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Worcester, Bosch Group endorses Queen’s zero-carbon homes stance

Martyn Bridges, director of marketing and technical support at Worcester, Bosch Group, has sympathised with the disappointment surrounding the Queen’s speech on zero-carbon homes, but ultimately considers the announcement commonsensical for the nation’s construction sector.

Bosch leads CHP workshop for young engineers

Young members of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) have attended a guest lecture from a Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating representative, gaining an insight into how to reap the benefits of combined heat and power (CHP).

Howarth staff appointed as IoBM governors

Two Howarth Timber and Building Supplies employees have been appointed to the board of governors at the Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) and will work on a voluntary basis to further the aims of the Institute.

h&b Group signs supplier agreement with Wrekin

Wrekin Products has recently signed a two-year agreement to supply h&b Group with geosynthetics.

EH Smith reports 200% + surge in solar sales

EH Smith is seeing sales of photovoltaic (solar) panels soar by more than 200%. In fact, the firm has sold more solar panels for both domestic and commercial use in the first quarter of 2014 than during the whole of 2013.

A new face at the BMF

A senior manager from GPH Builders Merchants has joined the board of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

IBC celebrates its 200th member

Independent merchant buying group IBC has acquired its 200th member in only five short years.

Mersey Building Supplies opens in Anfield

Mersey Building Supplies has opened in Anfield with ambitions to take on established national firms based in and around the city.

Kilsaran joins h&b Group’s ranks

Concrete and paving specialist Kilsaran International has officially been appointed as a recommended supplier of the h&b Group.

Eurocell’s Aberdeen branch gets a makeover

As part of an ongoing programme of investment and improvements, the Eurocell Building Plastics branch on Denmore Industrial Estate, Aberdeen, has undergone a complete refurbishment.

Chandlers exhibits ‘green’ building products at Eco show

Chandlers Building Supplies is inviting those who are interested in sustainable and environmentally friendly building techniques to speak to their experts at the Eco Technology Show, which takes place at The Brighton Centre on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 June.

Baxi welcomes Green Deal Home Improvement Fund launch

Baxi has welcomed the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), which was officially launched on Monday (9 June).

Worcester launches online training academy

Worcester, Bosch Group is making it easier for installers to enhance their industry knowledge through the launch of its Online Training Academy.

Accomplishments at Ridgeons, Ipswich

Ridgeons’ Ipswich branch marked the completion of its recent refurbishment by raising nearly £300 for the Group’s chosen charity of the year: the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Travis Perkins unveils new branch layout

Travis Perkins has unveiled a brand new branch on Neachells Lane, Willenhall in Wolverhampton, which has been developed following extensive research into how tradespeople navigate branches and select products.

Mike Rigby to speak at NMBS Conference

The National Builders’ Merchants Buying Society (NMBS) has asked MRA Marketing’s Mike Rigby to give a presentation on marketing and branding at the industry at the Conference next week (19 to 22 June).

GPH Builders Merchants is on the ball

It might seem that sales and football don’t have a strong connection, but a GPH Builders Merchants employee has found his ball skills have helped him score at work.

Baxi opens new training centre in Exeter

Baxi has opened its 12th satellite training centre in partnership with Exeter College of Construction to encourage and train the next generation of installers.

Chandlers launches new brick selector website

Chandlers Building Supplies has unveiled its new brick selector website, which gives customers the chance to view available stock and make online enquiries.

Travis Perkins Group partners with Geo-Environmental Sciences

Travis Perkins Group, led by its Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS) brand, has entered into an exclusive partnership with Geo-Environmental Sciences.

Cromar exceeds ambitions

Yorkshire-based Cromar Building Products has smashed its targets, turning over £13.5m during the last 12 months, up from £10.8m in the previous year.

BSS Industrial secures future skills through apprenticeship scheme

BSS Industrial has launched its own management apprenticeship scheme to nurture home-grown talent and attract external applicants, securing the next generation of highly skilled and knowledgeable staff across its branch network and central support functions.

New bill leaves zero-carbon target “in tatters”

New legislation, announced today as part of the Queen’s Speech, has attracted criticism from industry for scaling back measures to achieve zero carbon by 2016.

