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Breedon Group acquires Humberside Aggregates

Breedon has announced its completed acquisition of Humberside Aggregates Limited for a total consideration of £9 million, subject to completion adjustments.

The price of materials are soaring, says FMB

A third of small building firms say that soaring material prices are squeezing their margins and almost a quarter have had to pass these price increases onto consumers, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Selco makes a splash in Poole

Selco Builders Warehouse has continued to expand with opening of a new branch in Poole, Dorset. That takes the number of Selco branch openings in 2017 to eight, with the promise of more to come in the shape of Basildon and Hemel Hempstead.

BMF and First Event to take part in Pavestone Rally

In September, the BMF and First Event will be taking part in the Pavestone Rally 2017 to help raise money for The Teenage Cancer Trust and The Rainy Day Trust.

Travis Perkins answers customer demand with SAS

SAS, the leader in analytics, has helped the UK’s leading chain of builders’ merchants optimise decision-making as to what products to stock in each branch, without cumbersome number-crunching.

Ridgeons branches raise over £8,000 for EACH during festival of fundraising

Ridgeons has raised over £8,000 for East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) in support of the charity’s EACHfest fundraising initiative.

IKO joins the Construction Products Association

IKO has joined the Construction Products Association (CPA) as a company member.

New Trafford Park supersite set to improve SIG customer service

SIG Distribution has opened a new 144,000sq ft distribution branch, which will ensure quicker deliveries and a wider selection of products available to the construction sector. This will be SIG’s biggest trade branch in the UK.

The 'sound good factor'

Glass mineral wool insulation manufacturer, Isover UK, has invested in a new integrated campaign – The Sound Good Factor – to drive demand for its range of acoustic solutions.

BMF announce Supplier Engagement Award finalists for Members’ Day

The BMF will again present a Supplier Engagement Award at this year’s Members’ Day Awards Dinner on 20th September. The finalists from more than 200 suppliers in BMF membership are: ACO, Crystal Direct, Encon Insulation, Fakro, JCB, Marsh Industries and Monument Tools.

BMF comments on the UK’s plan for improving air quality

The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP, has published the government’s long-awaited plan to improve air quality by tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide pollution from diesel engines.

MHS Radiators has revealed a new division called Rads 2 Rails

The collection which has been created specifically for UK merchants and heating installers, is now available nationwide and offers value on designer radiators, towel rails and accessories in a wide variety of sizes from stock.

Robert Price acquires Gower Timber

Now with a network of 22 branches, Robert Price has acquired Gower Timber for an undisclosed sum.

Global boiler market heats up as the UK is no longer the largest market

Driven by environmental policy uptake and increasing “gasification” in Asia, the domestic boiler market grew in 2016 to 12.7 million units with China recording the most dynamic market uptake.

Baxi Heating unites against dementia

Baxi Heating’s has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Society after being voted for by the employees.

CRASH recognizes industry leaders at its annual reception

CRASH Charity honoured its Patron Companies at their Annual Reception & Above and Beyond Awards.

Keyline Bristol raises £700 during charity golf day

The Bristol branch of Keyline raised £700 for Prostate Cancer UK during its annual charity golf day.

Mira joins with charity: water

Mira Showers has become a brand partner with charity: water. Every year, Mira associates choose a charity to support. This year, the decision was made to fundraise for two – charity: water, working on a global scale; and continuing for a second year to support Cancer Research UK at a ‘local’ level. Mira is one of the first UK businesses to partner with charity: water in this way.

Voting opens in Britain’s Best Cafe competition

Voting has officially opened in the search to find Britain’s Best Cafe 2017 and this year’s hopeful entrants are calling on the trade and the public to support them in their quest to win the coveted title.

Simon Weston to give Keynote Presentation at BMF Members’ Day

Builders Merchants’ Federation’s (BMF) has announced Simon Weston to be the keynote speaker at the BMF Members’ Day in September.

Growth slows for construction SMEs, says FMB

The SME construction sector grew in the second quarter of 2017, although at a slower rate than the first three months of the year, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Sun safety warning for yard staff

Roof systems manufacturer Marley Eternit is urging all merchants to implement sun safety measures for building and timber yard staff, following new research which shows construction workers have a greater risk of skin cancer than any other occupation.

Imperial Bricks joins BMF as Supplier Member

Imperial Bricks has announced its membership to the Builders Merchant Federation (BMF). Imperial offers a wide range of handmade bricks from a single source and is experiencing strong growth with merchants. Thy have now made the logical step to become part of the BMF.

Howarth Timber launches ‘Howarth at Home’ showroom in Wakefield

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is continuing its programme of investment with a new look for its Howarth at Home kitchen, bedroom and bathroom showroom in Wakefield.

