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Worcester Bosch reacts to election results

Commenting on the results of the December 2019 General Election, Martyn Bridges, Director of Technical Communication and Product Management at Worcester Bosch has issued a statement.

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Baxi Heating smashes fundraising target for Alzheimer’s Society

Baxi Heating staff have raised over £60,000 for Alzheimer’s Society.

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BMF calls on new Government to transform the construction industry

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is calling for swift action on house building, decarbonisation and creating prosperity

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Bradstone launches 2020 Training Academy

Bradstone has announced the dates for its 2020 Training Academy.

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VitrA Bathrooms to open London showroom and creative hub

VitrA Bathrooms has announced the opening of a 5,600 ft2 flagship space in London’s Clerkenwell in spring 2020.

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MKM chosen for new branch in £7 million Yorkshire development

MKM has been named as the builders' merchant chosen to be included in a trade-focused development in Skelton.

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James Burrell invests £1 million in Yorkshire team

James Burrell Builders Merchant has announced a £1 million investment in its Yorkshire Key Account Team.

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Record amount raised at Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity Christmas lunch

A quarter of a million pounds was raised at the charity lunch through table sales, live and silent auctions, heads and tails, a raffle and event sponsorship.

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Lords takes majority stake in APP Wholesales

Lords Group Trading has announce the acquisition of the majority shareholding in APP Wholesale.

South Lanarkshire Building Supplies bought by M&J parent company

Rodger Group has acquired Larkhall based South Lanarkshire Building Supplies, adding a fourth location to the Group.

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Wolseley launches improved partnership scheme

Wolseley has re-launched its Installer Partnership Scheme, increasing the frequency of its rewards system.

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SkillBuild 2019 winners announced

The winners of this year’s SkillBuild National Finals have been announced by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Neil Bayton, Head of Partnerships – UK Trustpilot, John Newcomb, CEO BMF, Peter Simpson, Global Head of Partnerships Trustpilot
BMF partners with Trustpilot to promote customer engagement

The Builders Merchants Federation has announced a partnership with Trustpilot, as part of its mission to help members build excellence within their business.

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Uxbridge builders’ merchant fined after forklift accident

Crescent Building Supplies has been fined £60,000 after a lorry driver suffered serious injuries at its Longbridge Way branch in 2017.

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BMF opens 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its 30th Regional Centre of Excellence at Ideal Standard in Clerkenwell, London.

NMBS backs BMF launch of product data model programme

The NMBS has declared its support for ETIM as the most appropriate data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data for its members.

BMF foresees gloomy start for 2020

Based on previous trends, the federation is forecasting a continuation into 2020 of the current slowdown in growth for the sector.

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Permaroof to support children heart charity in 2020

Permaroof has announced Heart Link as its corporate charity after it helped provide lifesaving heart surgery to Managing Director Adrian Buttress’ granddaughter just days after she was born.

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New partnership to develop next generation of building trade

MKM Building Supplies has joined forces with the John Whitgift Academy in Grimsby, to support the Academy's new BTEC Level 2 Construction course launched earlier this year.

Clive Richardson – Marketing Director at Draper Tools, Christine Gillott – Senior Fundraiser at Care for Veterans, Charlotte Hawkins – National Account Sales at Draper Tools
Tool advent calendar raises £3,000 for veteran charity

Draper Tools pleged to donate £1 to Care for Veterans for every one of its advent calendar sold.

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BMF takes tough stance on water conservation

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has expressed support for more stringent regulations on water usage.

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Lakes joins tree-planting at local school

Lakes worked with pupils, the Headmaster and grounds team of King’s School in Gloucester to plant over 200 trees.

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Fil behind launch of half of all builders’ merchant branches

Racking and storage specialist Fil saw a 60% rise in turnover in 2018, after helping launch half of all new builders’ merchant branches in the UK.

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Real Deals for You 2019 display competition winners announced

The winners of Toolbank's perennial competition have been announced.

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Timber trade associations come together for stronger, unified voice

The Timber Decking and Cladding Association (TDCA) and The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) have formed a partnership to strengthen the market for timber cladding and decking.

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CMA 2019 winners announced

The winners of the Construction Marketing Awards for 2019 have been announced.

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Strong relationships with suppliers is top priority for NBG partners

The NBG has published new research conducted to understand the needs of its members.

