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Smart meters bill introduced to Parliament: BSRIA response

BSRIA has responded to the recent government announcement that a Smart Meters Bill will be introduced to Parliament wherein every home and small business in the UK will be offered a smart meter by the end of 2020 in a bid to ensure consumers continue to get the most out of their smart meters and saving them “billions of pounds”.

Ben Kinsella Trust joins #PHEXGives for Chelsea

One of the leading anti-knife crime charities in the UK, the Ben Kinsella Trust, will be joining the PHEX exhibition in Chelsea to raise money for its vital cause and raffle away a signed Chelsea shirt.

H&B recruits its first member into its TBG development group

The new buying group for small- to medium-sized merchants formed by the acquisition of TBG by H&B has recruited its first new member.

Driving in style with Icopal’s biggest golf day at Woburn

Industry professionals and Icopal staff took to the greens at the prestigious Woburn Golf Club near Milton Keynes for the manufacturer’s largest annual golf day to date with the chance to win a BMW Convertible. The day also raised over £700 to help support The Christie Hospital in Manchester.

MKM opens 50th branch in Leamington Spa

MKM has opened its 50th branch in the spa town of Leamington. The milestone branch is now open and was marked with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by MKM’s founder and Executive Chairman, David Kilburn. 

Aggregate Industries contracting banksmen get bodycams in £20,000 plus investment

Aggregate Industries Contracting has invested over £20,000 in ensuring every banksman is equipped with a state-of-the-art bodycam.

Worcester launches search for country’s best apprentice

Worcester, Bosch Group has called on the country’s heating engineers to get their apprentices involved in a new, nationwide search for the industry’s best apprentice installer.

Robert Price Charity Challenge team completes 170 Miles to celebrate 170 Years of trading

Robert Price Builders’ Merchants in South Wales is celebrating its 170th anniversary this year. To celebrate this milestone, the Robert Price Charity Challenge Team has embarked on a series of activities throughout the year, aiming to complete 170 Miles to mark 170 Years.

Farnham firm rewards long service by valued staff

Dedicated staff from the Farnham branch of groundwork and civil engineering materials supplier Rudridge have been recognised for their fifteen years’ combined service.

Covers sponsors Alresford Town FC U13s

The Alresford branch of Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has agreed a sponsorship deal with Alresford Town FC U13s for the 2017/2018 season.

One week until court ruling on historic Belgravia timber yard

On 31 October, a judicial review will decide the fate of Newson’s Timber Yard, the oldest surviving historic timber yard in the country. The review will determine if a decision made by Westminster City Council to allow The Grosvenor Estate to redevelop the timber yard is still valid.

Primaflow’s Marie braves the shave for Macmillan Cancer Support

Last month, Marie Stonall from F & P, Primaflow and Connections took part in a hair-raising fundraising event, ‘braving the shave’ to raise more than £1,400 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Warning signs for construction as growth slows, says FMB

Growth among construction SMEs slowed in most parts of the UK in the third quarter of this year, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Construction Marketing Awards finalists announced

The Construction Marketing Awards is an event that recognises the marketing achievements of organisations and individuals in the construction industry.

BSS awarded ISO 9001 certification

BSS, the supplier of commercial and industrial pipeline and heating solutions, has acheived ISO 9001: 2015 certification.

Health and safety remains key for Ibstock

To mark the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, Ibstock has launched a series of new videos to remind its employees about the importance of safety in the work place.

New National Sales Director for Alpha

Alpha Heating Innovation has welcomed Brendan Fenerty to the role of National Sales Director.

JCB Paint announce the worldwide launch of a Supertough, Supersafe, Superversatile paint

JCB Paint has created a paint which has been formulated to make it easy to use on almost any exterior surface and engineered to provide protection against the toughest conditions, like no other paint in the market.

MKM Kirkcaldy makes special delivery for poppy appeal

MKM Building Supplies has stepped in as the local distributor for Poppyscotland after discovering the charity had no way of delivering hundreds of collection boxes for the 2017 appeal.

Industry skills discussed at PHSP event

Plumbing and heating organisations and other stakeholders gathered recently to discuss how the industry could work collectively to address training and skills issues.

Gaia Underfloor Heating Sales Representative reaches new heights for charity

Matthew Janney, Sales Representative for Gaia Underfloor Heating, has conquered the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro.

New branch managers appointed for Ridgeons branches in Cambridge

Branch managers responsible for key Ridgeons branches in Cambridge have been appointed as the company embarks on a series of major new investments and changes in the city over the next seven months.

New AVS branch opens in Buckinghamshire

AVS Fencing Supplies has announced the opening of its new branch near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.

Keyline’s South Wales branches raise £885 during charity golf day event

Keyline’s South Wales branches raised a fantastic £885 for Prostate Cancer UK during their inaugural charity golf day held at Cottrell Park Golf Resort on Friday 15th September.

