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Kellaway Fleet achieves FORS accreditation

Kellaway Group has been given the seal of approval on its fleet operation with bronze accreditation from the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

Anglia Tool Centre opens in Ipswich

Anglia Tool Centre, part of the Ridgeons Group Company, is boosting its presence in the East of England with the opening of a new store in Ipswich.

Plumbing and Heating Supplies to open branch in Gateshead

Plumbing and Heating Supplies is set to open a new branch on the Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead on 22 June, 2015.

Demand grows for BeA products

BeA is seeing continued growth in demand for its products. The business, which manufactures fastening tools and consumables, has shown strong performance for its last financial year with much of this success attributable to an increase in sales.

LG moves to new Surrey HQ

Air conditioning and air source heat pump supplier LG has moved to new headquarters from its former home in Slough.

Chandlers to show ease of going green at eco show

Launching its ‘Easy as 1, 2, 3’ philosophy, Chandlers Building Supplies will attempt to show how simple it is to go green at the Eco Technology Show on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 June, 2015 at Brighton’s Amex Stadium.

Burdens in the fast lane with East Coast Racing

A motor racing enthusiast has demonstrated the importance of value-added partnerships by using a rebate agreement to fund his racing team, with the support of Burdens.

New housing registrations continue to rise, reports NHBC

The number of new homes registered across the UK continues to outperform 2014 levels, according to the National House-Building Council (NHBC).

Centurion Europe’s new showroom is ‘open for business’

Centurion Europe’s new showroom was declared ‘open for business’ recently when Peter Stone, executive director of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (Bheta) officially cut the ribbon at the wholesaler and distributor’s newest facility.

Ridgeons unveils new treatment plant

A new treatment plant has been introduced by Ridgeons Forest Products’ at its 12-acre timber mill site in Herringswell, Suffolk.

BMF welcomes elements of Queen’s Speech

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed several elements of the legislative programme that was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 27 May, 2015.

BMF up for three best practice awards

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has been shortlisted in a third category of the Trade Association Forum (TAF) ‘Best Practice’ award.

GRP roof training tops-off Eurocell branch opening

Eurocell’s Banbury branch may only have been open a few weeks, but it’s already proving a firm favourite with local traders.

BMF Members’ Day shines a light on digital marketing

Allister Frost, an expert in digital marketing communication, will share his expertise with delegates at the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) Members’ Day in September. In addition to his keynote presentation at the event, he will also lead a workshop on digital marketing later in the day.

Knauf Insulation provides support to Travis Perkins

In order to help the customers of Travis Perkins understand whole house insulation solutions, Knauf Insulation has been working closely with the merchant to provide technical support, displays and tools for its newly refurbished flagship Northampton branch.

F & P announce new strategy to simply deliver more

F & P, the distributor of plumbing, heating and bathroom products, has launched a new service focused strategy and promise to ‘simply deliver more’ for its customers.

Elliotts wins Southampton Business Success Award

Elliotts, the independent supplier of building products for the trade and public, has been handed a prestigious business award and is shortlisted for another trio of gongs.

Grafton Supply Chain Solutions wins at Housing Excellence Awards

Grafton Supply Chain Solutions (GSCS) has been crowned Supplier of the Year at the Housing Excellence Awards 2015.

Pochin wins award for ex-offender help

Independent plumbing and heating merchant Pochin has won an award for its pioneering work giving ex-offenders and the homeless a chance to gain work experience and a reference to help them find a job.

Triton appoints new managing director

Triton is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and following 17 years of consistent growth under the leadership of its present managing director, Lorna Fellowes, has announced the appointment of business development director, David Tutton, to the position of managing director from July 2015.

Flame Heating Spares plans fourth branch

North East trade supplies firm Flame Heating Spares has identified the site of its fourth branch as it continues its branch expansion.

Ridgeons announces plan to support Macmillan

Ridgeons, a leading independent timber and builders' merchant in the East of England, has announced that Macmillan Cancer Support will be its chosen charity until the end of 2017.

Jungheinrich UK achieves Investors in People accreditation

For the third time running, Jungheinrich UK has achieved accreditation to the Investors in People standard – a management framework for driving high performance through people.

Ten years of Hamilton training

Professional decorating supplies company Hamilton is celebrating 10 years of its college training programme.

Dulux Decorator Centre awarded Gold status

Dulux Decorator Centre has recently been awarded the Investors in People Champion Gold status for the second time running. The prestigious award is the highest level of Investors in People accreditation, and is in recognition of continuing excellent standards in people management.

WCoBM awards success

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WcoBM) recently hosted its fourth City & Awards luncheon at Vintners’ Hall in London.

