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Covers aims to raise over £30,000 for local hospices

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants is aiming to raise over £30,000 to help local hospices. The company’s 13 depots will be supporting 11 hospices for both children and adults across the South East.

Scottish construction bodies seek member views on future of CITB levy

The Scottish Building Federation (SBF), Scottish Plant Owners Association (SPOA) and the Scottish Decorators’ Federation (SDF), the only three Scottish industry bodies officially mandated to do so, are surveying their memberships for views on the future of the Construction Levy administered UK-wide by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Kent Blaxill opens store in King's Lynn

The Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Cllr Carol Bower, cut the ribbon to open a new store in King’s Lynn for decorative supplies company Kent Blaxill on Thursday, August 31.

BSW and Tilhill Forestry announce the vertical integration of timber supply chain

George McRobbie, Managing Director of Tilhill Forestry, has announced the final stage of the completion of Tilhill Forestry’s integration into the BSW Group.

Has the Government found a long-term solution to tackle late payment for SMEs in construction?

In July 2017, the government launched The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.

Introducing SCA Merchant Services’ new branded livery

SCA Merchant Services has announced that a new branded fleet will be taking to the roads in Scotland. A first for SCA in the UK, the vehicle will be delivering timber and associated products to SCA’s Scottish customer base from their Cumbernauld site.

Keep smart on meters

NAPIT has responded to recent reports of faulty smart meter installations, which have, in some cases, supposedly led to fires.

Coming up with the goods

Ideal Bathrooms have opened their new state-of-the-art distribution centre at Milton Keynes, incorporating the existing warehouse plus a new additional facility that has increased its capacity by 50%.

Travis Perkins celebrate 10 years as title sponsor for the European Senior Masters Tournament

Travis Perkins celebrate 10 years as title sponsor for the European Senior Masters Tournament at Woburn Golf Club.

The Finishing Post constructs campaign for Builders Merchants Ridgeons

Suffolk based design and marketing agency, The Finishing Post, has developed a campaign promoting Ridgeons new e-commerce website for both online and in-store, across all 26 Ridgeons branches in the East of England.

RGB opens new Legends Lounge at Exeter City FC

RGB Building Supplies were delighted to officially open the new Legends Lounge at Exeter City Football Club on Tuesday 8th August during the home game against Charlton Athletic.

Duffield Timber toast 60th anniversary with new investment

Family-owned Yorkshire timber importer, Duffield Timber, has marked its 60th anniversary in style.

University Student announced as the winner of The 2017 Design Awards

Heatrae Sadia is delighted to crown Jennifer Wong, a student at Brunel University, as the winner of its 2017 inaugural Design Awards.

New Scottish depot for PJH

PJH, a supplier of bathrooms, kitchens and appliances, has announced the relocation and opening of its new depot near Glasgow Airport, Scotland.

Housing Minister to speak at BMF Members' Day

The Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Alok Sharma, will speak at the Builders Merchants Federation's (BMF) Members Day in September.

Express Asphalt exceeds expectations with record sales

A commitment to customer focus has reaped dividends for Aggregate Industries’ Express Asphalt plant in Salford, with the plant delivering record sales in June.

Travis Perkins celebrate victory in first ever T20:ProAm

Travis Perkins PLC and their sponsored team, the Travis Perkins Trailblazers are celebrating their tremendous win at the first ever T20:ProAM at Northampton County Cricket Club last weekend.

Merchant marketing pack for Grown in Britain Week 9-15 October

As part of its strategic partnership with the Builders Merchants Federation, Grown in Britain has launched a digital toolkit for BMF merchant members, comprising marketing material templates and ideas for promoting British-grown timber products during Grown in Britain Week, 9-15 October 2017.

Sign up now for essential seminar on construction marketing strategy

The CIM Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG) is hosting a morning seminar at Bristol Golf Club on 13th September specifically for marketers in the building industry. The two-hour breakfast seminar is sponsored by MRA Marketing, and looks at how to develop and implement a comprehensive marketing strategy in the construction and building materials sectors.

Gibbs & Dandy helps Alan Titchmarsh

Gibbs & Dandy Nottingham has helped an ITV garden makeover show hosted by Alan Titchmarsh to transform outdoor spaces for an inspirational cause.

NFB members based in the North East support apprentices for career in construction

The current skills shortage is one of the biggest challenges facing the construction industry today, as the sector continues to struggle in meeting the demand for skilled professionals.

Nominate your Graham Hero

To reward members of its team who have demonstrated remarkable customer service, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant is asking customers to once again nominate their ‘Graham Customer Hero’ as part of their ‘Graham Heroes’ Awards.

Kellaway Building Supplies relocates from Ashton to Bedminster

Kellaway Building Supplies has continued its year of investment and development by relocating its well-established branch at Ashton to a new larger site in Bedminster, less than a mile from the old branch.

Independents choose Atkinson & Kirby timber flooring in growth plan

The National Buying Group (NBG) has signed an agreement with Atkinson & Kirby for the supply of solid and engineered timber flooring, which started in July 2017.

