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JELD-WEN supports merchant sales with new timber window campaign

The latest campaign from JELD-WEN is supporting merchant sales by promoting timber windows that are the natural choice for every environment, from conservation properties in the UK to sub-zero temperatures in the Antarctic.

High Sheriff marks progression of Ibstock investment with factory visit

The High Sheriff of Leicestershire visited the Ibstock factory in Leicestershire on 30 March as the factory continues its multi-million pound investment.

Howarth Timber partners with Aritco to sell home lifts

Customers at Howarth Timber and Building Supplies branches around the UK can now purchase home lifts after the timber company signed an agreement with the award-winning lift manufacturer Aritco.

Chandlers highlighting apprenticeship success

With the recent National Apprenticeship Week aiming to encourage more young people to go down the apprentice route, the Halesowen branch of Chandlers Roofing Supplies is keen to highlight what a positive experience it can be.

Upgrade proves Knauf’s continued UK investment

Increased demand for plasterboard in the UK and Ireland has prompted a significant investment from Knauf into its manufacturing facilities in Immingham, a testament to the company’s commitment to UK manufacturing.

PHC Parts stages ‘The Apprentice’

NMBS member PHC Parts is taking a leaf out of Sir Alan Sugar’s book when it comes to motivating and rewarding staff.

FloPlast joins forces with BMF

FloPlast is the latest plumbing supplier to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). Plumbing and heating is now one of the fastest growing areas of BMF membership, with 200 merchant and supplier members operating in this sector.

Liberty House saves steel plants with help of Scottish government

Liberty House has secured an agreement with Scottish government Ministers to acquire the TATA Steel plants at Dalzell and Clydebridge.

Jewson crowns Young Tradesperson of the Year

Builders’ merchant Jewson has named Carley Doolan as the winner of its Young Tradesperson of the Year competition.

The Rainy Day Trust celebrates 173 years today

The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) is celebrating its 173rd anniversary today (24 March).

Construction industry comes out of the shadows with launch of exciting new initiative

Low wages, low prospects, low education and dirty work – it’s fair to say that the construction industry in the UK has something of an image problem.

RGB Building Supplies searching for its past

RGB Building Supplies, which was established in 1850, is asking tradesmen and women to help it collate a record of its 166-year history.

Jewson and Street League to create 300 jobs with UK-wide partnership

Jewson and Street League, a national charity that uses football to tackle youth unemployment, have announced a UK-wide partnership to create hundreds of job opportunities across the country.

Michelmersh reports spectacular increase in profits despite drop in volumes

Michelmersh Brick Holdings is pleased to report its audited final results for the year ended 31 December 2015, reporting a strong performance and continued progress.

Ridgeons cements supplier relationships at annual event

Ridgeons recently hosted its annual ‘Meet the Merchant’ day, which incorporated the ‘Supplier of the Year’ awards and also featured a format change this year encouraging less formal interaction and more social networking.

AkzoNobel launches Dulux Academy for painters and decorators

AkzoNobel, the parent company of professional paint brand Dulux Trade, has today launched the UK’s first academy for painters and decorators, with an official opening by the Minister of State for Employment, Priti Patel.

BMF launches branch finder app

The new branch locator app from the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will help tradespeople find a convenient outlet anywhere in the country. BMF merchants operate almost 4,500 branches across the UK and they can all be found on the new app.

Elliotts launches Elliotts Living Spaces in Ringwood

Elliotts has announced the launch of Elliotts Living Spaces, a collection of kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, flooring, landscaping and finishing touches.

Selco continues growth plans with new branch opening

Selco Builders Warehouse has revealed it will continue its strong growth strategy, revealing more new branches planned for 2016 and beyond.

Richmonds opens new branch in Edinburgh

Richmonds Plumbing & Heating Merchants is delighted to announce the opening of its first Edinburgh branch.

2016 Budget: The BMF comments

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, gave his Budget Statement to Parliament yesterday (16 March) and John Newcomb, managing director for the Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF), gives his initial reaction to those aspects most directly relevant to Federation members.

2016 Budget: The industry reacts

Yesterday (16 March), Chancellor George Osborne delivered the 2016 Budget, announcing a variety of measures concerning topics from soft drinks to oil and gas, but the Chancellor had relatively little to say on housing this year.

2016 Budget: 'Lower taxes for business'

Chancellor George Osborne today (16 March) set out the 2016 Budget amid what he described as a “turbulent” global economic outlook.

IOBM supports BMF position on apprentice levy

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM) fully endorses the position of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) that firms unwilling to take on apprentices will lose out when the government’s new Apprenticeship Levy comes into effect in April.

Showroom launch brings luxury to MKM in Sheffield

MKM Building Supplies is bringing luxury to Sheffield’s building sector with the launch of a new showroom.

New branch initiative for Plumb Center and Parts Center

Plumb Center and Parts Center have unveiled a new floor plan at a branch in Purley to improve customers’ in-branch experience.

