Builders' Merchants News
Leeds to bring £80m Green Deal to market

Leeds city region is to go out to tender next month for a Green Deal retrofit programme worth £80m over the first three years.

BMF launches Safety Plus for merchants

The Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF) has partnered with Southall Associates to offer members a radically different health and safety business support service, which has been developed specifically for builders’ merchants.

Image, innovation and confidence to boost the construction industry

The future of the construction industry in the UK is dependent on an image overhaul, increasing innovation and more confidence, according to a group of industry experts who gathered for the recent Chartered Institute of Marketing Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG) chairman’s debate in Central London.

Plumb Center responds positively to Green Deal figures

The Green Deal is gathering momentum, according to figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Plumb Center’s head of sustainability Tim Pollard has found this update “really encouraging”.

Breedon Aggregates acquires assets for over £50m

Breedon Aggregrates recently acquired Scottish assets from Aggregate Industries for £34m, and has also reached agreement to purchase assets from Marshalls for an initial consideration of £17.5m.

Green Deal gets extra finance

The Government has put £50m towards financing its flagship Green Deal scheme as part of its £244m initial funding package announced last month.

Total Plumbing opens first branch

LBS Builders' Merchants has opened its first dedicated plumbers’ merchant branch in Port Talbot, Wales.

Jewson’s got roofing covered

Trade professionals can now take advantage of the latest specialist roofing branches from Jewson in Bristol, Carmarthen, Hertford, Watford and Wheatley.

Selco opens Old Kent Road branch

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened its 17th branch in Marlborough Grove, London, just off Old Kent Road.

Jewson boosts recycling with Biffa partnership

Jewson has committed to diverting all its residual waste from landfill by the end of 2014. Currently, over 40 percent of Jewson’s waste is diverted from landfill.

EH Smith celebrates sixth RoSPA Gold

EH Smith Builders Merchants has won its sixth successive Gold Award in the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2013.

Planning Minister tells BMF ‘more homes in the countryside’

Voters in England must accept the building of homes on undeveloped land for the sake of younger generations, Planning Minister Nick Boles MP has told the Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF).

Shutl partners with Jewson

Shutl yesterday (9 April) announced that Jewson has launched the world’s “fastest, most convenient delivery service”, from six of its London branches.

Darlaston Builders Merchants secures refinancing deal

Black Country-based Darlaston Builders Merchants plans to expand following a property restructuring package.

Travis Perkins expands tool hire range

Customer research undertaken by Travis Perkins Hire shows that extending the range of new equipment boosts tool hire business.

BMF joins in debate on Permitted Development Rights

The Government’s proposals to extend Permitted Development Rights in England have been welcomed by the Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF).

Consumer awareness is key to carbon reduction

Increased consumer awareness for sustainable solutions and their benefits, better regulation and financial incentives are likely to have the most impact on the UK’s ability to meet its carbon reduction targets, according to a recent survey conducted by Saint-Gobain.

New renewables training centre for NI installers

A new training centre for Northern Ireland heating installers that focuses on renewable technologies is set to open in Portadown in County Armagh.

Products are now always available at Graham

Plumbers’ merchant Graham has launched a new Always Available service to ensure that professional plumbers and installers can gain immediate access to products they need.

Jewson owed by failed Hewlett group

Jewson is owed £197,000 by contractor Hewlett Group, which collapsed owing £11.6m to trade creditors and around £4.4m to its bank.

The future is omni-channel

Kingfisher is developing online sales with an omni-channel approach while also reducing shop floor space.

Bradford lorry rolls out of yard

A Bradford Building Supplies lorry recently rolled out of the merchant’s yard and crashed through a fence, before stopping at a garage.

Jackson Renewables site is launched

Jackson Building Centres has now launched its renewable technologies site, Jackson Renewables.

Screwfix expands for European customers

Screwfix is continuing its ongoing expansion, having recently launched a European shipping service.

BMF launches new-look website

To coincide with its move to Coventry, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) website has had a complete makeover.

H+H wins Barratt Supplier Excellence Award

H+H has received a 2012 Barratt Supplier Excellence Award, as part of Barratt Developments’ Supplier Conference in February 2013.

B&Q keeps Irish store after lease renegotiation

B&Q Ireland’s Athlone store will remain open after the company gained improved lease terms on the unit.

VADO becomes part of Norcros

Brassware specialist VADO has been acquired by Norcros.

Nick Clegg joins Kent Blaxill celebrations

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg recently made a surprise visit to Kent Blaxill’s 175th anniversary celebration.

SAM Mouldings £10m Wickes deal

SAM Mouldings has won a four-year £10m contract to provide Wickes with primed MDF mouldings, wood veneer mouldings, skirting boards and architraves. SCA will distribute the products.

Tools stolen from Travis Perkins in Cheltenham

Police are investigating the theft of £10,000 worth of power tools stolen from Travis Perkins in Cheltenham.

Ridgeons adopts positive actions approach

Over 30 of Ridgeons’ key suppliers recently met with the group’s trading managers and sales representatives at a dedicated ‘Meet the Merchant’ event, with the aim of driving business development and improvement opportunities across the group’s 25 branches.

PTS weighs up the RHI delay

Following last week’s announcement, Plumbing Trade Supplies' (PTS) Ian Stares has commented on the RHI delay.

Trade Plumbing unveils new corporate branding and website

Trade Plumbing has unveiled new corporate branding and major improvements to its homepage which will remain ongoing for 2013.

Superglass wins Insulation & Plasterboard Supplier of the Year 2012

Superglass Insulation has received the award for Insulation & Plasterboard Supplier of the Year from the Cemco Merchant Network at its recent heavyside and timber supplier awards dinner.

B&Q to cut store space

Kingfisher, owner of B&Q, is discussing with retailers about sub-letting space in branches to cut its rent bill.

Grafton buys Thompson Building Centres

Grafton Merchanting has bought the trade and certain assets of Thompson Building Centres and Thompson Associated Plumbing Supplies.

15 years of lifting innovation

Combilift is celebrating 15 years of business this year.

BMF comments on Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme

The Builders' Merchants Federation (BMF) has said that Business Minister Michael Fallon MP’s recent announcement is indeed only the start.

ADEY unveils new industry conference and training centre

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has opened the doors to its new £1m conference and training centre.

RHI's severe delay and new action plan

The Government this week announced a delay of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) until April 2014.

Wolseley to lay off 200 former Burdens staff

Wolseley is planning redundancies at the former Burdens business it bought for £30m last Autumn.

Wolseley holds profit in flat trading

Wolseley’s half-year results show pre-tax profits down 20 percent after one-off charges and sales down by 8 percent to £6.3bn.

Kingfisher credits construction customers

A pilot scheme to help small and sole trader construction businesses secure credit from B&Q and Screwfix stores through their TradeUK credit scheme has kicked off following government backing of £30 million.

Pipe Center wins NG Bailey contract

Pipe Center has won a prestigious and exclusive supply contract with NG Bailey.

James Hargreaves £2m expansion

James Hargreaves (Plumbers Merchants) is spending £2m adding more branches in Lancashire.

Kingfisher profits slump

Kingfisher has posted a big fall in profits after what it described as "a tough year".

eBuildingSupplies acquired by The Lords Group

eBuildingSupplies has recently been acquired by The Lords Group of Companies. As part of the transaction, Unimer will continue to retain its existing minority stake in the business.

George Clarke says every home in Britain needs an MOT

Architect and TV presenter George Clarke yesterday opened Plumb Center’s Practical Installer Arena at and called for every home in the land to have an MOT.

Travis Perkins to supply Northampton council

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