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Kelkay has plans for Borderstone

Following the recent acquisition of Borderstone from Aggregate Industries, Kelkay is now focusing on the key product areas moving forward.

BMF agrees collective membership with LIMA

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has negotiated a collective membership agreement with a fourth major buying group, LIMA.

Altecnic streamlines its service

As part of its on-going commitment to delivering outstanding customer service, Altecnic has significantly invested in a new consolidated business platform to improve communications with its customers.

British Gypsum takes on apprentices nationwide

British Gypsum has taken on 15 apprentices from plaster contractors across the country to complete a qualification in drylining.

Heatrae Sadia launches free online training academy

Heatrae Sadia has launched a free online training academy to help installers, specifiers and electrical wholesalers increase their knowledge and understanding of water heating products in a fast, flexible and convenient way.

BSS Industrial promotes industry excellence at SkillPIPE 2013

BSS Industrial has shown its support for the next generation of industry stars after providing products for the final round of SkillPIPE 2013.

Naylor invests in increased capacity

A major capital investment programme is underway at Barnsley-based construction products manufacturer Naylor Industries.

IBC celebrates 2013

The Independent Buying Consortium (IBC) is celebrating the end of another successful year.

British Gypsum scoops accolade for Green Deal training programme

British Gypsum has been awarded a prestigious accolade for its Green Deal training package for installers.

SBS releases demonstration animations

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, has released three LABC-registered animations to demonstrate how to meet efficiency regulations for a series of new and traditional building methods.

‘Proper Builders’ campaign wins CMA award for EH Smith

EH Smith has picked up another award for its ‘Proper Builders’ campaign which has delivered a 30% increase in customer visits to its eight branches across the UK and prompted the opening of a ninth in Olton in the West Midlands.

Travis Perkins employees enjoy Sharesave scheme

Travis Perkins’ shares have risen by 50% over the past 12 months, meaning employees who have been members of the company’s ‘Save As You Earn’ Sharesave scheme for five years could see profits in the region of £50,000, if the share price remains at its current level.

BMF and SCA plant trees for European Forests Week

European Forests Week, which promotes sustainable forestry in Europe, saw the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and SCA Timber Supply come together on 9 December at the BMF’s headquarters to plant trees for the future.

SIG Distribution opens new £2m 'Supercentre'

SIG Distribution - the distribution division of FTSE-listed construction supplies firm SIG plc - formally opened its new £2m Tyneside 'supercentre' on 5 December, 2013.

Industry reaction to the Autumn Statement

Industry reaction to Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement last week was mixed, with a positive response to the increased commitment to infrastructure but widespread feeling that the promises made by government must be followed by action.

Supplier conference success for Gibbs & Dandy

The Local Merchant Group, the division of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution which includes Gibbs & Dandy, DHS, Normans and Frazer, has successfully held a national conference for a hundred of its leading suppliers.

Ridgeons 'one of Cambridge's 15 most influential businesses'

Ridgeons has secured a place in Cambridge News’ top most 125 influential businesses.

Knauf Insulation warns Autumn Statement will leave households out in the cold

Following yesterday's Autumn Statement from Chancellor George Osborne who promised to reduce household energy bills by £50 per year, Knauf Insulation is asking what the true cost of these savings will be for the insulation industry.

Painting a brighter picture for the construction industry

Today’s Autumn Statement (5 December) presents “a brighter picture for the UK economy and construction industry”, according to Allan Wilén, economics director at Glenigan.

City & Guilds: Autumn Statement puts apprenticeship system at risk

Support for an additional 20,000 higher apprenticeships was announced by Chancellor George Osbourne in today’s Autumn Statement. 

Plumb Center responds to Green Deal latest

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced plans to make the Green Deal more straightforward.

Petworth builders’ merchant completes refurbishment

The Petworth branch of Chandlers Building Supplies has recently completed a major refurbishment enabling the branch to triple its amount of retail space.

Jewson training programme builds on timber expertise

To further build on its experience and expertise when it comes to selecting and working with timber products, Jewson has implemented a new timber star performance programme, a timber and sheet material knowledge and sales based training programme.

Baxi re-opens training centre in Dartford

Baxi’s training centre in Dartford has re-opened following a complete refurbishment.

