Builders' Merchants News
Flamco joins the BMF

Flamco UK has joined the Builders Merchants Federation.

Boels Rental opened a new depot in Stoke

Hire company Boels Rental opened a new depot in Stoke-on-Trent last week.

Polypipe welcomes royal visitor

Polypipe was given a royal seal of approval last week during a visit by HRH the Princess Royal.

BMF opens Regional Centre of Excellence at SIG plc

The Builders Merchants Federation has just launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at SIG in Sheffield.

W.Howard Group invests in new warehouse facility

W.Howard Group has made a significant investment in a new warehousing facility in Glazebury, near Warrington in Cheshire.

Roofing trainees to reach for the top in BMI Apprentice of the Year 2019

Following the great success of the two previous competitions, BMI UK & Ireland – the manufacturer of flat and pitched roofing and waterproofing solutions – has announced the launch of its 2019 BMI Apprentice of the Year competition.

Industry leader slams climate body as “Living on another planet”

Former Government Minister Mike Foster, who now works for the not-for-profit body the Energy and Utilities Alliance EUA), today slammed the Committee on Climate Change for “living on another planet not trying to save the one we have” in his response to their latest report on low carbon heating.

Plumbase debuts “branch of the future”

Plumbase has unveiled its new London-based Park Royal location, which it says puts the customer experience at the heart of the design.

AR brings showroom displays to life

Virtual Worlds has launched an augmented reality app that enhances showroom displays and enables consumers to try before they buy.

Campaign to tackle plastics and packaging in construction launched

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has launched its industry-wide to raise awareness and showcase best practice in how the construction industry can reduce, reuse and recycle plastics and packaging.

Time is right to revive and reimagine the high street, says FMB

The high street is dying but not yet dead and can still be revived and reimagined, says the Federation of Master Builders in response to a new report by a Committee of MPs.

Heappey praises Glastonbury’s historic builders’ merchant

James Heappey, the MP for Wells, visited the Glastonbury branch of Bradfords Building Supplies to learn how the company is responding to today’s low carbon challenge and helping his constituents with greener living. 

Sales growth slows at UK builders merchants

Sales figures for the final quarter of 2018 published in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index show the first signs of a negative Brexit effect.

BMF opens Regional Centre of Excellence at Travis Perkins

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Travis Perkins Omega Centre in Warrington.

BMF opens Regional Centre of Excellence at Talasey

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Talasey Group in Doncaster.

BSW joins the BMF

BSW is the latest member to join the Builders Merchants Federation.

Supplier saddles up for sponsorship of female cycling team

Polypipe has signed on as principal sponsor of a new all-female competitive cycling academy.

New year, new home

Selco Builders Warehouse has officially taken the wraps off a new home for one of its flagship branches.

TIMco expands warehouse

TIMco has further expanded its warehousing facilities, more than doubling its number of loading bays.

Will you find the Golden Ticket?

NMBS is urging its members to check their NMBS Special Offer Packs, as three contain Golden Tickets for prizes that are yet to be claimed.

W.Howard to attend the NMBS Exhibition

W.Howard Group will be attending the NMBS Exhibition for the first time this year, bringing its range of MDF profiles and mouldings to hundreds of independent merchants.

Filplastic helps PC Building Supplies turn vision into reality

Filplastic has helped a Hampshire builders’ merchant turn its vision of a new depot into reality with a £70,000 contract.

Dragon boat challenge returns

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, entries are now open for the Construction Industry Dragon Boat Challenge, in aid of CRASH charity.

BMI UK & Ireland launches

Icopal and Monier Redland have merged to become newly-launched BMI UK & Ireland.

Blood Bikes receives charitable boost from Russell

Russell Roof Tiles has donated an impressive £4,000 to life-saving charity Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes.

Ferry impressive teamwork

British Gypsum and its supply partner, Nevill Long, have supplied materials for a multi-million-pound regeneration of the Queen’s Hall in Dunoon, Scotland.

Brick manufacturers rising to the challenge

The latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics show a thriving domestic brick manufacturing industry.

Rugby legend branch visit is a try-umph

SIG Roofing welcomed rugby legend Lee Dickson to its Northampton branch for a meet and greet.

Exceptional Chandlers staff celebrated

Two members of staff at Chandlers Building Supplies have been presented with top awards plus £500 each at the merchant’s annual conference.

Selco announces £30 million investment

Despite Brexit causing economic uncertainty nationwide, Selco has announced a £30 million investment in its business.

Soil stabilisation to make road construction “greener, leaner and more efficient”

A cement supplier has suggested that wider adoption of soil stabilisation could make road construction more cost-effective and sustainable.

Ibstock Brick scoops Energy Efficiency award

Ibstock Brick has been announced as the winner of the Energy Efficiency category at edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2019.

Final line-up for BMF All-Industry Conference Forum

The Builders Merchants Federation has confirmed the final speaker line-up for its popular Industry Forum debate at this year’s All-Industry Conference.

Reisser joins NMBS Professional Points scheme

Reisser has become the latest supplier to join National Merchant Buying Society’s Professional Points scheme.

Online builders' merchant rebrands

Construction Materials Online has rebranded to ‘’.

New home registrations level with 2017

The National House-Building Council has revealed the number of new homes registered to be built in 2018 was in line with 2017 figures.

Merchant sponsors new football club community facility

Elliotts Builders Merchant has sponsored the new community changing room at Eastleigh Football Club.

Actis renews its partnership with LABC for 2019

Insulation specialist Actis has renewed its partnership with Local Authority Building Control for 2019 after its first year as a sponsor.

W.Howard Group joins NMBS

The W.Howard Group has announced it has become a National Merchant Buying Society supplier member.

Two new patron partners join CRASH

Geberit and Lords Builders Merchants have become new patron partners of CRASH.

Alliance sets sights on retail market with rebrand

Alliance Sanitary Products has branded as Highlife Bathrooms as part of its new plan to enter the consumer retail market.

Free cookery demo and kitchen open day at Covers

Covers in Bognor Regis is hosting a cookery demo and kitchen open day on 12 February.

DHF announces more robust measures for new members

Following a ‘bumper year’ of record applications, the Door Hardware Federation has introduced more robust procedures for companies wishing to join.

BA’s sudden passing of David Caulfield 1956 – 2019

BA Components has announced that its Sales and Marketing Director, David Caulfield, has died after a short illness.

Williamson praises expansion of Derby builders’ merchant

Chris Williamson MP visited Derby’s oldest building materials business, Browns, to see how it has invested in the business to open a second branch.

SIG to celebrate revamped branch

SIG Roofing is hosting an open day with special promotional offers in celebration of its recent Nottingham Finch branch refurbishment.

Mental health first aiders will support co-workers at NYTimber

Six members of NYTimber’s management team are now fully-qualified Adult Mental Health First Aiders.

Metac receives LABC certification

Isover’s pitched roof rafter solution, Metac, has officially become Local Authority Building Control registered.

Growing Kudos at 20 years

Kudos Showering Products is marking its 20th year of trading with ambitious growth plans for the business.

Kent Blaxill conference names Supplier of the Year

‘The customer – how can you enhance your customer’s experience to ensure he chooses you as his preferred supplier’ was the theme of Kent Blaxill’s annual conference.