Builders' Merchants News
Wolseley UK gets more technological

Wolseley UK is helping employees deliver better customer service by installing new technology across its branch network. New telephones, faster network connections, WiFi and upgraded computers are all being rolled to better equip branches for the future.

A JOSB well done as campaign ends

After running for nine years, the JOSB Done campaign is drawing to a close.

Hope announces investment programme

Hope Construction Materials has invested £14m to boost production at its Hope Works cement plant.

Travis Perkins heads up BHETA’s DIY forum

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is holding its next member forum on 15 January, featuring Ian Preedy, group commercial director of Travis Perkins.

Elliotts trials earlier opening hours at two of its branches

Elliotts, the Hampshire-based independent builders’ merchant has announced that it will open earlier as part of its drive to keep the county building.

Carvers is back on the map

Carvers Building Supplies enjoyed a successful relaunch event last month, marking the merchant’s return after a devastating fire in 2012.

Industry image must change this year, says KPMG

This year, the construction industry will need to take further steps to improve its image and address the widening skills gap, according to Richard Threlfall, KPMG’s head of infrastructure, building and construction.

MX recovery almost total after fire setback

Contrary to some rumours that have been filtering their way through to MX Group, all of the shower manufacturer’s products, apart from its gel coat shower trays, are unaffected by the fire that took place in November 2014.

MKM Glasgow raises £1,000 for charity

MKM Building Supplies' Glasgow branch has raised nearly £1,000 for charity to celebrate its first year of trading.

Wirquin breakfast mornings at local merchants

Local plumbers’ merchants are hosting Wirquin breakfast mornings for their customers to learn more about the sanitary equipment specialist’s wide range of products including the Macdee Motion universal dual flush siphon.

Confidence in Scottish construction hits a new high

Confidence within the Scottish construction industry has hit a new high as 2014 draws to a close, according to the latest Scottish Construction Monitor, a quarterly survey of the membership of trade body the Scottish Building Federation (SBF).

New home registrations continue to outperform 2013 levels

New home registrations across the UK remain ahead of last year’s figures, with the latest rolling quarter revealing an 8% increase on the same period in 2013, according to new figures released by the National House-Building Council (NHBC).

Sales insight launched for builders' merchants

GfK has launched the first robust sales tracking insights for the builders' merchant sector.

Production restarts at CEMEX South Ferriby plant

Production has started at CEMEX UK’s South Ferriby plant, thanks to significant work by its 150 workforce and over 400 contractors during the past year, following the flooding in December 2013.

Bain Capital acquires Ibstock

CRH, the international building materials group, has announced that it has reached an agreement to dispose of its clay and concrete businesses in the UK and its clay business in the US to private equity giant Bain Capital for £414m.

Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants launched

Pimlico Plumbers has opened its new plumbing merchant enterprise.

An occasion for cake

Origin, British manufacturer of bespoke bi-fold doors, windows and made-to-measure blinds, recently celebrated the production of its 100,000th bi-fold door with a giant ‘Origin Home’ cake, shared with all the staff at its Buckinghamshire factory.

BMF Members Day adds Purpose and Passion

‘People, Purpose & Passion’ is the theme of BMF Members’ Day 2015, which will take place on 16 and 17 September at Carden Park in Cheshire.

Small builders back government’s new homes plan

The government’s flagship Starter Homes initiative launched yesterday (15 December) by the Prime Minister has been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), with a number of FMB housebuilders already pledging their support.

Diamond tool supplier sets sights on a bumper 2015

With increasing sales, an expanding workforce, new products and quality dealer support, a family business specialising in the production and supply of diamond core drills, is predicting a bumper 2015.

Pasquill “trussed” to BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed another leading timber products supplier into membership. Pasquill, the trussed rafter supplier, is the latest company to join following the formation of the BMF Timber Forum to serve this important sector.

Michelmersh exceeds market expectations

Michelmersh Brick Holdings has reported a strong trading performance in advance of the group's final results for the year ending 31 December 2014, which is scheduled for release on 23 March, 2015.

Graham awards suppliers and staff at annual conference

In recognition of outstanding service from a number of its staff and suppliers, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has announced a number of awards following its recent annual conference at Leeds Armouries.

CEMEX factory produces blocks for housing market

During the last 12 months, building materials from CEMEX UK have contributed to 25,000 new homes, 22% of the total number of new homes built in the UK. To further assist the house building industry, particularly in the South East, CEMEX has opened a new block facility at Haughley in Suffolk.

Join an exclusive Wellness Day Experience

As part of its Wellness Programme, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is running an exclusive Wellness Day Experience at St George's Park in Burton Upon Trent, the home of the English Football Association.

