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Baxi highlights danger of CO poisoning for Gas Safety Week

As recently released figures demonstrate a 10% rise in suspected carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings, UK boiler manufacturer Baxi is championing the importance of Gas Safety Week which is taking place until 25 September.

Higgins Building Supplies’ open day commemorates impressive history

A family-owned builders’ merchant with branches in Wellingborough and Irthingborough has staged a special commemorative open day to mark a major company milestone.

Merchants are back in London’s Lord Mayor Show

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) will once again have a float in the Lord Mayor’s Show on 12 November.

Juice by Jewson reaches four million redemptions milestone

Jewson has reported that its points-based reward programme now has more than four million points redeemed and nearly 27,000 registered members since its launch in January 2016.

Building for future success at Elliotts Living Spaces showroom

Homeowners planning their dream kitchen, bathroom or bedroom can be assured of expert design advice and top quality home brands at the new Elliotts Living Spaces showroom in Ringwood.

Celebrating 20 years in the PPE and workwear industry

Supertouch is marking its 20th birthday with the opening of a new head office at its distribution centre in Smethwick.

New P&H branch for RGB

RGB Plumbing & Heating officially opened its newest branch on 6 September when the Mayor of Wellington, Councillor Bob Bowrah, cut the ribbon at the location on Westpark 26, Wellington, Somerset.

The Home Space showroom to open its doors in Leeds

Spanning 27,000 square feet and featuring full-size show houses, the Express bi-folding doors showroom The Home Space is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. To mark the occasion, a grand opening weekend will be held from 16 to 17 September, with exclusive discounts for attendees.

SIG Roofing runs competition to find Britain’s best café

Voting is now underway in SIG Roofing’s national Britain’s Best Café competition. Customers of SIG Roofing, together with members of the public, are being encouraged to vote for their favourite local café.

It’s Monte Carlo or bust for The IPG team!

Take one very cheap Ford Fiesta, add four grown men in fancy dress and drive 1,278km to Monte Carlo, via eight countries, in just three days. 

Saint-Gobain launches Corporate Social Responsibility review

Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland has launched its 2014/15 corporate social responsibility (CSR) review, hosted online in a new customisable format.

Apprenticeships will be my priority says new FMB National President

Boosting the quality and quantity of apprenticeships through construction SMEs will be the key focus of the new national president of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Results day for 127 new ironmongery professionals

Last week, architectural ironmongers, builders’ merchants and door hardware students across the world discovered whether they have succeeded in gaining industry qualifications from the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI).

Worcester’s Technical Support department celebrates turning 30

Worcester, Bosch Group is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Technical Support department, showcasing the heroes and stories behind its service.

ARP investment paints a bright future

Aluminium Roofline Products (ARP) held an opening ceremony on 11 August to launch its new conveyorised wet paint spraying line.

Bonfield Review delays leave heating industry in limbo

Continuing delays to the long awaited Bonfield Review, which is investigating the home energy efficiency sector, are leaving the heating industry in limbo, according to one boiler manufacturer.

BMF opens first Regional Centre of Excellence in Scotland

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has opened its first Regional Centre of Excellence in Scotland. This is part of a localisation programme designed to strengthen the organisation's regional presence and add to the support it offers members in their geographic area.

The Vokèra trade vehicle is on the road again

The Vokèra Trade Vehicle is back on the road and touring the length and breadth of Great Britain following an extensive refit. The vehicle, which has been with the company since 2011, has visited a vast number of merchants and events over the years and was in need of a refurbishment.

Solar panel tax rise will dampen clean energy investments

Commenting on government plans to increase tax on solar panels, Mike Cherry, national chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, said that the inclusion of renewable technology investment in the business rates calculation would further discourage small business investors, many of whom may already have been impacted by recent changes to low carbon subsidies.

'Business as usual' for two thirds of SME housebuilders, says FMB

Two thirds of SME housebuilders are yet to see any significant changes to their project pipelines in the wake of Brexit, new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed.

New-look concrete plant is unveiled

A family-owned company has invested over £150,000 in a major refurbishment programme for one of its key North Wales sites.

Plumb, Parts and Drain Center all in one place

Procuring plumbing, heating and drainage products in one go will now be far easier as Plumb and Parts Center embraces fellow Wolseley UK brand Drain Center.

Richard Burbidge shines a spotlight on its first Premier Centre

Richard Burbidge is proud to announce Howarth Timber & Building Supplies in Newcastle-under-Lyme as its first Premier Centre.

BSRIA welcomes multi-million pound housing package

BSRIA has welcomed government plans to launch a multi-billion pound funding package aimed at tackling the housing crisis.

BMBI launches new website

The Builders Merchant Building Index's (BMBI) new website is now live. Visitors to the new website can access the latest monthly and quarterly indexes, download past reports, read the BMBI Expert comments and get in touch with the Experts directly.

