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Construction defies Brexit pessimism in Q3 but costs are a growing threat

The Construction Product Association’s (CPA’s) latest Construction Trade Survey, published last week, shows that the construction industry grew for a 14th consecutive quarter in Q3.

New website and branding for DART

DART has launched a new website alongside a rebrand of the company, to improve functionality and strengthen the brand.

Travis Perkins awards graduate apprentices

Travis Perkins has celebrated the graduation of 95 management apprentices this year. This commitment by Travis Perkins is intended to help develop future talent and close the skills gap in the construction sector.

BSRIA in support of off-site build homes to address housing crisis

BSRIA is in support of a recent announcement that ‘volumetric off-site construction’ homes will be constructed to meet the housing crisis, as 1 million new homes are needed in the UK by 2020.

Saint-Gobain PAM UK awarded CEMARS Gold Certificate

Saint-Gobain PAM UK has been presented with the Gold Certificate from the Carbon & Energy Management and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) by Sir Lockwood Smith at a presentation ceremony in London on 27 October.

Gender pay gap at 16.3% for construction sector

The Minister for Women and Equalities, Justine Greening has welcomed figures showing the gender pay gap is now the lowest on record.

Jewson helps tradespeople with national showroom investment

As part of a national £350,000 investment, Jewson has transformed six of its kitchen and bathroom showrooms across the country to offer tradespeople a more end-to-end, specialist service for their customers.

Plumb and Parts branches get smarter with nationwide tour

Plumb and Parts Center’s network of more than 500 branches are set to become smart controls hubs over the coming months and, to kick-start the initiative, Honeywell and Nest are touring the country to offer hands-on training in every branch.

Artefacts discovered at quarry

Archaeologists working in a north Wales quarry have uncovered some of the earliest and best-preserved Bronze Age pottery ever found in the area – some of which could date back up to 4500 years.

UCATT to join Unite to form one union for the construction industry

Construction workers will have one powerful union voice on their side fighting for them from 1 January 2017, as members of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) voted by 85.5% on 2 November to merge with Britain’s largest union, Unite.

Winners of Considerate Constructors Scheme 2016 National Awards to be revealed

The Considerate Constructors Scheme - the national scheme established by the construction industry to improve its image - is getting ready to reveal the UK’s most considerate companies and suppliers of 2016.

New branding statement - Vokèra by Riello

Vokèra has re-invigorated its branding to ensure a consistent message is portrayed across its product portfolio and underline its relationship to parent company, Riello.

Triton shows its support for AMDEA Register My Appliance initiative

Triton is proud to support the launch of AMDEA’s (Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances) Register My Appliance initiative, which strives to improve safety for millions of households nationwide.

John Nicholls opens “Supersite” in Bicester

John Nicholls has strengthened its position in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire by opening its first “Supersite” on Telford Road in Bicester.

BMF comments on the funding changes made to apprenticeships

The UK government is right to listen to the building materials’ supply chain if it wants to switch the emphasis for investing in apprentices from taxpayers to employers, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) said today (31 October).

Heatrae Sadia launches design awards

Heatrae Sadia has launched a new competition designed to celebrate the talents of UK engineering and product design.

Housebuilders optimistic despite market uncertainty and skills shortage

Despite challenges including the current planning system, a skills shortage and uncertainty following the EU Referendum, housebuilders are forecasting increased growth and investment in the sector.

Greater flexibility for Apprenticeship Levy funding is welcome, says FMB

The ability for larger companies to transfer unspent apprenticeship funding to smaller firms is welcome and will help make the Apprenticeship Levy a success, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the unveiling of the final details of the Apprenticeship Levy.

Jewson Live returns for 2016

Following a successful event in 2015, Jewson Live is back for a second year. This free event takes place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, on 15 December 2016.

TwoTwenty wins two awards

Two Twenty, which supplies timber staircases for builders’ merchants’ housebuilder customers, has been named as Business of the Year in the Burton Mail’s Business Awards 2016. The company has also been presented with a British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Process Efficiency Award for its business performance.

Selco strengthens its London network

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened a new branch in Mitcham - its 25th branch to be opened in the capital, and the 45th for the business across the country.

A year of investment ahead for H+H

H+H is facing the uncertainties around the Brexit referendum with a resounding vote of confidence in the UK market.

Construction barometer shows signs of industry slow down

Sales expectations in the construction sector over the next six months are at their lowest level since 2011 as the market shows signs of slowing down, although newbuild housing and the London market remain relatively healthy, according to a report.

Ridgeons celebrates employees reaching 25+ years of continued service

Ridgeons recently celebrated its employees reaching impressive milestones within their Ridgeons’ careers.

