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2015 Spending Review: Key Points

The Chancellor George Osborne has set out the government’s spending plans in today’s Spending Review, including plans to tackle the deficit and almost £7bn in funding to build 400,000 new affordable homes in England.

Charity thrives for HPS at PHEX

HPS Heating Plumbing Supplies raised an incredible £8,840 for Great Ormond Street Hospital during this year's PHEX Chelsea Exhibition.

The world’s best new architectural ironmongers are honoured

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) celebrated the very best in education achievements of the next generation of architectural ironmongers at its Education Awards ceremony on 12 November.

Worcester wins at AGSM awards

Worcester, Bosch Group has been recognised within the social housing sector for going the extra mile with their customer support and has taken home the Boiler Manufacturer Customer Service Award at this year’s Association of Gas Safety Managers (AGSM) Supplier Excellence Awards.

Natural Paving Products announces landscape award winners

After a record number of entries, Natural Paving Products (UK) has revealed the winners of its 2015 Approved Landscaping Professionals Awards.

Bristan commercial hits the road with ‘Shower to the People’

This month sees Bristan’s commercial offer take to the road via the company’s popular nationwide merchant roadshow, ‘Shower to the People’.

Construction activity slows in Q3, reveals CPA

Activity in the construction sector has slowed in Q3 of 2015, but the industry is remaining positive about the future, the latest Construction Products Association (CPA) figures have revealed.

Industry unites to celebrate success and achievement

On 20 November, 2015, the Lancaster Hotel in London played host to over 600 key figures from across the UK builders’ merchant industry for the annual Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence.

Merchant support stepped up a gear with Dale’s display vehicle

Timber window and door manufacturer Dale has turned the level of support it provides merchants across the UK up a gear with the launch of a mobile display and training unit.

More awards success for Arbor Forest Products

Arbor Forest Products (AFP) has been named Timber Supplier of the Year at the National Buying Group’s 2015 Supplier Awards.

Combilift wins Irish Exporter of the Year award

The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) has announced Combilift as the winner of the Exporter of the Year 2015 award at the Export Industry Awards, which were recently held in Dublin.

Trade association agreement marks a worldwide first

Two of the largest trade bodies in the architectural ironmongery and door hardware industry have entered into a major knowledge-sharing collaboration agreement to boost the continued growth of the sector in the UK and USA.

Planning cuts will lead to fewer homes, warns FMB

Further cuts to local planning departments could leave them incapable of addressing the housing crisis, cautioned the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) ahead of the Spending Review.

Timbmet to hold open morning at main distribution centre

Timbmet is inviting the trade to come along to its open morning on 8 December at its Shellingford Distribution Centre in Oxfordshire.

Breedon Aggregates announces its trading update

Breedon Aggregates continues to trade strongly, with product volumes in the first 10 months ahead of the comparable period in both England and Scotland.

Crowds flock to Howarth Timber’s trade day bonanza

More than 1,000 visitors and 60 leading brands helped Howarth Timber Group celebrate its 175th anniversary at a trade day that recently took place at Elland Road in Leeds.

Breedon to acquire Hope Construction Materials for £336m

Breedon Aggregates has announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement with Cortolina Investments S.à.r.l. to acquire Hope Construction Materials (Hope) for £336m.

Jewson supports young people at The Skills Show

Builders’ merchant, Jewson, will be offering guidance and career advice at The Skills Show (19-21 November), the UK’s skills and careers event.

BSS stakes future in Leicester with flagship HQ opening

BSS Industrial has staked its future in Leicester this autumn with the formal opening of its new flagship headquarters (HQ) in Enderby.

Five new stars enter Pipe Center and Climate Center Hall of Fame

Five long-standing employees of Pipe Center and Climate Center, demonstrating a combined service of more than 150 years, have been awarded Hall of Fame status for their outstanding contribution to the business and industry.

New depot for Forestrall Timber & Fencing Merchants

After 36 years, independent business Forestrall Timber & Fencing Merchants has opened a second depot in Kent.

