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Long Rake Spar secures buying group agreements

Long Rake Spar has announced its appointment as preferred decorative aggregate supplier to NBG and Bradfords groups.

Wolseley UK rejoins BMF

Wolseley UK has rejoined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). The distributor of plumbing and heating products formally became a member on 1 April, 2015.

New management team unveils its vision for the future

Following Quinn Radiators’ recent acquisition, its new management team is re-launching the business – unveiling a fresh vision for the future and reaffirming the company’s leading position in the heating sector.

Metsä Wood sets “fine example”

Metsä Wood UK’s attitude towards forklift safety has been highly commended by the materials handling industry in the Fork Lift Truck Association’s (FLTA) Annual Awards for Excellence.

Manufacturing investment at The Walsall Wheelbarrow Company

The Walsall Wheelbarrow Company has invested more than £1.2m in its manufacturing facilities.

Siniat is recruiting after business wins

Bristol-based Siniat is upping its recruitment efforts following a string of new business wins.

Green Party supports VAT cut on housing repairs

The Green Party has pledged to cut VAT on housing repairs and renovations.

Off to a flying start with TIMco’s new website

TIMco has achieved more than 1m sales through its new website, which was launched less than six months ago.

Kingfisher set to close 60 B&Q stores

Kingfisher Group has announced that it will close around 60 B&Q stores – 15% of its UK space – as part of a number of “sharp decisions” as it reorganises the company.

Pagets Builders' Merchants celebrates living wage commitment

Pagets Builders' Merchants has become an accredited Living Wage employer.

Good morning plumbers

Wirquin has announced more dates for its breakfast mornings held in plumbers’ merchants nationwide.

New decorating centre at St Ives branch

The St Ives branch of builders' merchant Gibbs & Dandy has opened a specialist decorating centre after partnering with ICI Paints Akzo Nobel.

IoBM builds momentum with new president

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) is gearing up for a year of growth and increased engagement with the election of a new president.

Plumb and Parts Center opens new Anglesey branch

Plumb and Parts Center has opened a new branch on Anglesey which means customers no longer have to cross the Menai Bridge to visit their nearest branch.

Repeat success for Vecta Sales Solutions

The team at Vecta Sales Solutions are celebrating once again after picking up another award for its VECTA combined Sales Analytics & CRM service at the recent 2015 IT Europa awards ceremony.

GAI and RIBA specify the best architectural ironmongery for 2015

Tate Britain has won the Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards 2015, with architectural ironmongers Allgood and architect Caruso St John jointly scooping the top prize.

Symphony Group joins the BMF

The Symphony Group, one of the UK's largest privately-owned fitted furniture manufacturers, has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Kelkay expands its reach with NMBS membership

Kelkay, a leading manufacturer and distributor of aggregates, paving, fountains and garden features, has become a supplier member of the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS).

Kelkay invests £1m in new machinery

Kelkay, a leading manufacturer and distributor of aggregates and paving, has made a £1m investment in new machinery. The investment completes the commissioning of its Pollington, East Yorkshire plant, and has been made to enable Kelkay to increase efficiency, improve its products and enhance customer service.

N&C announces Porsche Carrera Cup GB sponsorship deal

Nicholls & Clarke (N&C) has announced its sponsorship of the prestigious 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup GB championship, as part of its 140-year anniversary celebrations.

Saint-Gobain launches new Foundation to support construction entrepreneurs

Saint-Gobain, in association with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is launching a new Entrepreneurship Foundation to help small businesses embrace sustainable building.

Wolseley invites undergraduate applications

Wolseley UK’s 2015 Management Training programme is now open for applications.

Timber firm invests £500k in scanning technology

John Brash & Co has invested £500,000 in a new computerised scanning technology.

George Osborne visits Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins recently received a visit from Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, to celebrate the launch of its new Range centres.

2015 Budget 'a disappointment for energy efficiency'

A wage increase for apprenticeships, frozen fuel duties and help for first-time buyers were among the key spending plans outlined by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, in yesterday's Budget.

BMF online student honoured with award

Robert Foden of Builders Supply West Coast has been honoured with an Achievement Award from the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants (WCoBM).

