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Q4 Builders' merchant sales show year-on-year growth

The latest sales figures from GfK's Builders Merchants Panel, released by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in the Builders Merchants Building Index, show sales in Q4 2015 through the UK's general builders' merchants were up on the same quarter in 2014.

Colour in Keith!

RGB driver Keith Thomas raised £365 for charity by asking customers to donate and choose what colour he should dye his hair.

FMB believes housebuilders can deliver quality and quantity

A speedier planning system that increases the quantity of homes will not reduce the quality of homes, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has stated, in light of a new House of Lords Committee report on the built environment.

Lloyd Webber, Mackintosh...now Ledigo!

Charles Ledigo, chairman of Reisser, has significantly funded the production of a new musical based on the lives and music of The Small Faces.

Kingspan cylinders makes brand changes

Kingspan Environmental has announced a rebranding of the business in order to better identify product lines and capitalise on the company’s positive image in the industry.

Entries now open for 2016 Windsor Half Marathon

CRASH is now seeking entrants to run this year's Windsor Half Marathon on behalf of the charity, through which the UK construction and property industry supports the homeless.

Ibstock investment doubles production at brick centre in Chesterton

Brick maker Ibstock has opened a new state-of-the-art cutting centre for its Chesterton brick works as part of its ongoing investment programme.

Sovini launches new training facilities

Sovini Trade Supplies, part of the Sovini Group, has launched a training facilities service at its warehouse in Liverpool.

New branch openings for Smiths Brothers Stores

Smiths Brothers Stores (SBS) are pleased to announce the development and opening of two new branches in the form of SBS Cardiff and SBS Heathrow, both now fully open for business.

GPH recommends homeowners 'batten down the hatches'

Following the recent flooding which has caused devastation to homes and businesses across the North-east, an independent builders merchants is encouraging homeowners to give their property a health check as winter weather continues to hold sway across the UK.

2015 boiler sales mark a return to an “undistorted market”

Martyn Bridges, director of marketing and technical support at Worcester, Bosch Group claims that the recently unveiled 2015 boiler sales figures paint a true picture of how the market performs without short-term distortions.

Howarth Timber experts deliver fire safety seminar

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies shared its expertise as an authority on fire door safety at a recent Fire Safety and Protection seminar hosted by Johnstone’s Trade.

Sherrards seals George Lines acquisition
Actavo Direct celebrates its first year 'digitalising' the industry

Actavo Hire & Sales Solutions, a supplier of specialised building equipment for hire and sale, launched Actavo Direct in 2015 and now celebrates its first birthday.

Merchants must not lose out on Apprentice Levy, warns BMF

The BMF has voiced concerns that builders’ merchants who are unwilling to take on apprentices may lose out when the UK government introduces the new Apprenticeship Levy in April next year.

CPS opens 200th new format bathroom showroom

The Edinburgh Albert Street branch of City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) has become the 200th to open a new bathroom showroom.

MKM Building Supplies reaffirms position as sales grow

MKM Building Supplies has reported outstanding growth in 2014/15. Revenue at the Hull-based group rose by 18% in the 12 months to September 2015, reaching £252m, up from £213m in the same period of the previous year. EBITDA and operating profit climbed further, both rising 27 per cent to £17.1m and £15.9m respectively.

BMF seeks Ambassadors for recruitment campaign

The Builders’ Merchant Federation (BMF) is set to recruit at least 20 Ambassadors from the ranks of its members to support a national youth recruitment campaign, Builders Merchants Careers. They will help to promote the opportunities offered by the industry to students and young job seekers throughout the country.

Acquisition of OHP by Speedy Hire

Speedy Hire, the tools, equipment and plant hire services company, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the entire issued share capital of OHP (the OHP Group).

SBF calls for ‘five pillar plan’ to support Scottish construction

The Scottish Building Federation (SBF) has launched its policy manifesto for the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections by setting out a five pillar plan for sustainable growth in the Scottish construction sector.

CPA forecasts construction growth but risks intensify

The Construction Products Association’s (CPA) latest forecast estimates growth for the construction industry of 3.6% in 2016, which is a downward revision from the Autumn 2015 forecast of 3.8% primarily because of slower UK economic growth.

A healthy first aid kit is essential for workplace wellbeing

Slingsby warns that poorly stocked first aid kits are a common problem in workplaces across all industries and continually put employees at risk, meaning large numbers of employers are breaking the law.

Survey reports mid-sized firms reaping digital rewards

A survey has revealed that mid-sized businesses, with between 50 and 249 employees, have seen greater savings in the their business from investing in digital innovation than smaller firms.

Huws Gray acquires ST Group and Cornerstone

Huws Gray continues to expand after acquiring three companies in St Helens; ST Group, Qualplas and Cornerstone Building & Landscaping Products.

Jewson opens one-stop-shop for builders in Northampton

Builders’ merchant Jewson has opened a new 22,000 sq ft branch in Northampton. The branch, located on the Kings Heath Industrial Estate, forms part of a new Trade Park, and is located alongside outlets of Jewson sister companies Graham, The Plumbers’ Merchant, and tile supplier, CTD.

