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Latham on the panel
WCoBM joins industry panel at Women In Industry Conference

The Master of the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM), Pippa Latham, attended the inaugural conference organised last week by the NMBS Finance Director, Julie Langford, to promote diversity and inclusion in our sector.

Fuel poverty
Elmhurst Energy responds to consultation on the Fuel Poverty Strategy for England

Elmhurst Energy has submitted its response to the Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) consultation on updating the 2015 Fuel Poverty Strategy for England.

Bellman and Robinson
Ryder keeps Travis Perkins fleet on the road

Financial strength and flexibility were key to completing the purchase and lease back of Travis Perkins’ 600-plus fleet in just 96 hours.

The new distribution centre
Saint-Gobain Abrasives opens new headquarters and distribution centre

Saint-Gobain Abrasives UK has relocated of its head office and distribution centre.

UK best young plumbers urged to pipe up

The HIP Apprentice of the Year competition kicks off in the new year and plumbing students are being asked to get their entries in now.

one of the new trucks
CEMEX introduces non-tipping trailers for clay supply

Building materials supplier CEMEX has partnered with BMD Transport to introduce trucks with non-tipping belt trailers on its clay supply route between Southam Quarry and Rugby Cement Plant. 

BMF KPI report cover
BMF KPI Report shows industry’s resilience to political uncertainty

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has published its latest Key Performance Indicators Report, which provides a benchmark for trading performance in the UK independent builders merchants sector over the 12 months ending April 2019.

Training day 3
MKM optimises customer service capabilities with bespoke Dunlop training

Branch staff and customers from MKM Builders Merchants recently joined forces to soak up a day’s training at Dunlop’s industry renowned Innovation and Technology Centre (ITC) in Stoke-on-Trent.

Rob Maxfield - stonemason
Dickies bows to the trades

The workwear brand Dickies has launched a campaign celebrating the passion and skills of tradespeople who inspire others with their dedication and ingenuity.

Sam Withers, Ian Goodenough, Matt Adlington, Dan Coombes and Tom Bowles
Elliotts team to cycle across France for local children’s hospice

A team of 11 members of Elliotts Builders Merchant's staff is getting ready to tackle a 640-mile cycle ride across France to raise money for Naomi’s House and Jacksplace.

cutting the ribbon
Thompson & Parkes opens new DIY retail shop in Stourport

Long-established local business, Thompson & Parkes, has launched its first retail shop serving the DIY market in Stourport.

Anthony Spink (Showroom Supervisor), Jo Churchill MP, Hugh Guntrip (Area Manager), Mick Easton (Asst. Branch Manager), Brett Amphlett (BMF) and Ian Northen (Director)
MP "keen that merchants play their part" in better housing after branch visit

MP for Bury St Edmunds, Jo Churchill, saw first-hand how the building materials industry can play a key role in delivering new homes for the area.

a team of runners
Record revenue for 150 year old firm

Builders Merchant JT Dove has neared the £60m milestone in revenue and is celebrating its 150th year in business.

some of the donated tools
Tools for young Africans to build the future

RGB Building Supplies and Devon-based charity Amigos have received a very positive response to their appeal for donations of preloved tools. These will go on to help young Africans lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

Mouldy ceiling and walls
Survey shows North-South damp divide

A poll of tenanted households, conducted by YouGov on behalf of Safeguard Europe has revealed that renters living in the South are more likely to encounter damp and mould in their homes than those living in the North.

recyling waste
Stockgap goes greener and saves money

Stockgap has implemented a new recycling policy that means none of its waste goes to landfill.

Boiler being serviced
Survey reveals bad state of nation's boilers ahead of Gas Safety Week

A survey conducted for boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch reveals the lack of regular maintenance and servicing by much of the UK's boilers.

Sorrento
NMBS announces exclusive Conference activities

The National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) has announced the array of social activities that will be available to delegates at next year's All-Industry Conference in Sorrento, Italy.

hand holding a phone showing the app
What’s App-ening at the BMF Annual Conference?

For the first time, this year delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at the BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference.

Martin Warnes, 2019 UK Plumber of the Year.
Essex plumber triumphs in nationwide competition

Martin Warnes, from Essex, has been crowned the 2019 UK Plumber of the Year.

The team after the event
Coomers staff go Nuts for epilepsy charity

On 31 August, the ten members of staff from Coomers took part in the Nuts Challenge: a 7km, 100+ obstacle course with lots of water, mud, and plenty of laughs.

a pile of bricks
Enthusiast collects 3500 bricks

Mark Cranston, 56, a former Police officer, started his collection in 2010 after looking for a doorstop for his garage door, according to STV.

Travis Perkins sign
Travis Perkins Cardiff depot to close with jobs at risk

Staff at the Queen Alexandra Dock branch of Travis Perkins in Cardiff received a letter from management last Friday announcing the coming closure, according to an anonymous member of staff.

Cyber crime
Beware of fraudulent bank emails, warns NMBS

NMBS is warning its members and suppliers to beware of fake emails claiming to be from the Buying Society, after an attempt was made to trick builders’ merchants into sending payments intended for NMBS into a fake account.

Mark Evans, Tudor and Harry Griffiths. Front, Oliver Griffiths
TG teams up for charity championship

The Tudor Griffiths Group, in Ellesmere, has once again signed up to support the World Coracle Championships on the River Severn.

