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Construction industry reliant on infrastructure and housebuilding to avoid declines in 2018

For most construction firms it will be difficult to escape the impact subdued economic growth, rising inflation and falling real wages will have on the industry over the next two years. In addition, negotiating unprecedented uncertainties as the UK leaves the EU is expected to result in little growth, with output expected to rise 0.7% in 2017 and remain flat in 2018.

Countdown to Howarth Timber’s Trade Day gathers pace

Final preparations are underway for Howarth Timber’s third annual Trade Day Bonanza.

Worcester cautiously welcomes government’s Clean Growth Plan

One of the heating industry’s boiler manufacturers has given a ‘cautious welcome’ to the government’s new Clean Growth Plan.

Tigers legends officially open new BSS Leicester

Ben Kay MBE and Geordan Murphy, two Leicester Tigers legends, were the special guests for the Grand Opening launch event of BSS’ new branch in Thurmaston, Leicester.

Prospects for the UK Builders and Plumbers Merchants market cautiously optimistic

It is estimated that the UK builders and plumbers merchants’ market will see growth of 2% in 2017, compared with 2016, in value terms.

Covers sponsors Rudgwick Junior FC

The Rudgwick branch of Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has agreed a three-year sponsorship deal with Rudgwick Junior FC.

ForgeFix ScrewsArt fundraising goes intergalactic

Distributor of fixings, fasteners, power tool accessories and hardware, ForgeFix looks set to repeat its success in using an unique form of art to raise money for charity.

Ibstock Brick hosts Uzbekistan Ambassador visit

Ibstock Brick hosted a visit from the Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United Kingdom on Friday 6 October.

GAP takes big strides forward following acquisition

Following GAP’s announcement in August of the acquisition of SIG Building Plastics & Windows, the company has been working non-stop to welcome all their new team members and customers on board.

Metador strengthens their brand

Metador has launched its new brand and website after a move to further solidify its position within the steel door market.

CMDi launches the first effectiveness test for Built Environment brands

The UK’s leading creative agency for brands competing in the built environment, CMDi, has just launched the sector’s first communications effectiveness test.

It’s rocking, the new CEMEX brand, neogem

A new CEMEX brand of high performance aggregates, neogem has just been launched in the UK.

There’s no smoke without fire

With Fire Prevention Week now upon us, Honeywell’s Home Safety business is reminding people of the importance of ensuring homeowners are adequately protected against the dangers of fire and smoke.

Private housing demand fuels builders’ merchant sales growth

New data released by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) presents a direct contrast with the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) Construction Index data.

NMBS member enjoys inspirational success

An NMBS member with ten branches across Merseyside and North Wales is celebrating after being named one of the most inspirational businesses in the UK.

Fibo UK joins the BMF

Kitchen and bathroom wall panel manufacturer Fibo UK has joined the Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF) as a supplier member.

Howarth Timber trade day registrations surge

With just a few weeks remaining before the third annual Howarth Timber and Building Supplies’ Trade Day Bonanza, the event already looks set to surpass the success of last year.

Arnold Laver unveils new London depot

Supplier of timber and construction materials, Arnold Laver, has expanded its presence in North London after opening a state-of-the-art depot in Borehamwood, as part of a £1.5 million investment that has initially created 12 jobs in the local area.

Migration Watch UK is wrong to say no need for EU workers, says FMB

Migration Watch UK is wrong to suggest that there is no need for EU workers, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Kent Blaxill cyclists raise £3,200 for charity

A team of seven Kent Blaxill cyclists from Colchester have completed a three-day, 519-mile challenge in France to raise more than £3,200 for three charities.

Extra funding released for affordable housing

An extra £2 billion allocation of funding for affordable housing, such as council and social housing, has been announced by Prime Minister Theresa May in her speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.

Robert Bosch UK Holdings acquires a minority share in BOXT

Robert Bosch UK Holdings has become a minority shareholder in BOXT, based in Leeds.

£700 Raised at Wirquin’s Birthday Celebrations

Family run sanitary equipment manufacturer, Wirquin, has held a special family factory tour and party to raise funds and celebrate their 40th birthday.

Aico charity bike ride raises over £19,000

Aico, manufacturer of residential Fire and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms in the UK, has raised over £19,000 in donations for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) with a charity bike ride from Aico’s premises in Shropshire to its parent company Ei Electronics in Shannon, Ireland; a journey of 247 miles.

Back to our roots: Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence

It’s amazing how quickly time flies! There are only 50 days until this year’s BMN Awards, which is taking place on 24 November at the Hilton Park Lane, London.

The Macmillan Big Coffee Morning

Last week many companies, including Garador, brought in cakes and coffee for the Macmillan Cancer Support’s Big Coffee Morning.

