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Government’s Spending Review needs to tackle Apprenticeship Levy

The government needs to revise its plans for a one-size-fits all Apprenticeship Levy or risk exacerbating the growing skills crisis in the building industry, warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) ahead of the Spending Review.

Tarmac secures £30m Knowsley highways contract

Tarmac has been awarded a five-year, £30m highways maintenance contract with Knowsley Council.

Climb every mountain!

Four intrepid explorers from F & P have conquered Mount Snowdon to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Research.

Australian Buying Group visits UK

NMBS, the largest independent Buying Society and electronic trading platform in the UK, recently played host to Australian Buying Group Natbuild, as part of its continued development and exchange programme with other buying groups.

It’s a double celebration for Knauf Insulation at the NBG awards

Knauf Insulation has again been named Supplier of the Year for the roofing and insulation category, for the third year running at this year’s National Buying Group (NBG) awards.

NBG membership helps fuel PGR’s expansion

NBG merchant member PGR Builders and Timber Merchants is expanding its Essex-based branch network with the opening of a new outlet in Brentwood. The new branch is part of the company’s strategic expansion and growth plans, and will be followed by another new site in the region next year.

Travis Perkins is highly commended in regional final of National Apprenticeship Awards 2015

Travis Perkins has been highly commended at the East Midlands final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2015.

Flexible deliveries from CHS set to support customers this Christmas

City Heating Spares (CHS), the specialist spares offering of City Plumbing Supplies (CPS), has pledged to support time-pressured customers this festive season by offering flexible next day deliveries until Christmas Eve; making it possible to place orders up to 8pm on Wednesday 23 December for delivery at 8am the next day.

CPA’s Skills Report recommends ways to formalise construction training

Manufacturers and distributors of construction products run thousands of training programmes for builders and tradespeople who install their products. An opportunity exists to put that training on a formal footing with nationally recognised qualifications, according to a report from the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Industry debates water on AWMS Thames Barrier trip

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) recently invited key architects, specifiers, engineers, contractors and builders’ merchants to debate the UK’s water management problem on a journey to the Thames Barrier.

Cllr Nick Forbes marks graduation of eight apprentices

Cllr Nick Forbes, the leader of Newcastle City Council, recently visited JT Dove Builders’ Merchant at its head office and main branch in Newburn, Newcastle, to meet with eight graduates from the company’s trainee scheme and present awards to two long serving employees.

Flexseal introduces new online tracking service

As part of a number of key service improvements Flexseal has introduced to its customers this year, the coupling manufacturer now offers online tracking for the delivery of its orders.

Wrekin Products Academy delivers street skills

Wrekin Products has signalled its commitment to workplace skills by opening the Wrekin Academy, a training centre for demonstrating best practice when it comes to highway ironwork installation, specifically developed to meet the needs of industry professionals including builders’ merchants.

Solid foundation for a long-term partnership

Hope Construction Materials and DB Schenker Rail UK have laid solid foundations for their future partnership by signing a five-year contract for comprehensive transport services.

Wienerberger takes clay to Lincoln careers event

To help encourage young people to explore the roofing industry as a career prospect, Sandtoft - the roofing brand of Wienerberger – attended a training day following an invite from the Lincoln Training Group.

Plumbase York unveils new showroom

The managing director of Plumbase marked the opening of a new kitchen and bathroom showroom with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the York branch, raising just over £200 for charity.

Burgess Hill business to celebrate move with week of freebies

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Burgess Hill is offering customers a week of opening offers and freebies to celebrate relocating its depot to new and improved premises in Victoria Gardens on the Victoria Industrial Estate.

Huws Gray acquires Minera Building Supplies

Huws Gray has completed the purchase of Minera Building Supplies for an undisclosed sum.

Stonemarket Road Show

Building on the success of the Stonemarket Event in the Midlands over the last two years, this year sees the start of the new and improved Stonemarket Road Show.

RGB donates £1,000 worth of materials to Exeter

RGB Building Supplies is delighted to announce that Exeter Foyer is the latest beneficiary of its Well Built Community Fund.

Marketing forum helps NBG members share best practice

Marketeers from some of the UK’s leading independent merchants have attended a marketing forum run by National Buying Group (NBG).

Ridgeons unveils ‘Plumbstock’ in its Diss branch

Independent timber and builders’ merchant Ridgeons is set to unveil its new brand dedicated to heating and plumbing – PlumbStock – at its branch in Diss, Norfolk on 10 November, 2015.

Wienerberger celebrates Keymer brand at the Tower of London

To celebrate the recent acquisition of Keymer - the roof tile brand that has supplied quintessentially English, handmade clay roof tiles since 1588 - Wienerberger recently hosted an event at the Tower of London.

