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Jewson conference recognises employee achievements

Jewson has held its annual conference combined with its largest supplier exhibition to date.

Ridgeons’ Rushforth to speak at BMF Members Day

Angela Rushforth, group managing director of Ridgeons Group has joined the growing list of impassioned speakers for the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) Members Day in September.

Brick capacity increase bolsters production capability

Michelmersh Brick Holdings has completed an expansion project to increase manufacturing capacity by 6m bricks at its Sussex-based Freshfield Lane brickworks.

Management buyout at JB Kind

JB Kind has been acquired by its management team for an undisclosed sum in a deal led by Springboard Corporate Finance.

Q4 merchant sales reflect seasonal change

Q4 sales in the merchant sector during 2014 show a -5.2% fall, when adjusted for seasonal trading days, according to the latest sales figures released by rthe GfK Builders' Merchant Panel.

Jewson pledges £100K for community regeneration projects

Builders’ merchant, Jewson, is asking tradespeople up and down the country to put forward local community projects that are in need of a transformation.

ABC Depot MD nominated for Young Entrepreneur of the Year award

Prakash Patel, managing director of builders’ merchant ABC Depot, has been nominated for the title of Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the upcoming Asian Voice Political & Public Life Awards.

Vecta CRM & Analytics – four category finalist in European IT Awards

UK software solution specialist Vecta Sales Solutions is celebrating after achieving finalist status, this time in four separate categories, for the 2015 European IT Awards for Software Excellence.

Hire-It’s unrivalled level of service goes national

The Hire-It service from BSS Industrial will achieve national coverage by May 2015 with its exclusive Hire Centres available in all of the distributor’s branches.

Business gains for Grange thanks to storm management

Fencing and decorative garden structures expert, Grange, has reported considerable business gains across the merchant and garden centre sectors, thanks to its positive handling of the storm damage crisis in 2014.

Polypipe acquires Ferrob ventilation business

Polypipe Ventilation has acquired the good will and assets of Ferrob - now trading as a new company called Ferrob Ventilation.

Combilift announces €40m investment in new manufacturing facility

Combilift is to invest €40m over the next two years in a new manufacturing facility, which will also create 200 additional jobs over the next five years.

Sydenhams builds sensory garden for Hospice

The Southampton branch of Sydenhams has completed a new sensory garden for Countess Mountbatten Hospice in Southampton.

Latest figures show rise in construction output

Output in the construction industry is estimated to have risen by 7.4% from 2013 to 2014, according to the most recent findings by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Crackdown on illegal plywood imports 'long overdue'

New efforts to crack down on illegally sourced plywood imported from China into the UK have been backed by the Wood Panel Industries Federation (WPIF).

Lords completes first phase of branch transformation

Lords Builders Merchants has completed the first phase of its works to the former Burdens 2.5-acre site in Hayes, following 12 months of planning delays.

Flame increases offer to heating engineers

Growing trade supplies firm Flame Heating Spares is now supplying Speedfit underfloor heating products, as well as stocking Press Fit piping and fittings for commercial installers and engineers.

Government proposes to abolish energy ratings for over 50,000 public buildings

The government has announced proposals which could see Display Energy Certificates (DECs) for 54,000 public buildings in England and Wales abolished.

Jon Cruddas MP supports merchant’s independent living solutions

Jon Cruddas MP recently visited Nicholls & Clarke as part of the Builders Merchants Federation’s industry and parliamentary programme, to see the merchant’s approach to adapting housing so that elderly and disabled people can remain at home, rather than be in hospital.

Flagship kitchen and bathroom showroom opens in Aylesbury

Grant & Stone has opened a new kitchen and bathroom showroom in Kempson Road, Aylesbury.

New IKO factory achieves ISO 14001 and BES 6001

IKO plc has achieved the environmental standards ISO 14001 and BES 6001 for its new mastic asphalt and hot melt factory in Derbyshire.

CricketForce bats its way to Scotland

In partnership with Cricket Scotland, Jewson has launched Jewson CricketForce Scotland.

Rudridge sold to Travis Perkins Group

Independent merchant Rudridge has been sold to the Travis Perkins Group.

LBS wins 'Retailer of the Year'

LBS Builders' Merchants has been awarded 'Retailer of the Year' at the 'West Wales 2015 Business Awards'.

