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Hydraulics firm embarks on new era of growth in anniversary year

Ehrco has celebrated its 25th year in business by achieving an 18% rise in turnover.

The Talasey Group announces winners of its 2017 Landscaping Professional Awards

Open to members of the Talasey Group's Landscaping Professionals Scheme, the annual Landscaping Professional Awards recognise some of the most striking and innovative projects that were completed with the company's products during the course of the year.

The search is on for the Redland and Icopal Apprentices of the Year

Following the success of its inaugural event in 2017, Redland has announced the launch of the 2018 Apprentice of the Year: but with a twist.

Garador Supports Charities at Christmas

Employees at Yeovil based garage door manufacturer, Garador, have been busy in the run up to Christmas.

Södra and Carvers join forces to bring housebuilders improved availability

Carvers Timber Engineering has joined Södra Wood’s engineered wood products distribution network to help the housebuilding industry more easily access the fast supply of I-joist floor kits using Masonite Beams.

NMBS revamps online presence

NMBS has launched a new website that has been designed to deliver greater added value and also be easier to navigate and use.

New Head Office for Rolawn

Rolawn is delighted to announce that it has moved into its new purpose-built head office.

Sika wins award for refurbishment of Lancaster University’s Chaplaincy building

Sika Liquid Plastics is celebrating its success in winning the Liquid Roofing Project of the Year (under 1000m2) Award at the inaugural Liquid Roofing & Waterproofing Association (LRWA) Awards & Gala.

A solid October for builders’ merchants

The latest Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report has shown that builders’ merchants have experienced continued strong sales value growth in the third Quarter (Q3) of 2017.

Graham rewards colleagues and suppliers at annual conference

The Graham Plumbers’ Merchant 2017 Conference was recently held in Birmingham. The event incorporated an awards evening to acknowledge suppliers and colleagues for their outstanding performance throughout the year and dedication to the highest levels of customer service.

MKM helps with Fountains Abbey makeover

One of Yorkshire’s most beloved heritage sites has received a makeover with the help of MKM's Ripon branch.

CPA responds to interim report into the Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

The Construction Products Association (CPA) has welcomed the publication of the interim report from Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.

An eight-year-old becomes a Selco Branch Manager

An eight-year-old from Warrington has swapped the school classroom for the manager’s chair of a branch of a builders’ merchant as a surprise treat.

Södra and Statkraft’s new biofuel facility

Södra and Statkraft have made a decision to invest in a new demo facility for fossil-free fuel. The investment will be made through the joint company Silva Green Fuel AS, in partnership with technology provider Steeper Energy Aps and Norwegian financing partner Enova.

Russells makes a half million investment

At a time of continued growth, Russell Roof Tiles is about to start a half a million pound investment programme at its Lochmaben factory.

RGB thanks generous customers for Christmas present appeal donations

RGB Building Supplies is thanking its customers for donating gifts to its 2017 Christmas Present Appeal. All presents have now been given to Children’s Hospice South West to pass on to the children and families it supports.

Local Music Live favourite Feliicia releases brand new single

Six months ago, Howarth Timber and Building Supplies launched Local Music Live - a UK-wide search to find the next big thing in live music.

FMB wins public affairs award

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has won the ‘In-House Team of the Year’ at the Public Affairs Awards 2017 for its lobbying on behalf of small building firms.

Cistermiser Keraflo: ‘Our World is Water’

Cistermiser Keraflo has unveiled a new brand corporate identity as it gears up for growth with an extended and enhanced product portfolio.

Specflue launches Christmas appeal

Sudbury-based Specflue's Christmas appeal is raising much-needed funds for Crisis, the UK national charity for single homeless people. This will be the second Christmas the company has raised money for this worthy charity.

SME owners in construction sector to miss festive celebrations due to work demands

Almost a quarter (23%) of UK small business owners in the construction sector will miss Christmas celebrations this year due to business and work load commitments, according to new research from Ultimate Finance that is shining a spotlight on the personal strains that British SMEs are under.

Mixed-use developments set to become priority for London councils in 2018, say Travis Perkins

Developers in London are likely to see an uptick in demand for mixed use developments in 2018 as local authorities seek to protect essential services, according to builders’ merchants Travis Perkins.

Breedon to acquire four Tarmac quarries

Breedon has agreed to acquire from Tarmac four quarries and an asphalt plant, for a total consideration of £16.5 million, to be satisfied by the transfer to Tarmac of 27 of Breedon’s ready-mixed concrete plants and a payment of £4.9 million in cash.

Lakes Bathrooms wins supplier award at Graham conference

Lakes Bathrooms has won ‘The Customer Intimacy Award’ at Graham’s annual conference in December.

Ridgeon Group opens new PlumbStock business in Cambridge

A new PlumbStock business has opened ahead of schedule at the Ridgeons Nuffield Road branch in Cambridge to provide a specialist, customer-focused service for the plumbing and heating market.

