Builders' Merchants News
Lakes Bathrooms wins supplier award at Graham conference

Lakes Bathrooms has won ‘The Customer Intimacy Award’ at Graham’s annual conference in December.

Ridgeon Group opens new PlumbStock business in Cambridge

A new PlumbStock business has opened ahead of schedule at the Ridgeons Nuffield Road branch in Cambridge to provide a specialist, customer-focused service for the plumbing and heating market.

Plumb Center to close Warwickshire-based distribution centre

Plumb Center has announced a proposal to close its distribution centre in Warwickshire, which could put 170 jobs at risk.

New Master installed for Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants

On 27 October 2017, Brian Blanchard was installed as the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants (WCoBM). The installation ceremony was at Mansion House, home to The Lord Mayor of London and honorary member of WCoBM Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, whose one-year term as Lord Mayor ended in November.

Animal charity chosen as RGB Community Fund winner

Following a public vote, Torrington-based animal charity K9Focus has been announced as a winner of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund.

Altecnic's parent company Caleffi acquires Cristina

Altecnic has announced that its parent company Caleffi has acquired Cristina - an Italian firm working under the trademarks Cristina Rubinetterie and SILFRA that has been producing top-end taps and fittings since 1949.

IKO’s #NoMorePotholes wins Best Social Media Campaign at CMAs

IKO’s #NoMorePotholes campaign won ‘Best Social Media Campaign’ at the recent Construction Marketing Awards. Working with MRA Marketing, IKO PLC’s ongoing campaign raises awareness of the problems potholes cause, why repairs aren’t working, and that there’s a solution. 

Kerridge Commercial Systems acquires Lakeview Computers

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has reached an agreement to acquire Lakeview Computers (Lakeview), based in Dartford, UK.

Construction output continues to fall

Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published last week show that construction output in October fell by 1.7% and was 0.2% lower compared with one year earlier. New orders in Q3 rose 37.4% over the quarter and 25.5% on an annual basis.

Construction industry’s charity Christmas lunch smashes fundraising record

Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity Christmas Lunch was held at the Park Plaza Hotel in London and raised £227,000 for construction families in crisis, which was a record amount for the event.

Trade Park creates new jobs in Royston

A new Trade Park on Royston industrial estate has created a number of new jobs for local residents, thanks to investment from builders’ merchant Jewson.

Construction company lights up charity for Christmas

Rudridge will be donating the money they would normally spend on Christmas cards and postage to charity, and giving their customers and suppliers a fun free ‘game of groans’ to play.

Fernox puts installers first

Fernox has announced its support for the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) Installers First initiative. Its aim is to shape the future of Government regulation and policy, which affects the plumbing and heating industry, by listening to the opinions of installers and ensuring common sense is applied.

Elliotts welcomes six new apprentices

Elliotts Builders Merchant has welcomed six new apprentices into the business.

Consumers twice as likely to be satisfied with homes built by small house builders, new FMB research reveals

Consumers are twice as likely to be ‘very satisfied’ with the quality of their new home if it was built by a small and medium-sized (SME) house builder, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

New branches nationwide for NBG partners

NBG members continue to innovate and expand as the group’s members report strong trading conditions.

New Merchant Apprenticeship Standard launched for 2018

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Electrical Distributors Association (EDA) have collaborated to create a new, industry specific Trade Supplier Apprentice Standard.

D.W. Nye’s Ginger ‘bread winner’ competition

Kingsfold based builders merchant D.W. Nye will be helping to raise funds on behalf of Horsham charity Born Free with their fun, Christmas inspired competition ‘Guess how many sweets are hidden inside the Gingerbread House’.

Bassetts invests £2m across its branch network

Northern Ireland-based plumbing and heating supplier, Bassetts, has completed a £2 million investment programme and created 12 new jobs across its branch network.

High five for MRA Marketing at Construction Marketing Awards

MRA Marketing celebrated a record five award wins at the Construction Marketing Awards (CMA), including the coveted Agency of the Year.

Covers Gosport get ‘motivated’ to help community group

The Gosport depot of Covers Timber & Builders Merchant was delighted to donate materials to Motiv8 enabling the community support group to create a decking area in their garden.

Dale evolves as it rebrands to Dale Joinery

UK timber window and door specialist Dale has rebranded to become Dale Joinery, better reflecting the range of high performance made to measure timber products the company offers.

Name change for ventilation company

Ventilation solutions provider Hargreaves Ductwork Ltd. has announced a name change to become MW Hargreaves as of 1 December 2017.

Allegion to Acquire Commercial Door Manufacturer QMI

Allegion, a global security products and solutions provider, has agreed to acquire Qatar Metal Industries (QMI) through one of its subsidiaries. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018, subject to regulatory approvals.

