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PMI figures show residential housebuilding leads the way in an otherwise declining construction industry

The latest Construction Purchasing Mangers’ Index Figures have been released, showing that housebuilding continues to bounce back from a difficult start to the year, but construction’s new orders and outlook is in decline.

Breedon Group acquires Blinkbonny Quarry

Breedon Northern Limited, a subsidiary of construction materials supplier Breedon Group, has acquired Blinkbonny Quarry in Scotland.

J.W. Ostendorf becomes part of the Hempel Group

Hempel Group, parent company of Crown Paints, has signed an agreement to acquire German paint manufacturer J.W. Ostendorf.

Selco donates BMX bikes to children’s charities

Selco built and then donated BMX bikes to children’s charities Once Upon a Smile and Genie Networks.

Brick sales figures for Q1 2018 stack up well against last years’

The Brick Development Association reports increased growth for the industry in 2018, in response to growing demand.

EOS Facades reveals major investment programme

Steel frame systems manufacturer EOS Facades' expansion programme continues with an extension to its offsite manufacturing facility and the development of a new fabrication plant.

NMBS putts on a successful Golf Day

The annual National Merchant Buying Society/Building Materials Golf Society Golf Day took place on 30 May at Woburn Golf and Country Club, Buckinghamshire.

Tudor Griffiths converts a skip into seats

A team from TG Enviro, part of the Tudor Griffiths Group in Ellesmere, have recycled a skip into a seating area which is now touring the country.

Miller Pattison and Jablite announce new partnership

Insulation installer Miller Pattison has teamed up with insulation supplier Jablite, making Jablite the sole supplier of Miller Pattison’s own-brand cavity wall insulation.

Ridgeons sponsors Cambridge United Community Trust gala dinner

Builders’ merchant Ridgeons helped to fundraise as the main event sponsor at the Cambridge United Community Trust’s Gala Dinner.

Taylor Wimpey launches new children’s book

Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has announced the launch of its first children’s book, which aims to educate children about the house building process.

GROHE part of new forward-thinking co-working space

Sanitary products supplier GROHE is supporting a shared working hub opened by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

Grundfos hosts latest Builders’ Merchants Federation Regional Centre of Excellence

The BMF has launched its 19th Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of pump manufacturer Grundfos.

Wienerberger hosts its architecture awards for the 8th consecutive year

Brick manufacturer Wienerberger holds its Brick Awards bi-annually, celebrating modern, innovative architecture with clay materials.

Selco’s fantastic plastic fundraiser for CRASH

Selco has raised almost £3,000 for charity CRASH, which helps the homeless and hospices through construction related projects.

The British Woodworking Federation extends membership to Certifire Scheme

Builders’ merchants may find that their fire doors make them now eligible to join the BWF’s Certifire Scheme, as it is being extended to include companies that use Q-Mark fire doors.

IKO helps to restore historic Hurst Castle

IKO has played a major part in the £1 million restoration of a castle built by Henry VIII.

Football legends join Rudridge for seven-a-side event

Workers at drainage, groundwork and civil engineering material specialist Rudridge swapped high-vis jackets for football kits at its ninth annual seven-a-side event.

BSW Timber invests £35 million in Slovenian sawmill

Forestry and timber company BSW Timber is building a new sawmill, Combined Heat and Power plant, and band pellet manufacturing facility in Slovenia.

Ideal Boilers partners with West Bromwich Albion Football Club

Domestic heating and boiler manufacturer Ideal is partnering with West Bromwich Albion Football Club, with its logo set to appear on the players’ kit and training wear.

Want your say on the plumbing and heating engineering industry?

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering is holding its Annual General Meeting where members can have their voices heard on industry matters.

Celotex rejects claims made in BBC Grenfell Tower Panorama

Celotex is challenging claims made in a BBC News story that it knowingly mis-sold the dangerously flammable insulation used on Grenfell Tower.

Keyline will host a charity cycle for Prostate Cancer UK

Civil and drainage solutions supplier Keyline is hosting a charity bike ride from Dumfries to Inverness next month.

Norbord lends its support to homeless charity Social Bite

Norbord donated 11 packs of SterlingOSB to a project to build temporary accommodation for homeless people in Edinburgh.

Selco opens second Bristol branch

Selco Builders Warehouse has officially cut the ribbon to its second Bristol branch, bringing its total number of branches to 65.