Howarth invests in Barrowford showroom

Kitchen specialist Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has continued to invest in its Howarth at Home brand following the opening of a new showroom in Barrowford.

Jewson employee warns locals of scam

A member of staff from Jewson’s Aberystwyth branch has received a Tool Hire Hero Award for saving his own branch and several local businesses from fraud.

‘Beefed up’ profit margins for merchants

Merchants supplying Siniat’s high-performance thermal boards have seen around a 45% increase in sales, thanks to a cheeky promotional offer and some bold in-store marketing.

Plumbase Industrial 'to create national branch network'

Plumbase Industrial has added nine new branches to its network as part of ambitious plans to achieve national coverage by the end of 2014.

Breedon Aggregates expands with acquisition of Huntsman’s Quarries

Breedon Aggregates has acquired Huntsman’s Quarries, an aggregates company based in the North Cotswolds, for a cash consideration of £15m.

Lesson in pressure management tops BMF Members Day

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced its final speakers for the BMF Members Day in September, who will offer advice on how to perform under pressure.

IoBM launches training portal for merchant staff

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) has launched an online training portal to help builders’ merchant staff access the latest training and development resources from its supply partners.

Non-domestic RHI tariff review provides great hope for GSHPs

The Ground Source Heat Pump Association has welcomed the launch of the revised Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs for the non-domestic RHI.

Ibstock to share expertise with merchants at industry forum

Ibstock will be sharing the latest innovations in brick and unique services for merchants as it hosts its 17th annual Independent Builders Merchant Forum (IBMF) next week.

Kerridge announces Customer Conference

Kerridge has revealed that its 2014 UK Customer Conference will be held on Wednesday 11 June at the De Vere Staverton Park Hotel.

UK construction firms fear major skills shortage

Two fifths (41%) of construction companies in the UK believe the industry will face a serious skills shortage as the economy continues to recover over the next five years, a survey has revealed.

STA supports Fair Payment Charter

The Structural Timber Association (STA) is encouraging its members to sign up to the Supply Chain Payment Charter, published by the Construction Leadership Council.

BMF Members Day new speaker announced

Judith Ozcan, a senior director of the British Business Bank, has been announced as the latest keynote speaker at BMF Members Day in September.

A&G trading companies acquired by former chief executive

Acheson & Glover has announced that its two trading companies have been acquired by a new company, owned by A&G's former chief executive Raymond Acheson.

Lords acquires Poores of Chorleywood

Poores of Chorleywood has been sold to the Lords Group of Companies.

Business as usual for A&G as new acquisition is confirmed

A&G (Acheson & Glover) has announced that its two trading companies have been acquired by a new company owned by their former chief executive, Raymond Acheson.

Support CO law change and save lives

Every installer is being urged to back a campaign, which aims to save lives by changing the law on carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

Hope Construction Materials launches Apprenticeship Academy

Hope Construction Materials is on the lookout for new talent to join its £300m business in the Derbyshire and Yorkshire area.

Showerlux support grows

As Ideal Bathrooms’ re-launch of Showerlux continues to show successful growth, additional marketing support has been invested in the brand.

VADO joins the BMF

VADO has joined the Plumbing & Heating sector of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Rainy Day Trust welcomes new President

Andrew Weiss has been named the new President of the Rainy Day Trust (RDT) at a recent Annual General Meeting.

Ideal Boilers regenerates Hull site

Ideal Boilers is transforming its manufacturing site by reusing and revitalising its land and buildings.

Double achievement for T Brewer & Co

Double certification to ISO14001 and ISO9001 was awarded to specialist timber merchant T Brewer & Co at its head office in Clapham on Wednesday 14 May.

Same-day delivery service from Parker Merchanting

Parker Merchanting is helping to speed up specification for busy customers with its new same-day delivery service.

Merchants must take opportunity to grow business, says BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is urging its members to take advantage of a government-backed Trade Credit Scheme to pump-prime new business.

Wolseley invests in its distribution fleet

Wolseley UK has invested in 10 new 'Euro 6' emission standard vehicles to improve the capability and performance of its fleet.

Resurgent in housebuilding risks being a ‘missed opportunity’ for solar

Trina Solar has called on the construction industry to give the development of solar energy more attention as the latest housebuilding figures show a 28% rise in registrations in 2013 compared to 2012.