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BMF launches new leadership development programme

Talent Development is the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) new leadership and team development programme to help builders’ merchants to grow existing and future leaders.

New induction programme launched by Champion Timber

A new six-week induction programme launched by Champion Timber has been designed to give new employees “a great entry into the industry”.

Baxi to open two new training centres

Baxi is aiming to build on its reputation for being top of the class when it comes to training by opening two new facilities in 2017.

Coram Group UK strengthens its sales team

Coram Group UK has announced the appointments of Debbie Pierce to sales office manager and Stephen Woolsey to the role of business development manager, as part of a Group strategy to drive sales across their key brand areas.

Berhams Plumbing Supplies joins The IPG

Berhams Plumbing Supplies has joined The IPG, making it member 141 for the independent buying group.

Wolseley UK’s Graduate Scheme is now open

Wolseley UK has announced that it is opening its 2017 graduate scheme to fill 15 positions.

Acquisition brings Reddance into the Cowal family

Cowal Building & Plumbing Supplies has strengthened its presence in Western Scotland with the acquisition of Reddance Building Supplies in Dalry, Ayrshire.

Elliotts helps fund house for paraplegic toddler

A toddler who was struck down with a virus that left him paralysed from the neck down was gifted a specially-built home after the Southampton community pulled together to raise funds.

Wienerberger continues sponsorship of Guild of Bricklayers competition

Wienerberger is continuing its ongoing sponsorship of the Guild of Bricklayers competitions in 2017. The sponsorship, which has been in place for a number of years, will see Wienerberger donate to a series of regional competitions, along with the national final.

Coomers raises over £3,500 for Macmillan

Coomers Timber & Building Supplies presented The Haslemere and District Committee of Macmillan Cancer Support with a cheque for £3,551.64 following a raft of fundraising events.

Dancing on the Russell Roof Tiles

Russell Roof Tiles raised £3,000 at its first Strictly Come Dancing-style live ballroom dancing competition, Dancing on the Tiles.

Kent Blaxill opens store in Market Harborough

Stuart Yates, president of the Painting and Decorating Association, cut the ribbon to officially open a new Kent Blaxill decorative store in Market Harborough on 16 March, which will serve both the professional decorator and home DIY markets.

Ambitious plans on track for Selco

Selco has opened its 48th branch in Beckton, east London.

Builders welcome NI U-turn, says FMB

The government has made the right decision to row back on its plan to hike up National Insurance Contributions for the self-employed, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said.

Government makes U-turn on National Insurance Contributions

The government has announced a reversal of plans to increase National Insurance Contributions (NIC) from the self-employed by 2% over the next two years.

Keyline gives veterans a ‘night to remember’

Keyline has donated £10,000 of tickets to give over 200 deserving veterans, along with their partners and carers, the chance to attend a tribute show to honour ‘Forces’ Sweetheart’ Dame Vera Lynn, who turns 100 next week, and raise funds for her legacy charity – The Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity.

Ibstock achieves ISO 14001 across all sites

Ibstock has achieved ISO 14001 accreditation for its environmental management system at its Ibstock-Kevington factory in Sharpthrone – meaning all Ibstock’s UK production sites now hold the standard.

JP Corry launches new website

JP Corry has launched a new website to improve functionality and strengthen relationships with its brand.

EH Smith’s new Castle Bromwich site nears opening

EH Smith believes that its new warehouse and store in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, shows “great potential for local builders” as it prepares to open in the spring.

IKO breaks ground on new UK factory

IKO plc has begun construction work on a 470,000sq ft PIR insulation factory in Cambridgeshire.

Monthly fall in construction output in January

Recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show that construction output in January fell by 0.4%, but rose by 2.0% compared with one year earlier. In addition, new orders in Q4 were 2.8% lower than Q3 and flat compared to a year ago.

Dakea takes to the road

Dakea is taking its latest product, Ultima, on a three-month roadshow of more than 70 UK builders’ merchants.

RGB acquires Bodmin builders’ merchant

RGB Building Supplies has announced the company’s acquisition of Bodmin builders’ merchant TecBuild.

BMF launches Regional Centre of Excellence in Wales

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its first Regional Centre of Excellence in Wales at Rockwool’s training academy in Bridgend.

Sprint finish in cycle race thriller

The fastest ever edition of Colchester Cycling Club’s Jock Wadley race was decided this year in a full-blooded bunch sprint with Steele Von Hoff overhauling triple Olympic champion Ed Clancy who slipped back to 4th.

BMF opens first Regional Centre in Wales

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its first Regional Centre of Excellence in Wales at ROCKWOOL’s Training Academy in Bridgend.

