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Investors’ UK timber sector expansion continues with Rembrand Timber acquisition
02 July, 2018
Private investment group Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP’s timber industry portfolio has taken another leap forward with addition of Rembrand Timber, which is merging with its Thornbridge Sawmills business.
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Over 500 delegates attend NMBS All-Industry Conference
Monday, June 25, 2018 NMBS, the UK’s largest buying society for independent builders’, plumbing and heating, timber, and hardware merchants, attracted more than 500 delegates to its All-Industry Conference in Italy on June 14-17.
Builders’ merchant sales grow
Monday, June 25, 2018 Latest builders’ merchant sales stats show sales were up 8.8% in April compared with the same month a year ago.
Timber drives merchants’ sales growth
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 Timber helped drive growth in the value of builders merchants’ Q1 sales, according to the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).
Alsford in Brexit softwood prices warning to Lib Dem leader
Monday, May 21, 2018 Alsford Timber has warned Lib Dem leader Vince Cable that the company may have to pay millions more upfront to buy European softwood if the UK Government does not secure mutually-beneficial customs’ arrangements before the United Kingdom leaves the EU in ten months’ time.
Richard Williams joins H&B
Friday, May 11, 2018 North Wales builders merchant Richard Williams has joined H&B merchant group.
BMCo expands into South Yorkshire
Monday, April 23, 2018 Builders merchant BMCo Ltd has continued its expansion plans with the opening of a third branch in Rotherham.
Building product sales up in February
Monday, April 23, 2018 Builders’ merchant timber and joinery sales showed a strong performance in the latest data released in the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI).
Merchant talks housing during shadow chancellor visit
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 A London builders’ merchant has reminded shadow chancellor John McDonnell of the vital role played by merchants in supporting house construction and improvement work.
Gibbs & Dandy rewards customer service
Thursday, March 22, 2018 Gibbs & Dandy has recognised its staff’s contribution to the business for 2017 through an awards scheme.
Merchant makes first acquisition in Surrey
Sunday, March 18, 2018 Independent builders’ merchant DW Nye has acquired Fixings and Powertool Center in Redhill, Surrey.
Investment firm acquires Parkers and says more takeovers will follow
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Investment firm Cairngorm Capital Partners has acquired southeast-based merchanting group Parker Building Supplies (Parkers) in the latest stage of its ambitious growth plans.
BMF stats show merchants performed well in 2017
Monday, March 12, 2018 Sales figures published by the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) reveal a strong 2017 final quarter performance for the sector.
Ridgeons Newmarket invests £100k in storage
Thursday, March 08, 2018 Ridgeons’ branch in Newmarket, Suffolk, is investing £100,000 in a new timber storage facility.
Thornbridge and NYTimber in merger
Thursday, February 15, 2018 North Yorkshire Timber (NYTimber) has merged with Thornbridge Sawmills to create a £50m turnover 15-branch group.
Norbord wins Jewson supplier award
Friday, January 05, 2018 Norbord Europe Ltd was presented with the Best Overall Supplier 2017 award by Jewson at Jewson Live in December, the UK’s biggest builders’ merchant show.
Grafton revenue up, demand softened in October
Thursday, November 09, 2017 International merchanting and DIY business Grafton Group recorded a 9.1% increase in revenue to £2.3bn for the 10 months to October 31, 2017.
UK’s oldest timber yard set to close
Monday, November 06, 2017 A judicial review has upheld a council’s decision to develop what is believed to be Britain’s oldest surviving timber yard dating from early Victorian times.
Lords acquires majority stake in Hevey Building Supplies
Friday, October 27, 2017 West London based Lords Builders Merchants has acquired the majority share capital in Hevey Building Supplies Ltd.
Timber industry celebrates at TTJ Awards 2017
Monday, October 02, 2017 About 450 people attended the TTJ Awards last Friday at The Brewery in the City of London – a record number for the event.

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