Britons are tiring of newbuilds, according to new research

Britons are tiring of 'identikit' newbuild housing developments, according to new research by bridging specialist MFS.

Wolseley helps out tool theft victim

Wolseley’s Plumb Center has donated a replacement toolbox full of essential plumbing products to a young professional after he fell victim to van theft. The merchant has also pledged to continue to help out victims across the UK, as and when these incidents are reported.

Parker Building Supplies Charity Golf Day

This year’s 4th Annual Parker Building Supplies Charity Golf Day, trade morning and celebratory dinner, has matched last year’s record breaking sum and raised an amazing £25,000 for its Partner Charity Teenage Cancer Trust.

Border Webinar

Border Merchant Systems would like to invite you to an online webinar that will demonstrate how it has integrated CounterAct into the Magento Ecommerce platform.

Fuel your adventurous side with Greenstar Rewards

It’s often said that no two days as a heating engineer are ever the same. Worcester, Bosch Group is celebrating the variety of life in the heating industry, by offering installers the chance to get their hands on a whole host of new experiences as part of its Greenstar Rewards promotion for August.

Pedal power raises £25,000 for charity

Brett Group has raised over £25,000 for children’s charity Action Medical Research on the London to Paris cycle ride.

Cannock plumbers' merchant growth leads to relocation

MPH Plumbing Merchant in Cannock has moved to larger premises following recent growth in sales and customer numbers.

Free breakfast and product demos at DW Nye

Kingsfold company, DW Nye will be hosting a free demo day on Tuesday 5th September from 7:30am to 2:00pm.

A degree or an apprenticeship?

New figures show that apprenticeships are more popular than ever, with almost three million created since May 2010 as part of a government drive to create opportunities for all.

Housing White Paper must be implemented, says FMB

The only way we will increase the number of new homes we are building is if Ministers act now to implement measures in the government’s Housing White Paper aimed at removing barriers to small housebuilders, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

UK builders’ merchant Q2 sales show resilience

The latest data released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) confirms a continuing positive trend for UK builders merchants with Q2 sales increasing by 5.3% (when adjusted for there being two fewer trading days in period) compared to Q2 2016.

C & W Berry and the Southport Flower Show

C & W Berry have returned to Southport Flower Show this year with their take on the theme of Curious Garden.

TIMco launches summer catalogue with over 6,000 lines

TIMco has released its new summer catalogue with 10% more new product lines, taking their offering to over 6,000 products for the first time.

Festool has a successful roadshow thanks to pedal power

Festool, a supplier of high-end power tools and accessories, is on its way to raising more than £25,000 for the British Lung Foundation (BLF) and to promote lung health to UK tradespeople.

National Home Security Month and giving merchants the tools to secure Britain’s homes

This October, (NHSM) is returning for its fifth consecutive year, highlighting the importance of home security to British consumers nationwide.

Selco arrives in Basildon

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened the doors to its Basildon branch making it the company’s ninth branch opening of 2017.

Wood technology students celebrate at Cricket Club

Eight of nine successful TFT Woodexperts’ students from timber merchant James Latham plc received their Level 4 Certificates in Wood Science & Technology in a special ceremony held at Leicestershire County Cricket Club on 31 July.

CBI Brexit expert to speak at BMF Members Day

Nicole Sykes, head of EU Negotiations at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) will explore possible scenarios of business life beyond Brexit at the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) Members’ Day in September.

GE Robinson acquires Craven Timber

GE Robinson has announced its first acquisition in Yorkshire having recently completed the purchase of Craven Timber (Batley), based in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire.

BMF ATA places first merchant apprentices

The first apprentices to be placed by the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) accredited Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA), start work this month.

Kellaway Building Supplies team completes five peaks challenge for charity

The team of eight, made up of branch and head office staff, completed the challenge of scaling five of the largest peaks in the Lake District in less than 10 hours.

Howarth Timber’s Trade Day Bonanza comes with a £15,000 prize

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies’ Trade Day Bonanza is returning for its third year with its trademark host of deals, competitions and, brand new for 2017, a ‘golden ticket’ giveaway worth £15,000.

BMF announces Training Company Award finalists for Members’ Day

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will once again present a Training Company of the Year Award at the BMF Members’ Day Awards Dinner on 20 September. This year there are nominations from each of the five BMF Regional Managers across the UK.

BMF present donation to Teenage Cancer Trust

On 4 August the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) presented the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) with a cheque for £27,383.20 at the charity’s head office in London.

Political Uncertainty and Cost Rises Hit Construction

In a quarter characterised by political uncertainty, the Construction Products Association's Construction Trade Survey shows that despite a strong Q2, the industry's supply chain is more pessimistic for the year ahead.

Gibbs & Dandy says “tank you” to loyal customers with fuel rewards

Gibbs & Dandy is saying “tank you” to its loyal customers this month with a fuel card reward for those who spend on orders collected from branch in August.