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WCoBM joins industry panel at Women In Industry Conference

The Master of the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM), Pippa Latham, attended the inaugural conference organised last week by the NMBS Finance Director, Julie Langford, to promote diversity and inclusion in our sector.

Fuel poverty
Elmhurst Energy responds to consultation on the Fuel Poverty Strategy for England

Elmhurst Energy has submitted its response to the Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) consultation on updating the 2015 Fuel Poverty Strategy for England.

Bellman and Robinson
Ryder keeps Travis Perkins fleet on the road

Financial strength and flexibility were key to completing the purchase and lease back of Travis Perkins’ 600-plus fleet in just 96 hours.

The new distribution centre
Saint-Gobain Abrasives opens new headquarters and distribution centre

Saint-Gobain Abrasives UK has relocated of its head office and distribution centre.

UK best young plumbers urged to pipe up

The HIP Apprentice of the Year competition kicks off in the new year and plumbing students are being asked to get their entries in now.

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CEMEX introduces non-tipping trailers for clay supply

Building materials supplier CEMEX has partnered with BMD Transport to introduce trucks with non-tipping belt trailers on its clay supply route between Southam Quarry and Rugby Cement Plant. 

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BMF KPI Report shows industry’s resilience to political uncertainty

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has published its latest Key Performance Indicators Report, which provides a benchmark for trading performance in the UK independent builders merchants sector over the 12 months ending April 2019.

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MKM optimises customer service capabilities with bespoke Dunlop training

Branch staff and customers from MKM Builders Merchants recently joined forces to soak up a day’s training at Dunlop’s industry renowned Innovation and Technology Centre (ITC) in Stoke-on-Trent.

Rob Maxfield - stonemason
Dickies bows to the trades

The workwear brand Dickies has launched a campaign celebrating the passion and skills of tradespeople who inspire others with their dedication and ingenuity.

Sam Withers, Ian Goodenough, Matt Adlington, Dan Coombes and Tom Bowles
Elliotts team to cycle across France for local children’s hospice

A team of 11 members of Elliotts Builders Merchant's staff is getting ready to tackle a 640-mile cycle ride across France to raise money for Naomi’s House and Jacksplace.

cutting the ribbon
Thompson & Parkes opens new DIY retail shop in Stourport

Long-established local business, Thompson & Parkes, has launched its first retail shop serving the DIY market in Stourport.

Anthony Spink (Showroom Supervisor), Jo Churchill MP, Hugh Guntrip (Area Manager), Mick Easton (Asst. Branch Manager), Brett Amphlett (BMF) and Ian Northen (Director)
MP "keen that merchants play their part" in better housing after branch visit

MP for Bury St Edmunds, Jo Churchill, saw first-hand how the building materials industry can play a key role in delivering new homes for the area.

a team of runners
Record revenue for 150 year old firm

Builders Merchant JT Dove has neared the £60m milestone in revenue and is celebrating its 150th year in business.

some of the donated tools
Tools for young Africans to build the future

RGB Building Supplies and Devon-based charity Amigos have received a very positive response to their appeal for donations of preloved tools. These will go on to help young Africans lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

Mouldy ceiling and walls
Survey shows North-South damp divide

A poll of tenanted households, conducted by YouGov on behalf of Safeguard Europe has revealed that renters living in the South are more likely to encounter damp and mould in their homes than those living in the North.

recyling waste
Stockgap goes greener and saves money

Stockgap has implemented a new recycling policy that means none of its waste goes to landfill.

Boiler being serviced
Survey reveals bad state of nation's boilers ahead of Gas Safety Week

A survey conducted for boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch reveals the lack of regular maintenance and servicing by much of the UK's boilers.

Sorrento
NMBS announces exclusive Conference activities

The National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) has announced the array of social activities that will be available to delegates at next year's All-Industry Conference in Sorrento, Italy.

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What’s App-ening at the BMF Annual Conference?

For the first time, this year delegates will have access to a great networking tool that will help them to maximise their time at the BMF’s Annual Members’ Conference.

Martin Warnes, 2019 UK Plumber of the Year.
Essex plumber triumphs in nationwide competition

Martin Warnes, from Essex, has been crowned the 2019 UK Plumber of the Year.

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