South Coast Building Supplies, which has just celebrated its tenth anniversary, is the latest member of the h&b buying group to join the Builders Merchants Federation. There are now more than 50 h&b merchants within the BMF’s membership.

South Coast Building Supplies operates across Dorset and Hampshire. It has four depots, in Southampton, Bournemouth and Andover, and 75 members of staff.

Tim Payne, Managing Director, said: “We have grown our business by building a team of knowledgeable and approachable staff who provide great service. The professionalism of BMF training from apprenticeships through to management courses will undoubtedly benefit our business as we enter our second decade of trading and the next stage of our development.”

Welcoming South Coast Building Supplies into the BMF, Chief Executive John Newcomb said: “I’m delighted that this thriving independent merchant recognises that the wide variety of training and support services the BMF offers will add value to their business as it continues to develop and grow. I look forward to working with them in the coming months.”