Builders' Merchants News
Selco acquires fifth North West site

Selco Trade Centres has acquired a former Carpetright warehouse in Salford in a deal brokered by the specialist industrial and logistics team at real estate advisors Colliers International.

May the force be with you

Chandlers Building Supplies unveils a fully ‘pimped up’ and refurbished Reliant Rialto for its entry into the Pavestone Rally 2019.

Revised BMF Forecast shows drop in sales growth for 2019

The ongoing economic uncertainty linked to Brexit is a major factor in the revised Builders Merchants Industry Forecast of merchant sales, with a drop of -1.8% in expected growth for 2019 over 2018.

New Conservative Party leader: BMF comment

Reacting to today’s news that Boris Johnson MP has been elected as the new Conservative Party Leader, John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the Builders Merchants’ Federation, has released a statement.

New Liberal Democrat Party leader: BMF comment

John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation, has welcomed the election of Jo Swinson MP as the Leader of the Liberal Democrats by calling on her to help shape the debate in upgrading UK’s housing stock towards a more sustainable future.

Timber fire doors pass MHCLG test

All timber fire doors which underwent recent fire-resistance testing by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government were found to have met required standards.

Bradfords CEO appointed to Chair BMF South West region

David Young, CEO of Bradfords Building Supplies, is the new Chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation’s South West region.

Fairalls partners with Cairngorm Capital

Fairalls Builders’ Merchants has partnered with Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP, creating the largest independent builders’ merchant in the South East.

Boris and Jeremy tell the BMF their plans

Under a Hunt Government, there will be a Budget in the first week of September to prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU on a no-deal basis on 31 October, Jeremy Hunt MP has told the Builders Merchants Federation.

Electric car chargepoints to be installed in all future homes

A new consultation proposing that all new-build homes are fitted with an electric car chargepoint has been launched by the Government.

Chandlers makes it three in a row at BMF Master Merchant

In a thrilling weekend of sport, England emerged victorious in the Cricket World Cup, Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at Silverstone, Novak Djokovic won an epic final at Wimbledon, and Chandler Building Supplies won the BMF Mastermerchant Trophy for the third year running.

Scott Parnell taking on road-trip rally for charity

A team of two from Scott Parnell will be taking on the Pavestone Rally and driving hundreds of miles across Europe in an old banger to raise funds for three charities.

Tradespeople of the future drilling for success

The next generation of Manchester tradespeople have been handed a training boost after a donation of drills from Selco.

Stuart Turner joins the BMF

Stuart Turner offers a comprehensive range of solutions, from a single shower pump to systems specifically designed for low mains water applications.

Travis Perkins prepares to offload Wickes

Travis Perkins has made further steps towards dropping its DIY chain Wickes, and could offload it by the middle of next year.

Building community with Bradfords and Sherborne Primary School

Eight pupils from Sherborne Primary School were given an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the new Bradfords Building Supplies site located on Barton Farm, Sherborne.

APPG for the Timber Industries launches inquiry into housing

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Timber Industries has launched an inquiry into how timber can help solve the housing crisis.

RGB employees take to the sky and raise more than £900 for Exeter Chiefs charity

Two North Devon-based employees at RGB Building Supplies completed a charity skydive and raised over £900 for the Exeter Chiefs Foundation.

Selco Croydon benefits from £10 million programme

Selco Builders Warehouse is in the process of modernising a host of its longest-standing branches, including its Croydon site, as part of a £10 million nationwide programme.

BMF CEO John Newcomb wins trade association Leader of the Year Award

John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation, has been honoured at the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards 2019, winning the prestigious Leadership Award.

Finalists announced in BMF Training Awards

The Builders Merchants Federation has announced the five regional nominations for the title of BMF Training Company of the Year, selected for their commitment in supporting and developing their teams through their use of BMF training.

Chandlers celebrates opening in Tonbridge with fundraising for air ambulance

Newly-opened Chandlers Roofing Supplies in Tonbridge is providing free donuts and coffee in complimentary reusable coffee mugs, with donations going to the Kent Air Ambulance.

British brick on the up

The latest Monthly Statistics of Building Materials and Components has been released and shows the UK brick industry is meeting the ever-growing demands of the UK housing market with brick despatches up 3.3% on a rolling 12-month comparison to the preceding period.

NBG partners soar to success

Three National Buying Group partners are on the rise, with developments including the launch of a brand-new café, tackling mental health in the workplace and the re-opening of a showroom after a fire decimated the old building.

Soaring material prices & lower workloads if we crash out of EU, warns FMB

A ‘no deal’ Brexit could result in soaring material prices and lower workloads and enquiries, according to the latest research from the Federation of Master Builders.

Frank Key has an eye on future expansion with launch of ‘Key Essentials’

Frank Key has launched a new Key Essentials offer, meaning every Frank Key branch will stock core products at a genuine trade net price to enable customers to buy with confidence.