Manufacturers boosted by rising sales and falling fuel costs

Construction product manufacturers ended 2014 with continued sales growth, according to the latest State of Trade Survey from the CPA.

Daikin relocates its office and training centre

Daikin UK has opened a new 2,100 sq ft office for the Midlands region in Birmingham Business Park, which is also home to a new 2,000 sq ft training centre.

Travis Perkins Group invests in spares expertise

Brands within the Travis Perkins Group, including Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS), Direct Heating Spares (DHS), and City Heating Spares (CHS), have continued to invest in its range of spares services by launching its first dedicated spares apprenticeship.

Stricter energy efficiency rules for rented homes

New government plans will make it illegal for private landlords to rent out properties that don't meet minimum efficiency standards.

Pipe Center opens new distribution centre

Pipe Center has officially opened its new distribution centre in Measham, Derbyshire. The site becomes the most technologically advanced distribution facility in the company's supply chain.

West Midlands property sector 'set for boom'

It is set to be a landmark year for commercial property in the West Midlands, according to findings from Barbour ABI, a chosen provider of construction data to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the government.

Fiskars joins BMF

Finland’s oldest company, Fiskars, is the latest member to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), bringing the total membership to 472.

Frazer and Flexseal enter New Year with celebration

Builders’ merchant Frazer – specialist in civils and utility supplies – kicked off 2015 with its annual award ceremony, celebrating last year’s achievements.

Elliotts makes second acquisition in four months

Elliotts, the Hampshire-based independent supplier of building supplies to the trade and public has acquired yet another local business as part of its drive to boost its sustainable offering.

BMF provides secretariat service for IoBM

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has agreed to provide a full secretariat service for the Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM), in a move that further strengthens the relationship between the two organisations.

Johnstone’s celebrates 125-year anniversary

Johnstone’s Paints is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

Grant UK tours RGB branches

Heating expert Grant UK is bringing its new display van to a number of RGB Building Supplies branches in February, giving customers the opportunity to ask questions and see demonstrations of its oil and biomass boilers.

Selco opens Redhill branch

Selco Builders Warehouse has started 2015 with a bang by opening its 36th branch in the UK.

CEMEX signs new contract with Wickes

CEMEX Aggregates has secured a major contract with Wickes to supply their northern branches with bagged aggregates.

Huws Gray donates £25,000 to hospices

Huws Gray has marked its 25th birthday by donating £25,000 to children's hospices.

BMF joins Trade Association Forum

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has joined the Trade Association Forum.

Actis releases 30-second how-to videos

Insulation company Actis has launched a range of bite-size ‘how to’ video guides to help builders tackle specific installation issues in seconds.

J Kelsall reveals new website

J Kelsall Builders Merchants has launched its new website, showcasing its wide range of building supplies, kitchens and bathrooms.

Naylor acquires Raglan

Naylor Drainage has acquired the business and assets of plastic raw material processor Raglan.

Covers opens hardwood store

Covers Timber and Builders Merchants unveiled its new 14,000sq ft hardwood shed on 16 January with the Mayor of Chichester, Councillor John Hughes, on hand to cut the ribbon.

Gibbs & Dandy wins preferred supplier contract

Builders’ merchant Gibbs & Dandy has won a contract to be a preferred materials supplier for Building and Technical Services (BTS), which is the trading arm of Luton Borough Council.

We must build 200,000 homes a year by 2020, says FMB

Government and industry must collaborate to build at least 200,000 homes a year by 2020 in order to tackle the housing crisis, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Ideal Standard to invest in consumer cash back promotion

As part of its strategy to connect its brand with the consumer, Ideal Standard is launching a cash back promotion aimed at generating consumer interest and driving footfall into their independent showroom network.

A new window of opportunity as Velux partners with TrustMark

Velux has established a partnership with TrustMark to help consumers find trusted installers when looking to carry out installations on their properties.

Bosch celebrates successful 2014

Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating saw significant growth last year, with its year-on-year sales increasing by 28% and six new industry specialists added to its national sales team.

British Gypsum expands environmental transparency in 2015

British Gypsum is making it easier for specifiers and architects to identify environmental performance with the launch of seven new Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), covering nine products.