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Pland grows apprenticeship scheme

Pland Stainless is continuing to grow its apprenticeship scheme, which started 20 months ago. The company now has apprentices across many disciplines in the business, who are able to contribute to Pland’s continuous development. The apprentices are seen as strategic to Pland’s development and are an important part of the succession plan for the company.

PHG awards suppliers at annual awards ceremony

Plumbing & Heating Group (PHG) recently held its second Supplier Day and Supplier Awards at the Carden Park Hotel & Golf Resort in Cheshire.

Builders’ merchants sales rise in Q1 2016

The latest sales figures from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel, released by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in the Builders Merchants Building Index, show sales in Q1 2016 through the UK’s general builders’ merchants were up both on the last quarter and on the same quarter in 2015.

Kent Blaxill opens store in Stamford

On 19 May, Stamford Mayor John Dawson cut the ribbon to Kent Blaxill’s new decorative store in the town.

Burdens opens new infrastructure branch in Aberdeen

For the first time ever, civils supplier Burdens has brought its portfolio of infrastructure brands under one roof - in Aberdeen - as part of a wider strategy to offer a one-stop-shop approach to civils, groundworks, utilities and hire.

Graf UK expands its Scottish offering

After three years of significant growth, water management specialist Graf UK has further strengthened its presence in Scotland, with the opening of a dedicated branch in Glasgow.

Bursary bid to attract next generation

In a bid to encourage individuals to get into construction and engineering trades, Russell Roof Tiles has launched a £10,000 bursary for youngsters.

Knauf Insulation joins BMBI on expert panel

Knauf Insulation is the latest to join the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) panel of experts. Managing director for Northern Europe, John Sinfield, will be the voice of mineral wool Insulation.

Eurocell backs its own with Management Development Programme

Eurocell has just seen 11 members of staff successfully emerge as the inaugural graduates of its in-house Management Development Programme. The 11 staff had completed the Level One developed for new managers – people who have just been promoted into a management position or relatively inexperienced managers looking to build their skills.

East of Scotland construction SMES offered six-figure work opportunities

Subcontractors, material suppliers and construction industry consultants from the East of Scotland are being invited to a free Meet the Buyer event run by Constructionline on 19 May to find out about upcoming work in the area.

Scottish loan scheme for energy efficiency measures open

The Scottish Government HEEPS Loan Scheme for energy efficiency measures is now open, offering owner-occupiers, private tenants and registered private sector landlords an interest free loan of up to £15,000 for installing a variety of measures.

CHS rolls out award-winning Drop Box Service nationwide

City Heating Spares, part of the Group Spares division of Travis Perkins plc, has completed the roll-out of its award-winning 'Drop Box' service in City Plumbing Supplies branches across its network.

ONS reports construction output contrary to industry surveys

ONS figures published on 13 May show that construction output in March fell by 3.6% month-on-month, and by 4.5% compared with one year earlier.

Huws Gray adds Shropshire Building Supplies to its portfolio

Rapidly growing independent merchant Huws Gray has acquired Shropshire Building Supplies for an undisclosed sum.

Record-breaking year for Sovini Trade Supplies

Independent builders’ merchant Sovini Trade Supplies (STS) has exceeded its financial targets in a record-breaking year for the business.

SME house builders boosted by Section 106 ruling, says FMB

The Appeal Court’s decision to uphold a government initiative to waive affordable housing requirements for small developments is a boost for SMEs and house building, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said.

Lighthouse Club Charity calls for votes

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is calling on all firms and employees across the sector to vote so that they can benefit from a £20,000 donation pot pledged by Hudson Contract to mark its 20th anniversary.

NBG EU poll of merchants shows strong support for UK membership

A vote among the principals and owners of some of the UK’s top independent builders merchants, carried out by National Buying Group (NBG), shows strong support for the United Kingdom to remain as a member of the European Union.

Bond It opens for business in the US

Seal It Services, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will be used by Bond It to open up increased export opportunities for its range across the North American continent.

Dimplex welcomes VAT decision on renewables

Heat pump manufacturer Dimplex has welcomed the government’s announcement that it is to keep the reduced VAT rate on energy-saving materials including heat pumps and solar panels.

Natural Paving Products increases distribution network to meet demand

Natural Paving Products has opened a new purpose-built warehouse to stock new product lines and enhance its customer service.

Richard Burbidge hits the airwaves with new radio campaign

A radio and marketing campaign from Richard Burbidge, persuading homeowners to transform their halls, stairways and landings, has hit the airwaves from this week onwards.

Climate Center to stock R32 in branch

Climate Center has invested heavily to respond effectively to the changes to the F-Gas regulations by ensuring the lower GWP R32 refrigerant is readily available for customers in all of its 45 branches nationwide, as an alternative to R410A.

Supply chain recognition for Embrass Peerless

The Fortis conference, which took place on 10 March at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham, with the aim of ‘maximising sales opportunities’, sought to recognise those companies who have added value for the Fortis merchant network.

Growth for twelfth consecutive quarter, says CPA survey

Construction activity increased across the supply chain for a twelfth consecutive quarter during Q1 2016, according to the latest Construction Trade Survey from the Construction Products Association (CPA), but uncertainty prevails for the sector going forward.

