Plastic push-fit pipework revealed as one of the biggest causes of water leak insurance claims

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 New research into water leak insurance claims, which cost UK insurers £2.5 million a day, has revealed how the increased use of plastic push-fit pipework is one of the most common causes for claims. The research, published by the Copper Sustainability Partnership (CuSP) and the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products …

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The new BMJ app is now available for download via the App Store or Google Play. Simply search ‘Builders Merchants Journal’, click download and you will have access to every issue of the magazine delivered straight to your IOS or Android device. With fast page navigation and an enhanced reading …

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The 2023 BMJ Industry Awards is the only merchant industry awards where the winners are decided by the industry itself. To ensure that everyone gets a chance to enter, we have extended the deadline for entries until the end of April. It’s really easy to enter. Simply go to the …

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Leyland SDM offers same-day delivery on 40,000 paint options

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More than 40,000 colour options – and almost 200 different types of paint – are now available for same-day delivery across London, after leading decorating and DIY specialist Leyland SDM partnered with Gophr. Painters and decorators now have access to an astonishing array of colours and finishes, available within just …

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Mel Stride MP talks skills agenda with Bradfords

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Training and employee development were high on the agenda when Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Mel Stride MP visited Bradfords Building Supplies’ Moretonhampstead branch on Friday. The MP for Central Devon learned how the builder’s merchant continues to invest in and develop its people, having first started operating …

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RGB chooses Children’s Hospice South West as charity partner

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RGB Building Supplies has selected Children’s Hospice South West as its charity partner for 2023-24, and will be organising branch-wide fundraising events throughout the next 12 months. Children’s Hospice South West, founded in 1991, provides care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families, including respite and …

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Peter Hindle

Timber importers, builders and plumbers merchant Haldane Group has appointed Peter Hindle MBE to the position of Regional Chairman at the company’s operations in England and the Isle of Man. Hindle’s four decades’ experience in the merchant industry  include Managing Director of Jewson, CEO and General Delegate of Saint-Gobain in …

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Two new specialist independent merchants join NBG


Two specialist merchants have set their sights on accelerated growth after joining National Buying Group (NBG). Northamptonshire-based LMR Building Supplies and Hampshire-based Woodstock Plumbing & Heating joined existing members of NBG’s Partner community late last year. Founded in 2018, LMR Building Supplies provides customers in the Northamptonshire area with quality …

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Draper Tools joins the BMF

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Draper Tools, a supplier of quality trade, professional and DIY tools, has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in recognition of the importance of builders’ merchants as a core business channel for the company. Founded over 100 years ago selling government surplus and tools in markets in Surrey, today Draper …

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Russell Roof Tiles invests in new technology

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Russell Roof Tiles has recently invested in further new technology to streamline its manufacturing. intouch Monitoring is a production monitoring system that will help the team focus on key downtime hotspots, assess potential efficiency gains, and will help strategic purchasing decisions. The new system is being used at Russell Roof …

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