Builders' Merchants News
Christmas jumpers all around

The National Merchant Buying Society team got into the festive spirit on Christmas Jumper Day 2018.

Graham launches new and improved guide

Merchants can learn all about the leading plumbing products with Graham Plumbers merchant’s new Commercial Product Guide.

Immigration plans would “devastate” construction

The Immigration White Paper shows the government isn’t listening to the business community, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Everyone gets ‘appy’ at the Lighthouse charity’s lunch

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity raised £212,000 for workers and their families at a recent fundraiser.

Garador staff donate to local food bank

More than 100 food items have been kindly donated to a food bank by members of staff at Garador.

NMBS’ Gala Dinner and Exhibition announced

The National Merchant Buying Society has announced its Gala Dinner will be on 9 April, with its Exhibition taking place the following day.

Common Transit Convention news welcomed

The government’s announcement that the UK will remain in the Common Transit Convention has been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association.

JCB to sponsor BMF Golf Day at exclusive new club

There will be a new look to the Builders Merchants Federation’s annual Golf Day in 2019, following the announcement of JCB as the new sponsor for the event.

Pasquill gets into the ‘Trussmas’ spirit

A 23-foot tall Christmas tree made entirely of roof trusses has been unveiled at Pasquill’s Inverness branch.

Dry January will support construction industry charity

The Chief Executive at the Rainy Day Trust is losing the booze in January to raise money for his own charity and one that honours his late daughter.

Merchant supports food bank at busiest time of year

Generous staff at Kent Blaxill have donated ten boxes of food and some vital timber supplies to a local food bank.

The weight is over

Staff at a roofing supplier can once again indulge in mince pies and Christmas treats after they shed the pounds for local charities.

The most common Christmas household disasters

Leaky roofs and burst pipes are the most common problems that builders are called out to fix during the winter months, according to new research.

Tradespeople to the rescue at Christmas

A quarter of tradespeople who participated in a recent survey said they had been called out to work on Christmas day.

SIG Roofing raffle raises charity cash

A festive raffle has launched in aid of charity Parkinson’s UK.

Workplace wellbeing – is it working?

Employee wellbeing is being compromised by SME owners’ lack of understanding, but a new report explains how this can be rectified.

Winning streak for Jewsons campaign

An online campaign by Jewsons to show its support for young people has won its creator three awards.

Dashing through the snow

A festive philanthropist has completed a charity run dressed as Santa.

“Innovative” app wins big

Worcester Bosch is celebrating a double triumph having seen its app land two major accolades.

Marshalls acquires Edenhall

Marshalls has announced that it has bought Edenhall Holdings, in a strategic move to boost its growth in the new build housing market.

TIMco announces partnership with Fantom Hardware

TIMco has become the UK’s exclusive supplier to merchants and retailers for Fantom Hardware, creator of the award-winning Fantom Doorstop.

Weak mortar causes crumbling homes

New homes have been built using sub-standard mortar, meaning housebuilders have been forced to carry out remedial work.

Supplier spreads Christmas cheer

Christmas hampers donated to a primary school by a local supplier have helped raise £1,700.

Warning signs as construction output flat-lines

Rising costs and continued uncertainty over Brexit are to blame for the drop in construction output, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Christmas crime hotspots: Empty retail buildings and construction sites

Thefts and burglaries are expected to surge during the festive period, with empty construction sites and retail buildings at particular risk.

E-learning course will develop merchants’ expertise

Merchants can now learn about Saniflo’s products and how to install them online.

VELUX to sponsor BMF Burns Supper

The Builders Merchants Federation has announced that VELUX will be the headline sponsor of the 2019 Burns Supper, the BMF’s most popular and prestigious annual event in Scotland attended by more than 300 people.

Child’s play

A fancy dress pram-pushing race is being sponsored by a local builders’ merchant.

Verisure aims to help burglary victims with new partnership

Verisure is joining forces with Victim Support to raise awareness of the risks of burglary and educate the public about crime prevention.

Efficiency drive continues with distribution centre refurbishment

Snows Timber has completed a £500,000 refurbishment of its Mansfield Distribution Centre to improve efficiencies in the picking and milling of product.

Merchant on the move

After 11 years at its current site, the Cricklewood branch of Selco Builders Warehouse is moving to a new location.

Composite Prime breaks new ground with TTF membership

Decking company Composite Prime has become the first member of the Timber Trade Federation to solely supply composite materials.

BMF earns its tenth best practice award nomination this year

The Builders Merchants Federation has earned its tenth award nomination this year, with its latest member engagement initiatives and its use of social media being recognised in the Association Awards, which promote excellence in association leadership.

Beer tasting, celebrity chefs and pub quizzes

A masterclass in cooking, craft beer tasting and a trade-themed pub quiz are just some of the perks on offer at Jewson Live 2018.

Plywood leads the way as material prices keep rising

Building material prices have continued to rise this year, with imported plywood reporting the biggest price hike.

Plumbing supplier wins prestigious accolade

In recognition for outstanding levels of service, Ariston has been named ‘Supplier of the Year’ at the annual YPS Plumbing Supplies Awards.

IoD boss to speak at BMF All Industry Conference

Stephen Martin, Director General of the Institute of Directors, Britain’s longest-running organisation for business leaders, is the latest speaker confirmed for the BMF All Industry Conference in Dubrovnik in June 2019.

Selco sacks are a roaring success

Dudley Zoo and its wild residents have received a generous donation from a local builder’s merchant to help clear away fallen leaves.

Leading the way in inspiring the next generation

Midland Lead is supporting 17 colleges to help develop future skills within the construction and roofing industry.

Door hardware manufacturer named Export Business of the Year

P C Henderson has won an accolade at the British Chamber Awards, which celebrates the nation’s best businesses.

RMI proves profitable for merchants

Repair, maintenance and improvement work is a key investment for short-term landlords, according to a new report.

Customer demand is the driving force for multi-million-pound investment

A multi-million-pound investment has seen Hamilton Plant Hire expand its fleet to meet customer demand.

Give a gift that counts this Christmas

You can help the Rainy Day Trust’s most vulnerable beneficiaries during the festive period by donating towards its Christmas hampers.

Hard work pays off for Rising Star of the Year

A Howarth Timber sales graduate has been named Rising Star of the Year at the 2018 British Excellence in Sales Management Awards.

Projects worth £600 billion in the pipeline as government gets Britain building

The government’s construction pipeline forecasts £600 billion of infrastructure investment over the next decade, and encourages offsite construction methods.

New girls’ rugby team supported by RGB

The only girls’ rugby team in its area has scored sponsorship from a local builders’ merchant.

Patents awarded to Forticrete’s “innovative” new tile

Forticrete has been granted three UK patents for its SL8® large format roof tile, giving its design 20 years of protection.

Travis Perkins to sell its Plumbing and Heating Division

The Travis Perkins Group is to sell its Plumbing and Heating Division, as part of a focus on delivering "best-in-class service" to its trade customers.

New mental health app launches for construction industry

Research shows that two construction workers take their own lives every day, and so a new app has been created to give them mental health advice.

Call for public to vote for charitable causes

Three charities are hoping to receive £500 after being shortlisted in the latest round of D.W. Nye’s Proud to be Local campaign.