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Arnold Laver awarded Grown in Britain chain of custody

Arnold Laver & Co has been awarded a Grown in Britain chain of custody licence, enabling British-grown timber and wood products in its range to be positively identified and promoted.

ForgeFix turns fastening into an art

ForgeFix has donated a portrait of David Bowie, created using 4000 of the company's ForgeFast elite performance woodscrews, for sale at a charity auction.

SR Timber duo's Kilimanjaro climb raises £5,000 for charity

Richard Stone and Jason Lumley from SR Timber raised the money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) after making it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro – which stands at just shy of 6,000m tall.

Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and Considerate Constructors Scheme launch new mental health initiative

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and the Considerate Constructors Scheme have launched a new initiative to help support the mental health agenda in the construction industry.

Olympic Fixings secures £6m investment for growth

Olympic Fixings Group is all set for growth after a £6m combined investment from PHD Equity Partners and Secure Trust Bank.

Selco’s summer expansion is underway

Selco Builders Warehouse has launched a series of branch openings, opening its 49th UK branch in Crayford.

MRA MD gets double award nomination

Lucia Di Stazio, managing director of MRA Marketing, has been shortlisted in two categories for the prestigious Institute of Directors (IoD) South West Awards: Director of the Year and Young Director of the Year.

The IPG welcomes new merchants

The Independent Plumbing Group (IPG) has welcomed two new members - Carman Heating Supplies and Unique Plumbing Supplies.

Elite cycling team ‘building’ for the future thanks to RGB sponsorship

RGB Building Supplies and its sister company, The Room Works, are delighted to announce their sponsorship of an elite women’s cycling team as part of south west community project Cycle Engage UK.

Three new members elected to BMF Board

Andrew Harrison of Travis Perkins, Shanker Patel of Lords Group and Ian Haldane of the Haldane Shiells Group have been elected to the Board of the Builders Merchants Federation with effect from 1 July, 2017.

Building Better Business through Partnership

NBG has held a series of sell out Supplier Workshops, helping its suppliers to build better business with NBG merchants, by improving communication and optimising the opportunities to grow sales presented by its Hub system.

Kerridge Commercial Systems acquires IQ Retail

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has reached an agreement to acquire IQ Retail, based in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Knauf employees back Walking With The Wounded charity

Dozens of Knauf employees have pledged their commitment to the charity, Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) at a recent joint event at the Knauf plant in Sittingbourne.

Beatsons director in cycle challenge for charity

Mark Northway, director at Beatsons Building Supplies, is back on his bike again raising money for charity.

JP Corry receives Corporate Responsibility award

JP Corry has been awarded the CORE Standard by Business in the Community Northern Ireland. This achievement recognises JP Corry as an accredited leader in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

NHBC new home registrations enjoy strong start to 2017

More than 42,000 new homes were registered in the UK by the National Housebuilding Council (NHBC) in the first three months of the year, according to NHBC’s latest new home registration statistics.

Benchmarx builds kitchen for children’s charity

Benchmarx Kitchen and Joinery, part of the Travis Perkins Group, is supplying Leicestershire children’s charity Wishes4Kids with a new kitchen completely free of charge.

JJ Roofing Supplies wins wholesaler award

On Thursday night at the European Business Excellence Awards, London-based business JJ Roofing Supplies took the title for Best Wholesaler.

John Newcomb shortlisted for Director of the Year Award

John Newcomb, managing director of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), has been shortlisted in the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Director of the Year Awards.

The search for Britain’s Best Cafe 2017 is on

Following the success of SIG Roofing’s national competition to find Britain’s Best Café in 2016, the 2017 campaign is now underway.

Belgrade Insulations makes Fastest 50

Belgrade Insulations is proud that the business has been featured in Yorkshire’s Fastest 50 Awards.

Worcester celebrates 25 years of Bosch

Worcester, Bosch Group is celebrating 25 years as part of the Bosch Group, with a programme of activities planned throughout 2017.

Starmer support for BMF on customs

“We want to negotiate to ensure there are no new customs burdens when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in two years’ time,” was the message from Sir Keir Starmer MP to the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) yesterday (25 April).

Keystone Group scoops Materials Supplier of the Year award

The Keystone Group has won Materials Supplier of the Year at a recent Construction News event held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.

Redland searches for its Apprentice of the Year

Redland is launching a competition to find the 2017 Redland Apprentice of the Year.

