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Jewson Building Better Communities competition returns for 2017

Jewson has announced the return of Building Better Communities for 2017, the competition where deserving causes, and tradespeople that make a difference in their local areas, can win a share of a £250,000 total prize fund.

BMF comments on Article 50 announcement

Responding to today’s Article 50 announcement, the Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF) has urged Theresa May and Davis Davis to negotiate a mutually beneficial new customs agreement based on zero or low tariffs.

Glass facility will create 18 new jobs in local area

Knauf Insulation has entered into a long-term contract with Veolia, which will see £10m invested in a new glass cullet processing facility, next to its manufacturing plant in St. Helens.

Border Merchants Systems to run upcoming webinar for customers

Border Merchant Systems and Adra are inviting customers to join an online webinar entitled: How Adra can help CounterAct Software users improve efficiency, which will demonstrate how Adra can help your business achieve efficiencies in accounts reconciliation.

GB Plastics to raise the roof at free demo day

Oswestry-based General Buildings Plastics is running a free demonstration day for building trade professionals and DIYers looking to improve their flat roofing skills.

Deserving veterans enjoy Dame Vera tribute thanks to £10,000 donation

Over 200 veterans, along with their carers and partners, enjoyed a 'night to remember' when they attended 100: A Tribute to Dame Vera Lynn, thanks to a £10,000 donation made by civils and drainage solutions supplier Keyline.

Rudridge supports customer's bid to take on marathon challenge

Rudridge will be supporting the managing director of a long standing customer, who is raising awareness for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre, by helping him to raise funds for the cause.

Rudridge employee celebrates 10 years of service

An employee at Rudridge in Gravesend has celebrated the impressive milestone of 10 years service at the business.

Covers raises £332 for charity

Covers in Chichester has raised £332 for the Aldingbourne Trust by taking part in the charity's Wear It Green Day.

OBITUARY: Jeff Hulme, Sharples Davies Ltd

Sharples Davies Limited has sadly announced the passing of managing director Jeff Hulme, after being diagnosed with cancer in June 2016. Mr Hulme passed away on 7 March, 2017, aged 61.

The IPG creates two sector steering groups

The Independent Plumbing Group (IPG) has announced it has created two steering groups to focus and drive key areas of the business.

Crockers is acquired by Bradfords Building Supplies

Bradfords Building Supplies has announced the acquisition of Crockers, a general builders’ merchant operating from one branch in Dawlish, South Devon.

BMF launches new leadership development programme

Talent Development is the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) new leadership and team development programme to help builders’ merchants to grow existing and future leaders.

New induction programme launched by Champion Timber

A new six-week induction programme launched by Champion Timber has been designed to give new employees “a great entry into the industry”.

Baxi to open two new training centres

Baxi is aiming to build on its reputation for being top of the class when it comes to training by opening two new facilities in 2017.

Coram Group UK strengthens its sales team

Coram Group UK has announced the appointments of Debbie Pierce to sales office manager and Stephen Woolsey to the role of business development manager, as part of a Group strategy to drive sales across their key brand areas.

Berhams Plumbing Supplies joins The IPG

Berhams Plumbing Supplies has joined The IPG, making it member 141 for the independent buying group.

Wolseley UK’s Graduate Scheme is now open

Wolseley UK has announced that it is opening its 2017 graduate scheme to fill 15 positions.

Acquisition brings Reddance into the Cowal family

Cowal Building & Plumbing Supplies has strengthened its presence in Western Scotland with the acquisition of Reddance Building Supplies in Dalry, Ayrshire.

Elliotts helps fund house for paraplegic toddler

A toddler who was struck down with a virus that left him paralysed from the neck down was gifted a specially-built home after the Southampton community pulled together to raise funds.

Wienerberger continues sponsorship of Guild of Bricklayers competition

Wienerberger is continuing its ongoing sponsorship of the Guild of Bricklayers competitions in 2017. The sponsorship, which has been in place for a number of years, will see Wienerberger donate to a series of regional competitions, along with the national final.

Coomers raises over £3,500 for Macmillan

Coomers Timber & Building Supplies presented The Haslemere and District Committee of Macmillan Cancer Support with a cheque for £3,551.64 following a raft of fundraising events.

Dancing on the Russell Roof Tiles

Russell Roof Tiles raised £3,000 at its first Strictly Come Dancing-style live ballroom dancing competition, Dancing on the Tiles.

Kent Blaxill opens store in Market Harborough

Stuart Yates, president of the Painting and Decorating Association, cut the ribbon to officially open a new Kent Blaxill decorative store in Market Harborough on 16 March, which will serve both the professional decorator and home DIY markets.

Ambitious plans on track for Selco

Selco has opened its 48th branch in Beckton, east London.

