Builders' Merchants News
Worcester launches online training academy

Worcester, Bosch Group is making it easier for installers to enhance their industry knowledge through the launch of its Online Training Academy.

Accomplishments at Ridgeons, Ipswich

Ridgeons’ Ipswich branch marked the completion of its recent refurbishment by raising nearly £300 for the Group’s chosen charity of the year: the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Travis Perkins unveils new branch layout

Travis Perkins has unveiled a brand new branch on Neachells Lane, Willenhall in Wolverhampton, which has been developed following extensive research into how tradespeople navigate branches and select products.

Mike Rigby to speak at NMBS Conference

The National Builders’ Merchants Buying Society (NMBS) has asked MRA Marketing’s Mike Rigby to give a presentation on marketing and branding at the industry at the Conference next week (19 to 22 June).

GPH Builders Merchants is on the ball

It might seem that sales and football don’t have a strong connection, but a GPH Builders Merchants employee has found his ball skills have helped him score at work.

Baxi opens new training centre in Exeter

Baxi has opened its 12th satellite training centre in partnership with Exeter College of Construction to encourage and train the next generation of installers.

Chandlers launches new brick selector website

Chandlers Building Supplies has unveiled its new brick selector website, which gives customers the chance to view available stock and make online enquiries.

Travis Perkins Group partners with Geo-Environmental Sciences

Travis Perkins Group, led by its Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS) brand, has entered into an exclusive partnership with Geo-Environmental Sciences.

Cromar exceeds ambitions

Yorkshire-based Cromar Building Products has smashed its targets, turning over £13.5m during the last 12 months, up from £10.8m in the previous year.

BSS Industrial secures future skills through apprenticeship scheme

BSS Industrial has launched its own management apprenticeship scheme to nurture home-grown talent and attract external applicants, securing the next generation of highly skilled and knowledgeable staff across its branch network and central support functions.

New bill leaves zero-carbon target “in tatters”

New legislation, announced today as part of the Queen’s Speech, has attracted criticism from industry for scaling back measures to achieve zero carbon by 2016.

Howarth invests in Barrowford showroom

Kitchen specialist Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has continued to invest in its Howarth at Home brand following the opening of a new showroom in Barrowford.

Jewson employee warns locals of scam

A member of staff from Jewson’s Aberystwyth branch has received a Tool Hire Hero Award for saving his own branch and several local businesses from fraud.

‘Beefed up’ profit margins for merchants

Merchants supplying Siniat’s high-performance thermal boards have seen around a 45% increase in sales, thanks to a cheeky promotional offer and some bold in-store marketing.

Plumbase Industrial 'to create national branch network'

Plumbase Industrial has added nine new branches to its network as part of ambitious plans to achieve national coverage by the end of 2014.

Breedon Aggregates expands with acquisition of Huntsman’s Quarries

Breedon Aggregates has acquired Huntsman’s Quarries, an aggregates company based in the North Cotswolds, for a cash consideration of £15m.

Lesson in pressure management tops BMF Members Day

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced its final speakers for the BMF Members Day in September, who will offer advice on how to perform under pressure.

IoBM launches training portal for merchant staff

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) has launched an online training portal to help builders’ merchant staff access the latest training and development resources from its supply partners.

Non-domestic RHI tariff review provides great hope for GSHPs

The Ground Source Heat Pump Association has welcomed the launch of the revised Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs for the non-domestic RHI.

Ibstock to share expertise with merchants at industry forum

Ibstock will be sharing the latest innovations in brick and unique services for merchants as it hosts its 17th annual Independent Builders Merchant Forum (IBMF) next week.

Kerridge announces Customer Conference

Kerridge has revealed that its 2014 UK Customer Conference will be held on Wednesday 11 June at the De Vere Staverton Park Hotel.

UK construction firms fear major skills shortage

Two fifths (41%) of construction companies in the UK believe the industry will face a serious skills shortage as the economy continues to recover over the next five years, a survey has revealed.

STA supports Fair Payment Charter

The Structural Timber Association (STA) is encouraging its members to sign up to the Supply Chain Payment Charter, published by the Construction Leadership Council.

BMF Members Day new speaker announced

Judith Ozcan, a senior director of the British Business Bank, has been announced as the latest keynote speaker at BMF Members Day in September.

A&G trading companies acquired by former chief executive

Acheson & Glover has announced that its two trading companies have been acquired by a new company, owned by A&G's former chief executive Raymond Acheson.

Lords acquires Poores of Chorleywood

Poores of Chorleywood has been sold to the Lords Group of Companies.

Business as usual for A&G as new acquisition is confirmed

A&G (Acheson & Glover) has announced that its two trading companies have been acquired by a new company owned by their former chief executive, Raymond Acheson.

Support CO law change and save lives

Every installer is being urged to back a campaign, which aims to save lives by changing the law on carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

Hope Construction Materials launches Apprenticeship Academy

Hope Construction Materials is on the lookout for new talent to join its £300m business in the Derbyshire and Yorkshire area.

Showerlux support grows

As Ideal Bathrooms’ re-launch of Showerlux continues to show successful growth, additional marketing support has been invested in the brand.

VADO joins the BMF

VADO has joined the Plumbing & Heating sector of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Rainy Day Trust welcomes new President

Andrew Weiss has been named the new President of the Rainy Day Trust (RDT) at a recent Annual General Meeting.

Ideal Boilers regenerates Hull site

Ideal Boilers is transforming its manufacturing site by reusing and revitalising its land and buildings.

Double achievement for T Brewer & Co

Double certification to ISO14001 and ISO9001 was awarded to specialist timber merchant T Brewer & Co at its head office in Clapham on Wednesday 14 May.

Same-day delivery service from Parker Merchanting

Parker Merchanting is helping to speed up specification for busy customers with its new same-day delivery service.

Merchants must take opportunity to grow business, says BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is urging its members to take advantage of a government-backed Trade Credit Scheme to pump-prime new business.

Wolseley invests in its distribution fleet

Wolseley UK has invested in 10 new 'Euro 6' emission standard vehicles to improve the capability and performance of its fleet.

Resurgent in housebuilding risks being a ‘missed opportunity’ for solar

Trina Solar has called on the construction industry to give the development of solar energy more attention as the latest housebuilding figures show a 28% rise in registrations in 2013 compared to 2012.

Baby birds arrive at Chandlers on lorry delivery

The Ringmer branch of Chandlers Building Supplies received a very special and surprising delivery when a nest of chicks was found in a stack of bricks.

Travis Perkins launches exclusive Hippobag partnership

Travis Perkins has launched an exclusive partnership with Hippobag, which it says will offer a convenient waste collection service and better value to its customers.

GPH unveils sculptures from acclaimed artist

A north-east-based builders’ merchant has unveiled a series of sustainable sculptures.

Lafarge Tarmac searches for great merchants

Lafarge Tarmac has launched a new competition to celebrate the great work of builders' merchants.

EH Smith hosts MP fact-finding visit with BMF

The government’s newly appointed “Women in Enterprise” champion, Lorely Burt MP, visited EH Smith’s flagship branch in Shirley, Solihull to find out more about the construction supply chain and the issues facing builders’ merchants in a rising market.

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.