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HPS nears charity milestone

Following a year of record turnover in 2016, Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) is nearing a fundraising milestone in its continued support of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Timbmet acquired by Hadleigh Timber Group

Timbmet, a supplier and processor of timber and panel product ranges, has been acquired by Hadleigh Timber Group.

The IPG welcomes Plumb Wales as a member

The IPG has grown its membership with the announcement that Caerphilly-based Plumb Wales has joined the buying group.

Jewson goes on Quest

Jewson has teamed up with Quest TV to give you the chance to win a host of top prizes, including £10,000 in cash.

Fundraising goes through the roof

Staff at Russell Roof Tiles have raised an impressive £24,000, enabling two Blood Bikes charities to buy two new motorbikes.

Rainy Day Trust awarded Big Lottery Grant for work with older people

The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) has been awarded £8,790 by the Big Lottery through its Awards for All scheme to support the Trust's work with older people. The grant will be spent on expanding the help given by its volunteers, as well as expanding the telephone counselling and legal advice service.

Speaker programme announced for Totally DIY & Tools show

From Insight DIY’s Steve Collinge, talking on digital retailing futures, to the Hawley Collection Trust of Sheffield’s Kellham Island Museum, the 2017 speaker programme for Totally DIY & Tools covers wide-ranging subjects, offering down-to-earth methods, inspiration and aspiration to DIY, homeware and hardware retailers.

Colin Butt buys Palmers Scaffolding

In a divestment process at the end of 2016 (which came into effect 4 January 2017), scaffolding and access solutions brand Palmers was sold to businessman Colin Butt by previous owners XERVON GmbH, who were looking to off-set some of their non-EU businesses, post-Brexit.

CLOCS commends new national Vulnerable Road Users course for construction industry

The Best Practice Hub has produced an e-learning course about vulnerable road users. Launched on 9 January, the course is designed to increase knowledge and understanding of the risks construction activity can pose to vulnerable road users, and provides practical methods that can be adopted to minimise these risks.

Marsh Merchant Appeal to benefit local causes

Marsh Industries has unveiled a campaign to help its UK merchant network raise money for local charities and community groups.

Catnic launches new ssr2 training centre

Catnic has opened a new training centre in Caerphilly, Wales for its SSR2 Roofing and Cladding system.

MGM Timber (Scotland) joins the BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed one of the largest independent timber merchants in Scotland, MGM Timber (Scotland) into membership.

NBG launches new website

The National Buying Group (NBG) has launched a new website which is the flagship for the Group’s new emphasis on open two-way communication with its partners and suppliers.

GRS announces second acquisition of 2017

Independent materials trading group GRS has announced its second acquisition of the year just days after completing the purchase of Cornish company Maen Karne.

Plumbing World joins The IPG buying group

West Midlands-based Plumbing World has become the 135th member of buying group, The IPG.

Selling online for merchants showcased at NBG forum

NBG’s latest marketing forum saw the largest ever gathering of NBG marketing professionals to learn about, demonstrate and debate, the issue of online selling for independent merchants.

SIG Insulation celebrates its diamond anniversary

The last 60 years have seen some monumental changes come to pass in the construction industry, but 2017 also marks 60 years of continuous service from SIG Insulation, the UK’s specialist distributor of insulation.

RDT makes emergency winter fuel payment available

The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) has announced a new emergency winter fuel payment of £50.00 towards heating costs, because of the UK's current bout of cold weather.

UK tech firm bought out by Irish software company

Intact Software has finalised its acquisition of UK-based technology firm, Ramtac Computer Systems.

Honeywell goes on tour

Honeywell is taking its team of experts on the road, and showcasing its full range of smart heating controls, electrical and security products at plumbing and electrical merchants across the UK until March 2017.

Travis Perkins employee in Forklift Operator of the Year grand final

Two forklift truck operators from Travis Perkins are celebrating success after qualifying as finalists in RTITBS’s 2016 Forklift Operator of the Year competition.

Allegion UK offers new meeting hub

Allegion UK plans to use its central Birmingham HQ as an industry meeting hub for door, building and architectural professionals.

New construction minister appointed at crucial moment, says FMB

The new construction minister has been appointed at a crucial juncture in the industry’s history, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the announcement that Lord Prior has taken over responsibility for the construction portfolio at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

New lightside partner for NBG

Norden Heating & Plumbing Supplies, based in Surrey, has joined national buying group NBG.