Experts gather at Hamilton decorators panel

Professional decorating supplies company Hamilton recently staged the first of three 2015 decorators panels at Construction Training Specialists’ head office in Norwich.

Managed Services opens dedicated materials store in Aldershot

Managed Services, part of Travis Perkins, which provides maintenance materials and supply chain planning for public sector organisations, has opened a new store in Aldershot, exclusively for housing association First Wessex.

Building industry directors sought for Trustmark Board

Representatives from the building industry are being sought to join the Board of TrustMark, the government-endorsed scheme for all trades in and around the home.

NMBS staged its annual Golf Day

NMBS has once again shown that business and pleasure can mix. On 30 April 2015, the buying society for independent merchants staged its annual Golf Day. This year, the day was held as a joint-event with the Building Materials Golf Society.

Business strategy startup aims to curb the pace of change

Two well-known industry names - Andrew Pine and Mike Rigby - have got together to provide builders’ merchants with a complete solution for strategy and business development, new formats and branch improvement.

B&Q choose NICEIC to carry out electrical installations

Consumers are set to benefit from a new partnership between B&Q Homefit and NICEIC.

SIG Distribution launches Commercial Drainage in Bristol

SIG Distribution celebrated the launch of its new specialist business at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on 30 April, 2015.

Brick manufacturing rises to meet housebuilding challenge

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released today (11 May 2015) reveal that 464m bricks were produced in the UK during the first quarter of 2015, a rise of 22m bricks or 5% from the same period in 2014.

Trustmark supports builders on health and safety change

Following the introduction of the new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015 earlier this month, TrustMark is providing support and advice to help builders comply with the significant health and safety requirements which now apply to all home improvements and building work.

Tippers to open new Rugeley branch

Tippers Builders' Merchants has announced it will open a new branch based in Rugely, Staffordshire.

Rexel UK announces participation in Nest Pro Tour

Rexel has announced that 100 branches across the country will take part in the ‘Nest Pro Tour’ - the UK-wide roadshow that will see a dedicated Nest training team visit partners across the country in a mission to educate and evangelise installers across the country.

All Seasons Hire is acquired by HSS

HSS, the tool and equipment-hire company, has acquired All Seasons Hire (All Seasons), a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning hire company in the UK, for a total cash consideration of £11.4m.

BMF reacts to Conservative Party victory

John Newcomb, managing director of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), has issued the following statement following the Conservative Party's victory in the General Election.

Wienerberger donates bricks to the Guild of Bricklayers competitions

Wienerberger has announced its continued sponsorship of the Guild of Bricklayers competitions in 2015. Once again, the sponsorship will see the manufacturer donate bricks to a series of regional competitions and the national final.

Bristan wins Bathroom Supplier of the Year at PHG Awards

Bristan is celebrating its success at this year’s Plumbing and Heating Group (PHG) Awards, collecting the Bathroom Supplier of the Year Award.

Stax to open sixth branch in Glasgow

Stax Trade Centres recently announced at its Supplier Conference that it will open a sixth branch in Glasgow at the end of August this year.

Mayor opens Kent Blaxill store in Fakenham

Mayor Jeremy Punchard recently cut the ribbon to Kent Blaxill’s new decorative store in Fakenham.

Siniat is crowned Buildbase Supplier of the Year

Siniat has been named Supplier of the Year 2014 by Buildbase.

Rainy Day Trust launches clay pigeon shoot for merchants

Merchants and their suppliers have the chance to spend a day together blasting clay pigeons out of the sky at the inaugural Bob Beaver Memorial Charity Shoot on Wednesday July 15, 2015.

Toolstop strikes gold with a 750% rise in profits

Having developed a strong online presence, hardware company Toolstop has boosted its profits by 750% - just in time for its 50th year in business.

Jewson helps Macmillan tackle skin cancer

Skin cancer (malignant melanoma) is the fifth most common cancer in the UK. With diagnosis rates rising faster than any of the current top 10 cancers in the UK, men, particularly those who work outdoors like builders and construction workers are at even greater risk of developing the disease.

Woodford Building & Plumbing Supplies is shortlisted for award

Woodford Building & Plumbing Supplies has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2015 E3 Business Awards, which will be held at the Macron Stadium in Bolton on 11 June.

George Osborne visits George Bence & Sons

A week before the General Election, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne, visited George Bence & Sons in Cheltenham with the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Alex Chalk, as part of his South West campaign trail.

Elliotts is on a mission to make the south a greener place

Elliotts is helping to make the south a greener place by reducing its carbon footprint.