Builders' Merchants News
JCW Acoustic Supplies takes expert advice to the trade

The JCW Acoustic Supplies Roadshow is touring the UK in May, June and July, giving local trades a chance to access expert advice.

Travis Perkins reports positive start to 2019

Despite uncertain market conditions, Travis Perkins reported strong merchanting like-for-like sales growth of 10.6%.

New hub gives H&B member more customer focus

H&B member M&J Builders Merchants has received planning permission for a new storage and distribution hub.

Wienerberger adds to UK roofing portfolio

Wienerberger has acquired BPD Holdings Limited, which manufacturers roofing and construction membranes, natural ventilation and specialist building products.

Bradfords: Building for the future

Britain’s oldest merchant, Bradfords Building Supplies, has unveiled its focus on building Bradfords to become the favorite building materials partner in the South West.

Ibstock plc launches new brand identity

Ibstock plc has launched of a new brand identity and which will ensure the breadth of the company’s extensive product and service offering is more clearly recognised.

Covers Brighton helps raise £35,000 for charity

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Brighton has helped charity supporters from Newick RFC in East Sussex raise £35,000 for Cancer Research during a special rugby match.

NMBS addresses Finance Leaders’ Summit

National Merchant Buying Society will be addressing Finance Directors and Chief Financial Officers from across the country during a prestigious two-day Finance Leaders’ Summit event in London.

Smith Brothers launches May open day

Smith Brothers is inviting customers to its open day to celebrate the official relocation of its Oldham branch.

BMF puts the building materials industry in the national spotlight

The Builders Merchants Federation is championing the value and significance of the building materials industry in a new regional and national approach.

CRASH helps to create a much-needed family bedroom for a children’s hospice

Construction industry charity CRASH has created an additional bedroom at Richard House Children’s Hospice.

CEMEX sites record over 100 wildlife species

Studies across 13 CEMEX quarries have discovered more than 100 wildlife species, including a variety of wildflowers, butterflies, rare birds and protected mammals.

Marley Alutec expands presence in Scotland

Marley Alutec has recently secured a new Scottish independent merchant stockist and federation membership.

TV’s Nick Knowles confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference

Prime-time TV personality Nick Knowles is the final speaker to be confirmed for the BMF All-Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June.

Stuart Turner powering water roadshow

Powering water; Stuart Turner has announced a series of low water pressure boosting roadshow events.

Border welcomes new CounterAct users

Border Merchant Systems is “delighted” to welcome four new users of its CounterAct system.

TECHNONICOL to sponsor 2019 UFEMAT Congress

The European Association of National Builders Merchants Associations and Manufacturers has announced that BMF member TECHNONICOL will be Platinum sponsors of this year’s UFEMAT Congress in Montreux.

Morpeth litter heroes highlight town’s plight

Groups of local litter-pickers have cleaned up Morpeth’s act by collecting bags of rubbish, with support from MKM Building Supplies.

Joinery on the Quest for future expansion after record year

Ensuring the level of service matches its craftsmanship has helped Quest Joinery almost double its business in the last year.

Crown Paints invites MPs to discuss innovation in the north

Crown Paints recently welcomed MP for Rossendale and Darwen Jake Berry and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss MP, to its headquarters in Lancashire.

SIG Roofing supports the future generation

SIG Roofing is supporting 11 apprentices through the Re:allies Framework, an initiative which helps people find training and employment in their local communities.

Graham’s Trade Saver: Take two

Graham Plumber’s Merchant has launched its second edition of Trade Saver - a quarterly brochure outlining the fixed prices of the company’s most popular lines.

Plumbase launches benefits portal for account holders

Plumbase has launched a rewards scheme to support plumbing professionals visiting their trade counters across the UK or buying their trade supplies online.

Scott Parnell secures first accreditation with Constructionline

Scott Parnell has secured its first accreditation with procurement and supply chain management service Constructionline.

VELUX Active recognised for smart home innovation

Roof window manufacturer VELUX® has been awarded Best Services Product at this year’s Housebuilder Product Awards for its smart home technology product, VELUX ACTIVE.

BHETA’s Toolstation ‘Meet the Buyer’ day another big success

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association’s recent ‘Meet the Buyer’ day was a big success.

Run raises vital charity cash

Staff from Tudor Griffiths have beaten their ambitious fundraising target thanks to generous donations.

New production line adds capacity to W.Howard

A new production line has been installed at Polyco in Wales.

Fibo becomes sole supplier of wall panels to T Patton

Fibo UK is now sole supplier of wall panels to plumbing and heating merchant T Patton.

CRASH helps refurbish Recovery Hub and housing for homeless people

CRASH Charity helped Spitalfields Crypt Trust completely refurbish its Recovery Hub, as well as renovate several living spaces at its supported housing accommodation.

Timber doors supplier sponsors the planting of 100 trees at local primary school

XL Joinery has partnered with Carbon Footprint to sponsor the planting of 100 trees at a Bradford school, creating wildlife habitats and encouraging biodiversity.

Britain’s most successful Paralympic athlete to speak at BMF All-Industry Conference

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, Britain’s best known Paralympic athlete, joins the line-up of speakers from the worlds of business, politics and sport at the BMF All Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June.

Schneider Electric joins the BMF

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management has joined the Builders Merchants Federation.

Aggregate Industries opens new Sheffield concrete plant

Aggregate Industries has opened a new high-capacity ready-mix concrete plant on the outskirts of Sheffield.

Another chance for worthy causes to win £500

There will be another chance for charities, community groups and worthy causes to benefit from £500 cash courtesy of NYEs Building Supplies.

Marley Alutec fundraises for Keech Hospice Care

Staff from Marley Alutec took part in a week full of activities to raise money for local chosen charity, Keech Hospice Care.

Grafton acquires Polvo

Grafton Group has conditionally agreed to acquire Polvo, a Dutch company, for €131 million (£113 million).

NMBS Exhibition goes from strength to strength

The 2019 NMBS Exhibition was the biggest event of its kind to date, with more than 1,000 people attending.

Kent Blaxill completes annual fund-raising for Help for Heroes

Kent Blaxill raised £2,400 in 2018 for its chosen charity, Help for Heroes.

Cramlington expansion for Flame

Flame Heating Group has continued to develop its branch network after launching its second bathroom showroom.

Train to gain with Klober

Merchants can attend roof ventilation training days from Klober at its Castle Donington site.

Revealed: The merchants with the biggest gender pay gaps

Lawsons, Keyline, and Grant & Stone are the merchants with the biggest pay gaps in favour of women, while EH Smith, JT Atkinson & Sons and City Plumbing Supplies favour men the most.

Garador helps safeguard children

Garage door manufacturer Garador has undertaken two new projects to help keep school children out of danger.

Housing Minister to address BMF Members Annual Conference

Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Housing, will speak at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Members’ Annual Conference on 19 September 2019. 

Brick numbers building

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show domestic brick manufacturing continuing to rise steadily.

Merchant takes up charity rally challenge

Staff from a Shropshire firm have given up their free time to help a colleague prepare for a mammoth charity rally challenge.

BMF relaunches industry recruitment website

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched Building Materials Careers, a new, improved website to encourage more people to join the building materials sector by highlighting the wide range of careers available both in merchant and supplier businesses.

CCF opens brand new Scunthorpe branch

Insulation and interior building products distributor, CCF, has opened a new 18,000 sq. ft. branch in Scunthorpe.

BMI Group launches Technology Hub

BMI Group has opened its new multi-million pound Technology Hub in Reading.

Selco helps students cement their future

The next generation of tradespeople in Milton Keynes are laying the foundations for their future careers – thanks to a helping hand from Selco.