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Jewson searches for Young Tradesperson of 2017

Jewson is calling on all construction professionals under the age of 30 from across the UK to submit their entries for its Young Tradesperson of the Year competition.

Buildbase names Brett Southern Supply Partner Of The Year

At the Buildbase Annual Conference, Brett Landscaping was awarded the accolade of Southern Region Supplier of the Year 2016.

Ideal acquires more warehouse space

Ideal Bathrooms has expanded its Milton Keynes warehousing with the acquisition of a new 40,000 sq ft warehouse adjacent to the head office and existing warehouse.

Boris visits George Bence Group

At the same time as Prime Minister Theresa May met with the President of the United States last week, the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson dropped in to the George Bence Group in Cheltenham to meet Paul Bence, managing director, who gave him a tour of the company’s headquarters.

WCoBM welcomes seven new Liverymen at Installation Dinner

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) goes from strength to strength with the recent admission of seven new Liverymen.

MKM gets creative for Polypipe promotion

The Chelmsford branch of MKM Building Supplies has gone one step further as part of a promotion on Polypipe underground drainage products.

Calling Notice: Institute of Builders' Merchants AGM

The Institute of Builders' Merchants (IoBM) Annual General Meeting will take place on 14 March, at the BMF offices in Coventry.

Social Housing becomes a firm focus for Wienerberger

In a bid to support government targets to help with the sustainable supply of best value social housing, Wienerberger has announced a significant investment into this sector across the UK.

Ravatherm UK announces acquisition of UK Polyfoam XPS

Ravatherm UK, part of the Ravago Group, has announced the acquisition of the UK Polyfoam XPS business of Knauf Insulation.

Selco launches year of growth in style

Selco has signalled its intentions for 2017 by opening two new branches in the first fortnight of the year.

NMBS inspires the next generation

Chris Hayward, managing director of NMBS, has joined up with Stephen Gould, managing director of Everards Brewery, to provide a 'Speedy Speakers' session to local school Fullhurst Community College.

BMF beams spotlight on decorating channels

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has teamed up with AkzoNobel to host its latest Regional Centre of Excellence, alongside announcing the launch of a new Decorating Forum to bring together members with responsibility for paint and decorative products.

MRA takes top spot in CMA Agency League for third time

For the third time, MRA Marketing has taken the top spot in the Construction Marketing Awards (CMA) Agency League of over 60 agencies working in construction.

Construction skills shortage is getting worse, warns FMB

The skills shortage in the construction industry is getting worse and has now spread beyond bricklayers and carpenters to other key trades, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The second winner of a £1,500 holiday

Two more lucky Graham Plumbers’ Merchant customers have won holiday vouchers with the Scratch & Win Promotion. The winners, from Cumbernauld near Glasgow and Redditch in Worcestershire have each received a £1,500 holiday voucher to help them jet off to a destination of their choice.

Local construction students visit Huws Gray

Huws Gray recently welcomed construction students from Coleg Meirion Dwyfor to its Timber Mill, Roofing Centre and Truss & Easi-Joist departments at its Llangefni site in Anglesey.

AWMS joins the Construction Products Association

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) has joined the Construction Products Association (CPA) as an affiliate member. Invited to join by the CPA chairman, AWMS’ membership sits alongside other prominent construction brands.

Bristan congratulates competition winners

Bristan has announced the winners of its recent ‘Put Yourself in the Driving Seat’ promotion with Plumbase. The overall winning installer, Dave Warner from Warner Plumbing & Heating, has won a trip to the Monaco Grand Prix in May 2017.

Industrial Strategy plans to boost skills

The construction industry has welcomed the government's new Industrial Strategy proposals, praising its support for business and plans to boost skills.

HPS nears charity milestone

Following a year of record turnover in 2016, Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) is nearing a fundraising milestone in its continued support of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Timbmet acquired by Hadleigh Timber Group

Timbmet, a supplier and processor of timber and panel product ranges, has been acquired by Hadleigh Timber Group.

The IPG welcomes Plumb Wales as a member

The IPG has grown its membership with the announcement that Caerphilly-based Plumb Wales has joined the buying group.

Jewson goes on Quest

Jewson has teamed up with Quest TV to give you the chance to win a host of top prizes, including £10,000 in cash.

Fundraising goes through the roof

Staff at Russell Roof Tiles have raised an impressive £24,000, enabling two Blood Bikes charities to buy two new motorbikes.

Rainy Day Trust awarded Big Lottery Grant for work with older people

The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) has been awarded £8,790 by the Big Lottery through its Awards for All scheme to support the Trust's work with older people. The grant will be spent on expanding the help given by its volunteers, as well as expanding the telephone counselling and legal advice service.

