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Closure of Green Deal fund for solid wall is “clear illustration of stop-start policy regime” says UK-GBC

The UK Green Building Council has responded to the announcement that funding for solid wall insulation under the second phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been fully allocated, just over 24 hours since it was launched.

Weather woes ahead?

Weather forecasters predict that the UK may be facing its wettest winter for 30 years and businesses should be prepared for the devastating impact of floodwater.

Record intake of 12 new liverymen for WCoBM

At a recent Installation ceremony, Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants (WCoBM) welcomed a record 12 new Liverymen. The prestigious ceremony took place in London at Mansion House, home to The Lord Mayor of London.

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund returns for second phase

Today has seen the return of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), which was originally launched in June and retracted a month later.

RGB opens kitchen showroom at Porthleven branch

RGB Building Supplies has recently opened a new kitchen showroom at its Porthleven branch and is inviting tradespeople along to view the new range of kitchen displays, and enjoy a complimentary mince pie and coffee!

Ridgeons bucks the trend in Hitchin

In an industry generally perceived as male dominated, Ridgeons’ Hitchin branch manager Gwen Bergius is proud to be bucking the trend.

Autumn Statement is a mixed bag, says BWF

Despite predictions of UK economic growth in this year’s Autumn Statement, the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has warned that some of the key areas in helping the joinery industry to grow sustainably were not delivered.

Construction Industry Helpline launched

The Considerate Constructors Scheme recently invited members of the industry to a drinks reception at the Imperial War Museum, to support the launch of the Construction Industry Helpline by the Lighthouse Club.

International Timber joins BMF

International Timber, part of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution, has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

New Green Deal fund will “prevent feeding frenzy” of last summer

The UK Green Building Council has responded to the announcement that the government will allocate a further £30m to boost its Green Deal energy efficiency scheme.

They’re hired!

Nine driver apprentices have started on the first ever CEMEX Driver Apprentice scheme. The one-year scheme is run in conjunction with Systems Training and, at the end of the year, they will achieve a DGV apprentice qualification, as well as learning about one of the leading building materials suppliers, CEMEX UK.

Heatrae Sadia scores rugby legend for new campaign

Heatrae Sadia has announced a partnership with Phil Vickery MBE, which will see the former England rugby captain front a campaign to re-launch its commercial drinking water offering.

New team to lead BMF Young Merchants

A new team has been appointed to lead the Builders' Merchants Federation's (BMF) Young Merchants Group for the next two years.

New all-industry golf event announced for 2015

NMBS and the Building Materials Golf Society (BMGS) have announced the introduction of a new all-industry golf event to take place on 30 April, 2015.

Award success for Gibbs & Dandy

Gibbs & Dandy’s well-earned reputation for customer service has been recognised at the 2014 B2B Marketing Awards.

BMF meets Scottish National Party at decisive time

Changes in party leadership and emerging policy thinking after the Scottish Independence Referendum were two of the reasons the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was in Perth last month.

Autumn Statement 2014: Construction industry responds

The Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement has been met with mixed reaction from the construction industry.

Infrastructure announcement boosts housing, says FMB

Announcements made by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander MP yesterday, as part of the publication of the National Infrastructure Plan, place housing at the heart of the government’s long-term plan, and shows a welcome emphasis on the importance of small sites for housing delivery, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said.

Rudridge looks ahead as industry is poised for growth

Figures published recently by the Construction Products Association show a forecasted growth in the industry of 23% by the end of 2018, with private housing starts expected to grow by 10% in 2015. This is great news according to Rudridge, the independent supplier of groundwork, drainage and civil engineering materials.

Ridgeons placed 20th in Cambridgeshire Ltd Top 100

Independent timber and builders' merchant Ridgeons has been placed 20th in this year's Cambridgeshire Ltd Top 100 2014, compiled by Grant Thornton.

Energy efficient improvements are a priority for homeowners

A recent YouGov poll by Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland has found that 54% of UK homeowners consider energy efficient improvements to the home a top priority.

Aggregate Industries invests in management team

Aggregate Industries has benefited from making a significant investment to its management training after introducing a new Management Development Programme (MDP) across its UK teams.

Manufacturing credentials cemented

Next year is going to be a memorable one for Russell Roof Tiles as the company celebrates a double anniversary for its two manufacturing plants in Lochmaben and Burton-on-Trent, as well as the start of a major investment programme.

Grafton Group acquires Crescent Building Supplies

Grafton Group plc, the builders' merchanting and DIY Group with operations in the UK, Ireland and Belgium, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Crescent Building Supplies Limited.

Forest Garden invests in new head office facilities

Following the recent investment in additional sawmill facilities, Forest Garden has announced that it will shortly be moving into a new group head office at its Worcestershire site.

