Builders' Merchants News
Robin Walker MP, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, and Carl Arntzen, CEO of Worcester Bosch
Chancellor visits Worcester Bosch ‘clean gas’ laboratory

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid MP, visited Worcester Bosch to learn about developments in low-carbon heating technology.

Ultimate Landscapes at work
Garden makeover grows out of joint effort

Gibbs & Dandy Leicester has joined forces with customers and suppliers to deliver a ‘DIY-SOS‘-style garden makeover for a six year old girl suffering from a life threatening illness.

truck driver texting at the wheel
CEMEX dials up road safety

To coincide with Road Safety Week, CEMEX is launching a campaign aimed at all its drivers to highlight the dangers of texting while driving.

Selco sign
Defibrillators fitted at all Selco branches by Christmas

Selco has announced that all of its 67 branches, its Support Centre in Wythall and its new Edmonton delivery hub will be fitted with a defibrillator in the run-up to Christmas.

Visqueen trainer
Visqueen expands its training offering

Visqueen has launched new gas protection and structural waterproofing CPDs.

Knauf training
CITB accreditation for Knauf training

Both Knauf UK Training Schools, The Knauf Learning Zone at Sittingbourne, Kent, and the Immingham School, NE Lincolnshire, have been fully accredited by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

The new truck
New truck gets roofing supplier off the ground

Roofing and timber merchant RTB Roofing Supplies has been able to start trading in rapid time, thanks to MV Commercial’s ability to supply a high-spec MAN TGM brick grab in just two weeks.

The flooded yard
Derby builders’ merchant main site closed by flood

The floods currently affecting part of the country have forced Brown Builders’ Merchant to temporarily shut its Chequers Road site until further notice.

building site in the sunset
NFB urges radical change in construction sector

The latest report of the National Federation of Builders' Major Contractors Group calls on Government to act immediately to address how construction can help the UK to meet 2050 Zero Carbon target.

Malcolm Gough and Nadhim Zahawi MP
Business Minister praises Talasey Training Academy

The outgoing Minister of State for Business and Industry, Nadhim Zahawi, has praised Talasey Group after hearing how it is helping to raise standards, skills and knowledge in the landscaping industry.

The 2018 winners
Roll up! Roll up for the Builders’ Merchants Awards!

Over 750 professionals from across the Merchanting sector will join together next Friday, the 22nd November 2019, to celebrate hard-work and success in the industry.

Defence Employer Recognition Scheme award
BMF awarded for support to Armed Forces community

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has received a Bronze Award for demonstrating its support for the Armed Forces community through the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

Cotswold's HQ
National Timber Group acquires Cotswold Manufacturing

The Group hopes the deal will accelerate its growth and consolidate its position in the UK timber interior door-set market.

Triton showers HQ
Triton makes a splash with sustainability targets

In a continued bid to reduce its environmental impact, Triton Showers has made some significant savings in the last 12 months, while setting a series of ambitious goals for the future.

Time to Change at Worcester Bosch
Worcester Bosch says it's Time to Change

Worcester Bosch has signed up to the Time to Change Employer Pledge, which aims to change the way people think and act about mental health in the workplace.

Plumbing Studies students; Chris Penney, GROHE UK's Training Manager; Alison Andreas, Principal and Chief Executive; Rick Boreham - Head of Mechanical and Electrical Services
GROHE training room for plumbers opens at Colchester Institute

GROHE has pledged a significant donation to Colchester Institute, the largest vocational college in North Essex, as part of an ongoing partnership to support the Institute's 500-strong annual cohort of plumbing students.

DHF’s Training Coordinator, Beth Woodward, issues the very first DHF CSCS card to Richard Warmington, Director of Titan Door Systems Ltd
DHF launches CSCS card partner scheme

The Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) has launched a CSCS-approved card partner scheme in collaboration with the Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA).

front page of the portal on a laptop
TellGraham creates Hero Award for staff

A new function to reward members of staff has been added to Graham Plumbers’ Merchant's online customer feedback portal TellGraham. 

collecting the award
Korniche roof lantern gets new gong

The Korniche Aluminium Roof Lantern has won an award at the inaugural Conservatory & Orangery Awards.

The Tadley RFC 1st Team pose in their 201920 season kit
Tadley RFC gets support from Elliotts

Elliotts Builders Merchant has announced its sponsorship of Tadley RFC for the 2019/2020 season.

Stamco Eastbourne
Stamco signs sale and leaseback deal in Eastbourne

Stamco has sold a 28,500ft2 industrial premises it owned to a private pension scheme for an undisclosed sum.

Arial view of Bristol Port at dusk
Etex to expand UK presence with £140 million investment

The Etex Group is investing £140 million in a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bristol.

The Chorley site from the air
Pasquill invests over £6.7million

Pasquill has invested over £6.7million in its manufacturing plants and design centres over the last five years.

A Toolstation store
Toolstation joins the BMF

Toolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers to the trade, has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Students at work
Elliotts creates new partnership with Southampton college

City College Southampton students on brickwork and carpentry courses will benefit from a new partnership with local builders merchants, Elliotts.

