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Bigger, better rewards with Bradfords

Bradfords Building Supplies has launched a new reward scheme that gives its customers the biggest opportunity yet to earn a fantastic reward on the purchases they make.

New branch for Flame Heating Spares

Flame Heating Group, a fast-growing heating and plumbing merchant in the north east of England, has launched a new branch in Cramlington, Northumberland.

BMF launches new Cyber Security service

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a new service, BMF Cyber Audit Plus, to help members reinforce their information security and to comply with new data protection laws, which come into force in May 2018.

AkzoNobel launches most advanced and sustainable paint factory

AkzoNobel has officially opened its most advanced and sustainable paint factory in Ashington, North East England.

Marsh's design programme ensures optimum performance

To make designing, specifying and purchasing sewage treatment plants as easy, fail-safe and cost-effective as possible, Marsh Industries has developed and launched a bespoke design and quotation programme.

Successful demonstration day for Kingsfold builders' merchant

Those that work in the trades and the local community were welcomed to Kingsfold builders' merchant DW Nye last week for a free demonstration event.

Free celebration day at Covers Home Ideas

Covers Home Ideas in Chichester is inviting the local community to a celebration day on Friday 15 September to mark the relaunch of the new-look store.

Builders merchants novel art exhibition for charity

A bathroom showroom in Sussex will be exhibiting for sale an array of original art to raise money for a local charity. Twenty well-established Sussex artists have already committed to taking part – using wooden toilet seats as their ‘canvas’.

Lack of land and lending is blocking new homes, FMB research reveals

A lack of available small sites and a lack of finance top the list of barriers to SME house builders increasing their delivery of new homes, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB).

Free celebration day at Covers Home Ideas

Covers Home Ideas in Chichester is inviting the local community to a celebration day on Friday 15th September to mark the relaunch of the new-look store.

Keyline Colchester employee ‘Braves the Shave’ and raises £700 for charity

An employee at Keyline’s Colchester branch has raised a fantastic £700 for Macmillan Cancer Support by taking part in the charity’s ‘Brave the Shave’ initiative.

New orders in construction fall to the lowest in three years

ONS figures published show that construction output in July fell by 0.9% and was 0.4% lower compared with one year earlier. In addition, new orders in Q2 declined 7.8% and fell 12.6% on an annual basis.

Forestry collaboration success for Norbord

Wood-based panel manufacturer, Norbord, has played host to Fergus Ewing, Rural Affairs Secretary at the Scottish Parliament, at their site near Inverness, which is undergoing a £95m expansion and modernisation programme.

RGB Tiverton honours colleague by raising over £1,200 for charity

The Tiverton branch of RGB Building Supplies raised over £1,200 during a fundraising week held in memory of much-loved former colleague Fred Tarr, who sadly passed away last year.

Golfers putt in big effort for charity

Selco Builders Warehouse staff, suppliers and customers in Cardiff displayed their golfing prowess to boost a charity push by almost £5,000.

Ridgeons Peterborough marks 10 years with a week of celebration

This week Ridgeons in Peterborough has been marking its 10-year anniversary with a variety of activities for its customers.

NMBS All-Industry Conference is selling out fast

NMBS is reporting strong demand for its 2018 All-Industry Conference.

Marsh puts the pedal to the metal

This year the Rainy Day Trust has partnered with Pavestone to run a banger rally to the French Riviera in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Marsh Industries has put itself in the driving seat, entering a team driving a stylishly liveried Toyota Celica which it hopes will take them as far as Monte Carlo in just four days passing through eight countries along the way.

BMF opens second Anglia Regional Centre at ACO

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its second Regional Centre of Excellence in the Anglia region at ACO.

Multigenerational living - an opportunity for UK housebuilders?

Britain’s housebuilders have been urged to tap into the expanding market in multigenerational living by offering families new homes with greater flexibility.

Alpha appoints new Regional Sales Manager

Alpha Heating Innovation has welcomed back Neil Saunders to a new role as Regional Sales Manager for the south.

Considerate Constructors Scheme reaches 100,000 milestone

The Considerate Constructors Scheme - the national Scheme to improve the image of the construction industry - has reached a major milestone in UK construction history by registering its 100,000th site.

Russell's walkers take on charity challenge

Dedicated staff from Lochmaben-based Russell Roof Tiles factory are taking on a walking challenge with a difference, in a bid to raise £5,000 for charity.

Crystal increases presence in Scotland

Crystal has announced the opening of a new additional production and distribution facility in Glasgow.

