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SCA retains position in world's most ethical companies rankings

SCA has been ranked among the Ethisphere Institute's ‘World’s Most Ethical Companies’ for the eighth year in a row.

RGB celebrates 10 years in South Molton with showroom opening

A new kitchen and bathroom showroom opening was celebrated at RGB Building Supplies’ South Molton branch on 1 July, an occasion that also marked the branch’s 10th anniversary.

Apprenticeship scheme sees Parkers welcome Hastings college trainees

Three young kitchen designers are soon to begin a dedicated course at Parker Building Supplies’ kitchens showrooms, with five new trainees also joining the company’s heavyside branches as a result of a Trade Federation Apprenticeship scheme link with Sussex Coast College, Hastings.

Government scraps zero carbon homes plans

The government's decision to scrap the 2016 increase in newbuild energy efficiency standards is likely to lead to fuel bill increases, the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) has said.

Sign up and support CRASH

There are still spaces available for the CRASH Windsor Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 27 September. 

BMF picks up pair of best practice awards

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has won the ‘Membership Success of the Year Award’ and the ‘NCFE Skills Development Award’ at the 2015 Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards.

Planning reforms to 'speed up housebuilding'

Sweeping planning reforms have been announced, which the government claims will speed up UK housebuilding and make it easier for homeowners to extend their existing properties.

CPA survey reveals increase in manufacturers' product sales

The Construction Products Association (CPA)’s State of Trade survey for the second quarter (Q2) of 2015 indicates construction product manufacturers’ sales increased for a ninth consecutive quarter.

Howarth branches install energy-saving LED lighting with aid of government funding

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies branches across the country are being refitted with LED lighting after the company secured funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

New Anglia Tool Centre store opens in Colchester

Anglia Tool Centre has announced the opening of a new store in Colchester to add to its east of England presence. 

Radcliffe Building Supplies acquired by Beesley & Fildes

North West-based builders’ merchant Beesley & Fildes has completed the purchase of Radcliffe Building Supplies.

IG Masonry Support Systems scoops construction industry award

The Keystone Group has won the ‘Commercial Innovation of the Year’ award at the recent Construction News Awards for its IG Brick Slip Masonry Support System.

Budget statement draws industry criticism on energy policy

An increase in the Living Wage and lack of support for energy efficiency schemes in the Chancellor’s July Budget are cause for concern for the construction industry, two senior industry figures have warned.

Graduates switch to trades for degree of job satisfaction

Corporate downsizing and a desire for greater job satisfaction are leading to a rising number of graduates switching to careers as tradesmen and women, according to an annual industry survey.

New A-Plant Tool Hire Express store opens

A-Plant, the tool, plant and equipment hire company, has opened a new Tool Hire Express store on Teal Business Park in Widnes, Cheshire.

BMF welcomes support for apprenticeships in Summer Budget

Commenting on today’s (8 July) Summer Budget, John Newcomb, managing director of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), said the following:

Budget 2015: A mixed response from industry

There has been a mixed response from the construction industry to today's Budget by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

2015 Budget: At A Glance

The first Conservative-only Budget since 1996 was delivered today by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

New Leeds Gibbs & Dandy branch to open in August

Gibbs & Dandy builders’ merchant is to open a new branch in Leeds to cater for growing demand in the region.

Timbmet builds for the future

The Timbmet Group has had a second consecutive year of improving both its gross and net profitability and stabilising revenues. To build on the secure business platform now in place, Timbmet is planning for further growth.

MKM becomes approved Scottish public sector supplier

MKM Building Supplies has become an approved supplier to the public sector in Scotland, receiving accreditation from local government procurement body Scotland Excel after a rigorous assessment process.

Downing Street garden party reward for Small Business Campaign support

Bence Builders Merchants attended a private garden party at 10 Downing Street, hosted by David Cameron and George Osborne, in recognition of their Small Business Campaign backing.

Small builders to benefit from £100m cash boost

Small builders are to receive a £100m cash boost in recognition of their role in keeping the country building, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has announced today (6 July).

Open letter urges Chancellor to commit to 5% reduced VAT rate on renewables

An open letter was today sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, urging the government to affirm their support of current VAT rules that permit a reduced rate of VAT on energy saving products.

RHI 'needs ongoing industry support'

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS) is calling on the industry to keep awareness of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) high on the agenda by proactively encouraging greater levels of installer training and mentorship support.

