Builders' Merchants News
New BSRIA guide helps construction professionals pass their air-tightness test

Stricter energy targets are pushing air leakage down to ever-lower levels. Carrying out remediation work and retests when a building fails can be a serious problem, leading to delays to the project. BSRIA’s new guide provides architects, main contractors and subcontractors with an understanding of how to design and construct buildings in order to achieve air-tightness targets.

All to play for as JOSB Done confirms final tour dates

JOSB Done has announced the dates of the final two stops of its Points on the Board tour, which sees builders from across the country pit their football skills against an 8ft by 4ft oriented strand board (OSB) panel.

CBI calls for end to infrastructure delays

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) recently responded to the latest UK economic assessment report published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

IBC launches new and improved website

Buying group IBC recently marked its fourth birthday by launching a brand new website.

Increase in money-off vouchers available under RHPP

Householders across the UK will be able to get even more cash for renewable heating products, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) recently announced.

Tim Pollard responds to fuel poverty figures

Plumb Center's Tim Pollard has commented on the fuel poverty annual report and statistics for 2011, recently released by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

NMBS Gala Dinner offers taste of past, present and future

With 2013 marking its 50th trading anniversary, it is perhaps befitting that this year's NMBS Gala Dinner proved to be one of the most successful yet for the independent merchants' buying society.

NMBS exhibition breaks new records

This year’s NMBS exhibition for independent merchants saw members and suppliers come together to make the day a huge success.

George Bence opens Primera Eco showroom

Gloucestershire-based builders' merchant George Bence has opened a new showroom, giving installers and the general public the opportunity to experience some of the latest energy-saving products and technologies.

Green Deal could stall without SME support

Small building companies need fairer access to the Green Deal (GD) market if the shortage of installers is to be addressed, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned in response to the latest statistics from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Green Deal assessments continue to increase

The number of Green Deal assessments carried out in April rose 28 percent to 9,522, the Government has said. Since the launch, 18,816 assessments have been made.

Jewson sponsors York rugby

The Jewson logo features on the front of York Acorn’s rugby jerseys under a new sponsorship deal.

Professionals support sustainable development

Research conducted by has found that 78 percent of professionals believe that a greater focus on sustainability within the built environment could help to boost overall industry growth.

HSS Hire allies with Carey Group

HSS Hire recently announced the signing of an exclusive agreement with Carey Group as preferred suppliers of small tools and access equipment, following a competitive tender process.

Jewson offers new online service

Jewson has responded to customer feedback and is now offering an online account management service to all its account holders.

Larkfleet launches Green Deal ECO demonstration house

Larkfleet has retrofitted a house with Green Deal and ECO measures to showcase the technologies and applications available through the Government's flagship scheme.

BMF welcomes extra support for apprenticeship training

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed the National Merchant Buying Society’s (NMBS) 50th Anniversary pledge to bring at least 50 new apprentices into the industry.

Gaining a PAS 2030 qualification with Greenworks

Greenworks is one of the first merchant training providers to offer trade professionals an EWI (External Wall Insulation) Upskill course, giving existing plasterers and renderers the opportunity to gain an NVQ Level 2 Diploma and reach the minimum standards required for PAS 2030.

BC Profiles stocks Kestrel products

Wakefield-based supplier BC Profiles is among the latest stockists of high-quality roofline products from PVC-U and PVC-UE-manufacturer Kestrel.

Local plumbers’ merchant opens a new and improved showroom

The updated bathroom showroom at local plumbers’ merchant Graham in Eastbourne has opened its doors to customers.

Duff & Phelps complete sale for remaining WTB Trading depots

Following the sale of other branches, the sale of the Redruth, Penrith and Sittingbourne WTB Trading depots was finally completed on 12 April 2013 to Civils Store.

TENMAT wins its second Queen's Award

Manchester-based TENMAT has won the Queen's Award for the second year running.

Wolseley companies launch campaign against CO poisoning

Stopping the silent killer in its tracks is the aim of a nationwide campaign in more than 500 Plumb Center and Parts Center branches throughout May.

PTS launches Renewables Design Service

To meet the needs of a fast-paced and complex market, PTS has launched a brand new Renewables Design Service. A dedicated team is now on hand to provide support from design to delivery for installers across the UK.

Banks penalising healthy construction firms with poor lending decisions

Lack of funding is proving the real killer in the construction industry as the main lenders continue to fail one of the most important contributors to the UK economy.

Government and industry paint different Green Deal pictures

The Government is “under-promising and over-delivering” on its Green Deal, according to Energy Minister Greg Barker.

