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Cold homes need more than warm words, argues Knauf

As each political party broadcasts its Manifesto in the approach to the General Election, Knauf Insulation has reflected on the announcements so far.

SNP manifesto could help construction SMEs, says FMB

The proposal for a new law to tackle fair payment, contained in the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) Manifesto, has been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Williams & Co in management buyout

Plumbing and heating merchant, Williams & Co, has been acquired by the company’s management team and staff for an undisclosed sum.

Bond It invests in additional production capabilities

To help facilitate its on-going success and expansion, Bond It has made two six figure investments with a total value of almost £1/2m into its production capabilities.

Wienerberger releases disused Baggeridge site for redevelopment

Wienerberger has recently sold the former site of its Baggeridge Brickworks to national housebuilder David Wilson Homes – a move that is set to bring 350 new jobs to the area.

Don’t be a killer gas victim, staff are warned

‘A carbon monoxide alarm can save your life’ – this was the hard-hitting message to employees at the Leamington Spa HQ of Plumb and Parts Center, during an awareness day.

Builders’ merchant invites tradespeople to attend roofing demo

The Ringmer branch of Chandlers Building Supplies is inviting local tradespeople along to its showroom on Tuesday 28 April for a free demonstration about fibreglass roofing from Cure It.

Secretary of State for Wales visits LBS Builders Merchants

The Rt Hon Stephen Crabb, Secretary of State for Wales, and Simon Hart, Conservative PPC for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, visited LBS Builders Merchants at its Pembroke Dock branch on 21 April to hear how the sector is ensuring a strong economic outlook for Wales.

Selco gives tradespeople the perfect platform

Tradespeople will be offered an opportunity to promote their business to an audience of tens of thousands for free.

Record visitors to NMBS exhibition

The NMBS Exhibition, which took place on 16 April, enjoyed record exhibitor numbers, record visitor levels and a record value for deals done on the day.

Polyco commits to expansion in Newtown

Newtown-based business Polyco, which was acquired by the W. Howard Group in 2009, has committed to expansion in the town by investing in new equipment, which will enable it to boost its activity and recruit new staff.

Construction industry backs Conservatives

The Conservatives recently took the lead in a pre-election opinion poll conducted by UK Construction Week, despite 71% of respondents claiming that the needs of the construction industry have been ignored by the key political parties.

Leisure Sinks increases productivity and improves capacity

Leisure Sinks has increased its productivity thanks to a new £1.2m sink press at its factory in Long Eaton.

Full steam ahead for Burdens

Following a strong year of growth in the rail sector, Burdens will be returning to Railtex from 12 to 14 May to share its latest news in product developments and project expertise.

BMF welcomes Liberal Democrats' new homes manifesto commitments

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed proposals in the Liberal Democrats' manifesto, which announced an ambitious target to build 300,000 new homes each year, as well as recognising the need to expand and increase quality vocational training to achieve this.

Conservative manifesto: housing is now centre stage, says FMB

The importance given to housing in the Conservative Party manifesto should be applauded, but it will be important for the next government to remain focused on housing supply as well as housing ownership, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Hope searches for new recruits to join its Apprenticeship Academy

Hope Construction Materials is on the lookout for top young talent to join its £300m business in Derbyshire, Yorkshire and the North East.

FMB praises Labour Manifesto

The Labour Manifesto, published yesterday (13 April), shows a welcome recognition of the economic and social importance of building more homes, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

HRH Duke of York visits AkzoNobel in Slough

AkzoNobel’s Decorative Paints business recently welcomed His Royal Highness the Duke of York to its offices in Slough.

Parker sponsors UCTC equestrian team

Parker Building Supplies has announced that it is now an official sponsor of the Uckfield Community Technical College (UCTC) Equestrian Team.

Places available on Chandlers' sustainabe building courses

Chandlers Building Supplies is inviting tradespeople to attend their sustainability training sessions that are taking place in April and May.

Elliotts branches out to Dorset with its latest store

Elliotts, the independent supplier of building products for the trade and public, is set to open a new branch in Dorset on 20 April.

BSS customers to benefit from heat exchanger expertise

Distributor BSS Industrial has teamed up with Alfa Laval, one of its diamond status suppliers, to provide in-depth product training on gasketed plate heat exchangers (GPHE) to ensure the best possible solutions are passed on to customers.