Selco take part in cricket charity event that raised £12,000 for Macmillan

Staff from Selco Builders Warehouse walked from four of the company’s Birmingham branches to the Edgbaston Stadium - the cricket venue for Birmingham Bears’ NatWest T20 Blast clash against Northamptonshire Steelbacks.

Football legend helps RGB raise over £3,500 during charity golf event

Former Liverpool, Aston Villa and Wales footballer Dean Saunders was part of a team from RGB Building Supplies’ Porthleven branch that won the builders merchant’s annual charity golf day.

Howarth Timber participates in 24-hour walking relay

The Howarth Timber and Building Supplies team put its best foot forward to complete the Relay for Life to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Roger Daltrey's good luck message to SR Timber

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey CBE has sent a good luck message to a team from SR Timber as they embark on a charity fundraising car rally to Monte Carlo.

Fernox gets in the swing of things at charity golf day

Fernox customers, partners and suppliers joined the leading chemical water treatment manufacturer at its 8th charity Golf Day, hosted at Whitefield’s Golf Club in Rugby, Warwickshire.

Breedon Group announces its unaudited interim results

Breedon Group has announced its unaudited results for the six months to 30 June, 2017.

A 'scorching' year for Flame Heating Spares

Flame Heating Spares is set for continued growth and expansion after more than doubling its turnover to record another successful year in business.

2017 NBG Conference is set to be ‘Bigger, Bolder and Better’

This year’s National Buying Group (NBG) Conference and AGM is set to be the biggest and best ever, with a record number of suppliers at the in-conference exhibition.

BMF and NMBS to run Independent Merchant Forum

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) have joined together to develop a one-day business forum for independent merchants.

UK Construction Week to offer safety courses following Grenfell disaster

In light of recent tragic events, UK Construction Week is launching free unbiased, factual workshops to anyone working in the industry.

BMF calls for clarity on air quality proposals

The Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF) has called on Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to clarify his Department’s Clean Air Zone proposals and warns that they risk adding “disproportionate costs” to SME businesses.

Chandlers Building Supplies wins 2017 BMF Mastermerchant Challenge

“The Merchants of Menace” from Chandlers Building Supplies fought off the challenge from 22 teams, who pushed them all the way, to lift the 2017 BMF Mastermerchant Trophy, presented to the winners of the industry’s annual team building challenge.

Earls Colne Recreation Club wins a facelift

The public have voted for Earls Colne Recreation Club to have a £10,000 makeover of its facilities as the winner of a competition sponsored by building and decorating supplies company Kent Blaxill and Crown Paints.

Sea Cadets ready to set sail due to Selco donation

Islington’s once thriving Sea Cadets unit is a step closer to being revived, after a leading building materials supplier donated 13 fire doors.

Ladders and swings top creativity table for #FlexYourPex competition

Ladders, swings, mug holders, and dumbbells are just a few of the creative uses plumbers and merchants have found for Speedfit connections, as part of JG Speedfit’s ‘Flex Your Pex’ competition.

Progress revealed in Hanson’s 2017 sustainability report

Hanson UK’s 2017 sustainability report charts a year of progress – capital investment is up 40% with a significant amount spent on projects to save energy, reduce emissions and improve its sites.

HSE releases workplace fatality statistics

According to recent statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), based on a wide variety of industries, there were 137 workers killed at work in the UK in 2016/17.

BMF wins Best Practice Award

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) scooped a Special Prize at the 2017 Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards, winning the Skills Development Award for the second time - the first was in 2015.

Mira raised over £1,500 for Cancer Research

As part of their ongoing support for Cancer Research UK (CRUK), staff at Kohler Mira recently staged a football fun day at Cheltenham Town FC to raise funds for the charity.

Innovation and learning at this year’s Build Show

The Build Show, part of UK Construction Week, returns for the third year to the Birmingham NEC, 10-12 October, 2017.

Spreading smiles for seriously ill children in hospital

Camden based charity, Spread a Smile, held their fundraising dinner on Wednesday 28 June at the London Marriott Hotel in Swiss Cottage.

Frank Howard’s annual tool show welcomes 1,000 visitors

On 30 June and 1 July, 1,000 visitors attended the Frank Howard Tool Show at Chelmsford City Racecourse.

Jewson partners with NHS in new “Cover up, mate” sun care awareness campaign

Construction workers are being urged to “Cover Up, Mate” and protect themselves against ultraviolet (UV) damage as part of a new NHS campaign being supported by Jewson.

Howarth Timber relaunches Derby and Tottenham stores

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is continuing its programme of investment with a new, larger store in Tottenham and a full refurbishment at its Derby branch.

RGB helps primary school develop outdoor education facility

Following a public vote, Holsworthy Primary School has been announced as the latest winner of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund.

Jewson announces Building Better Communities winners

Jewson has announced the winners of its 2017 Building Better Communities competition, giving two Trade Heroes and 24 regional projects from across the UK a share of the £250,000 prize fund.