Palladium Building Supplies branch manager Nick Cox attended a graduation ceremony at Bristol Cathedral in July for gaining a distinction in his foundation degree.

Along with four other students, Mr Cox completed the final stage of his three years of study with a paper on business sustainability, focusing on energy usage within Palladium Building Supplies and how improvements could be made within the organisation.

The foundation degree was part of the Integrated Professional Development program at the University of the West of England, who worked closely with The Builders' Merchant Federation (BMF) to gain University accreditation for a unique development program for the builders' merchant industry.

Mr Cox gained a distinction in his 10,000 word paper and will further his studies by working with the University of the West of England and the BMF in trying to gain more academic accreditation.