Builders' Merchants News
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.

BMF up for three best practice awards

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has been shortlisted in a third category of the Trade Association Forum (TAF) ‘Best Practice’ award.

GRP roof training tops-off Eurocell branch opening

Eurocell’s Banbury branch may only have been open a few weeks, but it’s already proving a firm favourite with local traders.

BMF Members’ Day shines a light on digital marketing

Allister Frost, an expert in digital marketing communication, will share his expertise with delegates at the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) Members’ Day in September. In addition to his keynote presentation at the event, he will also lead a workshop on digital marketing later in the day.

Knauf Insulation provides support to Travis Perkins

In order to help the customers of Travis Perkins understand whole house insulation solutions, Knauf Insulation has been working closely with the merchant to provide technical support, displays and tools for its newly refurbished flagship Northampton branch.

F & P announce new strategy to simply deliver more

F & P, the distributor of plumbing, heating and bathroom products, has launched a new service focused strategy and promise to ‘simply deliver more’ for its customers.

Elliotts wins Southampton Business Success Award

Elliotts, the independent supplier of building products for the trade and public, has been handed a prestigious business award and is shortlisted for another trio of gongs.

Grafton Supply Chain Solutions wins at Housing Excellence Awards

Grafton Supply Chain Solutions (GSCS) has been crowned Supplier of the Year at the Housing Excellence Awards 2015.

Pochin wins award for ex-offender help

Independent plumbing and heating merchant Pochin has won an award for its pioneering work giving ex-offenders and the homeless a chance to gain work experience and a reference to help them find a job.

Triton appoints new managing director

Triton is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and following 17 years of consistent growth under the leadership of its present managing director, Lorna Fellowes, has announced the appointment of business development director, David Tutton, to the position of managing director from July 2015.

Flame Heating Spares plans fourth branch

North East trade supplies firm Flame Heating Spares has identified the site of its fourth branch as it continues its branch expansion.

Ridgeons announces plan to support Macmillan

Ridgeons, a leading independent timber and builders' merchant in the East of England, has announced that Macmillan Cancer Support will be its chosen charity until the end of 2017.

Jungheinrich UK achieves Investors in People accreditation

For the third time running, Jungheinrich UK has achieved accreditation to the Investors in People standard – a management framework for driving high performance through people.

Ten years of Hamilton training

Professional decorating supplies company Hamilton is celebrating 10 years of its college training programme.

Dulux Decorator Centre awarded Gold status

Dulux Decorator Centre has recently been awarded the Investors in People Champion Gold status for the second time running. The prestigious award is the highest level of Investors in People accreditation, and is in recognition of continuing excellent standards in people management.

WCoBM awards success

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WcoBM) recently hosted its fourth City & Awards luncheon at Vintners’ Hall in London.

Experts gather at Hamilton decorators panel

Professional decorating supplies company Hamilton recently staged the first of three 2015 decorators panels at Construction Training Specialists’ head office in Norwich.

Managed Services opens dedicated materials store in Aldershot

Managed Services, part of Travis Perkins, which provides maintenance materials and supply chain planning for public sector organisations, has opened a new store in Aldershot, exclusively for housing association First Wessex.

Building industry directors sought for Trustmark Board

Representatives from the building industry are being sought to join the Board of TrustMark, the government-endorsed scheme for all trades in and around the home.

NMBS staged its annual Golf Day

NMBS has once again shown that business and pleasure can mix. On 30 April 2015, the buying society for independent merchants staged its annual Golf Day. This year, the day was held as a joint-event with the Building Materials Golf Society.