Builders' Merchants News
‘Beefed up’ profit margins for merchants

Merchants supplying Siniat’s high-performance thermal boards have seen around a 45% increase in sales, thanks to a cheeky promotional offer and some bold in-store marketing.

Plumbase Industrial 'to create national branch network'

Plumbase Industrial has added nine new branches to its network as part of ambitious plans to achieve national coverage by the end of 2014.

Breedon Aggregates expands with acquisition of Huntsman’s Quarries

Breedon Aggregates has acquired Huntsman’s Quarries, an aggregates company based in the North Cotswolds, for a cash consideration of £15m.

Lesson in pressure management tops BMF Members Day

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced its final speakers for the BMF Members Day in September, who will offer advice on how to perform under pressure.

IoBM launches training portal for merchant staff

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) has launched an online training portal to help builders’ merchant staff access the latest training and development resources from its supply partners.

Non-domestic RHI tariff review provides great hope for GSHPs

The Ground Source Heat Pump Association has welcomed the launch of the revised Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs for the non-domestic RHI.

Ibstock to share expertise with merchants at industry forum

Ibstock will be sharing the latest innovations in brick and unique services for merchants as it hosts its 17th annual Independent Builders Merchant Forum (IBMF) next week.

Kerridge announces Customer Conference

Kerridge has revealed that its 2014 UK Customer Conference will be held on Wednesday 11 June at the De Vere Staverton Park Hotel.

UK construction firms fear major skills shortage

Two fifths (41%) of construction companies in the UK believe the industry will face a serious skills shortage as the economy continues to recover over the next five years, a survey has revealed.

STA supports Fair Payment Charter

The Structural Timber Association (STA) is encouraging its members to sign up to the Supply Chain Payment Charter, published by the Construction Leadership Council.

BMF Members Day new speaker announced

Judith Ozcan, a senior director of the British Business Bank, has been announced as the latest keynote speaker at BMF Members Day in September.

A&G trading companies acquired by former chief executive

Acheson & Glover has announced that its two trading companies have been acquired by a new company, owned by A&G's former chief executive Raymond Acheson.

Lords acquires Poores of Chorleywood

Poores of Chorleywood has been sold to the Lords Group of Companies.

Business as usual for A&G as new acquisition is confirmed

A&G (Acheson & Glover) has announced that its two trading companies have been acquired by a new company owned by their former chief executive, Raymond Acheson.

Support CO law change and save lives

Every installer is being urged to back a campaign, which aims to save lives by changing the law on carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

Hope Construction Materials launches Apprenticeship Academy

Hope Construction Materials is on the lookout for new talent to join its £300m business in the Derbyshire and Yorkshire area.

Showerlux support grows

As Ideal Bathrooms’ re-launch of Showerlux continues to show successful growth, additional marketing support has been invested in the brand.

VADO joins the BMF

VADO has joined the Plumbing & Heating sector of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Rainy Day Trust welcomes new President

Andrew Weiss has been named the new President of the Rainy Day Trust (RDT) at a recent Annual General Meeting.

Ideal Boilers regenerates Hull site

Ideal Boilers is transforming its manufacturing site by reusing and revitalising its land and buildings.

Double achievement for T Brewer & Co

Double certification to ISO14001 and ISO9001 was awarded to specialist timber merchant T Brewer & Co at its head office in Clapham on Wednesday 14 May.

Same-day delivery service from Parker Merchanting

Parker Merchanting is helping to speed up specification for busy customers with its new same-day delivery service.

Merchants must take opportunity to grow business, says BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is urging its members to take advantage of a government-backed Trade Credit Scheme to pump-prime new business.

Wolseley invests in its distribution fleet

Wolseley UK has invested in 10 new 'Euro 6' emission standard vehicles to improve the capability and performance of its fleet.

Resurgent in housebuilding risks being a ‘missed opportunity’ for solar

Trina Solar has called on the construction industry to give the development of solar energy more attention as the latest housebuilding figures show a 28% rise in registrations in 2013 compared to 2012.

Baby birds arrive at Chandlers on lorry delivery

The Ringmer branch of Chandlers Building Supplies received a very special and surprising delivery when a nest of chicks was found in a stack of bricks.

