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Cabinet Office reveals future construction contracts worth £109bn

Barbour ABI, provider of construction intelligence services, has recently published details of government construction contracts worth £109bn on behalf of the government.

Haemmerlin "Sees Why IBC"

UK wheelbarrow manufacturer Haemmerlin has recently acquired 35 new stockists after becoming a supplier to independent buying group IBC.

“No excuse" for unsafe low-level platforms, says PASMA

The Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA), the trade body representing the mobile access tower industry, has launched PAS 250, a new safety standard for the design of low-level work platforms.

Jewson helps burger factory get the power

The Burger Manufacturing Company in Builth Wells, Mid Wales, has received an energy boost thanks to the installation of Saint-Gobain’s PowerMax Strong system, supplied by Jewson.

British Gypsum launches blog for construction professionals

Plaster and drylining manufacturer British Gypsum has launched ‘In the Mix’, a new blog designed for construction professionals.

Knauf Insulation supports Centrica’s calls to widen scope of ECO

As Centrica’s chief executive, Sam Laidlaw, calls on the government to rethink its Energy Company Obligation (ECO) policy, branding it as complicated and expensive, Knauf Insulation continues to press for a broader focus on energy efficiency across the retrofit market.

BMF HQ is the new base for the IOBM

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) will be based at Elliott Court, the Coventry head office of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), from September.

NMBS announces major developments for 2014 exhibition

After seeing its best ever exhibition in 2013, NMBS has recently announced plans to raise the bar still further in 2014.

Geberit systems and solutions go On Tour

Having clocked up more than 6,000 miles over 10 weeks, the Geberit Land Rover and trailer is putting the pedal to the metal as it continues On Tour, to promote the benefits of its sanitary solutions at venues around the country.

Stuart Turner pumps now available at Screwfix and Plumbfix

UK shower pump manufacturer Stuart Turner has announced its comprehensive range of pump products will be available through all Screwfix and Plumbfix outlets from September 2013.

NIA challenges Ed Davey’s SWI installers comment

Chief executive of the National Insulation Association (NIA) Neil Marshall has responded to recent reports that Ed Davey, Secretary of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change, has suggested that a lack of solid wall insulation (SWI) installers could be holding back the Green Deal.

BMF and TTF strike membership deal

In a reciprocal membership promotion, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is offering a 10% discount on its current subscription year membership to any member of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) that joins the BMF between 1 September 2013 and 31 March 2014.

Competition winners decked with BSW Timber and Paslode

The winners of a UK-wide competition run by BSW Timber and power-tool manufacturer, Paslode, have been selected.

Stax pursues garden centres

Stax Trade Centres is hoping to attract more garden centres, as it aims to increase its penetration of the gardening market.

SSQ Slate expands direct service to Irish markets

SSQ Slate has acquired the business of specialist slate supplier Slate Northern Ireland (SNI). The acquisition will permit SSQ’s range of natural slate products, including the Del Carmen, Sarria and Riverstone brands, to be available direct to the market both in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

PTS and CPS tackle fuel poverty through launch of ECO scheme

Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS), and City Plumbing Supplies (CPS), both part of the Travis Perkins Group, are playing a key role in the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) initiative by launching schemes with assessment provider Toriga and boiler manufacturers Ideal Heating and Vaillant.

First anniversary for Ridgeons’ Royston branch

Ridgeons’ Royston branch held a celebratory customer event last week to mark its first anniversary. The branch, which opened its doors for trading last August, hosted the trade day on Thursday 15 August from 2pm until 6pm.

BSS Industrial launches Hire-It service at five new branches

Following an initial launch in 2012, BSS Industrial has opened a further five Hire-It trade counters in Liverpool, Brentford, Birmingham, Sheffield and Gloucester.

Arrow XL introduces late cut-off for delivery service

Two-man delivery specialist Arrow XL has launched a new and improved 48-hour delivery service for retailers.

SBS teams up with Bostik to offer EWI training

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, is now offering an installer and surveyor training course for External Wall Insulation (EWI) after working with its official training partner PPL to secure a relationship with Bostik.

On The Level looks ahead

British wetroom designer and manufacturer On The Level is looking forward to expansion and the recruitment of new staff.

Plumb Center fires up the imagination

Plumb Center has devised an online showroom featuring its new Theatre range, as Ofcom research suggests that families are returning to the living room with autumn on the approach.

BWF smashes new membership target

Successful lobbying and extensive technical and business services are attracting large numbers of joinery manufacturing firms to join the British Woodworking Federation (BWF).

Jewson supports Pathway to Construction 2013

Jewson recently supported Pathway to Construction, a free family event showcasing opportunities within the construction industry and the built environment.

