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The revamped van

A Surrey tradesman’s van dubbed ‘the dirtiest in Britain’ has been given a professional makeover – thanks to a leading builders merchant.

Angela Straker

Chandlers Building Supplies in Banstead is celebrating its recent refurbishment and expansion with a week of trade demos and promotions starting on 9 September.

Grab a bargain at SIG Roofing

For building company owner Mark Lintott winning the £1,000 prize on offer for taking part in an SIG Roofing customer satisfaction survey could not have come at a better time.

Sustainable business

Recognising the need to protect the environment for ethical and financial purposes, national plumbers’ merchant, Plumbase, has launched a company-wide sustainability initiative to reduce its carbon footprint and environmental impact across all of its branches.

Coventry United men's team

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has renewed its sponsorship of Coventry United for the seventh season running. The merchant, which has its headquarters in Coventry, has lent its support to the club since it was formed in 2013.

Tinhay Building Supplies

Tinhay Building Supplies is the latest company to join the group of independent builders merchants National Buying Group (NBG).

Joe Lynam

The award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Joe Lynam, will speak at the BMF Members Annual Conference this month.

Whitchurch branch

Huws Gray has launched a prize give-away for customers and trade clients at its new Whitchurch branch.

HP, Lenovo, Skanska, Bluebeam, Bentley Systems and Kier, are among the 180 industry-leading companies preparing to showcase their latest offerings at the ‘biggest ever’ Digital Construction Week, which returns to London ExCeL on 16-17 October.

Sturminster Newton Building Supplies has become the latest independent merchant to join the IBC Buying Group.

Primaflow F&P has opened a new 100,000-square foot distribution centre in Birmingham.

All the expert speakers have now been announced for the first ever NMBS Women in Industry Conference.

Online builders’ merchant,, has unveiled a new online portal at

Figures for Q2 2019 just released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index report the first negative growth in sales through UK builders merchants since data collection began in 2014.

Specialist Civils Merchants George Lines, part of the Lords Builders’ Merchants Group, has opened a new site in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Bobby Davro, the comedian, actor and TV personality, will host a charity auction at the Builders Merchants Federation Awards Dinner, part of the BMF’s annual members’ conference, on 19 September.

Defibrillators with 24-hour access have been installed outside Elliotts branches in Southampton, Ringwood, Lymington and Portsmouth.

Building supplies company Frank Key is once again providing vital support to the local football team Arnold Town FC to ensure they are ready to run out for the new season.

Inflexion Private Equity has announced that it will acquire roofing specialist Marley from Etex.

Stainless steel heat transfer product manufacturer Fabdec held a technical training day for public health engineers from global infrastructure services firm AECOM to foster industry collaboration and share best practice.

Lakes has achieved the Carbon Footprint Standard having assessed its carbon emissions and achieved carbon neutrality via support of internationally certified carbon offset projects.

Scott Parnell – the civils and drainage supplies specialist - has announced the opening of its new depot in Leeds.

TIMco is supporting its local community by partnering with Bees In Our Community – a bee conservation organisation based in Northwich and operating throughout Cheshire.

Michael Kurn of TalkSport, Big Brother winner Jason Burrill, ITV presenter, Rob Lamarr, Ashley Buckenham of Celebrity Ghost Hunt, former professional footballer Kerry Mayo and Britain’s Got Talent singing sensation, Wayne Woodward, are among the well-known personalities taking to the pitch for Chandlers Building Supplies’ big footie tournament in Sussex.

An intrepid member of the SIG Design and Technology team is limbering up to climb one of the world’s highest mountains, all in the name of charity.

The Builders Merchants Federation has just launched its first North East Regional Centre of Excellence at Marshalls near Stockton on Tees.

James Donaldson and Sons has announced its recent investment in Automated External Defibrillators for all 31 of its sites throughout the UK.

The Builders Merchants Federation has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BMF Young Achiever Awards, which recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement in the next generation of managers.

A team of staff from the Portsmouth and Gosport depots of Covers Timber & Builders Merchants has volunteered for the day at the Sidlesham Cat and Rabbit Centre.

Keyline’s Warrington branch is now trading out of a brand new 3.5-acre site in Widnes, as it plans to strengthen its network in North West of England.

RGB Building Supplies’ annual golf day raised £3,908 for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust.

Colleagues at Selco raised thousands of pounds by trekking 26 miles along the banks of the River Thames.

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity Club has just published its third annual impact report which shows how the charity is helping to make a difference to the lives of construction workers.

The Howarth Timber Group has revealed its aims to raise £5,000 for its charity of the year, Cancer Research UK, from its annual fundraising trek.

The deadline to get nominations in for the Builders’ Merchants Awards 2019 is Friday 30 August 2019, so now is the time to enter.

Three builders’ merchants are celebrating one year of partnership with National Buying Group, a buying group for independent merchants.

Staff, suppliers and customers at Selco Cardiff displayed their golfing prowess to raise more than £5,000 for charity.

A Bognor Regis community group has received a donation of materials from Covers Timber & Builders Merchants.

The Door & Hardware Federation has called on the industry to ‘do better’ with regards to training and compliance, following the tragic death of a six-year-old boy who was crushed to death by an automated gate.

The IPG has united with Newline Plumbing & Heating Supplies, Plumb Inn, and Gas & Plumb Bits to launch their newfound flagship stores across the UK.

The Builders Merchants Federation is delighted to welcome its newest merchant member – AVS Fencing and Landscaping Supplies.

Ibstock Brick has teamed up with Miller Homes to help rebuild a community in Malawi.

Marley Alutec has launched its new and updated website designed to provide merchants with a range of useful tools, with a dedicated resources section and online estimating tools.

Leading worktop and bathroom panel manufacturer Bushboard has recruited ex-military personnel for several key roles within the company.

The Pavestone Rally starts on 5 September from Reims in Northern France to Stuttgart, Salzburg, Venice and finishing on 8 September in the beautiful setting of Lake Como.

Proteus Facades has helped raise thousands of pounds for charity after more than 80 amateur golfers including local businessmen, football legends and a professional boxer, came together to take part in the manufacturer’s annual golf day.

Stakeholders at every level of construction must acknowledge the growing risks posed by ageing drainage infrastructure, poor maintenance schedules and increasingly volatile weather patterns, warns water drainage specialists ACO Water Management.

Building materials supplier CEMEX has invested £1 million in a new readymix plant at its Bramshill Quarry in Hampshire.

Huws Gray Ridgeons March held a fun-filled ‘Discover What’s New’ trade week to showcase the recent changes and a series of improvements which were made to the branch.

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