Builders' Merchants News
Knauf picks up award at Green Deal and ECO Awards

Knauf Insulation has won the ‘Supplier of the Year’ award at this year’s Green Deal and ECO Awards, after demonstrating outstanding service to customers, the local community and the environment.

Scottish builders in apprentice funding call as survey shows rise in employer confidence

Confidence within the Scottish construction industry has hit a new record peak of +35, up six points on the first quarter of 2015, according to the Scottish Construction Monitor (SCM) survey.

IBC Group diversifies into new sector

IBC has announced the launch of a new IBC Garden division – working with garden and lifestyle centres to assist and add value to their procurement process.

Dulux Decorator Centre highlights complete wallpaper experience

Dulux Decorator Centre is highlighting the latest wallpaper designs with a new look area in each of its 188 stores across the UK, where professional painters and decorators can direct customers for inspiration.

Trade magazines are best for product news, says study

Despite the dominance of the internet and the widespread use of smartphones, builders and builders’ merchants still get most of their new product information from trade magazines.

NMBS Conference 2016 to take place in Lanzarote

Lanzarote will be the location for the NMBS Conference 2016, Chris Hayward, managing director announced at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Malta.

C Bancroft Group acquired by Frank Key

Frank Key Group has completed the purchase of C Bancroft Group, along with its two trading subsidiaries, Banson Tool Hire and Charles Watson (Ironmongers).

Shining return from solar panels for Wolseley UK

The installation of solar panels one year ago at Wolseley UK’s national distribution centre has generated the equivalent electricity to power 522 medium usage UK homes.

Parkers donates kitchen for BBC TV's Big Build

In May of this year, the BBC’s DIY SOS team came calling on Parker Kitchens in Tonbridge for their 'Big Build' series. 

Kent Blaxill stocks Bradite protective coatings

Bradite's full range of protective coatings is now available from family-owned merchant, Kent Blaxill. 

Kent Blaxill wins Farrow & Ball award

Decorative materials supplier Kent Blaxill has won a Farrow & Ball award for Best In-store Presentation – against international competition.

BMF welcomes government boost for apprenticeships

The Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) has welcomed elements of the forthcoming Enterprise Bill that will give a positive boost to apprenticeships.

Vicaima invest in Swindon facility

Vicaima Group has announced the purchase of its current leased site with plans to refurbish and extend the facility.

Elliotts named top family business of the year

It’s been handed down from generation to generation for 173 years and now Elliotts has been named the best family business in the UK’s property and construction industry.

SBS announces LABC awards sponsorship

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS) has announced it is to sponsor the Local Authority Building Control’s (LABC) Building Awards of Excellence, alongside providing customer training at LABC seminars.

Hevey Building Supplies extends cricket league sponsorship

Northamptonshire Cricket League (NCL) is to be sponsored for a further three years by Northampton-based Hevey Building Supplies, it has been announced.

Forest Garden opens garden timber trade showroom

Forest Garden has opened what it says is the largest indoor product display in the UK garden and landscape sector in Worcestershire.

Chief Economic Advisor to speak at BMF Members’ Day

One of the UK’s leading economists, Vicky Pryce, is to speak at the BMF Members’ Day in September.

Good morning plumbers

Plumbers’ merchants nationwide are inviting customers to Wirquin breakfast mornings and BBQs throughout the summer.

Scottish government “shames” Westminster on energy efficiency

The Scottish government has shamed the UK government by prioritising the energy efficiency of existing buildings, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

IronmongeryDirect scoops best brand at Direct Commerce Awards

IronmongeryDirect has been recognised as the ‘Best Multi-Channel Brand’ at the ECMOD Direct Commerce Awards.

Promat responds to demand with factory relocation

Promat UK has responded to the increasing demand for its passive fire protection products by relocating one of its production plants from West Yorkshire into larger premises in Heywood, Lancashire.

Robert Price’s annual ‘Building Bonanza’ is fast approaching!

Robert Price, the independent builders’ merchant in South East Wales, will be hosting its annual ‘Building Bonanza’ event on 18 June at its branch on Lamby Way in Cardiff.

Water Efficient House of the Future report consults Chandlers

Chandlers’ Sustainable Solutions has been consulted in a workshop shaping the publication of the ‘Water Efficient House of the Future’ report, published by the UK Water Research & Innovation Partnership (UKWRIP) and water efficiency authority Waterwise.

Inspirational adventurer to speak at BMF Members’ Day

Fundraising adventurer Dave Heeley has been confirmed as the latest speaker at the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Members’ Day in September.

