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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.

Construction buoyant despite Brexit fears and ONS stats, says Builders Merchant Federation

There are few signs that Brexit has negatively impacted the construction industry, according to the latest figures from the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI). The new figures show sales up by 13.1%, with heavy building materials up by 14.1% and timber and joinery products up 11.8%. Overall like-for-like sales (allowing for two extra trading days) were up 2.8%. Year to date sales grew 5.4%.

JELD-WEN holds ‘Big On’ biscuit dunking competition

JELD-WEN held a ‘Big On’ biscuit dunking competition at Travis Perkins branches. The challenge was part of a wider Big On windows campaign, promoting the performance benefits of timber windows.

Graham sponsors On The Tools search for Plumber of the Year

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant is sponsoring the Plumber of the Year category at this year’s On The Tools Awards. Graham joins Saint-Gobain brands Jewson – the headline sponsor – and British Gypsum in supporting the awards.

RA Tech UK wins Travis Perkins Innovation Award

RA Tech UK has been announced as joint-winners in the inaugural Travis Perkins Innovation Awards for its product range including hotun, hotun hiflo and hotun shield.

Russell Roof Tiles opens training and research centre

Russell Roof Tiles has invested in its first combined Technical Training and Research Centre. The new training facility at Russell’s factory in Burton was opened by local Member of Parliament Andrew Griffiths, who also took the opportunity in trying his hand at fixing some roof tiles.

Post-Brexit confidence in UK building and construction industry

Building and construction trade professionals remain overwhelmingly optimistic about the future of the industry, according to a survey undertaken by Gibbs & Dandy.

Phoenix Plumbing Supplies joins The IPG

Swansea-based Phoenix Plumbing Supplies has joined The IPG, bringing its total number of members up to 130.

NMBS tackles beast of a challenge

The head office team from NMBS has gone to impressive lengths in support of a number of different charities, by completing the Wolf Run challenge.

Norbord calls on the government to amend biomass subsidies

Biomass power plants already receive government support, but the industry wants more. However, the type of technology used to convert coal-fired power stations to biomass is not currently eligible to bid for the new subsidies.

Smith Brothers launches app

Smith Brothers Stores has launched an app, now available on either Google Play and the Apple Store, just search ‘Smith Brothers Stores’ on either platform to download the app.

Baxi customer support wins award

Baxi Heating’s customer service division has scooped an accolade at the UK Customer Experience Awards.

Keyline opens new division to support HS2

Keyline has opened a new rail and geotechnics division in Leeds. This investment will reportedly deliver increased accessibility and support to those contractors who will be working on the upcoming High Speed Two (HS2) project.

The Geberit Awards are back for 2016

The Geberit Awards 2016 is in its third year, and installers from throughout the bathroom, plumbing and heating industries will battle it out to be crowned the best in the business.

Sales are up for Stanley John Ltd with Gatic’s Filcoten channel drainage

Independent specialist drainage distributor Stanley John Ltd (SJL) based in Greenham is one of the largest merchant stockists of Filcoten, the channel drain system from Gatic Civil Drainage. SJL added Filcoten Self, Filcoten Tec and Filcoten Pro to its range 12 months ago and is experiencing good sales.

‘Showroom Rewards’ is introduced across City Plumbing Supplies

The Bathroom Showroom has launched a new rewards programme to offer loyal City Plumbing Supplies trade account holders the chance to earn points on showroom product purchases and business referrals.

Starrett opens band saw demonstration zone in Gloucestershire

Starrett is bringing its expertise in band saw machines and blades to a new demonstration zone in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. Based on the Newton Trading Estate, within the facility of engineering distributor Tewkesbury Saw, the showroom will exhibit Starrett’s range of band saw machines. The area will be open to the public six days a week from 23 November.

Plumb Center launches Shower Selector tool

Plumb and Parts Center has launched an online shower selector tool for installers.

MKM Building Supplies rises up the ranks

MKM Building Supplies has climbed 69 places in the rankings of the latest Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250.

Kent Blaxill opens Chelmsford branch

A new Kent Blaxill decorating centre in Chelmsford opened its doors last week, with Neil Ogilvie, chief executive of the Painting and Decorating Association, cutting the official ribbon in front of company customers, staff and suppliers.

Huws Gray acquires two more businesses

Huws Gray has confirmed the recent acquisition of two companies, further expanding its branch portfolio.

IKO PLC acquires Pure Asphalt Company

IKO PLC has completed its acquisition of Pure Asphalt Company, in Bolton, Lancashire, following regulatory clearance. The business is now being fully integrated into IKO.

