Builders' Merchants News
CricketForce bats its way to Scotland

In partnership with Cricket Scotland, Jewson has launched Jewson CricketForce Scotland.

Rudridge sold to Travis Perkins Group

Independent merchant Rudridge has been sold to the Travis Perkins Group.

LBS wins 'Retailer of the Year'

LBS Builders' Merchants has been awarded 'Retailer of the Year' at the 'West Wales 2015 Business Awards'.

Manufacturers boosted by rising sales and falling fuel costs

Construction product manufacturers ended 2014 with continued sales growth, according to the latest State of Trade Survey from the CPA.

Daikin relocates its office and training centre

Daikin UK has opened a new 2,100 sq ft office for the Midlands region in Birmingham Business Park, which is also home to a new 2,000 sq ft training centre.

Travis Perkins Group invests in spares expertise

Brands within the Travis Perkins Group, including Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS), Direct Heating Spares (DHS), and City Heating Spares (CHS), have continued to invest in its range of spares services by launching its first dedicated spares apprenticeship.

Stricter energy efficiency rules for rented homes

New government plans will make it illegal for private landlords to rent out properties that don't meet minimum efficiency standards.

Pipe Center opens new distribution centre

Pipe Center has officially opened its new distribution centre in Measham, Derbyshire. The site becomes the most technologically advanced distribution facility in the company's supply chain.

West Midlands property sector 'set for boom'

It is set to be a landmark year for commercial property in the West Midlands, according to findings from Barbour ABI, a chosen provider of construction data to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the government.

Fiskars joins BMF

Finland’s oldest company, Fiskars, is the latest member to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), bringing the total membership to 472.

Frazer and Flexseal enter New Year with celebration

Builders’ merchant Frazer – specialist in civils and utility supplies – kicked off 2015 with its annual award ceremony, celebrating last year’s achievements.

Elliotts makes second acquisition in four months

Elliotts, the Hampshire-based independent supplier of building supplies to the trade and public has acquired yet another local business as part of its drive to boost its sustainable offering.

BMF provides secretariat service for IoBM

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has agreed to provide a full secretariat service for the Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM), in a move that further strengthens the relationship between the two organisations.

Johnstone’s celebrates 125-year anniversary

Johnstone’s Paints is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

Grant UK tours RGB branches

Heating expert Grant UK is bringing its new display van to a number of RGB Building Supplies branches in February, giving customers the opportunity to ask questions and see demonstrations of its oil and biomass boilers.

Selco opens Redhill branch

Selco Builders Warehouse has started 2015 with a bang by opening its 36th branch in the UK.

CEMEX signs new contract with Wickes

CEMEX Aggregates has secured a major contract with Wickes to supply their northern branches with bagged aggregates.

Huws Gray donates £25,000 to hospices

Huws Gray has marked its 25th birthday by donating £25,000 to children's hospices.

BMF joins Trade Association Forum

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has joined the Trade Association Forum.

Actis releases 30-second how-to videos

Insulation company Actis has launched a range of bite-size ‘how to’ video guides to help builders tackle specific installation issues in seconds.

J Kelsall reveals new website

J Kelsall Builders Merchants has launched its new website, showcasing its wide range of building supplies, kitchens and bathrooms.

Naylor acquires Raglan

Naylor Drainage has acquired the business and assets of plastic raw material processor Raglan.

Covers opens hardwood store

Covers Timber and Builders Merchants unveiled its new 14,000sq ft hardwood shed on 16 January with the Mayor of Chichester, Councillor John Hughes, on hand to cut the ribbon.

Gibbs & Dandy wins preferred supplier contract

Builders’ merchant Gibbs & Dandy has won a contract to be a preferred materials supplier for Building and Technical Services (BTS), which is the trading arm of Luton Borough Council.

We must build 200,000 homes a year by 2020, says FMB

Government and industry must collaborate to build at least 200,000 homes a year by 2020 in order to tackle the housing crisis, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Ideal Standard to invest in consumer cash back promotion

As part of its strategy to connect its brand with the consumer, Ideal Standard is launching a cash back promotion aimed at generating consumer interest and driving footfall into their independent showroom network.

A new window of opportunity as Velux partners with TrustMark

Velux has established a partnership with TrustMark to help consumers find trusted installers when looking to carry out installations on their properties.

