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Davidson Holdings acquires Pendock Profiles

Davidson Holdings has completed the acquisition of Pendock Profiles from Alumasc plc.

Who will build Cameron’s new homes? asks FMB

The Prime Minister’s pledge to build 100,000 new homes for young first time buyers is a welcome step to help address the housing crisis, but “who will build them?” asks the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Survival of the fittest

On Sunday 28 September, 80 employees from LBS Builders Merchants completed the ‘Men’s Health, Survival Of The Fittest’ Cardiff urban assault course.

Are you ready for the IOBM Practical Skills Challenge?

Merchant teams can yet again pit their building skills against each other at the next Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) Practical Building Skills Challenge Event, which will take place on Thursday 23 October 2014.

Buttle's backs trainee managers in community project

Trainee managers at contractor Willmott Dixon have teamed up with Buttle's builders' merchants in Enfield to modernise a local community centre.

Helping to ‘manage’ James Hargreaves’ expectations…

Are you experienced in the plumbing and heating industry and fancy running your own branch with one of the most progressive firms in the sector?

Installers flock to Pochin’s trade show

Some of the biggest brands in the UK's heating and plumbing market descended on Leicester College to meet local installers at Pochin’s Heat Talk trade show.

Elliotts acquires New Forest showroom, Hardleys

Elliotts has cemented its ambitious growth plans with the acquisition of Hardleys, a kitchen and bathroom showroom based in Lymington, Hampshire.

DECC pays a visit to Saint-Gobain Technical Academy

Saint-Gobain’s newest Technical Academy has received a visit from the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s Green Deal Communities Team.

Saint-Gobain releases Corporate Social Responsibility Review

Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland has launched its 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Review, serving to update customers and stakeholders on the company’s approach and progress in sustainable development.

Mayor Boris Johnson backs British bricks

Ibstock Brick received a visit from the Mayor of London yesterday.

Drakes Plumbing Supplies celebrates 25 years in Uckfield

Drakes Plumbing Supplies’ branch in Uckfield is celebrating its 25th birthday.

NMBS challenges market perception of independents share

NMBS recently announced that its independent merchant members now have over 3,000 member branches within the UK and a combined sales value of over £6.5bn.

IBC’s 150th member, one year on

In June 2013, Builders Store in Cheadle, Cheshire became IBC’s 150th member. IBC recently re-visited the family-run builders’ merchant to see how its first year of membership has gone.

Huws Gray adds to branch network

Huws Gray has opened a new three-acre heavy-side branch at Llay in Wrexham to replace its previous base at Queensferry on Deeside.

Flame burns bright with council work

Flame Heating Spares is going from strength to strength after being appointed to the preferred suppliers list for Durham County Council.

Worcester backs Lib Dem council tax proposals

Worcester, Bosch Group’s Martyn Bridges has backed plans laid out by the Liberal Democrats to reward people who improve the energy efficiency of their homes with a council tax discount.

UK first safety drive for Speedy

Speedy claims to have become the first tool and equipment hire company in the UK to have its entire national depot portfolio accredited ‘silver’ under the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

NHBC reacts to Ed Miliband’s policy agenda

The National House-Building Council’s chief executive Mike Quinton has welcomed Ed Miliband’s policy agenda, which was announced as part of his speech at the Labour Conference on Tuesday (23 September).

Merchants and suppliers compete in h&b Activity Day

Arrows sped from bows and shotguns fired among the pinewoods at h&b’s annual Activity Day, held at Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort, Brough.

Drakes' open evening in Whitstable is a big success

Drakes Plumbing Supplies recently held an open evening to celebrate its acquisition of A&C Plumbing, creating its eighth branch.

Bridging the skills gap

The impact of a skills gap on the growth of the industry has become more apparent with the results of the latest Markit CIPS index.

Have you got the skills?

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) are once again challenging merchants across the country to pick up their tools and compete in the Practical Building Skills Challenge event 2014.

Metal’s bad reputation

Most organisations now avoid buying products made out of metal, according to workplace supplier Slingsby.

