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Heatrae Sadia launches design awards

Heatrae Sadia has launched a new competition designed to celebrate the talents of UK engineering and product design.

Housebuilders optimistic despite market uncertainty and skills shortage

Despite challenges including the current planning system, a skills shortage and uncertainty following the EU Referendum, housebuilders are forecasting increased growth and investment in the sector.

Greater flexibility for Apprenticeship Levy funding is welcome, says FMB

The ability for larger companies to transfer unspent apprenticeship funding to smaller firms is welcome and will help make the Apprenticeship Levy a success, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the unveiling of the final details of the Apprenticeship Levy.

Jewson Live returns for 2016

Following a successful event in 2015, Jewson Live is back for a second year. This free event takes place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, on 15 December 2016.

TwoTwenty wins two awards

Two Twenty, which supplies timber staircases for builders’ merchants’ housebuilder customers, has been named as Business of the Year in the Burton Mail’s Business Awards 2016. The company has also been presented with a British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Process Efficiency Award for its business performance.

Selco strengthens its London network

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened a new branch in Mitcham - its 25th branch to be opened in the capital, and the 45th for the business across the country.

A year of investment ahead for H+H

H+H is facing the uncertainties around the Brexit referendum with a resounding vote of confidence in the UK market.

Construction barometer shows signs of industry slow down

Sales expectations in the construction sector over the next six months are at their lowest level since 2011 as the market shows signs of slowing down, although newbuild housing and the London market remain relatively healthy, according to a report.

Ridgeons celebrates employees reaching 25+ years of continued service

Ridgeons recently celebrated its employees reaching impressive milestones within their Ridgeons’ careers.

NMBS stages successful 2016 Dinner Dance

NMBS has staged another successful annual Dinner Dance. Over 1,000 people attended the event, which took place on 22 October at the 5-star Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

BMF discusses industry issues at Scottish National Party Conference

New policies from the Scottish government and changes at the top of the party took the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) to the Scottish National Party Conference in Glasgow last week.

Bassetts reports market growth and investment

Homeowners in Northern Ireland are spending approximately 150% more on bathrooms than a decade ago and the market continues to grow, according to customer data from Bassetts.

BMF shortlisted for two awards

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has been shortlisted in two categories of the UK Associations Awards, organised by Associations Network.

Sika opens new training and showroom area

Sika has transformed the basement of its Preston centre into a new training conference room. The five-figure refurbishment at Sika House includes an interactive showroom area where visitors can discover a range of Sika products.

Knauf Insulation releases latest sustainability report

Knauf Insulation has released its latest Sustainability Report, Insulation Matters, which highlights the manufacturer’s achievements.

Worcester training centres get CIPHE approval

Worcester, Bosch Group’s training facilities have been awarded Approved Training Centre status by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

Exeter Chiefs players open new RGB branch in Okehampton

Players from Exeter Chiefs were the VIP guests at the official opening of RGB Building Supplies’ new Okehampton branch on 20 October.

Encon’s ranked in The Sunday Times league table

The Encon Group has been ranked 94th in The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 League Table.

Efficiently-shaped homes could significantly reduce energy consumption, says NHBC

Energy demand in new homes could be halved if more focus is put on the shape and form of housing being built, the latest report from the NHBC Foundation has found.

BPC Building Products creates jobs with £500,000 investment

BPC Building Products has announced a £500,000 investment project to upgrade and expand its Wakefield warehouse and manufacturing facility, creating up to 10 jobs in the process.

BMF boosts support for Northern Ireland members

October saw the official foundation of the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) Northern Ireland Region, and the Federation is boosting support for its growing membership in Northern Ireland in a number of ways.

Travis Perkins reports a positive Q3 but announces more than 30 store closures

Travis Perkins has released its trading update for Q3 2016, showing total sales growth of 3.4% across the business, despite significant losses in the plumbing and heating side of the group.

Imminent ‘big freeze’ expected to trigger increased demand for home heating products

Winter weather has hit the headlines this month, with experts forecasting an imminent onslaught of snow, storms and sub-zero temperatures.

Survey reveals business opportunity arising from damp

The findings of a new YouGov survey – commissioned by damp-proofing expert Safeguard Europe – into the UK’s experience of damp problems, reveals an ongoing market opportunity for builders’ merchants and RMI contractors.

Actis welcomes government plans to increase off-site construction

Government incentives, which include encouraging more off-site construction to help reduce the housing shortage, has been welcomed by insulation manufacturer Actis.

Origin opens new showroom in Warrington

Origin has launched a brand new showroom in Warrington, Cheshire, showcasing its aluminium bi-folding and residential doors, windows and blinds.

The Construction sector is showing no prolonged Brexit effect

With the first three months of post-Brexit figures in the books, construction sector contracts across September reached a total of £5.6bn, a minor increase on August, and after a summer wobble the industry seems to have stabilised.

ASSA ABLOY announces acquisition of Trojan Holdings

ASSA ABLOY has acquired Trojan Holdings, a supplier of residential door and window hardware into the door and window fabricator market.

