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NBG boosts its member portfolio

National Buying Group (NBG) has signed up a new merchant partner. The latest recruit is Surrey-based Condell, a timber and builders’ merchant with two branches in Sutton.

CRASH goes sailing for charity

The inaugural CRASH Charity Sailing Cup took place on 9 June, 2016, in celebration of the charity's 20th anniversary.

Grant UK installer evenings prove a success

Throughout May and early June, Grant UK held a series of events in England, Scotland and Wales where installers were invited to learn more about Grant’s latest products. Engineers and merchants from up and down the country attended the installer evenings and feedback received on the night and afterwards indicates that the events were popular and useful.

Door hardware professionals better served in the North

A new branch of the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) has been set up to support door hardware professionals in the northernmost regions of England.

MKM Building Supplies opens showroom in Ripon

MKM Building Supplies is extending its reach into the luxury interior design market with the launch of a kitchen and bathroom showroom in Ripon.

Top flight speaker for BMF Members Day

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has confirmed a highflying keynote speaker for the BMF Members Day in September.

JP Corry expands its Belfast offering

Local building supplier JP Corry has announced plans to strengthen its presence in Belfast with the opening of a new branch in Andersonstown, West Belfast in August this year.

Small businesses are bearing the brunt of cyber crime

A new report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that small firms are unfairly carrying the cost of cyber crime in an increasingly vulnerable digital economy.

RGB Building Supplies opens new Torquay branch

RGB Building Supplies officially opened its newest branch on 25 May, when the Executive Lead for Business at Torbay Council cut the ribbon at the builders' merchant’s new Torquay location.

Construction output rises as new orders decline

Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published today show that construction output rebounded in April by 2.5% month-on-month, though remained down 3.7% compared with one year earlier.

Gorilla Glue meets ministers to support brickwork initiative

Adhesive firm Gorilla Glue Europe is backing an initiative that will see brickwork academies rolled out across Britain.

Plumb and Parts team take part in world's longest annual canoe and kayak race

An elite team from Plumb and Parts Center and other Wolseley UK brands are about to take part in the Yukon River Quest - one of the top 10 toughest races in the world.

Construction United welcomes Morgan Sindall partnership

Construction United, a coalition of some of the construction industry’s key stakeholders which aims to change perceptions of the sector, has recently welcomed UK construction and regeneration group, Morgan Sindall, to its ranks.

Harrow to get the ‘Trade Only’ treatment

Williams & Co, the Southern-based independent, trade-only plumbing and heating wholesaler, is opening another store in early July, bringing its total number of branches to 31.

Apprenticeships progress endangered by Levy uncertainty

Growth in apprenticeship numbers in Scotland could be scuppered unless the Scottish government commits to ring-fencing the new UK-wide Apprenticeship Levy for training, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland has warned.

BMF sets targets to get more women into merchants

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has pledged to help address unemployment and poorly paid employment among young women by signing up to the Young Women’s Trust employer pledge.

Trade Talks heat up for boiler manufacturer

Boiler manufacturer Baxi is leading the way in developing customer relationships by being the only company of its kind to exhibit at this year’s Trade Talks, hosted by Plumb Center.

Richard Burbidge launches a network of Premier Centres

Stairparts specialist Richard Burbidge has launched a nationwide network of Premier Centres, consisting of merchant partners offering retail excellence.

Wolseley Group reports slowing growth

Wolseley Group's third-quarter trading update has reported slowing growth and weaker demand across a number of its markets.

Sydenhams flagship showroom launches in Bournemouth

Following major expansion at its head office, Sydenhams Builders Merchant has relaunched its flagship kitchen and bathroom showroom in Bournemouth.

Graham – supporting tomorrow’s installers today with Turning Pro

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched Turning Pro, a new rewards scheme specifically designed for students and apprentices.

Jewson Yorkshire employees embark on Monster Marathon

Jewson employees from Yorkshire have started a mammoth challenge for charity, with the goal of running more than 520 miles in just five days for Cancer Research UK.

Chandlers launches new graduate training scheme

Chandlers Building Supplies is delighted to announce the launch of its brand new Graduate Management Training Programme, which gives young people the chance to develop a career in the builders merchants industry.

IBC - a new direction, a new future

IBC, the buying group for independent builders’ merchants, has re-launched its brand to coincide with a raft of changes to the business.

Champion Timber opens timber branch in Weybridge

Champion Timber is set to open its 10th branch in Weybridge, Surrey, on 28 June.

Cubis Industries acquires MCL Group Industries

Cubis Industries (Cubis) has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire the entire share capital of MCL Group Industries (MCL) for an undisclosed sum.

Relocation for SBS Bristol’s branch

Smith Brothers Stores’ (SBS) Bristol branch is relocating to Unit B St Vincents Trading Estate, Feeder Road, Bristol, BS2 0UY.

