on 06 September, 2017

The last 15 years has seen a revolution in the way we buy and sell. The evidence is on our high streets as a growing number of charity shops fill the gaps left by closed retail shops. At one time, pundits were predicting a mass migration to an online world, with ‘clicks’ leaving the ‘bricks’ behind, but instead it’s fast becoming an Omnichannel world, with online merging seamlessly with traditional branches and showrooms.

on 05 September, 2017

The internet is filled with awareness campaigns but few merchants are utilising these opportunities successfully. Supporting awareness schemes is a smart and effective way to generate awareness of a particular issue and subsequently increase sales during key periods. With the huge increase in online media, sharing and creating these types of campaigns has become even easier.

on 09 August, 2017

It is perhaps not surprising that the positivity of purchasing managers has fallen since the election. We are in politically unchartered territory and uncertainty is highly contagious. However, at H+H, where our sales are very closely associated with the housebuilding sector, we remain confident of strong demand.

on 03 August, 2017

Steve Halford, Group Managing Director of Crystal Direct, asks if merchants are keeping up with changing purchasing trends.

on 12 July, 2017

Harnessing the power of social media can make a huge difference for merchants looking to promote new stock, product offers and business services.

on 05 July, 2017

While the ‘improve not move’ trend continues to increase in popularity this year, now’s the time to stock up on a range of home improvement products that can help to increase on sales over the summer period.

on 04 July, 2017

Steve Halford, Group Managing Director of Crystal, looks at the changing PVC-U windows market and how it can bring sales success to merchants.

on 04 July, 2017

Anyone working around or passing through areas with industrial equipment should be wearing protective eyewear. When working within industrial equipment areas, wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is crucial for preventing injury.

on 04 July, 2017

Why should Grown in Britain’s fourth birthday bring you better business? It seems unlikely I know, but bear with me.

on 15 June, 2017

The new Housing and Planning Minister, Alok Sharma MP, must focus on implementing the many strong proposals in the Government’s Housing White Paper, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to his appointment.

on 14 June, 2017

Much focus from the media, business and government has been given to the skills shortage in the UK. In the heavy clay construction industry, a strong recruitment pool of skilled workers is crucial given the mounting scrutiny facing the sector with regards to the availability and quality of housing in the UK.

on 09 June, 2017

Brian Berry predicts construction sector being vulnerable following the General Election results.

on 25 May, 2017

The sun is out and people want to make the most out of the good weather. In terms of working during these warmer months, it is vitally important to ensure you are protected from what looks like a relatively safer season compared to the harsher winter.

on 23 May, 2017

According to recent research, 59% of UK homeowners are planning to carry out home improvements over the next six months, increasing by 12% from the same time last year*.

on 11 May, 2017

Accurate sizing of replacement boilers is crucial to ensure higher levels of efficiency and lower energy bills for homeowners. Helen Andrews, head of key accounts at Baxi, offers sizing tips for merchants to pass on to their installer customers.

on 07 May, 2017

Futureproofing is essential for any company to ensure their investments remain healthy and that they remain ahead of the curve, believes Simon Midwood, managing director of TIMco.

on 05 May, 2017

The campaigns for all of the parties involved in the general election, which is taking place on 8th June, are now starting to gather steam, having had time to regroup following the surprise announcement that the election would be held now, rather than in 2020.

on 26 April, 2017

Spring has finally sprung, which means homeowners will be starting to make the most of the longer days and better weather, turning their attention to the garden.

on 24 April, 2017

Twenty sixteen was another hectic year for the UK’s housing market. The constant need for more new homes continued, prices increased and then the effects of the UK’s EU referendum were felt. Plus, there was a change in government in amongst all that. These factors all had a big impact upon the UK economy last year and the housing market.

on 24 April, 2017

Alex Dalton, managing director of Daltons Wadkin, takes a look at the offsite construction of homes. Focusing specifically on timber, he discusses the importance and benefits of using timber in construction. 

on 27 March, 2017

In this blog post I am going to discuss the role technical tapes have in the construction industry, and will take a deeper look at how high performance tapes are offering many industry professionals a solid alternative to more traditional fastening methods.

on 23 March, 2017

With a whole host of different product categories to consider, it can be difficult to know what to stock. Will new product lines take off or should you promote the tried and tested ranges?

on 16 March, 2017

For years, British homeowners chose to undertake various DIY projects to improve the look and feel of their homes; in the hope that this more ‘cost effective’ option would help to increase the overall perceived value of their property.

on 15 March, 2017

Upskilling is a crucial part of professional development and, with the campaign for apprenticeship schemes making headlines, UK business and industry are faster adopting this style of learning and training.

on 06 March, 2017

When many Builders Merchants’ News readers grew up, having a Saturday job – helping in a shop, cafe or builders’ merchant yard – was part of teenage life. In today’s society, ‘Saturday work’ has dropped by some 65%, according to the Confederation of Timber Industries’ Skills and Education report. That means fewer young people being exposed to potential careers in merchanting, and learning about materials like timber.

