Builders' Merchants News
Abode becomes principle sponsor of charity bike challenge

Tap and sink manufacturer Abode is throwing its support behind a charity bike challenge taking place this summer in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK.

Covers Chichester helps primary school improve playground

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Chichester has helped Fishbourne Primary School to improve its playground facilities by donating a tonne of play sand.

New features make W.Howard website more user friendly than ever

W.Howard has updated its corporate website to make it more user friendly and easier to navigate.

Rheem acquires Intergas

Intergas has joined Rheem’s Global Water Division, expanding its water heating and boiler portfolio for both residential and commercial applications.

Huws Gray opens new Shropshire branch

Huws Gray has opened a new 8,700 square foot branch on land in Whitchurch which had lain empty for years.

tesa® sponsors major craft competition

tesa, which supplies masking and adhesive tape, has sponsored a major competition run by the Scottish Association of Painting Craft Teachers.

Pertonstore selects MAM Trader to support future growth plans, a family-run specialist in ceiling and dry lining supplies, has selected MAM Trader to help meet the needs of its growing business.

Door supplier put its best foot forward to raise over £1,000 for children’s charity

Employees from XL Joinery put their best foot forward as they took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, raising a total of £1,025 for Buttercup Children’s Trust.

Pavestone Rally knocks it out of the park

Team Pavestone threw their hearts and souls into a game-show inspired, 10 kilometre obstacle rough run to raise awareness and charitable donations for the upcoming 2019 Pavestone Rally across Europe.

Croydex joins the BMF during Centenary celebrations

One of the latest members to join the Builders Merchants Federation is Croydex, the UK-based bathroom accessories manufacturer.

Travis Perkins shortlisted for HR award

Travis Perkins Group was shortlisted in the 2019 HR Distinction Awards, in the Leading Transformational Change category.

Moving up to H&B success

Two new merchants from south west England have joined buying group H&B’s Development Group.

Saint-Gobain releases annual Social Foundation Report

A total of 48 community groups around the world benefitted from support by Saint-Gobain in 2018 – on average receiving £34,000 each.

JT Dove welcomes “sophisticated” new ERP system

JT Dove has invested in a new ERP system to improve efficiencies and allow for the next phase of growth.

Graham launches new Service and Maintenance Guide

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched a new Service and Maintenance Guide to make the life of heating service and maintenance engineers that bit easier.

Actis joins LABC for two technical seminars in June

The LABC and Actis have a busy June ahead educating construction industry professionals about the latest in the world of building regulations and addressing tricky compliance issues.

Smith Brothers open day hits the bullseye

Smith Brothers Oldham hosted an open day to celebrate is official relocation, with the help of two professional darts players.

Women in Roofing conference returns

After a successful 2018 Conference which saw over 100 industry professionals attending, The 4th Annual Women in Roofing Conference 2019 is being held in Birmingham on the 24 June. joins the BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation has welcomed its latest Distributor member -

Environment Secretary visits Norbord

Secretary of State for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, met with Norbord to hear about the challenges it is facing sourcing its main raw material.

Covers swaps plastic for paper

As part of its commitment to help sustain the environment, Covers Timber & Builders Merchants will no longer be providing plastic bags to its customers.


Timber panel manufacturer MEDITE SMARTPLY is embarking on a road trip around the UK and Ireland this summer.

Huws Gray Ridgeons undertakes revamp of branch

Huws Gray Ridgeons has recently implemented a series of improvements at its St. Neots branch.

Merchant raises hundreds for charity during family fun day

NYEs Building Supplies has raised £794 for the charity Rainy Day Trust during a family fun day at its depot.

Ridgespear team targets the three peaks challenge

A team from Ridgespear are to take on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for a medical charity following the death of a colleague’s mother.

Free cookery demo day at Covers

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Bognor Regis will be hosting another free cookery demo day.

BMBI reports sales growth at UK builders' merchants

Figures just released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index show positive sales growth through UK builders merchants during the first quarter of the year. Total Q1 sales were up +5.9% compared with the same period in 2018.

Harlow Bros joins NMBS

Midlands-based independent merchant Harlow Bros has joined the National Merchant Buying Society.

Polypipe gives merchants added advantage

Polypipe Building Services is introducing a service offering merchants the opportunity to recommend systems that can be designed and delivered ready to install on-site.

Turnbull & Co to make £1 million expansion

Turnbull & Co has announced it will be investing £1 million into a new branch in Lincoln.

Footie favourites score for charity

Russell Roof Tiles’ top five-a-side squad recently battled it out with local businesses from the Burton area to raise money for charity.

Three more Sussex charities in public vote for £500 funding

Three charities are hoping to be the recipients of £500 after being shortlisted in the latest round of NYEs Building Supplies campaign ‘Proud to be Local’.

Nottingham MP sees the opportunities for a low carbon future in city homes

MP for Nottingham South, Lilian Greenwood, saw first-hand how the building materials industry can play a key role in delivering a low carbon future for the city.

Keyline unveils branded truck to drive home health message for Prostate Cancer UK

Keyline Civils has embarked on its latest quest to drive home awareness of prostate cancer in the form of newly-branded truck.

BHETA reveals the best-performing home improvement sectors

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association has released its quarterly GfK POS Index report, which represents more than 1,400 brands.

Talasey Group celebrates 15 years in business

Talasey Group is celebrating its 15-year anniversary this June and is reflecting on its history and recent boom in business.

BMF shortlisted in Trade Association Awards for 5th year

The Builders Merchants Federation has been shortlisted in the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards for the fifth year in succession.

Nigel Clough cuts ribbon on MKM Burton

Hull-based MKM has officially cut the ribbon on its new branch in Burton upon Trent with the help of local football legend Nigel Clough.

Roof tiles are a ‘bute’y in Hampshire

Sheldons Reach in Hampshire has become the latest housing development to benefit from Russell Roof Tiles’ Bute tile.

Highlife hits the high notes

Highlife Bathrooms has enjoyed one of its most successful ever starts to a year, following its £100,000 rebranding from Alliance Sanitary Products in February.

Elliotts raises over £6,800 for local hospice

Elliotts has raised over £6,800 for Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity.

Scott Parnell helps support children’s cancer charity

Scott Parnell has agreed to support a new golf society which will help raise funds for children with cancer.

Taekwondo kids get a kick out of sponsorship

Young members of the LCD Taekwondo club in Stirling, Scotland, got a big kick out of a recent sponsorship by Norbord.

Ibstock Brick wins regional business award for its commitment to sustainability

Ibstock Brick has been announced as a winner in the category of Most Ethical/Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year at the 2019 at the Made in the Midlands Awards.

HiB scoops 3 wins at the Fortis Awards

HiB won three accolades at the Fortis Awards: Fortis Supplier Account Manager of the Year (Ash Chilver), Fortis Brassware Accessory & Furniture Supplier of the Year and Fortis Supplier of the Year.

Cut VAT on home improvements to boost economy, says FMB

The Federation of Master Builders is calling for the Government to cut the VAT on home improvement work.

Rough Runner 2019 - better and muddier than ever!

Rough Runner will be back on 7 September at Finsbury Park.

Imperial matches bricks for £9.4 million restoration

Imperial Bricks supplied bricks for a new £9.4 million structure within an 18th century National Trust listed property.

Bradfords hits the airwaves with its first TV advertising campaign

Bradfords Building Supplies has launched its first ever TV advert to showcase its spring deals.

Covers Portsmouth team tip hats to charity

Staff at Covers in Portsmouth have donned an array of different hats in aid of charity.