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Mexican ambassador opens Wavin site expansion

The expansion of Wavin’s Chippenham site has been officially opened by the Mexican ambassador, Julián Ventura Valero.

Charity-minded Farnham roofer crowned nation’s ‘Local Hero’ in the 2018 UK Roofing Awards

Charity-minded Surrey roofer Lee Moran has been crowned the nation’s top ‘Local Hero’ in the National Federation of Roofing Contractors 2018 UK Roofing Awards, sponsored by SIG Roofing.

Government must transform how it works with construction post-Carillion, says FMB

The government must learn from Carillion by enforcing fair payment and opening up public sector contracts to smaller firms, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Ideal Bathrooms demonstrates commitment to customer service with new distribution hub

Ideal Bathrooms has made a major investment in its Scottish distribution operation with a move to a new 33,000 sq ft distribution hub in the centre of Glasgow.

Andrew Harrison and David Kilburn to speak at BMF Young Merchants Conference

Two of the most influential leaders in the builders’ merchant industry will speak at the BMF Young Merchants Conference in October.

Chandlers Building Supplies lends its support to the Construction Industry Helpline

Chandlers is helping to promote the Construction Industry Helpline, a free and confidential service that helps construction workers and families affected by mental health issues.

Digital VAT records may become mandatory for merchants

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has clarified that businesses with a turnover exceeding the VAT threshold of £85,000 will need to make their VAT records digital from April 2019.

St Albans next stop for expanding builders' merchant

Selco Builders Warehouse has further strengthened its offering in the London area by opening its a branch in St Albans - its 63rd in the UK.

RGB turns runners blue for charity

RGB Building Supplies is supporting Children’s Hospice South West’s charity Rainbow Run by sponsoring its blue paint station.

BMF wins ASI award for second time

The Builders Merchants Federation’s website, launched in April 2017, has recently received the Great Things Award for the second year running.

Are you ready to take off with Osma?

The 2018 edition of the Take Off with Osma competition launched on 8 May, and merchants have the opportunity to win several prizes.

Women lead the way in history-making IAI Awards

Iron ladies of the door hardware industry showed their mettle at a recent ironmongery industry awards.

Merchant trainees to double five-year CHUF donation in new challenge

JT Dove has made a large donation to the Children’s Heart Unit Fund that has hit an incredible milestone and opened up a new opportunity.

Grafton stays strong despite battering from Beast from the East

Builders’ merchanting and DIY supplier Grafton Group has released its trading report for the year so far, revealing the Beast from the East and Storm Emma gave its trading a battering but its forecast for the year remains strong.

BMF completes cyber essentials certificate with GDPR/Cyber Audit Plus service

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has completed the Cyber Essentials Certificate, ahead of the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) law on 25 May 2018.

New factory signals the next phase of continued Rhino Products growth

Rhino Products is to build a new factory next year featuring custom designed production areas, as it is outgrowing its current site.

Rock up and rock out in Tenerife

Roy Marriott of Mansfield is the lucky winner of Graham Plumbers’ Merchant’s Rock Up and Win competition.

Mayor backs opportunities for young builders merchants

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has praised the commitment of the Builders Merchants Federation to encouraging more young people to enter the building materials industry.

BMF expands Policy and Public Affairs presence in Scotland and Northern Ireland

The Builders Merchants Federation has appointed Perspectiva Consultants to act as government relations consultants in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Small builders resilient despite material price hikes, says FMB

The workloads of small and medium-sized construction firms grew slightly in the first three months of this year despite record numbers of builders reporting rising material prices, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Construction sector's sales expectations fall

Sales expectations in the construction sector for the next six months have dropped since April last year.

JP Corry honoured as top builders' merchants in Northern Ireland

The overall winner in the fifth Octabuild Builders Merchant Awards Northern Ireland is JP Corry Lisburn, while JP Corry’s latest addition, Coleraine, scooped an award for Best Premises.

MKM Anlaby boosts DIY SOS build for Hull family

MKM’s branch in Anlaby is to feature on the BBC’s DIY SOS programme after donating to a project to help a local family.

Ibstock Brick shortlisted for 2018 BusinessGreen Leader Awards

Ibstock Brick's strategic approach to sustainability has won it a shortlisting for the 2018 BusinessGreen Leader Awards.

CMA partly approves Breedon Group’s acquisition plans

The Competition and Markets Authority has approved part of Breedon Group’s bid to acquire assets from Tarmac.