Builders welcome NI U-turn, says FMB

The government has made the right decision to row back on its plan to hike up National Insurance Contributions for the self-employed, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said.

Government makes U-turn on National Insurance Contributions

The government has announced a reversal of plans to increase National Insurance Contributions (NIC) from the self-employed by 2% over the next two years.

Keyline gives veterans a ‘night to remember’

Keyline has donated £10,000 of tickets to give over 200 deserving veterans, along with their partners and carers, the chance to attend a tribute show to honour ‘Forces’ Sweetheart’ Dame Vera Lynn, who turns 100 next week, and raise funds for her legacy charity – The Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity.

Ibstock achieves ISO 14001 across all sites

Ibstock has achieved ISO 14001 accreditation for its environmental management system at its Ibstock-Kevington factory in Sharpthrone – meaning all Ibstock’s UK production sites now hold the standard.

JP Corry launches new website

JP Corry has launched a new website to improve functionality and strengthen relationships with its brand.

EH Smith’s new Castle Bromwich site nears opening

EH Smith believes that its new warehouse and store in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, shows “great potential for local builders” as it prepares to open in the spring.

IKO breaks ground on new UK factory

IKO plc has begun construction work on a 470,000sq ft PIR insulation factory in Cambridgeshire.

Monthly fall in construction output in January

Recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show that construction output in January fell by 0.4%, but rose by 2.0% compared with one year earlier. In addition, new orders in Q4 were 2.8% lower than Q3 and flat compared to a year ago.

RGB acquires Bodmin builders’ merchant

RGB Building Supplies has announced the company’s acquisition of Bodmin builders’ merchant TecBuild.

BMF launches Regional Centre of Excellence in Wales

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its first Regional Centre of Excellence in Wales at Rockwool’s training academy in Bridgend.

Sprint finish in cycle race thriller

The fastest ever edition of Colchester Cycling Club’s Jock Wadley race was decided this year in a full-blooded bunch sprint with Steele Von Hoff overhauling triple Olympic champion Ed Clancy who slipped back to 4th.

BMF opens first Regional Centre in Wales

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its first Regional Centre of Excellence in Wales at ROCKWOOL’s Training Academy in Bridgend.

Ridgeons announces EACH as its partnered charity

Ridgeons has announced that its elected charity of 2017-2019 is East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Breedon Group annual results 2016

Breedon Group has announced its audited annual results for the year ending 31 December 2016.

NYTimber staff make the grade

NYTimber’s mill manager Scott Harrison and warehouse supervisor trainee Dan Hulme, both based at the company’s manufacturing and distribution centre at Catterick, have achieved the certificate of proficiency in visual strength grading of softwood to British Standard 4978.

Rudridge employee celebrates 15 years of service

An employee at Rudridge in Farnham has celebrated the impressive milestone of 15 years of service at the business.

T-Levels are a step in the right direction, says BMF

Responding to the Spring Budget, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed recognition by the Chancellor that Britain cannot overcome low productivity without reform of the existing system of technical qualifications.

Frank Key raises over £4,000 for Nottinghamshire Good Causes

A 15-year-old Olympic hopeful, and babies at the Neonatal Baby Unit at the Nottingham City Hospital, will benefit from a share of £4,225 following a successful fundraising event organised by The Frank Key Group.

Howarth Timber celebrates Doncaster store reopening

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies marked the reopening of its Doncaster branch with a three-day celebration complete with offers, competitions and giveaways.

BMF and PDA announce strategic partnership

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) have agreed a strategic partnership designed to raise the profile of the decorative sector.

Eurocell locks up deal with Security Hardware

Eurocell – a UK manufacturer, distributor and recycler of window, door, conservatory and roofline products – has announced the acquisition of PVC-U Window and Door hardware distributor, Security Hardware Ltd.

Aggregate Industries pledges full support for Apprenticeship Levy

Aggregate Industries has pledged its full support to the imminent arrival of the government’s Apprenticeship Levy – stating it is crucial in attracting new talent into the construction industry and helping to bridge the current skills gap.

Actavo expands branch presence

As part of an ongoing expansion of its local network across the UK, Actavo is extending its Gateshead, Dundee, Manchester and Glasgow branches.

Spring Budget 2017: Business rates, T-Levels and self-employed tax hike

Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond has announced in his Spring Budget plans to reduce the tax gap between employed people and those who are self-employed, as well as changes to business rates and the introduction of T-Levels to address the skills shortage.

If government implements clean air zones, merchants need support, says BMF

If the government goes ahead with the introduction of Clean Air Zones, ministers must bring forward steps to support merchants to replace old vehicles with viable and clean equivalents.