Industry urged by Bosch to prioritise renewable and low carbon technologies in heat work

Alleviating fuel poverty by reducing bills for end-users and cutting carbon emissions are two of the core aims of heat networks, yet current design practices are putting these ambitions at risk, according to a leading expert in the field.

New member for NBG brings plumbing specialism

National Buying Group (NBG) has welcomed its latest new partner, Surrey-based plumbing supplies and bathroom specialist DW Burn.

Natural Paving Products introduces Talasey Group

With a variety of products catering to a host of different landscaping solutions, Natural Paving Products (UK) has created the Talasey Group corporate entity under which Natural Paving and all of its sub brands now sit.

The Construction Marketing Awards winners

The Construction Marketing Awards, which were held on 30 November, showcased the construction industry’s creativity, innovation and effectiveness in marketing.

‘Spotlight on…women in construction’ campaign launched

The Considerate Constructors Scheme’s industry survey has revealed that more needs to be done to change perceptions and encourage more women into construction.

Imperial Bricks is an approved supplier to NBG

Imperial Bricks is now an approved supplier to all members of the NBG independent merchant buying group.

Clarks Wood makes the move into Wales

A Bristol-based timber company is relocating to Newport to pool resources and strengths with its parent company Premier Forest Products.

BMF expands into the Irish market

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has signed a group membership agreement with Allied Merchants Buying Association (AMBA), an independent merchant buying group in Ireland.

Save the date: BMF Members’ Day 2018

Next year’s BMF Members’ Day will take place at St George’s Park, Tatenhill, Burton upon Trent on 26 and 27 September, 2018.

Obituary: Kenneth Howard Avery Smith, EH Smith Builders Merchants

Kenneth (Ken) Howard Avery Smith, Chairman of EH Smith Builders Merchants, has sadly passed away at the age of 99.

Travis Perkins’ apprentices take a pit stop to ramp up their careers

Travis Perkins has taken over the Silverstone F1 pits from 28 until 30 November, 2017, to train up its apprentices.

Flame Heating Group launches Durham 'virtual reality' showroom

Flame Heating Group is celebrating the launch of its 1,500 sq ft bathroom showroom – Durham’s only 4D bathroom design experience.

Fire door safety campaign hits a five-year high

The Fire Door Safety Week campaign has hit a five-year high in delivering its messages on the importance of fire doors in saving lives and protecting property, and landlords’ legal responsibilities for managing fire door safety.

Lakes Bathrooms joins the BMF as a supplier member

Lakes Bathrooms has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) as a supplier member.

Breedon Trading Update

Breedon delivered another solid performance in the 10 months to 31 October. Both volumes and revenues were ahead of the prior year, including a full 10-month contribution from the former Hope Construction Materials business, which was part of the Group for only three months in the corresponding period of 2016.

Housebuilding stalls after a summer boom

After a positive summer for housebuilding with more than £7 billion of housing contracts awarded between June and August, the sector experienced a cooler autumn with figures decreasing by 10% and falling for the second month in a row.

Construction to benefit from government Industrial Strategy

The government and the construction sector, through the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), have agreed a sector deal to transform the productivity of the sector benefiting the wider economy.

The industry is honoured at the BMN Awards

The builders’ merchant industry came together on 24 November to celebrate its achievements at the annual BMN Awards.

Jordan wins SkillPLUMB Gold

Twenty-year-old Jordan Picot has been crowned the 2017 SkillPLUMB champion after excelling in a three-day practical competition at The Skills Show.

Chichester Builders Merchant goes yellow for Children in Need

The Chichester branch of Covers Timber & Builders Merchants raised just over £265 for Children in Need on Friday 17 November.

Knauf Insulation wins NBG’s Supplier of the Year for fifth successive year

Knauf Insulation has taken home the roofing and insulation industry’s Supplier of the Year award at the National Buying Group (NBG) Conference Awards, for the fifth year running.

Selco to open its 60th branch in York in February

An expanding national builders’ merchant has chosen York as its destination to open its latest branch – creating 50 jobs in the city.

2017 Budget: At a glance

The Autumn Budget was delivered to the House of Commons on 22 November, with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, described the economy as: “continuing to grow, create jobs and confound expectations”.

Strong Q3 sales for Builders' Merchants

Data released in the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) shows that builders' merchants Q3 2017 sales performed strongly for the quarter.

Third Howarth Timber trade day is just the ticket for the building trade

Over 1,000 people streamed through the doors of the Leeds United Conference Centre on Friday 10 November for the third annual Howarth Timber Trade Day – the biggest and best event to date.

RGB's bacon baps raise in excess of £2,000 for children’s hospice

RGB Building Supplies raised £2,150 for Children’s Hospice South West during its charity breakfast morning on Friday 3rd November.