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Contractors warned to prepare for product price hikes

Contractors are being warned to prepare for significant price increases for ceramic products, glass, steel, bricks and concrete as energy costs soar.
materials crisis

Materials crisis in better position but industry ‘not out of the...

The UK is facing increased delays in securing bricks and blocks, as the shortage of HGV drivers and price increases continue to impact the materials crisis. 
materials crisis

Materials crisis temporarily eases but lack of drivers still ‘major concern’

John Newcomb, CEO of the BMF and Peter Caplehorn, CEO of the CPA said the materials crisis has temporarily eased due to the holiday period and customers delaying or cancelling projects.

HGV driver shortage ‘our biggest concern at present’, says BMF

The shortage of HGV drivers is leading to widespread disruption and delays, as the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) warns it is the industry's 'biggest concern at present'.
Building materials sales

Building materials sales continue to rise

Sales of building materials continued their upward growth trend during Q1 2021, as the boom in construction activity offers a helping hand.
construction products

Construction products shortage ‘likely to worsen before improving’

As demand for construction products remains high, the Builders Merchants Federation and Construction Products Association have warned that availability issues are likely to worsen before they improve.
building materials

Construction sector faces significant building materials shortages

A chronic shortage of building materials, particularly roofing supplies and timber, is starting to cause issues for the construction sector, says the BMF.
Builders’ merchants

Builders’ merchants bounce back in Q3 2020

Builders merchants sales bounced back to near normal levels in Q3 2020, as BMF warns ‘we are likely to see more volatility in the coming months’.
plaster shortage,

Panic buying worsens industry-wide plaster shortage

As plaster shortages continue to plague the construction industry, the BMF and the Construction Products Association have joined forces to support the sector.
Branch operating guidelines, builders’ merchants,

Branch operating guidelines to help builders’ merchants operate safely

Branch operating guidelines have been published by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) to help builders’ merchants operate safely during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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Government advises builders merchants to stay open

Builders merchants have been told they are a vital part of the construction supply chain and that they need to stay open during the coronavirus crisis.
Builders’ merchants,

Builders’ merchants endure disappointing year in 2019

The final quarter of 2019 rounded off a disappointing year for builders’ merchants, as severe weather events and Brexit uncertainty takes its toll.
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UK builders merchants experience sales growth in Q1 2019

UK builders merchants experienced positive sales during the first quarter of the year, according to the BMF’s latest Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI).
Builders' Merchants

Builders’ Merchants experience summer surge

Builders’ Merchants have reported a 3.5% increase in August sales compared to August 2017, as Timber & Joinery and Landscaping led the way with 9.5% and 6.9% respective growth
increased VAT

£1 billion Brexit bill could force builders merchants to pay 20%...

The Builders Merchants Federation has warned that Brexit could leave builders' merchants to pay increased VAT charges upfront on European building supplies if a cooperative deal is not made between the EU and UK.

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