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E H Smith aims high in Occupational Health and Safety Awards

Builders’ merchant E H Smith is once again a winner at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

DSL praises government apprenticeship target

The government's Enterprise Bill aiming to increase to three million by 2020 the number of apprenticeships has been praised by Deborah Services (DSL), provider of non-mechanical construction equipment.

BMF commits support to wounded veterans charity

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced that Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) will be its nominated charity partner for 2016.

Grohe launches installer training program

Grohe has launched a 2015 installer training program aimed at providing hands-on technical training for installers to stay ahead of competitors.

Robert Price employee roofing course embraces professional development

Robert Price Builders’ Merchants has staged a summer roofing training programme that welcomed selected employees from its south Wales branches to complete a ‘Redland Roofing’ residential course.

Uponor UK launches dedicated UFH support offering

With radiant heating and cooling technologies – especially underfloor heating (UFH) – becoming increasingly more popular across both the domestic and commercial markets, Uponor UK has launched a dedicated aftersales service to ensure its heating systems continue to operate as efficiently as possible throughout their operational lifetime.

Change of focus for ATAG Heating UK

ATAG Heating UK is to focus its business towards commercial boiler sales and the domestic boiler newbuild specification market.

Boom in timber sees need for yard relocation for Elliotts

Elliotts is to move its timber yard operations to Southampton from Fort Fareham industrial estate to cater for its growing customer base.

Government restructures Construction Leadership Council

The government has restructured the Construction Leadership Council, reducing the number of members and drawing representatives from leading construction firms including Laing O’Rourke and Bouygues UK, as well as Ministers.

MKM wins MasterMerchant challenge

MKM's Norwich branch won the 2015 BMF MasterMerchant trophy, beating 17 other teams of merchants and suppliers after a weekend of team building in the Lake District.

Origin invests in new machinery

Origin has ordered £300,000 worth of new machinery to ‘future-proof’ its business and keep abreast of the continued demand for its products. 

BMF director expresses disappointment at government zero carbon U-turn

Government proposals aiming to provide simplified planning and development procedure contains an unexpected U-turn on the zero carbon homes policy, according to Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) managing director John Newcomb.

WCoBM promotes careers with builders merchants at London schools conference

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) has spoken of the importance of raising young people's awareness of careers with builders merchants after it exhibited at this year's City Livery Schools Link conference.

URSA acquisition strengthens brand and product range

Insulation provider URSA has been acquired by global investment firm KKR, strengthening the manufacturing business’ brand, product range and service offering.

GB Plastics named Red Ribbon 'best small business'

Family-run Midlands business General Building Plastics has been crowned ‘Britain’s Best Small Business’ in the Red Ribbon Awards.

Decision to abandon carbon-neutral regulations a positive step, FMB says

The government’s decision to remove zero carbon standards for new homes will boost the supply of housing via small and medium-sized (SME) house builders, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB)'s head of external affairs.

SCA retains position in world's most ethical companies rankings

SCA has been ranked among the Ethisphere Institute's ‘World’s Most Ethical Companies’ for the eighth year in a row.

RGB celebrates 10 years in South Molton with showroom opening

A new kitchen and bathroom showroom opening was celebrated at RGB Building Supplies’ South Molton branch on 1 July, an occasion that also marked the branch’s 10th anniversary.

Apprenticeship scheme sees Parkers welcome Hastings college trainees

Three young kitchen designers are soon to begin a dedicated course at Parker Building Supplies’ kitchens showrooms, with five new trainees also joining the company’s heavyside branches as a result of a Trade Federation Apprenticeship scheme link with Sussex Coast College, Hastings.

Government scraps zero carbon homes plans

The government's decision to scrap the 2016 increase in newbuild energy efficiency standards is likely to lead to fuel bill increases, the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) has said.

Sign up and support CRASH

There are still spaces available for the CRASH Windsor Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 27 September. 

BMF picks up pair of best practice awards

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has won the ‘Membership Success of the Year Award’ and the ‘NCFE Skills Development Award’ at the 2015 Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards.

Planning reforms to 'speed up housebuilding'

Sweeping planning reforms have been announced, which the government claims will speed up UK housebuilding and make it easier for homeowners to extend their existing properties.

CPA survey reveals increase in manufacturers' product sales

The Construction Products Association (CPA)’s State of Trade survey for the second quarter (Q2) of 2015 indicates construction product manufacturers’ sales increased for a ninth consecutive quarter.