Urgent government action needed to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings

Government must act urgently to help UK businesses improve the energy efficiency of their buildings to avoid missing significant economic and environmental opportunities, a new report has warned.

'Supergroup' created for independent merchants

NMBS and Unimer have announced their intention to create a 'supergroup' for independent merchants.

Knauf Insulation challenges government cuts to green levies on BBC news

During an interview aired on the BBC’s News at Ten on Friday 29 November, Knauf Insulation has called on the government to introduce long term and viable plans to improve all of the UK’s housing stock as part of its review of green levies.

Minister’s Ibstock visit shines light on housebuilding’s return to form

Ibstock Brick hosted a visit from Housing Minister Kris Hopkins MP at its redeveloped Chesterton factory on 28 November.

Wales-based timber group acquires south west holding companies

Timber and panel importer Premier Forest Products has acquired the entire share capital of Ron Lewis Holdings.

Kelkay acquires Borderstone

Kelkay has today acquired Borderstone from Aggregate Industries.

Peckham Jewson relocates

The Jewson branch on Rollins Street in Peckham, London has moved, but not too far.

FMB slams MPs’ call to keep Code for Sustainable Homes

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has criticised the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee's recent report on the Housing Standards Review.

Chancellor must cut VAT on renovation work, argue campaigners

Britain’s financially squeezed households would benefit if Chancellor George Osborne cut VAT on housing renovation and repair work, according to a letter written to the Chancellor by campaigners.

Sustainable building breakfast morning at Chandlers

Those interested in sustainable building are invited to visit Chandlers Building Supplies for a breakfast morning where representatives from Porotherm will be on hand to discuss the benefits of using its blocks as opposed to traditional materials.

Building for a sustainable future

The new Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change has praised the work of Wolseley UK’s Sustainable Building Center (SBC) in a visit to Leamington.

Rexel UK introduces dedicated facilities management team

As part of an ongoing strategic focus, Rexel UK has announced a dedicated facilities management team with the rationale of ensuring best value and unrivalled support for those working in the sector.

Bostik gets a makeover

Adhesive specialist Bostik has unveiled a new visual identity today as part of its ongoing growth strategy.

Industry unites to celebrate success

Over 470 key figures from the UK builders’ merchant industry met in London last week to celebrate excellence in the face of economic adversity.

Burdens awarded Best Supplier

Burdens has been presented with a supply chain award from Optimise JV for providing exceptional levels of service to Thames Water.

Travis Perkins has ready-made solutions for new 2013 Part L regulations

The Travis Perkins Group has welcomed the government’s announcement of changes to Part L 2013 documents.

BMF agrees first plumbing group membership with PHG

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has agreed its first group membership scheme with a specialist plumbing and heating buying group.

Lorry collides with Jewson branch

Jewson’s Watford branch suffered damage last week when a lorry crashed into its warehouse.

GM Treble opens new branch in Derby

Pump specialist GM Treble has moved one of its highest-performing branches into new premises in Derby after it outgrew its former location.

Baxi issues Safety Alert

Baxi has issued a Safety Alert (number 013, Potterton Powermax HE - Flue/Condensate Connector Erosion) in conjunction with Gas Safe.

Worcester, Bosch Group opens new training centre in Wakefield

Worcester, Bosch Group has opened a brand new training facility in Normanton, near Wakefield, to provide better support and an improved training experience for installer, specifier and merchant customers based in the North of England.

Industry challenges DCLG plans to axe sustainable homes policies

A report published by MPs has urged the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to reconsider axing measures that support renewable energy in new homes.

BMF discusses housing with the SNP

Merchants have nothing to fear from an independent Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP) has said.

Latest figures show eco is not ready to be scrapped yet

As the latest figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that more than 300,000 measures have been completed under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), Knauf Insulation is calling on the government to resist pressure from the ‘big six’ energy companies and to continue driving the scheme forwards.

NBG strives for success at 2013 Conference

This year's National Buying Group (NBG) Conference saw the buying group celebrate its 10th anniversary, bringing independent merchants and suppliers together to make plans for the new year and celebrate a successful 2013. 

Wolseley UK wins award for talent management

Wolseley UK has won an HR award for its work on attracting, developing and retaining employees.