Builders' Merchants News
New online channel addresses water and building industry issues

Saint-Gobain PAM UK has launched Watershed Issues, a channel that will share industry expertise and enable people to discuss matters challenging the water and building industries.

Biggest and best ever NMBS Exhibition

Hundreds of independent merchants headed to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 9 April for the 2014 NMBS Exhibition.

Speedy Services celebrates outstanding suppliers

Speedy celebrated its leading suppliers and praised their ongoing support and commitment at The Speedy Supplier Awards 2014.

CPA forecasts 18% growth by 2017

The Construction Products Association's (CPA) latest forecasts predict activity in the construction sector will grow 18% by 2017.

Ebac backs domestic RHI

The long-term savings offered by the government’s domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme has the potential to revolutionise home efficiency, says Ebac.

Schüco photovoltaics business transferred to Viessmann

Viessmann Photovoltaik GmbH has come to an agreement with Schüco International KG to take over Schüco's photovoltaics business, subject to consent from supervisory authorities.

Jewson releases its sustainability achievements for 2013

Jewson has released its annual Sustainable Development Review for 2013, detailing the merchant’s proactive approach to its environmental, economic and social agenda.

Cement giants announce merger

Global cement manufacturing businesses Lafarge and Holcim have announced their intentions to merge, creating a global business with combined sales amounting to EUR 32bn (£26.4bn).

Travis Perkins partners with Recipro to ensure its surplus stock avoids the skip

Travis Perkins has united with Recipro to support the online exchange company’s efforts to direct surplus stock and any re-usable materials from customer sites to worthy causes.

CCF opens new Staffordshire-based branch

Interior building products distributor CCF has opened a new 38,000 sq ft branch in Newcastle-under-Lyme in response to growing demand from contractors within the Staffordshire area.

BMF calls for mandatory disclosure of corporate payment practices

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has greeted news of a new construction payment charter proposed by members of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) as a welcome first step, but fears it is unlikely to work unless it is backed by enforcement and mandatory disclosure of corporate payment practices.

Huge increase in Kelkay aggregate sales

Dedicated to providing quality aggregates, Kelkay’s offering has never been better. The proof is in the pudding as like for like sales for the October to April period are up 76% on the same period the previous season.

Domestic RHI is launched

The long-awaited domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is officially launching today, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed.

NMBS Exhibition enjoys glittering start

Merchants and suppliers from across the industry met last night (8 April) at a Gala Dinner event ahead of today's annual National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) exhibition for independent merchants.

BSW opens new 24-hour distribution centre

BSW Timber’s customers across London and the South-East can now benefit from next day delivery, following the opening of a new distribution centre in Tilbury, Essex.

Worcester bolsters training through QCF offering

Worcester, Bosch Group is now offering a more flexible way for installers to achieve Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation, ahead of the forthcoming Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) launch.

Bosch welcomes CHP tax exemption

The Chancellor’s decision to exempt Combined Heat and Power (CHP) from the “carbon floor price” as part of the 2014 Budget review has been welcomed by a commercial and industrial heating manufacturer.

CE marking is a ‘minefield’ for construction industry

The UK’s construction industry and its supply base is walking a tightrope over CE markings for construction products, according to an industry supplier.

Ariston moves to new UK headquarters

Following a sustained period of growth and success, Ariston moved to a brand new UK headquarters on 4 April.

Headline sponsor and new look for BMF Members Day

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced ACO Academy as the main sponsor for Members Day, and confirmed 'Accelerating Growth' as the theme for this year's event, which takes place on 16 and 17 September at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire.

Chandlers Bathrooms’ celebrating showroom success

Having opened a year ago this month, Chandlers Bathrooms’ Villeroy & Boch showroom in Lewes has already generated in excess of £100,000 worth of sales, exceeding all targets that were set.

NFB launches dedicated skills and development arm

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has announced the launch of NFB Business & Skills, its dedicated skills and development arm.

npower partners with Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland

npower has announced a strategic partnership with Greenworks, part of the Saint-Gobain Group, together with its sister brands, Jewson, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant, Minster and Gibbs and Dandy, for the delivery of external wall insulation, part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

VADO joins the expanding BMA

VADO, the bathroom brassware manufacturer, has joined the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA).

Graham and Jewson combine forces for Places for People

After an extensive tender process, Graham and Jewson have been appointed by the Places for People Group, one of the largest property management, development and regeneration companies in the UK.

