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Jewson opens one-stop-shop for builders in Northampton

Builders’ merchant Jewson has opened a new 22,000 sq ft branch in Northampton. The branch, located on the Kings Heath Industrial Estate, forms part of a new Trade Park, and is located alongside outlets of Jewson sister companies Graham, The Plumbers’ Merchant, and tile supplier, CTD.

BSRIA applauds major construction labour review

BSRIA has applauded the announcement of the government commission into a major review of the construction labour market in its latest bid to reform the sector and enable it to help power economic growth and solve the current housing crisis.

ATAG Commercial moves to new UK HQ

Following a company restructure, ATAG Commercial has relocated to new UK headquarters in Basildon, Essex. The move follows the acquisition of ATAG by the Ariston Thermo Group, which already bases a number of its UK companies from the same south Essex offices.

MKM Building Supplies opens luxury showroom in Grimsby

MKM Building Supplies has opened a new luxury kitchen and bathroom showroom in Grimsby. The Hull-based company has invested £50,000 to create an inspirational showroom at its branch on Eleanor Street in the town.

Worcester pledges £100 scrappage boost

Following the launch of the London Boiler Cashback Scheme, Worcester, Bosch Group has pledged an additional £100 cashback to the successful recipients of the incentive’s £400 allowance when they elect to replace their inefficient boiler with one of its high-efficiency Greenstar models.

London boiler scrappage scheme gets industry approval

Homeowners in the capital will now be eligible for up to £400 cashback when they replace their old inefficient boiler (rated at 70% efficient or less) with a new ‘A-rated’ model or renewable heating system, the Mayor of London has announced.

BMF welcomes launch of London Boiler Cashback Scheme

Today’s announcement (2 February) by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, of a new Boiler Cashback Scheme to encourage Londoners to upgrade their old, inefficient boilers has been welcomed by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Graham expands its network with new branches

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has continued to invest significantly in its network with a number of new branches, relocations and renovations.

Grafton Group acquires Allsand Supplies

Grafton Group plc, the builders merchanting and DIY Group with operations in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium, has completed the acquisition of Allsand Supplies, a single branch general builders’ merchant located in Larkfield, Kent, for an undisclosed sum.

Construction industry starts fall

New site starts in the construction industry fell 20% in the three-month period to the end of January, compared to the same period in 2014/15, according to the latest figures released on 1 February by Glenigan.

New branch for Parker Building Supplies

Parker Building Supplies has expanded its network of heavyside and timber branches with a new depot in Newhaven, East Sussex.

Jewson helps kick off careers

Jewson, construction industry supplier, is helping young people to build solid foundations for their future careers.

Relocation for SBS' Leicester branch

Smith Brothers Stores’ (SBS) Leicester branch is relocating after over 100 years. However, the company’s head office will remain on Batten Street until its new premises are complete.

Construction output suffers marginal decline in Q4 but fundamentals remain positive

The ONS reported today that UK GDP rose by 0.5%. Within this, construction output was marginally weaker, by 0.1%, its second consecutive quarterly fall following the third quarter’s 1.9% decline.

George Lines has now become part of Lords Builders Merchants

George Lines, an independent civils merchant based in West London, has become part of Lords Builders Merchants.

BSRIA in support of CITB revoking 4,600 CSCS cards

BSRIA has announced that it is in support of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) announcement that Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards have been revoked after an investigation into fraudulent activity at five test centres showed more than four thousand construction workers paid cash to pass the test.

Howarth Timber duo complete BMF diploma

Howarth Timber is pleased to announce that two of its managers have graduated from a Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Post Graduate Diploma.

CITB figures show sustained growth for industry

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is calling for more apprentices as it releases new figures today that forecast an annual average growth of 2.5% for the next five years – and a massive 232,000 jobs to be created.

F&P reveals results of latest customer survey

F&P has revealed the results of its latest research project, which set out to explore the attitudes of customers towards doing business and purchasing products online.

BMF Burns Supper raises £4,000 for charity

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) raised over £4,000 for its nominated charity, Walking with the Wounded, at its annual Burns Supper held in Edinburgh on 22 January.

Investcorp sells Icopal in €1bn deal

Investcorp, a global provider and manager of alternative investment products, has sold Icopal to GAF, a roofing manufacturer in North America, for approximately €1bn.

Winners announced for 2016 Bradstone Assured Awards

Bradstone has announced the winners of its national installer awards scheme, celebrating the achievements of its Assured members over the last year.

New survey on timber industry skills shortage

The Confederation of Timber Industry (CTI) and Proskills have launched an employer skill survey into the UK's timber industry supply chain.

Construction sales slow in Q4

Sales of construction products slowed in the fourth quarter of 2015, but optimism still remains for the future, according to the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Scotland’s business, energy and tourism minister opens Breedon’s new asphalt plant

Fergus Ewing MSP, Scotland’s minister for business, energy and tourism, opened a new asphalt plant at Daviot quarry near Inverness, which represents a £2.2m investment in the area by Breedon.

