Light bulbs

David Boultbee, Technical Consultant at Ultra LEDs, discusses how LEDs can help improve safety when lighting new buildings.

Thief breaking into a vehicle

Your van is crucial to your livelihood as a builder or merchant, but with tool theft on the rise, it's important that you know how to protect your vehicle and the equipment inside.

man in suit and hard hat on a building site

Requirements to stay within the proposed budget means that project managers must spend money smartly to minimize costs. Jeson Pitt, from D&F Liquidators, explains why one of the best ways of doing that is by sourcing the construction materials from liquidators.

National Painting and Decorating Show

Keeping up with today’s rapidly evolving decorating sector can be a real challenge for merchants.

Wayne Oakes, Director at civil and structural engineering practice, Dice, explains why he thinks modular homes are the answer to the housing crisis.

Simon Fleet, Group Commercial Director at W.Howard Group, asks whether the golden age of DIY is over as younger homeowners prefer to call in the experts.

A new survey conducted by theknowledgeacademy.com has studied the way women feel in the workplace, with 69% of women saying they have been addressed in a less than professional way at work.

Lawyers Sarah Wales, Fiona Graham and Curtis Fox explore how the construction sector can promote inclusivity of the LGBTQ+ community.

Increased consumer demand for eco-friendly options has resulted in the next generation of sustainable water softeners, says Kevin Johnson, Managing Director of Monarch Water and Technical Director of the UK Water Treatment Association,

According to data shared by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, there are 162,000 houses under construction in England with the South East leading the way.

W.Howard’s Group Commercial Director Simon Fleet reveals how MDF can play its part in creating an environmentally friendly circular supply chain.

Sellhousefast.uk surveyed 602 architects, engineers and construction professionals to identify what they think are the biggest benefits of using building information modelling (BIM).

Interested in connected living, property specialists FastSaleHomes.co.uk analysed the latest findings from accounting firm Ernst & Young, which surveyed 2,500 UK households to identify which smart home devices/appliances they plan to definitely own in five years’ time.

As a means of helping the construction industry lessen its plastic usage, Insulation Express has uncovered the practical solutions merchants can utilise on a day-to-day basis:

Karen Trigg, Business Development Manager at Allegion UK, discusses the importance of addressing fire safety in buildings that house elderly residents.

Almost three quarters of tradespeople in the UK are happy in their work, despite working long hours and regular weekends, according to a new survey.

To mark World Wellbeing Week, Workfront has put together five practical tips to reduce work related stress in employees.

Jonathan Musgrave, Chief Digital Marketer for Steep Digital Marketing, offers five ways that being transparent in digital marketing can win over customers.

The problem of holding a piece of insulation with one hand while wrestling with a pair of kitchen scissors or a Stanley knife with the other is an issue faced by many installers, according to insulation specialist Actis.

Mirka, which manufactures sanders and abrasives, explains how you can enhance your business’s customer service using social media.

Hattie Hasan, winner of the Installer MERIT award, founder of Stopcocks Women Plumbers and force of nature behind the Women Installers Together Conference talks to Sam Canfield - Marketing Manager - Communications, Graham, the Plumbers’ Merchant about the state of the industry, women and how merchants fit in it all.

A Cornish timber frame specialist is using the Actis Hybrid insulation system on a project overlooking St. Ives.

Where The Trade Buys explains how retail businesses can use print and digital marketing effectively to grow their business, considering marketing strategies including loyalty schemes, effective social media campaigns and retail trends.

HR departments must fully embrace the internet age when acquiring new talent, new research has revealed.

Wendi O’Toole from Scott Parnell explains how artificial reed beds can treat water to not only support biodiversity but help to solve pollution problems and support sewage system performance.

Andrew Murphy, Managing Director of leading health and safety courses provider Boss Training, gives his thoughts on why construction presents so many health and safety risks and what can be done to prevent more accidents and potentially fatal injuries in the future.

Universal Data Protection explains how to reduce your risk of a data loss from an ‘insider threat’, which can include theft of IP, theft of client database, or exposure of employee or client personal data.

When it comes to stock management, seasonal changes are a big headache for the builders’ merchant. Epicor explains how this can be made easier for merchants.

EasyMerchant has created a handy step-by-step guide to installing plastic soakaway crates, along with a video demonstration.

Despite the general increase in online sales, research by Van Vault has highlighted that tradespeople still prefer more traditional methods of buying equipment.

DSR Tax Claims has created a guide to tax changes for businesses in 2019/20.

Motorists are being advised on how to reduce their vehicle’s emissions for better performance and increased fuel economy, with central London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone launching today.

A survey has revealed that 85% of people still prefer to physically purchase products in store, but 94% of consumers research a product online first.

Jewson is working with Dorchester Living to support the construction of over 700 new homes at a former US Air Base in Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire.

The Smith Brothers Stores branch in Bristol has recently supported an apprentice. Here, they explain how it works and what the benefits are.

Marble has had a huge revival over the past couple of years. Rajeev Gupta, General Manager for Teraciel Marble Industries, explains the current trends in the market.

A renewed appreciation of traditional building materials is the catalyst for builders’ merchants to take advantage of increased interest in creative brick solutions, according to Simon Taylor, Director of Sales for Builders’ Merchants at Ibstock Brick.

On International Women’s Day, Rebecca Palmer, who heads the construction department at solicitors Prettys, is keen to spread her message that the world of construction doesn’t have to be a male-dominated one.

With insights from MKM Building Supplies, we’re looking at the role women are playing in the merchant industry and what can be done to encourage more women to choose this as a career.

Hazardous waste is a huge issue on building sites, and once they have been detected, it can change an entire development plan. Consultancy firm Patrick Parsons explains how technology can help combat this issue.

Lawsons Timber’s latest deliveries from Combilift are electric trucks, in line with a general move towards electric power in a number of sectors.

One of the biggest issues facing van drivers today is also one of the least acknowledged. FTA explains how business owners can help look after their drivers’ wellbeing.

Approximately 70 million work days — 12.7% of all sick days – are lost on a yearly basis because of mental health problems, costing in the region of £2.4 billion for companies. Cliverton has created an in depth guide into six ways mental health in the workplace can be eased.

Epicor discusses the issues raised in Builders’ Merchants News’ round table debate on ERP systems last September.

Van drivers are being warned to make sure their tyres are fit for winter conditions amid fears of increased accidents on icy roads.

Lawyers Ian Atkinson, Angela Lopes and Lucy Hadrill outline the government's response to the Grenfell Tower Report and what it means for the construction industry.

Rex Nye, from online builders’ merchant D.W. Nye, explains why porcelain’s popularity for landscaping projects is only set to rise.

More needs to be done to avoid ‘Groundhog Day’ for sustainable drainage, warns ACO Water Management, following a further report profiling the slow delivery of SuDS in England.

IronmongeryDirect outlines the range of regulatory updates and government-led initiatives that will shape the year for tradespeople.

Bull Products, manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, shares the most common health and safety mistakes that the construction industry makes, and more importantly, how they can be avoided.

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