Cable praises success of Twickenham timber business

If the government does not secure mutually beneficial customs arrangements before the UK leaves the EU in ten months’ time, Twickenham firm Alsford Timber will have to pay millions more upfront to buy European softwood.

MKM branch wins Responsible Business Champion Award

The All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group gave the award to the Kirkcaldy store as part of a Responsible Business Scheme.

The FMB call on the government to make public sector contracts accessible to SMEs

The Federation of Master Builders addressed the ‘closed shop’ culture reported by SME workers who say it prevents them from landing bigger projects.

Flex R opens its second depot

The company, which supplies EPDM materials for flat roofing, has opened a new centre in Huddersfield.

Bassetts open new store in Enniskillen

Plumbing and heating merchant Bassetts has opened its sixteenth store in Northern Ireland, following a £2 million investment.

Brokenshire to investigate cladding despite Hackitt’s verdict

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has stated that the government will consult on banning combustible cladding on high-rise residential buildings.

Isover has launched its airtightness and moisture management course

The course is held at the Saint-Gobain Technical Academy in East Leake, Nottinghamshire, and is aimed at specifiers and housebuilders.

Kellaway Building Supplies supports Bristol Noise community project

Kellaway Building Supplies has continued its support of community improvement charity Bristol Noise.

Hopefield Fab is on the lookout for new apprentices

Hopefield Fab, who produce metal bar tops, over bar glass racks, under-counter units and decorative metalwork - are recruiting new apprentices to join their firm.

Builders’ merchants’ sales growth continues upward trend in Q1 2018

The Builders Merchants Federation has recently released figures in its Builders Merchants Building Index which show continued growth, albeit at a slower rate.

Leaside Timber and Builders’ Merchants joins NBG

Buying group NBG has welcomed Leaside into its membership of independent builders’ merchants.

Norbord opens its new £95 million site

Having outgrown its old site, Norbord has opened a new factory in Inverness which allows the company to produce a new type of OSB.

Disappointment meets Hackitt Review recommendations

Suppliers say they are “disappointed” that Dame Judith Hackitt has not recommended that it should be mandatory for sprinklers to be fitted into tower blocks in her review of Building Regulations and fire safety rules.

Shadow Women’s Secretary praises LRBM sisters

Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities Dawn Butler showed support for her local builders’ merchant on a visit to London Reclaimed Brick Merchants last week.

CEMEX and RoadPeace gear up for safety scheme

CEMEX UK is calling on the construction industry to join the Construction Logistics and Community Safety scheme.

Mexican ambassador opens Wavin site expansion

The expansion of Wavin’s Chippenham site has been officially opened by the Mexican ambassador, Julián Ventura Valero.

Charity-minded Farnham roofer crowned nation’s ‘Local Hero’ in the 2018 UK Roofing Awards

Charity-minded Surrey roofer Lee Moran has been crowned the nation’s top ‘Local Hero’ in the National Federation of Roofing Contractors 2018 UK Roofing Awards, sponsored by SIG Roofing.

Government must transform how it works with construction post-Carillion, says FMB

The government must learn from Carillion by enforcing fair payment and opening up public sector contracts to smaller firms, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Ideal Bathrooms demonstrates commitment to customer service with new distribution hub

Ideal Bathrooms has made a major investment in its Scottish distribution operation with a move to a new 33,000 sq ft distribution hub in the centre of Glasgow.

Andrew Harrison and David Kilburn to speak at BMF Young Merchants Conference

Two of the most influential leaders in the builders’ merchant industry will speak at the BMF Young Merchants Conference in October.

Chandlers Building Supplies lends its support to the Construction Industry Helpline

Chandlers is helping to promote the Construction Industry Helpline, a free and confidential service that helps construction workers and families affected by mental health issues.

Digital VAT records may become mandatory for merchants

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has clarified that businesses with a turnover exceeding the VAT threshold of £85,000 will need to make their VAT records digital from April 2019.

St Albans next stop for expanding builders' merchant

Selco Builders Warehouse has further strengthened its offering in the London area by opening its a branch in St Albans - its 63rd in the UK.

RGB turns runners blue for charity

RGB Building Supplies is supporting Children’s Hospice South West’s charity Rainbow Run by sponsoring its blue paint station.

BMF wins ASI award for second time

The Builders Merchants Federation’s website, launched in April 2017, has recently received the Great Things Award for the second year running.