Intrepid Ideal and Gledhill team raises £4,400 for Rainbows Hospice

The vital work of the Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People will receive a donation of £4,400, after an intrepid team from Ideal Boilers and Gledhill Cylinders conquered an epic endurance challenge.

F&P team climb Mount Snowdon for the Alzheimer's Society

Last month, the commercial team from heating, plumbing and bathroom wholesaler F & P, Primaflow and Connections trekked to the summit of Mount Snowdon to raise money for Alzheimer's Society.

Marshalls acquires precast concrete manufacturer CPM

Marshalls is pleased to announce that it has acquired CPM Group, a company that specialises in underground water management solutions.

Cost increases reported by 90% of construction product manufacturers

UK construction product manufacturers are expecting slower growth in sales and activity as cost rises and slowing construction output continues to weaken market conditions, according to the Construction Products Association’s (CPA’s) State of Trade Survey for 2017 Q3.

Enter the VADO Rally 2018 now

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced that it will be supporting the Vado/Pavestone Rally, which is taking place from 7-10 June, 2018, for the third consecutive year next year.

Encon’s fast track to success

The Encon Group has been ranked 95th in The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 League Table.

Naylor wins lifetime achievement award

Edward Naylor, CEO of Barnsley based pipe and concrete product manufacturer Naylor Industries received a special award at this year's Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce Awards dinner- a lifetime achievement award.

Ridgeons employee raises £800 for EACH on 75-mile cycle ride

An employee from the Ridgeons branch in Halesworth has raised £800 for East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) by cycling more than 75 miles in one day.

Jewson Live returns for 2017 show

The UK’s biggest builders’ merchant show, Jewson Live, is back for 2017 – and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.

Construction leaders call for greater industry unity over T-Levels

Construction industry urged to collaborate now to successfully integrate the Post 16 skills plan reforms

Old Chestnuts’ e-postcards dispel British timber myths

Grown in Britain has launched a series of ‘Old Chestnuts’: electronic postcards intended to demonstrate that British-grown timber is a modern material.

BMBI experts debate key issues and trends in construction

In September, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) hosted the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) second annual Round Table debate at its offices in Coventry.

Apprentices the solution to the UK’s skills gap

Apprentices are the solution to addressing the UK’s skills gap, say 82% of UK SMEs in results obtained from the Close Brothers Business Barometer, a quarterly survey that questions over 900 UK and RoI SME owners and senior management across a range of sectors and regions.

Sage joins the BMF

Sage, the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems has joined the Builders Merchant Federation (BMF).

Timber frame is re-shaping the UK housebuilding industry

Recent developments in the housebuilding industry look set to stimulate the market for timber frame construction.

Builders slam hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, says FMB

A hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic would be damaging to the NI construction sector, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Capital investment supports brand realignment for Ultra Finishing

Following the seven-figure capital investment by Business Growth Fund (BGF) earlier this year Ultra Finishing is accelerating its programme of reviews and improvements across its business and infrastructure, in particular its brand realignment, which commenced recently with the establishment of ROXOR Group Limited, the holding company for all of the company’s UK and overseas businesses.

Industry reacts to Clean Growth Strategy

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released the government’s Clean Growth Strategy, and many throughout the industry have praised it.

h&b Group's acquisition of TBG sees the dawn of a new strategy for merchant buying groups

The h&b Group has acquired the Timber Buying Group (TBG), as part of its new strategy to support the industry’s small- to medium-sized merchants.

Countdown to Howarth Timber’s Trade Day gathers pace

Final preparations are underway for Howarth Timber’s third annual Trade Day Bonanza.

Worcester cautiously welcomes government’s Clean Growth Plan

One of the heating industry’s boiler manufacturers has given a ‘cautious welcome’ to the government’s new Clean Growth Plan.

Tigers legends officially open new BSS Leicester

Ben Kay MBE and Geordan Murphy, two Leicester Tigers legends, were the special guests for the Grand Opening launch event of BSS’ new branch in Thurmaston, Leicester.

Prospects for the UK Builders and Plumbers Merchants market cautiously optimistic

It is estimated that the UK builders and plumbers merchants’ market will see growth of 2% in 2017, compared with 2016, in value terms.

Covers sponsors Rudgwick Junior FC

The Rudgwick branch of Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has agreed a three-year sponsorship deal with Rudgwick Junior FC.

ForgeFix ScrewsArt fundraising goes intergalactic

Distributor of fixings, fasteners, power tool accessories and hardware, ForgeFix looks set to repeat its success in using an unique form of art to raise money for charity.

Ibstock Brick hosts Uzbekistan Ambassador visit

Ibstock Brick hosted a visit from the Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United Kingdom on Friday 6 October.