Howarth branches install energy-saving LED lighting with aid of government funding

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies branches across the country are being refitted with LED lighting after the company secured funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

New Anglia Tool Centre store opens in Colchester

Anglia Tool Centre has announced the opening of a new store in Colchester to add to its east of England presence. 

Radcliffe Building Supplies acquired by Beesley & Fildes

North West-based builders’ merchant Beesley & Fildes has completed the purchase of Radcliffe Building Supplies.

IG Masonry Support Systems scoops construction industry award

The Keystone Group has won the ‘Commercial Innovation of the Year’ award at the recent Construction News Awards for its IG Brick Slip Masonry Support System.

Budget statement draws industry criticism on energy policy

An increase in the Living Wage and lack of support for energy efficiency schemes in the Chancellor’s July Budget are cause for concern for the construction industry, two senior industry figures have warned.

Graduates switch to trades for degree of job satisfaction

Corporate downsizing and a desire for greater job satisfaction are leading to a rising number of graduates switching to careers as tradesmen and women, according to an annual industry survey.

New A-Plant Tool Hire Express store opens

A-Plant, the tool, plant and equipment hire company, has opened a new Tool Hire Express store on Teal Business Park in Widnes, Cheshire.

BMF welcomes support for apprenticeships in Summer Budget

Commenting on today’s (8 July) Summer Budget, John Newcomb, managing director of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), said the following:

Budget 2015: A mixed response from industry

There has been a mixed response from the construction industry to today's Budget by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

2015 Budget: At A Glance

The first Conservative-only Budget since 1996 was delivered today by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

New Leeds Gibbs & Dandy branch to open in August

Gibbs & Dandy builders’ merchant is to open a new branch in Leeds to cater for growing demand in the region.

Timbmet builds for the future

The Timbmet Group has had a second consecutive year of improving both its gross and net profitability and stabilising revenues. To build on the secure business platform now in place, Timbmet is planning for further growth.

MKM becomes approved Scottish public sector supplier

MKM Building Supplies has become an approved supplier to the public sector in Scotland, receiving accreditation from local government procurement body Scotland Excel after a rigorous assessment process.

Downing Street garden party reward for Small Business Campaign support

Bence Builders Merchants attended a private garden party at 10 Downing Street, hosted by David Cameron and George Osborne, in recognition of their Small Business Campaign backing.

Small builders to benefit from £100m cash boost

Small builders are to receive a £100m cash boost in recognition of their role in keeping the country building, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has announced today (6 July).

Open letter urges Chancellor to commit to 5% reduced VAT rate on renewables

An open letter was today sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, urging the government to affirm their support of current VAT rules that permit a reduced rate of VAT on energy saving products.

RHI 'needs ongoing industry support'

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS) is calling on the industry to keep awareness of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) high on the agenda by proactively encouraging greater levels of installer training and mentorship support.

Final list of speakers for BMF Members' Day announced

Barbara Richmond, group finance director of Redrow, will join the line-up of keynote speakers chosen to speak at the Builders Merchants Federation Members’ Day in September.

Keyline gains sole distribution status for coper unit

Keyline has been awarded sole distributor status for the G-Tech Composite Coper.

Planning stats conceal house building barriers, says FMB

An increase in the granting of permissions for newbuild homes is no guarantee of a greater number of houses being built, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

MOL distance learning reintroduced by BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is expanding its product training portfolio with the re-launch of MOL’s specialist product knowledge courses.

Ironmongers guild manager to have say on Europe-wide standards

Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) technical manager Douglas Masterson has been voted onto the CEN task group for lever handles.

Regent Samsic wins Saint Gobain UK cleaning contract

Saint-Gobain Building Distribution has appointed Regent Samsic to clean more than 350 building materials distribution sites across the UK.

Chandlers Chertsey hosts demonstration morning

The Chertsey branch of Chandlers Building Supplies is holding a free breakfast demonstration morning on Monday 6 July where customers will be able to see demonstrations and talk to experts about a number of different products.

UK 'solar revolution' plans win industry support

Plans to implement a nationwide ‘solar revolution’ by Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Amber Rudd, have been welcomed by a renewable energy equipment manufacturer.

John Nicholls opens Oxfordshire showroom

The opening of a first high street showroom in Kidlington has added to John Nicholls Trading's Oxfordshire outlets.