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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.

NBG merchant member scoops top retail award

National Buying Group (NBG) merchant Partner TEC Supplies Group has scooped won KBB Review's Bathroom Retailer of the Year award.

Merchant searches for bathroom nightmare

The search is on to give one of Northern Ireland's nightmare bathrooms a much-needed upgrade

Jungheinrich launches flagship showroom and Business Hub

Jungheinrich UK has announced the launch of its new flagship ‘Forkcourt’ showroom and Business Hub concept to support local logistics-intensive businesses.

Gold medal Olympian to open new EH Smith branch

Lily Owsley, part of the Olympic gold-medal winning GB women’s hockey team from Brazil 2016, is opening the new EH Smith branch in Castle Bromwich, West Midlands.

National campaign tackles illegal working in construction

The national campaign ‘Spotlight on…illegal workers’ has been launched by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

TEC Supplies Group is KBB’s Bathroom Retailer of the Year

TEC Supplies Group has scooped KBB Review’s Bathroom Retailer of the Year award.

Marley strengthens its technical department

Due to an increased demand for design and technical advice, Marley Plumbing and Drainage has appointed Lloyd Winter as its new technical services manager, to provide unparalleled support to its customers.

Plumbase kicks off Innovation Nights

Plumbase has brought back its programme of Innovation Nights, aimed at giving installers a first glimpse of some of the newest products on the plumbing and heating market.

Installers warned over non-approved flue systems

Installers have been urged to take extra caution over their choice of boiler components and accessories, amid a growing number of controls and flue systems being sold on the internet as compatible with certain manufacturers’ boiler models.

SMEs focus on employee benefits, according to study

Small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) are focusing on the potential of employee benefits to help boost productivity and improve company performance, according to new research from MetLife’s UK Employee Benefit Trends Study 2017.

Eurocell’s charity support takes flight and gives light

Eurocell has announced a new initiative for 2017, which sees the company adopting two charities – one national and one local. The Eurocell board has also committed to augment approved employee efforts with corporate contributions.

Jewson pledges support to Better Barnsley project

Jewson has partnered with Henry Boot Construction as part of the ‘Better Barnsley’ project.

JCB becomes latest BMF Regional Centre of Excellence

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has teamed up with JCB to help make training courses more accessible to the Federation’s members in Staffordshire.

BMF Pavilion returns to UK Construction Week 2017

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is building on its first appearance at UK Construction Week last autumn by once again hosting its own branded BMF Pavilion at this year’s exhibition, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 10 to 12 October.