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Infrastructure construction halted in July

With the first full month of post-Brexit figures in the books it was the infrastructure sector that experienced a decline, with the value of contracts for July decreasing to £1.5bn, a drop of 20% compared to June based on a three month rolling average.

Investment goes through the roof for Russell

Russell Roof Tiles has invested £5.7m in new capital equipment over the last five years, with almost £1m invested so far this year.

BMF and NFRC announce strategic partnership

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) have agreed a strategic partnership that will enhance the support both organisations offer their members.

EH Smith invests in new Birmingham branch

EH Smith has acquired a new site as it continues its investment in its branch network. The Solihull-based business has bought a site in Castle Bromwich, with plans to open in early 2017.

VIP joins the BMF

VIP Polymers is pleased to announce that the company has recently joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) as a supplier member.

LBS Builders’ Merchants acquires Talbot Timber

LBS Builders’ Merchants has completed the acquisition of Talbot Timber, its largest acquisition to date.

Business success means expansion for Reynaers

Reynaers has outgrown its existing office and warehouse facilities in Birmingham, thanks to significant growth over recent years. The new headquarters is a major investment of £6m for Reynaers.

New apprenticeship funding ‘fair settlement’, says FMB

New apprenticeship funding proposals announced today by the government look like a ‘fair settlement for small employers’, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

College link with private sector leads to career opportunities

Selco Builders Warehouse has created 50 jobs in Portsmouth with the opening of a new branch in Northarbour Road, which is due to open for trading in September. Three of the vacancies have been filled by candidates attending an employability and customer service course run by the college in partnership with Portsmouth and Cosham job centre.

Scrappage schemes 'could clean up London's air pollution', says BMF

If businesses are to be hit with new regulation to combat poor air quality in London, proposals for a new diesel vehicle scrappage scheme, and another boiler scrappage scheme, are the sensible way forward, according to the Builders Merchants' Federation (BMF).

Naylor strikes gold!

Naylor has achieved the Gold Investor in People (IiP) standard in its 2016 assessment.

Howarth Timber Harrogate enjoys birthday extravaganza

Customers at Howarth Timber and Building Supplies in Harrogate have been treated to offers, giveaways and tasty food at the store's first birthday party.

Border User Meetings to demonstrate the latest CounterAct Updates

Border Merchant Systems will be hosting two Customer User Meetings in September.

EH Smith opens new Porotherm Training Centre

EH Smith has opened a new Porotherm Training and Demonstration centre in Olton, West Midlands. The merchant, a distributor of the clay block walling system produced by Wienerberger, uses the new centre to highlight its benefits through demonstration days and corporate training in how to lay Porotherm.

Independent merchants support NBG's route to market

Three of the National Buying Group's (NBG) merchant members have endorsed the group, revealing how membership can benefit an independent merchant business, regardless of scale.

Travis Perkins celebrates a year of keeping fit

Travis Perkins and British Military Fitness, a provider of outdoor fitness classes, are celebrating a year-long partnership.

Tarmac rewards sale of its 10 millionth bag

Tarmac, a UK provider and producer of cement, has reached the milestone of 10m bags of packed cement sold in the UK this year.

Gibbs & Dandy invests in new changing facilities for football club

Hundreds of football-mad youngsters who play for Eldwick Juniors FC in West Yorkshire have celebrated the grand unveiling of their new changing facilities, which was funded by a £5,000 investment the club won in a national competition run by Gibbs & Dandy.

NMBS launches member locator app

NMBS has launched a new app to enable users to search for their nearest branches across all NMBS members.

JP Corry opens new branch in Andersonstown

JP Corry has opened its 16th branch in the heart of Andersonstown. The expansion represents significant investment by the company with six new jobs created, including a branch manager, yard operatives, admin support and sales assistants.

Ibstock releases interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2016

Ibstock has published its results for the six months ending 30 June 2016. The business, which has operations in the United Kingdom and the United States, reports that group revenue has increased by 3.3% to £210m.

Hope Cement celebrates becoming part of Breedon Group

Breedon Group has completed its acquisition of Hope Construction Materials, creating one of the UK’s largest independent construction materials group in a deal worth £336m.

Rise of fuel poverty must be tackled and measured effectively, says Elmhurst Energy

Elmhurst Energy has expressed its disappointment at the latest government statistics, which show that the number of households in fuel poverty has risen from 2.35 to 2.38 million.

NBG hub streamlines tendering process

The National Buying Group (NBG) “Hub”, an IT platform for the buying group industry, has been improved to provide NBG partners and suppliers with more business benefits and convenience.

Super quarry Glensanda marks 30 years of shipping

August marks the 30th anniversary of the first shipment made from super quarry Glensanda, located in the centre of a peak in Morvern Peninsula, near Oban on the west coast of Scotland.