Huws Gray continues growth strategy

Anglesey-based building materials company Huws Gray has added two new branches to its portfolio this August.

Simpson & Allinson triumph at BMF Master Merchant 2013

For the second year in succession a team from Simpson & Allinson was crowned BMF Master Merchant champions, following two days of closely contested physical and mental challenges in the Lake District.

Rainy Day Trust gains another partner

The DIY and housewares industry charity the Rainy Day Trust has welcomed another partner, IKO, in its 170th birthday year.

In-depth study shows improved heat pump performance

A new study from the Energy Saving Trust has found that the performance and efficiency of heat pumps has improved, following recommendations made in 2010 regarding design, installation and operation.

Construction expert warns of ‘skills time bomb’

A construction expert has warned of a ‘skills time bomb’ waiting to explode if the industry does not start looking to the future.

A PhD in Catnic lintels

Catnic has invested in an academic study of the thermal performance of steel lintels.

Worcester, Bosch Group welcomes Part L decision as “sensible outcome”

The long-awaited update to the Building Regulations’ Part L has been welcomed by Worcester, Bosch Group.

Livis selects Keyline to streamline supply chain

Livis, the UK-based civil engineering and construction specialist, has consolidated its supplier base with a new agreement with Keyline.

Culligan to supply merchants after three-year absence

Culligan UK recently announced that its extensive range of water treatment products will be made available through builders’ merchants for the first time in three years.

Lafarge celebrates 50th anniversary

Lafarge Tarmac has celebrated a milestone anniversary at its landmark Dunbar Plant.

BMF and NBG agree group membership scheme

The National Buying Group (NBG) has announced that all of its partners will become members of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) following a landmark group membership agreement between the two organisations.

Association forecasts housing growth to drive construction recovery

The Construction Products Association has published its latest forecasts and anticipates construction output growth of 2.2% in 2014 and 4.5% in 2015. The recovery will be led primarily by private housing in the short-term, with infrastructure expected to further boost activity in the medium-term.

Industry tees off for NMBS golf day

Representatives from across the building, plumbing, heating, hardware and timber industries recently assembled for the 2013 NMBS Golf Day, which was held on the 25 July, 2013, at the Forest of Arden course.

HBXL in partnership deal with Jewson

Building software specialist company HBXL has linked up with Jewson to offer a streamlined estimating service for its customers.

Glowing report for new suds service from SBS

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, has partnered with Geo Environmental Sciences Limited (GESL) to offer a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) design and installation service which is already garnering positive reviews.

Jewson helps deliver the Warrington Standard

Jewson has been developing its long-term relationship with Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) through the supply of solar systems and the creation of a new training academy.

Barlo sales success for independent merchants

The relaunch of the retro radiator brand Barlo has proved so successful for independent merchants that sales are 50% ahead of its own manufacturer targets in the first year alone.

Valvestock relocates and invests in new products

Valvestock, the specialist valve and actuator arm of Pipe Center, has moved to new premises and significantly expanded its offering following a major investment.

Dunlop launches Trade Zone referral scheme

Dunlop Adhesives has revealed that its major re-brand – which included the launch of a contemporary and bold new look across its website, logos and packaging – has been a triumph amongst the trade, with a subequent 86% increase in new Trade Zone registrants.

Nu and improved spares stock

Nu-way’s recent move to new premises in Droitwich has given it the opportunity to further increase its stock of spares.

Ridgeons expands offering at three branches

Independent timber and builders’ merchant Ridgeons has opened a dedicated heating and plumbing centre and counter at its Nuffield Road and Rocklands branches, respectively, as well as new kitchen and bathroom showrooms at its Norwich and Rocklands branches.

Kirby Sebastian supports Carver rebuild with new showroom

Kirby Sebastian is showing its support to Carvers in Wolverhampton, which was devastated by a fire in 2012.

Parker Merchanting wins Scotland Excel contract

Parker Merchanting, a brand of Rexel, has been awarded PPE supplier to all Scotland Excel members after receiving the highest ranking in multiple categories.

Big Hit Challenge returns to Silverstone

Following the success of last year’s event, Stanley will again be hosting its Big Hit Challenge at the upcoming British MotoGP at Silverstone, granting one lucky winner the chance to go on a VIP trip to the final race of the season in Valencia, Spain.

Knauf Insulation achieves zero waste to landfill

Knauf Insulation has announced that from August 2013, all four of its UK manufacturing plants will be sending zero waste to landfill.

Higher energy bills as government backtracks on green policy

Industry has reacted with disappointment as the government decided to “water down” and delay the requirements for newly built homes to meet more ambitious energy standards.