Dulux dog delights crowds at MKM branch in Hull

TV’s Lewis the Dulux Dog has made a guest appearance at MKM’s branch in Anlaby, Hull.

Bowland Stone acquires premises with HSBC funding

A Bristol headquartered manufacturer of hard landscaping materials has acquired a new three-acre site on Feeder Road after securing a commercial mortgage from HSBC to support the £1.45 million purchase.

Selco Builders Warehouse to build a new vision of customer experience

Selco Builders Warehouse has chosen Sidetrade to undertake its customer satisfaction challenge through data and Artificial Intelligence innovation.

Warrington becomes 49th branch for MKM Building Supplies

MKM Building Supplies has continued its national expansion, opening a branch in the Cheshire town of Warrington.

Huws Gray reaches 60th branch milestone

Huws Gray has acquired its 60th branch and second acquisition in the West Yorkshire area, having completed the purchase of Bradford-based M.J Moulson Builders Merchants.

BA Components announce new investment from H2 Equity Partners

BA Components has announced a new investment from H2 Equity Partners, which will support the company's strategy of continued investment in its manufacturing sites. It will enable BA Components to bring new product ranges to the market, in addition to being able to serve all parts of the market.

Covers aims to raise over £30,000 for local hospices

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants is aiming to raise over £30,000 to help local hospices. The company’s 13 depots will be supporting 11 hospices for both children and adults across the South East.

Scottish construction bodies seek member views on future of CITB levy

The Scottish Building Federation (SBF), Scottish Plant Owners Association (SPOA) and the Scottish Decorators’ Federation (SDF), the only three Scottish industry bodies officially mandated to do so, are surveying their memberships for views on the future of the Construction Levy administered UK-wide by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Kent Blaxill opens store in King's Lynn

The Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Cllr Carol Bower, cut the ribbon to open a new store in King’s Lynn for decorative supplies company Kent Blaxill on Thursday, August 31.

BSW and Tilhill Forestry announce the vertical integration of timber supply chain

George McRobbie, Managing Director of Tilhill Forestry, has announced the final stage of the completion of Tilhill Forestry’s integration into the BSW Group.

Has the Government found a long-term solution to tackle late payment for SMEs in construction?

In July 2017, the government launched The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.

Introducing SCA Merchant Services’ new branded livery

SCA Merchant Services has announced that a new branded fleet will be taking to the roads in Scotland. A first for SCA in the UK, the vehicle will be delivering timber and associated products to SCA’s Scottish customer base from their Cumbernauld site.

Keep smart on meters

NAPIT has responded to recent reports of faulty smart meter installations, which have, in some cases, supposedly led to fires.

Coming up with the goods

Ideal Bathrooms have opened their new state-of-the-art distribution centre at Milton Keynes, incorporating the existing warehouse plus a new additional facility that has increased its capacity by 50%.

Travis Perkins celebrate 10 years as title sponsor for the European Senior Masters Tournament

Travis Perkins celebrate 10 years as title sponsor for the European Senior Masters Tournament at Woburn Golf Club.

The Finishing Post constructs campaign for Builders Merchants Ridgeons

Suffolk based design and marketing agency, The Finishing Post, has developed a campaign promoting Ridgeons new e-commerce website for both online and in-store, across all 26 Ridgeons branches in the East of England.

RGB opens new Legends Lounge at Exeter City FC

RGB Building Supplies were delighted to officially open the new Legends Lounge at Exeter City Football Club on Tuesday 8th August during the home game against Charlton Athletic.

Duffield Timber toast 60th anniversary with new investment

Family-owned Yorkshire timber importer, Duffield Timber, has marked its 60th anniversary in style.

University Student announced as the winner of The 2017 Design Awards

Heatrae Sadia is delighted to crown Jennifer Wong, a student at Brunel University, as the winner of its 2017 inaugural Design Awards.

New Scottish depot for PJH

PJH, a supplier of bathrooms, kitchens and appliances, has announced the relocation and opening of its new depot near Glasgow Airport, Scotland.

Housing Minister to speak at BMF Members' Day

The Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Alok Sharma, will speak at the Builders Merchants Federation's (BMF) Members Day in September.

Express Asphalt exceeds expectations with record sales

A commitment to customer focus has reaped dividends for Aggregate Industries’ Express Asphalt plant in Salford, with the plant delivering record sales in June.

Travis Perkins celebrate victory in first ever T20:ProAm

Travis Perkins PLC and their sponsored team, the Travis Perkins Trailblazers are celebrating their tremendous win at the first ever T20:ProAM at Northampton County Cricket Club last weekend.

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.