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The Courtney Smith Group celebrate their 14th year in business

With the recruitment industry worth more to the economy than ever before (according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), £35.1 billion in 2016, the Hertfordshire based Courtney Smith Group celebrate their 14th year in business this month.

HPS has raised over half a million for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital

Peter Wilson, Sales and Marketing Director, and Alec Meadows, Operations Director, from Heating Plumbing Supplies Merchants presented the cheque during a recent visit to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

Ecobuild reveals the 2018 futurebuild districts

ecobuild owners, Futurebuild Events, have revealed more details about the futurebuild districts which have been created following feedback that the event had lost its way in previous years.

Selco gives tadespeople a chance to embrace digital era

A new app designed to make planning and quoting jobs easier for tradespeople has been launched by Selco builders merchant.

Baulch joins anniversary charity challenge

Former Welsh athletics star Jamie Baulch has rekindled his sporting career to help a Cardiff business celebrate a landmark anniversary.

Family-owned Builders Merchant Celebrates 175 Years in Business

Elliotts Builders Merchant, the south’s leading independent supplier of building products to the trade and public, is celebrating 175 years of business, having been established since 1st October 1842.

This is the CITB’s last chance, says FMB

The CITB has one last chance to fundamentally reform and start facilitating quality training en masse among the construction industry’s smaller firms, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Built environment brand specialists CMDi appointed by the BMF

To help accelerate and strengthen their commercial development, The Builders Merchants Federation has appointed built environment brand specialists CMDi – based on the agency’s recent work for the Federation of Master Builders.

KCS rebrands its US acquisitions

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), the leading supplier of ERP solutions to merchants and other distributive companies, has just rebranded the two US-based software companies it recently acquired.

Bricks and Water: why water matters for construction workers

Construction workers wearing hot, protective clothing are vulnerable to dehydration - even as the weather cools.

Grant UK continues to raise money for Julia’s House

Staff at Grant UK have raised over £350 for local children’s charity Julia’s House with a raffle held in September.

Investments and changes for Ridgeons in Cambridge

Ridgeons has announced a series of major new investments and changes to its Cambridge branches, with the renovation and expansion of its existing Nuffield Road branch, the opening of a new flagship branch in Norman Way and the closure of the existing Cromwell Road branch in April 2018.

Aggregate Industries All Aboard with McDermotts to create New National College for High Speed Rail

Aggregate Industries has provided the platform for the newly created National College for High Speed Rail, located in the centre of Birmingham.

Travis Perkins confirms its commitment to Approved Fire Door Centre expertise

A major initiative within the builders’ merchant sector is set to boost fire safety knowledge and the installation of properly certificated fire doors in a huge range of building projects, large and small.

Visqueen opens new training academy

Visqueen has opened a dedicated training academy, at its headquarters in Heanor, Derbyshire.

BMF launches IT Solutions Plus to overcome merchants’ top three IT challenges

The Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) is launching BMF IT Solutions Plus to help its members to utilise digital technology to enhance their service and improve productivity.

P C Henderson release new corporate video

Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, is pleased to announce the launch of its new corporate video which allows potential and existing customers to gain an insight into the company, the people and the products.

SR Timber completes charity car rally

A team from SR Timber has raised more than £3450 for charity after completing a car rally that took them through ten European countries in four days, ending in Monte Carlo.

Bradfords Building Supplies to sponsor The Exeter Chiefs

Two stalwarts of the South West, Exeter Chiefs and Bradfords Building Supplies, have joined forces for the 2017-18 rugby season.

JCB Finance pledges its support to SMEs

JCB Finance is launching a campaign to provide additional support for SMEs in the construction sector when taking out external funding.

A strong July for builders' merchants

The latest data from the BMBI Report shows builders' merchants' sales are in good health. Despite media speculation, sales increased again in July, with a 7.0% increase compared with July 2016.

Chichester Dawn Gracie and Trisha Aylmore

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants welcomed vintage entertainer and singer Dawn Gracie to its Chichester depot last week for a charity ‘Builders’ Bake Off’.

Howarth Timber hosts star-studded Sportsman’s Dinner

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies is hosting a star-studded Sportsman’s Dinner in support of its 2017 charity partner Cancer Research UK.

National survey shows worryingly low awareness of fire door safety

A major survey of 2,000 UK adults in support of Fire Door Safety Week, 25 September – 1 October, has shown an alarming lack of general public awareness of the essential role of fire doors, which are a legal requirement in all commercial, public and multi-occupancy buildings.

Brexit: It’s still all about the economy, says NFB

Theresa May has addressed the issue of Brexit in a landmark speech delivered in Florence on 22 September.

Bridging the digital skills gap in Northampton

Travis Perkins paid a visit to Northampton Academy this week to share their coding expertise with its Year 10 students as part of UK-wide ‘National Coding Week’.