Keystone hosts latest BMF Regional Centre of Excellence

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Keystone in Swadlincote.

Richard Williams joins H&B merchant group

H&B has announced that North Wales builders' merchant Richard Williams will join the group on 1 May.

WCoBM and Rainy Day Trust join forces to support training and development

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants and the Rainy Day Trust have formed a partnership to provide support in training, education and career development for young people in the industry.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant branch expansion success

Recent branch openings in Kilmarnock and Newton Abbott continue the on-going expansion of Graham Plumbers’ Merchant, which has seen investment in 34 new branches in the last three years.

Market dynamics and material shortages set to affect oak wood availability in Europe

Markets for European Oak are facing increased pressure on price and availability. This was the key message at the European Oak Conference held in London last week.

First Minister unveils £95m mill expansion

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday unveiled a new manufacturing line at Norbord's Inverness plant following a £95 million investment.

Ray Stubbs to host BMF Members' Day

One of the best-known voices in football will host the business conference at BMF Members' Day, which takes place at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent - the home of England’s 28 national football teams.

Actis helps family featured on BBC’s DIY SOS: The Big Build

A family affected by leukaemia and cerebral palsy, whose specially adapted home is to be featured on a BBC extreme home improvement show later this year, has been given a helping hand by insulation experts Actis.

“Material prices continue to rocket”, says FMB

More than half of small building firms say that rising material prices are squeezing their margins and the same percentage have had to pass these price increases onto consumers, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

50th anniversary of the NMBS annual exhibition

The UK’s largest buying society for independent builders’, plumbing and heating, timber, and hardware merchants held its 2018 event on Wednesday 11 April at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry and enjoyed record-breaking levels of success.

Keyline employees recognised for 70 years of service

Keyline has recently recognised four of its employees for their dedication to the company by presenting long-service awards.

WCoBM celebrates student success at City & Awards luncheon

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) hosted its annual City & Awards luncheon in March at the City’s historic Vintners’ Hall.

BMF CEO in line for UFEMAT Presidency

John Newcomb CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is set to be the next President of Ufemat, the European Association of National Builders Merchants Associations and Manufacturers.

Chandlers Material Supplies opens a new shop and counter in Chelmsford

NBG Partner Chandler Material Supplies has capped off a highly successful six months with the opening of a brand-new shop and counter area at its Chelmsford depot.

Builders’ Merchant Company expand into South Yorkshire

Builders’ Merchant Company (BMCo) continue on its expansion plans by opening a third branch.

Macmillan Cancer Support unites behind trade professionals in support of men with cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support is uniting Selco Builders Warehouse Travis Perkins and Wolseley and six other companies to be part of its with ‘Just Say the Word’ male cancer campaign.

Jewson launches fund to support people and projects in need

Jewson has revealed the details of its fourth Building Better Communities competition, which gives tradespeople the chance to apply for a share of a £250,000 prize fund.

SME builders and Unite the union agree 3.1% pay rise over the next year

The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) has agreed a one year deal involving a 3.1% pay rise to come into effect in June 2018.

Gibbs & Dandy says “cheers” to loyal customers with pub voucher

Gibbs & Dandy is saying “cheers” to its loyal customers this month with a pub voucher for those who spend on orders collected from branch in April.

New CITB Chair must make Board more representative, says FMB

The new Chair of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) should make it his priority to reform the CITB Board so it is more representative of the whole construction sector, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Covers to take part in Moonlight Walk in memory of colleague

A team of 33 colleagues from Covers Timber and Builders Merchants in Chichester will be taking part in St Wilfrid’s Hospice Moonlight Walk on Saturday 5 May in memory of a loyal colleague who sadly passed away in January.

Olympian Steve Backley to speak at first BMF Young Merchants Conference

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has confirmed that Steve Backley OBE, a British athlete who has won medals at three different Olympic games, will speak at the first BMF Young Merchants Conference.

Huws Gray expands into Cumbria

Huws Gray’s has acquired Penrith Building Supplies making this its first acquisition into Cumbria.

Thanksgiving Service for John Ward

Stopgap founder John Ward has sadly passed away and his family invites friends and colleagues to attend a thanksgiving service in honour of Ward’s life.

H&B launch its TBG Development Group

H&B today have formally launched its TBG Development Group. The group offers small to medium-sized merchants the opportunity to join a buying group where traditionally they may have been considered too small to participate.