Builders' Merchants News
Lafarge Tarmac bags Marketing Excellence Award

Lafarge Tarmac took home a prize last night at the Marketing Excellence Awards, hosted by the Chartered Institute for Marketing.

BMF marks 50th IBC group member

Six months after agreeing its first group membership scheme with IBC, the Builders Merchants Federation celebrated the 50th IBC member – Highland Industrial Supplies – joining the Federation, by presenting the buying group with a framed British Lions rugby shirt signed by Austin Healey.

Tudor Griffiths offers free sand

With the threat of more severe flooding in the Welshpool and Oswestry areas, the Tudor Griffiths Group is offering 40 tonnes of free sand to local householders so that they may try to protect their properties with sandbags.

Spring-cleaning time for builders’ merchants

Spring is the traditional time for having a clear-out, and Steve Clarke, marketing manager for The Fuelcard People, has said that builders’ merchants should begin with their old fuel cards.

BSW Timber creates jobs at Carlisle and Dalbeattie sawmills

BSW Timber is to create up to 60 new operational jobs at its sawmills in Carlisle and Dalbeattie as demand for UK timber rises.

Terms and conditions are crystal clear with Baxi

Baxi’s warranty terms and conditions have been given the Crystal Mark seal of approval.

Ridgeons unveils new bathroom collection

New for 2014, Ridgeons is offering the new bathroom collection from Laura Ashley.

Mike Rigby to hold marketing and merchandising masterclass

The Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) has invited MRA Marketing’s Mike Rigby to give a masterclass on marketing and merchandising at its first Branch Managers’ Forum.

Grafton Group acquires Belgian merchanting business

Following approval from the Belgium Competition Authority, Grafton Group has acquired Binje Ackermans SA, a six branch builders’ merchanting business.

Howarth Timber continues to spread the green message

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is continuing to invest in sustainability, having trained ‘Green Champions’ in each of its 28 branches across England.

Energy Secretary called to "overhaul" ECO

Energy Secretary Ed Davey is being called on to "overhaul" the way the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme is administered.

Knauf Insulation joins the Sustainable Energy Association

Knauf Insulation has joined the Sustainable Energy Association to take an active role in developing the policies that matter to the energy-efficiency and low-carbon sectors.

Class B shortage eased by Engineering Quality bricks

Independent brickmaker Edenhall has stepped up production of its Engineering Quality concrete bricks as clay brick makers struggle to satisfy demand for Class B engineering bricks from merchants, housebuilders and groundworkers in the civils sector.

Norbord considering major investment at Inverness plant

Norbord has submitted a notice of intent for a planning application to Highland Council for a major investment in its OSB (oriented strand board) manufacturing site at Morayhill, near Inverness, Scotland.

George Osborne pays a visit to Triton

Last month (16 January) the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, visited Triton – The Great British Shower Company in Nuneaton.

Teams announced for the Practical Skills Challenge Event 2014

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) has announced the merchant teams that will be taking part in this year’s Practical Skills Challenge Event.

Burge & Gunson joins Fortis Merchants

Burge & Gunson has become a member of Fortis Merchants with effect from 1 February 2014.

RGB Building Supplies to hold energy reducing demonstrations

RGB Building Supplies is inviting those interested in finding out about new ways to cut household energy bills to visit some of its branches for demonstrations of the new iT500 internet enabled thermostat from Salus representatives.

Merchant raises awareness of cervical cancer

Ted Tugwell, tool sales manager at Elliotts Builders' Merchants in Hampshire, is working to raise awareness of cervical cancer after his wife, Angela, passed away from the disease. 

Michelmersh Brick Holdings anticipates profit

Michelmersh Brick Holdings is expecting to report a profit from continuing activities for the year ended 31 December 2013.

Obituary: Sad loss of Kevin Middleton

Peter Buttle, chairman of builders' merchant Buttle's, has spoken of his "shock and sadness" at the death of Kevin Middleton, who died recently following a short illness.

Get clued up on the latest RHI changes, says Baxi

Installers need to get up to speed on the rules of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to ensure new and existing customers aren’t left out of pocket when the scheme is introduced in the spring, says Simon Osborne, head of product and channel management at Baxi.

Wickes support centre relocates to Watford

Wickes is moving its support centre from Harrow to a new state-of the-art facility at Vision House in Watford, bringing its team of 200 employees to the south west Hertfordshire town.

