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3 silhouettes on a mountain top

MRA Marketing has been shortlisted for nine awards in this year’s prestigious Construction Marketing Awards (CMA).

SIG store

SIG Roofing has confirmed the next five branches to be refurbished as part of its programme of investment in its UK branch network.

The team

Staff from James Burrell Builders Merchants have completed an 11 mile walk to raise £1,600.00 for North East Hearts with Goals, which will fund a community access defibrillator.

Mobile app

Border has started issuing the latest CounterAct update to its customers. Release 2-8B is a major upgrade with over 620 changes and improvements to the software.

The Warrington team

Coffee, cakes, competitions and hair shaves were the order of the day in all 66 Selco branches to support Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

structural timber awards

A collaborative project between Stewart Milne Timber Systems and Taylor Lane Timber Frame has been recognised for demonstrating the best use of timber frame at this year’s coveted Structural Timber Awards.

Russell Roof Tiles invests in digital tools

In an evolving digital age, Russell Roof Tiles has seen growing popularity for its interactive digital platforms, seeing almost 3,000 customers benefitting in just 12 months.


International Timber, Pasquill, Roofspace Solutions and Scotframe have joined forces to launch the Saint-Gobain Off-Site Solutions (OSS) Awards, in an attempt to recognise and highlight achievements of staff across all four businesses.

hands scanning a QR code on a mobile from a brick

Ibstock Brick has launched an innovative new Product Selector designed to help architects, specifiers, merchants and builders identify the perfect brick for their project.

Craig Ducker (Selco), Rob Brewill (Selco), David Rose (Selco), Alison Crook (Unipart), Claire Walters (Unipart), Howard Luft, Ian Kennedy, Chris Dixon (Unipart),

Selco Builders Warehouse has exchanged contracts and begun work on a new 60,000 sq ft lightside distribution centre due to open in January 2020. 

Better Bathroom logo

The Buy it Direct Group has announced that it has turned Better Bathrooms into a profitable company again after acquiring the ailing business in March this year.


Each of Selco’s 66 branches gave customers the chance to win £200 worth of Sainsbury’s shopping vouchers, simply by being the first person into a store wearing an item of Selco merchandise.

The BBA delegation at Wykamol

A multi-million pound new plant designed to improve Wykamol's environmental performance and ensure product supply post-Brexit has been opened by the British Board of Agrément (BBA).

group therapy

On the occasion of World Mental Health Day (10th October), Aggregate Industries is emphasising the importance of prioritising employee mental health and wellbeing.


Chandlers Building Supplies Ltd and Parker Building Supplies Ltd have announced that they have merged after Chandlers is bought up by equity firm.

Burglar in action

A survey for IronmongeryDirect found that 85% of tradespeople were only asked to fit security products after a break-in.

The group

HNC Construction students joined Nicks Timber for the latest TTF TimberWorks visit.

VW Transporter van

Wolseley and Ideal Boilers are giving plumbing and heating installers the chance to win thousands of pounds-worth of prizes as part of their 'Epic Giveaway', including a VW Transporter van worth £40,000.

HGV on a motorway

Selco Builders Warehouse, working in partnership with Interserve Learning & Employment and Fleetmaster, has launched a Driving Academy for its staff, the first phase of which could produce up to 50 fully qualified HGV drivers.


The National Buying Group (NBG) is adding to its list of partners yet again, as it announces the recruitment of London-based merchant Abbeygate Builders Merchants Ltd.

Tobermore lorry

In the month of September 2019, 99.8% of Tobermore deliveries were made in full and on time as agreed, breaking its already outstanding record for delivery speeds.

The Maxi Readymix plant

Construction materials supplier Aggregate Industries, a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, has acquired Maxi Readymix Concrete Limited.

The De Vere Beaumont estate

The Builders Merchants Federation has confirmed that it will hold its 2020 Annual Members Conference and Awards on 16th and 17th September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Plumbase in store

Grafton Group plc has announced that it has completed the sale of Plumbase to Plumbing and Heating Investments Ltd for an enterprise value of £66.75 million.

Wilf Noble

h&b Development Group member Wilf Noble has become the latest graduate to the h&b’s primary group.

