The Builders Merchant industry is made up of builders merchants, plumbers merchants, timber merchants and other specialist merchants, who supply products and materials to construction companies, tradespeople and the general public. They make up and deliver orders and advise customers on which products to use for a particular job/s. The merchants are in turn supplied by merchant suppliers who manufacture/refine the raw materials/products that are sold by the merchants. If you want a practical job, working with customers that combines indoor and outdoor work, this could be the industry for you.
The statistics below are based on figures from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Average Income (Management)
This Sector £29521 | UK Average £27017
Skills Gap (Management)
This Sector 25% | Average UK 23%
Working Pattern (Management)
Self Employed 29% | Full Time 59% | Part Time 12%
Builders/Plumbers Merchant Member
Merchants sell building, plumbing and do-it-yourself products to the trade and the general public. Products include timber, bricks, decorating materials, plumbing supplies, tools and gardening equipment. The BMF have more than 450 members throughout the United Kingdom, of which over 360 have plumbing and heating interests.
Graham Plumbers Merchant is a major supplier of plumbing, heating, bathroom materials and renewable solutions.
The Graham Plumbers Merchant brand has grown to become synonymous with professionalism, service and value for money. Most important of all is the knowledge of our people and the relationships they have with our customers. Graham Plumbers’ Merchant is part of the Saint-Gobain group of companies.
With over 175 years’ trading experience, the Howarth Timber Group has grown to provide not only the widest range of products, but expertise, service and knowledge you can rely on. Established: 1840 Branches: 28 Workforce: +1,000
Jewson is a Saint-Gobain brand so it’s part of one of the largest construction businesses in the world. Established: 1836 Branches: +600
Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction market, creates and delivers innovative and high-performance solutions to enhance our habitat and our daily life. Established: 1665 Workforce: +190,000 (Globally), 17,000 (UK)
Parker Building Supplies’ philosophy has always been to provide ‘Quality of Service’ with knowledgeable and well trained staff backed up by good stock availability and an efficient delivery service, and this ethos remains firmly in place today. Established: 1984 Branches: 23 Workforce: 240
Plumb Center is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of plumbing and heating products including central heating systems, bathrooms, showers, drainage and renewable technologies. Branches: 490 Visit website
Founded more than 150 years ago, Pochin’s future is inspired by its traditions of retail innovation, great products and friendly expertise. They are a leading independent merchant of builders hardware and plumbing and heating materials based in the East Midlands. Established: 1861 Branches: 7 (including HQ)
For over a century, Willbond have built a reputation as a specialist retailer of plumbing, heating, drainage and bathroom materials for the trade. Established: 1896 Branches: 7 Workforce: +90
Merchant Supplier Member
Over one third of BMF members are suppliers – manufacturers and distributors, suppyling to builders/plumbers merchants and the construction industry. Our merchant supplier members include JCB, Hanson, Fakro, Twyfords and Worcester Bosch. Suppliers offer a range of roles demanding a range of skills including warehouse operation/management, logistics, marketing and product development.
ACO Technologies plc is the UK division of the ACO Group. ACO uses a diverse range of materials including polymer concrete, iron, steel and plastic to develop innovative products that are supported by a comprehensive design and after sales service. Established: 1984
ACO is a world leader in the design, development and implementation of sustainable surface water management systems. Established: 1946 Workforce: +3,500 (Globally)
Hanson UK is a leading supplier of heavy building materials to the construction industry. Established: 1964 Workforce: +3,000
HeidelbergCement is one of the world’s largest building materials companies. In more than 40 countries, HeidelbergCement stands for competence and quality. Established: 1964 Workforce: +51,000 (Globally)