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Starmer support for BMF on customs

“We want to negotiate to ensure there are no new customs burdens when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in two years’ time,” was the message from Sir Keir Starmer MP to the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) yesterday (25 April).

Keystone Group scoops Materials Supplier of the Year award

The Keystone Group has won Materials Supplier of the Year at a recent Construction News event held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.

Redland searches for its Apprentice of the Year

Redland is launching a competition to find the 2017 Redland Apprentice of the Year.

Ringside seats up for grabs in silent auction

The Rainy Day Trust is delighted to announce that one of its industry partners, Reisser, has donated two VIP seats at the Queensbury Boxing League, to include ringside seats, an evening meal and overnight accommodation.

Easy Bathrooms opens 12th showroom

Trade bathroom supplier, Easy Bathrooms, has expanded by opening its 12th showroom, following £250,000 of investment.

Flame Heating Spares launches app

Flame Heating Spares is to support the region’s installers with the launch of a new app.

Unite calls for action on workplace death delays

Friends and families who have lost loved ones to workplace fatalities are having to wait an average of three years and four months to secure justice, according to research by Unite.

BMF responds to UK government Industrial Strategy

A modern Industrial Strategy that showcases the construction industry, based on a clearly-defined, well-articulated mission to give it purpose, drive and direction, is the message to Ministers from the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Q4 Bathrooms expansion with southern distribution centre

Bathroom distributor Q4 Bathrooms has announced its ongoing expansion with the opening of a second distribution centre in Aylesbury.

Full-time role for GB Plastics’ first apprentice

Paul Woodhead, the first apprentice taken on by specialist supplier of low maintenance building products, GB Plastics, is now a full-time member of the team at the company’s Rugeley branch and head office.

Olympic gold medalist opens EH Smith branch

Lily Owsley MBE, part of the Olympic gold medal-winning women’s hockey team from Rio 2016, has officially opened the new £1m EH Smith ‘Local’ branch in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham.

Dunlop kicks off Multi-Skill Champion Competition

Dunlop has kicked off its Multi-Skill Champion Competition to find the best multi-skill construction student in the UK with a series of regional college heats.

Redland launches support for roofing students

Redland is investing in the future of the pitched roofing sector with the launch of a programme to support young roofing students.

Builders bullish despite rising costs, says FMB

Small construction firms enjoyed rising workloads in the first quarter of 2017, despite growing concerns over the cost of labour and materials, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

WernerCo donates to charities in the construction industry

WernerCo, the manufacturer of ladders, has recently donated a range of equipment to several charities across the UK that provide education and employment opportunities in construction to a variety of those in need.

Government indicates continued commitment to EU energy efficiency laws

The government has issued positive statements indicating its continued commitment to the existing EU legislation surrounding energy efficient products.

Fix Radio launches for the trade

A new radio station dedicated to tradespeople will be giving out 20,000 bacon butties to builders after it launches later this month.

Construction industry beats post-Brexit expectations

Activity in the construction industry is rising at a faster pace following the EU referendum than initially expected, according to the latest forecasts by the Construction Products Association (CPA).

MKM enjoys strong growth in 2016

MKM Building Supplies has announced strong annual results for the financial year ended 30 September, 2016, with growth in both revenue and profits.

Fernox helps to support Candlelighters

Fernox is lending its support to the children’s cancer charity Candlelighters, and has donated 12 TF1 Omega Filters and various chemical water treatment products to the Gas Chat Tour, which is providing free central heating system installations in exchange for charitable donations.

BSW Timber invests in material handling equipment

BSW Timber has started a major investment programme in its material handling equipment by commissioning eight new side-loader ‘Bulmor’ vehicles for its sawmill in Newbridge-on-Wye, Powys.

Johnstone’s Trade announces finalists

Johnstone’s Trade has announced the four successful finalists in its Community Makeover competition 2017.

Champion Timber supports Youth Fest with material donation

Champion Timber’s Edenbridge branch was delighted to donate plywood to support an event that aimed to inspire local youngsters to follow their dreams.

Covers raises £564 in a ‘close shave’ for charity

A group of staff at Covers depots in Chichester, Gosport and Portsmouth have raised a total of £564 for Comic Relief after undertaking a range of activities, including bake sales and a sponsored shave.

Huws Gray makes first acquisition in Yorkshire

Huws Gray Builders Merchants has announced its first acquisition in Yorkshire, having recently completed the purchase of James Wilby Builders Merchants.

