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Sussex Plumbing Supplies joins PHG

The PHG buying group has announced that Sussex Plumbing Supplies will join the membership from 1 January, 2017.

Long-term industrial strategy needed to balance risks in 2017, says BWF

Joinery sales have risen for the 10th successive quarter but increasing labour and material costs are taking their toll, according to the latest Joinery State of Trade Survey released by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF).

Double win for MRA Marketing at CMAs

Full service agency MRA Marketing has won two awards at the Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs) for its work with Solidor and Alumasc Water Management Solutions.

New team to head BMF Young Merchants Group

The Builders Merchants Federation’s Young Merchants Group has elected, Victoria Fiddies, regional sales manager at Catnic - Tata Steel, as chair and Glenn Paddison, branch director at MKM Building Supplies, as vice chair.

Aggregate Industries unveils £15m lightweight aggregate facility

Aggregate Industries has invested £15m into a new manufacturing facility within the grounds of Drax power station in Selby, North Yorkshire.

SAM announces acquisition of Select Timber

Manufacturing company Springfarm Architectural Mouldings (SAM) has announced its acquisition of Lincolnshire-based Select Timber Products, in a deal which will see turnover at the Northern Irish firm increase by 20%.

International Timber welcomes trio of new starters

Three new recruits will strengthen the sales team at International Timber, as the company undergoes a period of growth. George Roberts, Jermaine Metz and Graeme Shannon join the team at the Trafford Park headquarters.

Elmhurst Energy welcomes housebuilding growth

Elmhurst Energy has welcomed the latest house building figures, which show that the government is on target to build 1m homes in this parliament. Figures published by the House Builders Federation show that nearly 200,000 homes were added to the housing stock in the last year.

Rudridge donates Christmas card fund to charity

Civil engineering and groundwork specialist Rudridge will donate the £500 it would normally spend on Christmas cards and postage to charity, following the tragic death of one of its employees.

RDT raises money for Christmas

The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) is asking for donations to its Christmas Appeal, which aims to support people going through hard times this festive season.

NBG expands its membership

National Buying Group (NBG) has further expanded its merchant Partner membership with the addition of Bathroom & Plumbing Superstore to its ranks.

Herne Bay Plumbing and Bathroom Supplies joins The IPG

Herne Bay Plumbing and Bathroom Supplies has become a member of The IPG.

Professionalism and innovation attract new NBG member

National Buying Group (NBG) has further expanded its merchant partner membership with the addition of Bathroom & Plumbing Superstore to its ranks.

Saint-Gobain acquires Benchmark Building Supplies

On 30 November, Saint-Gobain Building Distribution exchanged contracts and completed the acquisition of Benchmark Building Supplies.

IronmongeryDirect launches bespoke graduate scheme

IronmongeryDirect is on the hunt for graduates to join its Graduate Management Scheme, as expansion across the business continues.

Graham expands with new branch openings

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has continued to extend its network by investing in a number of relocations and new branches.

Breedon announces acquisition of the Sherburn Minerals Group, alongside trading update

Breedon announced it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire the Sherburn Minerals Group for a total consideration of up to £15.7m.

NBG is on the right page

NBG is launching Merchant Pages, a new online product data service for its merchant partners and suppliers. 

ASSA ABLOY holds successful apprentice day for second year running

ASSA ABLOY has hosted a locksmith apprentice open day at its Portobello site in the West Midlands for the second year running.

Keyline plays major role in £745m transport project

Keyline has partnered with the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) Construction Joint Venture as new works contractor and Aberdeen Roads as principal contractor to supply drainage and heavy building materials throughout the construction phase of the AWPR/B-T, a new bypass for the north east of Scotland. Work on the AWPR/B-T started last year and the project is planned to open to traffic by winter 2017.

Howarth Timber reports successful Trade Day in Leeds

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies held its Trade Day at Elland Road in Leeds on 24 November, where exhibitors had the chance to meet more than 1,000 visitors from across the industry.

Abloy presents ISIA Locksmith Award

Abloy UK has presented Crothers Security with the Locksmith of the Year award at the recent Irish Security Institute Association (ISIA) Awards 2016.

Greenworks at Jewson Live 2016

Greenworks is inviting Jewson Live visitors to attend a guest speaker slot by commercial director Marcus Jefford and Martin Taylor from Local Authority Building Control, who will be explaining building compliance and addressing the pitfalls that those involved in housebuilding can encounter.

The IPG hosts annual Members’ Dinner

Buying group The IPG recently held its annual Members' Dinner at the Alexandra House Hotel in Wiltshire.

Travis Perkins’ P&H division joins the BMF

The Plumbing and Heating (P&H) division of Travis Perkins, which includes City Plumbing Supplies and PTS along with six other brands, has joined the Builders Merchants Federation.

Industry triumphs at the BMN Awards

The builders’ merchant industry has come together to celebrate its achievements at the annual BMN Awards.