NMBS stages successful 2016 Dinner Dance

NMBS has staged another successful annual Dinner Dance. Over 1,000 people attended the event, which took place on 22 October at the 5-star Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

BMF discusses industry issues at Scottish National Party Conference

New policies from the Scottish government and changes at the top of the party took the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) to the Scottish National Party Conference in Glasgow last week.

Bassetts reports market growth and investment

Homeowners in Northern Ireland are spending approximately 150% more on bathrooms than a decade ago and the market continues to grow, according to customer data from Bassetts.

BMF shortlisted for two awards

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has been shortlisted in two categories of the UK Associations Awards, organised by Associations Network.

Sika opens new training and showroom area

Sika has transformed the basement of its Preston centre into a new training conference room. The five-figure refurbishment at Sika House includes an interactive showroom area where visitors can discover a range of Sika products.

Knauf Insulation releases latest sustainability report

Knauf Insulation has released its latest Sustainability Report, Insulation Matters, which highlights the manufacturer’s achievements.

Worcester training centres get CIPHE approval

Worcester, Bosch Group’s training facilities have been awarded Approved Training Centre status by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

Exeter Chiefs players open new RGB branch in Okehampton

Players from Exeter Chiefs were the VIP guests at the official opening of RGB Building Supplies’ new Okehampton branch on 20 October.

Encon’s ranked in The Sunday Times league table

The Encon Group has been ranked 94th in The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 League Table.

Efficiently-shaped homes could significantly reduce energy consumption, says NHBC

Energy demand in new homes could be halved if more focus is put on the shape and form of housing being built, the latest report from the NHBC Foundation has found.

BPC Building Products creates jobs with £500,000 investment

BPC Building Products has announced a £500,000 investment project to upgrade and expand its Wakefield warehouse and manufacturing facility, creating up to 10 jobs in the process.

BMF boosts support for Northern Ireland members

October saw the official foundation of the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) Northern Ireland Region, and the Federation is boosting support for its growing membership in Northern Ireland in a number of ways.

Travis Perkins reports a positive Q3 but announces more than 30 store closures

Travis Perkins has released its trading update for Q3 2016, showing total sales growth of 3.4% across the business, despite significant losses in the plumbing and heating side of the group.

Imminent ‘big freeze’ expected to trigger increased demand for home heating products

Winter weather has hit the headlines this month, with experts forecasting an imminent onslaught of snow, storms and sub-zero temperatures.

Survey reveals business opportunity arising from damp

The findings of a new YouGov survey – commissioned by damp-proofing expert Safeguard Europe – into the UK’s experience of damp problems, reveals an ongoing market opportunity for builders’ merchants and RMI contractors.

Actis welcomes government plans to increase off-site construction

Government incentives, which include encouraging more off-site construction to help reduce the housing shortage, has been welcomed by insulation manufacturer Actis.

Origin opens new showroom in Warrington

Origin has launched a brand new showroom in Warrington, Cheshire, showcasing its aluminium bi-folding and residential doors, windows and blinds.

The Construction sector is showing no prolonged Brexit effect

With the first three months of post-Brexit figures in the books, construction sector contracts across September reached a total of £5.6bn, a minor increase on August, and after a summer wobble the industry seems to have stabilised.

ASSA ABLOY announces acquisition of Trojan Holdings

ASSA ABLOY has acquired Trojan Holdings, a supplier of residential door and window hardware into the door and window fabricator market.

Knauf Insulation joins Worshipful Company for Lord Mayor's Show

On 12th November, Knauf Insulation will be joining the Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants' (WCoBM) float to parade the streets of London as part of the Lord Mayor's Show.

Keystone Group announces multi-million pound investment pledge

Keystone Group has announced an ambitious investment plan as part of its aim to increase turnover to £100m.

BMF Regional Centres of Excellence gain momentum

The roll out of the Builders Merchants Federation's Regional Centres of Excellence is continuing to gain momentum, with three new centres launched in less than 10 days.

New report is a “welcome roadmap for heating efficiency”, says Neil Schofield

Neil Schofield, head of government and external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group, believes the Committee on Climate Change’s ‘Next steps to UK heat policy’ report offers clear direction for the heating industry to follow in its bid to green Britain’s heating supplies.

MRA shortlisted for 17 Construction Marketing Awards

MRA Marketing has been shortlisted for a record 17 awards in this year’s Construction Marketing Awards (CMA). A category winner 11 times, MRA’s latest shortlisting adds to a long list of industry accolades achieved during the agency’s 25-year history.

Scottish builders' confidence rebounds despite concerns over rising costs

Confidence among Scottish construction employers has recovered by 21 points to +2 after slumping to a three-year low in the wake of the Brexit vote in June.

MKM founder wins Leadership Award

David Kilburn, founder of MKM Building Supplies, has received the Business Leadership Award at the Insider Growth 100 Awards 2016, in the latest in a string of successes for the Hull-based firm.