Ringside seats up for grabs in silent auction

The Rainy Day Trust is delighted to announce that one of its industry partners, Reisser, has donated two VIP seats at the Queensbury Boxing League, to include ringside seats, an evening meal and overnight accommodation.

Easy Bathrooms opens 12th showroom

Trade bathroom supplier, Easy Bathrooms, has expanded by opening its 12th showroom, following £250,000 of investment.

Flame Heating Spares launches app

Flame Heating Spares is to support the region’s installers with the launch of a new app.

Unite calls for action on workplace death delays

Friends and families who have lost loved ones to workplace fatalities are having to wait an average of three years and four months to secure justice, according to research by Unite.

BMF responds to UK government Industrial Strategy

A modern Industrial Strategy that showcases the construction industry, based on a clearly-defined, well-articulated mission to give it purpose, drive and direction, is the message to Ministers from the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Q4 Bathrooms expansion with southern distribution centre

Bathroom distributor Q4 Bathrooms has announced its ongoing expansion with the opening of a second distribution centre in Aylesbury.

Full-time role for GB Plastics’ first apprentice

Paul Woodhead, the first apprentice taken on by specialist supplier of low maintenance building products, GB Plastics, is now a full-time member of the team at the company’s Rugeley branch and head office.

Olympic gold medalist opens EH Smith branch

Lily Owsley MBE, part of the Olympic gold medal-winning women’s hockey team from Rio 2016, has officially opened the new £1m EH Smith ‘Local’ branch in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham.

Dunlop kicks off Multi-Skill Champion Competition

Dunlop has kicked off its Multi-Skill Champion Competition to find the best multi-skill construction student in the UK with a series of regional college heats.

Redland launches support for roofing students

Redland is investing in the future of the pitched roofing sector with the launch of a programme to support young roofing students.

Builders bullish despite rising costs, says FMB

Small construction firms enjoyed rising workloads in the first quarter of 2017, despite growing concerns over the cost of labour and materials, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

WernerCo donates to charities in the construction industry

WernerCo, the manufacturer of ladders, has recently donated a range of equipment to several charities across the UK that provide education and employment opportunities in construction to a variety of those in need.

Redring powers water heating sales through Plumbase

Redring has announced a new partnership with heating and plumbing merchant, Plumbase, to launch a major water heating initiative for installers.

Government indicates continued commitment to EU energy efficiency laws

The government has issued positive statements indicating its continued commitment to the existing EU legislation surrounding energy efficient products.

Fix Radio launches for the trade

A new radio station dedicated to tradespeople will be giving out 20,000 bacon butties to builders after it launches later this month.

Construction industry beats post-Brexit expectations

Activity in the construction industry is rising at a faster pace following the EU referendum than initially expected, according to the latest forecasts by the Construction Products Association (CPA).

MKM enjoys strong growth in 2016

MKM Building Supplies has announced strong annual results for the financial year ended 30 September, 2016, with growth in both revenue and profits.

Fernox helps to support Candlelighters

Fernox is lending its support to the children’s cancer charity Candlelighters, and has donated 12 TF1 Omega Filters and various chemical water treatment products to the Gas Chat Tour, which is providing free central heating system installations in exchange for charitable donations.

BSW Timber invests in material handling equipment

BSW Timber has started a major investment programme in its material handling equipment by commissioning eight new side-loader ‘Bulmor’ vehicles for its sawmill in Newbridge-on-Wye, Powys.

Johnstone’s Trade announces finalists

Johnstone’s Trade has announced the four successful finalists in its Community Makeover competition 2017.

Champion Timber supports Youth Fest with material donation

Champion Timber’s Edenbridge branch was delighted to donate plywood to support an event that aimed to inspire local youngsters to follow their dreams.

Covers raises £564 in a ‘close shave’ for charity

A group of staff at Covers depots in Chichester, Gosport and Portsmouth have raised a total of £564 for Comic Relief after undertaking a range of activities, including bake sales and a sponsored shave.

Huws Gray makes first acquisition in Yorkshire

Huws Gray Builders Merchants has announced its first acquisition in Yorkshire, having recently completed the purchase of James Wilby Builders Merchants.

BMF opens second North West Regional Centre at Sentinel

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its second Regional Centre of Excellence in the North West, at Sentinel Performance Solutions' facility in Warrington.

Firefighters attend builders' merchant fire in London

The London Fire Brigade has tackled a huge fire at a builders' merchants in Brent Cross, London.