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Ibstock Brick scoops top honours at the Brick Awards

Ibstock Brick once again triumphed at the Brick Awards winning seven categories at the prestigious event.

Jewson is target of data security breach

Builders' merchant Jewson has taken its store offline and warned customers that its data may have been stolen by hackers.

Aggregate Industries urges housebuilders to take a concrete look at imminent new standards

Aggregate Industries is urging housebuilders to look more closely at the technical considerations before installing block and beam flooring, as the 1 January 2018, deadline for the National House Building Council’s (NHBC) Technical Extra 20 standard draws closer.

Covers employee completes Great South Run in memory of friend

Kevin Kelsey, who works at Covers Timber & Builders Merchants’ Chichester depot, completed the Great South Run in Southsea on 22 October, and raised £195 for Brain Tumour Research.

Dale delivers benefits to merchants with new in-store mini display pods

Timber window and door specialist Dale is lending real support to its UK merchant network with the launch of a mini-showroom display campaign.

New UK production facility for Fernox

Fernox has opened its new chemical water treatment manufacturing facility in Wantage, Oxfordshire.

RGB launches Christmas Present Appeal

Following the success of RGB Building Supplies’ Christmas Present Appeal last year, the builders’ merchant is delighted to bring it back and is once again inviting the local community to donate gifts that will be given to families being supported by Children’s Hospice South West over the festive period.

Worcester hosts latest BMF Regional Centre of Excellence

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of Worcester, Bosch Group. 

Bathroom showroom puts money on toilet seats

A quirky toilet seat art exhibition in Lewes raised an impressive £620 for charity.

Gibbs & Dandy says “cheers” to loyal customers with pub voucher

Gibbs & Dandy is saying “cheers” to its loyal customers this month with a pub voucher for those who spend on orders collected from branch in November.

Top up on training through Greenstar Rewards

We all know that Christmas is the time for giving, and in the run up to this year’s festive season, Worcester is giving installers even more reasons to register for its Greenstar Rewards.

Covers supports homeless bus refurb

The Portsmouth depot of Covers Timber & Builders Merchant was delighted to donate supplies to Highbury College students to help them build bunks for The Rucksack Project’s bus renovation.

Roper Rhodes investment sees record-breaking service speeds

Roper Rhodes, whose brands comprise Roper Rhodes, Laura Ashley, R2, Tavistock and Trade, is experiencing record-breaking service speeds after investing in its operational infrastructure and consolidating its warehouse space into a single, state-of-the-art facility.

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.