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BMF joins digitalisation initiative

The BMF has partnered with the Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) to develop and implement the ETIM open source data model for the standardisation and classification of product data in the UK.

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‘Bricks & Clicks’ to boost bathrooms market in 2020

A new report has found that ‘bricks and clicks’ strategies are offering new opportunities for the bathroom market, with sales rising by 14% in the next 4 years.

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Cut the VAT to unleash green housing revolution, party leaders urged

A coalition of business groups and organisations from across the property and construction sectors have joined forces to urge the next UK government to cut VAT on maintenance and improvement works to people’s homes.

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Flame Heating Group joins Top 100 list

Flame features in the 2019 Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 league table ranking private companies by sales growth.

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Brett enables charity donations to mark anniversary

Five charities received donations as part of the Brett Landscaping's 110 anniversary celebrations.

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Selco plays Santa to local charities

Charities and hospices across England and Wales have received £19,400 worth of food and supplies, thanks Selco's pre-Christmas giveaway.

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C3 Alliance seeks paradigm shift in construction collaboration

The C3 Alliance is a group of manufacturers, contractors and developers that aims to boost productivity and value on construction projects through early collaboration.

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Collier & Catchpole opens third depot

The 200-year-old merchant has opened a nwe depot in Lawford, Essex.

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Ibstock builds collaboration with School of Architecture

Ibstock Brick has joined forces with the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) to look at the role of brick in creating better living environments.

The winners of the Dulux Select Decorators Awards 2019
Dulux Select Decorators shine at 2019 Awards

Twelve category winners and an overall winner were recognised during this celebration of Select Decorators around the UK.

From LtoR: Martin Casey (Director Public Affairs Europe, CEMEX), Lex Russell (Managing Director UK Materials Northern, CEMEX), Andy Spencer (VP Corporate Affairs, Sustainability & ERM – CEMEX Europe), Sam Tarrant (Business Conservation Partnerships Manager, RSPB), Jenny Oldroyd (RSPB & CEMEX Business Conservation Advisor), Beccy Speight (CEO, RSPB), Alex Finn (Restoration Manager, CEMEX), Nigel Symes (Head of Sector Advice, RSPB), Stephen Redwood (Director Aggs Permitting & Development Europe, CEMEX), Sean Cassidy (Regional Environmental Manager, CEMEX)
CEMEX and RSPB celebrate 10 years of biodiversity partnership

The two organisations have celebrated 10 years of their biodiversity partnership, which has seen the restoration of over 1000 hectares of priority habitat.

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Negative growth in Builders Merchants sales in Q3

Figures for Q3 2019 show negative growth in sales through UK builders’ merchants for the second successive quarter.

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National award for Ibstock’s people first approach to energy efficiency

Ibstock has been celebrated for its ‘people-first’ approach to energy efficiency at the Energy Awards 2019.

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NBG signs up Bernard Exton Supplies

Bernard Exton Supplies, based in London and the home counties, is the latest partner to join the group of independent builders merchants.

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Pasquill Inverness erects giant ‘Trussmas’ tree

To mark the start of the festive season, Pasquill has built another of its ‘Trussmas’ Christmas trees.

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Snows Timber falls into administration

Following an eventful year, the timber merchant went into administration on 18 November.

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Russells gets £50,000 upgrade

At a time of continued growth, Russell Roof Tiles has invested £50,000 in upgrading its equipment, systems and technology.

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Talasey Group goes marching in with Saints Foundation

Talasey Group has become a patron of the Saints Foundation, the charity of the Premier League team Southampton Football Club.

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Dulux Academy scoops award for second year running

Dulux Academy has been announced as the winner of the On The Tools Training Excellence Award for the second year running.

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Industry welcomes cross-party report into how timber can help solve the housing crisis

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Timber Industries says the government must commit to a long-term investment into the industry to give individual timber frame companies and timber producers the confidence to ramp up production.

Women win big at the Builders’ Merchants Awards 2019

The 18th annual Builders’ Merchants Awards was dominated by the women of the industry, with the majority of individual awards being won by women.

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Travis Perkins to sell Warrington site

Travis Perkins has put its Warrington distribution centre on the market.

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Shadow Chancellor pledges to build retrofitting supply chain

John McDonnell said that “retrofitting millions of homes is all part of Labour’s Green Industrial Revolution to move to a net zero carbon economy".