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Naylor Scotland marks extension of manufacturing operation

Naylor Scotland's Fife factory has celebrated the commissioning of its new twin wall drain line in an unveiling ceremony attended by Fife MSP David Torrance.

Anglia Tool Centre opens Milton Keynes branch

Anglia Tool Centre has opened a new Milton Keynes branch, extending its east of England presence.

Huws Gray acquires R.W. Almond Builders Merchants

After two years of internal focus and consolidation, Huws Gray is back on the acquisition trail.

Recycling push pays dividends for Howarth Timber

Howarth Timber’s Scunthorpe branch has set a benchmark for sustainability after a waste management overhaul led to over 96% of waste being diverted away from landfill.

Lack of workplace fire door awareness putting lives at risk, survey suggests

Fifty-three per cent of employees who replied to a recent survey have admitted to not knowing how to spot a faulty fire door, while 28% didn’t know it was illegal to prop open a fire door without a specially designed device approved by the fire authority.

Ideal Commercial Boilers signs deal with Compheat sales agency

Ideal Commercial Boilers has extended its sales force in the north of England after signing a contract with Compheat, a sales agency in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) sector.

Lack of awareness of new recycling legislation is costing businesses, industry figure says

Many workplaces unaware of legislation instructing waste handlers in England and Wales to collect recyclable materials separately are missing an opportunity, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby.

Selco branches turn back the clock with 1990s prices

Two Selco Builders Warehouse branches are reducing the price of some products to 1990 levels to celebrate their anniversaries this month.

Russell Roof Tiles Zumba class raises Help for Heroes funds

Russell Roof Tiles has staged a charity fundraiser Zumba class at its Burton on Trent head office, with proceeds going to the Help for Heroes military charity.

Dulux Trade invites entries to decorator competition

Dulux Trade has launched its Masters Series contest to recognise outstanding decorating work as part of the company’s Champions of Colour initiative, launched this September.

Graham opens Swansea and Leamington Spa branches

Broadening its number of branches located throughout the UK, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has opened new branches in Swansea and Leamington Spa this summer.

Naylor identified as UK National Champion at European Business Awards

Yorkshire-based Naylor Industries has been named as a UK National Champion in The European Business Awards.

Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants to offer seven-day service

Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants (PPHM) will open seven days a week from October 2015 to meet demand from tradespeople across London.

Housebuilding increase must be backed by improved access to finance, FMB says

Easier access to finance for small and medium enterprise (SME) house builders must be made a government priority, to capitalise on recent signs of improvement observed in the Federation of Master Builders' (FMB) latest survey of small housebuilders.

Expert Trades partners with Ethan Mason Paving

Expert Trades has partnered with Ethan Mason Paving and will work together to build an industry leading installer network.

British Gypsum prepares for its biggest ever launch

British Gypsum has unveiled Lifestyle Wall, a brand new drylining system featuring Gyproc Habito plasterboard at its core.

Paris climate conference could force government renewable push, says Elmhurst Energy

The United Nations Climate Change Conference starting in Paris this November could mark a renewed focus on energy efficiency in the United Kingdom, a renewable energy consultancy, training and accreditation provider says.

Worcester’s ErP week returns

Worcester, Bosch Group is furthering its commitment to making the Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive as easy as ABC, by holding a second ErP Week dedicated to ensuring installers are up to speed with what will be expected of them once the regulations come into force.

BMF strikes collective deal with H&B

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has agreed group membership terms with the H&B Buying Group, one of the largest co-operative buying organisations for independent merchants.

Naylor opens new factory in Barnsley

Prestressed concrete lintel manufacturer Naylor Concrete Products has opened a new manufacturing facility in Barugh Green, Barnsley.

CEMEX welcomes Business Minister to Rugby cement production plant

Business Minister Anna Soubry visited CEMEX's Rugby cement plant, the largest cement in the UK, on 3 September to review the contribution that energy-intensive industries, such as cement production, make to the UK economy.

Howarth Timber Engineered Solutions secures fourth factory

Howarth Timber Engineered Solutions has acquired a fourth factory, extending its reach into the South West, having completed the purchase of Gloucestershire-based Paul Timber Engineering.

Lords comes on-board with Trailfinders

Lords Builders Merchants in has become an Ealing Trailfinders sponsor for the forthcoming Greene King IPA 2015/2016 Championship season.

British Gypsum opens entries for 2015 National Trophy Awards

British Gypsum has invited entries to its 10th National Trophy Awards 2015, prizes for which are to be given at a ceremony in Prague next year.

HighJump acquires electronic trading platform provider Wesupply

HighJump, a provider of supply chain management solutions, has announced its acquisition of Wesupply, a provider of supplier enablement and B2B integration solutions across multiple industries including retail, building, CPG, energy and manufacturing.

