Builders' Merchants News
VAT changes trigger major industry concern

There is great concern being expressed across the industry of a major change to the treatment of VAT and Prompt Payment Discounts.

L-r: Tim Allen, chairman of NMBS, and managing director Chris Hayward, receiving the special recognition award from Andy Williamson, managing director of IKO plc, on behalf of the Rainy Day Trust.
NMBS awarded for charity support

NMBS' continued commitment to the Rainy Day Trust (RDT), a major industry charity, has been acknowledged with a formal award.

NMBS celebrates record-breaking year at Dinner Dance

NMBS celebrated a record-breaking 2014 in style at the annual Dinner Dance on 25 October.

ISO 50001:2011 certification for British Gypsum

British Gypsum has achieved certification to ISO 50001:2011, the energy management system standard.

Stonemarket welcomes merchants to annual event

Stonemarket showcased its range of landscaping products to over 150 builders' merchants, at an exclusive event last week.

Twyford Bathrooms joins the BMF

Twyford Bathrooms is the latest supplier member to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Wolseley UK goes wild for ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating

Wolseley UK has achieved an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating for the building management of its head office, which features a bio-diverse meadow to aid plant growth and nurture wildlife.

Jewson flies the flag for construction at The Skills Show 2014

Jewson has announced that it will be the lead sponsor for the Landscape Gardening and Carpentry competitions at The Skills Show 2014. In addition, Jewson’s HR director Mike Warner will take to the floor to offer real insight into a rewarding career with a builders’ merchant.

‘Hire-It’ from BSS recognised for its high standards

The Hire-It service from BSS Industrial has been awarded the Safe Hire Private Standard accreditation by Hire Association Europe in recognition of its ability to provide the best possible standards of equipment, safety, training, and customer service across its 27 dedicated tool and equipment hire trade counters.

Registered Construction Details are launched for England and Wales

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) and the Modern Masonry Alliance (MMA) have worked together to produce a suite of 250 registered masonry construction details, designed to minimise heat loss through the weak junction points in a building’s outer envelope.

Blue Rock Systems renews Microsoft Gold ERP partner status

Blue Rock Systems has again met the necessary criteria to become a Gold ERP software partner.

MKM enters Sunday Times Top Track 250

MKM Building Supplies has been listed in the Sunday Times’ Grant Thornton Fast Track 250 for the first time, after delivering a first-class financial performance last year.

Ideal training is on the road again

Ideal Boilers is taking its mobile training centre to all 32 UK branches of City Plumbing Supplies, starting yesterday (20 October) at Ellesmere Port and finishing on 15 December in Folkstone.

Drive away with a van in Mira’s £10,000 draw

Mira Showers is offering Plumbase customers the chance to win a personalised Fiat Doblo sign-written van worth £10,000.

CPA forecasts five years of growth ahead

The construction industry will grow 23% by the end of 2018 and contribute £12 billion to the UK economy over the next two years alone, according to the Construction Products Association (CPA) Autumn Forecasts, which were released today.

Parker Building Supplies helps restore Windmill

Parker Building Supplies comes to the rescue after millstone theft.

City Plumbing Supplies commits to Renewables Training Programme

City Plumbing Supplies has launched an internal Renewables Training Programme to provide colleagues from City Plumbing Supplies, and across the Travis Perkins Group, with greater knowledge of the breadth of renewable technologies now available in the UK.

Lyons Review provides blueprint for boosting SME housebuilding

The Labour Party’s Lyons Housing Review provides a long overdue blueprint for increasing the capacity and output of small and medium sized (SME) housebuilders to help build the much needed 200,000 new homes a year, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Dulux's painting and decorating competition is back

Painting and decorating students across the UK will once again have the opportunity to pitch their skills against each other as Dulux Decorator Centre’s competition opens for entries.

Housebuilding propels SME construction sector, says FMB

Housebuilding is leading the growth in the SME construction sector, but the industry has a long way to go to recover to pre-recession levels, according to the latest research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Honeywell urges merchants to switch on to smart homes

The demand for sophisticated technology and gadgets within the home is on the rise, paving the way for the next big thing – the smart home.

Homeowners set to spend £6bn on property upgrades

Nearly a third of UK homeowners are looking to carry out work on their home in the next three years, with up to £6bn* in projected works planned annually over the next three years, according to a new study from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

New recruits are Hopeful

Three young people have taken their first steps towards a career in engineering in the construction industry, after becoming the latest apprentices on Hope Construction Materials’ Apprenticeship Academy programme.