Considerate Constructors Scheme announces 2017 monitoring checklist

The Considerate Constructors Scheme – the national scheme to improve the image of the construction industry – has announced a new Monitors’ Checklist.

Government names new construction minister

Lord Prior of Brampton has been named as the government's new construction minister.

Housebuilding defies overall construction decline

Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published today (11 January) show that construction output declined again 0.2% in November 2016. 

Drayton raises £1000 to help the homeless

Drayton launched its annual ’12 Days of Christmas’ campaign at the end of 2016 with the aim to raise money for its chosen charity, Centrepoint. The controls manufacturer was delighted to be able to hand over a cheque for the grand total of £1,000.

RGB announces latest Community Fund winner

Lampard Community School in Barnstaple is the latest winner of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund following a public vote.

Most builders are reporting material price hikes, warns FMB

Some 70% of UK builders have seen an increase in material prices due to the depreciation of the pound, new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed.

UK construction manufacturing continues to grow

Sales in the UK construction products manufacturing market continued to climb for a fifteenth consecutive quarter in Q4 of 2016, according to figures published in the Construction Products Association's (CPA) latest State of Trade Survey.

BMF membership hits 22 year high

The strength and influence of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) continues to grow with 578 companies now in membership, the highest number since 1995.

Flame Heating Spares expands into Scotland

Flame Heating Spares is set to cross the border and expand into Scotland. The firm has appointed an experienced development director for Scotland, as it seeks to acquire a number of sites and develop the Flame brand north of the border.

Grant UK makes Julia’s House its charity of choice for 2017

Grant UK has announced that Julia’s House is its chosen charity for 2017. A variety of fundraising activities will be organised by the Devizes-based company throughout the year to help support the work of this local charity, which supports seriously ill children in Wiltshire and Dorset who do not have access to the level of care and support that they need. This year Julia’s House will also be opening a new hospice in Devizes, the first of its kind in the county.

Howarth Timber partners with Cancer Research UK

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is gearing up for a big year of fundraising and campaigning after Cancer Research UK was named as the firm's charity partner for 2017/18.

Lords Builders Merchants acquires Hussey and Saunders

West London-based Lords Builders Merchants has acquired the share capital of E Hussey and Sons Ltd, t/a Hussey and Saunders.

GRS acquires aggregates business Maen Karne

Independent materials trading group GRS has expanded its business with the acquisition of Maen Karne for an undisclosed sum.

Ridgeons opens Saffron Walden branch

Ridgeons has opened the doors of its flagship Saffron Walden branch.

BMF Members’ Day – theme and first speaker announced

The Business Programme at BMF Members’ Day on 20 September 2017, takes the theme “Building Beyond Brexit”.

MKM opens new branch in Crewe

MKM Building Supplies has opened its doors in Crewe, creating 17 new jobs in the Cheshire town.

Forterra becomes BMF’s 200th supplier member

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) celebrated the New Year by welcoming Forterra as its 200th supplier member.

CRASH patron Bauder offers support for homeless

CRASH patron Bauder has continued its quest to make a practical difference to the lives of homeless people through donations of toiletry gift bags.

Starter Homes a good foundation, says FMB

The 'Starter Homes Land Fund', which will see 30 areas across England given funding for new housing developments specifically designed for first-time buyers, has been described as a positive message by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Graham promotes healthy living during EHS Day

In October, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant used its Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Day to promote the importance of health and wellbeing to its customers and staff. The annual event, introduced in 2000, also provided the opportunity to support the work of Alzheimer’s Research UK and SANE – Graham’s charity partners for 2016.

Vandersanden Group acquires Hoskins Brick

Belgian brick and pavers manufacturer, Vandersanden Group, has today announced its acquisition of Hoskins Brick, the company’s exclusive UK distribution partner.

Baxi Heating receives Investors In People Award

Baxi Heating has been rewarded for its efforts in developing and supporting employees across the UK and Ireland with the Investors in People Award.

Sovini delivers Christmas food to families in need

Sovini Trade Supplies (STS), part of The Sovini Group, has delivered £15,000 worth of Christmas food and toiletries to families in need in Merseyside.

RGB receives over 250 donations to its Christmas Present Appeal

The generous customers of RGB Building Supplies donated in excess of 250 gifts to the builders merchant's Christmas Present Appeal in aid of Children's Hospice South West.

Rainy Day Trust looks to deliver new services after being granted CIO status

The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) announced today that it has been granted Charitable Incorporated Organisation status by the Charity Commission. 

Triple ISO accreditation for NMBS

NMBS has successfully retained three different ISO accreditations.