Builders' Merchants News
NFB urges Chancellor to safeguard housing schemes and kick-start SME growth

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has called on the Chancellor to ensure that measures in the forthcoming Budget will ensure that the construction industry is able to boost the economy from the bottom up.

Polypipe doubles manufacturing capacity

Polypipe has more than doubled its Loughborough production capacity and workforce.

Hargreaves Ductwork expands

Ventilation specialist Hargreaves Ductwork has expanded its trade counter network with the addition of a new operation in Aberdeen.

UK-GBC urges government to prioritise energy efficiency as Budget approaches

The UK must retrofit 1m homes a year over the next 25 years if it is to end soaring energy bills and curb carbon emissions, the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has warned.

Deadline approaches for new health and safety poster

All UK workplaces must display the updated health and safety law poster from April, but many organisations are unaware that the new legislation is fast approaching, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby.

New postgraduate and Masters degree from BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is now offering members a new Senior Manager Development course that will award a Postgraduate Diploma in Merchant Leadership & Strategy, in partnership with Birmingham City University.

Chandlers hold second roofing demo day due to customer demand

Following the success of the Fibreglass Roofing Demonstration Day held by the Thanet branch of Chandlers Building Supplies earlier this year, customers are once again invited to chat to experts during a demonstration event on Tuesday 25 March.

RGB holds plumbing event at refitted bathroom display centre

The Okehampton branch of RGB Building Supplies is inviting tradesmen and women to its Plumbing Day at its newly refurbished bathroom display centre on Friday 14 March.

Government must slash refurb VAT to boost economy

A VAT reduction on housing renovation and repair could boost the UK economy by more than £15bn from 2015 to 2020 according to a new independent research report by Experian.

Full house for first BMF plumbing and heating meeting

There was a full house at the first BMF plumbing and heating meeting, with over 30 people present representing a cross section of the plumbing and heating supply industry.

New lending fund gives green light for rental sector improvements

Landlords and tenants are now able to access a new lending fund to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and properties.

Record profits for Heating Plumbing Supplies
Jewson customers rev up

Two lucky customers have driven away from their local Jewson branches in brand new cars.

Terex announces new West Midlands jobs

Global construction solutions provider Terex has announced the creation of 50 new jobs at its manufacturing site in Coventry.

Breedon Aggregates confirms sales revenue growth

Breedon Aggregates, the independent aggregates business, has announced its audited annual results for the year ended 31 December, 2013.

Keyline launches nationwide emergency service

Keyline’s National Rail Division has announced the launch of a new out-of-hours emergency service at 35 of its depots, which have been strategically placed across the UK to maximise accessibility.

Ibstock instrumental in brick’s industry sustainability accreditation

Ibstock Brick has played an instrumental role in brick becoming the first construction industry product to gain verification under BRE Global’s Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) scheme - a standardised way of quantifying the environmental impact of a product or system.

British Gypsum launches student support programme

British Gypsum has unveiled a new training initiative designed to support the country’s next generation of plasterers.

Julia Bradbury says installers can transform the nation

TV presenter Julia Bradbury opened Plumb Center’s Practical Installer Arena at Ecobuild by saying that, despite the slow uptake, the Green Deal “shouldn’t be a hard sell”.

Apprenticeship scheme sets strong skill foundations at PTS

PTS has re-affirmed its commitment to developing home-grown talent and supporting those making their first move into the plumbing and heating industry with the introduction of its Management Apprenticeship Scheme.

UK cement industry publishes Environmental Product Declaration

The UK cement industry is building on its long established sustainability credentials having published its first Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).

BSS continues Trade Counter Owner investment

BSS Industrial is celebrating the significant success of its Trade Counter Owner scheme.

IronmongeryDirect launches new graduate programme

IronmongeryDirect has launched a new graduate scheme designed to recruit and fast track the brightest management graduates across the company.

Richard Burbidge signs contract with Fortis

Stairparts and moulding specialist Richard Burbidge has signed a contract with Fortis, the timber, building and lightside merchant purchasing group.

BMF and Fortis agree group membership

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has agreed terms for a group membership scheme with Fortis, which will see all Fortis members joining the BMF from 1 April 2014.

Jewson gives garden a boost

Jewson’s Nuneaton branch has donated fence panels and fixtures for a garden fence in need of improvement.

