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Ridgeons celebrates 1,165 years of service at Long Service Awards

The Ridgeon Group recently hosted two celebratory award ceremonies honouring 71 employees at its annual Long Service Awards.

London Boiler Cashback scheme: voucher update

News that vouchers are available to meet demand under the London Boiler Cashback Scheme has been welcomed by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Saint-Gobain reinvents its brand

Saint-Gobain has revealed its new strategic approach, as well as its updated logo.

GreenWorks has evolved to help you build intelligently

GreenWorks has evolved, rolling out a range of services to help its customers build more intelligently.

Success for GROHE Work Smarter Tour 2016

GROHE is celebrating the success of its 2016 Work Smarter Tour for installers, which took place in May.

Construction industry reacts to Referendum result

The EU Referendum result has caused uncertainty in the construction industry, with many associations and industry bodies calling on the government to react quickly in order to reassure the financial markets.

Blue Rock Systems launches new branding and logo

Blue Rock Systems, an ERP software supplier to merchants, wholesalers, suppliers and distributors, has introduced its new company branding and logo.

Entrepreneurs can find a home in the GAI

Start-ups and new entrepreneurs entering the door hardware industry are being targeted in a future-focused membership drive by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI).

Kenneth is named Dunlop Multi-Skill Champion 2016

Fourteen-year-old multi-skill student Kenneth Sylvester from Doncaster College has been named as the overall winner of Dunlop’s Multi-Skill Champion Competition 2016.

Grange investment in manufacture and distribution

Grange has announced a significant additional investment from its parent company Stelmet in the form of an expanded supply chain capacity. This will create additional manufacturing capability and provide an additional UK distribution site in the South East of England.

Toolbank hosts regional trade show

The one-day show run by Toolbank Southampton opened its doors to over 200 retailers and builders’ merchants from across the South and West region on 17 March. Held at the prestigious Newbury Racecourse, the show hosted over 100 exhibitors for brands to showcase the latest hardware and tool technologies.

Johnstone’s decorating centres continues national expansion

PPG continues to strengthen its network after announcing the purchase of Peffer Paints in Scotland.

Superheroes from Keyline get into gear for charity

Caped crusaders from Keyline, a UK supplier of civils and drainage solutions and heavy building materials, will take their fight against evil onto the road as they take part in an international car rally.

CIOB supports industry drive for more military recruits

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has created a clear route into membership for those with military experience, and is backing a cross-industry initiative to increase recruitment from the armed forces into the construction sector.

Apprenticeship funding is in limbo, warns FMB Cymru

The Welsh government needs to urgently engage with the construction sector regarding how the UK-wide apprenticeship levy will be invested back into training and skills in Wales, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Cymru.

Procurement Hub launches dedicated public-sector solution for building supplies

Places for People Group has launched its latest free-to-join public sector procurement solution, through its own in-house Procurement Hub.

NBG Partners drive business growth with expanded branch networks

NBG Partners’ businesses are continuing to show strong and continued growth with 18 new branches and showrooms opening in the last year alone. The pace of new branch openings, acquisitions, and refurbishments has picked up considerably in 2016 as NBG Partners help to drive the recovery in the merchanting sector, propelled by strong growth in RMI.

Fire safety seminar exposes industry knowledge gap

A survey following a series of in-depth presentations at the recent Housebuilders’ Fire Protection Seminar – hosted by SIG – has revealed that there may be a knowledge gap amongst housebuilders regarding the correct specification and installation of fire-stopping measures.

WernerCo invests in its Maldon facility

WernerCo, manufacturer of professional ladders and access towers, has invested over £1.2m into its Maldon UK facility, in an effort to strengthen its position in the market.

Russell Roof Tiles launches long service awards

Russell Roof Tiles is recognising and rewarding staff who have had a long and successful career at the firm with the launch of its long service awards.

ROCKWOOL joins the BMF

ROCKWOOL is the latest supplier member to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

WCoBM welcomes six new Liverymen

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) installed six new Liverymen at its recent Election Court General. 

Records all round at Rainy Day Trust karting challenge

Seventeen teams of competitive karters sweltered on the hottest day of the year so far, as they battled to win a trophy at the 2016 Rainy Day Trust Karting Challenge.

BSRIA sees government and CITB levies as incentive to deliver more industry training

BSRIA sees the government’s new apprenticeship levy as an incentive for both the CITB, industry, and government, to work together on delivering vital apprenticeship training.

2016 NBG conference and exhibition is a sell out

Within days of this year’s National Buying Group (NBG) conference and AGM being announced, the event is already sold out.

