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Michelmersh reports spectacular increase in profits despite drop in volumes

Michelmersh Brick Holdings is pleased to report its audited final results for the year ended 31 December 2015, reporting a strong performance and continued progress.

Ridgeons cements supplier relationships at annual event

Ridgeons recently hosted its annual ‘Meet the Merchant’ day, which incorporated the ‘Supplier of the Year’ awards and also featured a format change this year encouraging less formal interaction and more social networking.

AkzoNobel launches Dulux Academy for painters and decorators

AkzoNobel, the parent company of professional paint brand Dulux Trade, has today launched the UK’s first academy for painters and decorators, with an official opening by the Minister of State for Employment, Priti Patel.

BMF launches branch finder app

The new branch locator app from the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will help tradespeople find a convenient outlet anywhere in the country. BMF merchants operate almost 4,500 branches across the UK and they can all be found on the new app.

Elliotts launches Elliotts Living Spaces in Ringwood

Elliotts has announced the launch of Elliotts Living Spaces, a collection of kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, flooring, landscaping and finishing touches.

Selco continues growth plans with new branch opening

Selco Builders Warehouse has revealed it will continue its strong growth strategy, revealing more new branches planned for 2016 and beyond.

Richmonds opens new branch in Edinburgh

Richmonds Plumbing & Heating Merchants is delighted to announce the opening of its first Edinburgh branch.

2016 Budget: The BMF comments

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, gave his Budget Statement to Parliament yesterday (16 March) and John Newcomb, managing director for the Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF), gives his initial reaction to those aspects most directly relevant to Federation members.

2016 Budget: The industry reacts

Yesterday (16 March), Chancellor George Osborne delivered the 2016 Budget, announcing a variety of measures concerning topics from soft drinks to oil and gas, but the Chancellor had relatively little to say on housing this year.

2016 Budget: 'Lower taxes for business'

Chancellor George Osborne today (16 March) set out the 2016 Budget amid what he described as a “turbulent” global economic outlook.

IOBM supports BMF position on apprentice levy

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM) fully endorses the position of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) that firms unwilling to take on apprentices will lose out when the government’s new Apprenticeship Levy comes into effect in April.

Showroom launch brings luxury to MKM in Sheffield

MKM Building Supplies is bringing luxury to Sheffield’s building sector with the launch of a new showroom.

New branch initiative for Plumb Center and Parts Center

Plumb Center and Parts Center have unveiled a new floor plan at a branch in Purley to improve customers’ in-branch experience.

IoBM supports BMF position on Apprenticeship Levy

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM) has endorsed the Builders' Merchants Federation's (BMF) view that firms unwilling to take on apprentices will lose out when the government's new Apprenticeship Levy comes into effect in April.

Construction output falls in January

Construction output in January 2016 fell by 0.2% compared to the previous month, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, but the sector has still seen growth in new orders.

Scottish construction output hit new high in 2015

Construction output in Scotland reached £14.5bn in 2015 - a new record output for the year, according to full-year figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Crystal Group joins the BMF

Crystal Group, the manufacturer of made to measure PVC-U windows, doors and conservatories, is the latest supplier to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Pochin opens new plumbing & heating branch in Corby

Independent plumbing and heating supplier Pochin has opened a new outlet in Corby, its first in Northamptonshire.

Keylite launches #Switched2 Rewards promotion

Best known for its advanced ideas in roof window design, Keylite has applied its innovative thinking to a new rewards promotion, which benefits not only the installer but also the merchant.

HPS announces branch openings and record sales

Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) has announced record sales and profits for 2015. Sales for the period comprising January to December 2015 were £53.1m up from £48.1m reported in 2014, whilst profits were £4.4m up from £3.7m in 2014.

BIM4M2 and CPA join forces for BIM master class

Building Information Modelling (BIM) working group BIM4M2 has partnered with the Construction Products Association (CPA) to host an informative CPD event on 13 April in London, providing an overview of BIM requirements for manufacturers.

Lincoln Security trade counter promotes ASSA ABLOY security solutions

Lincoln Security has opened a new trade counter that showcases products from ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a specialist in door opening solutions.

Industry expects housing market to experience slowdown after stamp duty changes

House price inflation peaked last December ahead of an anticipated rush to beat buy-to-let tax rises. Rate of house price inflation is now predicted to slow as April’s stamp duty changes are introduced and more modest growth in property sales is projected following the buy-to-let rush, the latest survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has revealed.

Topform wins two SFA awards

Galway company, Topform, has won the Overall SFA National Small Business Award 2016 and the Exporter of the Year category in the SFA Awards held in the RDS Concert Hall on 3 March 2016.

Building work begins on new Geberit headquarters

Following its acquisition of Twyford Bathrooms last year and as part of Geberit’s ambitious growth plans, building work has begun on the manufacturer‘s new headquarters.