Miliband supports BMF on fair payment

Ed Miliband MP has expressed support for the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) stance on the question of late, part or non payment of bills.

NHBC announces new Standards Chapter for waterproofing basements

The National House-Building Council (NHBC) has announced details of its new Standards Chapter to improve the quality and build of basements.

“Fantastic year” for Deco-Pak

The team at Deco-Pak, UK supplier of decorative aggregates, is celebrating what has been another successful year.

New additions to the Bradstone Assured scheme

Bradstone is investing further in its Bradstone Assured scheme, with the launch of a new guarantee and a redesign of its customer-facing online presence.

Funding is fully allocated for solid wall insulation

Up to £24m worth of funding for solid wall insulation has been allocated to households in England and Wales through the second release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), which was launched on Wednesday 10 December.

Closure of Green Deal fund for solid wall is “clear illustration of stop-start policy regime” says UK-GBC

The UK Green Building Council has responded to the announcement that funding for solid wall insulation under the second phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been fully allocated, just over 24 hours since it was launched.

Weather woes ahead?

Weather forecasters predict that the UK may be facing its wettest winter for 30 years and businesses should be prepared for the devastating impact of floodwater.

Record intake of 12 new liverymen for WCoBM

At a recent Installation ceremony, Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants (WCoBM) welcomed a record 12 new Liverymen. The prestigious ceremony took place in London at Mansion House, home to The Lord Mayor of London.

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund returns for second phase

Today has seen the return of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), which was originally launched in June and retracted a month later.

RGB opens kitchen showroom at Porthleven branch

RGB Building Supplies has recently opened a new kitchen showroom at its Porthleven branch and is inviting tradespeople along to view the new range of kitchen displays, and enjoy a complimentary mince pie and coffee!

Ridgeons bucks the trend in Hitchin

In an industry generally perceived as male dominated, Ridgeons’ Hitchin branch manager Gwen Bergius is proud to be bucking the trend.

Autumn Statement is a mixed bag, says BWF

Despite predictions of UK economic growth in this year’s Autumn Statement, the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has warned that some of the key areas in helping the joinery industry to grow sustainably were not delivered.

Construction Industry Helpline launched

The Considerate Constructors Scheme recently invited members of the industry to a drinks reception at the Imperial War Museum, to support the launch of the Construction Industry Helpline by the Lighthouse Club.

International Timber joins BMF

International Timber, part of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution, has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

New Green Deal fund will “prevent feeding frenzy” of last summer

The UK Green Building Council has responded to the announcement that the government will allocate a further £30m to boost its Green Deal energy efficiency scheme.

They’re hired!

Nine driver apprentices have started on the first ever CEMEX Driver Apprentice scheme. The one-year scheme is run in conjunction with Systems Training and, at the end of the year, they will achieve a DGV apprentice qualification, as well as learning about one of the leading building materials suppliers, CEMEX UK.

Heatrae Sadia scores rugby legend for new campaign

Heatrae Sadia has announced a partnership with Phil Vickery MBE, which will see the former England rugby captain front a campaign to re-launch its commercial drinking water offering.

New team to lead BMF Young Merchants

A new team has been appointed to lead the Builders' Merchants Federation's (BMF) Young Merchants Group for the next two years.

New all-industry golf event announced for 2015

NMBS and the Building Materials Golf Society (BMGS) have announced the introduction of a new all-industry golf event to take place on 30 April, 2015.

Award success for Gibbs & Dandy

Gibbs & Dandy’s well-earned reputation for customer service has been recognised at the 2014 B2B Marketing Awards.

BMF meets Scottish National Party at decisive time

Changes in party leadership and emerging policy thinking after the Scottish Independence Referendum were two of the reasons the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was in Perth last month.

Autumn Statement 2014: Construction industry responds

The Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement has been met with mixed reaction from the construction industry.

Infrastructure announcement boosts housing, says FMB

Announcements made by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander MP yesterday, as part of the publication of the National Infrastructure Plan, place housing at the heart of the government’s long-term plan, and shows a welcome emphasis on the importance of small sites for housing delivery, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said.

Rudridge looks ahead as industry is poised for growth

Figures published recently by the Construction Products Association show a forecasted growth in the industry of 23% by the end of 2018, with private housing starts expected to grow by 10% in 2015. This is great news according to Rudridge, the independent supplier of groundwork, drainage and civil engineering materials.

Ridgeons placed 20th in Cambridgeshire Ltd Top 100

Independent timber and builders' merchant Ridgeons has been placed 20th in this year's Cambridgeshire Ltd Top 100 2014, compiled by Grant Thornton.