Totally Tools 2015 takes shape

New exhibitors have been added to the 2015 Totally DIY and Totally Tools shows, with many companies exhibiting for the first time.

Wolseley launches online Clearance Center

More than 3,500 lines of discounted stock can be accessed by anyone at the click of a button, following the recent launch of Wolseley UK's Clearance Center website.

Supreme Concrete aims for 100% availability

Supreme Concrete has announced a number of initiatives designed to make sure the company continues to meet customer requirements in the short and long term.

Government’s support of SME housebuilders praised by FMB

The government’s announcement that it will lower the threshold on the Builders Finance Fund to five units has been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Aggregate Industries boosts sales force with new programme

Aggregate Industries has introduced the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management (ISMM) programme to its UK sales division.

NBG Conference awards suppliers

The annual NBG Conference came to a triumphant close earlier this week with the Supplier Awards. Winners were revealed at a Gala Dinner held at the Celtic Manor resort in Wales, where approximately 400 delegates gathered to celebrate the National Buying Group.

EH Smith redevelops Longbridge branch

Builders merchant EH Smith has completed of a major redevelopment of its’ Longbridge branch, which first opened in 2008.

MKM signs exclusive contract with Midas Homes

MKM Building Supplies has signed an exclusive contract with East Yorkshire housebuilder Midas Homes, 20 years after first starting work with the company.

Pipe Center and Climate Center celebrate industry heroes

Pipe Center and Climate Center have launched a Hall of Fame to honour and celebrate long-serving staff who make an outstanding contribution to the company and industry.

Support services vital as contractors respond to RHI

With more than 13,000 accredited installations now registered for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), Sustainable Building Solution (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, is calling for the industry to proactively continue its support by offering easy access to services.

WcoBM welcomes its first female Master

Gill Moore, executive chairman of builders’ merchant WJ Lewis, was installed as the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants (WCoBM) yesterday, marking her as the first female Master.

Chandlers opens Lewes showroom

Chandlers Building Supplies is opening a new doors, floors and ironmongery showroom as part of the continued development of its Lewes branch.

Travis Perkins Group most improved in corporate action on deforestation

For addressing the challenge of removing deforestation from its supply chain, the Travis Perkins Group has been recognised as the most improved company from 2013 in Industrials and Autos in CDP’s 2014 global forests report, ‘Deforestation-free supply chains: From commitments to action’.

Brick Awards praise London School of Economics entry

The London School of Economics was the clear Supreme winner at this year's Brick Awards, as well as the winner of the Best Education Category and Innovative Use of Brick and Clay Products.

Sell-out Builders' Merchant Awards celebrate excellence

On 21 November, 2014, London’s Lancaster Hotel played host to almost 600 key figures from the UK builders’ merchant industry in a highlight of the annual merchant calendar.

Award-winning students get star treatment from GAI

The education achievements of a new generation of architectural ironmongers have been recognised and rewarded at the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) Education Awards.

BWF calls for 'decisive action' over housing shortfall

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is calling on the Chancellor to do more to meet the housing shortfall, to recognise the value of apprenticeships and to reform business rates to avoid penalising manufacturers.

Roofing merchant branch turns 20

Independent roofing supplies merchant Alltype recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Dulwich Depot, which is one of five across London.

Charles Ledigo named Legend of Industry

Reisser’s chairman Charles Ledigo has been recognised as “one of the finest and leading examples in his industry” by Variety, The Children’s Charity, at its annual awards ceremony.

Owlett-Jaton secures major contract with Selco

Owlett-Jaton has secured a deal with builders’ merchant Selco, to supply its range of fasteners and fixings.

AJ Ferguson buys second Striebig

A Striebig Control vertical panel saw has brought improvements to the sheet-cutting service provided by West London timber and joinery supplier, AJ Ferguson & Co.

Ed Davey MP opens Chandlers Sustainable Centre

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey MP, visited Chandlers Building Supplies’ Lewes branch on 13 November to officially open the Sustainable Building Solutions Centre.

BMF establishes specialist Timber Forum

The Builders Merchants Federation has held its first Timber Forum to support members and suppliers in the timber and wood products market.

Deco-Pak invests £1m in improved stock and transport systems

Deco-Pak, UK supplier of aggregates and landscaping products, has invested more than £1m in its stock and transport systems for the coming season, to ensure even higher levels of service and customer satisfaction will be achieved.

CPA reports on ways to encourage investment in UK manufacturing

Industry and government can work better together to develop policies that give greater certainty and confidence to industry and encourage investment, innovation and growth, according to a report from the Construction Products Association (CPA).