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Cubis Industries acquires MCL Group Industries

Cubis Industries (Cubis) has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire the entire share capital of MCL Group Industries (MCL) for an undisclosed sum.

Relocation for SBS Bristol’s branch

Smith Brothers Stores’ (SBS) Bristol branch is relocating to Unit B St Vincents Trading Estate, Feeder Road, Bristol, BS2 0UY.

Timbmet announced as new BMBI expert

Timbmet managing director Nigel Cox has joined the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) as the expert for timber and panel products.

BMF App brings information to employees' fingertips

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has teamed up with mobile-app developers, Crosby Associates, to introduce the BMF Employee Engage App. Downloaded onto a smartphone or tablet, the App brings a company's information to the employee’s fingertips.

Labour Party invites the BMF to attend conference

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was recently invited by Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell MP, to join him and other party spokesmen at the Labour Party’s State of the Economy conference at Imperial College in London on 28 May.

Frank Howard gears up for annual show

On Friday 8 and Saturday 9 July, Frank Howard Tools & Fixings, based in Essex, will be hosting its annual tool show at the Chelmsford City Racecourse.

Worcester unveils £2.3m training expansion plans

Worcester, Bosch Group has unveiled significant plans to redevelop and expand the training and assessment facilities at its headquarters to further enhance the support on offer to industry professionals.

Are you tough enough to be a Race Team Manager?

No sport is as competitive as F1. To succeed, you need teamwork, clear decision-making and outstanding technology.

Back to back supplier awards for Embrass Peerless

Embrass Peerless has been named Plumbing Supplier of the Year for the second time in succession by the Plumbing & Heating Group (PHG), voted for by its members across the country.

New location celebration for Chandlers’ Rainham branch

Chandlers Roofing Supplies’ Rainham branch is holding a free open morning on Friday 10 June to celebrate the company’s move to the new premises.

Car park signage ruling could impact builders’ merchants

Builders’ merchants could benefit from a landmark ruling by the Court of Appeal which states that visible signage can prevent unauthorised parking from becoming a legal right, according to law firm Gordons.

Cheshire Mouldings supporting the merchants

Stair parts manufacturer Cheshire Mouldings has opened a new multi-million pound distribution centre, dedicated purely to its core independent and national merchant customers.

Trade showrooms are shedding old-fashioned stereotypes

Trade showrooms still play a vital role in the decision making process and are breaking down old stereotypes in a bid to attract a harder to please younger audience, a new study from Origin reveals.

14,228 new homes registered in April, reports NHBC

More than 14,000 new homes were registered to be built in the UK in April according to NHBC’s latest registration statistics – an increase of 17% compared to a year ago.

Timbersource’s new premises nears completion in Shepton Mallet

Somerset-based timber supplier demonstrates aggressive growth with a new purpose built timber yard and a recruitment drive for additional staff.

Jewson announces Building Better Communities 2016 finalists

Jewson has announced the finalists for the Building Better Communities 2016 competition. The winners will share a prize fund of £250,000 and will be announced at a ceremony on 4 July at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham.

Meyer joins the BMF

Meyer has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and will also host the next BMF Timber Forum at its state of the art training centre in Stoke on Trent on 29 November.

BSS scores safety award

BSS has won an award in recognition of its contribution towards health and safety from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). RoSPA honoured the company with the Silver Achievement Award in its 2016 Health & Safety Awards.

NBG surveys shows positive results

A key part of the recent National Buying Group (NBG) Partner Day was the presentation of surveys carried out among both partners and suppliers. The surveys were designed to benchmark NBG’s performance against a series of business KPIs and against other buying groups and nationals.

80% of builders will base EU decision on broader personal beliefs, says FMB

More than 80% of bosses of small construction firms will overwhelmingly base their decision to remain or leave the EU on their broader personal beliefs instead of their business interests, according to a new poll by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Winners of the Wienerberger Brick Awards 2016 announced

The winners of the Wienerberger Brick Awards 2016 have been announced, in the following categories: Residential Use, Public Use, Re-Use, Urban Infill, and Special Solution. In total, more than 600 projects from 55 countries had been submitted, a new record participation. An independent pre-jury panel narrowed down the submissions to 50 nominations and, from this shortlist, a jury of four architects selected the winners.

Property value boost adds to solar success, says Rexel

This month, research in The Independent revealed that solar panels can increase a property’s value by almost a fifth. Rexel is reminding the industry that the financial case for solar still holds a huge appeal regardless of cuts to the Feed-in Tariff.

Midlands project to supply 100m more bricks nationwide

Ibstock Brick will increase its capacity to produce an additional 100m bricks a year thanks to a major project delivered by G F Tomlinson.

Doors open on new timber business

TFC Supplies has opened it’s doors this month, supplying both the trade and public with products from timber, fencing and cladding to stables, gates and concrete products. Located at the Moorfields Industrial Estate, Cotes Heath, Stafford, TFC Supplies has also launched an ecommerce site offering nationwide delivery.