Speaker programme announced for Totally DIY & Tools show

From Insight DIY’s Steve Collinge, talking on digital retailing futures, to the Hawley Collection Trust of Sheffield’s Kellham Island Museum, the 2017 speaker programme for Totally DIY & Tools covers wide-ranging subjects, offering down-to-earth methods, inspiration and aspiration to DIY, homeware and hardware retailers.

Colin Butt buys Palmers Scaffolding

In a divestment process at the end of 2016 (which came into effect 4 January 2017), scaffolding and access solutions brand Palmers was sold to businessman Colin Butt by previous owners XERVON GmbH, who were looking to off-set some of their non-EU businesses, post-Brexit.

CLOCS commends new national Vulnerable Road Users course for construction industry

The Best Practice Hub has produced an e-learning course about vulnerable road users. Launched on 9 January, the course is designed to increase knowledge and understanding of the risks construction activity can pose to vulnerable road users, and provides practical methods that can be adopted to minimise these risks.

Marsh Merchant Appeal to benefit local causes

Marsh Industries has unveiled a campaign to help its UK merchant network raise money for local charities and community groups.

Catnic launches new ssr2 training centre

Catnic has opened a new training centre in Caerphilly, Wales for its SSR2 Roofing and Cladding system.

MGM Timber (Scotland) joins the BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed one of the largest independent timber merchants in Scotland, MGM Timber (Scotland) into membership.

NBG launches new website

The National Buying Group (NBG) has launched a new website which is the flagship for the Group’s new emphasis on open two-way communication with its partners and suppliers.

GRS announces second acquisition of 2017

Independent materials trading group GRS has announced its second acquisition of the year just days after completing the purchase of Cornish company Maen Karne.

Plumbing World joins The IPG buying group

West Midlands-based Plumbing World has become the 135th member of buying group, The IPG.

Selling online for merchants showcased at NBG forum

NBG’s latest marketing forum saw the largest ever gathering of NBG marketing professionals to learn about, demonstrate and debate, the issue of online selling for independent merchants.

SIG Insulation celebrates its diamond anniversary

The last 60 years have seen some monumental changes come to pass in the construction industry, but 2017 also marks 60 years of continuous service from SIG Insulation, the UK’s specialist distributor of insulation.

RDT makes emergency winter fuel payment available

The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) has announced a new emergency winter fuel payment of £50.00 towards heating costs, because of the UK's current bout of cold weather.

UK tech firm bought out by Irish software company

Intact Software has finalised its acquisition of UK-based technology firm, Ramtac Computer Systems.

Honeywell goes on tour

Honeywell is taking its team of experts on the road, and showcasing its full range of smart heating controls, electrical and security products at plumbing and electrical merchants across the UK until March 2017.

Travis Perkins employee in Forklift Operator of the Year grand final

Two forklift truck operators from Travis Perkins are celebrating success after qualifying as finalists in RTITBS’s 2016 Forklift Operator of the Year competition.

Allegion UK offers new meeting hub

Allegion UK plans to use its central Birmingham HQ as an industry meeting hub for door, building and architectural professionals.

New construction minister appointed at crucial moment, says FMB

The new construction minister has been appointed at a crucial juncture in the industry’s history, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the announcement that Lord Prior has taken over responsibility for the construction portfolio at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

New lightside partner for NBG

Norden Heating & Plumbing Supplies, based in Surrey, has joined national buying group NBG.

Considerate Constructors Scheme announces 2017 monitoring checklist

The Considerate Constructors Scheme – the national scheme to improve the image of the construction industry – has announced a new Monitors’ Checklist.

Government names new construction minister

Lord Prior of Brampton has been named as the government's new construction minister.

Housebuilding defies overall construction decline

Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published today (11 January) show that construction output declined again 0.2% in November 2016. 

Drayton raises £1000 to help the homeless

Drayton launched its annual ’12 Days of Christmas’ campaign at the end of 2016 with the aim to raise money for its chosen charity, Centrepoint. The controls manufacturer was delighted to be able to hand over a cheque for the grand total of £1,000.

RGB announces latest Community Fund winner

Lampard Community School in Barnstaple is the latest winner of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund following a public vote.

Most builders are reporting material price hikes, warns FMB

Some 70% of UK builders have seen an increase in material prices due to the depreciation of the pound, new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed.

UK construction manufacturing continues to grow

Sales in the UK construction products manufacturing market continued to climb for a fifteenth consecutive quarter in Q4 of 2016, according to figures published in the Construction Products Association's (CPA) latest State of Trade Survey.