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New look for BMF Members’ Day 2017

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is planning a new format for the next BMF Members’ Day, which will take place on 20 September, 2017.

2016 Painting and Decorating Show: the one-stop shop for merchants

Merchants and stockists looking to offer professional decorators all the products, tools and materials they need for various decorating jobs can see the latest innovations and at this year's National Painting and Decorating Show.

Total construction output declines but new work increases

Figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that construction output declined 1.1% in the third quarter of 2016.

BMF to boost charity fundraising in 2017

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has nominated the Teenage Cancer Trust as its charity partner for 2017. During the year the Federation will raise funds through four major events, with the proceeds being shared equally between the Teenage Cancer Trust and the merchant industry's own charity, the Rainy Day Trust.

BMF urges Chancellor to cut VAT for house repairs, maintenance and improvements

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is urging the Chancellor to cut VAT to 5% on household repairs, maintenance and improvements in the Autumn Statement next week.

Plumbers’ merchants market forecast to increase by 4% in 2016

The plumbers’ merchant market was worth an estimated £4 billion in 2015, having recovered strongly in recent years. Demand has increased since 2013, leading to greater demand for plumbing materials, bathroom and shower products, and the plumbers’ merchants market is forecast to grow by around 4% in 2016, according to a report by AMA Research.

New tool launched to help employers find apprenticeship training

A new tool, designed to help employers find apprenticeship training, has been launched by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

UK tradespeople defying skills gap pressures

A study by IronmongeryDirect has found that homeowners are still impressed with the work that is being carried out by trade professionals, despite noticing that the numbers of tradespeople available are dwindling.

PlumbStock opens Bury St Edmunds branch

PlumbStock has announced a new trade counter in Bury St Edmunds, the latest of 16 new branches opened by the company throughout 2015 and 2016.

Allow councils to borrow to build new homes, FMB tells Chancellor

Allowing local authorities to borrow to build homes could both help tackle the housing crisis and mitigate any emerging economic uncertainty, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said ahead of the Autumn Statement.

BDA calls for lifespan guarantee for newbuilds

The Brick Development Association (BDA) has called for a lifetime guarantee to be offered on newbuild homes, after reports that government ministers are planning to tackle the housing shortage by funding prefabricated homes

Worcester’s Rely On campaign goes on the road

Worcester, Bosch Group, has taken to the streets with a brand new advertising campaign, driving around the UK in a giant knitted van to remind homeowners that they can #RelyOnWorcester to keep warm this winter.

HSS launches mini plant hire for Greater London

A new partnership has been announced between HSS Hire Group and Kubota. Under the partnership, 200 new machines from Kubota will be available with next-day delivery within the Greater London area.

Moelven acquires DLH's Swedish operations

Moelven Wood in Sweden has announced the acquisition of DLH's Swedish operations. The company has said it provides a local presence in Skåne and the southern parts of Sweden.

Kellaway announces purchase of Premier Timber and Builders Merchant

Kellaway Building Supplies has purchased Worcester-based Premier Timber and Builders Merchant, which will become Kellaway’s 12th merchant branch.

A-Plant places £35m order with JCB

A-Plant has placed its largest order this year with JCB in an investment totalling £35m. The company has purchased more than 1,200 new JCB machines, including a number of the company’s new JS130 13-tonne tracked excavators.

Building a career in construction and building industry

Young people examining their career prospects should be considering entering the building and construction industry, according to research by builders’ merchant Gibbs & Dandy.

Step change needed in housing delivery and mindset

A step change is needed in mind set and delivery on housebuilding, if the UK is to meet the government’s welcome ambition to build one million new homes by 2020, according a new CBI report.

Mapei seals BMF membership with Young Merchant trip to Italy

Mapei UK has become the latest supplier member of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Construction defies Brexit pessimism in Q3 but costs are a growing threat

The Construction Product Association’s (CPA’s) latest Construction Trade Survey, published last week, shows that the construction industry grew for a 14th consecutive quarter in Q3.

New website and branding for DART

DART has launched a new website alongside a rebrand of the company, to improve functionality and strengthen the brand.

Travis Perkins awards graduate apprentices

Travis Perkins has celebrated the graduation of 95 management apprentices this year. This commitment by Travis Perkins is intended to help develop future talent and close the skills gap in the construction sector.

BSRIA in support of off-site build homes to address housing crisis

BSRIA is in support of a recent announcement that ‘volumetric off-site construction’ homes will be constructed to meet the housing crisis, as 1 million new homes are needed in the UK by 2020.

Saint-Gobain PAM UK awarded CEMARS Gold Certificate

Saint-Gobain PAM UK has been presented with the Gold Certificate from the Carbon & Energy Management and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) by Sir Lockwood Smith at a presentation ceremony in London on 27 October.

Gender pay gap at 16.3% for construction sector

The Minister for Women and Equalities, Justine Greening has welcomed figures showing the gender pay gap is now the lowest on record.

Jewson helps tradespeople with national showroom investment

As part of a national £350,000 investment, Jewson has transformed six of its kitchen and bathroom showrooms across the country to offer tradespeople a more end-to-end, specialist service for their customers.

Plumb and Parts branches get smarter with nationwide tour

Plumb and Parts Center’s network of more than 500 branches are set to become smart controls hubs over the coming months and, to kick-start the initiative, Honeywell and Nest are touring the country to offer hands-on training in every branch.

Artefacts discovered at quarry

Archaeologists working in a north Wales quarry have uncovered some of the earliest and best-preserved Bronze Age pottery ever found in the area – some of which could date back up to 4500 years.

UCATT to join Unite to form one union for the construction industry

Construction workers will have one powerful union voice on their side fighting for them from 1 January 2017, as members of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) voted by 85.5% on 2 November to merge with Britain’s largest union, Unite.

Winners of Considerate Constructors Scheme 2016 National Awards to be revealed

The Considerate Constructors Scheme - the national scheme established by the construction industry to improve its image - is getting ready to reveal the UK’s most considerate companies and suppliers of 2016.

New branding statement - Vokèra by Riello

Vokèra has re-invigorated its branding to ensure a consistent message is portrayed across its product portfolio and underline its relationship to parent company, Riello.

Triton shows its support for AMDEA Register My Appliance initiative

Triton is proud to support the launch of AMDEA’s (Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances) Register My Appliance initiative, which strives to improve safety for millions of households nationwide.

John Nicholls opens “Supersite” in Bicester

John Nicholls has strengthened its position in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire by opening its first “Supersite” on Telford Road in Bicester.

BMF comments on the funding changes made to apprenticeships

The UK government is right to listen to the building materials’ supply chain if it wants to switch the emphasis for investing in apprentices from taxpayers to employers, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) said today (31 October).

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).