Tim Alcock from LeaseVan.co.uk has defined the most important words and phrases you should expect to hear if you’re a builders’ merchant considering leasing a vehicle in 2018.

Looking to reduce your carbon footprint? Wooden products retailer A Wood Idea explain the reasons why timber is such an environmentally-friendly material.

Pictured: Kara Price (left) and Sarah Wales.

Male construction workers are three times more likely to commit suicide than the average UK male. Solicitors Kara Price and Sarah Wales at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson have been studying mental health in the construction industry, and have written a helpful guide on how to deal with mental illness in the workplace and spot the early warning signs.

As the cost of fuel creeps up, Tim Alcock of LeaseVan.co.uk has revealed ten top tips on how to make a full tank go further.

Rex Nye from independent builders’ merchant D.W. Nye offers his top tips for lawn-laying and getting the most out of your grass this spring.

Over the last two years, 5.5 million working days have been lost due to non-fatal workplace injuries. Even though construction site safety has improved over the years, it clearly remains a critical challenge for the industry.

While copper has long reigned as king of the kitchen accents and accessories, there’s a new metallic finish set to dominate throughout 2018 – gold! Explains Chloë Thacker, Marketing Director, Hafele UK.

In Great Britain alone, there are an estimated 12,000 lung disease deaths each year linked to past exposures to dust at work.

Safety eyewear is compulsory for a wide-range of sectors, but poorly specified glasses can cause the user discomfort and ultimately lead to non-compliance, despite the vital role safety eyewear plays.

This year a range of regulatory updates and government-led initiatives are expected to have an impact on the construction industry, potentially affecting thousands of tradespeople, suppliers and merchants across the UK.

As builders merchants who stock timber the fireworks season can increase the risk of fires starting. You should take reasonable steps to minimise the potential of a fire starting at your branch by doing the following.

Mark Krull, Director for Logic4training calls on businesses to take another look at the Government's ‘Right to Request Time to Train' scheme, which could help fill skills gaps in the building services engineering sector and beyond, following a recent report that the scheme is not known about or dismissed by eligible organisations.

Here, Kenzie Group analyse the PM’s speech she made during the conservative party’s conference and what 25,000 new council homes may mean for the UK building industry.

The UK construction industry requires 400 million tonnes of material each year. Of that, 60 million tonnes end up going straight to the tip because materials have been over ordered or get damaged because they either aren’t stored properly or due to inappropriate ordering.

Adrian Keats from Honeywell’s Home Safety business comments on new research by carbon monoxide (CO) awareness campaign group Project SHOUT, suggesting that the number of children suffering from suspected CO poisoning is on the rise.

BMN has published its annual review of the top-performing national and independent merchants for 2016 (previously published in the April 2017 issue of Builders' Merchants News and sponsored by Kerridge Commercial Systems).

With summer in full swing, there’s no more important time for merchants to stock products for gardening improvements. Mike Lomax, Marketing Communications Manager at Tarmac’s Cement business, gives merchants some handy advice on how to meet the needs of professional gardeners and landscapers in search of the perfect outdoor spaces.

Bill Price, national commercial technical manager at Tarmac Cement, looks at how manufacturers and merchants can work together when it comes to creating an environmentally sound future for the building sector.

Alongside BMN's May issue, we released our very first Hot 100 supplement, a showcase of 100 of the most innovative, creative and refreshing products available to merchants in the last year.

BMN recently caught up with Mark Evans, TG Builders Merchants general manager at Tudor Griffiths Group, to talk about the company’s newest merchant branch and how the business manages a wide range of interconnected divisions.

Linnell Bros, a timber merchant with a long history of providing high quality products and customer service, has been investing heavily in timber treatments. BMN reports.

Expansion and rapid growth is setting Kellaway Building Supplies in good stead for 2017. BMN visited the headquarters in Bristol to find out more.

Milford Building Supplies is taking its people-centred business into the digital age with new developments online and through social media. BMN finds out more.

Craig Cundey, national training manager for Redring Xpelair, discusses the advantages of online learning and its many benefits for merchants and their staff.

Since 1976, MP Moran & Sons has been focused on driving business forward. BMN’s Nichola Farrugia visited the merchant to find out how it is committed to continuous development.

BMN recently sat down with Blanchford Building Supplies to discuss the company’s new branch, and its plans as the business approaches its 80th anniversary.

Bill Barlow, UK business unit director for Conex Bänninger, discusses the time-saving and safety benefits of push-fit technologies that are proving popular with installers, and why they present great sales opportunities for builders’ merchants.

