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Abloy presents ISIA Locksmith Award

Abloy UK has presented Crothers Security with the Locksmith of the Year award at the recent Irish Security Institute Association (ISIA) Awards 2016.

Greenworks at Jewson Live 2016

Greenworks is inviting Jewson Live visitors to attend a guest speaker slot by commercial director Marcus Jefford and Martin Taylor from Local Authority Building Control, who will be explaining building compliance and addressing the pitfalls that those involved in housebuilding can encounter.

The IPG hosts annual Members’ Dinner

Buying group The IPG recently held its annual Members' Dinner at the Alexandra House Hotel in Wiltshire.

Travis Perkins’ P&H division joins the BMF

The Plumbing and Heating (P&H) division of Travis Perkins, which includes City Plumbing Supplies and PTS along with six other brands, has joined the Builders Merchants Federation.

Industry triumphs at the BMN Awards

The builders’ merchant industry has come together to celebrate its achievements at the annual BMN Awards.

Boiler scrappage must learn from mistakes of ‘Boris Boiler’ scheme

A spokesperson for Worcester, Bosch Group has called on the industry to ‘learn its lesson’ from the London Boiler Scrappage scheme and simplify initiatives aiming to encourage homeowners to upgrade their inefficient boilers.

Salamander Pumps invests in staff training

Salamander Pumps is strengthening its commitment to customer service, innovation and product development, with an in-house apprenticeship programme that has seen its first student graduate into a permanent role, while seven of its staff are combining work with studying for qualifications.

Strength of Q3 merchant sales bucks ONS trend

Sales of building materials through UK builders merchants remained strong in Q3 2016, the first three months following the Brexit vote. The latest figures from the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) appear to buck the downward construction trend reported by the ONS earlier this month.

Kerridge Commercial Systems to acquire Integrity Software

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has reached an agreement to acquire Integrity Software, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and its successful suite of products. This acquisition is a key strategic investment for KCS in South Africa.

Call for government to clarify SuDS role in future flood prevention

A new report, that attempts to provide a roadmap for flood prevention in the UK, has been described as a ‘direct challenge’ to the government’s existing policy on sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS).

Actis welcomes Farmer Review’s call for innovation to tackle housing crisis

A call to embrace innovation to tackle the growing construction skills shortage, standardise quality and ensure the UK reaches its new build housing targets has been applauded by Actis insulation.

Considerate Constructors Scheme and National Federation of Builders announce partnership

The Considerate Constructors Scheme and the National Federation of Builders (NFB) have formed a partnership to promote best practice and raise standards across construction industry SMEs.

Chancellor boosts housebuilding support in Autumn Statement

Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond announced new housebuilding investments in his first Autumn Statement (23 November), along with new funds for roads and to improve the UK’s digital infrastructure.

Graham celebrates staff and supplier excellence at annual conference

At the recent Graham Plumbers’ Merchant annual conference, a number of staff and suppliers were recognised for their work in helping to provide the best possible service for customers.

IKO felt and insulation board parade at Lord Mayor’s Show

IKO recently supported the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants’ (WCoBM) float at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show in November.

Pipe Center and Climate Center rolls out new core stock range

Pipe Center and Climate Center has completed the roll out of its new, streamlined product range as part of a £7m stock investment.

BMF and CIPHE announce collaborative alliance

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers (CIPHE) have agreed a strategic alliance that will see the two organisations collaborating in key areas.

Alumasc’s blue rain drops bring fun to the Lord Mayor’s Show

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) was among the many supplier brands supporting the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants’ (WCoBM) Float at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show.

Rainy Day Trust launches specialist advice service with Shelter

The Rainy Day Trust has announced a 12-month partnership with Shelter to provide specialist advice to beneficiaries from the home improvement sector that have a housing need.

Raising money is only one half of the story

Bryan Clover, chief executive officer of the Rainy Day Trust, explains how the RDT uses the funds it raises.

Eurocell trains tomorrow’s technicians today

Eurocell has initiated a technical apprentices scheme alongside its in-house Management Development Programme in order to underwrite a talent base for the future and ensure its leadership training is balanced across all workplace disciplines.

Naylor directors in London's Lord Mayor's Show

As a supplier to the builders' merchant industry, Barnsley-based clay and plastic pipe manufacturer Naylor Drainage has close links with City Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants. This year's Lord Mayor's show was held on Saturday 12 November, and included a float from the Livery Company which was sponsored by Naylor.

Saint-Gobain continues education partnership with UK-GBC

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland has teamed up with UK-GBC for its Learning and Development Programme. The partnership, which began in October, will continue throughout the rest of 2016 and into 2017.

NMBS embarks on charity bike ride challenge

The team at NMBS, the UK's largest buying society for independent builders', timber, plumbing and heating, and hardware merchants, are undertaking an epic bike ride in aid of charity.

Eddie Stobart and Aggregate Industries partnership begins

Following months of preparation, a five-year logistics supply partnership between Eddie Stobart and Aggregate Industries has gone live.