Timbmet announced as new BMBI expert

Timbmet managing director Nigel Cox has joined the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) as the expert for timber and panel products.

BMF App brings information to employees' fingertips

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has teamed up with mobile-app developers, Crosby Associates, to introduce the BMF Employee Engage App. Downloaded onto a smartphone or tablet, the App brings a company's information to the employee’s fingertips.

Labour Party invites the BMF to attend conference

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was recently invited by Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell MP, to join him and other party spokesmen at the Labour Party’s State of the Economy conference at Imperial College in London on 28 May.

Frank Howard gears up for annual show

On Friday 8 and Saturday 9 July, Frank Howard Tools & Fixings, based in Essex, will be hosting its annual tool show at the Chelmsford City Racecourse.

Worcester unveils £2.3m training expansion plans

Worcester, Bosch Group has unveiled significant plans to redevelop and expand the training and assessment facilities at its headquarters to further enhance the support on offer to industry professionals.

Are you tough enough to be a Race Team Manager?

No sport is as competitive as F1. To succeed, you need teamwork, clear decision-making and outstanding technology.

Back to back supplier awards for Embrass Peerless

Embrass Peerless has been named Plumbing Supplier of the Year for the second time in succession by the Plumbing & Heating Group (PHG), voted for by its members across the country.

New location celebration for Chandlers’ Rainham branch

Chandlers Roofing Supplies’ Rainham branch is holding a free open morning on Friday 10 June to celebrate the company’s move to the new premises.

Car park signage ruling could impact builders’ merchants

Builders’ merchants could benefit from a landmark ruling by the Court of Appeal which states that visible signage can prevent unauthorised parking from becoming a legal right, according to law firm Gordons.

Cheshire Mouldings supporting the merchants

Stair parts manufacturer Cheshire Mouldings has opened a new multi-million pound distribution centre, dedicated purely to its core independent and national merchant customers.

Trade showrooms are shedding old-fashioned stereotypes

Trade showrooms still play a vital role in the decision making process and are breaking down old stereotypes in a bid to attract a harder to please younger audience, a new study from Origin reveals.

14,228 new homes registered in April, reports NHBC

More than 14,000 new homes were registered to be built in the UK in April according to NHBC’s latest registration statistics – an increase of 17% compared to a year ago.

Timbersource’s new premises nears completion in Shepton Mallet

Somerset-based timber supplier demonstrates aggressive growth with a new purpose built timber yard and a recruitment drive for additional staff.

Jewson announces Building Better Communities 2016 finalists

Jewson has announced the finalists for the Building Better Communities 2016 competition. The winners will share a prize fund of £250,000 and will be announced at a ceremony on 4 July at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham.

Meyer joins the BMF

Meyer has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and will also host the next BMF Timber Forum at its state of the art training centre in Stoke on Trent on 29 November.

BSS scores safety award

BSS has won an award in recognition of its contribution towards health and safety from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). RoSPA honoured the company with the Silver Achievement Award in its 2016 Health & Safety Awards.

NBG surveys shows positive results

A key part of the recent National Buying Group (NBG) Partner Day was the presentation of surveys carried out among both partners and suppliers. The surveys were designed to benchmark NBG’s performance against a series of business KPIs and against other buying groups and nationals.

80% of builders will base EU decision on broader personal beliefs, says FMB

More than 80% of bosses of small construction firms will overwhelmingly base their decision to remain or leave the EU on their broader personal beliefs instead of their business interests, according to a new poll by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Winners of the Wienerberger Brick Awards 2016 announced

The winners of the Wienerberger Brick Awards 2016 have been announced, in the following categories: Residential Use, Public Use, Re-Use, Urban Infill, and Special Solution. In total, more than 600 projects from 55 countries had been submitted, a new record participation. An independent pre-jury panel narrowed down the submissions to 50 nominations and, from this shortlist, a jury of four architects selected the winners.

Property value boost adds to solar success, says Rexel

This month, research in The Independent revealed that solar panels can increase a property’s value by almost a fifth. Rexel is reminding the industry that the financial case for solar still holds a huge appeal regardless of cuts to the Feed-in Tariff.

Midlands project to supply 100m more bricks nationwide

Ibstock Brick will increase its capacity to produce an additional 100m bricks a year thanks to a major project delivered by G F Tomlinson.

Doors open on new timber business

TFC Supplies has opened it’s doors this month, supplying both the trade and public with products from timber, fencing and cladding to stables, gates and concrete products. Located at the Moorfields Industrial Estate, Cotes Heath, Stafford, TFC Supplies has also launched an ecommerce site offering nationwide delivery.

Abacus goes with the Flow

MP Moran turned to Abacus Manufacturing Group to help create a display at one end of its new Flow Luxury Bathroom showrooms. Created at MP Moran's head office in Kilburn, the showroom was officially opened by television personality, Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen.