest in paving products after expanding its landscaping range.

Have lessons been learnt following the launch of Green Deal funding?

The government’s new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been guardedly welcomed by Worcester, Bosch Group, with a spokesperson questioning whether lessons have been learnt since the original launch of the Green Deal scheme.

Uponor teams up with BSS Industrial for summer road show

Uponor has teamed up with commercial heating and pipeline distributor, BSS Industrial, for its 2014 summer road show.

Kent Blaxill opens new branch in Huntingdon

The Mayor of Huntingdon, Bill Hensley, cut the ribbon to officially open a new Kent Blaxill decorating materials branch in the town last week (May 1), the company’s ninth store.

PHEX+ to host series of product-related CPD sessions

For the launch of PHEX+ at the Alexandra Palace in May 2014, the exhibition has teamed up with some of the leading industry manufacturers and suppliers to provide a comprehensive training programme throughout the two days of the exhibition.

Industry responds to Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

Industry has responded to yesterday’s announcement of a Green Deal Home Improvement Fund with cautious optimism.

Government launches Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

A new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been launched to provide more money for households carrying out energy efficiency improvements.

Norbord relaunches AZT

After the success of the ‘Accidents – Zero Tolerance (AZT)’ safety campaign at the three UK Norbord plants in 2007, a "rebranding" exercise has been completed so that employees are reminded of the message.

Builders fund excludes micro-builders, FMB warns

The government’s new £525m Builders Finance Fund will improve access to finance for some small housebuilders, but the minimum threshold of 15 units will exclude many small and micro-housebuilders, warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Travis Perkins extends opening times

Two Northamptonshire branches of Travis Perkins have broken with tradition to open from 7am until 7pm, Monday to Thursday.

IBC launches supplier award

Independent buying group IBC has launched the 2014/15 Supplier of the Year initiative.

Pipe Center embraces CHP

Pipe Center has announced plans to become a major player in the combined heat and power (CHP) sector.

Travis Perkins demonstrates benefit of waste management

Travis Perkins Group’s Environmental Improvement Scheme has seen positive results, with £5m saved in waste disposal costs.

BMF meets Scottish Labour Party in Perth

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) met the Scottish Labour Party to hear direct from representatives about ideas they are formulating ahead of important elections and to explain the role of merchants and the Federation itself in the building materials’ supply chain.

Gibbs & Dandy to co-host event for aspiring self-builders

Gibbs & Dandy is hosting a free half-day event for self-build enthusiasts next month.

BMF welcomes “iconic” 450th member

JCB has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), becoming its 450th member.

Questions raised over MCS product testing

Worcester, Bosch Group has criticised the number of barriers now in place for those looking to achieve Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation.

Plumbers’ merchants team up with IBD

IBD has been appointed by several plumbers' merchants to provide their trade customers with Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) project design, commissioning and sign-off services.

Rudridge supplies stone for important renovation

Rudridge’s Brentford branch has assisted in the renovation of Horse Guards Parade in central London.

Britain’s richest plumber lines up for BMF Members Day

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has added Britain’s richest plumber, Charlie Mullins, to a powerful line-up of speakers for BMF Members Day in September.

Government must ‘Help to Build’ before Help to Buy, says property businessman

Will Davies, managing director of property maintenance firm, has criticised the government for not taking the ‘Get Britain Building’ fund seriously.

CPA chairman calls for supply chain to work together

Now is the time for industry and political parties to address challenges facing the entire supply chain through the creation of a new manufacturing strategy, according to John Sinfield, new chairman of the Construction Products Association (CPA).

A strong launch for RGB’s awards

Britain’s ‘strongest man’ Eddy Hall is to join RGB Building Supplies at this month’s Toolfair event, to help launch a new awards scheme for RGB’s customers.

Talis UK announces new growth plans

Talis UK, the valve, meterbox and water fitting specialist, has announced ambitious new plans to see it become the leading supplier in the industry.

New online channel addresses water and building industry issues

Saint-Gobain PAM UK has launched Watershed Issues, a channel that will share industry expertise and enable people to discuss matters challenging the water and building industries.

Biggest and best ever NMBS Exhibition

Hundreds of independent merchants headed to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 9 April for the 2014 NMBS Exhibition.

Speedy Services celebrates outstanding suppliers

Speedy celebrated its leading suppliers and praised their ongoing support and commitment at The Speedy Supplier Awards 2014.

CPA forecasts 18% growth by 2017

The Construction Products Association's (CPA) latest forecasts predict activity in the construction sector will grow 18% by 2017.

Ebac backs domestic RHI

The long-term savings offered by the government’s domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme has the potential to revolutionise home efficiency, says Ebac.

Schüco photovoltaics business transferred to Viessmann

Viessmann Photovoltaik GmbH has come to an agreement with Schüco International KG to take over Schüco's photovoltaics business, subject to consent from supervisory authorities.

Jewson releases its sustainability achievements for 2013

Jewson has released its annual Sustainable Development Review for 2013, detailing the merchant’s proactive approach to its environmental, economic and social agenda.

Cement giants announce merger

Global cement manufacturing businesses Lafarge and Holcim have announced their intentions to merge, creating a global business with combined sales amounting to EUR 32bn (£26.4bn).

Travis Perkins partners with Recipro to ensure its surplus stock avoids the skip

Travis Perkins has united with Recipro to support the online exchange company’s efforts to direct surplus stock and any re-usable materials from customer sites to worthy causes.

CCF opens new Staffordshire-based branch

Interior building products distributor CCF has opened a new 38,000 sq ft branch in Newcastle-under-Lyme in response to growing demand from contractors within the Staffordshire area.

BMF calls for mandatory disclosure of corporate payment practices

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has greeted news of a new construction payment charter proposed by members of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) as a welcome first step, but fears it is unlikely to work unless it is backed by enforcement and mandatory disclosure of corporate payment practices.

Huge increase in Kelkay aggregate sales

Dedicated to providing quality aggregates, Kelkay’s offering has never been better. The proof is in the pudding as like for like sales for the October to April period are up 76% on the same period the previous season.

Domestic RHI is launched

The long-awaited domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is officially launching today, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed.

NMBS Exhibition enjoys glittering start

Merchants and suppliers from across the industry met last night (8 April) at a Gala Dinner event ahead of today's annual National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) exhibition for independent merchants.

BSW opens new 24-hour distribution centre

BSW Timber’s customers across London and the South-East can now benefit from next day delivery, following the opening of a new distribution centre in Tilbury, Essex.

Worcester bolsters training through QCF offering

Worcester, Bosch Group is now offering a more flexible way for installers to achieve Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation, ahead of the forthcoming Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) launch.

Bosch welcomes CHP tax exemption

The Chancellor’s decision to exempt Combined Heat and Power (CHP) from the “carbon floor price” as part of the 2014 Budget review has been welcomed by a commercial and industrial heating manufacturer.