BMF Pavilion to be launched at Ecobuild 2017

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is to have its own branded BMF Pavilion at the Ecobuild exhibition, which takes place at Excel, London from 7 to 9 March, 2017.

Murdock Builders' Merchants acquires the merchanting division of FR Cathcart

Murdock Builders' Merchants, which has branches across Northern Ireland and in Dublin, has acquired the merchanting division of FR Cathcart in Enniskillen, bringing its total number of branches to 12.

Travis Perkins supports student photographers in Portsmouth

Alongside its sponsorship of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth, Travis Perkins gave two college photography students the opportunity to be its official event photographers.

Filplastic doubles storage space for LBS

Yorkshire racking specialist Filplastic has doubled the storage capacity at a busy builders' merchant in less than two days.

Orkla’s acquisition of Harris is completed

Orkla’s purchase of L.G. Harris & Co. (‘Harris’) has now been completed.

Richard Burbidge shines a spotlight on its first Premier Centre

Stairparts manufacturer Richard Burbidge has chosen Howarth Timber & Building Supplies in Newcastle-under-Lyme as its first Premier Centre.

PlumbStock re-launches Cambridge plumbing and heating trade counter

PlumbStock, the dedicated heating and plumbing brand of the Ridgeon Group, has renovated its existing branch in Cromwell Road, Cambridge to provide an enhanced, customer-focused service. This will be delivered by a team with over 200 years' industry experience.

BMF opens first Regional Centre of Excellence

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has opened its first Regional Centre of Excellence as part of a localisation programme designed to strengthen the organisation's regional presence and add to the support it offers members in their geographic area.

Jewson sees the potential

Mark Rayfield, chief executive of Jewson, says that, with an estimated 1.65m people in the UK currently unemployed, it seems absurd that one of the construction industry’s biggest challenges is the lack of skilled men and women available to make up trade workforces.

Building regulations need serious improvements on fire safety, says manifesto

A manifesto for fire safety has been produced by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Certifire fire door and doorset scheme, calling upon government to significantly improve the level of fire protection for building users within UK legislation.

BMF and APHC form trade alliance to benefit members

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) have agreed to work more closely in a number of areas that will benefit the members of their respective organisations.

Builders’ merchant opens its doors to new branch

Staff at Tudor Griffiths Group has opened the doors to its new branch at Chartwell Park in Bridgnorth.

Saint-Gobain wins Green Apple Award

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland has just been announced as the supporting winner of the Green Apple Award for Built Environment and Architectural Heritage.

MRA Marketing joins the Construction Products Association

MRA Marketing has joined the Construction Products Association (CPA) as an associate.

QRL launches campaign for radiator energy labelling

British manufacturer QRL Radiator Group has launched a campaign for the introduction of an energy labelling system for radiators – similar to the one used for boilers, renewables, hot water cylinders and other household essentials.

Actis welcomes RIBA’s plan to address housing crisis

A 20 point plan, drawn up last week by the Royal Institute of British Architects to address the housing crisis, has been welcomed by innovative pan European insulation company Actis.

MKM lays foundations in the South West

MKM Building Supplies has arrived in the South West, creating 14 jobs with the opening of its 44th branch, located in Honiton.

LBS raises over £12,000 for cancer charity.

LBS Builders' Merchants has raised £12,206 for cancer charity Macmillan Cymru by walking to the top of Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons.

NMBS pushes the boat out for charity

Staff from NMBS recently swapped the office for canoes in aid of a worthy cause.

Builders merchants’ sales continue to rise in Q2 2016

The latest sales figures from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel, released on 23 August, by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI), show sales in Q2 2016 through the UK’s general builders’ merchants were up both on the last quarter and on the same quarter in 2015.

IKO UK Group becomes sole supplier to Willmott Dixon for roof systems

IKO UK Group has signed a mandated supplier agreement with Willmott Dixon. This includes IKO Polymeric for the supply of Spectraplan TPE and Armourplan PVC single ply membranes. IKO will supply its range of bituminous roofing systems Permatec hot melt, Permaphalt mastic asphalt and IKO Polimar cold applied liquids.

Join Timbmet for its Open Day

Timbmet, a UK supplier of timber and panel products, is inviting the trade to an Open Day on Thursday 22 September at its Stonehouse Depot in Gloucestershire.

Stax & West Bromich Albion raise money for local children's hospital

West Brom midfield star Craig Gardner recently visited Midlands trade supplier, Stax Trade Centres, to present a signed shirt on behalf of the club following a charity raffle.

Richard Burbidge provides champion stairparts for new branch

As part of Champion Timber's new Weybridge branch, Richard Burbidge's FUSION commercial stairparts have been fitted to provide a stylish and secure staircase for its customers.

All change at TG Environmental

A family-owned Shropshire firm has completely transformed one of its most important divisions.