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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.

Buttle's team visits Kilsaran

Directors and managers of Buttle's enjoyed a change of scenery by holding their first quarterly management meeting of 2015 at Kilsaran International in County Meath, Ireland.

ADEY joins BMF

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions is the latest supplier company to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

BSS’ Magna Park NDC extends its service even further

BSS Industrial has announced that the expansion of its Magna Park National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Leicestershire is complete, giving customers access to £50m worth of stock and delivery options that no one else on the market can offer.

Hope is searching for 30 HGV drivers

Hope Construction Materials is searching for 30 HGV drivers to operate its new fleet of Renault trucks.

Gold for Ridgeons

Ridgeons is celebrating after being awarded Gold standard for Investors in People (IIP).

Five new Freemen join WCoBM

The Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants (WCoBM) has welcomed five new Freemen to its Livery.

Brick shortages threaten housing targets, warns FMB

The increasing shortages of bricks and bricklayers will threaten future house building plans, warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Naylor wins two national business awards

Barnsley-based clay and plastic pipe manufacturer Naylor Drainage has been named a British manufacturing champion after scooping two national business awards.

Honeywell supports Wolseley roadshow

Honeywell is proudly supporting Wolseley’s 40-date ErP roadshow, which kicked off with its first event this week.

Richard Carter celebrates 275th anniversary

As Britain prepares itself for another General Election, one manufacturing firm is celebrating having been in business throughout every single political office, since the first British Prime Minister Sir Robert Warpole back in 1740.

Cold homes need more than warm words, argues Knauf

As each political party broadcasts its Manifesto in the approach to the General Election, Knauf Insulation has reflected on the announcements so far.

SNP manifesto could help construction SMEs, says FMB

The proposal for a new law to tackle fair payment, contained in the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) Manifesto, has been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Williams & Co in management buyout

Plumbing and heating merchant, Williams & Co, has been acquired by the company’s management team and staff for an undisclosed sum.

Bond It invests in additional production capabilities

To help facilitate its on-going success and expansion, Bond It has made two six figure investments with a total value of almost £1/2m into its production capabilities.

Wienerberger releases disused Baggeridge site for redevelopment

Wienerberger has recently sold the former site of its Baggeridge Brickworks to national housebuilder David Wilson Homes – a move that is set to bring 350 new jobs to the area.

Don’t be a killer gas victim, staff are warned

‘A carbon monoxide alarm can save your life’ – this was the hard-hitting message to employees at the Leamington Spa HQ of Plumb and Parts Center, during an awareness day.

Builders’ merchant invites tradespeople to attend roofing demo

The Ringmer branch of Chandlers Building Supplies is inviting local tradespeople along to its showroom on Tuesday 28 April for a free demonstration about fibreglass roofing from Cure It.

Secretary of State for Wales visits LBS Builders Merchants

The Rt Hon Stephen Crabb, Secretary of State for Wales, and Simon Hart, Conservative PPC for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, visited LBS Builders Merchants at its Pembroke Dock branch on 21 April to hear how the sector is ensuring a strong economic outlook for Wales.

Selco gives tradespeople the perfect platform

Tradespeople will be offered an opportunity to promote their business to an audience of tens of thousands for free.

Record visitors to NMBS exhibition

The NMBS Exhibition, which took place on 16 April, enjoyed record exhibitor numbers, record visitor levels and a record value for deals done on the day.

Polyco commits to expansion in Newtown

Newtown-based business Polyco, which was acquired by the W. Howard Group in 2009, has committed to expansion in the town by investing in new equipment, which will enable it to boost its activity and recruit new staff.

Construction industry backs Conservatives

The Conservatives recently took the lead in a pre-election opinion poll conducted by UK Construction Week, despite 71% of respondents claiming that the needs of the construction industry have been ignored by the key political parties.