Ridgeons announces EACH as its partnered charity

Ridgeons has announced that its elected charity of 2017-2019 is East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Breedon Group annual results 2016

Breedon Group has announced its audited annual results for the year ending 31 December 2016.

NYTimber staff make the grade

NYTimber’s mill manager Scott Harrison and warehouse supervisor trainee Dan Hulme, both based at the company’s manufacturing and distribution centre at Catterick, have achieved the certificate of proficiency in visual strength grading of softwood to British Standard 4978.

Rudridge employee celebrates 15 years of service

An employee at Rudridge in Farnham has celebrated the impressive milestone of 15 years of service at the business.

T-Levels are a step in the right direction, says BMF

Responding to the Spring Budget, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed recognition by the Chancellor that Britain cannot overcome low productivity without reform of the existing system of technical qualifications.

Frank Key raises over £4,000 for Nottinghamshire Good Causes

A 15-year-old Olympic hopeful, and babies at the Neonatal Baby Unit at the Nottingham City Hospital, will benefit from a share of £4,225 following a successful fundraising event organised by The Frank Key Group.

Howarth Timber celebrates Doncaster store reopening

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies marked the reopening of its Doncaster branch with a three-day celebration complete with offers, competitions and giveaways.

BMF and PDA announce strategic partnership

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) have agreed a strategic partnership designed to raise the profile of the decorative sector.

Eurocell locks up deal with Security Hardware

Eurocell – a UK manufacturer, distributor and recycler of window, door, conservatory and roofline products – has announced the acquisition of PVC-U Window and Door hardware distributor, Security Hardware Ltd.

Aggregate Industries pledges full support for Apprenticeship Levy

Aggregate Industries has pledged its full support to the imminent arrival of the government’s Apprenticeship Levy – stating it is crucial in attracting new talent into the construction industry and helping to bridge the current skills gap.

Actavo expands branch presence

As part of an ongoing expansion of its local network across the UK, Actavo is extending its Gateshead, Dundee, Manchester and Glasgow branches.

Spring Budget 2017: Business rates, T-Levels and self-employed tax hike

Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond has announced in his Spring Budget plans to reduce the tax gap between employed people and those who are self-employed, as well as changes to business rates and the introduction of T-Levels to address the skills shortage.

If government implements clean air zones, merchants need support, says BMF

If the government goes ahead with the introduction of Clean Air Zones, ministers must bring forward steps to support merchants to replace old vehicles with viable and clean equivalents.

GB Plastics announces new charity ‘buddy’

General Building Plastics (GB Plastics) and the Buddy Bag Foundation are joining forces this year to raise money for children in emergency care, through the Foundation’s Buddy Bag Appeal.

JG Speedfit launches Flex Your Pex competition

Plumbers, installers and Speedfit stockists have the chance to win up to £300 worth of prizes or a VIP British Superbike race ticket for two, as part of a competition with JG Speedfit.

Woodhead apprentices get brand new tools from TP

A team of apprentices working on the £10m New Bolsover Model Village housing improvement programme have been given a range of brand new tools from builders merchant Travis Perkins.

LBS Builders Merchants wins business award

LBS Builders' Merchants is named Business of the Year (150+ Employees) for the second year running at the 2017 Swansea Bay Business Awards.

Kent Blaxill sponsors Jock Wadley cycle road race

East Anglian-based building supplies company Kent Blaxill is sponsoring this year’s Jock Wadley Cycle Road Race, which will feature top UK riders, including three-times Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy.

Merchants need support over Clean Air Zones

If the government goes ahead with the introduction of Clean Air Zones, ministers must bring forward steps to support merchants to replace old vehicles with viable and clean equivalents, according to the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Challenge

Bryan Clover, chief executive officer of the Rainy Day Trust, is going to be walking the entire length of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in May to raise money for the charity.

Travis Perkins raises over £38,000 for the Northampton and Warwickshire Air Ambulance Service

Travis Perkins has raised over £38,000 for the Northampton and Warwickshire Air Ambulance Service - thanks to the hard work and dedication of fundraising by its colleagues in the IT department.

BMF links continued growth to low tariff Brexit deal

Data collected by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has found that builders’ merchants had a strong end to 2016, and anticipate increased growth this year, despite sector concerns about the impact of Brexit.

The Ridgeon Group raises £30,852 for Macmillan Cancer Support

Ridgeons has raised £30,852 for Macmillan Cancer Support, the company’s elected charity of 2015 to 2017.

Actis welcomes government insulation report

A Green Building Council report, stating that 25m UK homes need to be retrofitted between now and 2050, has been welcomed by Actis.