Builders' Merchants News
FTSE 100 CEO heads BMF Members’ Day line-up

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced its first keynote speaker for Members Day 2014, Lord Wolfson, the chief executive of Next plc.

A new force in pitched roofing

A new trade association representing the interests of manufacturers involved in the pitched roofing industry has been formed.

Parker Building Supplies helps damaged school

Parker Building Supplies' Uckfield branch manager, Dave Chapman, has offered support to a local school damaged by the recent storms.

Moving on up

Independent merchant Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) has continued its recent run of success, with year-end 2013 sales up 17% at £47.4m, up from just over £40m in 2012.

RENOLIT and Minster agree exclusive distribution for Flexsom

Minster Roofing and Roofline has signed an exclusive contract with RENOLIT for the distribution of FLEXSOM.

Tarmac Building Products advises a plaster rethink for flood risk areas

Local authorities and landlords have been advised that traditional gypsum plasters offer virtually no protection for properties at risk from flooding.

Merlin Business Software becomes approved NMBS supplier

Merlin Business Software has been accepted by the NMBS board as a member and appointed as an approved supplier.

Plumb Center welcomes Help To Buy bathrooms boost

Plumb Center has welcomed the positive impact that the first phase of the Help To Buy scheme has made to the newbuild housing market.

Obituary: Joe Inzani

Joe Inzani, managing director of Lawsons, was involved in a fatal car accident on Christmas Eve and passed away, surrounded by his family, in the early hours of Christmas morning.

Wolseley closes

Wolseley has closed its online business

BMF Branch Managers Forum to promote best practice

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is putting the spotlight on branch performance in 2014 with a brand new two-day event for branch managers on 30 April and 1 May.

CCF Flooring extends support service

CCF is now offering support for 11 hours a day, providing greater flexibility for customers who require quotations and orders outside of the traditional ‘nine to five’ trading hours.

BSS Industrial partners with Keyline

BSS Industrial has opened a new branch in Inverness. The trade counter, which is BSS Industrial’s 64th location, sits alongside an existing branch of builders’ merchant Keyline.

Isover opens 2014 student design competition

Saint-Gobain Isover has opened its annual Multi-Comfort House Student Contest for entry.

Award win for CRH forklift initiative

Forticrete, part of CRH Group, has won an award at the Mineral Products Association (MPA) Health & Safety Conference and Awards 2013.

Hope Construction Materials celebrates successful first year

Entrepreneur Amit Bhatia, who is chairman of Hope Construction Materials, has told of his optimism for the future as the firm celebrates its first anniversary.

New website for Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating

Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating has launched a new website - - aimed at enhancing the profile of its growing range of technologies to UK customers.

Knauf Insulation is named Supplier of the Year at the NBG awards

Knauf Insulation has won Supplier of the Year in the roofing and insulation category at the National Buying Group (NBG) awards.

Is social media becoming a top tool for tradesmen?

Though traditionally a ‘hands on’ sector, Screwfix is predicting a ‘social revolution’ within the trade as almost half (48%) of tradesmen reveal they are winning new business through social media channels.

Tradespeople invited to upskill in heat pumps

Anyone within the plumbing, heating or building trade is invited to learn more about installing heat pumps, as Danfoss is running a special ‘introduction to heat pumps’ (HP1) course for those who are new to renewable energy.

FSC Friday award presented to Camilla Hair of SCA Timber

Each year FSC UK presents prizes for the most innovative celebrations of its annual awareness raising day, FSC Friday.

The Speedy way to avoid costly downtime this winter

Rental equipment and integrated services provider Speedy, has launched a new 24/7 ‘In Case of Emergency’ (ICE) number to help the utilities sector avoid costly delays and disruption this winter.

PTS takes to the stage for charity

A team from merchant PTS raised over £15,000 for charity by performing their own pantomime version of Scrooge's Christmas Carol.

ROI timber group acquires Dublin facility

Premier Forest ROI has purchased the former Brooks Thomas facility in Dublin, in a move to prove its confidence in the long-term industry prospects in the Republic of Ireland.

Saint-Gobain Weber wins B2B marketing award

Saint-Gobain Weber’s Loyalty Rewards campaign has won first place in the Best Digital Campaign category at this year’s Construction Marketing Awards. The judges’ feedback acknowledged the success of the loyalty scheme in achieving high levels of customer engagement and product sales.