BSRIA applauds major construction labour review

BSRIA has applauded the announcement of the government commission into a major review of the construction labour market in its latest bid to reform the sector and enable it to help power economic growth and solve the current housing crisis.

ATAG Commercial moves to new UK HQ

Following a company restructure, ATAG Commercial has relocated to new UK headquarters in Basildon, Essex. The move follows the acquisition of ATAG by the Ariston Thermo Group, which already bases a number of its UK companies from the same south Essex offices.

MKM Building Supplies opens luxury showroom in Grimsby

MKM Building Supplies has opened a new luxury kitchen and bathroom showroom in Grimsby. The Hull-based company has invested £50,000 to create an inspirational showroom at its branch on Eleanor Street in the town.

Worcester pledges £100 scrappage boost

Following the launch of the London Boiler Cashback Scheme, Worcester, Bosch Group has pledged an additional £100 cashback to the successful recipients of the incentive’s £400 allowance when they elect to replace their inefficient boiler with one of its high-efficiency Greenstar models.

London boiler scrappage scheme gets industry approval

Homeowners in the capital will now be eligible for up to £400 cashback when they replace their old inefficient boiler (rated at 70% efficient or less) with a new ‘A-rated’ model or renewable heating system, the Mayor of London has announced.

BMF welcomes launch of London Boiler Cashback Scheme

Today’s announcement (2 February) by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, of a new Boiler Cashback Scheme to encourage Londoners to upgrade their old, inefficient boilers has been welcomed by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Graham expands its network with new branches

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has continued to invest significantly in its network with a number of new branches, relocations and renovations.

Grafton Group acquires Allsand Supplies

Grafton Group plc, the builders merchanting and DIY Group with operations in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium, has completed the acquisition of Allsand Supplies, a single branch general builders’ merchant located in Larkfield, Kent, for an undisclosed sum.

Construction industry starts fall

New site starts in the construction industry fell 20% in the three-month period to the end of January, compared to the same period in 2014/15, according to the latest figures released on 1 February by Glenigan.

New branch for Parker Building Supplies

Parker Building Supplies has expanded its network of heavyside and timber branches with a new depot in Newhaven, East Sussex.

Jewson helps kick off careers

Jewson, construction industry supplier, is helping young people to build solid foundations for their future careers.

Relocation for SBS' Leicester branch

Smith Brothers Stores’ (SBS) Leicester branch is relocating after over 100 years. However, the company’s head office will remain on Batten Street until its new premises are complete.

Construction output suffers marginal decline in Q4 but fundamentals remain positive

The ONS reported today that UK GDP rose by 0.5%. Within this, construction output was marginally weaker, by 0.1%, its second consecutive quarterly fall following the third quarter’s 1.9% decline.

George Lines has now become part of Lords Builders Merchants

George Lines, an independent civils merchant based in West London, has become part of Lords Builders Merchants.

BSRIA in support of CITB revoking 4,600 CSCS cards

BSRIA has announced that it is in support of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) announcement that Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards have been revoked after an investigation into fraudulent activity at five test centres showed more than four thousand construction workers paid cash to pass the test.

Howarth Timber duo complete BMF diploma

Howarth Timber is pleased to announce that two of its managers have graduated from a Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Post Graduate Diploma.

CITB figures show sustained growth for industry

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is calling for more apprentices as it releases new figures today that forecast an annual average growth of 2.5% for the next five years – and a massive 232,000 jobs to be created.

F&P reveals results of latest customer survey

F&P has revealed the results of its latest research project, which set out to explore the attitudes of customers towards doing business and purchasing products online.

BMF Burns Supper raises £4,000 for charity

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) raised over £4,000 for its nominated charity, Walking with the Wounded, at its annual Burns Supper held in Edinburgh on 22 January.

Investcorp sells Icopal in €1bn deal

Investcorp, a global provider and manager of alternative investment products, has sold Icopal to GAF, a roofing manufacturer in North America, for approximately €1bn.

Winners announced for 2016 Bradstone Assured Awards

Bradstone has announced the winners of its national installer awards scheme, celebrating the achievements of its Assured members over the last year.

New survey on timber industry skills shortage

The Confederation of Timber Industry (CTI) and Proskills have launched an employer skill survey into the UK's timber industry supply chain.

Construction sales slow in Q4

Sales of construction products slowed in the fourth quarter of 2015, but optimism still remains for the future, according to the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Scotland’s business, energy and tourism minister opens Breedon’s new asphalt plant

Fergus Ewing MSP, Scotland’s minister for business, energy and tourism, opened a new asphalt plant at Daviot quarry near Inverness, which represents a £2.2m investment in the area by Breedon.

Breedon wins contract to supply first stage of A9 dualling

Breedon, UK aggregates and building materials company, has been awarded a £10m contract to supply drystone, ready-mixed concrete and asphalt to the first stage of the A9 dualling project.