Positive news for Builders Merchants

Figures recently released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) show positive sales growth through UK builders’ merchants during the first quarter of the year. Total Q1 sales were up +5.9% compared with the same period in 2018.

The two largest product categories performed well with Heavy Building Materials up +6.8% and Timber & Joinery Products rising by +6.6%. Landscaping products saw the strongest annual value growth (+15.6%). Sales in all three product groups were adversely weather-affected in 2018, so a stronger performance during a relatively mild, dry winter was to be expected.

The comparison of month on month average sales a day (March v February 2019) was largely positive. Total Month on Month sales were up by +6.5%, led by Landscaping at +27.7%, Renewables & Water Saving (+13.9%) and Heavy Building Materials (+6.8%).

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Overall there are more positives than negatives within the BMBI Q1 2019 results. At the moment consumer confidence is holding and homeowners continue to invest in RMI projects, but we are still living in uncertain times. No one can say for sure what impact the prolonged uncertainty over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will have over the course of the next 12 months.”

Longley Concrete supply a range of flooring products through most major Builders Merchants across the UK for home owners pursuing self-build projects. The dedicated builders merchant team provide advice and drawings for jobs as well as returning quotes within 48 hours.

Michael Longley, Managing Director at Longley Concrete commented “The BMF’s figures correlate with our own experience and growth within the Builders Merchants sector. We’re seeing a high level of orders for our beam and block and flooring products through the trade, with homeowners still keen to complete home renovation and extension projects.”

With manufacturing bases for their beam and bock product in London and Yorkshire, Longley Concrete is well placed to distribute its flooring range across the UK. Merchants are also able to order supply-only and pick up from either the London or Yorkshire sites.

Contact Longley Concrete for a quote or call 01924 464 283 or email sales@longley.uk.com.