Builders' Merchants News
New research names best cities for tradespeople

Merchants can see where in the UK their customers are with a new list of the cities that provide the best opportunities for tradespeople.

BMF Anniversary Dinner raises £6,000 for charity

A gala members’ dinner at the Belfry Hotel, the final celebration marking the Builders Merchants Federation’s Anniversary year, raised £6,000.

Cambridge alliance secures £72 million in government funding to drive innovation and boost construction

The Centre for Digital Built Britain at the University of Cambridge has joined forces with the Manufacturing Technology Centre and Building Research Establishment to transform the way that infrastructure is designed, built and used.

Wear your ugliest festive jumper to help support CRASH’S Christmas campaign

You can raise awareness for construction industry charity CRASH by donning a garish Christmas jumper at work.

Cancer survivor runs half-marathon to thank charity that supported him

A prostate cancer survivor donned his running shoes for the charity that helped him through it.

Russell’s quiz fundraiser raises the roof

A charity quiz night hosted by a roof manufacturer has raised thousands for local causes.

Combustible cladding ban moves forward

Regulations were laid in Parliament yesterday which will give legal effect to the combustible materials ban announced in the summer.

Drainage pipe picture wins national manufacturing photography award

An amateur photographer from Carlisle has won a national competition with his picture of a Naylor drainage pipe.

Hydrogen report is “a positive step forward”

The admission by the Committee on Climate Change that hydrogen is a viable option for the decarbonisation of heat in the UK has been welcomed by an industry spokesperson.

Bricks boost thanks to self-sufficient housing market

Increasing self-sufficiency in the UK housing market is boosting brick production, according to an expert.

Hospice a step closer to securing dementia garden

A Yorkshire hospice’s hopes of creating a new dementia garden have moved a step closer to reality after a merchant donated building materials.

Long-standing independent merchant opens new branch

RGB Building Supplies has opened a brand new plumbing and heating branch in Devon.

Skydive marks the end of disaster-plagued charity bike ride

A charity bike ride that saw just one team member left is coming to an end with a skydive to boost donations.

Football club’s stadium named the SR Timber Arena in sponsorship deal

A football ground in Nottingham has been renamed the SR Timber Arena after the timber supplier signed a sponsorship deal with a local team.

Fifty sixth branch for MKM

MKM Building Supplies has opened a new branch in Burnley - its 56th nationally - creating 15 jobs in the Lancashire town.

Best of the industry celebrated

The most inspiring, hard-working and talented people in the builders’ merchants sector have been honoured at this year’s Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence 2018.

Record breaking donation for Alzheimer’s Society

Daring employees of CCF raised a whopping £32,615 for an Alzheimer’s charity by climbing the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Free lunch for lucky merchant customers

Builders can get a free lunch at a nearby café while Elliotts Builders’ Merchant processes their order.

Most Considerate Supplier celebrated

A supplier that says it goes the extra mile for both customers and employees has been recognised at the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s 2018 National awards.

Long-serving employee marks 40 years of service

A dedicated Kent Blaxill employee who has worked for the merchant for 40 years has been recognised for his commitment.

Forterra staff to ballot for strike action over pay

Members of the GMB union at Forterra's Newbury site are to vote on whether to strike over a pay gap within the company.

Millions raised for teenage cancer charity thanks to merchant partnership

Fundraising activities hosted by a partnership of plumbing merchants have raised £2 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.

Russell Roof Tiles secures £1M MoD project

Russell Roof Tiles has won its largest single project in five years, delivering £1 million worth of pitched roof tiles and accessories for a £250 million Ministry of Defence development in Wiltshire.

A fantastic opportunity for both professional and personal development

Seven staff members have begun Howarth Timber’s Essential Foundations of Sales Management programme.

“Planning, graft and vision” helped transform showroom in four weeks

Bence Roofing Supplies’ new showroom has been opened by a local MP, who applauded its “planning, graft and vision”.

