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Alex Clifford, BMF Regional Manager), John Newcomb, (BMF CEO), John Robinson (Ideal Standard Business Director)

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard in Clerkenwell, London.


The NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.


Based on previous trends, the federation is forecasting a continuation into 2020 of the current slowdown in growth for the sector.

Adrian Buttress and granddaughter River Mai

Permaroof has announced Heart Link as its corporate charity after it helped provide lifesaving heart surgery to Managing Director Adrian Buttress’ granddaughter just days after she was born.

The pupils

MKM Building Supplies has joined forces with the John Whitgift Academy in Grimsby, to support the Academy's new BTEC Level 2 Construction course launched earlier this year.

Clive Richardson – Marketing Director at Draper Tools, Christine Gillott – Senior Fundraiser at Care for Veterans, Charlotte Hawkins – National Account Sales at Draper Tools

Draper Tools pleged to donate £1 to Care for Veterans for every one of its advent calendar sold.

dripping tap

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has expressed support for more stringent regulations on water usage.

Team Lakes get stuck planting 200 trees at local school

Lakes worked with pupils, the Headmaster and grounds team of King’s School in Gloucester to plant over 200 trees.

Paul Taylor

Racking and storage specialist Fil saw a 60% rise in turnover in 2018, after helping launch half of all new builders’ merchant branches in the UK.

Blanchards' winning window

The winners of Toolbank's perennial competition have been announced.

Janet Sycamore and David Hopkins

The Timber Decking and Cladding Association (TDCA) and The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) have formed a partnership to strengthen the market for timber cladding and decking.

Built for Marketing Beanie

The winners of the Construction Marketing Awards for 2019 have been announced.

seated people holding speech bubble shapes

The NBG has published new research conducted to understand the needs of its members.

Front: Margaret Fitzsimons (EDA CEO) and John Newcomb (BMF CEO), Back: Chris Gibson (EDA President) and TIm Rowbottom (BMF Board Member)

The BMF has partnered with the Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) to develop and implement the ETIM open source data model for the standardisation and classification of product data in the UK.

part of the Bathroom Brands showroom

A new report has found that ‘bricks and clicks’ strategies are offering new opportunities for the bathroom market, with sales rising by 14% in the next 4 years.

logos of the Cut the VAT coalition

A coalition of business groups and organisations from across the property and construction sectors have joined forces to urge the next UK government to cut VAT on maintenance and improvement works to people’s homes.

John Savage

Flame features in the 2019 Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 league table ranking private companies by sales growth.

Doug Norfolk and Peter Fredrick of BSG Buildbase with Teresa Flecknell from Brett Landscaping

Five charities received donations as part of the Brett Landscaping's 110 anniversary celebrations.

St Luke's Hospice Harrow receives goodies from the Selco Wembley team

Charities and hospices across England and Wales have received £19,400 worth of food and supplies, thanks Selco's pre-Christmas giveaway.

construction planning

The C3 Alliance is a group of manufacturers, contractors and developers that aims to boost productivity and value on construction projects through early collaboration.

Jane Collier cutting the ribbon

The 200-year-old merchant has opened a nwe depot in Lawford, Essex.

Some of students

Ibstock Brick has joined forces with the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) to look at the role of brick in creating better living environments.

The winners of the Dulux Select Decorators Awards 2019

Twelve category winners and an overall winner were recognised during this celebration of Select Decorators around the UK.

From LtoR: Martin Casey (Director Public Affairs Europe, CEMEX), Lex Russell (Managing Director UK Materials Northern, CEMEX), Andy Spencer (VP Corporate Affairs, Sustainability & ERM – CEMEX Europe), Sam Tarrant (Business Conservation Partnerships Manager, RSPB), Jenny Oldroyd (RSPB & CEMEX Business Conservation Advisor), Beccy Speight (CEO, RSPB), Alex Finn (Restoration Manager, CEMEX), Nigel Symes (Head of Sector Advice, RSPB), Stephen Redwood (Director Aggs Permitting & Development Europe, CEMEX), Sean Cassidy (Regional Environmental Manager, CEMEX)

The two organisations have celebrated 10 years of their biodiversity partnership, which has seen the restoration of over 1000 hectares of priority habitat.

documents showing graphs

Figures for Q3 2019 show negative growth in sales through UK builders’ merchants for the second successive quarter.