Abacus goes with the Flow

MP Moran turned to Abacus Manufacturing Group to help create a display at one end of its new Flow Luxury Bathroom showrooms. Created at MP Moran's head office in Kilburn, the showroom was officially opened by television personality, Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Pland grows apprenticeship scheme

Pland Stainless is continuing to grow its apprenticeship scheme, which started 20 months ago. The company now has apprentices across many disciplines in the business, who are able to contribute to Pland’s continuous development. The apprentices are seen as strategic to Pland’s development and are an important part of the succession plan for the company.

PHG awards suppliers at annual awards ceremony

Plumbing & Heating Group (PHG) recently held its second Supplier Day and Supplier Awards at the Carden Park Hotel & Golf Resort in Cheshire.

Builders’ merchants sales rise in Q1 2016

The latest sales figures from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel, released by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in the Builders Merchants Building Index, show sales in Q1 2016 through the UK’s general builders’ merchants were up both on the last quarter and on the same quarter in 2015.

Kent Blaxill opens store in Stamford

On 19 May, Stamford Mayor John Dawson cut the ribbon to Kent Blaxill’s new decorative store in the town.

Burdens opens new infrastructure branch in Aberdeen

For the first time ever, civils supplier Burdens has brought its portfolio of infrastructure brands under one roof - in Aberdeen - as part of a wider strategy to offer a one-stop-shop approach to civils, groundworks, utilities and hire.

Graf UK expands its Scottish offering

After three years of significant growth, water management specialist Graf UK has further strengthened its presence in Scotland, with the opening of a dedicated branch in Glasgow.

Bursary bid to attract next generation

In a bid to encourage individuals to get into construction and engineering trades, Russell Roof Tiles has launched a £10,000 bursary for youngsters.

Knauf Insulation joins BMBI on expert panel

Knauf Insulation is the latest to join the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) panel of experts. Managing director for Northern Europe, John Sinfield, will be the voice of mineral wool Insulation.

Eurocell backs its own with Management Development Programme

Eurocell has just seen 11 members of staff successfully emerge as the inaugural graduates of its in-house Management Development Programme. The 11 staff had completed the Level One developed for new managers – people who have just been promoted into a management position or relatively inexperienced managers looking to build their skills.

East of Scotland construction SMES offered six-figure work opportunities

Subcontractors, material suppliers and construction industry consultants from the East of Scotland are being invited to a free Meet the Buyer event run by Constructionline on 19 May to find out about upcoming work in the area.

Scottish loan scheme for energy efficiency measures open

The Scottish Government HEEPS Loan Scheme for energy efficiency measures is now open, offering owner-occupiers, private tenants and registered private sector landlords an interest free loan of up to £15,000 for installing a variety of measures.

CHS rolls out award-winning Drop Box Service nationwide

City Heating Spares, part of the Group Spares division of Travis Perkins plc, has completed the roll-out of its award-winning 'Drop Box' service in City Plumbing Supplies branches across its network.

ONS reports construction output contrary to industry surveys

ONS figures published on 13 May show that construction output in March fell by 3.6% month-on-month, and by 4.5% compared with one year earlier.

Huws Gray adds Shropshire Building Supplies to its portfolio

Rapidly growing independent merchant Huws Gray has acquired Shropshire Building Supplies for an undisclosed sum.

Record-breaking year for Sovini Trade Supplies

Independent builders’ merchant Sovini Trade Supplies (STS) has exceeded its financial targets in a record-breaking year for the business.

SME house builders boosted by Section 106 ruling, says FMB

The Appeal Court’s decision to uphold a government initiative to waive affordable housing requirements for small developments is a boost for SMEs and house building, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said.

Lighthouse Club Charity calls for votes

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is calling on all firms and employees across the sector to vote so that they can benefit from a £20,000 donation pot pledged by Hudson Contract to mark its 20th anniversary.

NBG EU poll of merchants shows strong support for UK membership

A vote among the principals and owners of some of the UK’s top independent builders merchants, carried out by National Buying Group (NBG), shows strong support for the United Kingdom to remain as a member of the European Union.

Bond It opens for business in the US

Seal It Services, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will be used by Bond It to open up increased export opportunities for its range across the North American continent.

Dimplex welcomes VAT decision on renewables

Heat pump manufacturer Dimplex has welcomed the government’s announcement that it is to keep the reduced VAT rate on energy-saving materials including heat pumps and solar panels.

Natural Paving Products increases distribution network to meet demand

Natural Paving Products has opened a new purpose-built warehouse to stock new product lines and enhance its customer service.

Richard Burbidge hits the airwaves with new radio campaign

A radio and marketing campaign from Richard Burbidge, persuading homeowners to transform their halls, stairways and landings, has hit the airwaves from this week onwards.

Climate Center to stock R32 in branch

Climate Center has invested heavily to respond effectively to the changes to the F-Gas regulations by ensuring the lower GWP R32 refrigerant is readily available for customers in all of its 45 branches nationwide, as an alternative to R410A.

Supply chain recognition for Embrass Peerless

The Fortis conference, which took place on 10 March at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham, with the aim of ‘maximising sales opportunities’, sought to recognise those companies who have added value for the Fortis merchant network.

Growth for twelfth consecutive quarter, says CPA survey

Construction activity increased across the supply chain for a twelfth consecutive quarter during Q1 2016, according to the latest Construction Trade Survey from the Construction Products Association (CPA), but uncertainty prevails for the sector going forward.