BMN has published its annual review of the top-performing national and independent merchants for 2015 (previously published in the April 2016 issue of Builders' Merchants News).

Timber frame offers a solution to the need for more homes to accommodate the extra 5.3m households government figures predict over the next quarter century.

The release this summer of government projections suggesting the number of households in England will rise by 5.3m over the next quarter of a century has prompted Matthew King, UK and Ireland director of Actis, to propose a viable approach to ensuring we have enough homes to accommodate the growing population.

By acquiring Cemex Packed Aggregates, GRS Bagging will now extend its operations by a further five sites.

Having announced its recent acquisition of the Cemex Packed Aggregates business in the UK, GRS Bagging explains how it is well placed to provide its customers with the products and services they need.

Serious injury or even death can result from the failure of a timber scaffold board, and can leave contractors facing prosecution and significant fines, as recent incidents have shown, BM TRADA says.

Alsford Timber has 18 branches across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Tracing its routes back to 1882, Alsford Timber has come a long way since its humble origins. BMN's Nichola Farrugia visited the merchant to find out how it is committed to continuous development.

Left to right: Becky Hodgson, Amanda White, Stephanie Blacknell, Sandra Challands and Jemma Burton.

Set up in the early 1980s, Key Building Supplies is an independent builders’ merchant with strong values about its place in the local community. BMN’s Nichola Farrugia spoke to the company as it prepares to open a new store called Key DIY next month.

BMN publishes its annual review of the top-performing national and independent merchants for 2014 (previously published in the April 2015 issue of Builders' Merchants News).

In the past, very few merchants have felt comfortable selling PVC-U windows and doors, despite it being a lucrative market. However, that’s all set to change as NMBS-approved supplier Crystal Direct is simplifying this process. BMN’s Nichola Farrugia met with Steve Halford, managing director, to find out more.

While at present the renewables market isn't huge, it is anticipated that it will steadily grow. Martyn Bridges, director of marketing and technical support at Worcester, Bosch Group, explains why merchants should support alternative solutions and help provide a stepping stone to a green future.

The heating industry has had an interesting 12 months with the arrival of the much anticipated domestic Renewable Heat Incentive. Here, Martyn Bridges, director of marketing and technical support at Worcester, Bosch Group, reflects on recent developments and predicts what lies ahead.

A major upturn in the construction industry has seen demand for timber grow to its highest level in five years. Stephen King, commercial director of SCA Timber Supply and president of the Timber Trade Federation, reflects on a busy six months for the sector.

In order to progress, we often have to look back. Jonathan Eyre, bcg sales director, addresses the importance of looking after longstanding customers.

This time last year, the industry faced the implementation of the European Timber Regulation. Here, SmartPly’s George Watson takes a look at how this and other legislative changes have affected the company’s business and the market at large over the past year.

With new legislation set to increase the use of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS), John Lloyd, head of design at Hanson Formpave, looks at the benefits SUDS offer and why builders’ merchants should be prepared.

EH Smith's head office in the West Midlands.

Fran Smallman, commercial manager for EH Smith, explains how using an integrated business intelligence and CRM software solution has significantly increased the company’s sales performance and productivity.

The bathroom market, which includes a vast array of products from sanitaryware to flooring and furniture, continually adapts to changing customer requirements. This creates an exciting sector which actively encourages innovative product design. Louise Flynn, product director at PTS, discusses the emerging trends.

The adhesives and sealants category offers some great opportunities for sales growth, says Nathalie Rogue, category manager at Bostik. Here, she discusses how manufacturers can best support merchants and boost business.

Nick Whitwell, managing director of Quinn Radiators, gives an overview of the current issues in the radiator market, including the ongoing debate about the benefit of radiators vs. underfloor heating and their compatibility with renewable energy sources.

Paul Hetherington, managing director of Alumasc Rainwater and Harmer Drainage.

Alumasc Rainwater and Drainage has more to offer merchants than ever before. Managing director Paul Hetherington explains why.

It’s likely that every customer entering a merchant will have a different priority from the one before, which can make recommending the right product a challenge. Jonathan Cherry, head of product management at British Gypsum, looks at some of the issues affecting product choice and highlights how manufacturers can help.

Jonno Barrett, managing director of Kudos Software, tells Jennie Ward why a successful IT system should integrate an entire merchant’s business to improve the customer service offering.

Prior to the implentation of mandatory CE marking for construction products at the start of this month, John Lambert, general manager at Forticrete, asked who would be responsible for compliance.

CE markings are to become mandatory as of 1 July 2013. The new regulation will require builders’ merchants to have more knowledge and tighter control of their manufacturers’ specification data.

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