Bosch celebrates successful 2014

Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating saw significant growth last year, with its year-on-year sales increasing by 28% and six new industry specialists added to its national sales team.

British Gypsum expands environmental transparency in 2015

British Gypsum is making it easier for specifiers and architects to identify environmental performance with the launch of seven new Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), covering nine products.

Hanson Cement joins the BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed another high profile supplier into membership, with Hanson Cement joining the Federation from 1 February.

Howarth Timber celebrates 175th anniversary

The Howarth Timber Group is celebrating its landmark 175th anniversary in 2015 and has got an exciting line-up of events, competitions and roadshows planned to mark the occasion in style.

MKM Retford named top seller of

An independent builders’ merchant in Nottinghamshire is celebrating success after being named sales champions by

Bradstone Assured announces consumer strategy at national conference

Bradstone announced significant investment in a multi-media consumer strategy at its second national conference for Bradstone Assured installers at Mallory Park racing circuit in Leicestershire on 23 January.

Keyline opens Glasgow rail office

Builders’ merchant Keyline has opened a national rail sales office for Scotland, dedicated to supporting customers working on all Scottish rail contracts including major improvement schemes currently underway.

MP visits IKO’S new factory

Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport for the Derbyshire Dales, recently paid a visit to IKO PLC’s new mastic asphalt and hot melt factory at Grangemill Quarry, Derbyshire, which opened at the end of 2014.

Business Minister pays visit to RGB’s Penzance branch

As part of a tour of the area looking at business growth, the Minister of State for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Matthew Hancock MP, made a visit to the Penzance branch of RGB Building Supplies on 9 January.

New year, new branch for Donaldson Timber Engineering

Truss manufacturer Donaldson Timber Engineering (DTE) has made a positive start to the year with the opening of a new branch in the north west of England.

DSL invests to meet demand

Deborah Services Limited (Deborah) – a specialist in the provision of non-mechanical construction equipment – is investing £6m in its hire and sales division to re-model its 28 branches and open four new branches across the UK and Ireland over the next two years.

“Solid foundations” shown in William Sinclair’s financial statement

William Sinclair Holdings PLC has released its audited preliminary results for the past year.

Saint-Gobain prepares to celebrate 350 years

Saint-Gobain is marking its 350th anniversary with a series of events and activities to celebrate the company’s history and confidence in the future.

Dialogue and opportunity – it’s all looking positive

In an upbeat British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) forum on 15 January, 2015, Ian Preedy, group commercial director at Travis Perkins entertained a sell out audience of BHETA members on the opportunities in the Group, outlining the different approaches to its brands – in particular Travis Perkins, Wickes and Toolstation.

Myers Building Supplies briefs MP on construction industry

Keighley MP Kris Hopkins visited Myers Building Supplies in Silsden on 16 January, 2015 to hear about the challenges facing the construction industry.

IFD FAKRO skiing world championships

Roofers from across the UK and throughout Europe are invited to take part in the IFD FAKRO Winter Olympics, which are being held from 5 to 7 February in the picturesque ski resort of Muszyna in Poland.

Apprentices encouraged to share best work to win PS4

British Gypsum is calling for all budding plasterers from across the country to submit examples of their best work to be in with a chance of winning one of five PS4s.

Wolseley UK starts LGV apprenticeship scheme

Wolseley UK has launched an apprenticeship scheme for large goods vehicle (LGV) drivers.

Water label appearing at Chandlers’ Lewes branch

The Water Label has now launched and will start to be seen on bathroom fittings that are available at Chandlers’ Lewes branch.

FMB lashes out against apprenticeship funding reforms

The future of the construction industry hangs in the balance following today’s government announcement on apprenticeship funding reforms, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Jewson wins contract with Pinewood and Shepperton Studios

Jewson has been granted the right to supply Pinewood and Shepperton Studios with a range of building materials to service the studio's on-site requirements. 

Caving exploration team puts its trust in Hitachi Power Tools

Hitachi Power Tools has provided its cordless power tools to a caving expedition team intent on exploring new underground systems in Spain.

Graham takes on apprentices

Working with its partner - Intec Business colleges, Graham Plumbers' Merchant has recently appointed 10 new apprentices throughout a number of its branches across the UK.