Flame expands into new head office to support growth

Flame Heating Spares has opened a new head office on Tyneside, doubling its floor space, to support ambitious growth.

Construction output falls in Q3 but prospects remain bright

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, released today (27 October), highlighted a decline in construction activity during Q3.

Kent Blaxill to host roofing demonstrations

Free demonstrations on how to install Cure It roofing systems are to be held at the Bury St Edmunds branch of building supplies company Kent Blaxill on 6 November, 2015.

Ridgeons celebrates employee loyalty

Ridgeons recently welcomed four employees to its esteemed ‘25 Club’ in recognition of their continued service.

Naylor Industries recognised at Barnsley & Rotherham Business Awards

Barnsley-based Naylor Industries played a prominent role at this year's Barnsley and Rotherham business awards.

Expert knowledge at Graham

In order to assist its customers even further, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has assigned 33 ‘product experts’ across its plastics, heating spares and smart controls divisions.

Construction SMEs tend to consider wider variety of financing options, BBI survey suggests

Businesses in construction are likely to consider a diverse range of options when seeking finance or information to expand their business, including turning to friends and family, Business Banking Insight (BBI) has found.

H&B members join the BMF

Four members of the H&B Buying Group have become the first to take advantage of the group membership terms agreed with the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) last month.

BMF meets Scottish National Party in Aberdeen

Fresh initiatives on new housing, existing homes and property taxes were on the agenda when the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was in Aberdeen last week.

Hanson Building Products becomes Forterra as part of rebrand

Hanson Building Products has changed its company name to Forterra, following a recent divestment by former owners HeidelbergCement.

GAI exam success for IronmongeryDirect staff

Seven employees from IronmongeryDirect have achieved a Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) qualification in architectural hardware, the ironmongery supplier based in Basildon has said.

Jewson goes live

Jewson is launching its first ever UK-wide event for construction professionals, showcasing the latest developments in products and techniques across the industry.

Casting Services division bought from administrators

The manhole cover and pipeline divisions of Casting Services Ltd have been purchased from administrators Leonard Curtis, after the business went into administration earlier this year.

CRASH celebrates Half Marathon runners

CRASH hosted its Windsor Half Marathon Awards Ceremony at the Saint-Gobain Innovation Centre in London on 19 October.

Anxious consumers avoid £6bn of building work, FMB survey suggests

The UK economy is missing out on more than £6 billion a year because of consumers’ anxiety about hiring shoddy tradespeople, a new survey has suggested.

Second Queen's Award claimed by Ancon

The 2015 Queen’s Award for International Trade has been presented to Ancon Building Products at the company’s manufacturing site in Deeside, North Wales.

Howarth Timber scoops prestigious Yorkshire award

Howarth Timber has been recognised by the Yorkshire Awards with a Business Enterprise award.

New manufacturing plant can help meet housebuilding target, Cemex says

Cemex UK has opened a new flooring production plant at Rochester in Kent that it says could help the Government achieve its target of one million new homes by 2020.

Selco Builders Warehouse extends London presence with new store

The opening of a New Southgate branch of Selco Builders Warehouse has been completed, taking the total number of the companies’ UK outlets to 38.

SCA achieves Investors In People standard

SCA Timber Supply has announced that it has been awarded the Investors In People (IIP) Standard Accreditation.

Bangers and cash: Parkers raises money for charity

An assistant branch manager at Parker Building Supplies has found an innovative way to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Pear Stairs gets arty with new livery

Pear Stairs, based in Welshpool, Wales, has introduced a new art-inspired livery to three of its delivery lorries.

Three-fifths of installers fail to report non-compliant electrical products, survey suggests

Trade association NAPIT says it has increased its efforts to reduce the impact non-compliant, defective, suspicious or counterfeit products have on electrical installers, as a survey suggests 60% of tradespeople fail to report products that contravene regulations.

Selco supports Slough training centre with free materials

Selco Builders Warehouse has donated materials in support of a training centre offering free courses, a move the builders' merchant has said will help develop tradespeople of the future.

Energy efficiency company hit by government cuts is acquired by BillsaveUK

Mark Group’s former management team has acquired the new homes division of Mark Group, and will focus on providing loft and cavity insulation for new homes. 

Housing association gets its own Jewson branch

Jewson has announced the opening of a new dedicated branch for a housing association in Coventry.

Free roofing demonstration to be held at Chandlers' Brighton branch

The Brighton branch of Chandlers Building Supplies has invited professionals that work in the trades to attend a free demonstration morning about fibreglass roofing from Cure It.