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Keyline Broxburn raises £8,700 during charity evening

Keyline’s branch in Broxburn raised £8,700 for Prostate Cancer UK, during a charity evening held at Uphall Golf Club on 4 November.

MKM opens its 51st branch in Suffolk

MKM has continued its national expansion by unveiling its 51st branch in Haverhill, Suffolk.

BMF calls on Chancellor to back modernisation of commercial vehicles

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has written to the Chancellor to urge him to put measures in the forthcoming budget that will support the modernisation of builders’ merchants’ delivery vehicles.

Elliotts celebrate 175 years in business by delivering with horse and cart

Elliotts went back to its roots and delivered by horse and cart in Southampton on 8 November, 2017, to celebrate 175 years in business.

Oldest timber yard in the UK faces closure

The High Court has decided to uphold Westminster City Council’s decision to allow the redevelopment of the last surviving historic timber yard in the country.

Plumbase pledges £10,000 to support customer’s bid to raise money for charity

Plumbase has pledged £10,000 in sponsorship support to customer Kris Elliot.The funds donated by Plumbase have helped its customer Kris, who is also a firefighter, and his teammate and brother Blair Elliot, compete in the 3,000 mile Talisker Atlantic challenge, this December.

Major expansion for UK’s leading non slip decking manufacturer

Gripsure has created a new production facility, which is one-and-a-half times the size of its previous space. Expanding into premises next door and redesigning the space has enabled the manufacturer to improve its productivity and efficiency.

NMBS Managing Director marks 40 years of service

NMBS Managing Director, Chris Hayward is celebrating a major career milestone. October 2017 marks 40 years since he first started working for the UK's largest buying society for independent builders', plumbing and heating, timber and hardware merchants.

MSP offers planning hope at new builders' merchant opening

A north-east builders' merchant has invested more than £500,000 in a new facility in Stonehaven, north-east Scotland, designed to give customers easy access to professional and DIY building and landscaping materials.

Thornbridge partners with Cairngorm Capital to support continued growth

Thornbridge Sawmills, Scottish timber processing and distribution company, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership with Cairngorm Capital to support its development as a leading UK player in this sector. Cairngorm Capital is a specialist private investment firm that provides equity capital and management expertise to ambitious UK companies.

Lawsons sponsors Spread a Smile Party

Spread a Smile, the hospital entertainment charity, hosted over 300 young people, their siblings and family members at an extra special winter party on Sunday 5 November at the Marriott London Regents Park Hotel.

Merchants win £100 vouchers in customer satisfaction survey

Earlier this year, Long Rake Spar conducted a customer survey within the builders’ merchant sector to ascertain the company’s customer service levels and performance as an independent decorative aggregate supplier.

Construction growth in Q3 but weak orders weigh on the outlook

The Construction Products Association’s (CPA’s) Construction Trade Survey for Q3 shows that despite rising costs and diverging performance across sectors, the industry extended its run of growth to 18 quarters.

BMF website wins European Award

The Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) latest website, launched in April, has been selected as the best in Europe in the annual Awards run by the worldwide software company ASI.

Kent Blaxill opens doors in Milton Keynes

Kent Blaxill has opened its new 3,500 sq ft store on Erica Road, Stacey Bushes Trading Centre in Milton Keynes.

Much work still to be done before UK SMEs fully prepared for GDPR

With the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) set to be implemented in May 2018, the UK’s SME community remains unsure about a number of related issues, including what ‘personal data’ really means; their customers’ new and extended rights, and whether the permissions they currently have to contact customers will meet the requirements of GDPR.

Saint-Gobain acquires Scotframe

Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland has completed the acquisition of Scotframe, accelerating its involvement in the off-site manufacturing and closed panel construction market.

The IPG speeds into action

The IPG’s first ever conference took place at Mercedes-Benz-World on 3 November, 2017.

Scruffs does a double take at industry awards

Workwear brand Scruffs has scooped two industry awards for the second year running.

Trade bodies urge chancellor to support SMEs in budget

With the Autumn Budget due to be announced in just three weeks time, the ECA and the BESA have called on Chancellor Philip Hammond MP to take action to support small and medium sized businesses in the construction industry.

Paul McLaughlin steps down as BESA Chief Executive for health reasons

Following a recent cycling accident, Paul McLaughlin is stepping down as Chief Executive of the Building Engineering Services Association.

Interest rate rise could help SMEs claw back late payments, says NFB

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has increased rates to 0.5%. The MPC had cut the base interest rate to an historic low of 0.25% in August 2016, two months after the EU referendum.

Conex Bänninger industrial valves keep water flowing and the Dubai landscape green

Conex Bänninger industrial and specification valves are helping keep water flowing and the landscape green at some of Dubai’s most prestigious infrastructure projects.

NFB joins pledge to transform construction skills shortages

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) north east team has joined the Construction and Housing Employment and Skills Pledge (CHESP), launched in September 2017, with the aim of working to overcome the major skills shortages and gaps in skills provision within the construction industry.

Natural Paving Products introduces Talasey Group in line with company growth

With a variety of products catering to a host of different landscaping solutions, Natural Paving Products has created the Talasey Group corporate entity under which Natural Paving and all of its sub brands now sit.

