BMF completes Industry Forum speaker line-up for All Industry Conference

Berry and Ward

The BMF has confirmed that David Berry, Chairman of the Fortis Merchant Group and MD of C&W Berry, and Mike Ward, Territory Director UK and Ireland at Wavin will take part in the Industry Forum, at the BMF All Industry Conference, in Istanbul in June. An accountant by profession, David …

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STARK Building Materials UK appoints new CEO


Following the announcement that Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK has becomes part of STARK Group A/S, former CEO Mike Newnham has stepped down. Newnham has been replaced by John Carter. Carter has been working in the building materials merchant and distribution business for more than 40 years. He has worked his …

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CRASH charity makes hospice accessible

New automatic doors entrance and new fire escape doors

Construction industry charity CRASH recently took on a project with Ashgate Hospicecare in North Derbyshire. CRASH helped the hospice build a brand-new entrance to their Grade II listed building. The new entrance meant people with accessibility needs could attend the hospices day services, without having to pass via the in-patient …

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Grafton Group publishes 2022 financial results

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Grafton had a successful year and is reporting a strong financial result ahead of market expectations.  Despite macro-economic challenges in its markets, the Group continued to perform well with operating profit close to last year’s record result against a less favourable market backdrop. Operational Highlights        Excellent performance in distribution businesses …

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Jewson joins STARK Group

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Jewson has joined STARK Group A/S as the acquisition, first announced on the December 12, of Jewson’s parent company Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK, has been completed by STARK Group. Jewson has now joined one of the fastest growing merchants and distribution groups in Europe and a business completely focussed on …

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Housing market slowdown costs Travis Perkins profit, branches and 400 jobs

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The UK’s biggest builders merchant, Travis Perkins, has posted  a fall in profits in the year to December 31 2022. The company reported adjusted operating profit of £295m, down 16.4%, hit by a £15m restructuring charge. Revenue grew 9% to £4.9bn. However, the expected lower levels of activity in the …

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Elliotts launches first eCommerce website

1. Elliotts new website desktop

Elliotts Builders Merchant, who celebrated 180 years in business in October, has launched their first eCommerce website. The website offers thousands of building products available as click and collect from one of their 13 branches, or for local delivery. Power tools, hand tools and smaller ancillary products are also available …

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Haldane group to invest £50m in next five years

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Builders merchant group Haldane Group is to invest over £50 million across the business over the next five years. Some £17.5m will be spent on organic development, with £30m allocated to enhance acquisition and green field development. David Haldane has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive of Haldane …

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London bricklaying apprentices challenged by Forterra

UnSug Forterra Lewisham 02022023 85 The Lee Marley team took first place at the London Apprenticeship Challenge

Bricklaying apprentices gathered recently at Lewisham College to compete in Forterra’s third annual London Apprenticeship Challenge. The contest saw 12 London-based apprentice bricklayers compete in teams of three to show off their newly learned skills through a selection of challenges. Conor Willis for Lee Marley achieved first place for his …

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James Burrell introduces new bulk bag design

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James Burrell Builders Merchant bulk bags all now contain a minimum of 30% recycled content as part of the company’s ongoing aim to reduce its carbon footprint. The new design of Bulk bags, which are used to deliver aggregates by the family-owned merchant to construction projects across the North East …

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