For older stories, please browse our archives.

Stephen (left) and Mark Richardson of James Burrell

James Burrell is expanding its reach within Yorkshire, with the announcement of a new £2 million branch.

Glenn Paddison, Branch Director at MKM Building Supplies is the new Chair of the Builders’ Merchants Federation’s Young Merchant Group. He will be supported by Jo Callow, Merchant Sales Support Manager at Knauf Insulation, who was elected to replace Glenn as the Vice Chair.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018, winning the top honour of Overall Best Association as well as the prize for Best Association Website.

More than 40% of middle market firms operating within the construction sector believe that exiting the European Union without a Brexit deal will have an advantageous or favourable effect on their revenues, according to a new survey by RSM.

The Concrete Block Association has launched its part of the Modern Masonry ‘Better Built in Blockwork’ campaign to educate the construction industry on the benefits of concrete block construction.

Mike James and Jeff Lloyd of Merlwood Timber with Premier Forest Group CEO Terry Edgell (centre).

Premier Forest Group has acquired Haverfordwest-based timber importer Merlwood Timber.

Marley Alutec has announced a major cut in the delivery lead times of its top-selling products.

Midland Lead is featuring in the latest Parliamentary Review - one of just 16 companies in manufacturing and service representing the metals, materials and fabrication sector.

Rowlinson Timber has announced that, due to large/sustained and successful growth over the last few years, it is opening a main distribution hub in the South East and that, from 1 January 2019, its main operations will be based in the Port of Sheerness.

Rudridge Gravesend has been awarded a top score of eight in its latest Stay Safe Review.

Supermarket shoppers will now be able to have their groceries delivered and put away – without even being at home.

NMBS is setting out to find the independent merchant that best gets into the spirit of the Halloween season, with the launch of a competition to raise money for construction industry charity CRASH.

Gas and oil boilers by Worcester Bosch have been award Which? Best Buy status for the ninth year in a row.

IKO Insulation has opened its first insulation plant in the UK in Alconbury, Cambridgeshire.

Shares of some of the UK’s biggest housebuilders plummeted at the start of last week as the Prime Minister announced an increased property tax on overseas buyers.

People who enter ARP’s new photo competition can win one of five Google home devices worth £129.

Dame Judith Hackitt, author of Building a Safer Future: Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, has spoken about the need for a joined-up regulatory process that goes hand in hand with a tougher regulatory regime that has real penalties and sanctions for those that do not conform.

The British Board of Agrément has announced an initiative to provide additional assurance to specifiers and clients that the building materials they use are of a consistently high quality.

With only hours left until this year’s Build Show sponsored by Easy-Trim kicks off, builders’ merchants still undecided about making the journey will want to take a look at the latest announcements about what’s on at the show at Birmingham’s NEC between 9-11 October, before they miss out on the industry’s biggest event of the year.

Cambridge University has chosen Accoya® wood to help form its world-famous botanic gardens.

A timber merchant in Blackpool is the latest acquisition to join Huws Gray’s roster.

JTD Building Supplies has moved up from h&b’s development group to the main group as an associate member.

This year’s British Chamber awards has recognised a sliding and folding door manufacturer for its exporting prowess.

Flame’s Managing Director recieved a warm reception at the North East Entrepreneurial Awards.

Industry experts including Barbara Res, the woman who built Trump Tower, met at a recent summit to discuss how to create a more diverse construction industry.

The government's "serious steps" towards getting Britain building have been welcomed by Forticrete.

As part of an initiative to attract former service personnel into the construction industry, Coleg Cambria is hosting a Forces in Construction Insight Day next week.

The Prime Minister’s announcement that the government will lift the borrowing cap on councils to allow them to build many more homes is a victory for bold thinking and common sense, says the Federation of Master Builders.

A four-day car rally across six countries was one of the fun activities members of the Builders Merchants Federation took part in to fundraise for John Flamsteed Community School’s brand new minibus.

A “revolutionary” waste-repurposing product is being developed following a new partnership to ensure its readiness.

Eston town square in North Yorkshire is being regenerated with the help of Charcon’s concrete block paving.

Too many British tradespeople are not being paid for the work they have done, according to a new campaign supported by Scruffs.

Firms are being advised to “tread carefully” and “play it safe” amid warnings of the effect that Brexit could have on the construction industry.

New safety fencing by Scott Parnell has been granted a trademark.

The Duke of York recently visited Norbord’s Inverness factory to celebrate one year of production on its new manufacturing line.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme says it “welcomes” UKCW’s commitment to representing the industry positively.

The government has banned combustible cladding on buildings over 18m tall, following the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Lakes has revealed its new name, logo and plans for the future, following a rebrand.

Independent merchants have partnered with a charity to raise awareness of children who have gone missing.

MKM Building Supplies recently opened its 54th and 55th branches with the help of an industry VIP.

A new wildlife garden has been built as part of an education programme to encourage children to learn about the natural world.

The National Merchant Buying Society is pulling out all the stops for its 2018 Dinner Dance, with Pixie Lott headlining a star-studded night of entertainment.

Travis Perkins’ “underperformance” has prompted an asset management group to increase its shares in the hope it has potential to improve over the long-term.

Builders’ merchant Huws Gray has announced a pair of acquisitions to add to its branch network.

Lord John Prescott, the UK’s longest serving Deputy Prime Minister, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the BMF All Industry Conference 2019 in Dubrovnik next June.

Visitors to Ibstock Brick's open day enjoy the activities.

Ibstock Brick welcomed more than 400 members of the local community over the weekend to celebrate the opening of its new Eclipse factory in Ibstock.

NYTimber is on course for a record-breaking year after its engineered wood products division achieved £1 million of sales in a single month.

Football fans the world over understand the positive impact a last-minute substitution can bring to the game, so delegates to the BMF Members’ Day Business Conference should not be disappointed to learn of a late change to the speaker programme.

Sign Up

For the Builders' Merchants News enewsletter.

In the spotlight

We have vacancies all over the UK for those who work within the Building Supplies sector.

Events Diary