Ridgeons launches major recruitment drive with careers Open Days

Ridgeons, an idependent timber and builders’ merchants, has launched a major recruitment drive to highlight the wide range of new roles and career opportunities it is offering as the business invests in further development and growth.

BMF launches third South West Regional Centre at Garador

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) launched its third Regional Centre of Excellence in the South West region this week at Garador’s ultra modern production facility in Yeovil, Somerset. The BMF now have 16 of these Regional Centres, which provide members with appropriate training and meeting venues in various locations around the UK.

Worcester Bosch urges “common sense approach” to ErP and spare parts

Worcester, Bosch Group, is urging the European Commission to take a “common-sense approach” and reconsider bringing spare part circulating pumps under the Energy-Related Products (ErP) Directive by 2020.

RGB employee completes Great West Run in aid of children’s hospice

Wayne Brooks, who works for RGB Building Supplies’ Wellington branch, completed the Great West Run in Exeter on Sunday 15th October and raised £225 for Children’s Hospice South West.

Bradford Building Supplies joins H&B Group

H&B Group has announced that it has recruited one of the UK’s largest independent builders’ merchants – Bradfords Building Supplies.

Hitachi Koki Announces Brand Name Change to “HiKOKI”

Hitachi Koki Co, a leading manufacturer of power tools and life-science equipment, has announced today (1 November, 2017) that the company will change its corporate name to Koki Holdings Co, effective June 1, 2018, and will rebrand its full line of power tools known as HITACHI and/or Hitachi Koki under the new HiKOKI name, effective October 1, 2018.

Methven appointed by Places for People

Methven has been appointed as a preferred supplier by Places for People, one of the UK’s largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies.

NMBS celebrates at annual Dinner Dance

NMBS has maintained its track record of staging one of the biggest and best social events for the independent merchanting sector.

National Awards for the UK’s most considerate construction companies and suppliers

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is getting ready to reveal the UK’s highest performing registered companies and suppliers of 2017.

Covers rock sponsorship of Chichester charity show

The Chichester branch of Covers Timber & Builders Merchants is proud to announce that they will once again support the Ovation Rock Show at the Minerva Theatre.

Automated fulfilment system delivers improvements for Aliaxis

As part of its drive to improve customer service, Aliaxis has invested £150,000 in an automated voice picking system within its warehouses, which has significantly modernised order fulfilment.

First interactive map of construction in UK and Ireland launched by Considerate Constructors Scheme

Considerate Constructors Scheme launched a single point of reference for construction activity across the UK and Ireland.

Rudridge donates £500 to children’s charity

Children’s charity Chailey Heritage Foundation, which is based near Lewes in East Sussex, has received a donation of £500 from local business, Rudridge.

Queen’s Award for Enterprise is a Hull of a boost for Kohler Mira

Following the announcement of Kohler Mira’s grant of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation in April; Liz Hazeldene, Managing Director, recently received the award on behalf of the company and its workforce from the Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire at Mira’s production facility in Hull.

Lords Group acquires majority share in Hevey Building Supplies

West London-based Lords Builders Merchants has acquired the majority share capital in Hevey Building Supplies.

BMF launches product Forums for Bricks, Blocks and Civils

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is building on the success of its sector-related discussion and networking forums, with the launch of two new product category groups planned for 2018. One of the new Forums will be dedicated to Bricks, Blocks and Landscaping, and the second will focus on Civils and Drainage.

Build-it-purple bags funds for charity

A Sussex-based builders’ merchant has launched a novel region-wide charitable initiative.

The BMN Awards finalists

The finalists for the 16th annual BMN Awards have been announced. The Awards, which will be taking place on 24 November, 2017, at the Hilton Park Lane, London, celebrate the best in the merchant sector and is the ‘must attend’ event of the year!

NHBC reports highest third quarter new home registrations in a decade

Builders registered nearly 38,000 new homes in the UK during Q3 2017, according to NHBC’s latest new home registration statistics, the highest Q3 total since the recession.

Smart meters bill introduced to Parliament: BSRIA response

BSRIA has responded to the recent government announcement that a Smart Meters Bill will be introduced to Parliament wherein every home and small business in the UK will be offered a smart meter by the end of 2020 in a bid to ensure consumers continue to get the most out of their smart meters and saving them “billions of pounds”.

Ben Kinsella Trust joins #PHEXGives for Chelsea

One of the leading anti-knife crime charities in the UK, the Ben Kinsella Trust, will be joining the PHEX exhibition in Chelsea to raise money for its vital cause and raffle away a signed Chelsea shirt.

H&B recruits its first member into its TBG development group

The new buying group for small- to medium-sized merchants formed by the acquisition of TBG by H&B has recruited its first new member.

Driving in style with Icopal’s biggest golf day at Woburn

Industry professionals and Icopal staff took to the greens at the prestigious Woburn Golf Club near Milton Keynes for the manufacturer’s largest annual golf day to date with the chance to win a BMW Convertible. The day also raised over £700 to help support The Christie Hospital in Manchester.

MKM opens 50th branch in Leamington Spa

MKM has opened its 50th branch in the spa town of Leamington. The milestone branch is now open and was marked with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by MKM’s founder and Executive Chairman, David Kilburn. 

Aggregate Industries contracting banksmen get bodycams in £20,000 plus investment

Aggregate Industries Contracting has invested over £20,000 in ensuring every banksman is equipped with a state-of-the-art bodycam.