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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.

£15 million contract win creates new jobs at Keyline

Keyline has been awarded a £15 million contract by the A14 Integrated Delivery Team (a joint venture between Costain, Skanska, Balfour Beatty and Carillion), as part of the Highways England A14 upgrade between Cambridge and Huntingdon, creating two new jobs at the company’s branch in Peterborough and one at its Norwich branch.

New corporate name brings coherence to bathroom specialist

Ultra Finishing Limited has announced that the corporate group name – Roxor Group Limited – will be used to encompass all of its subsidiary companies including Ultra Finishing Ltd, BC Designs (INT), Niko Ltd, Portabella Shaw, Shanghai PTB sanitary ware and, soon to be, Fireclay Factory.

Travis Perkins wins military recruitment award

Travis Perkins has been recognised for its work supporting the Armed Forces with a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver award.

Howarth Timber names Feliicia Eliza as next big thing in local music live

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has concluded its UK-wide search to find the next big thing in live music, naming Feliicia Eliza as its favourite act.

Concrete plans for Huddersfield builders’ merchant

A Huddersfield builders’ merchant has purchased a larger premises and plans to hire more staff with support of a £765,000 finance package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

MP Moran raise over £10,000 for three excellent charities

MP Moran's Kevin and Derek Moran, as well as 12 other staff members from across the company’s five London stores including its Kilburn head office took part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride 2017 with thousands of other people from across the country.

RGB Exmouth celebrates 5th anniversary

RGB Building Supplies marked five years of being part of the Exmouth community on Tuesday 1st August by inviting local residents, and those that work in the trades, to a free celebratory event.

Latest new home registrations are in line with 2016

Developers registered 40,000 new homes to be built in the UK during Q2 2017, according to the National Housebuilding Council’s (NHBC’s) latest new home registration statistics.

Avon Plywood joins the Sydenhams Group

Sydenhams has announced its acquisition of Keynsham-based Timber and Sheet Materials specialist Avon Plywood.

PageGroup joins the BMF

The world-wide recruitment consultancy, PageGroup, has joined the BMF as a service member.

MKM opens its doors to Newent

MKM Building Supplies has opened a new branch in Newent, bringing 14 jobs to the market town near Gloucester.

BMF CEO takes on cycle challenge to help Kenyan school

John Newcomb, Chief Executive Officer of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), recently got on his bike and cycled 105km along the Grand Union Canal to raise much-needed funds for a secondary school in Kenya.

Bob Beaver Memorial Shoot raises £10k for Rainy Day Trust

This year’s Bob Beaver Memorial Shoot took place at the Royal Berkshire shooting school near Reading, where 90 suppliers and merchants took on the challenge to become the industry’s top gun.

UK’s Strongest Man 2017 named at Rudridge Ultimate Strongman Giant Weekend

The Rudridge Ultimate Strongman Giant Weekend reached its finale over the weekend when the UK’s Strongest Man 2017 was named during an action-packed three-day contest in Belfast.

HomeServe plumber visits colleagues before joining up with England squad

HomeServe plumber and international rugby star Marlie Packer has swapped her tools for her boots after she completed her final day on the job ahead of the women’s Rugby World Cup.

“Critical road safety issues” lead to licence revocation for South Wales aggregate firm

A South Wales aggregates and ready mix concrete business has lost its transport licence after the Traffic Commissioner for Wales said innocent people were far more likely to be injured or killed when such little regard was given to safety rules.

The first Women Installers Together Conference

The first ever Women Installers Together Conference will be held at London’s Hellenic Centre on 13th September 2017. The free event will celebrate the achievements and skills of the UK’s female plumbing and heating installers.

Peterborough Keyline employees celebrate 109 years of service

Three employees at Keyline in Peterborough have celebrated the impressive milestone of a combined 109 years of service at the business.

Kellaway Building Supplies Golf Day raises £1,500 for charity

A golf day at The Bristol Golf Club, organised by Kellaway Building Supplies, has raised £1,500 for a local children's hospice.

Irwin Tools says thanks to tradespeople

Irwin Tools, a manufacturer in hand tools and power tools accessories, is celebrating the UK and Ireland’s trade professionals with the return of its National Trade Appreciation Day.

UK construction industry growth slows to its lowest in six years

Growth prospects for the construction industry in 2018 have been downgraded as the UK prepares to leave the EU, according to the latest forecasts by the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Win a B&B getaway worth £250 courtesy of Covers

Fancy a weekend getaway this autumn? To celebrate the arrival of Covers’ ‘Bread & Butter’ catalogue, which lists over 450 daily essential accessories, the timber and builders merchant is giving one lucky customer the chance to win a B&B getaway of their choice worth £250.

H & T Bellas unveils new look store following revamp

Local builders’ merchant JP Corry continued its local investment programme with a complete refurbishment of its most recent branch; Coleraine-based timber and building supplier, H & T Bellas.

EH Smith celebrates a decade of gold at RoSPA awards

EH Smith Builders Merchants Ltd has been awarded its tenth Gold Medal in a row, at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Awards, recognising the firm’s commitment to occupational health and safety. In honour of this achievement, EH Smith also received the President’s Award.

TG Group on tour

Staff from a family-owned Shropshire company are taking its show on the road this summer.

Growing buying group welcomes latest new member

As part of its ongoing growth strategy, National Buying Group (NBG) is welcoming the latest member to its growing community of independent merchants with the addition of Kent-based Trade Distribution Limited (TDL).

Honeywell Home Safety urges installers to spread the word on CO safety

New research by Gas Safe Register suggests that homeowners are more concerned about food poisoning than they are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning when it comes to barbecuing. Here, Adrian Keats from Honeywell’s Home Safety business comments on the research.

CPA welcomes independent review of building safety and regulations

The Construction Products Association (CPA) has welcomed an independent review of building safety and regulations in high-rise residential buildings by the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Travis Perkins sponsors the Inspire Women in UK Construction, Property and Engineering summit

Travis Perkins has announced its sponsorship of the first Inspire Women in UK Construction, Property and Engineering summit. The summit is taking place on the 6th of September 2017, in Manchester.

Free expert advice and hot rolls at Covers Gosport

Covers Timber and Builders Merchant in Gosport will be hosting a free Trade Day on Monday 7th August.

Gap announces the acquisition of SIG Building plastics and SIG windows

General All-Purpose Plastics (GAP), the Blackburn manufacturer, stockist and distributor of PVC-U roofline, doors and windows, has announced the acquisition of SIG Building Plastics and SIG Windows from SIG UK Exteriors.

Besblock’s turnover is up 65% compared to the 9% nationwide drop

Midlands construction firm Besblock today unveiled a record turnover, bucking the national trend which reported a 9% drop nationwide.

SIG Construction accessories service to merchant customers

In 2010 SIG Construction accessories launched the first dedicated Merchant Centre in Maidstone covering London and the south east as a specialist division.

'Increased accountability' needed in wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy

Fire Door Safety Week campaigners have renewed calls for a publicly available register of Responsible Persons to increase accountability in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

BESA welcomes planned review of building regulations

The commissioning of an independent review of Building Regulations has been welcomed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Wickes launches new TradePro loyalty programme

Wickes has launched a new loyalty programme exclusively for trade customers – called Wickes TradePro – offering 10% off purchases in-store or online throughout the year, with no minimum spend.