Builders' Merchants News
Pub quiz teams rack their brains for charity

Guests at Rudridge’s charity pub quiz had their general knowledge put to the test, raising £1,000 for charity.

One in, one out at the Plumbing and Heating Group

RGB Building Supplies is leaving the PHG, but Bristol Building Supplies will be joining from January next year.

“Time to talk about fire protection” say manufacturers

An industry lunch was held recently to highlight the importance of fire protection and third-party accredited products and installers.

Hertfordshire Royals net sponsorship

A thriving junior football club in Hertfordshire has hit the back of the net with a sponsorship deal with Selco.

Seven million pound refurbishment completed early

Refurbishments worth £7 million have been completed at Knauf Insulation’s manufacturing plant in Cwmbran, South Wales.

New Industrial Strategy Council meets as membership announced

Senior individuals from business, academia and civil society comprise the Industrial Strategy Council, led by the Chief Economist of the Bank of England, Business Secretary Greg Clark announced yesterday.

Suppliers support homeless shelter’s refurbishment project

Accommodation that helps homeless people take their first steps towards independence has been refurbished thanks to charitable donations.

New look for SIG Roofing branch

A brand new showroom and trade counter have been added to SIG Roofing’s Gloucester branch following a major refurbishment.

Rallying call for 100% Hackitt

Two major organisations are calling on the government to fully adopt the recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt.

Duo of awards nominations for sustainable supplier

A “people focused” approach to sustainability has won Ibstock Brick two nominations in the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2019.

Three becomes one on gruelling charity bike ride

Disaster has hit a team of graduates attempting a 8,000 km bike ride to raise money for charity, with two out of the three forced to retire.

Pedal to the metal

British Gypsum’s Supplier Driver of the Year 2018 has been crowned at an annual competition in Burton-upon-Trent.

Keep the noise down

The quietest products have been recognised in the latest “Noise Oscars”.

Lagan is now Breedon

Lagan Group's brick, tile and bagged cement products have been rebranded as Breedon following its acquisition by Breedon Group earlier this year.

Sporting boost for Swansea hospice

Customers and staff at a Swansea builder’s merchant have proved ‘great sports’ by raising more than £1,300 for a local hospice.

“The future of the industry is in the room” – the BMF’s Young Merchant Conference

The future of the builders’ merchant industry came together at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Young Merchant Conference.

Billions promised for new homes

The Chancellor announced guarantees of £1 billion to SME house builders, plus funding for more than 650,000 new homes in the 2018 Budget announcement.

Chancellor backs BMF regional Help to Buy proposals

The BMF has welcomed the proposals announced by the Chancellor in the 2018 Budget that would see “new regional property price caps” introduced to the Help to Buy scheme.

Investment increases as brick demand doubles

A nationwide housing boom has doubled the demand for bricks, and so a concrete products manufacturer has invested heavily in its production line to keep up.

“Keep calm and carry on” - Stoic Brit self-builders defy Brexit uncertainty

Britain’s self-builders and home renovators remain unfazed by Brexit, according to a new survey.

International ministerial visit for Travis Perkins

A Chinese Minister recently visited Travis Perkins to see its award-winning apprenticeship model in action.

Campaign to support injured workers receives parliamentary support

A campaign to support injured workers who are taking their employer to court has been supported by the British Safety Council and several MPs.

Women in Construction campaign wins big

A campaign by the Considerate Constructers Scheme to encourage women into the industry has won a prestigious award.

BMF All Industry Conference looks to change conversation on mental health

The Builders Merchants Federation will be addressing the important issue of mental health at next year’s BMF All Industry Conference.

Door hardware experts urged to share their views

A major review of the Construction Products Regulations is being conducted, and door hardware experts are being called on to participate.

Merchant reaches final in Sussex Business Awards

Chandlers Building Supplies is one of the Sussex businesses in the running to scoop the Company of the Year award.

SR Timber’s staff are no dummies on heart health

Health-conscious employees at SR Timber attended a Heart Health session run by the British Heart Foundation, which included a demonstration of CPR, as part of its partnership with the charity.

“Solid trading performance in line with market expectations” – Travis Perkins’ third quarter trading update

A recent trading report by Travis Perkins shows growth in trade, while the DIY market continues to be challenging.

VAT: Shadow Chancellor reassures the BMF

"Don’t worry, we want to protect and safeguard investment in renewable energy and green infrastructure to help insulate homes and fit solar panels" was the message from John McDonnell MP to the Builders Merchants’ Federation yesterday.

Rhino Products charge ahead at Made in Wales Awards

Significant new investments have won Rhino Products the Manufacturer of the Year (turnover under £25 million) award.

Construction growth slows, says FMB

Growth among construction SMEs slowed in most parts of the UK in the third quarter of this year, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Retiring Russell employee celebrates four-decade career

A member of staff who worked at Russell Roof Tiles for 44 years recently received a warm retirement send-off.

Brick treatment receives prestigious certification

A masonry protection cream from Safeguard Europe has been granted ‘verified’ status by the Energy Saving Trust for its contribution to improving the energy performance of buildings.

Success rates of government projects deemed not transparent enough

Monitoring of the UK’s biggest and riskiest projects has improved, but the Infrastructure and Projects Authority needs to be more transparent, according to a recent report.

“Urgent” review into the UK’s gas supply needed, say experts

A trade body has welcomed a government enquiry into whether the UK has enough gas in supply.

Open day celebrates refurbishment of SIG Roofing branch

Hundreds of local roofing contractors turned out to celebrate the official re-launch of SIG Roofing’s Bath branch.

Government names TrustMark as the new expanded mark of quality

TrustMark has expanded its remit to include Repair, Maintenance and Improvement, retrofit and energy efficiency.

Rugby team scores supplier sponsorship

Young players at a rugby club in Wales have received a welcome boost from a local business merchant.

Ridgeons leaves buying group following acquisition

Builders’ merchant Ridgons has terminated its membership with the Plumbing and Heating Group as it has now been acquired by Huws Gray.

Xtratherm opens first BMF Regional Centre of Excellence in the Republic of Ireland

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its 21st Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of Xtratherm, the first BMF Centre in the Republic of Ireland.

Businesses commit to using renewable energy

A new initiative is inspiring UK businesses including Ibstock Brick to commit to more sustainable methods of manufacturing.

New clayware centre will educate the industry

Merchants can learn all about the benefits of clay for drainage pipes as well as demonstrations at a new Clayware Experience Centre.

Bricks boost for Berkshire builders

Builders of Wokingham will be able to find everyday building products like bricks and timber with a brand new and bigger Jewson branch.

Saint-Gobain joins campaign to end modern slavery

Saint-Gobain joins campaign to end modern slavery

The VELUX Group to acquire JET-Group from Egeria

VELUX A/S and Dutch investment firm Egeria have reached an agreement concerning the sale of JET-Group to the VELUX Group.

BMF launches supplier training prospectus

The Builders Merchants Federation has published its first dedicated Supplier Training Prospectus, detailing the full range of more than 60 training courses available for this member group.

Countdown to NBG annual conference

A record number of independent merchants are set to take part in the National Buying Group’s annual conference in Liverpool next month.

Supplier raises thousands for children’s cancer charity

Charitable employees at Duftons Plumbing and Heating Supplies held a Charity Trade Week and raised £20,000 for Candlelighters.

The Sunday Times recognises Encon in league table

“Operational excellence and quality customer service” has won Encon a place in a business league table in the Sunday Times.

New Whitchurch branch will create ten jobs

Ten new jobs will be created in Whitchurch when Huws Gray opens its new branch.