Builders' Merchants News
Huws Gray announces first acquisition of 2019

K.F Supplies has become the latest addition to Huws Gray’s roster, its first acquisition in East Yorkshire.

BMF hosts European merchant trip to share best practice

The Builders Merchants Federation led a fact-finding visit for its counterpart trade bodies in Belgium, Spain, Portugal and several merchants from the Iberian peninsula.

Evie's gift gives back

Evie Clover died from an aggressive brain tumour when she was aged 13. She wrote “Written by the Stars", a story of young girls overcoming centuries of a patriarchal society, when she was 12.

Kent Blaxill supports City College Norwich

Kent Blaxill is proud to support City College Norwich with its new Painting and Decorating Courses.

Win with Ronseal and be at the heart of the rugby action

Ronseal, proud sponsor of the Rugby Football League, is giving away hundreds of great rugby prizes in a massive competition to celebrate Great Britain Rugby League’s tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Mark Garnier opens new training centre at Intergas head office

Dutch boiler manufacturer Intergas has completed its renovation of its new training centre and invited Mark Garnier, MP for Wyre Forest, to officially open the centre.

HiKOKI Power Tools joins Builders Merchants Federation

HiKOKI Power Tools has become a member of the British Merchants Federation.

West Building Supplies launches Scarborough depot

West Building Supplies has expanded outside its native Bridlington for the first time.

Flame's fast-spreading growth recognised

Flame Heating Group is celebrating continued success after winning a prestigious business award.

BMF launches the BMF Learning Academy for accredited training

The Builders Merchants Federation has announced plans to further professionalise training within the building materials supply sector with the launch of its own training brand, the BMF Learning Academy.

Wienerberger acquires BPD to strengthen position in roof market

Building solutions manufacturer Wienerberger has announced the acquisition of UK based BPD Holdings Limited.

Hundreds raised for Garden Re-Leaf

Rolawn has been hard at work fundraising £420 for the Greenfingers Charity Garden Re-Leaf day.

BHETA restructures to drive member engagement initiatives

BHETA is accelerating its member engagement programme and re-organising its management structure.

BMF launches Merchant Industry Forecast with special Brexit Report

Following an intensive programme to develop a forecasting model specifically aligned to the UK merchant sector, the Builders Merchants Federation has published the first edition of the Builders Merchants Industry Forecast, covering the period 2019-2021.

Aggregate Industries becomes first supplier to achieve PAS 2080 verification

Aggregate Industries has become the first construction materials supplier to achieve PAS 2080 verification after demonstrating its ongoing commitment to supplying low carbon solutions to infrastructure projects.

W. Howard introduces biodegradable packaging

W. Howard has introduced 100% biodegradable wrapping for all its delivered products.

Timber boss tells MP about impact of Brexit on importing

SR Timber’s Trading Director joined business leaders to tell Conservative Nicky Morgan MP about the stark realities that businesses are facing as the uncertainty around Brexit continues.

Super six to take on ‘The Beast’ for Seven Port Challenge

Chandler Building Supplies has announced its sponsorship of this year’s Seven Port Challenge, with six of its staff members taking part.

WCoBM recognises industry achievements at City & Awards luncheon

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants hosted its annual City & Awards luncheon this year at Grocers’ Hall in London.

Travis Perkins CEO steps down

John Carter has stepped down at CEO of Travis Perkins, with Nick Roberts, currently CEO of Atkins, succeeding him.

Apprenticeship Levy is exacerbating construction skills shortage, says FMB

The Apprenticeship Levy is exacerbating the construction skills shortage and must be reformed urgently, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Trade rewards scheme launched by online merchant has launched a new trade arm offering rewards for customers of its specialist online superstores.

What to expect at the NMBS Exhibition 2019

MAM, TIMco and HB42 will all be appearing at the NMBS Exhibition on 10 April at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

Growing NBG partners add value for customers

Three National Buying Group partners from across the UK have expanded their offerings with new sites, extended showrooms and new website features.

Seccombe Builders Merchants introduces new landscaping breakfast event

Isleworth merchant Seccombe is holding a breakfast event to meet landscaping suppliers on 25 April.

