Builders' Merchants News
Five reasons businesses should bare their souls to customers

Jonathan Musgrave, Chief Digital Marketer for Steep Digital Marketing, offers five ways that being transparent in digital marketing can win over customers.

How to make life quicker and easier while cutting insulation

The problem of holding a piece of insulation with one hand while wrestling with a pair of kitchen scissors or a Stanley knife with the other is an issue faced by many installers, according to insulation specialist Actis.

Dawn of a new age in customer service

Mirka, which manufactures sanders and abrasives, explains how you can enhance your business’s customer service using social media.

Women Installers Together: Pre-Conference interview

Hattie Hasan, winner of the Installer MERIT award, founder of Stopcocks Women Plumbers and force of nature behind the Women Installers Together Conference talks to Sam Canfield - Marketing Manager - Communications, Graham, the Plumbers’ Merchant about the state of the industry, women and how merchants fit in it all.

Cornish timber framer uses Actis Hybrid system in St. Ives upside down house

A Cornish timber frame specialist is using the Actis Hybrid insulation system on a project overlooking St. Ives.

Secrets to growing your business using print and digital

Where The Trade Buys explains how retail businesses can use print and digital marketing effectively to grow their business, considering marketing strategies including loyalty schemes, effective social media campaigns and retail trends.

The talent acquisition landscape is changing

HR departments must fully embrace the internet age when acquiring new talent, new research has revealed.

Cleaning up: how artificial reed beds are helping to solve unsavoury sewage side effects

Wendi O’Toole from Scott Parnell explains how artificial reed beds can treat water to not only support biodiversity but help to solve pollution problems and support sewage system performance.

Why is construction such a dangerous industry – and how can we reduce the risks?

Andrew Murphy, Managing Director of leading health and safety courses provider Boss Training, gives his thoughts on why construction presents so many health and safety risks and what can be done to prevent more accidents and potentially fatal injuries in the future.

Unbundling the insider threat and securing your data

Universal Data Protection explains how to reduce your risk of a data loss from an ‘insider threat’, which can include theft of IP, theft of client database, or exposure of employee or client personal data.

Dealing with seasonal inventory challenges

When it comes to stock management, seasonal changes are a big headache for the builders’ merchant. Epicor explains how this can be made easier for merchants.

Plastic soakaway crates installation: a step-by-step guide

EasyMerchant has created a handy step-by-step guide to installing plastic soakaway crates, along with a video demonstration.

Seeing is believing: why merchants have the edge over online

Despite the general increase in online sales, research by Van Vault has highlighted that tradespeople still prefer more traditional methods of buying equipment.

How will tax changes affect your business?

DSR Tax Claims has created a guide to tax changes for businesses in 2019/20.

How to lower your driving emissions

Motorists are being advised on how to reduce their vehicle’s emissions for better performance and increased fuel economy, with central London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone launching today.

UK consumers prefer to shop in store

A survey has revealed that 85% of people still prefer to physically purchase products in store, but 94% of consumers research a product online first.

Jewson helps build new community at Heyford Park

Jewson is working with Dorchester Living to support the construction of over 700 new homes at a former US Air Base in Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire.

Smith Brothers supports apprentice

The Smith Brothers Stores branch in Bristol has recently supported an apprentice. Here, they explain how it works and what the benefits are.

Marble trends for 2019

Marble has had a huge revival over the past couple of years. Rajeev Gupta, General Manager for Teraciel Marble Industries, explains the current trends in the market.

Expanding the design horizon

A renewed appreciation of traditional building materials is the catalyst for builders’ merchants to take advantage of increased interest in creative brick solutions, according to Simon Taylor, Director of Sales for Builders’ Merchants at Ibstock Brick.

Meet the women who are proving that construction is not just a man’s world

On International Women’s Day, Rebecca Palmer, who heads the construction department at solicitors Prettys, is keen to spread her message that the world of construction doesn’t have to be a male-dominated one.

International Women’s Day: Championing women in merchanting

With insights from MKM Building Supplies, we’re looking at the role women are playing in the merchant industry and what can be done to encourage more women to choose this as a career.

Dealing with hazardous waste: a constant battle in construction & how technology can combat it

Hazardous waste is a huge issue on building sites, and once they have been detected, it can change an entire development plan. Consultancy firm Patrick Parsons explains how technology can help combat this issue.

Electric power for newest additions to forklift fleet

Lawsons Timber’s latest deliveries from Combilift are electric trucks, in line with a general move towards electric power in a number of sectors.