BMF opens second North West Regional Centre at Sentinel

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its second Regional Centre of Excellence in the North West, at Sentinel Performance Solutions' facility in Warrington.

Firefighters attend builders' merchant fire in London

The London Fire Brigade has tackled a huge fire at a builders' merchants in Brent Cross, London.

Builder wins van worth £21,000 at Ridgeons’ Saffron Walden branch

To celebrate the £7m refurbishment of its flagship Saffron Walden branch, Ridgeons, has handed lucky winner Darren Petchey, the keys to a brand-new Mercedes-Benz Vito van, worth over £21,000.

The BMF launches new website

Trade association the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a new website at www.bmf.org.uk to serve its members across the industry.

NMBS Exhibition maintains record-breaking success

NMBS – the UK's largest buying society for independent builders', timber, plumbing and heating, and hardware merchants – has staged another highly successful annual exhibition.

The gloves are off in Howarth Timber's fight against cancer

Staff from builders’ merchant Howarth Timber Group have thrown their hats in the ring for not one but two boxing challenges in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Abode MD takes on another challenge

Darren Holliday, managing director of Abode is taking on the Mount Kilimanjaro Ascent Challenge in June, fundraising for ‘Hartlepool Families First’ charity. The charity enables disabled children in Hartlepool, to enjoy life to the full.

Worcester Bosch CEO appointed CPA’s new chairman

The Construction Products Association (CPA) has named Carl Arntzen as its new chairman.

Buttle's named in FT 1000

Buttle's has been identified by the Financial Times as one of Europe's fastest-growing companies.

Renovations are underway at new Badshot Lea FC grounds

Rudridge has helped get renovations underway at the new Badshot Lea FC grounds in Westfield Lane, Farnham with work expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2018/19 football season.

Flame embarks on Scotland recruitment drive

Heating and plumbing merchant, Flame Heating Spares, is targeting further growth and job creation as it looks to expand its operation to serve the Scottish market.

Construction product manufacturing growth undeterred by intensifying cost inflation

The Construction Products Association’s (CPA) latest State of Trade Survey reports that UK construction product manufacturers registered an increase in sales and activity in the first quarter of 2017. This extends the industry’s period of growth to four years, despite a backdrop of increasing input cost pressures.

New Geberit head office opens for business

Local dignataries, company directors and employees gathered to mark the official opening of the new Geberit UK head office in Warwick last month.

A new chapter for SCA Timber Supply UK

The SCA Group is to become two listed companies: the forest products company SCA and the hygiene and health company Essity.

Bradfords Tool Hire sponsors British superbike team

Bradfords Tool Hire has been announced as a sponsorship partner of the Zoek Racing Team competing in the 2017 British Superbike Championship Ducati Cup.

Kohler Mira raise £92,000 for Cancer Research UK

Staff at Kohler Mira have smashed its fundraising target for Cancer Research UK (CRUK), which has resulted in £92,000 being handed over to the charity this spring.

Marathon run for ForgeFix's Mike

Mike Pollard of ForgeFix is running the Virgin London Marathon on 23 April, 2017, for Dementia Friends in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.

All hands on Dec!

Together with Crown Paints, Kent Blaxill is launching its “All hands on Dec” campaign, to renovate a worthy community project in the local area.

Scouts chosen as latest winners of RGB's Community Fund

1st Chulmleigh Scouts are the latest winners of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund following a public vote.

Gibbs & Dandy cements legacy of established Knebworth business

Gibbs & Dandy has opened a branch in Stevenage to carry on the legacy of a local builders’ merchant, Chas Lowe & Sons in Knebworth, which is due to close.

Bradfords MD braves the shave for Macmillan

David Young, managing director of Bradfords Building Supplies, has raised over £1,000 for Macmillan by taking part in a ‘Brave the Shave’ headshave on 3 April.

Baxi joins Carbon Connect

Boiler manufacturer Baxi has joined Carbon Connect, an independent, cross-party forum that aims to inform and guide the transition to a low carbon future underpinned by sustainable energy.

Huws Gray’s head office team runs for the UK Sepsis Trust

The Huws Gray head office team successfully completed the Liverpool Half Marathon, raising over £450 for the UK Sepsis Trust.

Keyline staff to embark on charity cycle ride across Scotland

Energetic employees from Keyline will be jumping into the saddle to raise vital funds for charity by cycling from Dumfries to Inverness. The team will pedal the 300-mile route over four days this summer in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

H&B and NBG in merger discussions

The boards of NBG and H&B buying groups have announced that they are in discussions regarding a potential merger of the two organisations.