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Fire chief backs Make It Law campaign

A top fire chief is backing Plumb and Parts Center’s Make it Law campaign, which aims to stop needless carbon monoxide (CO) deaths.

Leyland Trade gives customer dream experience

Leyland Trade has given one of its loyal customers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take on world darts champion Michael van Gerwen.

Breedon to expand with planned acquisition of Barr Quarries

Breedon Aggregates has agreed terms with Barr Holdings to acquire Barr Quarries in south-west Scotland, for £20.8m. Completion is expected by the end of this month and remains subject to TUPE consultations and final due diligence.

Ibstock's merchant partnership boosts prospects

UK brick maker Ibstock has introduced a series of collaborative initiatives to support merchants, from effectively managing brick supplies to developing innovative interactive displays.

Breedon makes plans to acquire Barr Quarries

Breedon Aggregates has agreed terms with Barr Holdings to acquire Barr Quarries, based in south-west Scotland, for £20.8m in cash.

Lib Dem 300,000 housing target is easier said than done

The Liberal Democrats’ pledge to build 300,000 new homes needs to be underpinned by a pro-SME housing strategy if it has any hope of being achieved, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Chandlers invites schools to paint mural at Lewes branch

Chandlers Building Supplies is asking schools to help them paint a mural that will go on display in its new Sustainable Building Solutions Centre at its Lewes branch.

HPS opens its 30th branch in Tunbridge Wells

Independent merchant Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) opened its 30th branch in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on 29 September.

Hope Construction Materials opens first quarry

Hope Construction Materials has announced the opening of its first new, greenfield quarry as part of its UK development plan.

Free telephone helpline launched for home improvement industry

A charity for the home improvement industry has started a helpline service to offer debt advice, counselling and legal advice.

Winner of Trucky Dip 2014

The winner of this year’s Trucky Dip competition, which ran from 9 July until 12 September, has been announced.

From design to completion with ITW Construction Products

ITW Construction Products, a manufacturer of fixing, fastening and drilling systems for wood, steel and concrete applications and ITW Industry, a specialist in software, components, fasteners and equipment for the timber construction industry, will now function as a combined business, operating under the name of ITW Construction Products.

Davidson Holdings acquires Pendock Profiles

Davidson Holdings has completed the acquisition of Pendock Profiles from Alumasc plc.

Who will build Cameron’s new homes? asks FMB

The Prime Minister’s pledge to build 100,000 new homes for young first time buyers is a welcome step to help address the housing crisis, but “who will build them?” asks the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Survival of the fittest

On Sunday 28 September, 80 employees from LBS Builders Merchants completed the ‘Men’s Health, Survival Of The Fittest’ Cardiff urban assault course.

Are you ready for the IOBM Practical Skills Challenge?

Merchant teams can yet again pit their building skills against each other at the next Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) Practical Building Skills Challenge Event, which will take place on Thursday 23 October 2014.

Buttle's backs trainee managers in community project

Trainee managers at contractor Willmott Dixon have teamed up with Buttle's builders' merchants in Enfield to modernise a local community centre.

Helping to ‘manage’ James Hargreaves’ expectations…

Are you experienced in the plumbing and heating industry and fancy running your own branch with one of the most progressive firms in the sector?

Installers flock to Pochin’s trade show

Some of the biggest brands in the UK's heating and plumbing market descended on Leicester College to meet local installers at Pochin’s Heat Talk trade show.

Elliotts acquires New Forest showroom, Hardleys

Elliotts has cemented its ambitious growth plans with the acquisition of Hardleys, a kitchen and bathroom showroom based in Lymington, Hampshire.

DECC pays a visit to Saint-Gobain Technical Academy

Saint-Gobain’s newest Technical Academy has received a visit from the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s Green Deal Communities Team.

Saint-Gobain releases Corporate Social Responsibility Review

Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland has launched its 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Review, serving to update customers and stakeholders on the company’s approach and progress in sustainable development.

Mayor Boris Johnson backs British bricks

Ibstock Brick received a visit from the Mayor of London yesterday.

Drakes Plumbing Supplies celebrates 25 years in Uckfield

Drakes Plumbing Supplies’ branch in Uckfield is celebrating its 25th birthday.

