Builders' Merchants News
Julia Kendell is an official ambassador of National Home Improvement Month

National Home Improvement Month has announced TV presenter and former host of DIY SOS and 60 Minute Makeover, Julia Kendell, to be an official ambassador.

NMBS secures PfH accreditation

NMBS has been re-approved as a supplier under the Procurement for Housing framework.

Revealed: Brits’ interest in retailer-led services for home improvement and maintenance

New research suggests consumers are interested in merchants that also provide recommendations for tradespeople to carry out their home improvements.

BMF Members favour Brexit renegotiation

Members of the Builders Merchants Federation attending the BMF Brexit Forum this week had a clear message for Theresa May – go back to Brussels and renegotiate the exit deal.

Alloway Timber and Putney Builders’ Merchants join NBG

National Buying Group has welcomed Putney Builders’ Merchants and its parent company Alloway Timber as new partners.

Paralympian tennis player is IKO PLC’s new ambassador

IKO PLC has announced its new IKO Ambassador: Paralympian tennis player Jordanne Whiley MBE.

‘Give a gift’ success at MKM Hartlepool

MKM Hartlepool is thanking its customers, staff and local community after its 2018 ‘Gift a Gift’ collection topped previous years.

Practical advice for budding exporters

A conference to provide practical advice and inspiration to new and seasoned exporters is taking place in March.

First speakers announced for BMF All-Industry Conference Forum

David Young, Managing Director of Bradfords Building Supplies and Tony France, Sales Director of Ibstock Brick will take part in in a lively Industry Forum debate at this year’s All-Industry Conference.

CRASH helps install new roof for hospice

Halton Haven Hospice installed a new roof on its conservatory thanks to CRASH, meaning patients can now enjoy time with their family and friends, out of their bed.

Ideal Bathrooms’ race to Dubai

For the fifth year, Ideal Bathrooms has launched its annual customer incentive, offering bathroom retailers the chance to win a VIP trip.

New additions join IPG’s roster

BC Designs and Bayswater London W2 have become the latest manufacturers to join the Independent Plumbing Group.

Graham helps refresh to college’s training facilities

After winning Graham Plumber’s Merchant’s College Refresh Scheme, City College Norwich has upgraded its heating and plumbing training facilities with the £10,000 prize win.

Expert advice to improve employees’ wellbeing

New advice videos give recommendations for SME owners to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of their staff.

Jewson gets the go-ahead for Cheltenham branch

A new Jewson branch is set to be built in Cheltenham, which could create 15 jobs in the area.

MKM makes it 59 with Elgin branch

MKM has officially cut the ribbon on its new branch in Elgin - becoming the merchant’s northernmost branch.

BMF opens second BMF Regional Centre of Excellence at Xtratherm

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its 24th Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of Xtratherm.

NMBS breaks new member record

Ninety-four new independent merchants joined the National Merchant Buying Society in 2018 – the highest number ever to join in one year.

Online merchant’s rapid growth could indicate decline in bricks and mortar

An online builders’ merchant says its sharp increase in revenue could indicate a move towards customers sourcing materials online, rather than from bricks and mortar merchants.

Covers to sponsor Sussex Heritage Awards

Covers Timber & Builders’ Merchants has agreed to sponsor the 2019 Sussex Heritage Awards for the fourth consecutive year.

What is the UK’s toughest trade?

A competition is running once again to find out which is the toughest trade in the UK – will plucky plasterers be usurped?

Construction mental health charity provides more than £1 million to workers in crisis

The amount of aid provided to construction workers from an industry mental health charity rocketed by 75% in 2018 to £1.25 million.

Brexit webinar will help business owners plan for a ‘no deal’

To help businesses navigate through the possibility of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, FTA Logistics is hosting a webinar to explain how transporting goods would work.

Norbord floors scouts with generous donation

A group of Falkirk Scouts has thanked the team at Norbord's Cowie plant for helping them take to the floor for even more community activities.