Positive summer for builders’ merchant’s sales

After a robust second quarter, sales through UK builders’ merchants continued to deliver value growth in Q3 2018, rising by 4.2% on the same period in 2017.

Another acquisition for Huws Gray

A Stoke-on-Trent builders’ merchant is the latest acquisition to join Huws Gray’s growing roster.

Brexit fears sink business morale

Fears about Brexit and the economy have led to the lowest levels of business optimism in almost six years, according to a new report.

“Healthy Eating Workplace of the Year” crowned

A food and drink awards ceremony has recognised the workplace catering at Travis Perkins.

CRASH charity launches the BIG CRASHMAS BUILD

CRASH, a charity that assists homelessness and hospice charities with construction related projects, has launched a Christmas appeal to raise £75,000.

“Innovative” decking manufacturer joins NBG

An eco-friendly composite decking company is the first of its kind to be invited to supply the National Buying Group.

Smith Brothers Stores honours third generation Chairman

John Smith, former Chairman of heating and plumbing merchant Smith Brothers Stores, has died aged 86.

National Buying Group celebrates suppliers at annual awards

The National Buying Group celebrated the stars of the sector in its Supplier Awards earlier this week at the climax of its annual conference.

Permaroof UK announces large expansion programme for 2019

Permaroof UK is set to make further investment in its head office in the New Year.

Iconic RAF speaker to headline BMF’s landmark anniversary dinner

A year of celebration for the Builders Merchants Federation draws to a close with a special anniversary dinner to mark 40 years of the BMF itself and 110 years as a trade body. The guest speaker comes from another iconic organisation celebrating its own centenary this year - the RAF.

Local MP visits historic builders' merchants

John Penrose, MP for Weston-Super-Mare, has visited local business Bradfords Building Supplies for a tour of their site and to meet staff.

Timber giant branches out

Arnold Laver & Co has merged with The National Timber Group, creating the largest independent timber distribution company in the UK.

New ROCKWOOL expansion will create 65 jobs

A multi-million pound project to build a new logistics centre for ROCKWOOL will create 65 new jobs.

BMF opens third Regional Centre of Excellence in Scotland at Superglass

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its 22nd Regional Centre of Excellence, and the third in Scotland, at Superglass Insulation in Stirling.

Construction course for veterans celebrates its 100th graduate

As the country marks 100 years since WW1, the 100th student has graduated from a course that teaches ex-service personnel construction skills.

Treats all round as NMBS transforms for Halloween

Things turned spooky at the National Merchant Buying Society when it hosted a day of Halloween celebrations to raise money for charity.

Proposal for a merger between IoBM and BMF fails to win support

The Institute of Builders Merchants has said no to a proposal for a merger with the Builders Merchants Federation.

“Check your insurance,” urges manager of branch devastated by fire

The manager of a branch that lost 75% of its stock to a fire has warned merchants to check their insurance covers fire damage.

Five new business councils to advise the Prime Minister on post-Brexit opportunities

The Prime Minister has formed five new business councils to advise on how to create the best business conditions in the UK after Brexit.

Weigh to go!

Employees at Russell Roof Tiles are shedding the pounds to raise money for local causes.

Bricks-and-mortar businesses at a four-year low

Numbers of British bricks-and-mortar businesses have declined to a four-year low, according to a new report.

Who has Britain’s dirtiest trade van?

A competition to find the country’s dirtiest trade van will reward the winner with a free re-wrap of their offending van.

Roxor doubles its size with new acquisition

Holding company Roxor Group, which owns Ultra Finishing, Portabella Shaw, Shanghai PTB sanitary ware and Fireclay Factory, has doubled its size by acquiring a bathroom retailer.

Former RAF Sergeant joins Travis Perkins

A former Royal Air Force Sergeant will help Armed Forces leavers explore new job opportunities with Travis Perkins.

Pub quiz teams rack their brains for charity

Guests at Rudridge’s charity pub quiz had their general knowledge put to the test, raising £1,000 for charity.