IoBM supports BMF position on Apprenticeship Levy

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM) has endorsed the Builders' Merchants Federation's (BMF) view that firms unwilling to take on apprentices will lose out when the government's new Apprenticeship Levy comes into effect in April.

Construction output falls in January

Construction output in January 2016 fell by 0.2% compared to the previous month, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, but the sector has still seen growth in new orders.

Scottish construction output hit new high in 2015

Construction output in Scotland reached £14.5bn in 2015 - a new record output for the year, according to full-year figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Crystal Group joins the BMF

Crystal Group, the manufacturer of made to measure PVC-U windows, doors and conservatories, is the latest supplier to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Pochin opens new plumbing & heating branch in Corby

Independent plumbing and heating supplier Pochin has opened a new outlet in Corby, its first in Northamptonshire.

Keylite launches #Switched2 Rewards promotion

Best known for its advanced ideas in roof window design, Keylite has applied its innovative thinking to a new rewards promotion, which benefits not only the installer but also the merchant.

HPS announces branch openings and record sales

Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) has announced record sales and profits for 2015. Sales for the period comprising January to December 2015 were £53.1m up from £48.1m reported in 2014, whilst profits were £4.4m up from £3.7m in 2014.

BIM4M2 and CPA join forces for BIM master class

Building Information Modelling (BIM) working group BIM4M2 has partnered with the Construction Products Association (CPA) to host an informative CPD event on 13 April in London, providing an overview of BIM requirements for manufacturers.

Lincoln Security trade counter promotes ASSA ABLOY security solutions

Lincoln Security has opened a new trade counter that showcases products from ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a specialist in door opening solutions.

Industry expects housing market to experience slowdown after stamp duty changes

House price inflation peaked last December ahead of an anticipated rush to beat buy-to-let tax rises. Rate of house price inflation is now predicted to slow as April’s stamp duty changes are introduced and more modest growth in property sales is projected following the buy-to-let rush, the latest survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has revealed.

Topform wins two SFA awards

Galway company, Topform, has won the Overall SFA National Small Business Award 2016 and the Exporter of the Year category in the SFA Awards held in the RDS Concert Hall on 3 March 2016.

Building work begins on new Geberit headquarters

Following its acquisition of Twyford Bathrooms last year and as part of Geberit’s ambitious growth plans, building work has begun on the manufacturer‘s new headquarters.

BSS’s back-saving safety initiative shortlisted for awards

A safety programme, which has cut lost time manual handling accidents across the BSS branch network by 80% in one year, has been shortlisted for an award. The BSS LiFT programme has been shortlisted for the H&V News Awards 2016 in the Safety Initiative of the Year category.

‘Simplicity is key’ ahead of Budget announcement

Neil Schofield, head of external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group, has called for the Chancellor George Osborne to ensure that any schemes introduced to improve domestic energy efficiency as part of next week’s Budget are as simple as possible for the nation’s homeowners to access.

Natural Paving Products fights child exploitation in India

Putting ethical trading at the centre of all it does, Natural Paving Products (UK) has partnered with Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize winner 2014, to improve the lives of Indian children near its quarries and new factory.

CBI economist to speak at Members Day

CBI economist Anna Leach will be one of the keynote speakers at the Builders' Merchants Federation (BMF) Members Day in September.

Breedon Aggregates reports promising growth

Breedon Aggregates has announced its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2015 and reports strong growth as well as promising forecasts for the future of the group.

Eurocell expands horizons with Vista acquisition

Eurocell has announced the acquisition of Vista Panels from CorpAcq. Vista is a manufacturer of composite and PVC-U entrance doors, with a turnover of approximately £14m.

Significant growth for Breedon Aggregates

Breedon Aggregates has announced its audited annual results for the year ended 31 December, 2015.

SAS Direct acquired by SIG plc

SIG plc, a FTSE-250 leading European specialist supplier to the construction, building and industrial markets, has acquired SAS Direct & Partitioning Ltd (SAS Direct), an interiors distributor operating in the mid to high-tier partitioning sectors in the UK and Ireland.

Higgins Building Supplies celebrates its 150th anniversary

Higgins Building Supplies is celebrating a major business milestone this year. The family owned builders’ merchant, which operates from a depot in Wellingborough and a second site in Irthingborough, is commemorating 150 years of trading.

Zero Bills Home is launched on BRE Innovation Park

RIBA award-winning zero carbon design and development business Zed Factory has unveiled the Zero Bills Home, which it says is a response to the housing crisis that aims to make home energy bills obsolete.

Plumb and Parts Center tours UK with Trade Talk

Plumb and Parts Center has announced the dates and locations for its latest series of events for the trade.

Team aims to ignite interest in construction industry

Three students scooped the top prize in a competition to devise a video and social media campaign to inspire young people to consider careers in the construction industry.