Ridgeons helps college to train

Ridgeons is working with West Suffolk College to provide training about sustainable technologies.

B&Q stays open in Ireland

The Irish High Court has approved the examiner's recommendations for DIY chain B&Q Ireland. Under the scheme, which sees over EUR2.4m in new investment by parent company Kingfisher, B&Q Ireland will continue to trade at eight stores.

Benchmark Building Supplies launches new construction roadshow for unemployed youngsters

Benchmark Building Supplies has launched a new initiative, designed to introduce unemployed young people from deprived areas into the world of construction.

Government Minister praises Keystone Group as he opens new HQ

The Keystone Group has been praised for its drive, ambition and innovation on the opening of its new UK headquarters.

NMBS rewards Professional Points scheme members

As part of its ongoing commitment to offering members the best possible deals, offers and terms, the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) has revamped its Professional Points loyalty scheme.

Travis Perkins on how to survive the perfect storm

Alan Duncan, director of product supply at Travis Perkins, will deliver the opening presentation at this year’s Supply Chain Standard 1-2-1 Summit in Birmingham on 18 June.

BMF marks opening of new HQ

At the open day for the BMF’s new Coventry HQ building, chairman Terry Parker introduced the official proceedings by reflecting on the past and looking to the future.

Travis Perkins helps with award-winning renovation

Travis Perkins played a key role in supporting the £1.5m conversion and renovation of Little Halden Oast House in Rolvenden, winning praise from contractor S Harlow Period Oak.

B&Q Ireland rescue plan

Suppliers to B&Q’s failed Irish operation are being offered 1 percent of the EUR3.3m due to them in the proposals to rescue the DIY chain, which has been under High Court protection from its creditors since January.

Superglass welcomes BMF management to its manufacturing plant

Superglass Insulation welcomed the Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF) to its manufacturing plant in Stirling last week (24 April).

Travis Perkins announces supply chain expansion in Warrington

The Travis Perkins Group is to invest in a new 700,000sq ft regional distribution centre (RDC) in Warrington, Cheshire.

Construction Products Association launches blog

The Construction Products Association has recently launched a blog, intended to “expand on current news and events relevant to Construction Products”.

Seaward provides electrical safety for Jewson Tool Hire

Jewson is equipping its expanding range of Tool Hire branches with new electrical safety testing technology, as part of its ongoing commitment to health and safety.

Graham offers expertise to Trinity Homes

Trinity Homes has appointed Graham to supply a range of plumbing and heating materials for sites across Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

Work experience at Jewson

Jewson provided work experience for two of the trainees on the Prince’s Trust Get into Construction Programme, organised by Novus Property Solutions.

Green Deal fraud

Watchdog Trading Standards is investigating attempts to use the Green Deal to defraud householders.

‘Shares for rights’ scheme to become law in the autumn

A new Employee Shareholder scheme is to start this autumn, allowing staff to give up certain employment rights in exchange for shares in the business they work for, worth between £2,000 and £50,000.

BM TRADA Certification launches Window Acoustic Rating Label

BM TRADA Certification has launched a new Window Acoustic Rating Label to offer window manufacturers a simple method to display the acoustic performance of their products.

Selco branch opening bucks the trend

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened its 17th branch in London on Old Kent Road, continuing their expansion programme during difficult trading times in the building material supply sector.

Travis deal boosts LAS

Travis Perkins is to supply LAS contractors with construction materials nationwide. LAS Claims Management provides building repairs in the UK insurance market. The firm believes the deal should see insurers and claimants guaranteed of the quality, and ethical sourcing, of materials used in repairs, as well as allowing LAS to bulk-buy supplies to be used by its contractors.

Independent merchants join forces to form a new national buying group

A new merchant buying group, made up of some of the most significant independent merchants in the UK, will be established and trading from January 2014. The group will consist of two divisions: timber and builders merchants, and light-side merchants.

Blanchford Building Supplies turns 75

This year, Oxfordshire-based timber and builders’ merchant Blanchford Building Supplies celebrates its 75th anniversary.

Taylor Wimpey reports strong start to year

Countering the gloom from recent growth figures, Taylor Wimpey has reported a strong start to the year and hailed the Government’s Help to Buy scheme as an interest-booster in the housing market.

Does the builder’s brew still cover it?

The traditional 'builder’s brew' is as British as cricket, fish and chips and the Queen, but is it still the British builder’s top choice? Covers Timber & Builders’ Merchants is aiming to find out with the launch of its Builders Brew Survey.