Builders' Merchants News
Ridgeons’ Newmarket branch hosts week-long trade event

Ridgeons’ Newmarket branch is bringing together a number of leading industry suppliers to host a dedicated weeks’ worth of activities and deals, as part of its November Trade Week.

NMBS secures ISO 9001 certification

NMBS has successfully achieved ISO 9001 certification after a rigorous and in-depth assessment process carried out by a team of independent auditors.

Top suppliers line up at Pipe Center and Climate Center’s national event

Representatives from more than 50 leading suppliers to the heating and cooling industry joined Lee Newman, recently appointed managing director of Pipe Center and Climate Center, on stage at the distributor’s annual conference.

Bosch named Pipe Center Supplier of the Year

Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating has beaten off stiff competition to be named Supplier of the Year by Pipe Center.

Worcester named as Graham Supplier of the Year

Worcester, Bosch Group, has been named Supplier of the Year by Graham Plumbers’ Merchant.

Plumb Center helps create an energy efficient nation

Plumb Center has launched its manifesto at the House of Commons, which sets out a series of policy recommendations with the aim of creating a more energy conscious society.

NMBS celebrates with ‘best ever’ dinner dance

NMBS, the buying society for independent builders', timber, plumbing and heating, and hardware merchants, has marked its 50th anniversary with its 'best ever' Dinner Dance. Almost 1,000 people attended this year's event, which took place on the 26 October 2013 in the Great Room of the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

City & Guilds responds to government’s implementation plan for the future of apprenticeships

Chris Jones, chief executive officer and director-general at City & Guilds, has responded to government's reform to apprenticeships.

Uponor takes home merchant award for in-branch training

Uponor has been recognised for its outstanding training and development support by Graham Plumbers’ Merchant.

Chandlers gives students a lesson in sustainable building

Chandlers Building Supplies recently gave hands on training to City College Brighton students who were helping to construct a WC in Brighton’s Waste House out of environmentally friendly Porotherm Bricks.

Merchants take off with HBXL’s Estimating Service

Builders’ merchants wanting to improve profitability by offering speedy and accurate quotes for their customers can make the most of a new service that has proved popular across the residential building sector.

Vary room temperatures to reduce bills

The Manufacturers' Association of Radiators & Convectors (MARC) has welcomed advice from Public Health England advising homeowners to vary the temperatures at which they heat different rooms.

No time for commercial breaks, warns Nu-way

“Any merchant not currently selling commercial spare parts is missing out on revenue,” Nu-way’s trading director Rick Crees has warned.

Merchants compete to become Norbord experts

Builders’ merchant staff across the UK recently swotted up on Norbord’s product range as part of an awareness-raising exercise.

Grafton Group to acquire Belgian merchanting business for €20.5m

Grafton Group has reached an agreement to acquire Binje Ackermans SA, a six branch builders’ merchanting business based in Brussels and trading under the MPRO brand.

Drain Center advises suppliers to work together to avoid housebuilding blockage

Drain Center warns that collaboration across the whole supply chain is essential to avoid the recent materials shortage threat becoming a reality and stalling the marketplace.

Wienerberger reveals new Load Builder service

Load Builder from Wienerberger is a new service for builders’ merchant customers that has been designed to help them address two of their most important challenges – maximising their product offering with limited space and minimising capital costs of stock.

Tory Chairman hails 'Help to Buy' a success at MKM

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps MP has said the Help to Buy scheme is benefitting all parts of the UK housebuilding industry as the government prepares to roll out the second phase.

International Hardware Fair seeks innovation

Next year's International Hardware Fair (Eisenwarenmesse) in Cologne will be showcasing the latest offerings from the European tools, fasteners and fixings sector.

Substandard safety relief valves flood UK market

Altecnic is reporting an increase in the number of non-compliant products flooding the UK and Irish market.

BMF offers credit lifeline to builders in time for 'Help to Buy' scheme

A new scheme launched by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will provide a welcome credit lifeline to smaller companies in the building trade by enabling them to secure additional credit from their local builders’ merchant and bypass the need for bank lending.

Knauf warns against cutting ECO

Knauf Insulation is warning the government not to ignore the long-term picture, amid claims that it is planning to extend the deadline for energy companies to fulfil their responsibilities under the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO), in a bid to lower fuel bills.

Wolseley axcelerates risk evaluation

Recommind, a specialist in unstructured data management, analysis and governance technology, has announced that Wolseley has installed Axcelerate® Early Case Assessment & Collection with the capability to deploy across all of its trading operations worldwide.

BSS launches campaign to satisfy the capital’s growing industrial market

BSS Industrial has launched a ‘five star’ service initiative, which includes extended access to products and branch expertise to cater for the growing demands of London’s industrial sector.

