Lords moves further north with purchase of AW Lumb

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Builders merchant group Lords has extended its reach northwards with the acquisition of independent builders merchant A W Lumb. The total consideration is £23.1 million, payable in cash, consisting of £19.5 million due on completion and deferred consideration of £3.6 million payable in equal annual instalments over the next five …

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The Pallett LOOP adds more companies

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Marshalls, SISK, Countryside, Tobermore and the Wolseley Group are among the latest organisations join the Pallett LOOP system, which works to  reduce the consumption of single-use pallets and switch the sector to a distribution model founded on the principles of recover, repair and reuse. Launched in November, The Pallet LOOP …

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BMJ really needs your help in compiling the annual BMJ Trailblazers supplement. The annual tracker of the top UK builders merchants’ latest statistics and information, it’s the hymn sheet for the industry in terms of who’s who and how everyone is doing. Trailblazers includes the top 52 builders, plumbers and …

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CPA forecasts output up by 4% in 2022

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 Construction output in the industry will grow by a 4.3% in 2022, according to the latest forecasts from the Construction Products Association, slowing to 2.5% in 2023 compared to the 13.3% seen in 2021. Housebuilding  is expected to remain buoyant while infrastructure will be the major driver for growth. Projects …

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Wolseley closes in on Ideal Bathrooms buy

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Plumbers merchant group Wolseley UK has announced agreements with Saint-Gobain for the acquisition of  Neville Lumb, DHS and Bassetts, and entered into exclusive negotiations for the acquisition of Ideal Bathrooms. Together the four brands represent around 485 employees and in 2020 generated a turnover of approximately 130m Euros. Keith Dorling, …

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British Gypsum launches new website

British Gypsum new website launch

British Gypsum has announced the launch of its new website www.british-gypsum.com/certainty as part of its wider commitment to continue to provide better data, tools and support for its partner construction customers. The website delivers a range of new features and is fed by a Product Information Management (PIM) system, which …

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We wanna be together

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Old wine and friends improve with age. I love it when a plan comes together. Way back in the depths of Lockdown One last year, when we were forced to hold our BMJ Industry Awards 2020 via t’internet, I crossed every finger going that we wouldn’t have to do it …

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SIG buys Penlaw & Company


SIG has bought Penlaw & Company Ltd, which operates from five sites in the UK, supplying drywall and associated products to contractors, builders and developers from branches in London, Essex, Suffolk, North West and North East. Penlaw & Company Ltd will continue to trade under its existing brand supported by …

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Travis Perkins on track for profits ahead of expectations

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Continuing positive trading momentum means that builders merchant group Travis Perkins is expecting adjusted operating profit for the full year 2021 to be ahead of current market expectations, at in excess of £340m.  The merchant has seen continuing like-for-like sales growth of 13.1%, it revealed in a third quarter trading …

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