Boiler scrappage must learn from mistakes of ‘Boris Boiler’ scheme

A spokesperson for Worcester, Bosch Group has called on the industry to ‘learn its lesson’ from the London Boiler Scrappage scheme and simplify initiatives aiming to encourage homeowners to upgrade their inefficient boilers.

Salamander Pumps invests in staff training

Salamander Pumps is strengthening its commitment to customer service, innovation and product development, with an in-house apprenticeship programme that has seen its first student graduate into a permanent role, while seven of its staff are combining work with studying for qualifications.

Strength of Q3 merchant sales bucks ONS trend

Sales of building materials through UK builders merchants remained strong in Q3 2016, the first three months following the Brexit vote. The latest figures from the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) appear to buck the downward construction trend reported by the ONS earlier this month.

Kerridge Commercial Systems to acquire Integrity Software

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has reached an agreement to acquire Integrity Software, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and its successful suite of products. This acquisition is a key strategic investment for KCS in South Africa.

Call for government to clarify SuDS role in future flood prevention

A new report, that attempts to provide a roadmap for flood prevention in the UK, has been described as a ‘direct challenge’ to the government’s existing policy on sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS).

Actis welcomes Farmer Review’s call for innovation to tackle housing crisis

A call to embrace innovation to tackle the growing construction skills shortage, standardise quality and ensure the UK reaches its new build housing targets has been applauded by Actis insulation.

Considerate Constructors Scheme and National Federation of Builders announce partnership

The Considerate Constructors Scheme and the National Federation of Builders (NFB) have formed a partnership to promote best practice and raise standards across construction industry SMEs.

Chancellor boosts housebuilding support in Autumn Statement

Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond announced new housebuilding investments in his first Autumn Statement (23 November), along with new funds for roads and to improve the UK’s digital infrastructure.

Graham celebrates staff and supplier excellence at annual conference

At the recent Graham Plumbers’ Merchant annual conference, a number of staff and suppliers were recognised for their work in helping to provide the best possible service for customers.

IKO felt and insulation board parade at Lord Mayor’s Show

IKO recently supported the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants’ (WCoBM) float at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show in November.

Pipe Center and Climate Center rolls out new core stock range

Pipe Center and Climate Center has completed the roll out of its new, streamlined product range as part of a £7m stock investment.

BMF and CIPHE announce collaborative alliance

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers (CIPHE) have agreed a strategic alliance that will see the two organisations collaborating in key areas.

Alumasc’s blue rain drops bring fun to the Lord Mayor’s Show

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) was among the many supplier brands supporting the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants’ (WCoBM) Float at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show.

Rainy Day Trust launches specialist advice service with Shelter

The Rainy Day Trust has announced a 12-month partnership with Shelter to provide specialist advice to beneficiaries from the home improvement sector that have a housing need.

Raising money is only one half of the story

Bryan Clover, chief executive officer of the Rainy Day Trust, explains how the RDT uses the funds it raises.

Eurocell trains tomorrow’s technicians today

Eurocell has initiated a technical apprentices scheme alongside its in-house Management Development Programme in order to underwrite a talent base for the future and ensure its leadership training is balanced across all workplace disciplines.

Naylor directors in London's Lord Mayor's Show

As a supplier to the builders' merchant industry, Barnsley-based clay and plastic pipe manufacturer Naylor Drainage has close links with City Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants. This year's Lord Mayor's show was held on Saturday 12 November, and included a float from the Livery Company which was sponsored by Naylor.

Saint-Gobain continues education partnership with UK-GBC

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland has teamed up with UK-GBC for its Learning and Development Programme. The partnership, which began in October, will continue throughout the rest of 2016 and into 2017.

NMBS embarks on charity bike ride challenge

The team at NMBS, the UK's largest buying society for independent builders', timber, plumbing and heating, and hardware merchants, are undertaking an epic bike ride in aid of charity.

Eddie Stobart and Aggregate Industries partnership begins

Following months of preparation, a five-year logistics supply partnership between Eddie Stobart and Aggregate Industries has gone live.

Derbyshire MP praises stair supplier

Heather Wheeler, MP for South Derbyshire, has praised the entrepreneurial spirit of staircase manufacturer TwoTwenty during a visit to the company’s headquarters this week.

Naylor directors in London’s Lord Mayor's Show

As a supplier to the builders’ merchant industry, Naylor Drainage has close links with City Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants. This year’s Lord Mayor’s show was held on 12 November, and included a float from the Livery Company which was sponsored by Naylor.

Chadwicks targets business growth following refurb

Builders’ merchant, Chadwicks, has undergone a major refurbishment as part of its business growth strategy.

MKM opens new branch in Galashiels

MKM Building Supplies has arrived in the Scottish town of Galashiels, creating 13 jobs with the opening of its 45th branch.