Derbyshire MP praises stair supplier

Heather Wheeler, MP for South Derbyshire, has praised the entrepreneurial spirit of staircase manufacturer TwoTwenty during a visit to the company’s headquarters this week.

Naylor directors in London’s Lord Mayor's Show

As a supplier to the builders’ merchant industry, Naylor Drainage has close links with City Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants. This year’s Lord Mayor’s show was held on 12 November, and included a float from the Livery Company which was sponsored by Naylor.

Chadwicks targets business growth following refurb

Builders’ merchant, Chadwicks, has undergone a major refurbishment as part of its business growth strategy.

MKM opens new branch in Galashiels

MKM Building Supplies has arrived in the Scottish town of Galashiels, creating 13 jobs with the opening of its 45th branch.

BMF helps merchants to rise to apprenticeship challenge

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has joined with the organisers of the National Apprenticeship Show to offer BMF members discounted exhibition space at the five apprenticeship shows taking place around the country next year.

Plumb Center tops the Which? list

For the second year in a row, Plumb Center has been named the number one rated bathroom brand in the Which? customer survey 2016. The survey rated Plumb Center 30% ahead of another well-known brand.

Success for Knauf Insulation at the NBG Awards

Knauf Insulation is delighted to announce that, for the fourth year running, it has been presented with the Supplier of the Year award in the roofing and insulation category, at the National Buying Group (NBG) Awards.

Another successful year at the GAI Education Awards

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) has recognised the educational achievements of the door hardware industry at its annual Education Awards.

Saniflo’s roadshow boosts its Kinedo sales

Saniflo UK says its 2016 ‘Building better bathrooms’ roadshow has been so successful that it will take to the road again in 2017 visiting new venues with new products.

New look for BMF Members’ Day 2017

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is planning a new format for the next BMF Members’ Day, which will take place on 20 September, 2017.

2016 Painting and Decorating Show: the one-stop shop for merchants

Merchants and stockists looking to offer professional decorators all the products, tools and materials they need for various decorating jobs can see the latest innovations and at this year's National Painting and Decorating Show.

Total construction output declines but new work increases

Figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that construction output declined 1.1% in the third quarter of 2016.

BMF to boost charity fundraising in 2017

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has nominated the Teenage Cancer Trust as its charity partner for 2017. During the year the Federation will raise funds through four major events, with the proceeds being shared equally between the Teenage Cancer Trust and the merchant industry's own charity, the Rainy Day Trust.

BMF urges Chancellor to cut VAT for house repairs, maintenance and improvements

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is urging the Chancellor to cut VAT to 5% on household repairs, maintenance and improvements in the Autumn Statement next week.

Plumbers’ merchants market forecast to increase by 4% in 2016

The plumbers’ merchant market was worth an estimated £4 billion in 2015, having recovered strongly in recent years. Demand has increased since 2013, leading to greater demand for plumbing materials, bathroom and shower products, and the plumbers’ merchants market is forecast to grow by around 4% in 2016, according to a report by AMA Research.

New tool launched to help employers find apprenticeship training

A new tool, designed to help employers find apprenticeship training, has been launched by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

UK tradespeople defying skills gap pressures

A study by IronmongeryDirect has found that homeowners are still impressed with the work that is being carried out by trade professionals, despite noticing that the numbers of tradespeople available are dwindling.

PlumbStock opens Bury St Edmunds branch

PlumbStock has announced a new trade counter in Bury St Edmunds, the latest of 16 new branches opened by the company throughout 2015 and 2016.

Allow councils to borrow to build new homes, FMB tells Chancellor

Allowing local authorities to borrow to build homes could both help tackle the housing crisis and mitigate any emerging economic uncertainty, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said ahead of the Autumn Statement.

BDA calls for lifespan guarantee for newbuilds

The Brick Development Association (BDA) has called for a lifetime guarantee to be offered on newbuild homes, after reports that government ministers are planning to tackle the housing shortage by funding prefabricated homes

Worcester’s Rely On campaign goes on the road

Worcester, Bosch Group, has taken to the streets with a brand new advertising campaign, driving around the UK in a giant knitted van to remind homeowners that they can #RelyOnWorcester to keep warm this winter.

HSS launches mini plant hire for Greater London

A new partnership has been announced between HSS Hire Group and Kubota. Under the partnership, 200 new machines from Kubota will be available with next-day delivery within the Greater London area.

Moelven acquires DLH's Swedish operations

Moelven Wood in Sweden has announced the acquisition of DLH's Swedish operations. The company has said it provides a local presence in Skåne and the southern parts of Sweden.

Kellaway announces purchase of Premier Timber and Builders Merchant

Kellaway Building Supplies has purchased Worcester-based Premier Timber and Builders Merchant, which will become Kellaway’s 12th merchant branch.

A-Plant places £35m order with JCB

A-Plant has placed its largest order this year with JCB in an investment totalling £35m. The company has purchased more than 1,200 new JCB machines, including a number of the company’s new JS130 13-tonne tracked excavators.