Wolseley staff raise over £22,000 in 650-mile charity relay challenge

Staff at Wolseley have raised over £22,000 for a variety of national and local charities in a coast-to-coast charity relay race.

Speed of batten delivery overtakes cost as primary concern for merchants

The speed at which suppliers can get graded timber batten to site appears to be overtaking cost as the primary concern for roofing contractors and merchants.

Covers Chichester nominated as Constituency Responsible Business Champion 2019

Rupert Green, Chairman of Covers Timber & Builders Merchants, will be heading to parliament on 16th July after the company was nominated as Chichester’s Constituency Responsible Business Champion 2019.

Hevey Building Supplies acquires Huntingdon Timber

Northamptonshire’s youngest merchant, Hevey Building Supplies, is “delighted” to have acquired Huntingdon Timber.

Hospice scoops £5,000 prize in Selco contest

A south London hospice is busy planning a garden revamp after scooping the £5,000 top prize in the Selco Stars contest.

Keyline announces integration of Rudridge into Civils Network

Keyline has integrated Rudridge – also specialists in groundwork, civil engineering and drainage materials – into its network of more than 50 branches across the UK.

Eight shortlisted for BMF Supplier Engagement Award

The Builders Merchants Federation has announced the finalists for its 2019 Supplier Engagement Award. 

Carbon emissions: Shadow Chancellor reassures the BMF

John McDonnell MP has told the Builders Merchants Federation: “Public and private sector finance will both be required to invest in Labour’s green industrial revolution to move to a zero carbon economy."

Selco hits bullseye with new partnership

Selco Builders Warehouse is stepping up to the oche after announcing a new high-profile darts sponsorship.

Gibbs & Dandy’s in-house gym wins workplace wellbeing award

Gibbs & Dandy Luton's very own in-house gym for staff has been given a council-approved award for its efforts in promoting workplace wellbeing.

Aggregate Industries helps Lincolnshire villages cope with flood risk

Aggregate Industries’ Woodhall Spa quarry in Lincolnshire has been working tirelessly to reduce the impact of floods on nearby communities.

Rudridge walk raises thousands in memory of colleague

A team of 30 walkers from Rudridge, along with its customers and suppliers, has raised over £7,000 after walking up to 50km in memory of a colleague.

Dulux Academy extends Leeds College of Building Partnership

Leeds College of Building has opened a state-of-the-art training space and partnered with Dulux Academy as both continue to show their support of decorating professionals in Yorkshire.

Saint-Gobain celebrates double recognition for investing in employee wellbeing and improving skills for young people

Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland is celebrating after winning two awards that recognize the importance Saint-Gobain places on its employees’ wellbeing and improving society through long-term community charity partnerships.

TTF Academy goes live at Federation’s AGM

The first segment of the Timber Trade Federation’s online Academy programme was launched at the Federation’s Annual General Meeting in London last week.

Howarth supports ‘DIY SOS: The Big Build’ in Scunthorpe with ‘first fix’ donation

The Scunthorpe branch of Howarth Timber & Building Supplies has donated a large amount of materials to a deserving local family to support the BBC’s flagship renovation show, ‘DIY SOS: The Big Build’.

Largest European construction project protected with Cygnus

Fire protection equipment manufacturer Bull Products has landed a contract for London’s Crossrail Tunnels project – one of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects.

Ex-RAF Pilot and Gulf War POW to speak at BMF Members’ Annual Conference

Squadron Leader John Peters came to international attention in January 1991 when his bruised and battered face flashed onto television screens around the world.

The British Institute of Kitchen Bedroom & Bathroom Installation Statement: Bathstore

Following the news that Bathstore has entered administration, BiKBBI says it is liaising with both Bathstore and the Insolvency Practitioner working on behalf of the retailer.

ACO sponsors local mountain bike talent for 2019 domestic and international seasons

ACO Water Management will sponsor local four-cross mountain bike talent, Connor Hudson, for the upcoming 2019 season.

Still time to nominate worthy cause to win £500

NYEs Building Supplies is offering another chance to community groups, charities and other worthy causes to win £500 funding in its Proud to be Local campaign.

Game, set and match for Bromsgrove sporting star

A Bromsgrove schoolgirl’s dream to play powerchair football in the top-flight is now within reach, with support from members of the Builders Merchants Federation and one of Britain’s leading children’s charities.

James Donaldson and Sons announces charity partnership with Maggie’s

Timber supplier James Donaldson & Sons has announced its charity partnership with Maggie’s, due to span over the next twelve to eighteen months.

Fibo wins PHG supplier agreement

Fibo is now an approved supplier to all members of buying group PHG, which represents 366 branches and showrooms and has a combined turnover of over £440 million across brands in the plumbing & heating sector.