The team and their car
Chandlers and Cembrit team triumph in rally

A merchant/supplier team of Chandlers and Cembrit staff members has won the 2019 Pavestone Rally.

John Savage
Flame Heating Group founder urges party leaders to scrap 5% energy charge after Brexit

Flame Heating Group founder John Savage has written to the leaders of the three main political parties urging them to scrap the 5% VAT rate on domestic energy as soon as the country departs from the European Union.

The new plant
Aggregate Industries ups capacity with new Manchester concrete plant

Aggregate Industries has opened its second ready mix concrete plant in Greater Manchester, in order to cater for rapidly growing demand in the area.

The mayor outside the new store
IPG member opens flagship store in Enfield

Plumb Inn, the plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists in Enfield, unveiled a new IPG flagship store last week in the presence of the Mayoress.

The refurbished branch
SterlingOSB Zero shines at Jewson

The builders’ merchant created arresting new signs and displays using SterlingOSB Zero its Charlton branch.

3D view of roof construction
Pasquill stays ahead of the game with digital design technology

Pasquill, one of the largest suppliers of trussed rafters in the UK, is utilising digital design to better serve its customers.

SIG sales assistant interacting with a client
SIG Roofing launches branch refurbishment programme

SIG Roofing is embarking on modernising its branches across the UK, following major investment in its UK network, offering improved facilities and an increased offering.

Ulster Rugby players John Cooney, Sam Carter and John Andrew, along with Tobermore Managing Director, David Henderson.
Tobermore gets behind Ulster Rugby

Tobermore has announced it is extending its sponsorship of Ulster Rugby, with a new two year deal running until April 2021.

The donated material on a lorry
Construction training hub feels warmth of TECHNONICOL donation

Young people attending the SPV Group’s brand new West Midlands training hub have given a donation from construction materials manufacturer TECHNONICOL a warm welcome.

Chris Cunliffe (Frank Key Chairman), Des Stancill (Branch Manager), Carl Froch and Robert Sansom (Frank Key owner)
World Boxing Champion adds punch to launch of revamped building supplies branch

A former World Boxing Champion is adding his weight to the reopening of a building supplies branch in Sheffield, following a £250,000 refurbishment and rebrand.

Staff members presenting a defibillator
Veteran merchant takes first aid to heart

All of Elliotts' 13 branches now provide defibrillators for anyone who may need them.

MEDITE SMARTPLY road show
MEDITE SMARTPLY embarks on Irish road trip

The MDF and OSB wood panels manufacturer, MEDITE SMARTPLY, is touring its home market of Ireland this Autumn to demonstrated new products.

Nadhim Zahawi MP
Construction Minister to give keynote speech at UK Construction Week

Infrastructure and Construction Minister Nadhim Zahawi MP will be giving a keynote speech at this year's UK Construction Week on 9th October at the NEC, Birmingham.

lightbulb on a green background
Selco aims to be a leading light on sustainability

In addition to other green initiatives to lower its carbon footprint, Selco Builders Warehouse continues to invest in energy-saving LED lighting.

Heather McVeigh, Tile and Floor Superstore manager; Callum Tasker, operations director; and Carmen Lupei, supply chain manager
‘Disruptive’ online builders’ merchant launches sixth portal

CMOStores.com has added a sixth portal to its family of online building material retail platforms, this one focusing on tiles and floors

The team of volunteers
Naylor staff join beach clean

On Sunday 1 September, members of Barnsley-based Naylor Drainage met with volunteers from Waves of Waste and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for a beach clean in Filey.

The Quick Lane team and their Ford Galaxy
Quick Lane Europe goes the extra 1,000+ miles for charity

Quick Lane Europe, the fast-growing autocentre franchise, has an all-female team currently taking part in this year’s Pavestone Rally.

MKM Aberdeen team
MKM launches 65th branch

MKM Building Supplies has opened the doors to a new branch in Aberdeen, creating 20 jobs.

Roman's Headquarters
The Roman empire expands

Europe’s leading shower designer and manufacturer, Roman, has further enhanced their manufacturing capabilities and capacity with a significant purchase of land and buildings.

Aliaxis voicepick
Aliaxis goes digital to ensure optimum customer satisfaction

As part of its drive to continually improve its customer service, Aliaxis has teamed up with BEC (Systems Integration) to create a bespoke software solution for the modernisation of its warehouse picking, order fulfilment and delivery logistics processes.

BMF has been nominated in five categories
BMF shortlisted for five more Awards

The work of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in supporting its members has again been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards.

Sovini Trade Supplies
Sovini Trade Supplies joins national procurement specialists

North West builders’ merchants and supply chain solution Sovini Trade Supplies has joined The Cirrus Consortium Materials Framework.

Soggy fisher
SBS 11th Annual Fishing Event makes a splash

Over 60 people faced the damp weather to take part in the 11th edition of Smith Brothers Stores' Annual Fishing Event on 14 June at Mallory Park Fisheries in Leicestershire.

Tariq Ahmad, Terri Harper and Mark Bradley
Industry powerhouses pack a punch with World Champion sponsorship

Merchant Plumbase and manufacturer Polypipe have agreed a £10,000 sponsorship deal with IBO Super Featherweight World Champion, Terri Harper (picture centre).

James Burrell timber yard
James Burrell gets sustainability accreditation for all 10 branches

James Burrell Builders Merchants has secured FSC & PEFC Chain of Custody Certification for its newest branch in Rotherham. This means that all 10 of the company's branches have now achieved the accreditation.