Three days of celebration for Howarth Timber

Customers at Howarth Timber and Building Supplies in Scunthorpe have been treated to three days of offers, competitions and giveaways at a celebration of the newly refurbished store.

Hanson launches new online training for merchants

Hanson UK has launched a free online training portal to help merchants and their staff improve their knowledge of cement and in turn improve the service they offer to their customers.

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy ministerial roles confirmed

Following the creation of the department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the appointment of Rt Hon Greg Clark MP as Secretary of State, the full list of ministerial responsibilities within the department has now been confirmed.

New guide to European standards to help hardware firms

In the wake of the Referendum vote to leave Europe, the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) is publishing a new technical briefing on the impact of Brexit on European architectural ironmongery and door hardware standards.

Guernsey Building Supplies joins Sydenhams

Sydenhams has announced that it has acquired Guernsey Building Supplies (GBS) based in St Peters Port, Guernsey, as of 1 August, 2016.

Travis Perkins cautious post-Brexit

Travis Perkins has reported positive financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2016, but the company remains cautious of changes in market conditions that may negatively impact the business following the EU referendum.

Saniflo roadshow already a success

Saniflo is reporting a successful start to its ‘Building better bathrooms’ UK roadshow with installers, landlords, builders, plumbers and merchants turning out to get up close and personal with a range of Saniflo and Kinedo products.

ARP investment paints a bright future

Aluminium Roofline Products (ARP) is holding a ceremony on Thursday 11 August to launch its new conveyorised wet paint spraying line.

Plummeting pound is pushing up material costs, warns FMB

Concerns over the rising costs of construction materials could be exacerbated by a weakening currency following the EU referendum result, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned.

November date for Howarth Timber’s trade day

The Howarth Timber trade day is returning in style in 2016 and more than 70 of the UK's suppliers are already on board.

Knauf Insulation invests in the customer

Knauf Insulation is investing €5m into its rock mineral wool plant in Queensferry, increasing the plant’s capacity and capabilities to meet customer needs.

Government action needed to stave off construction recession

A significant programme of capital investment by the government is now needed to tackle the threat of a construction recession - as revealed by the latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) - according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Aggregate Industries achieves Constructing Excellence national membership status

Aggregate Industries has become the first construction materials producer and supplier to achieve full national membership status of Constructing Excellence, the organisation charged with driving the change agenda in the construction industry.

British Gypsum launches Certified Plasterers Scheme

British Gypsum is calling on experienced plasterers across the UK to join its Certified Plasterers Scheme, which helps put homeowners in contact with reputable plasterers, following a successful trial in Nottinghamshire.

Redevelopment plan threatens oldest functioning timber yard

The Grosvenor Estate is engaged in a controversial bid to redevelop Newson’s Timber Yard on Pimlico Road, Belgravia. The developer plans to convert the 175-year-old timber yard into high end residential and large retail units.

Competition and Markets Authority clears acquisition of Hope Construction Materials

The Competition and Markets Authority has accepted Breedon’s undertakings in lieu of a reference to a Phase 2 investigation in respect of its proposed acquisition of Hope Construction Materials.

Timbmet continues to move forward

The Timbmet Group has reported a third year of stabilising revenues and improving both their gross and net profitability. Timbmet has continued to build on its strengths and invested into its core business.

Breedon Aggregates announces its unaudited interim results

Breedon Aggregates announced unaudited results on 21 July for the six months up to 30 June 2016.

Green Deal verdict: heating industry says lessons must be learned

The verdict on the Green Deal is in, with MPs describing the scheme as ‘abysmal’, overly complex and requiring excessive paperwork.

Pokémon no Go!

It can’t be denied that the phenomenon that is Pokémon Go has taken the country by storm. On the one hand, it is being praised for encouraging people to leave the comfort of their sofas and take some exercise, but on the other, it is being described as a health and safety nightmare waiting to happen.

VELUX launches campaign to help homeowners bring extra daylight to their extensions

Nearly half of the UK’s homeowners taking part in a survey by VELUX are planning to carry out home improvements over the next six months.

Success for the 2016 Frank Howard Tool Show

From 8 to 9 July, Frank Howard Tools & Fixings, held their annual show at Chelmsford City Racecourse. Over 1,000 people passed through the doors of the successful yearly event which featured over 30 big name brands, including Bosch, Makita, Festool, Paslode, Snickers and Draper.

Independent experts call for improved housing quality

Against a backdrop of the ongoing consultation on the design of the new Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, The Academic-Practitioner Partnership has published a paper to highlight the one-sided approach to housing policy.

Drain Center Tonbridge branch expands

Drain Center has expanded its flagship branch in Tonbridge with a £120k investment. The branch has undergone a structural and operational overhaul to ensure it is best placed to serve the demands of the buoyant construction market in London.

MKM rolls out £60k investment in duo of new showrooms

MKM Building Supplies has launched two new showrooms, representing a £60k investment in its expanding kitchen and bathroom offering.