Sustainability showroom opens at Gibbs & Dandy Bedford

Trade professionals in Bedford can now see a wide range of eco-friendly systems at the new Sustainable Buildings Showroom in Gibbs & Dandy’s Bedford branch.

Travis Perkins transforms its plumbing and heating division

The plumbing and heating division of Travis Perkins Group plc has announced a major programme that is transforming the way its two merchant brands, City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) and Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS), serve customers.

JG Speedfit scoops two Supplier Of The Year trophies

For the second consecutive year, JG Speedfit has accepted two Wolseley Supplier of the Year Awards – one for Plumb Center (Pipe, Valves, Fittings) and one for bcg Distribution.

Put on your trainers with CRASH and BMN!

Join CRASH and BMN at this year's Windsor Half Marathon to raise money for charity in beautiful surroundings

Jewson brings new efficiency measures to Hyndburn Homes partnership

Jewson is now providing a pre-ordering service for Hyndburn Homes, further developing its relationship with the housing association.

Jewson continues its superbrand status

The annual Business Superbrands list has placed Jewson among the UK’s strongest business-to-business brands for 2015.

More work for builders in 2015, but will their profit margins show it?

A survey by LB Roof Windows asked 12,000 installers and builders whether they think the future is bright for their profit margins.

Keyline to open new branch in Lincoln

Keyline is to open a new branch in Lincoln, to provide an increased product range to customers in the heavy building materials, rail, utilities, civils and drainage sectors.

Building products firm celebrates 25 years in business

April 2015 is a milestone date for General Building Plastics as it marks the start of the 25th anniversary year for the company.

Worcester's new distribution centre opens its doors

Worcester, Bosch Group was joined by local MP, Robin Walker today (13 March), to officially open the doors of its new £9m Bosch Distribution Centre, located on Wainright Road, Warndon in Worcester.

Buildbase Lincoln hosts Housing and Planning Minister

The Buildbase Lincoln branch is growing its business locally to meet the demands of a changing market for regional building and maintenance work.

Students get lesson in sustainable building from Chandlers

Representatives from Chandlers Building Supplies and Porotherm gave students from Sussex Downs College a lesson in sustainable building on 24 February.

BWF confirms suspension of merger talks

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has confirmed to its membership that merger talks with the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) have been suspended.

Triton achieves zero waste to landfill status

Triton, The Great British Shower Company, is celebrating the achievement of zero waste to landfill status two years ahead of schedule.

BMF launches customer service Charter

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has introduced a new Charter that commits its members to providing the highest standards of customer service throughout the building materials supply chain.

Major investment programme at Archwood

Archwood, which operates under the Richard Burbidge, Masons Timber Products and Atkinson & Kirby brands, is investing in a new group commercial centre and improved centralised warehousing and distribution operations, to deliver further service improvements to customers nationwide.

Mira backs new blood with apprentice scheme relaunch

Mira Showers is backing the best of new manufacturing blood with the relaunch of its long-standing apprenticeship scheme, starting with the employment of four hopeful starters in September this year.

Grafton Group’s profits grow

Grafton Group plc, the builders’ merchanting and DIY Group with operations in the UK, Ireland and Belgium, has enjoyed a strong 2014 - posting a 56% increase in its pre-tax profits - growing to £101.2m for the year.

Bristan’s ‘Shower to the People’ roadshow visits Selco

It would seem that the show must certainly go on for Bristan’s ‘Shower to the People’ nationwide tour as it continued throughout March to visit Selco branches across the country.

JT Dove joins Fortis Merchants

Fortis Merchants has announced that JT Dove will join the buying group from 1 April, 2015.

Transport Minister visits BSW Timber’s Fort William Sawmill

Transport Minister Derek Mackay recently visited BSW Timber’s sawmill in Fort William to mark the successful launch of a shipping service that is helping the company boost sales in the south of England.

Speedy opens UK national distribution centre

Speedy has opened a flagship national distribution centre (NDC) in Tamworth.

Makita powers into BMF membership

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is celebrating the start of the new financial year with another supplier member - Makita - who will join the Federation on 1 April.

Chandlers named as Sussex Super Growth awards finalist

Chandlers Building Supplies has been named as a finalist in the Sussex Super Growth 2015 awards, which celebrates companies in the county that are achieving sustainable growth, creating jobs and helping to build up the economy.