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Long term housebuilding strategy must back up five-year target, says FMB

The Government’s ambition to build one million homes over the next five years must be backed up by a comprehensive housing strategy, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Help raise awareness of hot water safety measures, Bristan tells installers

Installers are being encouraged to play an active role in promoting awareness of the importance of hot water safety measures, ahead of this year’s National Burn Awareness Day.

Buildbase launches Paintbase for decorators

Buildbase has launched Paintbase, a specialist offering to support the growing professional painter and decorator trade.

New roofing trading director appointed at Chandlers

Chandlers Building Supplies has announced the appointment of Danny Spokes as its roofing trading director.

Elliotts steps up plans to recruit seven apprentices this year

Elliotts has announced plans to recruit seven new apprentices this year after appointing four local candidates into full time employment during 2014-15.

Howarth Timber raises charity funds with Ben Nevis climb

Employees from Howarth Timber recently completed the Ben Nevis Challenge, raising more than £11,000 for the company’s partner charity, Caudwell Children.

Knauf names its Windsor Half Marathon charity run team

Knauf UK has announced it is to enter a team of seven employees to run the Windsor Half Marathon on 27 September, raising money for CRASH, the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless people.

CPS marks 300th store opening with new Durham branch

City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) has cut the ribbon at its 300th trade outlet, which includes an improved bathroom showroom.

Training centre opening will encourage skills development, Reynaers says

Reynaers this summer opened a new training centre in Halesowen, allowing both practical and theoretical training, ensuring that its products are installed to a high standard, the company says.

Travis Perkins and Keyline return to the BMF

Travis Perkins and Keyline have rejoined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). Both companies became members on 1 September 2015, boosting the BMF’s growing membership to 500 companies.

Aqualisa buyout deal backed by LDC

Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) has backed the management buyout of shower specialist Aqualisa from RBS and Sankaty Advisors.

Tarmac invests in cutting-edge asphalt plant

Tarmac has unveiled a state-of-the-art asphalt plant inside the M25 at Harper Lane, Hertfordshire. 

Rise of 30% in value of stalled construction projects last year, study suggests

The value of projects being put on hold has increased by almost 30% in the past 12 months, new data has revealed, despite a resurgent construction industry.

Ridgeons unveils new PlumbStock brand

Ridgeons has unveiled PlumbStock - a new brand for the heating and plumbing market.

Help to Buy scheme driving increase in housebuilding, government figures suggest

As well as helping about 120,000 people purchase a new home, the Government’s Help to Buy scheme is also boosting the housing market by stimulating housebuilding and increasing housing supply, according to government statistics.

Naylor Scotland marks extension of manufacturing operation

Naylor Scotland's Fife factory has celebrated the commissioning of its new twin wall drain line in an unveiling ceremony attended by Fife MSP David Torrance.

Anglia Tool Centre opens Milton Keynes branch

Anglia Tool Centre has opened a new Milton Keynes branch, extending its east of England presence.

Huws Gray acquires R.W. Almond Builders Merchants

After two years of internal focus and consolidation, Huws Gray is back on the acquisition trail.

Recycling push pays dividends for Howarth Timber

Howarth Timber’s Scunthorpe branch has set a benchmark for sustainability after a waste management overhaul led to over 96% of waste being diverted away from landfill.

Lack of workplace fire door awareness putting lives at risk, survey suggests

Fifty-three per cent of employees who replied to a recent survey have admitted to not knowing how to spot a faulty fire door, while 28% didn’t know it was illegal to prop open a fire door without a specially designed device approved by the fire authority.

Ideal Commercial Boilers signs deal with Compheat sales agency

Ideal Commercial Boilers has extended its sales force in the north of England after signing a contract with Compheat, a sales agency in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) sector.

Lack of awareness of new recycling legislation is costing businesses, industry figure says

Many workplaces unaware of legislation instructing waste handlers in England and Wales to collect recyclable materials separately are missing an opportunity, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby.

Selco branches turn back the clock with 1990s prices

Two Selco Builders Warehouse branches are reducing the price of some products to 1990 levels to celebrate their anniversaries this month.

Russell Roof Tiles Zumba class raises Help for Heroes funds

Russell Roof Tiles has staged a charity fundraiser Zumba class at its Burton on Trent head office, with proceeds going to the Help for Heroes military charity.

Dulux Trade invites entries to decorator competition

Dulux Trade has launched its Masters Series contest to recognise outstanding decorating work as part of the company’s Champions of Colour initiative, launched this September.

Graham opens Swansea and Leamington Spa branches

Broadening its number of branches located throughout the UK, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has opened new branches in Swansea and Leamington Spa this summer.