MKM Aberdeen team

MKM Building Supplies Ltd, the UK’s largest independent builder’s merchant is opening five new branches in Scotland within 12 months and further expansion is planned for 2020.

roller spreading white paint on a purple background

Dulux Trade becomes the first major manufacturer to produce partly recycled paint, in partnership with Veolia UK.

Outside the new branch

The evening of 26th September saw the official opening of a new branch of Bradfords, marking the start of a new era for the company’s long association with Sherborne town.

The Russell Roof Tiles team

Volunteers from Russell Roof Tiles have put their best foot forward, walking 7,077 miles to raise an impressive £1,600 for the charity Footprints Orphanage.

Rain falling on a wall

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) has renewed Stormdry Masonry Protection Cream's ‘verified’ status for its role in helping improve the energy efficiency of external masonry in buildings.

static racers

Over the next two years, Ibstock will raise vital funds for Shelter through a series of fundraising initiatives, with a target of £50,000 in the first year.

Paymentsense logo

Paymentsense is the latest service member to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Ryan Carr supported by colleagues from Pland Stainless

Over half the employees at Pland Stainless in Leeds took part in a virtual cycle relay to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, covering 130 miles and raising £1200.

Drayton warehouse

Drayton is pledging its ongoing commitment to finding sustainable manufacturing solutions, as part of this year’s National Recycling Week.

Hugh Dennis presenting the award

h&b has named Cromar Building Products as its 2019 Supplier of the Year.

Encon Trucks

The Encon Group has launched a new division, Encon Construction Products, to service the infrastructure sector.

The young achievers receiving their award

The winners of the BMF’s prestigious Young Achiever of the Year Awards have been revealed.

Team Selco

Staff from 10 different Selco branches have joined forces to complete the Macmillan Cancer Support Wye Valley Mighty Hike.

The new depot

Chippindale Plant, the family-owned plant hire and sales specialists, which celebrated its 70th Anniversary earlier this year, has opened a new depot in York.

The apprentices receiving their certificates

Two apprentices who have completed Norbord’s four-year apprenticeship programme at its Cowie plant have completed the SEMTA Modern Apprentice framework for Engineering and achieved the Engineering Maintenance Vocational Qualification at SCQF level 6, including a Higher National Certificate (HNC) qualification.

Jade Terry

Jade Terry, a Sales Manager at Naylor Drainage, has been awarded the BMF Young Supplier Achiever award in the face of strong UK-wide competition.

Headteacher Samantha Eyre, Talsa Middleton, Michael Boyer and Givi Boyer

The Derby branch of Howarth Timber & Building Supplies has made a donation of oak sleepers to a local school to build and develop their own vegetable patch.

Crest Nicholson Willmotts

Freefoam has commissioned a PR campaign called ‘Helping Customers Grow’ that wants to shine a light on the roofline market and its supply chain

In store

Plumbase has increased its stock of heating and boiler parts to guarantee that more spares are readily available to installers.


Wattstown RFC and Pontyclun FC will receive sponsorship from SIG Roofing’s Cardiff Branch.

During the visit

Pupils from Fernwood Primary School in Nottingham recently had the opportunity to visit the "world’s most efficient brick factory".

David Bird, Trustee at the Exeter Chiefs Foundation; Paul Lethbridge Branch Manager at RGB Building Supplies’ Okehampton branch; Paul West, Branch Manager at RGB Building Supplies’ Exeter branch and Tony Rowe OBE, Chief Executive and Chairman of Exeter Rugby Group Plc

RGB Building Supplies has exceeded a fundraising target it had pledged to achieve in a year for the Exeter Chiefs Foundation XV programme.

construction worker looking pensive

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has nominated Mental Health UK and Samaritans as its charity partners for 2020.

Edward Naylor

Naylor Industries, the construction materials manufacturer, has reported a strong increase in annual turnover after completing a major capital investment programme.

Latham on the panel

The Master of the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM), Pippa Latham, attended the inaugural conference organised last week by the NMBS Finance Director, Julie Langford, to promote diversity and inclusion in our sector.

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