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Buildbase Lincoln hosts Housing and Planning Minister

The Buildbase Lincoln branch is growing its business locally to meet the demands of a changing market for regional building and maintenance work.

Students get lesson in sustainable building from Chandlers

Representatives from Chandlers Building Supplies and Porotherm gave students from Sussex Downs College a lesson in sustainable building on 24 February.

BWF confirms suspension of merger talks

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has confirmed to its membership that merger talks with the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) have been suspended.

Triton achieves zero waste to landfill status

Triton, The Great British Shower Company, is celebrating the achievement of zero waste to landfill status two years ahead of schedule.

BMF launches customer service Charter

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has introduced a new Charter that commits its members to providing the highest standards of customer service throughout the building materials supply chain.

Major investment programme at Archwood

Archwood, which operates under the Richard Burbidge, Masons Timber Products and Atkinson & Kirby brands, is investing in a new group commercial centre and improved centralised warehousing and distribution operations, to deliver further service improvements to customers nationwide.

Mira backs new blood with apprentice scheme relaunch

Mira Showers is backing the best of new manufacturing blood with the relaunch of its long-standing apprenticeship scheme, starting with the employment of four hopeful starters in September this year.

Grafton Group’s profits grow

Grafton Group plc, the builders’ merchanting and DIY Group with operations in the UK, Ireland and Belgium, has enjoyed a strong 2014 - posting a 56% increase in its pre-tax profits - growing to £101.2m for the year.

Bristan’s ‘Shower to the People’ roadshow visits Selco

It would seem that the show must certainly go on for Bristan’s ‘Shower to the People’ nationwide tour as it continued throughout March to visit Selco branches across the country.

JT Dove joins Fortis Merchants

Fortis Merchants has announced that JT Dove will join the buying group from 1 April, 2015.

Transport Minister visits BSW Timber’s Fort William Sawmill

Transport Minister Derek Mackay recently visited BSW Timber’s sawmill in Fort William to mark the successful launch of a shipping service that is helping the company boost sales in the south of England.

Speedy opens UK national distribution centre

Speedy has opened a flagship national distribution centre (NDC) in Tamworth.

Makita powers into BMF membership

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is celebrating the start of the new financial year with another supplier member - Makita - who will join the Federation on 1 April.

Chandlers named as Sussex Super Growth awards finalist

Chandlers Building Supplies has been named as a finalist in the Sussex Super Growth 2015 awards, which celebrates companies in the county that are achieving sustainable growth, creating jobs and helping to build up the economy.

Lafarge Tarmac launches apprenticeship recruitment drive

As the UK celebrates National Apprenticeship Week (9 to 13 March), Lafarge Tarmac has launched its annual recruitment programme to find 75 new apprentices.

JW Grant & Son staff rewarded with Living Wage commitment

JW Grant & Son Ltd has become accredited as a Living Wage employer.

BoSS-approved sales centres launched by Deborah Services

Deborah Services, specialist in the provision of non-mechanical construction equipment, has launched two BoSS sales centres in Peterborough and Rotherham, with the help of Youngman.

Joinery industry pushes Chancellor for long-term solutions

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has again urged the government to put support for small businesses and skills growth in the UK at the centre of its financial plans for the year, while demanding more sustainable action to boost housebuilding after the next Election.

Sustainability showroom to open at Gibbs & Dandy Bedford

The Bedford branch of Gibbs & Dandy will open a specially created Sustainable Buildings Showroom, packed with environmentally-friendly products and technologies.

Builders’ merchant driver could be the next world crane champion

His name is Ashley Myatt and by mid-April he could be one of the UK’s most unusual world champions.

Federation of Master Builders welcomes Conservative housing plans

The Conservative Party’s plan to deliver 200,000 new homes for first-time buyers is a welcome ambition but needs to be delivered by a range of builders to ensure good quality design and diversity, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

MKM sees sales grow by 31%

MKM Building Supplies has reported a 31% increase in sales for the 12 months to 30 September 2014, compared with the same period in the previous year.

Keyline extends range at certain branches

Keyline is extending its product range in a network of branches across the UK to provide specialist strategic support to its utilities customers.

Gordon Birtwistle MP voices support for “vitally important” apprenticeships

In anticipation of National Apprenticeship Week 2015, which runs from today (9 March) until Friday 13 March, Gordon Birtwistle MP recently paid a visit to Travis Perkins and City Plumbing Supplies branches to find out more about the company’s apprenticeship schemes.

QS Supplies opens new showroom

QS Supplies, an independent wholesaler and retailer of bath and sanitaryware, has opened a new showroom in Leicester.