Hanson’s Claughton bricks are back for 2014

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins recently visited Hanson’s re-opened Claughton Manor brick works, to see bricks being produced there for the first time in four years.

Peter Hindle MBE to chair the BMF

Peter Hindle MBE will be the next chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), taking up the position on 2 April.

Climate Center reports surging air conditioning and refrigeration sales

Climate Center has reported surging demand for air conditioning and refrigeration, with the ‘bumper summer’ continuing through the autumn and winter.

Kelkay expands

Kelkay has opened up another 10 acres of its land bank.

Travis Perkins Group helps installers looking to benefit from the RHI

Leading names from the Travis Perkins Group, including merchants Travis Perkins, CCF, City Plumbing Supplies (CPS), and Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS), backed by the expertise of Sustainable Building Supplies (SBS) and Solfex, have announced they are “RHI ready” thanks to a combination of services which have been developed to support installers and builders.

BMF celebrates Burns Night in style

The Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Scottish region celebrated in style on 24 January, with over 200 members and suppliers attending a Burns supper at Glasgow’s Trades Hall.

BWF launches new and improved U-Value service for windows

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has re-launched its basic U-value calculation service to bring it in line with the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).

BDA defends brick production

The Brick Development Association (BDA) has rejected claims by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors that a fall in UK construction output is partly due to a brick shortage.

Time to wise up to water drainage, experts warn

Experts have warned that the overly idealistic interpretation of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) as natural above-ground drainage is holding back progress.

Deco-Pak acquires Living Stone’s national sales team

Deco-Pak has confirmed that the company recently acquired the Living Stone national sales team, following the announcement that Living Stone had gone into administration.

Energy Minister praises renewables training academy

Fergus Ewing MSP - the Scottish Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism – officially opened Scotland’s first HETAS-accredited renewables training academy on 22 January.

FMB gives Green Deal 'must try harder' report card

The Green Deal has scored just two out of five in a one-year anniversary ‘report card’ from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), which says the government must try harder to broaden the appeal of its flagship policy.

Best practice training with Fernox

Fernox has released its new training dates and venues for 2014.

Grange Fencing joins BHETA

Grange Fencing is the latest home and garden improvement company to join the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA).

Williams & Co. is one of the ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’

Williams & Co., the independent, trade-only plumbing and heating wholesaler, has been identified in a report by London’s Stock Exchange as making an extraordinary contribution to economic growth and employment.

Government extends BMF Trade Credit Scheme

Following an early review, 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.

Chandlers employee to chair water efficiency masterclass

Phil Barnard, from Chandlers Building Supplies, is to chair a University of Brighton Water Efficiency in Building Network masterclass, which will take place at the BRE Trust in Watford on Wednesday 5 February.

Golden anniversary of the concealed cistern

This year will see Geberit celebrate the anniversary of the launch of its concealed cisterns.

Pochin acquires Plumbwares

Independent plumbing and heating merchant Pochin has acquired the West Midlands merchant Plumbwares.

BMF chairman steps down

Terry Parker is to step down as chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in March, following the completion of his successful five-year term of office.

An ideal UNION for MKM and ASSA ABLOY

MKM Building Supplies and UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, have been working together to strengthen the builders’ merchant’s security offering.

Fluidmaster acquires Kolektor Liv

Fluidmaster, the manufacturer of toilet tank components, has acquired Kolektor Liv, based in Postojna, Slovenia.

£1m up for grabs in Selco Predictor

Selco Builders Warehouse is giving tradespeople, customers and employees the chance to become an instant millionaire in its latest campaign with talkSPORT.

Tradefix Direct reports 56% online revenue increase

Tradefix Direct has revealed that it has achieved a 56% increase in online sales revenue in 2013.

Carvers is on the road to recovery

Carvers Building Supplies is another step closer to getting back on track, with the final phase of its £4m ‘Bigger and Better’ rebuild now under way.

Builders’ merchant invites tradesmen to roofing demonstration

The Thanet branch of Chandlers Building Supplies is inviting local tradespeople along to the showroom on Wednesday 22 January for a free demonstration about fibreglass roofing.

DRU rebranded as DG Fires

DRU Verwarming BV’s wood fires and stoves have been rebranded as DG Fires in the UK.