Builders' Merchants News
PTS weighs up the RHI delay

Following last week’s announcement, Plumbing Trade Supplies' (PTS) Ian Stares has commented on the RHI delay.

Trade Plumbing unveils new corporate branding and website

Trade Plumbing has unveiled new corporate branding and major improvements to its homepage which will remain ongoing for 2013.

Superglass wins Insulation & Plasterboard Supplier of the Year 2012

Superglass Insulation has received the award for Insulation & Plasterboard Supplier of the Year from the Cemco Merchant Network at its recent heavyside and timber supplier awards dinner.

B&Q to cut store space

Kingfisher, owner of B&Q, is discussing with retailers about sub-letting space in branches to cut its rent bill.

Grafton buys Thompson Building Centres

Grafton Merchanting has bought the trade and certain assets of Thompson Building Centres and Thompson Associated Plumbing Supplies.

15 years of lifting innovation

Combilift is celebrating 15 years of business this year.

BMF comments on Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme

The Builders' Merchants Federation (BMF) has said that Business Minister Michael Fallon MP’s recent announcement is indeed only the start.

ADEY unveils new industry conference and training centre

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has opened the doors to its new £1m conference and training centre.

RHI's severe delay and new action plan

The Government this week announced a delay of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) until April 2014.

Wolseley to lay off 200 former Burdens staff

Wolseley is planning redundancies at the former Burdens business it bought for £30m last Autumn.

Wolseley holds profit in flat trading

Wolseley’s half-year results show pre-tax profits down 20 percent after one-off charges and sales down by 8 percent to £6.3bn.

Kingfisher credits construction customers

A pilot scheme to help small and sole trader construction businesses secure credit from B&Q and Screwfix stores through their TradeUK credit scheme has kicked off following government backing of £30 million.

Pipe Center wins NG Bailey contract

Pipe Center has won a prestigious and exclusive supply contract with NG Bailey.

James Hargreaves £2m expansion

James Hargreaves (Plumbers Merchants) is spending £2m adding more branches in Lancashire.

Kingfisher profits slump

Kingfisher has posted a big fall in profits after what it described as "a tough year".

eBuildingSupplies acquired by The Lords Group

eBuildingSupplies has recently been acquired by The Lords Group of Companies. As part of the transaction, Unimer will continue to retain its existing minority stake in the business.

George Clarke says every home in Britain needs an MOT

Architect and TV presenter George Clarke yesterday opened Plumb Center’s Practical Installer Arena at and called for every home in the land to have an MOT.

Travis Perkins to supply Northampton council

Travis Perkins’ Managed Services team has been appointed by Northampton Borough Council as the sole supplier to its Direct Labour Organisation for repair and maintenance materials.

Nationals sign prompt payment code

Wolseley UK and Grafton Builders’ Merchants are among construction companies to sign up to the Government’s Prompt Payment Code.

Carvers will rebuild before 2014

Carvers, whose premises were destroyed by fire a year ago, will be fully rebuilt by the end of the year.

Welsh success on and off the pitch

The Wales v Italy Six Nations rugby match in Rome on 23 February 2013 proved to be a big success, not only for the Welsh team but also for LBS Builders’ Merchants of south west Wales, who took 200 customers and their partners on a customer-targeted Export Opportunities Event to Rome.

JOSB Done tours builders' merchants

JOSB Done, the industry campaign promoting the use of OSB, is going on a tour of Britain’s merchants to encourage builders to ‘get on board’ by taking part in a football shoot-out competition.

Chandlers continues sidecar motocross sponsorship

Chandlers Building Supplies is continuing sponsorship for a second season of Northchapel based British Sidecar Motocross pair, Team Pannell.

Peppard Building Supplies goes online

Peppard Building Supplies has launched a new website. The builders’ merchant says the move will help it compete with industry bigger names.

'LinkedIn' for buildings launched in UK

A “LinkedIn” style network for buildings has been launched in the UK by Honest Buildings.

Rowlinson launches prize draw 2013

Rowlinson Timber has announced details of its prize draw for 2013.

Wickes and B&Q withdraw products harmful to bees

Wickes will remove products containing neonicotinoids, chemicals linked to the decline in the bee population. B&Q has also pledges to follow suit.