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Jungheinrich launches flagship showroom and Business Hub

Jungheinrich UK has announced the launch of its new flagship ‘Forkcourt’ showroom and Business Hub concept to support local logistics-intensive businesses.

Gold medal Olympian to open new EH Smith branch

Lily Owsley, part of the Olympic gold-medal winning GB women’s hockey team from Brazil 2016, is opening the new EH Smith branch in Castle Bromwich, West Midlands.

National campaign tackles illegal working in construction

The national campaign ‘Spotlight on…illegal workers’ has been launched by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

TEC Supplies Group is KBB’s Bathroom Retailer of the Year

TEC Supplies Group has scooped KBB Review’s Bathroom Retailer of the Year award.

Marley strengthens its technical department

Due to an increased demand for design and technical advice, Marley Plumbing and Drainage has appointed Lloyd Winter as its new technical services manager, to provide unparalleled support to its customers.

Plumbase kicks off Innovation Nights

Plumbase has brought back its programme of Innovation Nights, aimed at giving installers a first glimpse of some of the newest products on the plumbing and heating market.

Installers warned over non-approved flue systems

Installers have been urged to take extra caution over their choice of boiler components and accessories, amid a growing number of controls and flue systems being sold on the internet as compatible with certain manufacturers’ boiler models.

SMEs focus on employee benefits, according to study

Small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) are focusing on the potential of employee benefits to help boost productivity and improve company performance, according to new research from MetLife’s UK Employee Benefit Trends Study 2017.

Eurocell’s charity support takes flight and gives light

Eurocell has announced a new initiative for 2017, which sees the company adopting two charities – one national and one local. The Eurocell board has also committed to augment approved employee efforts with corporate contributions.

Jewson pledges support to Better Barnsley project

Jewson has partnered with Henry Boot Construction as part of the ‘Better Barnsley’ project.

JCB becomes latest BMF Regional Centre of Excellence

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has teamed up with JCB to help make training courses more accessible to the Federation’s members in Staffordshire.

BMF Pavilion returns to UK Construction Week 2017

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is building on its first appearance at UK Construction Week last autumn by once again hosting its own branded BMF Pavilion at this year’s exhibition, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 10 to 12 October.

Wolseley to rebrand to Ferguson

Wolseley has announced that it will be changing its name to Ferguson and stepping away from its operations in the Nordic regions.

Jewson Building Better Communities competition returns for 2017

Jewson has announced the return of Building Better Communities for 2017, the competition where deserving causes, and tradespeople that make a difference in their local areas, can win a share of a £250,000 total prize fund.

BMF comments on Article 50 announcement

Responding to today’s Article 50 announcement, the Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF) has urged Theresa May and Davis Davis to negotiate a mutually beneficial new customs agreement based on zero or low tariffs.

Glass facility will create 18 new jobs in local area

Knauf Insulation has entered into a long-term contract with Veolia, which will see £10m invested in a new glass cullet processing facility, next to its manufacturing plant in St. Helens.

Border Merchants Systems to run upcoming webinar for customers

Border Merchant Systems and Adra are inviting customers to join an online webinar entitled: How Adra can help CounterAct Software users improve efficiency, which will demonstrate how Adra can help your business achieve efficiencies in accounts reconciliation.

GB Plastics to raise the roof at free demo day

Oswestry-based General Buildings Plastics is running a free demonstration day for building trade professionals and DIYers looking to improve their flat roofing skills.

Deserving veterans enjoy Dame Vera tribute thanks to £10,000 donation

Over 200 veterans, along with their carers and partners, enjoyed a 'night to remember' when they attended 100: A Tribute to Dame Vera Lynn, thanks to a £10,000 donation made by civils and drainage solutions supplier Keyline.

Rudridge supports customer's bid to take on marathon challenge

Rudridge will be supporting the managing director of a long standing customer, who is raising awareness for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre, by helping him to raise funds for the cause.

Rudridge employee celebrates 10 years of service

An employee at Rudridge in Gravesend has celebrated the impressive milestone of 10 years service at the business.

Covers raises £332 for charity

Covers in Chichester has raised £332 for the Aldingbourne Trust by taking part in the charity's Wear It Green Day.

OBITUARY: Jeff Hulme, Sharples Davies Ltd

Sharples Davies Limited has sadly announced the passing of managing director Jeff Hulme, after being diagnosed with cancer in June 2016. Mr Hulme passed away on 7 March, 2017, aged 61.

The IPG creates two sector steering groups

The Independent Plumbing Group (IPG) has announced it has created two steering groups to focus and drive key areas of the business.