NFB manifesto 2015: smarter building for Britain

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has launched its manifesto for the 2015 general election at this year’s party conferences. The manifesto outlines NFB members’ key priorities for the next government and proposals for how these can be achieved.

Triton supports best of British

Triton, The Great British Shower Company has joined the Made In Britain Campaign.

Worcester tops the 2014 Which? boiler report

Worcester, Bosch Group has once again come out on top in the Which? boiler report, having been awarded Which? Best Buys for the fourth year running across its complete Greenstar gas fired boiler range.

BMF Members' Day Awards celebrate success

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) celebrated a broad spectrum of training and career development achievements at its annual Members Day Awards Dinner on 16 September, 2014.

MKM opens new Green Room

MKM Building Supplies has invested a five-figure sum in launching a new Green Room that specialises in all forms of renewable energy and sustainable technology, aimed at the building trade and consumers alike.

Triton questions revised Consumer Rights Bill

The government’s ‘one solution fits all’ approach to its new Consumer Rights Bill has been criticised by a spokesperson for Triton Showers.

BMFConference headline speaker announced

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced the first headline speaker for the All Industry Conference 2015.

BOSS is brought to life at BSS training room

BSS Industrial has invested in a dedicated BOSS training room to support customers wishing to become familiar with the brand’s solutions.

NMBS acquires two new suppliers

Crystal Direct and Active Products UK have both become suppliers for the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS).

NMBS hits 3,000 branch milestone

NMBS now has over 3,000 member branches within the UK, which is more than any national merchant, twice as many as McDonalds and three times as many as Starbucks.

North East entrepreneur opens third branch

John Savage, the entrepreneur behind Flame Heating Spares, has chosen his hometown of South Shields as the site of his third heating trade counter.

Ridgeons opens its doors in Hitchin

Ridgeons has expanded its reach across the Eastern region with the launch of a branch in Hitchin, taking the group's merchant branch network to 26.

And Swansea makes five

LBS Builders Merchants has opened its fifth plumbers’ merchant in Swansea, Wales.

Two weeks of celebration at Graham’s Croydon branch

Graham is hosting daily trade events in branch until 22 September to celebrate the launch of its new Croydon branch.

Viessmann celebrates 25th anniversary in UK

Viessmann celebrated 25 years in the UK with an event held at the company’s Telford headquarters on 9 September.

BSS to stock at historic drainage location

BSS Drainage has set up a branch at a new Park Royal location under the banner of BSS Drainage Winser.

Independents get the exclusive treatment with Baxi launch

Baxi has launched Baxi MainEco, a new range of combi, system and heat-only boilers available exclusively from independent merchants.

Velux sheds light on home renovation at SelfBuild

Velux is returning to the SelfBuild & Improve Your Home Show in Ireland on 12 to 14 September.

Ariston Thermo acquires ATAG Heating

Ariston Thermo has announced the acquisition of ATAG Verwarming, the Dutch boiler manufacturer represented in the UK by ATAG Heating.

Guilty or not guilty – decide at mock trial

Companies from the construction industry are being invited to give their verdict on a fictitious health and safety prosecution in a mock trial.

Parker Building Supplies starts work on Bexhill

Work has begun on the Bexhill branch of Parker Building Supplies to demolish some of the older warehouse buildings, with the help of regular customer Best Demolition of Heathfield, East Sussex.

Cross-party focus will deliver jobs and industry growth

Cross-party consensus on how best to deliver new housing and infrastructure projects would result in 200,000 new jobs in the construction sector, according to the industry’s leading organisations.

Dulux Trade helps decorators brush up on their skills

This autumn, Dulux Trade is holding a series of workshops across the country to help painters and decorators take their skills and knowledge to the next level.

Honeywell signs up to BMF

Honeywell is the latest company to join the Builders' Merchants Federation (BMF).

Mersey Building Supplies secures two-year £1m framework

Independent business merchants, Mersey Building Supplies (MBS), has secured a two-year framework agreement with Heyrod Construction with a value of £1m.

Selco celebrates new branch opening

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened its 35th branch in the UK in Isleworth, creating more than 50 jobs in the process.