Michael McGowan

Ibstock has been celebrated for its ‘people-first’ approach to energy efficiency at the Energy Awards 2019.

Marc Dalrymple

Bernard Exton Supplies, based in London and the home counties, is the latest partner to join the group of independent builders merchants.

The trussmas tree

To mark the start of the festive season, Pasquill has built another of its ‘Trussmas’ Christmas trees.

Snows Timber lorry

Following an eventful year, the timber merchant went into administration on 18 November.

inkjet printer

At a time of continued growth, Russell Roof Tiles has invested £50,000 in upgrading its equipment, systems and technology.

Shane McCormick

Talasey Group has become a patron of the Saints Foundation, the charity of the Premier League team Southampton Football Club.

On The Tool Awards

Dulux Academy has been announced as the winner of the On The Tools Training Excellence Award for the second year running.

panel installation

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Timber Industries says the government must commit to a long-term investment into the industry to give individual timber frame companies and timber producers the confidence to ramp up production.

The 18th annual Builders’ Merchants Awards was dominated by the women of the industry, with the majority of individual awards being won by women.

The Warrington site from the air

Travis Perkins has put its Warrington distribution centre on the market.

John McDonnell at Lords BM

John McDonnell said that “retrofitting millions of homes is all part of Labour’s Green Industrial Revolution to move to a net zero carbon economy".


In a newly released trading update, Polypipe has reviewed its profit expectations down, as weather conditions slow business.

Grant & Stone exterior

The Thames Valley merchant has been bought by private investment firm Cairngorm Capital, which already owns several merchants and suppliers.

An Elliotts store

Elliotts Brothers has filed its financial report for the year ending 31 December 2018.

Robin Walker MP, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, and Carl Arntzen, CEO of Worcester Bosch

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid MP, visited Worcester Bosch to learn about developments in low-carbon heating technology.

Ultimate Landscapes at work

Gibbs & Dandy Leicester has joined forces with customers and suppliers to deliver a ‘DIY-SOS‘-style garden makeover for a six year old girl suffering from a life threatening illness.

truck driver texting at the wheel

To coincide with Road Safety Week, CEMEX is launching a campaign aimed at all its drivers to highlight the dangers of texting while driving.

Selco sign

Selco has announced that all of its 67 branches, its Support Centre in Wythall and its new Edmonton delivery hub will be fitted with a defibrillator in the run-up to Christmas.

Visqueen trainer

Visqueen has launched new gas protection and structural waterproofing CPDs.

Knauf training

Both Knauf UK Training Schools, The Knauf Learning Zone at Sittingbourne, Kent, and the Immingham School, NE Lincolnshire, have been fully accredited by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

The new truck

Roofing and timber merchant RTB Roofing Supplies has been able to start trading in rapid time, thanks to MV Commercial’s ability to supply a high-spec MAN TGM brick grab in just two weeks.

The flooded yard

The floods currently affecting part of the country have forced Brown Builders’ Merchant to temporarily shut its Chequers Road site until further notice.

building site in the sunset

The latest report of the National Federation of Builders' Major Contractors Group calls on Government to act immediately to address how construction can help the UK to meet 2050 Zero Carbon target.

Malcolm Gough and Nadhim Zahawi MP

The outgoing Minister of State for Business and Industry, Nadhim Zahawi, has praised Talasey Group after hearing how it is helping to raise standards, skills and knowledge in the landscaping industry.

Defence Employer Recognition Scheme award

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has received a Bronze Award for demonstrating its support for the Armed Forces community through the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

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