NMBS challenges market perception of independents share

NMBS recently announced that its independent merchant members now have over 3,000 member branches within the UK and a combined sales value of over £6.5bn.

IBC’s 150th member, one year on

In June 2013, Builders Store in Cheadle, Cheshire became IBC’s 150th member. IBC recently re-visited the family-run builders’ merchant to see how its first year of membership has gone.

Huws Gray adds to branch network

Huws Gray has opened a new three-acre heavy-side branch at Llay in Wrexham to replace its previous base at Queensferry on Deeside.

Flame burns bright with council work

Flame Heating Spares is going from strength to strength after being appointed to the preferred suppliers list for Durham County Council.

Worcester backs Lib Dem council tax proposals

Worcester, Bosch Group’s Martyn Bridges has backed plans laid out by the Liberal Democrats to reward people who improve the energy efficiency of their homes with a council tax discount.

UK first safety drive for Speedy

Speedy claims to have become the first tool and equipment hire company in the UK to have its entire national depot portfolio accredited ‘silver’ under the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

NHBC reacts to Ed Miliband’s policy agenda

The National House-Building Council’s chief executive Mike Quinton has welcomed Ed Miliband’s policy agenda, which was announced as part of his speech at the Labour Conference on Tuesday (23 September).

Merchants and suppliers compete in h&b Activity Day

Arrows sped from bows and shotguns fired among the pinewoods at h&b’s annual Activity Day, held at Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort, Brough.

Drakes' open evening in Whitstable is a big success

Drakes Plumbing Supplies recently held an open evening to celebrate its acquisition of A&C Plumbing, creating its eighth branch.

Bridging the skills gap

The impact of a skills gap on the growth of the industry has become more apparent with the results of the latest Markit CIPS index.

Have you got the skills?

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) are once again challenging merchants across the country to pick up their tools and compete in the Practical Building Skills Challenge event 2014.

Metal’s bad reputation

Most organisations now avoid buying products made out of metal, according to workplace supplier Slingsby.

NFB manifesto 2015: smarter building for Britain

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has launched its manifesto for the 2015 general election at this year’s party conferences. The manifesto outlines NFB members’ key priorities for the next government and proposals for how these can be achieved.

Triton supports best of British

Triton, The Great British Shower Company has joined the Made In Britain Campaign.

Worcester tops the 2014 Which? boiler report

Worcester, Bosch Group has once again come out on top in the Which? boiler report, having been awarded Which? Best Buys for the fourth year running across its complete Greenstar gas fired boiler range.

BMF Members' Day Awards celebrate success

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) celebrated a broad spectrum of training and career development achievements at its annual Members Day Awards Dinner on 16 September, 2014.

MKM opens new Green Room

MKM Building Supplies has invested a five-figure sum in launching a new Green Room that specialises in all forms of renewable energy and sustainable technology, aimed at the building trade and consumers alike.

Triton questions revised Consumer Rights Bill

The government’s ‘one solution fits all’ approach to its new Consumer Rights Bill has been criticised by a spokesperson for Triton Showers.

BMFConference headline speaker announced

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced the first headline speaker for the All Industry Conference 2015.

BOSS is brought to life at BSS training room

BSS Industrial has invested in a dedicated BOSS training room to support customers wishing to become familiar with the brand’s solutions.

NMBS acquires two new suppliers

Crystal Direct and Active Products UK have both become suppliers for the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS).

NMBS hits 3,000 branch milestone

NMBS now has over 3,000 member branches within the UK, which is more than any national merchant, twice as many as McDonalds and three times as many as Starbucks.

North East entrepreneur opens third branch

John Savage, the entrepreneur behind Flame Heating Spares, has chosen his hometown of South Shields as the site of his third heating trade counter.

Ridgeons opens its doors in Hitchin

Ridgeons has expanded its reach across the Eastern region with the launch of a branch in Hitchin, taking the group's merchant branch network to 26.

And Swansea makes five

LBS Builders Merchants has opened its fifth plumbers’ merchant in Swansea, Wales.

Two weeks of celebration at Graham’s Croydon branch

Graham is hosting daily trade events in branch until 22 September to celebrate the launch of its new Croydon branch.