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Williams & Co. is one of the ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’

Williams & Co., the independent, trade-only plumbing and heating wholesaler, has been identified in a report by London’s Stock Exchange as making an extraordinary contribution to economic growth and employment.

Government extends BMF Trade Credit Scheme

Following an early review, the government has agreed to extend the Trade Credit Enterprise Finance Guarantee pilot scheme, which the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has made available to its members.

Chandlers employee to chair water efficiency masterclass

Phil Barnard, from Chandlers Building Supplies, is to chair a University of Brighton Water Efficiency in Building Network masterclass, which will take place at the BRE Trust in Watford on Wednesday 5 February.

Golden anniversary of the concealed cistern

This year will see Geberit celebrate the anniversary of the launch of its concealed cisterns.

Pochin acquires Plumbwares

Independent plumbing and heating merchant Pochin has acquired the West Midlands merchant Plumbwares.

BMF chairman steps down

Terry Parker is to step down as chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in March, following the completion of his successful five-year term of office.

An ideal UNION for MKM and ASSA ABLOY

MKM Building Supplies and UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, have been working together to strengthen the builders’ merchant’s security offering.

Fluidmaster acquires Kolektor Liv

Fluidmaster, the manufacturer of toilet tank components, has acquired Kolektor Liv, based in Postojna, Slovenia.

£1m up for grabs in Selco Predictor

Selco Builders Warehouse is giving tradespeople, customers and employees the chance to become an instant millionaire in its latest campaign with talkSPORT.

Tradefix Direct reports 56% online revenue increase

Tradefix Direct has revealed that it has achieved a 56% increase in online sales revenue in 2013.

Carvers is on the road to recovery

Carvers Building Supplies is another step closer to getting back on track, with the final phase of its £4m ‘Bigger and Better’ rebuild now under way.

Builders’ merchant invites tradesmen to roofing demonstration

The Thanet branch of Chandlers Building Supplies is inviting local tradespeople along to the showroom on Wednesday 22 January for a free demonstration about fibreglass roofing.

DRU rebranded as DG Fires

DRU Verwarming BV’s wood fires and stoves have been rebranded as DG Fires in the UK.

Knauf Insulation takes centre stage

Knauf Insulation, in partnership with CRASH - the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless people - has donated its Rocksilk Universal Slab insulation to a project undertaken by performing arts charity, Cardboard Citizens.

Online builders’ merchant launches new mobile website

Independent builders’ merchant, Distributor, has launched a mobile friendly version of its website in order to ensure that its customers are able to browse and buy with ease from a mobile phone.

Siniat opens Bristol laboratory

Siniat has invested more than £250,000 in the construction of a new laboratory facility at its flagship manufacturing plant in Portbury, Bristol.

Shadow Housing Minister calls for "an army of small builders"

Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds has called for "an army of small builders" to help deliver the number of new homes needed to address the housing crisis, in a speech to the National House Building Council.

BMF membership at a five year high

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) starts 2014 with membership at a five year high. In January, membership exceeded the 400 mark for the first time since 2009, now standing at 425.

H+H issues technical update for Celcon Blocks

H+H has produced a technical update for the new Approved Document Part L, which comes into effect on 6 April 2014.

Years of growth predicted despite monthly decline

The latest forecast from the Construction Products Association (CPA) puts private housebuilding, infrastructure work and commercial activity at the centre of the industry's recovery over the next four years, despite Office for National Statistics data which shows output declined in November 2013.

Saint-Gobain’s employees achieve postgraduate diploma

Employees from Saint-Gobain’s Building Distribution businesses have successfully completed a postgraduate diploma in Multi-Unit Leadership and Strategy at Birmingham City University.

Plumbfix sets up shop in Northern Ireland

Plumbfix is launching its first four trade counters in Northern Ireland. Situated in Screwfix stores, the Plumbfix counters will open in Ballymena, Belfast and Newtownabbey on 13 January, 2014, and in Bangor on 27 January.

Worcester survey reveals homeowner heating habits

Worcester, Bosch Group has commissioned a survey to reveal the UK’s heating habits.

Grafton Group’s revenue is on the up

Grafton Group’s trading update for the year ending 31 December 2013 confirms that its recovery is continuing to grow.

FTSE 100 CEO heads BMF Members’ Day line-up

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced its first keynote speaker for Members Day 2014, Lord Wolfson, the chief executive of Next plc.