BMF supports industry consumer awareness campaign

Independent retail wholesaler groups and the Builders Merchants Federation are putting their weight behind April’s consumer awareness campaign, National Home Improvement Month.

Kitchen market set for £50 million boost

A new report on the UK kitchen market suggests kitchen sales will rise by £50 million this year, with customers moving towards more personalised designs.

Award-winning landscaper and TV presenter to host BMF Members Annual Conference

The 2019 BMF Members Annual Conference and Awards, which takes the theme 'Together we are Stronger', will be hosted by the TV broadcaster and garden designer David Domoney.

Blood bikes will fly with latest £6,000 donation

Lifesaving charity, Shropshire.Staffordshire.Cheshire Blood Bikes, has received a £6,000 donation from Russell Roof Tiles.

Charity poker night raises thousands

Scott Parnell as raised £3,500 for the Teenage Cancer Trust during a charity poker night.

Stunning art from Selco rubbish

They say one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure – and that is certainly the case for the artist who repurposes Selco’s rubbish.

CRS Building Supplies joins BMF as tenth branch opens

CRS Building Supplies is set for a further year of expansion with their tenth branch opening in Bridgewater this month.

SR Timber’s first community event raises £1,230

A community charity event organised by SR Timber has raised £1,229.88 for the British Heart Foundation.

Grafton exceeds analysts’ expectations

The latest trading update from the Grafton Group show an increase in revenue of 8.7% last year, ahead of analysts’ predictions.

Construction output rises despite Brexit uncertainty, says FMB

The government must not be complacent about the damage a ‘no deal’ Brexit would cause, amid positive signs of growth in the UK construction industry, says the Federation of Master Builders.

BMF training receives CPD accreditation

The Builders Merchants Federation is gaining independent accreditation for its training courses through the globally recognised CPD Certification Service.

“Challenging market conditions” cause SIG revenue crash

A difficult construction landscape has led SIG’s revenues to drop in the last year. 

Celebrate the young talent in your business

Nominations are now open for the Midlands G4C Awards, rewarding outstanding young talent in construction.

Plumbworld completes MBO from Grafton Group

Online Home Retail Limited, which trades as Plumbworld, has just completed a successful management buyout from the Grafton Group.

OX Tools UK joins the BMF

OX Tools UK is the latest supplier to join the Builders Merchants Federation.

Covers to continue sponsorship of Alresford Rugby Club

Covers Timber and Builders Merchant has agreed to continue its sponsorship of Alresford Rugby Club for 2018/2019.

Counter-terrorism chief to speak at BMF All-Industry Conference

A former Commander at New Scotland Yard is to speak at the Builders Merchants Federation’s All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June.

BMF and MPs unite to support SME housebuilders

The interests of smaller housebuilders are not recognised at Westminster, and that must improve if housing targets are to be met, according to the Builders Merchants Federation.

Merchant gives cash boost to schoolboy’s ambitious Lego project

Charitable D.W. Nye has helped a 14-year-old complete a Lego replica of his school, plus awarded £500 to a Scout group.

Care home to create its very own Orient Express

A Portsmouth care home will be hoping to get its residents ‘all aboard’ for its new project - with the help of Covers Timber & Builders Merchants.

Hand tool manufacturers to benefit from new partnership

The Federation of British Hand Tool Manufacturers has joined the British Home Enhancement Trade Association.

Cromar wins innovation prize

Leadax, a product by Cromar Building Supplies, has been awarded the Veluwse innovation prize of 2018.

Champion of ethical business honoured with OBE

The Group Managing Director of Marshall’s has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list.

Charity donations on the house

A new initiative from Russell Roof Tiles will see it match fund the amount of money its staff raises for charity.

Jewson gives away £40,000

A total of £40,000 has been shared out between Jewson customers as part of its Big Cash Giveaway.

Sponsorship helps Bodmin Beasts ‘build’ for the future

The Bodmin branch of RGB Building Supplies is the new sponsor of the Bodmin Beasts U11 football team.