Gibbs & Dandy Dorchester gets a kick out of martial arts event

Gibbs & Dandy is getting a kick out of its latest sponsorship deal, as it supports one of the UK’s largest martial arts events, which takes place this weekend.

Welsh Government’s move to tackle access to finance for small builders is timely, says FMB Cymru

The Welsh Government’s announcement that £30m will be pumped into the Wales Property Development Fund to improve access to finance for small Welsh construction firms will help to increase house building, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Cymru.

Firms donate construction materials to hurricane torn Barbuda

IronmongeryDirect has partnered with supplier TIMco to donate a pallet full of fastenings and fixings which is being sent to hurricane torn Barbuda in the Caribbean.

Worcester cleans up with Greenstar Rewards

As the colder months draw closer and heating systems are turned back on, it’s the time of the year where heating engineers are more frequently called out for essential servicing.

Elliotts Builders Merchant gears up to ride 550 miles for charity

A group of employees from Elliotts Builders Merchant will ride 550 miles across France this month to raise money for cervical cancer charity, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

John Nicholls Plumbing & Heating is now open in Buckingham

John Nicholls (Trading) has announced the opening of its latest Plumbing & Heating branch at Top Angel, Buckingham Industrial Estate, Buckingham.

Rudridge duo complete epic bike ride for charity

Two employees from the Farnham branch of Rudridge have completed the challenge of a lifetime and raised £3,200 by cycling from Paris to Geneva in memory of a much-missed former colleague.

Ridgeons donates essential building materials to Barbuda hurricane appeal

Ridgeons in Bury St Edmunds is donating £1,000 worth of construction materials and building tools to a Barbuda appeal to help people on the island rebuild homes following Hurricane Irma.

BMF announces 2018 Charity partner, after amazing year of fundraising

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has nominated Variety, the Children’s Charity, as its charity partner for 2018. Variety works to improve the lives of children and young people throughout the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged.

Border User Meetings to demonstrate the latest CounterAct

Border Merchant Systems, a supplier of dedicated merchant software, will be hosting a series of Customer User Meetings in November.

Elliotts Builders Merchant helps with hurricane relief efforts

Elliotts, an independent supplier of building products for the trade and public, has joined in with the effort to help re-build Barbuda following Hurricane Irma.

Housing Minister welcomes £50m investment in UK brick manufacturing

Housing and Planning Minister, Alok Sharma has welcomed plans by Ibstock, the UK’s largest brick manufacturer, to invest £50m in a new factory in Leicestershire.

Crystal Clear Group to sponsor BMF All Industry Conference until 2023

The Crystal Clear Group has confirmed a three Conference sponsorship arrangement with the Builders Merchants Federation. Crystal will be the Headline Sponsor for the BMF All Industry Conference in 2019, 2021 and 2023.

Is fear of falling fuelling roofing skills shortage?

A survey of over 200 trainee roofers by Redland has revealed that fear of injury or death is the biggest concern for 43% of them. Of the 212 surveyed, 63 said that they were most worried about falling from height, 12 cited health and safety issues, 11 said injuries and five said they feared death.

UK homeowners failing to invest in regular servicing

New research from Worcester, Bosch Group has revealed that homeowners are putting themselves at risk by failing to commit to simple gas safety checks.

Rainy Day Trust benefits from Pavestone Rally by around £78k

Industry charity the Rainy Day Trust is set to receive nearly £78,000 from the Pavestone Rally, which took place in early September.

Watts joins the BMF

Watts Water Technologies, global manufacturer and supplier of water and heating technology, has joined the BMF as a Supplier Member.

CRASH Charity’s Christmas appeal

This year your Christmas donation can create places that care for people who are homeless or in a hospice.

Actis welcomes London Assembly’s push for offsite homes to ease housing crisis

The London Assembly’s proposal to focus on building offsite manufactured homes to help it deliver the 50,000 new dwellings it needs every year has been welcomed by pan European insulation specialist Actis.

The biomass debate heats up

Biomass opposition is constantly stepping up as Norbord and other wood-using industries join forces with environmental charities to urge Government to limit support for subsidies.

Viessmann joins the BMF

The Viessmann Group, a international manufacturer of heating and cooling systems has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Builders Qwik Qwote – a new service offering

Builders Qwik Qwote has been over a year in the making, evolving from a number of conversations with builders’ merchants and builders.

Travis Perkins hosts community outreach morning

Local builders’ merchant Travis Perkins offered a free breakfast to residents and commuters in Belgravia to celebrate their heritage in the local area and to raise awareness around a planning request which threatens the historic Travis Perkins branch in Pimlico.

Ibstock donation helps cement skills of construction students

Ibstock, is playing its part in ensuring construction students are equipped with the materials needed to hone their skills, by donating 12,000 of its bricks as part of an ongoing partnership between the brick manufacturer and the Construction Skills Village.