New business for George Bence Group

Bence Roofing Supplies has opened a new company in Cheltenham, with its official opening taking place on 20 March. The new site was opened by Martin Horwood MP.

Ridgeons hosts two-day power tool trade event

The St Neots branch of Ridgeons will be holding a two-day power tool trade event starting from Wednesday 16 April.

Amersham Dec sees business boom after move

Amersham Decorating Supplies has seen record sales during its first year at its new site on the Corinium Industrial Estate in Amersham.

PC Henderson stresses the importance of interior design

Door hardware manufacturer PC Henderson has stressed the importance of considering the interior detail of a project to cater for all generations.

EH Smith celebrates £100,000 redevelopment at Leicester branch

The latest £100,000 redevelopment at EH Smith’s Enderby, Leicester branch was launched last week by John Parker, company chief executive officer and chair of the Fortis buying group.

Travis Perkins offers better availability for customers following Regional Distribution Centre investment

Travis Perkins has begun operations from its brand new Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) in the Appleton area of Warrington.

Wolseley UK buys Fusion Group businesses

Wolseley UK has bought Fusion Provida and Utility Power Systems (UPS), two trading businesses of Fusion Group, it was announced today (1 April 2014).

End of Green Homes Cashback scheme could cost Scottish jobs, says NIA

Suggestions that Scotland's Green Homes Cashback Scheme will not be extended beyond today (31 March) have been met with concern by the National Insulation Association (NIA).

FMB welcomes plans to match SMEs with alternative lenders

Government proposals to match SMEs that have had applications for finance turned down by the banks with alternative lenders have been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

IBC welcomes Arnold Laver to the group

Independent merchant buying group IBC has welcomed Arnold Laver Timber Merchant, bringing further strength and experience to the group.

RGB to unveil new plumbing and heating centre

RGB Building Supplies is launching its new plumbing and heating centre at its Exmouth branch, with a programme of events running between Monday 7 and Friday 11 April.

Breedon wins Best Construction & Materials Company Award

Breedon Aggregates has been presented with the Best Construction & Materials award in the 2014 Stock Market Awards, run by Shares magazine in association with KPMG.

Winners of British Gypsum National Trophy competition revealed

Judges of the bi-annual 2014 British Gypsum National Trophy competition have awarded six innovative projects for excellence in design and application.

Michelmersh celebrates a strong 2013

Michelmersh Brick Holdings, the specialist brick, land development and landfill company, has announced its audited final results for the year ended 31 December 2013.

Rudridge launches new apprenticeship scheme

Rudridge has recently launched a new apprenticeship scheme at its Farnham branch, run in conjunction with the National Merchant Buying Society, and has already taken local resident Greg Durn under its wing.

ADEY declares two ‘sludge’ winners

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has recently announced two new winners of its #ShowUsYourSludge competition.

Bright sparks at Graham

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has recently introduced its new electrical range, encompassing everything from fuses and connectors to switches and cables.

A successful year for IronmongeryDirect

IronmongeryDirect enjoyed a successful 2013 with record year-end results, showing significant increases in both turnover and profit.

Ridgeons works with suppliers to find 'better ways of doing business'

Finding better ways of doing business was the focus of the recent Ridgeons Group 'Meet the Merchant' event and seventh Ridgeons Supplier of the Year Awards.

IronmongeryDirect extends its contact centre opening hours

IronmongeryDirect has made ordering the latest products from its range even easier by extending its customer call centre opening hours.

Buck & Hickman launches Mobile Centre of Excellence

Buck & Hickman, distributor of tools, maintenance and health and safety products, has launched its Mobile Centre of Excellence, offering construction sector customers the chance to experience its product and service offering for themselves.

Ravenheat announces NMBS agreement to target independents

Ravenheat has announced a two-year agreement with NMBS to include its range of boilers and heating controls on the buying society’s supply list.

New look for Ridgeons’ Norwich branch

Ridgeons’ Norwich-based branch has recently undergone a revamp as a result of customer feedback.

Nevill Long opens Maidstone branch

Specialist interior building products distributor Nevill Long has opened a new branch in the South East.

Building code changes ease immediate pressure – but zero carbon is still on the agenda

The construction industry needs to keep its eye on the horizon and make sure preparations are underway for zero carbon legislation due to come into effect in 2016, says Alex Goodfellow, group managing director of Stewart Milne Timber Systems.