Crockers is acquired by Bradfords Building Supplies

Bradfords Building Supplies has announced the acquisition of Crockers, a general builders’ merchant operating from one branch in Dawlish, South Devon.

BMF launches new leadership development programme

Talent Development is the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) new leadership and team development programme to help builders’ merchants to grow existing and future leaders.

New induction programme launched by Champion Timber

A new six-week induction programme launched by Champion Timber has been designed to give new employees “a great entry into the industry”.

Baxi to open two new training centres

Baxi is aiming to build on its reputation for being top of the class when it comes to training by opening two new facilities in 2017.

Coram Group UK strengthens its sales team

Coram Group UK has announced the appointments of Debbie Pierce to sales office manager and Stephen Woolsey to the role of business development manager, as part of a Group strategy to drive sales across their key brand areas.

Berhams Plumbing Supplies joins The IPG

Berhams Plumbing Supplies has joined The IPG, making it member 141 for the independent buying group.

Wolseley UK’s Graduate Scheme is now open

Wolseley UK has announced that it is opening its 2017 graduate scheme to fill 15 positions.

Acquisition brings Reddance into the Cowal family

Cowal Building & Plumbing Supplies has strengthened its presence in Western Scotland with the acquisition of Reddance Building Supplies in Dalry, Ayrshire.

Elliotts helps fund house for paraplegic toddler

A toddler who was struck down with a virus that left him paralysed from the neck down was gifted a specially-built home after the Southampton community pulled together to raise funds.

Wienerberger continues sponsorship of Guild of Bricklayers competition

Wienerberger is continuing its ongoing sponsorship of the Guild of Bricklayers competitions in 2017. The sponsorship, which has been in place for a number of years, will see Wienerberger donate to a series of regional competitions, along with the national final.

Coomers raises over £3,500 for Macmillan

Coomers Timber & Building Supplies presented The Haslemere and District Committee of Macmillan Cancer Support with a cheque for £3,551.64 following a raft of fundraising events.

Dancing on the Russell Roof Tiles

Russell Roof Tiles raised £3,000 at its first Strictly Come Dancing-style live ballroom dancing competition, Dancing on the Tiles.

Kent Blaxill opens store in Market Harborough

Stuart Yates, president of the Painting and Decorating Association, cut the ribbon to officially open a new Kent Blaxill decorative store in Market Harborough on 16 March, which will serve both the professional decorator and home DIY markets.

Ambitious plans on track for Selco

Selco has opened its 48th branch in Beckton, east London.

Builders welcome NI U-turn, says FMB

The government has made the right decision to row back on its plan to hike up National Insurance Contributions for the self-employed, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said.

Government makes U-turn on National Insurance Contributions

The government has announced a reversal of plans to increase National Insurance Contributions (NIC) from the self-employed by 2% over the next two years.

Keyline gives veterans a ‘night to remember’

Keyline has donated £10,000 of tickets to give over 200 deserving veterans, along with their partners and carers, the chance to attend a tribute show to honour ‘Forces’ Sweetheart’ Dame Vera Lynn, who turns 100 next week, and raise funds for her legacy charity – The Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity.

Ibstock achieves ISO 14001 across all sites

Ibstock has achieved ISO 14001 accreditation for its environmental management system at its Ibstock-Kevington factory in Sharpthrone – meaning all Ibstock’s UK production sites now hold the standard.

JP Corry launches new website

JP Corry has launched a new website to improve functionality and strengthen relationships with its brand.

EH Smith’s new Castle Bromwich site nears opening

EH Smith believes that its new warehouse and store in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, shows “great potential for local builders” as it prepares to open in the spring.

IKO breaks ground on new UK factory

IKO plc has begun construction work on a 470,000sq ft PIR insulation factory in Cambridgeshire.

Monthly fall in construction output in January

Recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show that construction output in January fell by 0.4%, but rose by 2.0% compared with one year earlier. In addition, new orders in Q4 were 2.8% lower than Q3 and flat compared to a year ago.

RGB acquires Bodmin builders’ merchant

RGB Building Supplies has announced the company’s acquisition of Bodmin builders’ merchant TecBuild.

BMF launches Regional Centre of Excellence in Wales

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its first Regional Centre of Excellence in Wales at Rockwool’s training academy in Bridgend.

Sprint finish in cycle race thriller

The fastest ever edition of Colchester Cycling Club’s Jock Wadley race was decided this year in a full-blooded bunch sprint with Steele Von Hoff overhauling triple Olympic champion Ed Clancy who slipped back to 4th.

BMF opens first Regional Centre in Wales

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its first Regional Centre of Excellence in Wales at ROCKWOOL’s Training Academy in Bridgend.