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Southalls and Gowling WLG warn builders’ merchants of health and safety fine risks

Specialist health and safety consultancy Southalls and international law firm Gowling WLG, warn medium sized builders’ merchants (£10-£50m turnover) of the significant fine risks they may face on the first anniversary of the new health and safety sentencing guidelines this month.

Jewson goes above and beyond the National Living Wage

Jewson has announced plans to increase its employees’ wages ahead of the government’s introduction of the National Living Wage later this year.

Dunlop launches Multi-Skill Champion Competition 2017

Dunlop is launching its Multi-Skill Champion Competition again for 2017, following the success of its inaugural competition last year.

Encon scoops regional Redrow Award

Encon Insulation has been named Supplier of the Year at the South West Redrow Awards, at Dartington Hall in Devon.

Tubs & Tiles placed into administration

Tubs & Tiles, which had been trading since 1966 as a distributor, and in more recent years developed a showroom in Coventry, closed before Christmas 2016, following a ‘difficult trading period’.

Speedy Hire issues promising trading update

Speedy Hire, the tools, equipment and plant hire services company, has issued an update on its trading performance for the year ending 31 March 2017.

SR Timber moves to new headquarters

SR Timber has moved into new, larger premises in North Nottinghamshire as part of ambitious growth plans.

Bradstone hosts annual awards dinner

The most inspiring patio and garden makeovers from Bradstone’s network of Assured members were praised at the company’s Awards dinner in January.

Birchwood Price Tools joins the BMF

Birchwood Price Tools (BPT) is the latest member of the Travis Perkins Group to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Hudson Contract celebrates apprenticeship scheme success

Hudson Contract is celebrating having helped more than 80 apprentices begin a career in construction with its Apprentice Sponsorship Scheme. The company is encouraging other firms to host similar schemes to help address the skills shortage in the industry.

Russell Roof Tiles awards bursaries to young people

Russell Roof Tiles has awarded four bursaries in a bid to promote manufacturing, construction and engineering trades to young people.

What a difference a year makes

Twenty sixteen proved to be a year of significant change for the Rainy Day Trust. Not only did the charity become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, but it also launched a whole series of new programmes, specifically designed to tackle the impact of low income in the industry.

BMF Burns Supper raises £3,000 for charity

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) raised over £3,000 to share between the BMF’s nominated charity, The Teenage Cancer Trust, and the merchant industry charity, The Rainy Day Trust, at its largest ever annual Burns Supper held in Glasgow on 27 January.

Jewson Live is a success

Jewson finished 2016 on a high, with the return of Jewson Live. Even bigger and better than the 2015 event, the show welcomed over 2,300 attendees as well as 180 exhibitors.

Elta Group completes acquisition of Acoustica

Elta Group has bolstered its noise control offering with the acquisition of the business and technology of UK-based acoustics specialist Acoustica.

Keylite wins Buildbase Supplier of the Year

Keylite has been recognised once again for its outstanding customer service by winning Buildbase Supplier of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Further growth planned for Roofing Supplies business

South West-based roofing materials supplier Roofing Supplies Ltd (RSL) is set for further growth after its new owner pledged to develop the business in the region.

Top leadership coach to speak at BMF Members' Day

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has lined up one of the most effective leadership coaches to speak at BMF Members' Day in September, which takes 'Building Beyond Brexit' as its theme.

Jewson searches for Young Tradesperson of 2017

Jewson is calling on all construction professionals under the age of 30 from across the UK to submit their entries for its Young Tradesperson of the Year competition.

Buildbase names Brett Southern Supply Partner Of The Year

At the Buildbase Annual Conference, Brett Landscaping was awarded the accolade of Southern Region Supplier of the Year 2016.

Ideal acquires more warehouse space

Ideal Bathrooms has expanded its Milton Keynes warehousing with the acquisition of a new 40,000 sq ft warehouse adjacent to the head office and existing warehouse.

Boris visits George Bence Group

At the same time as Prime Minister Theresa May met with the President of the United States last week, the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson dropped in to the George Bence Group in Cheltenham to meet Paul Bence, managing director, who gave him a tour of the company’s headquarters.

WCoBM welcomes seven new Liverymen at Installation Dinner

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) goes from strength to strength with the recent admission of seven new Liverymen.

MKM gets creative for Polypipe promotion

The Chelmsford branch of MKM Building Supplies has gone one step further as part of a promotion on Polypipe underground drainage products.

Calling Notice: Institute of Builders' Merchants AGM

The Institute of Builders' Merchants (IoBM) Annual General Meeting will take place on 14 March, at the BMF offices in Coventry.

Social Housing becomes a firm focus for Wienerberger

In a bid to support government targets to help with the sustainable supply of best value social housing, Wienerberger has announced a significant investment into this sector across the UK.