Growing split between tech-savvy tradespeople and 'digital deniers', says study

Over half of trade businesses are being left behind by the digital revolution, allowing more tech savvy competitors to win new customers at their expense, according to a study by IronmongeryDirect.

The 2015 IBC Supplier of the Year 2015 is…

Independent buying group IBC is pleased to announce that the winner of its first Supplier of the Year award is International Plywood Importers (Panel Supplies).

Naylor acquires surface protection business

Yorkshire-based Naylor Drainage has acquired the share capital of Congleton-based ADP Surface Solutions, a supplier of products designed to protect grass and gravel surfaces.

British Gypsum reveals online competition winners

Five plastering apprentices have been announced as the winners of British Gypsum’s #BGShoutOut competition.

BMF comment: European court ruling hits UK 5% VAT rate

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the UK contravened the EU VAT Directive in applying a reduced VAT rate to the supply and installation of energy-saving materials.

Kellaway becomes construction charity champion

Kellaway Building Supplies has become a Lighthouse Club “charity champion” to demonstrate its commitment to local charities.

Owner of DIY firm raises funds for Nepal earthquake

Bobby Singh, proprietor of Russell’s Trade & DIY, in Tooting, South London was so touched by the stories he heard about in the media following the earthquake in Nepal on 25 April, that he travelled to the country to help those in need.

Introduce mandatory insulation for every UK home, report says

The government needs to urgently introduce legislation for a national insulation programme to cover every UK home, a report issued by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has said.

RGB to stage trio of free demo events

Three free demonstration events will be hosted in June by RGB Building Supplies, welcoming tradespeople to chat with suppliers and discover new products.

Plumbase scores with grand opening by footballing legend Marco Gabbiadini

Sunderland AFC legend Marco Gabbiadini unveiled a new showroom for Plumbase, marking the first of several new launches the company expects to roll out across the UK this year.

Ridgeons employees celebrate 850 years of service

Ridgeons, a leading independent timber and builders' merchant in the East of England, recently recognised the long service achievements of 64 employees at its annual Long Service Awards reception.

GPH strengthens services through acquisition of third branch

GPH Builders Merchants has strengthened its position following the acquisition of a Stonehaven company.

Expert advice draws in the crowds on ladies night

A ladies night held at a Worcestershire DIY store has proved a huge success that another event has been planned for later this year.

Baxi hits the road to explain ErP Directive

With the highly-anticipated arrival of the Energy related Products (ErP) Directive inching closer, Baxi is hitting the road on a nationwide tour with other Plumb and Parts Center suppliers in a bid to help ease the transition for installers.

Kellaway Fleet achieves FORS accreditation

Kellaway Group has been given the seal of approval on its fleet operation with bronze accreditation from the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

Anglia Tool Centre opens in Ipswich

Anglia Tool Centre, part of the Ridgeons Group Company, is boosting its presence in the East of England with the opening of a new store in Ipswich.

Plumbing and Heating Supplies to open branch in Gateshead

Plumbing and Heating Supplies is set to open a new branch on the Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead on 22 June, 2015.

Demand grows for BeA products

BeA is seeing continued growth in demand for its products. The business, which manufactures fastening tools and consumables, has shown strong performance for its last financial year with much of this success attributable to an increase in sales.

LG moves to new Surrey HQ

Air conditioning and air source heat pump supplier LG has moved to new headquarters from its former home in Slough.

Chandlers to show ease of going green at eco show

Launching its ‘Easy as 1, 2, 3’ philosophy, Chandlers Building Supplies will attempt to show how simple it is to go green at the Eco Technology Show on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 June, 2015 at Brighton’s Amex Stadium.

Burdens in the fast lane with East Coast Racing

A motor racing enthusiast has demonstrated the importance of value-added partnerships by using a rebate agreement to fund his racing team, with the support of Burdens.

New housing registrations continue to rise, reports NHBC

The number of new homes registered across the UK continues to outperform 2014 levels, according to the National House-Building Council (NHBC).

Centurion Europe’s new showroom is ‘open for business’

Centurion Europe’s new showroom was declared ‘open for business’ recently when Peter Stone, executive director of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (Bheta) officially cut the ribbon at the wholesaler and distributor’s newest facility.

Ridgeons unveils new treatment plant

A new treatment plant has been introduced by Ridgeons Forest Products’ at its 12-acre timber mill site in Herringswell, Suffolk.

BMF welcomes elements of Queen’s Speech

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed several elements of the legislative programme that was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 27 May, 2015.