Why driver mental health matters

One of the biggest issues facing van drivers today is also one of the least acknowledged. FTA explains how business owners can help look after their drivers’ wellbeing.

Six ways businesses can improve workplace wellbeing

Approximately 70 million work days — 12.7% of all sick days – are lost on a yearly basis because of mental health problems, costing in the region of £2.4 billion for companies. Cliverton has created an in depth guide into six ways mental health in the workplace can be eased.

Making the move to ERP

Epicor discusses the issues raised in Builders’ Merchants News’ round table debate on ERP systems last September.

Van drivers urged to use winter tyres

Van drivers are being warned to make sure their tyres are fit for winter conditions amid fears of increased accidents on icy roads.

A commitment to fix the system - the government's response to the Grenfell Tower Report

Lawyers Ian Atkinson, Angela Lopes and Lucy Hadrill outline the government's response to the Grenfell Tower Report and what it means for the construction industry.

Why porcelain is the next big craze in paving

Rex Nye, from online builders’ merchant D.W. Nye, explains why porcelain’s popularity for landscaping projects is only set to rise.

Need to prevent ‘Groundhog Day’ for SuDS following ‘Achieving Sustainable Drainage’ report

More needs to be done to avoid ‘Groundhog Day’ for sustainable drainage, warns ACO Water Management, following a further report profiling the slow delivery of SuDS in England.

What’s in store for tradespeople in 2019?

IronmongeryDirect outlines the range of regulatory updates and government-led initiatives that will shape the year for tradespeople.

Minimise injury by avoiding these common health and safety mistakes

Bull Products, manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, shares the most common health and safety mistakes that the construction industry makes, and more importantly, how they can be avoided.

A guide to public liability insurance

Public liability insurance is one of the most important forms of business cover. Here Trade Direct Insurance explains how it might apply to your business.

Van drivers are potty about damaged vehicles

Potholes could cost Britain’s van drivers thousands in damage repair bills during the winter months, experts have warned.

Revealed: the most common decorating mistakes

Rex Nye from DW Nye explains the best advice and products merchants can recommend to decorators.

Eight sustainable innovations that are shaping the construction sector

Protection Supplies has uncovered the cutting-edge yet conscious building materials of the future, and reveals how these materials are changing the way that buildings are now being constructed.

Making Tax Digital: What do businesses need to know?

Computer support and services company OGL Computer explains what business owners need to know about the roll out of Making Tax Digital.

The technology helping to prevent accidents

In 2016-17 there were 196 fatalities and 5,055 non-fatal accidents in the construction industry. Brigade explains why these accidents come about and what can be done to reduce them.

How to ventilate homes

Rex Nye, from independent builders merchant D.W Nye, explains how good ventilation improves energy efficiency and boosts health, as well as the products you can sell to assist it.

How construction workers can prepare for harsh weather

With recent long range weather forecasts suggesting the UK could be facing the coldest winter for almost a decade, roof systems manufacturer Marley is urging construction workers to get prepared for freezing winter temperatures.

Material handling industry warned to be ready for winter

A material handling expert is warning companies to be prepared for a long, hard winter and to ensure that their businesses aren’t damaged by a lack of forward thinking.

Five top tips to save cash on fuel

Truck and van owners can save cash at the fuel pumps by taking advantage of five cost cutting pieces of advice based on research by van supplier

Easy ways to pet-proof your home

We are a nation of pet lovers, but our furry friends can do a lot of damage around the home. Rex Nye from independent builders’ merchant D.W. Nye has some solutions.

Is vehicle leasing the right option for your business?

Vehicle leasing can be an attractive option for businesses large and small. Tom Preston, Managing Director at Hippo Leasing, explains the most important things to consider when deciding if vehicle leasing is the right option for your business.

The £100 million robbery: Tool theft in the UK

Tool theft is at an all-time high. Powertools2U analyses the epidemic, and gives tips on how to keep your tools safe.

Nine tips for re-energizing your print marketing

Is your print marketing stale and ineffective? The team at marketing experts Romax have put together nine tips to help you freshen up your print.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: importance of security awareness training

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month, and cyber security company eSentire is explaining the importance of security awareness training and sharing tips and best practices for phishing attacks

Top ten unmissable highlights of the UK’s largest construction event

With only days to go until the premier built environment event kicks off, it really is last chance saloon for construction professionals wanting to sign up and take advantage of everything that’s on offer at UK Construction Week.

Connected lighting project at brick factory saves 50% on energy costs

Abtec Building Technologies recently installed a connected lighting system at a newly constructed brick factory in the East Midlands, using the latest technologies to help save on costs, energy consumption and CO2 emissions.