Plumbase Colne opens new kitchen and bathroom showroom

The Mayor of Pendle, Councillor Nawaz Ahmed, officially opened the new kitchen and bathroom showroom at Plumbase Colne.

BMF earns member approval

'Trusted, relevant, respected and delivering services valued by its members' – that’s the message from the latest Member Survey conducted by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Bond It training facility opens at company's West Yorkshire headquarters

Bond It has opened a dedicated training facility in West Yorkshire to help the company deliver high levels of customer service and support.

Selco Builders Warehouse celebrates landmark anniversaries

Selco Builders Warehouse is celebrating two branch anniversaries by giving charities and community groups the chance to build a brighter future as part of a competition.

Filplastic racks up 22% sales growth

A Yorkshire-based company that considers itself a ‘barometer of the builders’ merchants industry’ has racked up a 22% increase in annual sales.

Naylor expands with move to Barnsley manufacturing facility

Prestressed concrete lintel manufacturer Naylor Concrete Products has announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Barugh Green, Barnsley.

BSRIA proposes simplified legislation in 'Achieving Carbon Targets' document

BSRIA has launched its White Paper titled ‘Achieving Carbon Targets’, which asks what the construction industry needs from government to deliver and achieve the carbon targets over the next decade.

Increase in construction output to be driven by private housebuilding

Construction output is predicted to increase 13.2% by 2017, with private house building expected to be a key driver of this growth, according to the latest forecasts from the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Builders’ merchants sales rise in Q2

The latest sales figures from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel, released today (24 August) by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), show sales in Q2 2015 through the UK’s general builders’ merchants were at their highest since tracking began last July.

Highest sales figures for general builders merchants in a year, according to BMF index

Sales through the UK’s general builders merchants in Q2 2015 were at their highest since tracking began last July, the latest figures from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel released by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) show.

Alarm campaign encourages landlords to go beyond legislation requirements

Increased sales of smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms will be the result of forthcoming rental property legislation, but landlords should be encouraged by merchants to install more alarms than the new law will demand, a safety campaign advises.

Expansion plans herald opening of 200th Toolstation branch in Newton Abbot

Toolstation has celebrated 200 new branch openings since the company's 2003 launch with its Newton Abbot site, as part of an expansion programme that will see 210 stores trading in the UK by the end of the year.

BSRIA report forecasts four-year growth in bath sales

The global baths market is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of just below five per cent until 2019, BSRIA’s Global Bathroom Market 2015 research has found.

Construction work turned away by two thirds of businesses due to skills shortage, FMB survey suggests

Sixty six per cent of small construction companies admit to having been forced to turn down new business due to the skills shortage, according to a Federation of Master Builders (FMB) survey.

Stax invests £5 million in new Glasgow branch opening

Stax Trade Centres has opened its first Glasgow branch, creating 81 jobs and predicting 100 more new posts within the next 12 months.

BMF launches careers website

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a new careers website to promote the wide range of employment opportunities offered by merchants and building materials suppliers.

Staff training investment at CPS and PTS aims to improve customer service

Investment in staff training with the aim of delivering market-leading standards of knowledge and customer service has been jointly announced by City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) and Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS).

Gypsum industry first as Knauf awarded Carbon Trust Standard

The Carbon Trust has awarded Knauf UK the Carbon Trust Standard for Carbon in recognition of its achievements reducing its carbon emissions.

Tarmac leads responsible sourcing excellence

Tarmac has announced that its Cement and Lime business has been awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating under BES 6001.

Weber becomes BMF’s 150th supplier member

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will celebrate its 150th supplier member when Weber, a manufacturer of industrial mortars, joins the Federation later this month.

Expansion for RGB Building Supplies to include new Torquay branch

RGB Building Supplies has announced the construction of a new branch and a re-location of another, as well as the planned opening of a new kitchen and bathroom studio and an increase in its head office space.

Wirral housing association tasks Managed Services with cost-cutting operation

Managed Services has been contracted to improve the cost efficiency for housing association Magenta Living after it signed a five-year partnership deal with the Travis Perkins company.

Alutec invests in IT to improve customer service

Alutec has updated its IT systems to provide faster delivery times and improved customer service, the company says.

American door manufacturer Jeld-Wen acquires Dooria

Jeld-Wen has announced its acquisition of Dooria A/S, Scandinavian manufacturer of wooden doors and provider of domestic and commercial doors in Sweden and Norway.

Siniat a finalist for Customer Experience Awards

Siniat has been named a finalist for the 2015 Customer Experience Awards in September.