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Training day 3

Branch staff and customers from MKM Builders Merchants recently joined forces to soak up a day’s training at Dunlop’s industry renowned Innovation and Technology Centre (ITC) in Stoke-on-Trent.

Rob Maxfield - stonemason

The workwear brand Dickies has launched a campaign celebrating the passion and skills of tradespeople who inspire others with their dedication and ingenuity.

Sam Withers, Ian Goodenough, Matt Adlington, Dan Coombes and Tom Bowles

A team of 11 members of Elliotts Builders Merchant's staff is getting ready to tackle a 640-mile cycle ride across France to raise money for Naomi’s House and Jacksplace.

cutting the ribbon

Long-established local business, Thompson & Parkes, has launched its first retail shop serving the DIY market in Stourport.

Anthony Spink (Showroom Supervisor), Jo Churchill MP, Hugh Guntrip (Area Manager), Mick Easton (Asst. Branch Manager), Brett Amphlett (BMF) and Ian Northen (Director)

MP for Bury St Edmunds, Jo Churchill, saw first-hand how the building materials industry can play a key role in delivering new homes for the area.

a team of runners

Builders Merchant JT Dove has neared the £60m milestone in revenue and is celebrating its 150th year in business.

some of the donated tools

RGB Building Supplies and Devon-based charity Amigos have received a very positive response to their appeal for donations of preloved tools. These will go on to help young Africans lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

Mouldy ceiling and walls

A poll of tenanted households, conducted by YouGov on behalf of Safeguard Europe has revealed that renters living in the South are more likely to encounter damp and mould in their homes than those living in the North.

recyling waste

Stockgap has implemented a new recycling policy that means none of its waste goes to landfill.

Boiler being serviced

A survey conducted for boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch reveals the lack of regular maintenance and servicing by much of the UK's boilers.


The National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) has announced the array of social activities that will be available to delegates at next year's All-Industry Conference in Sorrento, Italy.

hand holding a phone showing the app

For the first time, this year delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at the BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference.

Martin Warnes, 2019 UK Plumber of the Year.

Martin Warnes, from Essex, has been crowned the 2019 UK Plumber of the Year.

The team after the event

On 31 August, the ten members of staff from Coomers took part in the Nuts Challenge: a 7km, 100+ obstacle course with lots of water, mud, and plenty of laughs.

a pile of bricks

Mark Cranston, 56, a former Police officer, started his collection in 2010 after looking for a doorstop for his garage door, according to STV.

Travis Perkins sign

Staff at the Queen Alexandra Dock branch of Travis Perkins in Cardiff received a letter from management last Friday announcing the coming closure, according to an anonymous member of staff.

Cyber crime

NMBS is warning its members and suppliers to beware of fake emails claiming to be from the Buying Society, after an attempt was made to trick builders’ merchants into sending payments intended for NMBS into a fake account.

Mark Evans, Tudor and Harry Griffiths. Front, Oliver Griffiths

The Tudor Griffiths Group, in Ellesmere, has once again signed up to support the World Coracle Championships on the River Severn.

John Savage

Flame Heating Group founder John Savage has written to the leaders of the three main political parties urging them to scrap the 5% VAT rate on domestic energy as soon as the country departs from the European Union.

The new plant

Aggregate Industries has opened its second ready mix concrete plant in Greater Manchester, in order to cater for rapidly growing demand in the area.

The mayor outside the new store

Plumb Inn, the plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists in Enfield, unveiled a new IPG flagship store last week in the presence of the Mayoress.

The team and their car

A merchant/supplier team of Chandlers and Cembrit staff members has won the 2019 Pavestone Rally.

The refurbished branch

The builders’ merchant created arresting new signs and displays using SterlingOSB Zero its Charlton branch.

3D view of roof construction

Pasquill, one of the largest suppliers of trussed rafters in the UK, is utilising digital design to better serve its customers.

SIG sales assistant interacting with a client

SIG Roofing is embarking on modernising its branches across the UK, following major investment in its UK network, offering improved facilities and an increased offering.

Ulster Rugby players John Cooney, Sam Carter and John Andrew, along with Tobermore Managing Director, David Henderson.

Tobermore has announced it is extending its sponsorship of Ulster Rugby, with a new two year deal running until April 2021.

The donated material on a lorry

Young people attending the SPV Group’s brand new West Midlands training hub have given a donation from construction materials manufacturer TECHNONICOL a warm welcome.

Chris Cunliffe (Frank Key Chairman), Des Stancill (Branch Manager), Carl Froch and Robert Sansom (Frank Key owner)

A former World Boxing Champion is adding his weight to the reopening of a building supplies branch in Sheffield, following a £250,000 refurbishment and rebrand.

Staff members presenting a defibillator

All of Elliotts' 13 branches now provide defibrillators for anyone who may need them.


The MDF and OSB wood panels manufacturer, MEDITE SMARTPLY, is touring its home market of Ireland this Autumn to demonstrated new products.

Nadhim Zahawi MP

Infrastructure and Construction Minister Nadhim Zahawi MP will be giving a keynote speech at this year's UK Construction Week on 9th October at the NEC, Birmingham.

lightbulb on a green background

In addition to other green initiatives to lower its carbon footprint, Selco Builders Warehouse continues to invest in energy-saving LED lighting.

Heather McVeigh, Tile and Floor Superstore manager; Callum Tasker, operations director; and Carmen Lupei, supply chain manager has added a sixth portal to its family of online building material retail platforms, this one focusing on tiles and floors

The team of volunteers

On Sunday 1 September, members of Barnsley-based Naylor Drainage met with volunteers from Waves of Waste and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for a beach clean in Filey.

The Quick Lane team and their Ford Galaxy

Quick Lane Europe, the fast-growing autocentre franchise, has an all-female team currently taking part in this year’s Pavestone Rally.

MKM Aberdeen team

MKM Building Supplies has opened the doors to a new branch in Aberdeen, creating 20 jobs.

Roman's Headquarters

Europe’s leading shower designer and manufacturer, Roman, has further enhanced their manufacturing capabilities and capacity with a significant purchase of land and buildings.

Aliaxis voicepick

As part of its drive to continually improve its customer service, Aliaxis has teamed up with BEC (Systems Integration) to create a bespoke software solution for the modernisation of its warehouse picking, order fulfilment and delivery logistics processes.

BMF has been nominated in five categories

The work of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in supporting its members has again been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards.

Sovini Trade Supplies

North West builders’ merchants and supply chain solution Sovini Trade Supplies has joined The Cirrus Consortium Materials Framework.

Soggy fisher

Over 60 people faced the damp weather to take part in the 11th edition of Smith Brothers Stores' Annual Fishing Event on 14 June at Mallory Park Fisheries in Leicestershire.

Tariq Ahmad, Terri Harper and Mark Bradley

Merchant Plumbase and manufacturer Polypipe have agreed a £10,000 sponsorship deal with IBO Super Featherweight World Champion, Terri Harper (picture centre).

James Burrell timber yard

James Burrell Builders Merchants has secured FSC & PEFC Chain of Custody Certification for its newest branch in Rotherham. This means that all 10 of the company's branches have now achieved the accreditation.

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.

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