The new building
Roca group launches new UK headquarters

The new Roca UK headquarters in Bardon, Leicestershire, offer over 145,000ft2 of space.

Chadwicks on the road to €5 million rebranding

In a profile in the Irish paper the Sunday Independent, Patrick Atkinson, CEO of Chadwicks, explains his plans to reshape the business.

ISO Chemie
Growth hoped for window and door foam sealants in 2020 despite uncertainty

A leading supplier of window and door foam sealing tapes forecasts growth for the sector in 2020, despite uncertainty around Brexit and the economic plans of the new Government.

The Feel Good Factor roadshow van
Knauf Insulation Feel Good Factor roadshow brings in the bacon

Builders across Great Britain can get a free bacon butty and a hot drink this month to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Knauf Insulation's ECOSE® Technology.

The Extra Yard pack
Jewson goes The Extra Yard with Wood Campus

Jewson, in collaboration with Wood Campus, is launching a new training pack for staff working with timber called The Extra Yard.

A lorry being loaded
Metsä Wood opens new terminal

On 1st November 2019, Metsä Wood is opening a new terminal in Ipswich, Suffolk.

conference hall
The NBG Annual Conference goes north

On 19-20 November, the NBG will host its annual conference in Scotland.

(L-R): Sean Langston, Simon Williams, Flame’s Group Financial Controller, Simon Hanson, the FSB’s North East Development Manager, and Mike Cherry.
FSB Chairman visits Flame following awards success

The Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Mike Cherry, has visited Flame Heating Group after it was named earlier this year as the organisation’s Scale Up Business of the Year.

NMBS dinner dance
NMBS Dinner Dance sees merchant industry party the night away

London’s Grosvenor House Hotel was the venue for a fantastic night of dancing, networking and entertainment as the NMBS Dinner Dance brought the industry together in celebration of another great year.

Mike Marshall
Cromar acquires Acrypol

Cromar Building Products has announced its acquisition of the ‘original’ waterproofing repair brand Acrypol Products.

Simon McElrea and Andy Hextall
NMBS supports industry bursary scheme

NMBS is supporting and helping promote the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants’ (WCOBM) Bursary scheme.

Nadhim Zahawi and John Newcomb
Minister acknowledges building materials industry’s net zero carbon role

The Minister for Business and Industry, Nadhim Zahawi MP, has acknowledged the vital role the building materials industry will play in the development and delivery of new technologies to reduce carbon emissions.

The dressed-up participants
Superheroes race across France for Mind

The distributor of pipeline and heating solutions, BSS Industrial, hosted its second Car Rally in September to raise money for mental health charity, Mind.

an apprentice and his mentor
Prizes up for grabs for heating and plumbing apprentices

Wolseley and Ideal Boilers have launched a social media competition designed to give heating and plumbing apprentices a boost as they embark on their careers.

keyboard with a shopping trolley on a key
Be e-relevant or risk being irrelevant, says CMDI

CMDi in partnership with eCommonSense has launched a builders’ merchants e-transformation programme.

darts in a bullseye
Bullseye for Sandtoft and SIG Roofing roadshow in Broxburn

A darts challenge was part of a customer experience day hosted in Edinburgh by SIG Roofing in partnership with Wienerberger’s Sandtoft.

Whitchurch branch
Huws Gray hits £200 million turnover

The Wales-based builders’ merchant reached the milestone figure for the first time in 2018, according to newly published accounts for the company.

man's hand using a tablet
Kerridge acquires MAM

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has strengthened its presence in the automotive aftermarket sector with its acquisition of MAM Software Group (MAM).

One of the defibrilators in situ
Defibrillators installed thanks to merchant's action

A Yard Assistant at Gibbs & Dandy Pudsey has gone the extra yard by raising funds for much-needed defibrillators to service the local community of Stanningley.

An Elliotts store
Elliotts to launch new integrated HR & Payroll system

Elliott Brothers is undertaking a digital transformation of its HR and payroll processes in partnership with industry experts MHR.

keyboard with a rosette on a key
Worcester Bosch scoops four honours at Digital Impact Awards

Worcester Bosch has won three gold and one bronze awards at the Digital Impact Awards, the UK’s largest celebration of digital work in corporate communications.

The team receiving its award
Aggregate Industries wash plant scoops prestigious IQ Excellence Award

The recently updated wash plant at Aggregate Industries’ Bardon Hill Quarry has won a coveted IQ Excellence Award for Most Effective Process Improvement in the North of England.

winning data
BMBI shortlisted for Construction Marketing award

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) has been shortlisted for the Best Use of Research & Insight award in the prestigious Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs).

Builders' Merchants Awards 2019
Builders’ Merchants Awards 2019 finalists announced

The list of potential winners for this year’s edition of the prestigious industry awards has been released.

Simon Acres and Graham Hayden
Graham Hayden merges training programmes with Acres Consultancy

Acclaimed KBB customer service and sales training provider Graham Hayden has confirmed his intention to merge his future training commitments with KBB and merchant service provider Acres Consultancy.