A new force in pitched roofing

A new trade association representing the interests of manufacturers involved in the pitched roofing industry has been formed.

Parker Building Supplies helps damaged school

Parker Building Supplies' Uckfield branch manager, Dave Chapman, has offered support to a local school damaged by the recent storms.

Moving on up

Independent merchant Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) has continued its recent run of success, with year-end 2013 sales up 17% at £47.4m, up from just over £40m in 2012.

RENOLIT and Minster agree exclusive distribution for Flexsom

Minster Roofing and Roofline has signed an exclusive contract with RENOLIT for the distribution of FLEXSOM.

Tarmac Building Products advises a plaster rethink for flood risk areas

Local authorities and landlords have been advised that traditional gypsum plasters offer virtually no protection for properties at risk from flooding.

Merlin Business Software becomes approved NMBS supplier

Merlin Business Software has been accepted by the NMBS board as a member and appointed as an approved supplier.

Plumb Center welcomes Help To Buy bathrooms boost

Plumb Center has welcomed the positive impact that the first phase of the Help To Buy scheme has made to the newbuild housing market.

Obituary: Joe Inzani

Joe Inzani, managing director of Lawsons, was involved in a fatal car accident on Christmas Eve and passed away, surrounded by his family, in the early hours of Christmas morning.

Wolseley closes TapOutlet.com

Wolseley has closed its online business TapOutlet.com.

BMF Branch Managers Forum to promote best practice

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is putting the spotlight on branch performance in 2014 with a brand new two-day event for branch managers on 30 April and 1 May.

CCF Flooring extends support service

CCF is now offering support for 11 hours a day, providing greater flexibility for customers who require quotations and orders outside of the traditional ‘nine to five’ trading hours.

BSS Industrial partners with Keyline

BSS Industrial has opened a new branch in Inverness. The trade counter, which is BSS Industrial’s 64th location, sits alongside an existing branch of builders’ merchant Keyline.

Isover opens 2014 student design competition

Saint-Gobain Isover has opened its annual Multi-Comfort House Student Contest for entry.

Award win for CRH forklift initiative

Forticrete, part of CRH Group, has won an award at the Mineral Products Association (MPA) Health & Safety Conference and Awards 2013.

Hope Construction Materials celebrates successful first year

Entrepreneur Amit Bhatia, who is chairman of Hope Construction Materials, has told of his optimism for the future as the firm celebrates its first anniversary.

New website for Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating

Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating has launched a new website - www.bosch-industrial.co.uk - aimed at enhancing the profile of its growing range of technologies to UK customers.

Knauf Insulation is named Supplier of the Year at the NBG awards

Knauf Insulation has won Supplier of the Year in the roofing and insulation category at the National Buying Group (NBG) awards.

Is social media becoming a top tool for tradesmen?

Though traditionally a ‘hands on’ sector, Screwfix is predicting a ‘social revolution’ within the trade as almost half (48%) of tradesmen reveal they are winning new business through social media channels.

Tradespeople invited to upskill in heat pumps

Anyone within the plumbing, heating or building trade is invited to learn more about installing heat pumps, as Danfoss is running a special ‘introduction to heat pumps’ (HP1) course for those who are new to renewable energy.

FSC Friday award presented to Camilla Hair of SCA Timber

Each year FSC UK presents prizes for the most innovative celebrations of its annual awareness raising day, FSC Friday.

The Speedy way to avoid costly downtime this winter

Rental equipment and integrated services provider Speedy, has launched a new 24/7 ‘In Case of Emergency’ (ICE) number to help the utilities sector avoid costly delays and disruption this winter.

PTS takes to the stage for charity

A team from merchant PTS raised over £15,000 for charity by performing their own pantomime version of Scrooge's Christmas Carol.

ROI timber group acquires Dublin facility

Premier Forest ROI has purchased the former Brooks Thomas facility in Dublin, in a move to prove its confidence in the long-term industry prospects in the Republic of Ireland.

Saint-Gobain Weber wins B2B marketing award

Saint-Gobain Weber’s Loyalty Rewards campaign has won first place in the Best Digital Campaign category at this year’s Construction Marketing Awards. The judges’ feedback acknowledged the success of the loyalty scheme in achieving high levels of customer engagement and product sales.

BMF expands property portfolio

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has increased its property investment portfolio with the acquisition of two commercial office units, which neighbour its HQ at Coventry Business Park.