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Miller Homes looks to forge regional merchant network with BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is working with Miller Homes to identify a regional network of BMF merchant members with the capacity to supply the national housebuilder, which spends around £30m a year with merchants and distributors on building materials.

Solid growth for Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins has announced sales growth of 8.6% as the merchant sees positive growth continue for the third quarter of 2013.

Switch on to the eTrade benefits with Graham

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched a new eTrade counter service, which allows users to order from the merchant’s Always Available range 24/7.

Howarth Timber signs exclusive HazardCo agreement

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies is continuing to provide its customers with a comprehensive service after signing an exclusive agreement with on-site health and safety provider HazardCo.

Stelrad embraces BIM

Stelrad Radiators is embracing Building Information Modelling (BIM) and now has a number of products on BIMStore ready for architects, engineers and contractors to integrate into future projects.

Engineering and manufacturing sector faces skills shortage as employers look abroad

Employers in the UK are facing a skills shortage with engineering and manufacturing companies amongst the worst affected, according to new research published by City & Guilds.

BMF welcomes early introduction of Help to Buy scheme

In the week that several banks launched 95% loans under the second phase of the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme, Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) managing director John Newcomb welcomed the government’s efforts to address the housing shortfall – but said they have to reach the right balance between demand and supply.

Builders’ merchants head for the trees

Builders’ merchants from Jersey to Warrington and South Wales to Sleaford have planted trees in schools with SCA, in celebration of FSC Friday at the end of September.

Great prize on offer at Awards auction

This year, the Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence is joining with the Rainy Day Trust to offer merchants the chance to win a terrific prize while raising money for a worthy cause.

New graduate recruits join Wolseley UK

Ten talented graduates have started work after fighting off fierce competition to gain a place on Wolseley UK’s new Management Training programme.

Blackburn builders’ merchant fined over roof fall

A builders’ merchant has been sentenced after a man fell through the roof of its Blackburn warehouse.

WCoBM honorary member elected to become Lord Mayor of London

Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants' (WCoBM) honorary member Fiona Woolf CBE was elected to become the new Lord Mayor of London on 30 September.

CDP commends Travis Perkins for climate change disclosure

The Travis Perkins Group has been commended by CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) for its approach to the disclosure of climate change information.

Rinnai opens new London sales office

Rinnai has opened a new London sales office in response to escalating demand for its condensing and high efficiency gas-fired continuous flow water heaters in the capital and south east region.

BMF names Apprentice of the Year winners

Two outstanding merchant apprentices have been honoured with BMF Apprentice of the Year Awards, which acknowledge exceptional candidates enrolled on the BMF Apprenticeship (NVQ Level 2) and Advanced Apprenticeship (NVQ Level 3) schemes.

APPG report calls to “review and simplify” Green Deal

The Green Deal is financially “unattractive” and needs simplifying, according to the latest report from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Excellence in the Built Environment.

Key industry sectors join forces to launch REAPs

Some of the construction industry’s key manufacturing sectors of clay bricks and blocks, precast concrete and ready-mixed concrete, have joined forces to launch several new Resource Efficiency Action Plans (REAPs).

Second Help to Buy phase launched early

The second phase of the government’s Help to Buy initiative was launched on Tuesday, providing homebuyers with a £12bn mortgage guarantee scheme.

Heating engineers enjoy Pochin’s trade show

More than 100 heating installers and engineers got the lowdown on new products from key suppliers at a Leicester trade exhibition by Pochin.

CITB responds to APPG Green Deal report

CITB has commented on ‘Re-energising the green agenda’, the report published yesterday by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Excellence in the Built Environment.

Grafton provides direct access to TCEFG

Builders, electricians, plumbers, other trade professionals and small construction firms are set to benefit, as Grafton Merchanting GB becomes the first national builders’ merchant to give tradesmen direct access to the government’s Trade Credit Enterprise Finance Guarantee (TCEFG) scheme.

Huws Gray acquisition sees expansion into England and Wales

Huws Gray’s latest acquisition of FJ Williams sees the Anglesey-based company expand right on top of the historic border between England and Wales.

Nicholls & Clarke acquires Colchester Tile Supplies

Nicholls & Clarke has announced that it has acquired Colchester Tile Supplies.