Help to Buy is a symbol of failed housing policy, says HBA

On 1 October, as the Conservative Party Conference kicked off in Manchester, the Government announced an extension of Help to Buy for new build homes with an extra £10 billion of funding over five years.

Howarth Timber continues branch investment programme

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies’ programme of expansion and investment has continued, with a series of new showrooms and branches officially opened this summer.

4D showroom experience as Flame invests in Durham site

Durham’s first-ever 4D bathroom design showroom is officially open for business, following a £100,000 investment by the North East’s fastest growing Heating & Plumbing merchant.

Naylor industries welcomes HRH Duke Of Kent to open new factory

HRH the Duke of Kent has formally opened a new factory extension for Naylor Industries. The £5m investment will allow the construction products company to make larger diameter pipes to carry big volumes of surface water, helping protect Britain against flooding from extreme weather.

UK steel prospects fuel Wolseley’s industrial growth

An upturn in the UK steel industry has contributed to a 73% increase in orders over the last 12 months for the industrial division of Wolseley, specialist supplier of industrial valves, pipe and fittings via annual supply contracts.

Selco throws support around gruelling kayak challenge

A rapidly expanding UK Builders Merchant is backing a gruelling kayak challenge undertaken by Heart West Midlands Breakfast presenter Gemma Hill.

A sensational September for LBS

LBS sweeps the board this September, with not one, but two National Awards.

Chichester MP officially opens newly refurbished Covers Home Ideas

Gillian Keegan, the Conservative MP for Chichester, cut the ribbon to officially open the newly refurbished Covers Home Ideas on Thursday 28th September.

Worcester invests £3.5 million in Training Academy

Worcester, Bosch Group has reopened its flagship Training Academy after a £3.5 million investment programme.

Merchants championed at FMB Master Builder Awards

Parker Building Supplies received the Builders Merchant Award at the recent Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Master Builder Awards, with EH Smith 'Highly Commended' for the same Award.

The Courtney Smith Group celebrate their 14th year in business

With the recruitment industry worth more to the economy than ever before (according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), £35.1 billion in 2016, the Hertfordshire based Courtney Smith Group celebrate their 14th year in business this month.

HPS has raised over half a million for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital

Peter Wilson, Sales and Marketing Director, and Alec Meadows, Operations Director, from Heating Plumbing Supplies Merchants presented the cheque during a recent visit to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

Ecobuild reveals the 2018 futurebuild districts

ecobuild owners, Futurebuild Events, have revealed more details about the futurebuild districts which have been created following feedback that the event had lost its way in previous years.

Selco gives tadespeople a chance to embrace digital era

A new app designed to make planning and quoting jobs easier for tradespeople has been launched by Selco builders merchant.

Baulch joins anniversary charity challenge

Former Welsh athletics star Jamie Baulch has rekindled his sporting career to help a Cardiff business celebrate a landmark anniversary.

Family-owned Builders Merchant Celebrates 175 Years in Business

Elliotts Builders Merchant, the south’s leading independent supplier of building products to the trade and public, is celebrating 175 years of business, having been established since 1st October 1842.

This is the CITB’s last chance, says FMB

The CITB has one last chance to fundamentally reform and start facilitating quality training en masse among the construction industry’s smaller firms, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Built environment brand specialists CMDi appointed by the BMF

To help accelerate and strengthen their commercial development, The Builders Merchants Federation has appointed built environment brand specialists CMDi – based on the agency’s recent work for the Federation of Master Builders.

KCS rebrands its US acquisitions

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), the leading supplier of ERP solutions to merchants and other distributive companies, has just rebranded the two US-based software companies it recently acquired.

Bricks and Water: why water matters for construction workers

Construction workers wearing hot, protective clothing are vulnerable to dehydration - even as the weather cools.

Grant UK continues to raise money for Julia’s House

Staff at Grant UK have raised over £350 for local children’s charity Julia’s House with a raffle held in September.

Investments and changes for Ridgeons in Cambridge

Ridgeons has announced a series of major new investments and changes to its Cambridge branches, with the renovation and expansion of its existing Nuffield Road branch, the opening of a new flagship branch in Norman Way and the closure of the existing Cromwell Road branch in April 2018.

Aggregate Industries All Aboard with McDermotts to create New National College for High Speed Rail

Aggregate Industries has provided the platform for the newly created National College for High Speed Rail, located in the centre of Birmingham.

Travis Perkins confirms its commitment to Approved Fire Door Centre expertise

A major initiative within the builders’ merchant sector is set to boost fire safety knowledge and the installation of properly certificated fire doors in a huge range of building projects, large and small.