Champion Timber promotes excellence in staff leadership

Champion Timber has announced that six of its staff has completed the Level 3 Leadership & Management certificate from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), as part of its ongoing training and development programme for its 195-strong workforce.

Ridgeons meets the merchant event a big hit with suppliers

Ridgeons recently held a ‘Meet the Merchant’ event at its Pampisford site on 25 February.

Sydenhams adds to its branch network

Sydenhams has opened a new branch in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, having bought builders’ merchant F Knight & Sons for an undisclosed sum.

Wienerberger reopens Ewhurst brick factory

Wienerberger has reopened its Ewhurst brick factory in Surrey, following its pledge to invest £25 million in the UK's economy and help to alleviate the housing shortage.

Excellence in paving is celebrated at Brett Landscaping awards

Excellence in paving installation was rewarded by Brett Landscaping and Building Products at the company’s annual Approved Installer Awards, which celebrates the achievements of paving contractors who are members of its Brett Approved Installer (BAI) scheme.

Grafton Group acquires TG Lynes

Grafton Group plc, the builders' merchanting and DIY Group with operations in the UK, Ireland and Belgium, has completed the acquisition of TG Lynes, a distributor of mechanical engineering products for use in commercial and public sector buildings, apartments and industrial processes.

Optimism builds in the construction sector

More than half of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in the UK construction sector say that trading conditions are improving, with 52% saying that they will invest in their business during 2015.

Official opening of MoCoCo House

Last Friday (27 February) marked the official opening of MoCoCo House, a Cheshire-based homelessness charity that CRASH and its Patron companies have been working with.

Wolseley UK backs up National Apprenticeship Week with extended scheme

National Apprenticeship Week is nearly upon us, and Wolseley UK is showing its support by extending its flagship apprenticeship scheme.

BMF’s Supplier Forum proves a success

BMF supplier members turned out in force for a new-style dedicated Supplier Forum.

Howarth Timber Group’s 175 celebrations are up and running

The Howarth Timber Group continues to celebrate its 175th anniversary in style with a dinner for the great and good of the British building industry.

New strategy for F & P simply delivers more

F & P has launched its new look brand and strapline, highlighting the wholesaler’s service focused strategy and promise to ‘simply deliver more’ for its customers.

New IAI chairman announces award winners

The Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) has announced the winners of its awards, which were presented at its AGM.

Jewson conference recognises employee achievements

Jewson has held its annual conference combined with its largest supplier exhibition to date.

Ridgeons’ Rushforth to speak at BMF Members Day

Angela Rushforth, group managing director of Ridgeons Group has joined the growing list of impassioned speakers for the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) Members Day in September.

Brick capacity increase bolsters production capability

Michelmersh Brick Holdings has completed an expansion project to increase manufacturing capacity by 6m bricks at its Sussex-based Freshfield Lane brickworks.

Management buyout at JB Kind

JB Kind has been acquired by its management team for an undisclosed sum in a deal led by Springboard Corporate Finance.

Q4 merchant sales reflect seasonal change

Q4 sales in the merchant sector during 2014 show a -5.2% fall, when adjusted for seasonal trading days, according to the latest sales figures released by rthe GfK Builders' Merchant Panel.

Jewson pledges £100K for community regeneration projects

Builders’ merchant, Jewson, is asking tradespeople up and down the country to put forward local community projects that are in need of a transformation.

ABC Depot MD nominated for Young Entrepreneur of the Year award

Prakash Patel, managing director of builders’ merchant ABC Depot, has been nominated for the title of Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the upcoming Asian Voice Political & Public Life Awards.

Vecta CRM & Analytics – four category finalist in European IT Awards

UK software solution specialist Vecta Sales Solutions is celebrating after achieving finalist status, this time in four separate categories, for the 2015 European IT Awards for Software Excellence.

Hire-It’s unrivalled level of service goes national

The Hire-It service from BSS Industrial will achieve national coverage by May 2015 with its exclusive Hire Centres available in all of the distributor’s branches.

Business gains for Grange thanks to storm management

Fencing and decorative garden structures expert, Grange, has reported considerable business gains across the merchant and garden centre sectors, thanks to its positive handling of the storm damage crisis in 2014.

Polypipe acquires Ferrob ventilation business

Polypipe Ventilation has acquired the good will and assets of Ferrob - now trading as a new company called Ferrob Ventilation.

Combilift announces €40m investment in new manufacturing facility

Combilift is to invest €40m over the next two years in a new manufacturing facility, which will also create 200 additional jobs over the next five years.