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Merchant marketing pack for Grown in Britain Week 9-15 October

As part of its strategic partnership with the Builders Merchants Federation, Grown in Britain has launched a digital toolkit for BMF merchant members, comprising marketing material templates and ideas for promoting British-grown timber products during Grown in Britain Week, 9-15 October 2017.

Sign up now for essential seminar on construction marketing strategy

The CIM Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG) is hosting a morning seminar at Bristol Golf Club on 13th September specifically for marketers in the building industry. The two-hour breakfast seminar is sponsored by MRA Marketing, and looks at how to develop and implement a comprehensive marketing strategy in the construction and building materials sectors.

Gibbs & Dandy helps Alan Titchmarsh

Gibbs & Dandy Nottingham has helped an ITV garden makeover show hosted by Alan Titchmarsh to transform outdoor spaces for an inspirational cause.

NFB members based in the North East support apprentices for career in construction

The current skills shortage is one of the biggest challenges facing the construction industry today, as the sector continues to struggle in meeting the demand for skilled professionals.

Nominate your Graham Hero

To reward members of its team who have demonstrated remarkable customer service, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant is asking customers to once again nominate their ‘Graham Customer Hero’ as part of their ‘Graham Heroes’ Awards.

Kellaway Building Supplies relocates from Ashton to Bedminster

Kellaway Building Supplies has continued its year of investment and development by relocating its well-established branch at Ashton to a new larger site in Bedminster, less than a mile from the old branch.

Independents choose Atkinson & Kirby timber flooring in growth plan

The National Buying Group (NBG) has signed an agreement with Atkinson & Kirby for the supply of solid and engineered timber flooring, which started in July 2017.

Britons are tiring of newbuilds, according to new research

Britons are tiring of 'identikit' newbuild housing developments, according to new research by bridging specialist MFS.

Wolseley helps out tool theft victim

Wolseley’s Plumb Center has donated a replacement toolbox full of essential plumbing products to a young professional after he fell victim to van theft. The merchant has also pledged to continue to help out victims across the UK, as and when these incidents are reported.

Parker Building Supplies Charity Golf Day

This year’s 4th Annual Parker Building Supplies Charity Golf Day, trade morning and celebratory dinner, has matched last year’s record breaking sum and raised an amazing £25,000 for its Partner Charity Teenage Cancer Trust.

Border Webinar

Border Merchant Systems would like to invite you to an online webinar that will demonstrate how it has integrated CounterAct into the Magento Ecommerce platform.

Fuel your adventurous side with Greenstar Rewards

It’s often said that no two days as a heating engineer are ever the same. Worcester, Bosch Group is celebrating the variety of life in the heating industry, by offering installers the chance to get their hands on a whole host of new experiences as part of its Greenstar Rewards promotion for August.

Pedal power raises £25,000 for charity

Brett Group has raised over £25,000 for children’s charity Action Medical Research on the London to Paris cycle ride.

Cannock plumbers' merchant growth leads to relocation

MPH Plumbing Merchant in Cannock has moved to larger premises following recent growth in sales and customer numbers.

Free breakfast and product demos at DW Nye

Kingsfold company, DW Nye will be hosting a free demo day on Tuesday 5th September from 7:30am to 2:00pm.

A degree or an apprenticeship?

New figures show that apprenticeships are more popular than ever, with almost three million created since May 2010 as part of a government drive to create opportunities for all.

Housing White Paper must be implemented, says FMB

The only way we will increase the number of new homes we are building is if Ministers act now to implement measures in the government’s Housing White Paper aimed at removing barriers to small housebuilders, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

UK builders’ merchant Q2 sales show resilience

The latest data released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) confirms a continuing positive trend for UK builders merchants with Q2 sales increasing by 5.3% (when adjusted for there being two fewer trading days in period) compared to Q2 2016.

C & W Berry and the Southport Flower Show

C & W Berry have returned to Southport Flower Show this year with their take on the theme of Curious Garden.

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.