Breedon wins contract to supply first stage of A9 dualling

Breedon, UK aggregates and building materials company, has been awarded a £10m contract to supply drystone, ready-mixed concrete and asphalt to the first stage of the A9 dualling project.

British Gypsum launches e-learning for builders’ merchants and distributors

British Gypsum is introducing a series of e-learning modules to give builders’ merchants and distributors the information and knowledge they need to advise customers on the correct products and systems to use.

AKW signs deal with FORTIS

AKW has been chosen as an approved supplier to the independent merchant buying group FORTIS.

FMB survey shows alarming downward turn

Workloads for small builders across the country took a downward turn towards the end of last year, the Federation of Master Builders' (FMB) latest State of Trade Survey has revealed, amid worries over wider economic uncertainty.

Construction value in 2015 reached £74bn thanks to mega projects

The value of total construction contracts in the UK reached £74bn in 2015, a year-on-year increase of 16%, thanks to an influx of mega projects being commissioned.

BSRIA encouraged by current wave of house building announcements

BSRIA is encouraged by a recent wave of house building announcements, but is concerned with how they will be executed due to the industry skills shortage.

Eastleigh MP highlights need for skilled workers

Eastleigh MP, Mims Davies, has helped to highlight the increasing need for more skilled workers in today’s construction industry with a visit to a specialist training centre within Eastleigh College, Hampshire

Obituary: Michael Lee

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has sadly announced the death of Michael Lee, BWF membership director, after a short battle with illness.

Sektor invests in London showrooms

Sektor, interior solutions brand exclusive to CCF, has invested in two new showrooms to help London-based contractors, specifiers, and architects envisage the application of each Sektor solution.

HiB reveals brand new identity

Having recently turned a quarter of a century old, HiB is preparing for a new era of even greater success with the reveal of a new brand identity and strap line – making bathrooms beautiful.

TenderSpace launches suite of web-based tools

TenderSpace, a new suite of web-based tools for the property and construction industries, has launched as of January 2016.

Jewson welcomes crowds at live show

An on-site beach, a juice bar, and ‘Keith Lemon’ were just some of many talking points at Jewson’s first live event, which welcomed over 1,750 attendees.

Dr Mark Jenkins to speak at BMF Members’ Day

Dr Mark Jenkins, author and professor of business strategy at Cranfield School of Management will speak at the Builders Merchants Federation's (BMF) Members’ Day in September.

InSinkErator opens new showroom

InSinkErator, the food waste disposer and tap company, has moved to new offices with a new showroom and demonstration area to encompass its increasing product portfolio. 

Wolseley announces CEO and CFO succession

Wolseley plc has announced today that Ian Meakins, chief executive officer (CEO) is intending to retire on 31 August 2016. Mr Meakins was appointed CEO in July 2009 and during his tenure he has significantly reshaped the group into a focused plumbing, heating and building products distribution business operating in leading markets.

Practical Building Skills Challenge 2016

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) is challenging merchants across the country to pick up their tools and compete in the Practical Building Skills Challenge event.

Chandlers opens new roofing supplies branch

Chandlers Roofing Supplies, the roofing division of Chandlers Building Supplies, has opened a new branch in Rainham, Essex.

A-Plant announces acquisition of GB Access

A-Plant has acquired GB Access, a specialist provider of hoist hire equipment, in order to consolidate the company’s position in lifting and safety equipment and complement the offering of FLG Services, the A-Plant division that specialises in lifting equipment. 

Grant UK prepares for 20th anniversary

Heating specialist Grant UK is preparing to mark its 20th anniversary in 2016 and hopes for another busy year of product launches and innovation.

Water specialist Graf UK branches into Ireland

After experiencing considerable growth, water management specialist Graf UK has expanded its operations to Ireland, and is now providing its full range of stormwater management, rainwater harvesting and wastewater treatment solutions to projects across the country.

Tippers acquires Huthwaite Roofing Supplies

Tippers, going into its 100th year of business, has acquired Huthwaite Roofing Supplies. 

Flexeal unveils three new category brands

Coupling manufacturer Flexseal has unveiled three new category brands and will now market its product ranges under: Flexseal Civils & Drainage, Flexseal Plumbing, and Flexseal Water Management.

Kellaway Building Supplies acquires WTBS

Kellaway Building Supplies has bought Bridgwater-based company Western Timber and Building Supplies (WTBS) in an acquisition that sees the company’s branch network increase to 13 locations across Bristol and the South West.

ST Group wins St Helens’ Excellence in Business award

ST Group has been awarded an Excellence in Business award by the St Helens Chamber of Commerce at the 2015 Pride of St Helens’ awards ceremony, held at Langtree Park Stadium.

A-Plant opens new Tool Hire Express in Bridgwater

National hire company A-Plant has opened a new Tool Hire Express store in Bridgwater, Somerset, offering customers access to a wide range of tools and other small equipment for hire or purchase.