Buttle’s reels in business

When you’re fishing for business, a rod and reel aren’t usually of much help – but the Buttle’s annual fishing day has hooked many new customers and strengthened relationships with others.

Owlett-Jaton boosts turnover for Kellaway

Bristol-based builders’ merchant Kellaway Building Supplies has consolidated its entire fastener and fixings range to Owlett-Jaton, doubling turnover of this product range over the last 12 months.

New graduates start up at Wolseley

Ten graduates have started work after winning a place on Wolseley UK’s Management Training programme.

Drakes branch celebrates 25 years

Drakes Plumbing Supplies’ Uckfield branch recently celebrated its 25th birthday with a trade open evening.

BMF Trade Credit Scheme extended

The government has agreed to extend the Trade Credit Enterprise Finance Guarantee pilot scheme, which the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has made available to its members.

Williams & Co signs up for Living Wage

Trade-only plumbing and heating merchant Williams & Co has implemented the Living Wage for its workforce.

Travis turns to solar at new Wickes store

A new Wickes store in Sutton is set to build a sustainable future after installing solar panels to generate its own green energy.

David Cyril Elliot Ridgeon
Obituary: David Cyril Elliot Ridgeon


RHI seminars are a roaring success

This year, Plumb and Parts Center has been running a series of seminars around the UK in order to broaden the understanding of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

Fire chief backs Make It Law campaign

A top fire chief is backing Plumb and Parts Center’s Make it Law campaign, which aims to stop needless carbon monoxide (CO) deaths.

Leyland Trade gives customer dream experience

Leyland Trade has given one of its loyal customers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take on world darts champion Michael van Gerwen.

Breedon to expand with planned acquisition of Barr Quarries

Breedon Aggregates has agreed terms with Barr Holdings to acquire Barr Quarries in south-west Scotland, for £20.8m. Completion is expected by the end of this month and remains subject to TUPE consultations and final due diligence.

Ibstock's merchant partnership boosts prospects

UK brick maker Ibstock has introduced a series of collaborative initiatives to support merchants, from effectively managing brick supplies to developing innovative interactive displays.

Breedon makes plans to acquire Barr Quarries

Breedon Aggregates has agreed terms with Barr Holdings to acquire Barr Quarries, based in south-west Scotland, for £20.8m in cash.

Lib Dem 300,000 housing target is easier said than done

The Liberal Democrats’ pledge to build 300,000 new homes needs to be underpinned by a pro-SME housing strategy if it has any hope of being achieved, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Chandlers invites schools to paint mural at Lewes branch

Chandlers Building Supplies is asking schools to help them paint a mural that will go on display in its new Sustainable Building Solutions Centre at its Lewes branch.

HPS opens its 30th branch in Tunbridge Wells

Independent merchant Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) opened its 30th branch in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on 29 September.

Hope Construction Materials opens first quarry

Hope Construction Materials has announced the opening of its first new, greenfield quarry as part of its UK development plan.

Free telephone helpline launched for home improvement industry

A charity for the home improvement industry has started a helpline service to offer debt advice, counselling and legal advice.

Winner of Trucky Dip 2014

The winner of this year’s Trucky Dip competition, which ran from 9 July until 12 September, has been announced.

From design to completion with ITW Construction Products

ITW Construction Products, a manufacturer of fixing, fastening and drilling systems for wood, steel and concrete applications and ITW Industry, a specialist in software, components, fasteners and equipment for the timber construction industry, will now function as a combined business, operating under the name of ITW Construction Products.

Davidson Holdings acquires Pendock Profiles

Davidson Holdings has completed the acquisition of Pendock Profiles from Alumasc plc.

Who will build Cameron’s new homes? asks FMB

The Prime Minister’s pledge to build 100,000 new homes for young first time buyers is a welcome step to help address the housing crisis, but “who will build them?” asks the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Survival of the fittest

On Sunday 28 September, 80 employees from LBS Builders Merchants completed the ‘Men’s Health, Survival Of The Fittest’ Cardiff urban assault course.

Are you ready for the IOBM Practical Skills Challenge?

Merchant teams can yet again pit their building skills against each other at the next Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) Practical Building Skills Challenge Event, which will take place on Thursday 23 October 2014.

Buttle's backs trainee managers in community project

Trainee managers at contractor Willmott Dixon have teamed up with Buttle's builders' merchants in Enfield to modernise a local community centre.

Helping to ‘manage’ James Hargreaves’ expectations…

Are you experienced in the plumbing and heating industry and fancy running your own branch with one of the most progressive firms in the sector?