Burdens staff member hailed a hero

Peter Craven, team supervisor at Burdens Colchester, has been hailed a hero by Essex Police after he helped save the lives of a mother and baby in a house fire.

Travis Perkins’ new website launches

Travis Perkins has launched its new website, created by Amaze, to support the presentation of the Group’s 2013 full-year results by new chief executive officer John Carter.

Building firms should be required to take on apprentices, say homeowners

Seventy percent of UK homeowners believe that building firms with a turnover of more than £500,000 should be required to take on an apprentice each year, according to recent research conducted by the Travis Perkins Group.

h&b’s successful speed dating sessions

Martin Mansfield, commercial manager of independent merchants’ group h&b, and Michelle Cronje and Bernie Bates from the NMBS, recently arranged nearly 1,800 ‘dates’ between h&b members and suppliers at three special ‘Supplier Business Development’ days.

Huws Gray claims to beat the brick shortage

The recent housing revival has faced brick producers with the challenge of meeting the surge in demand, confronting builders’ merchants and developers with potential lead times of up to six months.

Industry urges government to push ahead with zero-carbon non-domestic buildings

Government must urgently push ahead with plans to ensure all new non-domestic buildings are built to zero-carbon standards from 2019, a report from a UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) industry task group has warned today (27 February).

Totally Shows help give market a confidence boost!

A combination of key retail visitors, a bigger show with plenty of fresh content and positive messages from industry commentators about the future, combined to give this year’s Totally Shows a real lift.

IPG is here

A new buying group has been born. The Independent Plumbing Group (IPG) was launched on 2 January with just a few members and suppliers, but is already building fast.

Plumb and Parts Center campaigns to cut CO deaths across UK

Plumb and Parts Center is calling on the government to extend tough laws on audible carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to the whole of the UK, ahead of its annual Wise up to CO campaign.

Jewson voted Business Superbrand 2014

Jewson has officially been awarded Business Superbrand status for 2014.

Paving specialist launches new division

Concrete and paving manufacturer Kilsaran International has set up a brand new division to specialise in the external wall insulation market.

Deepings drives good customer relationships

Lincolnshire-based builders' merchant Deepings Building & Plumbing Supplies has held a successful teambuilding event for staff and key customers at Teamworks Karting in Peterborough.

Wolseley UK searches for this year’s graduates

Wolseley UK’s 2014 Management Training programme is now open for applications.

Help floods in from Toolstation

Toolstation has held a major fundraising day to assist the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Flood Rescue Team – a highly trained unit which specialises in search and rescue work in fast-moving flood water across the UK.

Travis Perkins Hire gets serious about waste management

The hire service of Travis Perkins has launched a range of waste management solutions.

Masonite acquires Door-Stop International

Door manufacturer Masonite International has bought Door-Stop International.

Jewson assists animal sanctuary following floods

Jewson has donated sandbags to the Nuneaton Wildlife Sanctuary after the recent wet weather resulted in flooding.

Ridgeons wins IOBM Skills Challenge

A team from Ridgeons has won this year’s Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM) Practical Skills Challenge.

Marshalls lands Keyline’s Supplier of the Year award

Keyline has chosen Marshalls as Supplier of the Year at its annual conference held earlier this month.

BDA’s brick is awarded an EPD

The Brick Development Association’s (BDA) generic brick has been awarded an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), following a Life Cycle Assessment carried out by the BRE for Sustainable Products.

MKM customer hits the road in new van, courtesy of Hanson

Builder David Richardson, a regular customer at MKM in North Hykeham, Lincoln, has won a £15,000 Ford Transit 2.2tdci van in a national competition run by building materials company Hanson.

BMF welcomes its latest member at Totally Tools

The Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) demonstrated its intent to make it the “go to” trade body for every sector of the merchanting industry while exhibiting at the Totally Tools show at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry this month.

Bradstone Assured announces 2014 investment plans

Bradstone announced significant 2014 investment plans at its first national conference for Bradstone Assured installers at St George’s Park, Burton-on-Trent this month.

Milton Keynes site named Keyline Branch of the Year

Keyline has named its Milton Keynes site as Branch of the Year, after it recorded a huge year-on-year growth in sales for 2013.