Ravatherm UK announces acquisition of UK Polyfoam XPS

Ravatherm UK, part of the Ravago Group, has announced the acquisition of the UK Polyfoam XPS business of Knauf Insulation.

Selco launches year of growth in style

Selco has signalled its intentions for 2017 by opening two new branches in the first fortnight of the year.

NMBS inspires the next generation

Chris Hayward, managing director of NMBS, has joined up with Stephen Gould, managing director of Everards Brewery, to provide a 'Speedy Speakers' session to local school Fullhurst Community College.

BMF beams spotlight on decorating channels

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has teamed up with AkzoNobel to host its latest Regional Centre of Excellence, alongside announcing the launch of a new Decorating Forum to bring together members with responsibility for paint and decorative products.

MRA takes top spot in CMA Agency League for third time

For the third time, MRA Marketing has taken the top spot in the Construction Marketing Awards (CMA) Agency League of over 60 agencies working in construction.

Construction skills shortage is getting worse, warns FMB

The skills shortage in the construction industry is getting worse and has now spread beyond bricklayers and carpenters to other key trades, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The second winner of a £1,500 holiday

Two more lucky Graham Plumbers’ Merchant customers have won holiday vouchers with the Scratch & Win Promotion. The winners, from Cumbernauld near Glasgow and Redditch in Worcestershire have each received a £1,500 holiday voucher to help them jet off to a destination of their choice.

Local construction students visit Huws Gray

Huws Gray recently welcomed construction students from Coleg Meirion Dwyfor to its Timber Mill, Roofing Centre and Truss & Easi-Joist departments at its Llangefni site in Anglesey.

AWMS joins the Construction Products Association

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) has joined the Construction Products Association (CPA) as an affiliate member. Invited to join by the CPA chairman, AWMS’ membership sits alongside other prominent construction brands.

Bristan congratulates competition winners

Bristan has announced the winners of its recent ‘Put Yourself in the Driving Seat’ promotion with Plumbase. The overall winning installer, Dave Warner from Warner Plumbing & Heating, has won a trip to the Monaco Grand Prix in May 2017.

Industrial Strategy plans to boost skills

The construction industry has welcomed the government's new Industrial Strategy proposals, praising its support for business and plans to boost skills.

HPS nears charity milestone

Following a year of record turnover in 2016, Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) is nearing a fundraising milestone in its continued support of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Timbmet acquired by Hadleigh Timber Group

Timbmet, a supplier and processor of timber and panel product ranges, has been acquired by Hadleigh Timber Group.

The IPG welcomes Plumb Wales as a member

The IPG has grown its membership with the announcement that Caerphilly-based Plumb Wales has joined the buying group.

Jewson goes on Quest

Jewson has teamed up with Quest TV to give you the chance to win a host of top prizes, including £10,000 in cash.

Fundraising goes through the roof

Staff at Russell Roof Tiles have raised an impressive £24,000, enabling two Blood Bikes charities to buy two new motorbikes.

Rainy Day Trust awarded Big Lottery Grant for work with older people

The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) has been awarded £8,790 by the Big Lottery through its Awards for All scheme to support the Trust's work with older people. The grant will be spent on expanding the help given by its volunteers, as well as expanding the telephone counselling and legal advice service.

Speaker programme announced for Totally DIY & Tools show

From Insight DIY’s Steve Collinge, talking on digital retailing futures, to the Hawley Collection Trust of Sheffield’s Kellham Island Museum, the 2017 speaker programme for Totally DIY & Tools covers wide-ranging subjects, offering down-to-earth methods, inspiration and aspiration to DIY, homeware and hardware retailers.

Colin Butt buys Palmers Scaffolding

In a divestment process at the end of 2016 (which came into effect 4 January 2017), scaffolding and access solutions brand Palmers was sold to businessman Colin Butt by previous owners XERVON GmbH, who were looking to off-set some of their non-EU businesses, post-Brexit.

CLOCS commends new national Vulnerable Road Users course for construction industry

The Best Practice Hub has produced an e-learning course about vulnerable road users. Launched on 9 January, the course is designed to increase knowledge and understanding of the risks construction activity can pose to vulnerable road users, and provides practical methods that can be adopted to minimise these risks.

Marsh Merchant Appeal to benefit local causes

Marsh Industries has unveiled a campaign to help its UK merchant network raise money for local charities and community groups.

Catnic launches new ssr2 training centre

Catnic has opened a new training centre in Caerphilly, Wales for its SSR2 Roofing and Cladding system.

MGM Timber (Scotland) joins the BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed one of the largest independent timber merchants in Scotland, MGM Timber (Scotland) into membership.

NBG launches new website

The National Buying Group (NBG) has launched a new website which is the flagship for the Group’s new emphasis on open two-way communication with its partners and suppliers.