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Alarming number of buildings breaking fire safety regulations

New research has revealed that commercial buildings are more likely to be breaking fire door safety regulations and putting people at risk.

Covers launches renewed timber mill

Covers Timber and Builders Merchants in Chichester celebrated the launch of its renewed timber mill on 16 September.

Steve Willis Training celebrates 10 years of business

Steve Willis Training has been celebrating the tenth anniversary of its Portchester Training Centre in Hampshire with a Worcester boiler cake.

Keylite Switched2 Rewards promotion is extended until end of year

Over 1,500 installers across the UK and Ireland have already signed up to the Keylite Switched2 Reward’s promotion, and due to popular demand, Keylite has extended the promotion until 31 December.

Worcester tops Which? boiler survey for seventh year running

For the seventh consecutive year, Worcester, Bosch Group, has come out top in the Which? boiler report having achieved Which? Best Buy status across every boiler it makes.

Jewson joins On The Tools Awards as headline partner

Jewson has joined up with On the Tools as the headline partner of its inaugural awards.

Wolseley UK to transform its plumbing and heating business

Wolseley UK has announced a major transformation programme for its plumbing and heating business, which the company said is likely to result in 80 branch closures and up to 800 redundancies.

Naylor opens new head office

Construction material manufacturer Naylor has moved to a new head office at Wombwell‎, near Barnsley.

Chandlers fundraises for new therapy farm

Chandlers Building Supplies' customers are being urged to down tools and get puzzling to help raise funds for a new therapy farm to support children with disabilities across the UK.

ErP Directive heats up boiler industry

One year on from the introduction of the EU Energy related Product (ErP) directive, the heating industry has made significant progress in meeting goals – in terms of existing and new technologies.

SCA Timber Supply UK acquires Swedscot Timber

SCA Timber Supply UK has announced that it has acquired Swedscot Timber, a timber distribution business in Cumbernauld Scotland, for an undisclosed sum.

CRASH celebrates Windsor Half Marathon success

Runners from CRASH Patron companies joined the thousands of athletes of all abilities to take on the 34th Windsor Half Marathon on 25 September.

UK public finding it harder to source skilled tradespeople

The construction sector is being urged to create more apprenticeships and find ways to attract workers to the sector after new research found that over half of the UK population are struggling to hire a tradesperson.

Kent Blaxill opens Saffron Walden store

Saffron Walden Mayor Sarfaz Anjum officially opened a new decorating centre for Kent Blaxill on the Saffron Walden Shire Hill industrial estate on September 22.

Doors open to first HiB Novum showroom

Following the successful launch of its newly updated HiB Novum furniture collection, HiB has opened its doors to its very first showroom – enabling customers to experience the innovation behind each design first hand.

Encon demonstrates commitment to independent builders’ merchants

Encon Insulation appreciates how difficult it can be for independent builders’ merchants to compete with larger national chains. That’s why the business has introduced a dedicated and experienced merchant team as part of an ongoing commitment to become the “distributor of choice” for independent merchants.

Frank Howard Tools hosts Festool Roadshow 2016

On 12 October, Frank Howard Tools and Fixings is hosting the Festool Roadshow 2016 at its Braintree branch. The Festool tour truck, packed with products, will then be travelling across Europe, bringing the latest products to its customers.

JG Speedfit joins the BMF

JG Speedfit has been awarded membership of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). Membership of the BMF entitles associates to a number of benefits including access to relevant industry reports, advice on how to maximise profitability and free legal guidance.

Parker Building Supplies launches revamped online shop

After reporting steady growth in sales via its online shop in the last few years, and record months in the first half of 2016, Parker Building Supplies has announced a refurbishment of its online store.

BMF membership reaches record numbers

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) now has more companies in its membership than at any time in the last 20 years.

Knauf Insulation awarded Peter Buttle trophy

Knauf Insulation has been awarded the inaugural Peter Buttle Trophy by h&b Group for Supplier of the Year. The award recognises excellence of merchant suppliers, and was presented by Nick Lander, managing director of h&b, and Peter Buttle, chairman of h&b.

Research shows homeowners aren’t checking installer credentials

A new survey by Worcester, Bosch Group has revealed worrying statistics around the habits of homeowners and their heating systems.

New branches add to NBG's success

Merchant partners of National Buying Group (NBG) continue to demonstrate strong and continued growth, with new branch openings and expansion into new business areas. Three independent merchant partners – PGR, Beers and TG – have contributed recently to significant development in the sector in their own localities across the UK.

SME housebuilders 'have nowhere to build', says FMB

Research from The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) suggests that two-thirds of SME housebuilders are struggling to identify land for potential development.

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.