Miller Homes looks to forge regional merchant network with BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is working with Miller Homes to identify a regional network of BMF merchant members with the capacity to supply the national housebuilder, which spends around £30m a year with merchants and distributors on building materials.

Solid growth for Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins has announced sales growth of 8.6% as the merchant sees positive growth continue for the third quarter of 2013.

Switch on to the eTrade benefits with Graham

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched a new eTrade counter service, which allows users to order from the merchant’s Always Available range 24/7.

Howarth Timber signs exclusive HazardCo agreement

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies is continuing to provide its customers with a comprehensive service after signing an exclusive agreement with on-site health and safety provider HazardCo.

Stelrad embraces BIM

Stelrad Radiators is embracing Building Information Modelling (BIM) and now has a number of products on BIMStore ready for architects, engineers and contractors to integrate into future projects.

Engineering and manufacturing sector faces skills shortage as employers look abroad

Employers in the UK are facing a skills shortage with engineering and manufacturing companies amongst the worst affected, according to new research published by City & Guilds.

BMF welcomes early introduction of Help to Buy scheme

In the week that several banks launched 95% loans under the second phase of the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme, Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) managing director John Newcomb welcomed the government’s efforts to address the housing shortfall – but said they have to reach the right balance between demand and supply.

Builders’ merchants head for the trees

Builders’ merchants from Jersey to Warrington and South Wales to Sleaford have planted trees in schools with SCA, in celebration of FSC Friday at the end of September.

Great prize on offer at Awards auction

This year, the Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence is joining with the Rainy Day Trust to offer merchants the chance to win a terrific prize while raising money for a worthy cause.

New graduate recruits join Wolseley UK

Ten talented graduates have started work after fighting off fierce competition to gain a place on Wolseley UK’s new Management Training programme.

Blackburn builders’ merchant fined over roof fall

A builders’ merchant has been sentenced after a man fell through the roof of its Blackburn warehouse.

WCoBM honorary member elected to become Lord Mayor of London

Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants' (WCoBM) honorary member Fiona Woolf CBE was elected to become the new Lord Mayor of London on 30 September.

CDP commends Travis Perkins for climate change disclosure

The Travis Perkins Group has been commended by CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) for its approach to the disclosure of climate change information.

Rinnai opens new London sales office

Rinnai has opened a new London sales office in response to escalating demand for its condensing and high efficiency gas-fired continuous flow water heaters in the capital and south east region.

BMF names Apprentice of the Year winners

Two outstanding merchant apprentices have been honoured with BMF Apprentice of the Year Awards, which acknowledge exceptional candidates enrolled on the BMF Apprenticeship (NVQ Level 2) and Advanced Apprenticeship (NVQ Level 3) schemes.

APPG report calls to “review and simplify” Green Deal

The Green Deal is financially “unattractive” and needs simplifying, according to the latest report from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Excellence in the Built Environment.

Key industry sectors join forces to launch REAPs

Some of the construction industry’s key manufacturing sectors of clay bricks and blocks, precast concrete and ready-mixed concrete, have joined forces to launch several new Resource Efficiency Action Plans (REAPs).

Second Help to Buy phase launched early

The second phase of the government’s Help to Buy initiative was launched on Tuesday, providing homebuyers with a £12bn mortgage guarantee scheme.

Heating engineers enjoy Pochin’s trade show

More than 100 heating installers and engineers got the lowdown on new products from key suppliers at a Leicester trade exhibition by Pochin.

CITB responds to APPG Green Deal report

CITB has commented on ‘Re-energising the green agenda’, the report published yesterday by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Excellence in the Built Environment.

Grafton provides direct access to TCEFG

Builders, electricians, plumbers, other trade professionals and small construction firms are set to benefit, as Grafton Merchanting GB becomes the first national builders’ merchant to give tradesmen direct access to the government’s Trade Credit Enterprise Finance Guarantee (TCEFG) scheme.

Huws Gray acquisition sees expansion into England and Wales

Huws Gray’s latest acquisition of FJ Williams sees the Anglesey-based company expand right on top of the historic border between England and Wales.

Nicholls & Clarke acquires Colchester Tile Supplies

Nicholls & Clarke has announced that it has acquired Colchester Tile Supplies.

Job opportunities on Elephant & Castle regeneration

Construction firms from the London Borough of Southwark are being offered the chance to win work on Lend Lease’s £1.5bn Elephant & Castle regeneration, at a Supplier Engagement Day on 17 October 2013.

EH Smith strikes partnership with SolarWorld

EH Smith has become the first builders’ merchant in the UK to partner with photovoltaic manufacturer SolarWorld.

UK-GBC welcomes all-party group report on Green Deal

The UK Green Building Council has welcomed a report by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment which calls for additional incentives to boost the Green Deal.