Four Ashes Plumbing Supplies joins the IPG

Four Ashes Plumbing Supplies has joined the IPG, bringing the total number of members up to 129. The IPG works closely with its broad network of suppliers to negotiate deals, which ensure lower prices, lower minimum orders, group offers and improved terms for merchants.

First diploma awarded on British Gypsum’s merchant training course

Allan Orr, a sales coordinator at SIG Interiors in Glasgow, has recently become the first person to receive a diploma in British Gypsum Products and Systems Knowledge after completing both British Gypsum’s e-Learning for Resellers and the Pure Practical course with a score of 100%.

Naylor signs up for Barnsley Ambassador programme

Naylor Industries plc, a Barnsley-based manufacturer of construction products, has pledged its commitment to a new venture to help Barnsley's youth become better learners and better workers of the future.

Champion Timber invests in local football team

The Sutton branch of Champion Timber, one of the South East's leading timber suppliers, has once again invested in its local football team, Sutton United. The company is sponsoring the team's white and red away kit for the new 2016/2017 season.

Double opening joy for Selco Builders Warehouse

The chief executive of trade-only builders' merchant Selco Builders Warehouse has revealed it will have more than 50 branches across the UK by the middle of next year.

Builders’ merchant enjoys increased sales of SterlingOSB

Independent Welsh builders' merchant LBS has seen sales of SterlingOSB increase as a direct result of Norbord's recent promotional campaign.

PlumbStock brand expands into Luton

PlumbStock, the dedicated heating and plumbing brand created by the Ridgeon Group, continues to expand its offering with the launch of a new standalone trade counter in Luton, Bedfordshire.

Naylor event promotes health and safety

Every two years, construction materials manufacturer Naylor Industries holds a Safety, Health, Energy and Environment (SHEE) Day, with training sessions on topics as diverse as manual handling and fire prevention and aimed at spreading best practice across the Naylor group.

John Nicholls supersite opens in Bicester

John Nicholls has strengthened its position as a leading independent builders' and plumbers' merchants in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire by opening its first supersite.

Direct Heating Spares invests in new stock facility

Specialist supplier Direct Heating Spares (DHS) is investing in a new Chorley-based head office and small parts pick warehouse to expand its stockholding and enhance availability to installers.

Tarmac boosts aerated blocks capabilities at Linford

Tarmac's building products division has announced that it is to boost manufacturing of Durox aerated blocks by reopening the second of its two existing factories at Linford, Essex, due to open in late 2017.

Surge in registrations for Howarth trade day

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies reports huge numbers of people registering for the merchant’s trade day at Elland Road on 24 November.

h&b group reports strong results at supplier event

The h&b buying group reported strong individual results at its largest ever annual supplier event last week.

GAI/RIBA Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards now open to entries

Architects, specifiers, building contractors, clients and their architectural ironmongery advisers and suppliers across the world can nominate projects for the 2016/17 Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards from now until 28 October.

Alarming number of buildings breaking fire safety regulations

New research has revealed that commercial buildings are more likely to be breaking fire door safety regulations and putting people at risk.

Covers launches renewed timber mill

Covers Timber and Builders Merchants in Chichester celebrated the launch of its renewed timber mill on 16 September.

Steve Willis Training celebrates 10 years of business

Steve Willis Training has been celebrating the tenth anniversary of its Portchester Training Centre in Hampshire with a Worcester boiler cake.

Keylite Switched2 Rewards promotion is extended until end of year

Over 1,500 installers across the UK and Ireland have already signed up to the Keylite Switched2 Reward’s promotion, and due to popular demand, Keylite has extended the promotion until 31 December.

Worcester tops Which? boiler survey for seventh year running

For the seventh consecutive year, Worcester, Bosch Group, has come out top in the Which? boiler report having achieved Which? Best Buy status across every boiler it makes.

Jewson joins On The Tools Awards as headline partner

Jewson has joined up with On the Tools as the headline partner of its inaugural awards.

Wolseley UK to transform its plumbing and heating business

Wolseley UK has announced a major transformation programme for its plumbing and heating business, which the company said is likely to result in 80 branch closures and up to 800 redundancies.

Naylor opens new head office

Construction material manufacturer Naylor has moved to a new head office at Wombwell‎, near Barnsley.

Chandlers fundraises for new therapy farm

Chandlers Building Supplies' customers are being urged to down tools and get puzzling to help raise funds for a new therapy farm to support children with disabilities across the UK.

ErP Directive heats up boiler industry

One year on from the introduction of the EU Energy related Product (ErP) directive, the heating industry has made significant progress in meeting goals – in terms of existing and new technologies.