George Bence spreads its wings

George Bence & Sons has extended its presence beyond Cheltenham with the opening of a new kitchen and bathroom showroom and decorating centre in Bourton-on-the-Water.

One hour delivery windows for Wolseley UK branches

Deliveries from Wolseley UK distribution centres to branches are becoming more efficient than ever, thanks to the introduction of geofencing digital mapping technology.

MKM opens Glasgow landscaping display

MKM Building Supplies has launched what the company believes is Glasgow's largest landscaping display.

Long Rake Spar secures buying group agreements

Long Rake Spar has announced its appointment as preferred decorative aggregate supplier to NBG and Bradfords groups.

Wolseley UK rejoins BMF

Wolseley UK has rejoined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). The distributor of plumbing and heating products formally became a member on 1 April, 2015.

New management team unveils its vision for the future

Following Quinn Radiators’ recent acquisition, its new management team is re-launching the business – unveiling a fresh vision for the future and reaffirming the company’s leading position in the heating sector.

Metsä Wood sets “fine example”

Metsä Wood UK’s attitude towards forklift safety has been highly commended by the materials handling industry in the Fork Lift Truck Association’s (FLTA) Annual Awards for Excellence.

Manufacturing investment at The Walsall Wheelbarrow Company

The Walsall Wheelbarrow Company has invested more than £1.2m in its manufacturing facilities.

Siniat is recruiting after business wins

Bristol-based Siniat is upping its recruitment efforts following a string of new business wins.

Green Party supports VAT cut on housing repairs

The Green Party has pledged to cut VAT on housing repairs and renovations.

Off to a flying start with TIMco’s new website

TIMco has achieved more than 1m sales through its new website, which was launched less than six months ago.

Kingfisher set to close 60 B&Q stores

Kingfisher Group has announced that it will close around 60 B&Q stores – 15% of its UK space – as part of a number of “sharp decisions” as it reorganises the company.

Pagets Builders' Merchants celebrates living wage commitment

Pagets Builders' Merchants has become an accredited Living Wage employer.

Good morning plumbers

Wirquin has announced more dates for its breakfast mornings held in plumbers’ merchants nationwide.

New decorating centre at St Ives branch

The St Ives branch of builders' merchant Gibbs & Dandy has opened a specialist decorating centre after partnering with ICI Paints Akzo Nobel.

IoBM builds momentum with new president

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) is gearing up for a year of growth and increased engagement with the election of a new president.

Plumb and Parts Center opens new Anglesey branch

Plumb and Parts Center has opened a new branch on Anglesey which means customers no longer have to cross the Menai Bridge to visit their nearest branch.

Repeat success for Vecta Sales Solutions

The team at Vecta Sales Solutions are celebrating once again after picking up another award for its VECTA combined Sales Analytics & CRM service at the recent 2015 IT Europa awards ceremony.

GAI and RIBA specify the best architectural ironmongery for 2015

Tate Britain has won the Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards 2015, with architectural ironmongers Allgood and architect Caruso St John jointly scooping the top prize.

Symphony Group joins the BMF

The Symphony Group, one of the UK's largest privately-owned fitted furniture manufacturers, has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Kelkay expands its reach with NMBS membership

Kelkay, a leading manufacturer and distributor of aggregates, paving, fountains and garden features, has become a supplier member of the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS).

Kelkay invests £1m in new machinery

Kelkay, a leading manufacturer and distributor of aggregates and paving, has made a £1m investment in new machinery. The investment completes the commissioning of its Pollington, East Yorkshire plant, and has been made to enable Kelkay to increase efficiency, improve its products and enhance customer service.

N&C announces Porsche Carrera Cup GB sponsorship deal

Nicholls & Clarke (N&C) has announced its sponsorship of the prestigious 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup GB championship, as part of its 140-year anniversary celebrations.

Saint-Gobain launches new Foundation to support construction entrepreneurs

Saint-Gobain, in association with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is launching a new Entrepreneurship Foundation to help small businesses embrace sustainable building.

Wolseley invites undergraduate applications

Wolseley UK’s 2015 Management Training programme is now open for applications.

Timber firm invests £500k in scanning technology

John Brash & Co has invested £500,000 in a new computerised scanning technology.

George Osborne visits Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins recently received a visit from Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, to celebrate the launch of its new Range centres.