Catrin Jones

Assistant Editor

MKM Building Supplies expanding in Scotland with Spey Valley acquisition

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MKM Building Supplies, the UK’s largest independent builders merchant, is further expanding its presence in Scotland with the purchase of Spey Valley Timber & Builders Merchants. The acquisition follows a period of significant growth in Scotland for MKM, with the business unveiling new branches in Inverness (launched 12th July) and …

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New appointments at Salamander Pumps

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Following a period of significant growth, Sunderland-based Salamander Pumps has announced two exciting new appointments.  Dale Robertson joins as managing director, while Claire Thompson takes up a newly created role – head of the customer experience and marketing. The new appointments reaffirm the company’s commitment to a customer-focused strategy, with …

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Bradfords Building Supplies launch Mental Health Awareness for managers

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Bradfords Building Supplies has launched Mental Health Awareness for Managers, an updated workshop programme being deployed across the entire breadth of the business’ branch management, to provide enhanced support for its 830 staff. The builders’ merchant was already an early adopter of mental health awareness training, which included the appointment …

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Arbor Forest Products launch Trex Digital Asset library

Arbor Forest Products has launched its industry leading digital asset library for Trex products

Arbor Forest Products is set to launch its industry-leading digital asset library for Trex products in June, providing stockists with easy access to media such as images, brochures and technical information. The North Lincolnshire-based independent timber importer and processor, which is the exclusive distributor of Trex composite decking products in …

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New Website Launch For Family Run Builders Merchants


Local builders’ merchants Kenning’s Building Supplies have launched a new eCommerce website this week, enabling trade customers and members of the public to place orders and take delivery from all over the East Riding. Traditionally a retail-only business, previously if a customer was further afield than the Goole & Gilberdyke …

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Permalawn launches fresh search for stockists

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AS the height of summer approaches, PermaLawn is encouraging UK merchants to consider diversifying their stock range by adding artificial grass that’s simple to install with a high-quality aesthetic, giving their customers an easy way to broaden their own services. Last year, the UK saw a 31.4% increase in the sale of …

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Intact selected as new ERP partner for LBS Builders Merchants


LBS Builders Merchants have recently appointed Intact as their new ERP partner. The Intact iQmerchant ERP solution will be rolled out across the 32-branch network over the coming months. Intact iQ will empower LBS to be agile and flexible in their ability to meet and exceed customer’s needs. It will …

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Covid-19 app impacts on building materials’ supply chain

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Self-isolation alerts are having a significant impact on the supply of building materials, according to The Builders Merchants Federation. It has raised concerns with the government about the effect staff shortages are placing on an industry already balancing unprecedented demand. John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF, said: “We are currently …

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Polypipe Building Products were happy to help when GB track star Sally Gunnell was looking to renovate her property. When the Olympic gold medal winner and her family wanted to install underfloor heating that would be efficient and unobtrusive, Polypipe’s Overlay Plus® system was the ideal solution. After discussing the …

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LBS Builders Merchants focus on staff development

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LBS Builders Merchants held a graduation event for the women who have attained their Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) awards, which form part of gender equality charity Chwarae Teg’s wider career development programme. This is the third year that the business has enrolled staff on Chwarae Teg’s Agile Nation 2 career development programme, …

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