Travis Perkins launches exclusive Hippobag partnership

Travis Perkins has launched an exclusive partnership with Hippobag, which it says will offer a convenient waste collection service and better value to its customers.

GPH unveils sculptures from acclaimed artist

A north-east-based builders’ merchant has unveiled a series of sustainable sculptures.

Lafarge Tarmac searches for great merchants

Lafarge Tarmac has launched a new competition to celebrate the great work of builders' merchants.

EH Smith hosts MP fact-finding visit with BMF

The government’s newly appointed “Women in Enterprise” champion, Lorely Burt MP, visited EH Smith’s flagship branch in Shirley, Solihull to find out more about the construction supply chain and the issues facing builders’ merchants in a rising market.

And the winner is... Burge and Gunson

Shower manufacturer Roman, and shower tray manufacturer JT, have announced Burge and Gunson as the winner of their exclusive prize draw, which was held at the 'Meet the Merchant' Fortis conference on 29 and 30 April, 2014.

Mobile Centre of Excellence brings safety message to students

Buck & Hickman, a distributor of tools, maintenance and health and safety products, has shown its commitment to helping develop the UK’s skills base and supporting the tradespeople of the future.

BSS Industrial celebrates Slough opening

BSS Industrial has opened a new trade counter in Slough, providing a new customer base with unrivalled access to heating and pipeline supplies.

Blue Rock Systems expands with acquisition

Blue Rock Systems, a software reseller with hardware and support divisions based in Nottingham and Southampton, has acquired Soltec Computer Systems and RNS Computer Services in Brigg, Lincolnshire.

Belgrade Insulation opens in Glasgow

Belgrade Insulation opened its latest branch in Glasgow at the end of March, adding to its spread of branches in Leeds, Birmingham and Northampton.

Ridgeons’ Colchester branch to hold trade day

To celebrate recent improvements to its Colchester branch, Ridgeons is holding a one-day trade event on Monday 12 May 2014.

BSS Industrial expands warehouse

BSS Industrial has extended the warehouse space at its Magna Park National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Leicestershire by a further 38,500sq ft.

Last call for the Rainy Day Trust Karting Challenge

Places are still available for the 2014 Rainy Day Trust Karting Challenge – but you need to be quick!

Wolseley UK employees excel in online training

A new record has been set for the most online training courses completed in a month by Wolseley UK employees.

Peppard sees the power of paving

Peppard Building Supplies is reporting an upsurge in interest in paving products after expanding its landscaping range.

Have lessons been learnt following the launch of Green Deal funding?

The government’s new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been guardedly welcomed by Worcester, Bosch Group, with a spokesperson questioning whether lessons have been learnt since the original launch of the Green Deal scheme.

Uponor teams up with BSS Industrial for summer road show

Uponor has teamed up with commercial heating and pipeline distributor, BSS Industrial, for its 2014 summer road show.

Kent Blaxill opens new branch in Huntingdon

The Mayor of Huntingdon, Bill Hensley, cut the ribbon to officially open a new Kent Blaxill decorating materials branch in the town last week (May 1), the company’s ninth store.

PHEX+ to host series of product-related CPD sessions

For the launch of PHEX+ at the Alexandra Palace in May 2014, the exhibition has teamed up with some of the leading industry manufacturers and suppliers to provide a comprehensive training programme throughout the two days of the exhibition.

Industry responds to Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

Industry has responded to yesterday’s announcement of a Green Deal Home Improvement Fund with cautious optimism.

Government launches Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

A new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been launched to provide more money for households carrying out energy efficiency improvements.

Norbord relaunches AZT

After the success of the ‘Accidents – Zero Tolerance (AZT)’ safety campaign at the three UK Norbord plants in 2007, a "rebranding" exercise has been completed so that employees are reminded of the message.

Builders fund excludes micro-builders, FMB warns

The government’s new £525m Builders Finance Fund will improve access to finance for some small housebuilders, but the minimum threshold of 15 units will exclude many small and micro-housebuilders, warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Travis Perkins extends opening times

Two Northamptonshire branches of Travis Perkins have broken with tradition to open from 7am until 7pm, Monday to Thursday.

IBC launches supplier award

Independent buying group IBC has launched the 2014/15 Supplier of the Year initiative.