Leading sports psychologist confirmed for BMF All-Industry Conference

Michael Caulfield Msc, one of the UK’s leading sports psychologists who has worked with England football manager Gareth Southgate, as well as teams and players in both the Barclay’s Premier League and international and domestic cricket, has been confirmed as a headline speaker at the BMF All-Industry Conference in June.

Joinery customer to enjoy Jamaica jaunt thanks to Gibbs & Dandy

A long-standing joinery customer is getting set to swap joists for Jamaica after being selected as the winner for Gibbs & Dandy’s seasonal getaway giveaway promotion.

Embrace your creative side with NMBS

NMBS has updated the NMBS Creative website to make it even more intuitive and user-friendly for independent merchants.

JB Kind Doors pledges fundraising support for Dementia UK

Door distributor JB Kind is throwing its weight behind a charity providing support for families affected by dementia.

Carlisle expansion for Heating and Plumbing Group

Flame Heating Group has announced the launch of its first outlet in the North West, with the opening of its Carlisle branch.

Huws Gray to host first trade event with Welsh rugby legend following major takeover

More than a thousand tradespeople and members of the public are set to descend on The Barn at Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay, for the Huws Gray Giant Trade Event on April 17.

New midlands member adds to growing H&B family

Midlands-based independent merchant Emerys Timber and Builders Merchant is the latest recruit to H&B buying group.

Trade Association partnership set to strengthen UK treated wood market

The Timber Trade Federation and the Wood Protection Association are joining forces under a strategic partnership agreement aimed at strengthening the UK market for treated wood.

Snows Timber takes brand new direction

Snows Timber, previously part of The Bradfords Group, has announced the completion of a management buyout.

D.W. Nye renamed NYEs Building Supplies

Kingsfold-based builders’ merchant D.W. Nye has been renamed as NYEs Building Supplies.

The CRASH Charity Sailing Cup is back!

CRASH is thrilled to announce that the CRASH Charity Sailing Cup will return for a fourth year on Friday 12 July 2019 at the stunning Portsmouth Marina, PO6 4TJ.

Scott Parnell expanding its Milton Keynes branch

Civils and drainage supplies specialist Scott Parnell will be expanding its Milton Keynes branch.

Dove hits 150 and sets milestone challenge

JT Dove is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion bosses have set themselves and the team a challenge.

Covers Chichester puts best feet forward for charity

The team at Covers Timber and Builders Merchants in Chichester donned an array of silly socks to raise funds for local charity Aldingbourne Trust.

Snows Timber warns against ‘no-deal’ Brexit in talks with local MP Gloria De Piero

Brexit dominated the agenda as Snows Timber hosted Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero at its Huthwaite distribution centre this week.

Chancellor’s Spring Statement: BMF statement

If the Government is serious in wanting to cut carbon emissions from homes, they ought to talk to the Builders Merchants’ Federation - because it is BMF members who make and deliver the majority of materials and products used to de-carbonise today’s housing.

Natural Cement Distribution joins the BMF

Natural Cement has become a supplier member of the Builders Merchants Federation.

Independent merchant announces another strong year

James Burrell Builders Merchants’ turnover has exceeded £64m for the year to October 2018.

Lakes introduces 100% recyclable packaging

Lakes has introduced new fully-recyclable packaging, designed to reduce its impact on the environment.

More costs and more delays will hamper house building, warns FMB

New biodiversity measures will result in more costs and more delays for the nation’s SME house builders, worsening the housing crisis, warns the Federation of Master Builders.

Keyline Civils specialists set sail for the Antarctic

Keyline has been invited to help coordinate the modernisation of the Rothera Research Station, the largest British Antarctic facility.

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies lands in Chester

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies has expanded its nationwide network with the recent launch of its new branch in Chester, bringing the total to 32.

Timber doors supplier celebrates carbon neutral accreditation

XL Joinery has been officially recognised and certified as a Carbon Neutral company due to its sustained commitment to significantly reducing its carbon footprint.

BMF opens South West Regional Centre of Excellence at ADEY

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched a Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of ADEY, global water treatment and magnetic filtration manufacturer.

Spring Statement: BMF lobbies the Chancellor

The BMF has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, ahead of his Spring Statement to Parliament to lobby for more flexibility in the rules governing the Apprenticeship Levy.