Final list of speakers for BMF Members' Day announced

Barbara Richmond, group finance director of Redrow, will join the line-up of keynote speakers chosen to speak at the Builders Merchants Federation Members’ Day in September.

Keyline gains sole distribution status for coper unit

Keyline has been awarded sole distributor status for the G-Tech Composite Coper.

Planning stats conceal house building barriers, says FMB

An increase in the granting of permissions for newbuild homes is no guarantee of a greater number of houses being built, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

MOL distance learning reintroduced by BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is expanding its product training portfolio with the re-launch of MOL’s specialist product knowledge courses.

Ironmongers guild manager to have say on Europe-wide standards

Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) technical manager Douglas Masterson has been voted onto the CEN task group for lever handles.

Regent Samsic wins Saint Gobain UK cleaning contract

Saint-Gobain Building Distribution has appointed Regent Samsic to clean more than 350 building materials distribution sites across the UK.

Chandlers Chertsey hosts demonstration morning

The Chertsey branch of Chandlers Building Supplies is holding a free breakfast demonstration morning on Monday 6 July where customers will be able to see demonstrations and talk to experts about a number of different products.

UK 'solar revolution' plans win industry support

Plans to implement a nationwide ‘solar revolution’ by Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Amber Rudd, have been welcomed by a renewable energy equipment manufacturer.

John Nicholls opens Oxfordshire showroom

The opening of a first high street showroom in Kidlington has added to John Nicholls Trading's Oxfordshire outlets.

Yorkshire manufacturer adds new machinery to site expansion

Work has begun on a site expansion by hand tool manufacturer Richard Carter, with the purchase of machinery contributing to new investment in the Huddersfield site worth £250,000.

Swindon builders merchant celebrates first anniversary

The one-year anniversary of independent builders merchants Amaroc, which supplies the external wall insulation, rendering and plastering trade, is being celebrated at its Swindon site.

Knauf picks up award at Green Deal and ECO Awards

Knauf Insulation has won the ‘Supplier of the Year’ award at this year’s Green Deal and ECO Awards, after demonstrating outstanding service to customers, the local community and the environment.

Scottish builders in apprentice funding call as survey shows rise in employer confidence

Confidence within the Scottish construction industry has hit a new record peak of +35, up six points on the first quarter of 2015, according to the Scottish Construction Monitor (SCM) survey.

IBC Group diversifies into new sector

IBC has announced the launch of a new IBC Garden division – working with garden and lifestyle centres to assist and add value to their procurement process.

Dulux Decorator Centre highlights complete wallpaper experience

Dulux Decorator Centre is highlighting the latest wallpaper designs with a new look area in each of its 188 stores across the UK, where professional painters and decorators can direct customers for inspiration.

Trade magazines are best for product news, says study

Despite the dominance of the internet and the widespread use of smartphones, builders and builders’ merchants still get most of their new product information from trade magazines.

NMBS Conference 2016 to take place in Lanzarote

Lanzarote will be the location for the NMBS Conference 2016, Chris Hayward, managing director announced at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Malta.

C Bancroft Group acquired by Frank Key

Frank Key Group has completed the purchase of C Bancroft Group, along with its two trading subsidiaries, Banson Tool Hire and Charles Watson (Ironmongers).

Shining return from solar panels for Wolseley UK

The installation of solar panels one year ago at Wolseley UK’s national distribution centre has generated the equivalent electricity to power 522 medium usage UK homes.

Parkers donates kitchen for BBC TV's Big Build

In May of this year, the BBC’s DIY SOS team came calling on Parker Kitchens in Tonbridge for their 'Big Build' series. 

Kent Blaxill stocks Bradite protective coatings

Bradite's full range of protective coatings is now available from family-owned merchant, Kent Blaxill. 

Kent Blaxill wins Farrow & Ball award

Decorative materials supplier Kent Blaxill has won a Farrow & Ball award for Best In-store Presentation – against international competition.

BMF welcomes government boost for apprenticeships

The Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) has welcomed elements of the forthcoming Enterprise Bill that will give a positive boost to apprenticeships.

Vicaima invest in Swindon facility

Vicaima Group has announced the purchase of its current leased site with plans to refurbish and extend the facility.

Elliotts named top family business of the year

It’s been handed down from generation to generation for 173 years and now Elliotts has been named the best family business in the UK’s property and construction industry.