BMF expands property portfolio

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has increased its property investment portfolio with the acquisition of two commercial office units, which neighbour its HQ at Coventry Business Park.

Newey & Eyre and CP Electronics join forces to create green team

Newey & Eyre is extending its energy efficiency offer further through a partnership with CP Electronics.

Store and digital growth drives Screwfix sucess

Screwfix has reported sales growth of almost 22% over the last 13 weeks and an uplift of nearly 12% based on like-for-like sales from this time last year*.

Ideal Standard and Graham unveil showroom in Chester

Ideal Standard has teamed up with Graham to create a new showroom experience.

Kelkay has plans for Borderstone

Following the recent acquisition of Borderstone from Aggregate Industries, Kelkay is now focusing on the key product areas moving forward.

BMF agrees collective membership with LIMA

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has negotiated a collective membership agreement with a fourth major buying group, LIMA.

Altecnic streamlines its service

As part of its on-going commitment to delivering outstanding customer service, Altecnic has significantly invested in a new consolidated business platform to improve communications with its customers.

British Gypsum takes on apprentices nationwide

British Gypsum has taken on 15 apprentices from plaster contractors across the country to complete a qualification in drylining.

Heatrae Sadia launches free online training academy

Heatrae Sadia has launched a free online training academy to help installers, specifiers and electrical wholesalers increase their knowledge and understanding of water heating products in a fast, flexible and convenient way.

BSS Industrial promotes industry excellence at SkillPIPE 2013

BSS Industrial has shown its support for the next generation of industry stars after providing products for the final round of SkillPIPE 2013.

Naylor invests in increased capacity

A major capital investment programme is underway at Barnsley-based construction products manufacturer Naylor Industries.

IBC celebrates 2013

The Independent Buying Consortium (IBC) is celebrating the end of another successful year.

British Gypsum scoops accolade for Green Deal training programme

British Gypsum has been awarded a prestigious accolade for its Green Deal training package for installers.

SBS releases demonstration animations

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, has released three LABC-registered animations to demonstrate how to meet efficiency regulations for a series of new and traditional building methods.

‘Proper Builders’ campaign wins CMA award for EH Smith

EH Smith has picked up another award for its ‘Proper Builders’ campaign which has delivered a 30% increase in customer visits to its eight branches across the UK and prompted the opening of a ninth in Olton in the West Midlands.

Travis Perkins employees enjoy Sharesave scheme

Travis Perkins’ shares have risen by 50% over the past 12 months, meaning employees who have been members of the company’s ‘Save As You Earn’ Sharesave scheme for five years could see profits in the region of £50,000, if the share price remains at its current level.

BMF and SCA plant trees for European Forests Week

European Forests Week, which promotes sustainable forestry in Europe, saw the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and SCA Timber Supply come together on 9 December at the BMF’s headquarters to plant trees for the future.

SIG Distribution opens new £2m 'Supercentre'

SIG Distribution - the distribution division of FTSE-listed construction supplies firm SIG plc - formally opened its new £2m Tyneside 'supercentre' on 5 December, 2013.

Industry reaction to the Autumn Statement

Industry reaction to Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement last week was mixed, with a positive response to the increased commitment to infrastructure but widespread feeling that the promises made by government must be followed by action.

Supplier conference success for Gibbs & Dandy

The Local Merchant Group, the division of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution which includes Gibbs & Dandy, DHS, Normans and Frazer, has successfully held a national conference for a hundred of its leading suppliers.

Ridgeons 'one of Cambridge's 15 most influential businesses'

Ridgeons has secured a place in Cambridge News’ top most 125 influential businesses.

Knauf Insulation warns Autumn Statement will leave households out in the cold

Following yesterday's Autumn Statement from Chancellor George Osborne who promised to reduce household energy bills by £50 per year, Knauf Insulation is asking what the true cost of these savings will be for the insulation industry.

Painting a brighter picture for the construction industry

Today’s Autumn Statement (5 December) presents “a brighter picture for the UK economy and construction industry”, according to Allan Wilén, economics director at Glenigan.

City & Guilds: Autumn Statement puts apprenticeship system at risk

Support for an additional 20,000 higher apprenticeships was announced by Chancellor George Osbourne in today’s Autumn Statement. 

Plumb Center responds to Green Deal latest

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced plans to make the Green Deal more straightforward.