Knauf Insulation joins Worshipful Company for Lord Mayor's Show

On 12th November, Knauf Insulation will be joining the Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants' (WCoBM) float to parade the streets of London as part of the Lord Mayor's Show.

Keystone Group announces multi-million pound investment pledge

Keystone Group has announced an ambitious investment plan as part of its aim to increase turnover to £100m.

BMF Regional Centres of Excellence gain momentum

The roll out of the Builders Merchants Federation's Regional Centres of Excellence is continuing to gain momentum, with three new centres launched in less than 10 days.

New report is a “welcome roadmap for heating efficiency”, says Neil Schofield

Neil Schofield, head of government and external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group, believes the Committee on Climate Change’s ‘Next steps to UK heat policy’ report offers clear direction for the heating industry to follow in its bid to green Britain’s heating supplies.

MRA shortlisted for 17 Construction Marketing Awards

MRA Marketing has been shortlisted for a record 17 awards in this year’s Construction Marketing Awards (CMA). A category winner 11 times, MRA’s latest shortlisting adds to a long list of industry accolades achieved during the agency’s 25-year history.

Scottish builders' confidence rebounds despite concerns over rising costs

Confidence among Scottish construction employers has recovered by 21 points to +2 after slumping to a three-year low in the wake of the Brexit vote in June.

MKM founder wins Leadership Award

David Kilburn, founder of MKM Building Supplies, has received the Business Leadership Award at the Insider Growth 100 Awards 2016, in the latest in a string of successes for the Hull-based firm.

Construction buoyant despite Brexit fears and ONS stats, says Builders Merchant Federation

There are few signs that Brexit has negatively impacted the construction industry, according to the latest figures from the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI). The new figures show sales up by 13.1%, with heavy building materials up by 14.1% and timber and joinery products up 11.8%. Overall like-for-like sales (allowing for two extra trading days) were up 2.8%. Year to date sales grew 5.4%.

JELD-WEN holds ‘Big On’ biscuit dunking competition

JELD-WEN held a ‘Big On’ biscuit dunking competition at Travis Perkins branches. The challenge was part of a wider Big On windows campaign, promoting the performance benefits of timber windows.

Graham sponsors On The Tools search for Plumber of the Year

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant is sponsoring the Plumber of the Year category at this year’s On The Tools Awards. Graham joins Saint-Gobain brands Jewson – the headline sponsor – and British Gypsum in supporting the awards.

RA Tech UK wins Travis Perkins Innovation Award

RA Tech UK has been announced as joint-winners in the inaugural Travis Perkins Innovation Awards for its product range including hotun, hotun hiflo and hotun shield.

Russell Roof Tiles opens training and research centre

Russell Roof Tiles has invested in its first combined Technical Training and Research Centre. The new training facility at Russell’s factory in Burton was opened by local Member of Parliament Andrew Griffiths, who also took the opportunity in trying his hand at fixing some roof tiles.

Post-Brexit confidence in UK building and construction industry

Building and construction trade professionals remain overwhelmingly optimistic about the future of the industry, according to a survey undertaken by Gibbs & Dandy.

Phoenix Plumbing Supplies joins The IPG

Swansea-based Phoenix Plumbing Supplies has joined The IPG, bringing its total number of members up to 130.

NMBS tackles beast of a challenge

The head office team from NMBS has gone to impressive lengths in support of a number of different charities, by completing the Wolf Run challenge.

Norbord calls on the government to amend biomass subsidies

Biomass power plants already receive government support, but the industry wants more. However, the type of technology used to convert coal-fired power stations to biomass is not currently eligible to bid for the new subsidies.

Smith Brothers launches app

Smith Brothers Stores has launched an app, now available on either Google Play and the Apple Store, just search ‘Smith Brothers Stores’ on either platform to download the app.

Baxi customer support wins award

Baxi Heating’s customer service division has scooped an accolade at the UK Customer Experience Awards.

Keyline opens new division to support HS2

Keyline has opened a new rail and geotechnics division in Leeds. This investment will reportedly deliver increased accessibility and support to those contractors who will be working on the upcoming High Speed Two (HS2) project.

The Geberit Awards are back for 2016

The Geberit Awards 2016 is in its third year, and installers from throughout the bathroom, plumbing and heating industries will battle it out to be crowned the best in the business.

Sales are up for Stanley John Ltd with Gatic’s Filcoten channel drainage

Independent specialist drainage distributor Stanley John Ltd (SJL) based in Greenham is one of the largest merchant stockists of Filcoten, the channel drain system from Gatic Civil Drainage. SJL added Filcoten Self, Filcoten Tec and Filcoten Pro to its range 12 months ago and is experiencing good sales.

‘Showroom Rewards’ is introduced across City Plumbing Supplies

The Bathroom Showroom has launched a new rewards programme to offer loyal City Plumbing Supplies trade account holders the chance to earn points on showroom product purchases and business referrals.