NBG boosts its member portfolio

National Buying Group (NBG) has signed up a new merchant partner. The latest recruit is Surrey-based Condell, a timber and builders’ merchant with two branches in Sutton.

CRASH goes sailing for charity

The inaugural CRASH Charity Sailing Cup took place on 9 June, 2016, in celebration of the charity's 20th anniversary.

Grant UK installer evenings prove a success

Throughout May and early June, Grant UK held a series of events in England, Scotland and Wales where installers were invited to learn more about Grant’s latest products. Engineers and merchants from up and down the country attended the installer evenings and feedback received on the night and afterwards indicates that the events were popular and useful.

Door hardware professionals better served in the North

A new branch of the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) has been set up to support door hardware professionals in the northernmost regions of England.

MKM Building Supplies opens showroom in Ripon

MKM Building Supplies is extending its reach into the luxury interior design market with the launch of a kitchen and bathroom showroom in Ripon.

Top flight speaker for BMF Members Day

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has confirmed a highflying keynote speaker for the BMF Members Day in September.

JP Corry expands its Belfast offering

Local building supplier JP Corry has announced plans to strengthen its presence in Belfast with the opening of a new branch in Andersonstown, West Belfast in August this year.

Small businesses are bearing the brunt of cyber crime

A new report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that small firms are unfairly carrying the cost of cyber crime in an increasingly vulnerable digital economy.

RGB Building Supplies opens new Torquay branch

RGB Building Supplies officially opened its newest branch on 25 May, when the Executive Lead for Business at Torbay Council cut the ribbon at the builders' merchant’s new Torquay location.

Construction output rises as new orders decline

Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published today show that construction output rebounded in April by 2.5% month-on-month, though remained down 3.7% compared with one year earlier.

Gorilla Glue meets ministers to support brickwork initiative

Adhesive firm Gorilla Glue Europe is backing an initiative that will see brickwork academies rolled out across Britain.

Plumb and Parts team take part in world's longest annual canoe and kayak race

An elite team from Plumb and Parts Center and other Wolseley UK brands are about to take part in the Yukon River Quest - one of the top 10 toughest races in the world.

Construction United welcomes Morgan Sindall partnership

Construction United, a coalition of some of the construction industry’s key stakeholders which aims to change perceptions of the sector, has recently welcomed UK construction and regeneration group, Morgan Sindall, to its ranks.

Harrow to get the ‘Trade Only’ treatment

Williams & Co, the Southern-based independent, trade-only plumbing and heating wholesaler, is opening another store in early July, bringing its total number of branches to 31.

Apprenticeships progress endangered by Levy uncertainty

Growth in apprenticeship numbers in Scotland could be scuppered unless the Scottish government commits to ring-fencing the new UK-wide Apprenticeship Levy for training, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland has warned.

BMF sets targets to get more women into merchants

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has pledged to help address unemployment and poorly paid employment among young women by signing up to the Young Women’s Trust employer pledge.

Trade Talks heat up for boiler manufacturer

Boiler manufacturer Baxi is leading the way in developing customer relationships by being the only company of its kind to exhibit at this year’s Trade Talks, hosted by Plumb Center.

Richard Burbidge launches a network of Premier Centres

Stairparts specialist Richard Burbidge has launched a nationwide network of Premier Centres, consisting of merchant partners offering retail excellence.

Wolseley Group reports slowing growth

Wolseley Group's third-quarter trading update has reported slowing growth and weaker demand across a number of its markets.

Sydenhams flagship showroom launches in Bournemouth

Following major expansion at its head office, Sydenhams Builders Merchant has relaunched its flagship kitchen and bathroom showroom in Bournemouth.

Graham – supporting tomorrow’s installers today with Turning Pro

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched Turning Pro, a new rewards scheme specifically designed for students and apprentices.

Jewson Yorkshire employees embark on Monster Marathon

Jewson employees from Yorkshire have started a mammoth challenge for charity, with the goal of running more than 520 miles in just five days for Cancer Research UK.

Chandlers launches new graduate training scheme

Chandlers Building Supplies is delighted to announce the launch of its brand new Graduate Management Training Programme, which gives young people the chance to develop a career in the builders merchants industry.

IBC - a new direction, a new future

IBC, the buying group for independent builders’ merchants, has re-launched its brand to coincide with a raft of changes to the business.

Champion Timber opens timber branch in Weybridge

Champion Timber is set to open its 10th branch in Weybridge, Surrey, on 28 June.