Job opportunities on Elephant & Castle regeneration

Construction firms from the London Borough of Southwark are being offered the chance to win work on Lend Lease’s £1.5bn Elephant & Castle regeneration, at a Supplier Engagement Day on 17 October 2013.

EH Smith strikes partnership with SolarWorld

EH Smith has become the first builders’ merchant in the UK to partner with photovoltaic manufacturer SolarWorld.

UK-GBC welcomes all-party group report on Green Deal

The UK Green Building Council has welcomed a report by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment which calls for additional incentives to boost the Green Deal.

Sektor opens new showroom

Sektor, the own-brand range of professional interior solutions from CCF, has opened a comprehensive product showroom at its existing Heathrow branch.

House sales hit four-year high

The number of homes sold in the UK hit an almost four-year high last month as the housing market recovery continues to gather pace, according to the September RICS Residential Market Survey.

Capita wins major contract with Wolseley UK

Capita Managed IT Solutions has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by Wolseley UK.

Impulse Bathrooms and Our Sanitary Ware set to close

The sanitaryware division of the Imperial Ware Group – Ours Sanitary Ware, Impulse Bathrooms, Imperial Bathroom Products and Imperial Ware Australia – has been reviewed at a recent meeting in Hong Kong.

NASC safety report shows overall fall in accidents

A new 2013 Safety Report has been launched by the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC), documenting the statistics for scaffolding safety in 2012 for all of its contracting member companies.

IronmongeryDirect celebrates staff achievements

IronmongeryDirect staff have achieved Level One and Level Two accreditations from the prestigious Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI).

Schneider Electric opens Safety Centre

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, celebrated the official opening of its brand new Safety Centre last month at Westwood Business Park, Coventry.

Special CounterAct user meeting

Border Merchant Systems planned to hold its annual user meeting for its northern customers in November, but due to the company’s recent acquisition by Shuttleworth Business Systems, it has now decided to make the event available to all users.

Wolseley profits rise following growth of US market

Building and heating materials group Wolseley has seen its profits more than double, driven by its US division.

Worcester awarded for manufacturing excellence

Worcester, Bosch Group, has been recognised for its manufacturing excellence after claiming two coveted crowns at the 2013 Best Factory Awards (BFA).

BMF’s scheme is given the go ahead

The BMF’s pilot Trade Credit Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme is now ready to go ahead after contract delays by government lawyers have now been cleared.

Customer visits up 30% at EH Smith

The introduction of fixed prices at EH Smith has been rewarded with a 30% increase in customer visits across the group’s eight branches.

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies purchases Northern Timber

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies is continuing to expand and invest in its business by purchasing the assets and trade of Northern Timber.

Major re-brand for Aggregate Industries

Aggregate Industries has announced a major re-brand which will consolidate 25 of its businesses under the Aggregate Industries name.

Pegler Yorkshire reports export growth

Pegler Yorkshire’s 2012 financial results indicate a growth in export sales, while turnover in the UK has decreased.

New acquisition seals S&D’s growth

S&D Sealants has continued a year of growth with the acquisition of one of the West Midlands leading mastic companies.

Travis Perkins celebrates contract with British housebuilder

Travis Perkins has been appointed by British housebuilder Crest Nicholson as the sole supplier of building materials for its southwest region.

Government support for self-build homes "increases options"

New measures announced by the government to help more people build their own home will increase choice and affordability in the housing market, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

BMF responds to Labour Party on housing and planning

Ed Miliband’s pledge to build new homes on “a grand scale” was the focus of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) at this year’s Labour Party Conference, held in Brighton.

Toolbank takes to the road

Toolbank is enjoying another successful run of autumn trade shows.

Green deal is helping to make energy-efficient homes

Green Deal assessments are continuing to help people make their homes more energy efficient, according to research published last week by the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Fermacell invests €30m in new factory

Fermacell has invested €30m in opening a new factory for gypsum fibreboards that will supply the UK market.

Robert Price officially opens 18th branch

Robert Price marked the official opening of its new branch in Barry, South Glamorgan by holding a Building Bonanza exhibition.

PHG acquires 21st member

Plumbers’ merchant Woodhouse & Sturnham is to join the Plumbing & Heating Group (PHG) next month, becoming the 21st member of the buying group.