Builders' Merchants News
Gaining a PAS 2030 qualification with Greenworks

Greenworks is one of the first merchant training providers to offer trade professionals an EWI (External Wall Insulation) Upskill course, giving existing plasterers and renderers the opportunity to gain an NVQ Level 2 Diploma and reach the minimum standards required for PAS 2030.

BC Profiles stocks Kestrel products

Wakefield-based supplier BC Profiles is among the latest stockists of high-quality roofline products from PVC-U and PVC-UE-manufacturer Kestrel.

Local plumbers’ merchant opens a new and improved showroom

The updated bathroom showroom at local plumbers’ merchant Graham in Eastbourne has opened its doors to customers.

Duff & Phelps complete sale for remaining WTB Trading depots

Following the sale of other branches, the sale of the Redruth, Penrith and Sittingbourne WTB Trading depots was finally completed on 12 April 2013 to Civils Store.

TENMAT wins its second Queen's Award

Manchester-based TENMAT has won the Queen's Award for the second year running.

Wolseley companies launch campaign against CO poisoning

Stopping the silent killer in its tracks is the aim of a nationwide campaign in more than 500 Plumb Center and Parts Center branches throughout May.

PTS launches Renewables Design Service

To meet the needs of a fast-paced and complex market, PTS has launched a brand new Renewables Design Service. A dedicated team is now on hand to provide support from design to delivery for installers across the UK.

Banks penalising healthy construction firms with poor lending decisions

Lack of funding is proving the real killer in the construction industry as the main lenders continue to fail one of the most important contributors to the UK economy.

Government and industry paint different Green Deal pictures

The Government is “under-promising and over-delivering” on its Green Deal, according to Energy Minister Greg Barker.

Ridgeons helps college to train

Ridgeons is working with West Suffolk College to provide training about sustainable technologies.

B&Q stays open in Ireland

The Irish High Court has approved the examiner's recommendations for DIY chain B&Q Ireland. Under the scheme, which sees over EUR2.4m in new investment by parent company Kingfisher, B&Q Ireland will continue to trade at eight stores.

Benchmark Building Supplies launches new construction roadshow for unemployed youngsters

Benchmark Building Supplies has launched a new initiative, designed to introduce unemployed young people from deprived areas into the world of construction.

Government Minister praises Keystone Group as he opens new HQ

The Keystone Group has been praised for its drive, ambition and innovation on the opening of its new UK headquarters.

NMBS rewards Professional Points scheme members

As part of its ongoing commitment to offering members the best possible deals, offers and terms, the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) has revamped its Professional Points loyalty scheme.

Travis Perkins on how to survive the perfect storm

Alan Duncan, director of product supply at Travis Perkins, will deliver the opening presentation at this year’s Supply Chain Standard 1-2-1 Summit in Birmingham on 18 June.

BMF marks opening of new HQ

At the open day for the BMF’s new Coventry HQ building, chairman Terry Parker introduced the official proceedings by reflecting on the past and looking to the future.

Travis Perkins helps with award-winning renovation

Travis Perkins played a key role in supporting the £1.5m conversion and renovation of Little Halden Oast House in Rolvenden, winning praise from contractor S Harlow Period Oak.

B&Q Ireland rescue plan

Suppliers to B&Q’s failed Irish operation are being offered 1 percent of the EUR3.3m due to them in the proposals to rescue the DIY chain, which has been under High Court protection from its creditors since January.

Superglass welcomes BMF management to its manufacturing plant

Superglass Insulation welcomed the Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF) to its manufacturing plant in Stirling last week (24 April).

Travis Perkins announces supply chain expansion in Warrington

The Travis Perkins Group is to invest in a new 700,000sq ft regional distribution centre (RDC) in Warrington, Cheshire.

Construction Products Association launches blog

The Construction Products Association has recently launched a blog, intended to “expand on current news and events relevant to Construction Products”.

Seaward provides electrical safety for Jewson Tool Hire

Jewson is equipping its expanding range of Tool Hire branches with new electrical safety testing technology, as part of its ongoing commitment to health and safety.

Graham offers expertise to Trinity Homes

Trinity Homes has appointed Graham to supply a range of plumbing and heating materials for sites across Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

Work experience at Jewson

Jewson provided work experience for two of the trainees on the Prince’s Trust Get into Construction Programme, organised by Novus Property Solutions.

Green Deal fraud

Watchdog Trading Standards is investigating attempts to use the Green Deal to defraud householders.

‘Shares for rights’ scheme to become law in the autumn

A new Employee Shareholder scheme is to start this autumn, allowing staff to give up certain employment rights in exchange for shares in the business they work for, worth between £2,000 and £50,000.