Plumb Center to close Warwickshire-based distribution centre

Plumb Center has announced a proposal to close its distribution centre in Warwickshire, which could put 170 jobs at risk.

New Master installed for Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants

On 27 October 2017, Brian Blanchard was installed as the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants (WCoBM). The installation ceremony was at Mansion House, home to The Lord Mayor of London and honorary member of WCoBM Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, whose one-year term as Lord Mayor ended in November.

Animal charity chosen as RGB Community Fund winner

Following a public vote, Torrington-based animal charity K9Focus has been announced as a winner of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund.

Altecnic's parent company Caleffi acquires Cristina

Altecnic has announced that its parent company Caleffi has acquired Cristina - an Italian firm working under the trademarks Cristina Rubinetterie and SILFRA that has been producing top-end taps and fittings since 1949.

IKO’s #NoMorePotholes wins Best Social Media Campaign at CMAs

IKO’s #NoMorePotholes campaign won ‘Best Social Media Campaign’ at the recent Construction Marketing Awards. Working with MRA Marketing, IKO PLC’s ongoing campaign raises awareness of the problems potholes cause, why repairs aren’t working, and that there’s a solution. 

Kerridge Commercial Systems acquires Lakeview Computers

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has reached an agreement to acquire Lakeview Computers (Lakeview), based in Dartford, UK.

Construction output continues to fall

Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published last week show that construction output in October fell by 1.7% and was 0.2% lower compared with one year earlier. New orders in Q3 rose 37.4% over the quarter and 25.5% on an annual basis.

Construction industry’s charity Christmas lunch smashes fundraising record

Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity Christmas Lunch was held at the Park Plaza Hotel in London and raised £227,000 for construction families in crisis, which was a record amount for the event.

Trade Park creates new jobs in Royston

A new Trade Park on Royston industrial estate has created a number of new jobs for local residents, thanks to investment from builders’ merchant Jewson.

Construction company lights up charity for Christmas

Rudridge will be donating the money they would normally spend on Christmas cards and postage to charity, and giving their customers and suppliers a fun free ‘game of groans’ to play.

Fernox puts installers first

Fernox has announced its support for the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) Installers First initiative. Its aim is to shape the future of Government regulation and policy, which affects the plumbing and heating industry, by listening to the opinions of installers and ensuring common sense is applied.

Elliotts welcomes six new apprentices

Elliotts Builders Merchant has welcomed six new apprentices into the business.

Consumers twice as likely to be satisfied with homes built by small house builders, new FMB research reveals

Consumers are twice as likely to be ‘very satisfied’ with the quality of their new home if it was built by a small and medium-sized (SME) house builder, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

New branches nationwide for NBG partners

NBG members continue to innovate and expand as the group’s members report strong trading conditions.

New Merchant Apprenticeship Standard launched for 2018

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Electrical Distributors Association (EDA) have collaborated to create a new, industry specific Trade Supplier Apprentice Standard.

D.W. Nye’s Ginger ‘bread winner’ competition

Kingsfold based builders merchant D.W. Nye will be helping to raise funds on behalf of Horsham charity Born Free with their fun, Christmas inspired competition ‘Guess how many sweets are hidden inside the Gingerbread House’.

Bassetts invests £2m across its branch network

Northern Ireland-based plumbing and heating supplier, Bassetts, has completed a £2 million investment programme and created 12 new jobs across its branch network.

High five for MRA Marketing at Construction Marketing Awards

MRA Marketing celebrated a record five award wins at the Construction Marketing Awards (CMA), including the coveted Agency of the Year.

Covers Gosport get ‘motivated’ to help community group

The Gosport depot of Covers Timber & Builders Merchant was delighted to donate materials to Motiv8 enabling the community support group to create a decking area in their garden.

Dale evolves as it rebrands to Dale Joinery

UK timber window and door specialist Dale has rebranded to become Dale Joinery, better reflecting the range of high performance made to measure timber products the company offers.

Name change for ventilation company

Ventilation solutions provider Hargreaves Ductwork Ltd. has announced a name change to become MW Hargreaves as of 1 December 2017.

Allegion to Acquire Commercial Door Manufacturer QMI

Allegion, a global security products and solutions provider, has agreed to acquire Qatar Metal Industries (QMI) through one of its subsidiaries. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018, subject to regulatory approvals.

Industry urged by Bosch to prioritise renewable and low carbon technologies in heat work

Alleviating fuel poverty by reducing bills for end-users and cutting carbon emissions are two of the core aims of heat networks, yet current design practices are putting these ambitions at risk, according to a leading expert in the field.

New member for NBG brings plumbing specialism

National Buying Group (NBG) has welcomed its latest new partner, Surrey-based plumbing supplies and bathroom specialist DW Burn.

Natural Paving Products introduces Talasey Group

With a variety of products catering to a host of different landscaping solutions, Natural Paving Products (UK) has created the Talasey Group corporate entity under which Natural Paving and all of its sub brands now sit.