Naylor identified as UK National Champion at European Business Awards

Yorkshire-based Naylor Industries has been named as a UK National Champion in The European Business Awards.

Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants to offer seven-day service

Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants (PPHM) will open seven days a week from October 2015 to meet demand from tradespeople across London.

Housebuilding increase must be backed by improved access to finance, FMB says

Easier access to finance for small and medium enterprise (SME) house builders must be made a government priority, to capitalise on recent signs of improvement observed in the Federation of Master Builders' (FMB) latest survey of small housebuilders.

Expert Trades partners with Ethan Mason Paving

Expert Trades has partnered with Ethan Mason Paving and will work together to build an industry leading installer network.

British Gypsum prepares for its biggest ever launch

British Gypsum has unveiled Lifestyle Wall, a brand new drylining system featuring Gyproc Habito plasterboard at its core.

Paris climate conference could force government renewable push, says Elmhurst Energy

The United Nations Climate Change Conference starting in Paris this November could mark a renewed focus on energy efficiency in the United Kingdom, a renewable energy consultancy, training and accreditation provider says.

Worcester’s ErP week returns

Worcester, Bosch Group is furthering its commitment to making the Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive as easy as ABC, by holding a second ErP Week dedicated to ensuring installers are up to speed with what will be expected of them once the regulations come into force.

BMF strikes collective deal with H&B

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has agreed group membership terms with the H&B Buying Group, one of the largest co-operative buying organisations for independent merchants.

Naylor opens new factory in Barnsley

Prestressed concrete lintel manufacturer Naylor Concrete Products has opened a new manufacturing facility in Barugh Green, Barnsley.

CEMEX welcomes Business Minister to Rugby cement production plant

Business Minister Anna Soubry visited CEMEX's Rugby cement plant, the largest cement in the UK, on 3 September to review the contribution that energy-intensive industries, such as cement production, make to the UK economy.

Howarth Timber Engineered Solutions secures fourth factory

Howarth Timber Engineered Solutions has acquired a fourth factory, extending its reach into the South West, having completed the purchase of Gloucestershire-based Paul Timber Engineering.

Lords comes on-board with Trailfinders

Lords Builders Merchants in has become an Ealing Trailfinders sponsor for the forthcoming Greene King IPA 2015/2016 Championship season.

British Gypsum opens entries for 2015 National Trophy Awards

British Gypsum has invited entries to its 10th National Trophy Awards 2015, prizes for which are to be given at a ceremony in Prague next year.

HighJump acquires electronic trading platform provider Wesupply

HighJump, a provider of supply chain management solutions, has announced its acquisition of Wesupply, a provider of supplier enablement and B2B integration solutions across multiple industries including retail, building, CPG, energy and manufacturing.

Plumbase Colne opens new kitchen and bathroom showroom

The Mayor of Pendle, Councillor Nawaz Ahmed, officially opened the new kitchen and bathroom showroom at Plumbase Colne.

BMF earns member approval

'Trusted, relevant, respected and delivering services valued by its members' – that’s the message from the latest Member Survey conducted by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Bond It training facility opens at company's West Yorkshire headquarters

Bond It has opened a dedicated training facility in West Yorkshire to help the company deliver high levels of customer service and support.

Selco Builders Warehouse celebrates landmark anniversaries

Selco Builders Warehouse is celebrating two branch anniversaries by giving charities and community groups the chance to build a brighter future as part of a competition.

Filplastic racks up 22% sales growth

A Yorkshire-based company that considers itself a ‘barometer of the builders’ merchants industry’ has racked up a 22% increase in annual sales.

Naylor expands with move to Barnsley manufacturing facility

Prestressed concrete lintel manufacturer Naylor Concrete Products has announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Barugh Green, Barnsley.

BSRIA proposes simplified legislation in 'Achieving Carbon Targets' document

BSRIA has launched its White Paper titled ‘Achieving Carbon Targets’, which asks what the construction industry needs from government to deliver and achieve the carbon targets over the next decade.

Increase in construction output to be driven by private housebuilding

Construction output is predicted to increase 13.2% by 2017, with private house building expected to be a key driver of this growth, according to the latest forecasts from the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Builders’ merchants sales rise in Q2

The latest sales figures from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel, released today (24 August) by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), show sales in Q2 2015 through the UK’s general builders’ merchants were at their highest since tracking began last July.

Highest sales figures for general builders merchants in a year, according to BMF index

Sales through the UK’s general builders merchants in Q2 2015 were at their highest since tracking began last July, the latest figures from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel released by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) show.