on 28 February, 2017

According to recent statistics, people in the UK have incidents involving stairs every 90 seconds, and in 2015 there were 787 deaths in England and Wales caused by a fall on steps or stairs, which equates to more than two fatalities every day.

on 27 February, 2017

As we move into the spring months, security is a key focus for trade professionals. Each year, approximately 11% of the UK’s population move home with spring being the most popular time*. As a result, homeowners are keen to protect their new property and so merchants should be promoting security solutions to cope with the increase in demand.

on 16 February, 2017

These days it’s cyber security and hackers that make the headlines, but there’s also the occasional robbery that makes the headlines (such as the Hatton Garden heist).

on 13 February, 2017

Hairdressing and construction are two industries you wouldn’t usually put together in the same sentence. Yet, the skills I developed as a hair stylist has led me to become an established construction industry professional.

on 02 February, 2017

Interior design experts have selected mouldings as one of the key décor trends to watch in 2017, so expect to see the demand for mouldings and trims to increase over the coming months.

on 31 January, 2017

One of the biggest trends for the home in 2017 is the continued growth and adoption of smart technology, of which remote home security is a key driver. As a result, it’s important for merchants to understand how this emerging market can provide a lucrative revenue stream.

on 24 January, 2017

With rapid industrialisation, waste management technologies today are dramatically evolving. Companies are under constant pressure to optimize their waste management and enhance their environmental bottom line. This has led to rewarding business opportunities in waste management and companies can take advantage of this.

on 10 January, 2017

If your business is planning a project then you’ll need to have all the right tools in place to complete it.

on 03 January, 2017

Supplying a range of both traditional and contemporary security products for 2017 is vital. For example, it is advised that merchants stock a full range of replacement multipoint locks, as it is a product that is needed all year round when older locks fail.

on 03 January, 2017

Putting your business on show is a great way of getting noticed. Trade exhibitions are an ideal stage to achieve this, as I wrote last time. There are also plenty of opportunities for a business to create its own events. This leads to greater engagement with customers and stakeholders, and generates a buzz that is unique to your brand.

on 19 December, 2016

Sometimes working in the construction industry can feel like you are juggling a host of different issues, but one that has grown in importance in recent years is the amount of pollution generated by construction work. Increasingly businesses are looking to see what they can do to reduce this pollution or minimise it as much as possible.

on 14 December, 2016

To the untrained eye, safety boot ratings can look like nothing more than a bunch of letters and numbers chosen at random by shoe manufacturers.

on 13 December, 2016

With increased pressure on us all to protect the environment we live in, industries across the world are looking at ways that they can do their bit to look after it.

on 06 December, 2016

Regardless of the product or service you provide, one thing is true for every single company in the UK: your business must meet all of the requirements for a safe working environment. But, are you confident that your business does this? In fact, are you entirely sure what is required of you as an employer?

on 05 December, 2016

Surveys are a fantastic way for merchants to get feedback from customers.

on 05 December, 2016

At this time of year, building activity tends to start to slow, and there is a noticeable (and unsurprising) transition from outdoor to indoor work. Therefore, it is important for merchants to understand what equipment and products the industry is going to need over the coming months.

on 01 December, 2016

In the run up to Christmas, there is often a heightened media interest suggesting that homes and possessions are more at risk. This is mainly due to the extra valuables and presents in homes, which act as a big incentive for thieves.

on 29 November, 2016

Everything in America is bigger, they say - the houses, the cars, and the portion sizes. Even their presidential debate lasted almost as long as the winning candidate’s term in office.

on 29 November, 2016

In the US, using wooden frame construction has long been a popular method for building houses and other types of properties. Here in the UK, wooden frames went out of fashion despite traditionally being a popular way to construct buildings. Timber however is enjoying a comeback due to its credentials as an eco-friendly and versatile building material.

on 20 November, 2016

Jess Penny explains how she believes the Apprenticeship Levy will help close the manufacturing skills gap

on 08 November, 2016

It’s estimated that over 200 people are killed by workplace accidents every year. A further one million people become injured at work, and over two million suffer from illnesses caused by, or made worse by, their work.

on 02 November, 2016

Concerns about Brexit’s impact on everything ranging from finance to science has been brought up in the aftermath of the vote on 24 June.

on 01 November, 2016

As the land available in urban areas dwindles, more and more new housing developments are being built in rural areas outside the mains drainage network. This is creating rising demand for safe, effective and compliant systems to collect and store wastewater. But what do merchants need to know to make the most of this growth market?

on 01 November, 2016

The recent announcement regarding changes to the Apprenticeship Levy is welcome news for the construction sector, particularly as it struggles with its biggest skills crisis in almost 20 years.

on 27 October, 2016

It’s important not to underestimate the need for durable, reliable labelling within building and construction environments.

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