BM TRADA Certification launches Window Acoustic Rating Label

BM TRADA Certification has launched a new Window Acoustic Rating Label to offer window manufacturers a simple method to display the acoustic performance of their products.

Selco branch opening bucks the trend

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened its 17th branch in London on Old Kent Road, continuing their expansion programme during difficult trading times in the building material supply sector.

Travis deal boosts LAS

Travis Perkins is to supply LAS contractors with construction materials nationwide. LAS Claims Management provides building repairs in the UK insurance market. The firm believes the deal should see insurers and claimants guaranteed of the quality, and ethical sourcing, of materials used in repairs, as well as allowing LAS to bulk-buy supplies to be used by its contractors.

Independent merchants join forces to form a new national buying group

A new merchant buying group, made up of some of the most significant independent merchants in the UK, will be established and trading from January 2014. The group will consist of two divisions: timber and builders merchants, and light-side merchants.

Blanchford Building Supplies turns 75

This year, Oxfordshire-based timber and builders’ merchant Blanchford Building Supplies celebrates its 75th anniversary.

Taylor Wimpey reports strong start to year

Countering the gloom from recent growth figures, Taylor Wimpey has reported a strong start to the year and hailed the Government’s Help to Buy scheme as an interest-booster in the housing market.

Does the builder’s brew still cover it?

The traditional 'builder’s brew' is as British as cricket, fish and chips and the Queen, but is it still the British builder’s top choice? Covers Timber & Builders’ Merchants is aiming to find out with the launch of its Builders Brew Survey.

Soap star to launch TG Builders' Merchants' new stores

Michelle Collins is taking time out from pulling pints at the Rovers Return to instead pull in punters at the grand opening of TG Builders' Merchants' Dream Patios and Dream Kitchens & Bathrooms at Maesbury Road, Oswestry on Saturday 4 May.

Jackson introduces Advice, Supply and Install service

Following the launch of its Jackson Renewables website, Jackson Building Centres is now providing customers with an Advice, Supply and Install service.

NMBS goes solar

The National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) now has a trading agreement for LG solar panels with Zenex Solar.

Climate Center expands product range

Climate Center is dramatically expanding its product offering to become a one-stop shop for installers.

Construction industry needs “confidence”

Speaking to an audience of 500 senior industry leaders and government officials at the Construction Products Association’s Annual Lunch, chairman Geoff Cooper shared his optimism for market growth from 2014. However, he urged policymakers to provide greater confidence and certainty to business by addressing a number of key challenges facing the sector.

Business Minister supports Construction Products Association showcase

The Construction Products Association welcomed the Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Minister of State for Business & Energy, to an exhibition showcasing innovative and sustainable construction products manufactured in the UK.

HPS launches showroom and installer training days

Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) has opened a Renewable Energy Centre showroom and new training facility at its recently opened Maidenhead branch.

Ridgeons’ Sudbury branch hosts dedicated trade day

Ridgeons’ Sudbury branch is bringing together a number of leading industry suppliers to host a dedicated trade day tomorrow (24 April) between 8am and 4pm.

New bathroom and kitchen showroom at Jewson Fulham

Last week (16 April), the Jewson branch in Fulham welcomed customers to the unveiling of its new kitchen and bathroom showroom.

Travis Perkins Managed Services team awarded

Travis Perkins’ Managed Services team has received the Most Innovative Supplier title at the 2013 Housing Innovation Awards.

Travis Perkins to supply Northampton council

The Managed Services team of Travis Perkins Group has been appointed by Northampton Borough Council as the sole supplier to its Direct Labour Organisation for repair and maintenance materials.

Green Deal advertising “inadequate”

Communication and publicity of the Green Deal is "inadequate”, according to Travis Perkins' Matthew Wright.

Anglia Tool Centre hosts region’s biggest power tool demonstration

Anglia Tool Centre will be the host of East Anglia’s biggest power tool demonstration trade event this month, at Ridgeons' Greenlight Centre of Excellence & Training Academy in Pampisford, Cambridge.

Speedy Hire grows despite decreased UK revenues

Overseas revenues have driven growth at Speedy Hire.

MKM Building Supplies to open new branches

MKM Building Supplies is on target to open new branches this year.

Cemco acquires new lightside members

Dougfield Plumbers Supplies, Plumbplus Supplies and J & Bs are all to become members of the Cemco Merchant Network from 1 May.

Wolseley and Sustain launch energy efficiency scheme

Wolseley UK and Sustain will be partnering up to launch a new Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) service, bringing energy efficiency to homes across the country.