NMBS Golf Day was a Grand Slam

The NMBS Golf Day took place on Thursday 5 May, 2016, showcasing that business and pleasure can mix in remarkable fashion.

Williams brings F1 power to BMF Members Day

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has confirmed that Paul McNamara, technical director at Williams Advanced Engineering, will speak at BMF Members Day in September. In doing so, the BMF has underscored the motor racing motif behind the event’s overall theme, 'Together Towards Tomorrow'.

MSP congratulates Norbord on commitment to apprentices

Norbord has been praised by a local politician for its apprenticeship programme. Norbord welcomed David Stewart, Labour list MSP for Highlands and Islands, to meet with apprentices at its Morayhill plant.

TP fined £2m following customer death

Travis Perkins has been fined £2m following the death of a customer at its Old Wolverton branch in Milton Keynes. The company pleaded guilty at Amersham Crown Court to two offences under the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974.

H-Mix announces expansion plans

H-Mix, based at the former Alcan Lynemouth smelter site, is investing £400,000 into a new plant to service its growing order book.

Lords reject decision to scrap zero-carbon homes

The House of Lords has blocked the government's efforts to scrap the zero carbon homes standard. The government’s decision not to proceed with the scheme was announced in July 2015, but was met industry-wide concern.

QRL opens permanent stand at London’s Building Centre

Following its recent rebrand, QRL Radiator Group opened a dedicated product showcase at The Building Centre in London on 5 May.

Enter a team for the CRASH Half Marathon

Builders’ Merchants News is again supporting CRASH for the 2016 Windsor Half Marathon and, together, we’re asking the industry to enter a team for the event.

Ridgeons scoops ‘Supplier of the Year’ award

Ridgeons has been crowned ‘Supplier of the Year’ at the Norfolk Constructing Excellence Club Awards, which celebrates construction projects, organisations, individuals and companies who positively contribute to the built environment across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge.

CPS launches new website

City Plumbing Supplies has launched a new website for installers.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies acquires Maltings Timber Merchants

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has strengthened its presence in Doncaster with the acquisition of Maltings Timber Merchants.

City Plumbing Supplies celebrates completion of its 'Building the Best' initiative

City Plumbing Supplies has celebrated the completion of its role in Travis Perkins’ pledge to 'build the best' plumbing and heating division in the UK. Marked with a celebratory event for customers, suppliers, and colleagues in the North East, the event marked a nationwide investment in City Plumbing Supplies branches.

Lords’ amendments could stifle housing delivery, says FMB

House of Lords amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill, which would target small development sites for expensive affordable housing contributions and increase regulations and taxes on small builders, will stifle the supply of new homes at a time when they are needed most, warns Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Naylor acquires Whites Concrete

Barnsley-based Naylor Concrete Products has acquired the Whites Concrete business of flooring manufacturer Longley Concrete.

Parkers' marketing manager runs marathon for charity

Parker Building Supplies' marketing manager Jamie Pierce joined 38,000 other intrepid athletes on Sunday 24 April to run the London Marathon for charity.

MKM Building Supplies launches campaign to find Hull's finest

MKM Building Supplies is the latest major partner of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and is celebrating the announcement with an opportunity to recognise the city’s community heroes.

IKO Plc agrees terms with Pure Asphalt Company

IKO Plc has agreed terms with the shareholders of Pure Asphalt Company to acquire the company, which is based in Bolton, Lancashire. The shares are to be purchased subject to regulatory clearance, with completion expected within three months.

Salaries rise as skills shortage deepens

Salaries for small building firms are soaring as a result of the growing skills shortage, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Tembé DIY MD runs marathon for charity

Guy Malam, managing director of Doncaster-based Tembé DIY & Building Products completed the Virgin Money London Marathon for the first time on Sunday 24 April, alongside his fiancée Victoria Nicholson. Mr Malam was running to raise vital funds for Children with Cancer UK.

Minster to open new branch in Dundee

Minster is set to open a brand new branch in Dundee on 3 May 2016, a move that will strengthen its offering and service in Scotland.

Breedon Aggregates reports good performance at AGM

Peter Tom CBE, chairman of Breedon Aggregates, delivered a statement at the company's Annual General Meeting last week saying that trading in the first three months of 2016 was in line with the company's expectations, despite a slow start to the year in Scotland.

SCA Timber Supply UK helps SCA Group to be acclaimed as one of the most sustainable companies in the world

SCA Timber, manufacturer of wood-based products, with an annual production of 2.1 million cubic metres, has proven its sustainability credentials by being included in the world’s most credible and well-known indices.

BWF names ‘risk’ as its Members’ Day theme

In the face of major political, economic and technical changes coming the way of the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry, the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is making ‘risk’ the key theme of this year’s BWF Members’ Day.

Plumb Center Trade Talk 2016 off to a flying start

Plumb Center’s Trade Talk 2016 roadshow is reportedly off to a great start. The free events bring together industry experts, installers, suppliers and local Plumb and Parts Center branch teams, and offer insight and tips for making installers’ businesses more efficient.

Saniflo is on the road

From May to October this year, the Kinedo by Saniflo ‘Building better bathrooms’ roadshow will be touring the UK; parking up daily at merchant customers with the aim of inviting installers along to installation demonstrations and product showcases.