The Builders Merchant Industry

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.

Industry Facts

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.

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Some of our Builders/Plumbers Merchant Members

gibbs builders merchants
  • Gibbs and Dandy
    Gibbs & Dandy is a builders and timber merchant with 30 branches each serving professionals in the local building trade.
    Established: 1843
    Branches: 30
graham builders merchant
  • Graham
    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.
Howarth Timber
  • Howarth Timber Group
    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 builders merchant
  • Jewson Ltd
    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

    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)

Parkers Builders Merchant
  • Parker Building Supplies
    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
  • Plumb Center
    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
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Pochin Builders Merchant
  • Pochin
    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)
Willbon Builders Merchant
  • Willbond
    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.

Merchant Supplier Member

Some of our Merchant Supplier Members

Aco Supplier Member
  • ACO Technologies PLC
    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 Group

    ACO is a world leader in the design, development and implementation of sustainable surface water management systems.
    Established: 1946
    Workforce: +3,500 (Globally)

Fakro Supplier Member
  • Fakro
    Fakro is the most dynamic and fastest growing roof window manufacturer in the world.
    Established: 1991
    Workforce: +3,000
Hanson Supplier member
  • Hanson UK
    Hanson UK is a leading supplier of heavy building materials to the construction industry.
    Established: 1964
    Workforce: +3,000

    HeidelbergCement Group

    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)

JCB supplier member
  • JCB
    In just 70 years JCB has gone from one man in a garage in Uttoxeter to a major global brand renowned for its pioneering spirit.
    Established: 1945
    Dealers: +750 (Globally)
    Workforce: +12,000 (Globally)
mira showers supplier member
  • Mira Showers
    Mira has been leading the way in UK showering for decades.
    Established: 1921
Polypipe supplier member
  • Polypipe
    Polypipe design, develop and manufacture the most comprehensive range of plastic piping products in the UK.
twyford supplier member
  • Twyford
    For over 160 years Twyford has led the way in bathroom innovation, responding to lifestyle changes by creating products that continually move bathroom design forward.
    Established: 1849
worcester bosch supplier member
  • Worcester Bosch
    Worcester manufactures heating and hot water appliances for the home. They supply plumbing and building merchants.
    Established: 1960s
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