BSS’s back-saving safety initiative shortlisted for awards

A safety programme, which has cut lost time manual handling accidents across the BSS branch network by 80% in one year, has been shortlisted for an award. The BSS LiFT programme has been shortlisted for the H&V News Awards 2016 in the Safety Initiative of the Year category.

‘Simplicity is key’ ahead of Budget announcement

Neil Schofield, head of external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group, has called for the Chancellor George Osborne to ensure that any schemes introduced to improve domestic energy efficiency as part of next week’s Budget are as simple as possible for the nation’s homeowners to access.

Natural Paving Products fights child exploitation in India

Putting ethical trading at the centre of all it does, Natural Paving Products (UK) has partnered with Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize winner 2014, to improve the lives of Indian children near its quarries and new factory.

CBI economist to speak at Members Day

CBI economist Anna Leach will be one of the keynote speakers at the Builders' Merchants Federation (BMF) Members Day in September.

Breedon Aggregates reports promising growth

Breedon Aggregates has announced its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2015 and reports strong growth as well as promising forecasts for the future of the group.

Eurocell expands horizons with Vista acquisition

Eurocell has announced the acquisition of Vista Panels from CorpAcq. Vista is a manufacturer of composite and PVC-U entrance doors, with a turnover of approximately £14m.

Significant growth for Breedon Aggregates

Breedon Aggregates has announced its audited annual results for the year ended 31 December, 2015.

SAS Direct acquired by SIG plc

SIG plc, a FTSE-250 leading European specialist supplier to the construction, building and industrial markets, has acquired SAS Direct & Partitioning Ltd (SAS Direct), an interiors distributor operating in the mid to high-tier partitioning sectors in the UK and Ireland.

Higgins Building Supplies celebrates its 150th anniversary

Higgins Building Supplies is celebrating a major business milestone this year. The family owned builders’ merchant, which operates from a depot in Wellingborough and a second site in Irthingborough, is commemorating 150 years of trading.

Zero Bills Home is launched on BRE Innovation Park

RIBA award-winning zero carbon design and development business Zed Factory has unveiled the Zero Bills Home, which it says is a response to the housing crisis that aims to make home energy bills obsolete.

Plumb and Parts Center tours UK with Trade Talk

Plumb and Parts Center has announced the dates and locations for its latest series of events for the trade.

Team aims to ignite interest in construction industry

Three students scooped the top prize in a competition to devise a video and social media campaign to inspire young people to consider careers in the construction industry.

Concrete company urges industry to attract more female drivers

South-west based Hopkins Concrete is urging the haulage industry to find ways of encouraging more female drivers to help solve the severe driver shortage.

Buttle's joins London Stock Exchange's top 1,000 SMEs

St Albans-based builders' merchant Buttle's has joined the London Stock Exchange Group's list of '1,000 companies to inspire Britain in 2016'.

Myerson Solicitors LLP assists with the sale of Conerstones Building and Landscape Products to Huws Gray

Commercial law firm Myerson Solicitors LLP has advised Cheshire Concrete Products on its sale of Cornerstones Building and Landscaping Products to Huws Gray.

Travis Perkins reports rising profits and branch openings for 2015

Travis Perkins, the builders’ merchant group, has released positive results for the financial year ended 31 December 2015, reporting strong growth amidst a swathe of new branch openings for several of the groups’ businesses.

Stelrad wins supplier award from merchant group

Stelrad Radiators has been awarded a prestigious award by Grahams Plumbers Merchants.

City Heating Spares now available for PTS and Travis Perkins customers

The availability and expertise of City Heating Spares (CHS), already enjoyed by customers of City Plumbing Supplies (CPS), is now available in select branches of Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS) and Travis Perkins (TP).

Bassetts expands and plans for continued growth in 2016

Northern Ireland’s bathroom, heating and tile company, Bassetts, has announced major growth milestones, including new store openings, showroom expansions and reinvestment in the company following a period of significant growth.

Travis Perkins Managed Services has won the Most Innovative Supplier award

Travis Perkins Managed Services has won Most Innovative Supplier in the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards, beating four other short-listed companies to the title.

Salamander Pumps hits the road

Salamander Pumps is taking its key messages around innovation, technology and service directly to installers with the help of merchants around the UK.

FAKRO celebrates 25 years of innovation

FAKRO celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016, with a wealth of activities planned throughout the year to thank customers and staff that have helped the company get to where it is today.

Worcester, Bosch Group advises engineers to consider security of data in controls

Amid recent stories in the national press surrounding the security of personal data, a spokesperson for Worcester, Bosch Group has called on installers to place greater focus on how information is collected and treated by internet-connected heating controls.

New BSS App brings the branch to your phone or tablet

Delivering up to minute news and information to tablets and smartphones, the new free app from BSS, distributor of heating and pipeline products and services, is packed with useful features to help customers.

Williams & Co listed as one of the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain

Williams & Co has been listed by the London Stock Exchange (LSE) as one of 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain for the third time.