Covers Burgess Hill celebrates new premises with town’s Mayor

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Burgess Hill has moved to new and improved premises at Victoria Gardens based on the Victoria Industrial Estate.

CHS welcomes its latest apprentices

City Heating Spares (CHS) has welcomed five new recruits onto its apprenticeship scheme after two former participants graduated into full-time employment.

Ridgeons launches PlumbStock in Diss

Ridgeons has opened the third branch of its new PlumbStock heating and plumbing brand in Diss, Norfolk.

Gorilla Glue Europe joins the Rainy Day Trust

Gorilla Glue Europe has become a partner of the Rainy Day Trust charity.

Hansgrohe joins the BMF

Hansgrohe Ltd has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), further strengthening the Federation's plumbing and heating sector.

Government’s Spending Review needs to tackle Apprenticeship Levy

The government needs to revise its plans for a one-size-fits all Apprenticeship Levy or risk exacerbating the growing skills crisis in the building industry, warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) ahead of the Spending Review.

Tarmac secures £30m Knowsley highways contract

Tarmac has been awarded a five-year, £30m highways maintenance contract with Knowsley Council.

Climb every mountain!

Four intrepid explorers from F & P have conquered Mount Snowdon to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Research.

Australian Buying Group visits UK

NMBS, the largest independent Buying Society and electronic trading platform in the UK, recently played host to Australian Buying Group Natbuild, as part of its continued development and exchange programme with other buying groups.

It’s a double celebration for Knauf Insulation at the NBG awards

Knauf Insulation has again been named Supplier of the Year for the roofing and insulation category, for the third year running at this year’s National Buying Group (NBG) awards.

NBG membership helps fuel PGR’s expansion

NBG merchant member PGR Builders and Timber Merchants is expanding its Essex-based branch network with the opening of a new outlet in Brentwood. The new branch is part of the company’s strategic expansion and growth plans, and will be followed by another new site in the region next year.

Travis Perkins is highly commended in regional final of National Apprenticeship Awards 2015

Travis Perkins has been highly commended at the East Midlands final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2015.

Flexible deliveries from CHS set to support customers this Christmas

City Heating Spares (CHS), the specialist spares offering of City Plumbing Supplies (CPS), has pledged to support time-pressured customers this festive season by offering flexible next day deliveries until Christmas Eve; making it possible to place orders up to 8pm on Wednesday 23 December for delivery at 8am the next day.

CPA’s Skills Report recommends ways to formalise construction training

Manufacturers and distributors of construction products run thousands of training programmes for builders and tradespeople who install their products. An opportunity exists to put that training on a formal footing with nationally recognised qualifications, according to a report from the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Industry debates water on AWMS Thames Barrier trip

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) recently invited key architects, specifiers, engineers, contractors and builders’ merchants to debate the UK’s water management problem on a journey to the Thames Barrier.

Cllr Nick Forbes marks graduation of eight apprentices

Cllr Nick Forbes, the leader of Newcastle City Council, recently visited JT Dove Builders’ Merchant at its head office and main branch in Newburn, Newcastle, to meet with eight graduates from the company’s trainee scheme and present awards to two long serving employees.

Flexseal introduces new online tracking service

As part of a number of key service improvements Flexseal has introduced to its customers this year, the coupling manufacturer now offers online tracking for the delivery of its orders.

Wrekin Products Academy delivers street skills

Wrekin Products has signalled its commitment to workplace skills by opening the Wrekin Academy, a training centre for demonstrating best practice when it comes to highway ironwork installation, specifically developed to meet the needs of industry professionals including builders’ merchants.

Solid foundation for a long-term partnership

Hope Construction Materials and DB Schenker Rail UK have laid solid foundations for their future partnership by signing a five-year contract for comprehensive transport services.

Wienerberger takes clay to Lincoln careers event

To help encourage young people to explore the roofing industry as a career prospect, Sandtoft - the roofing brand of Wienerberger – attended a training day following an invite from the Lincoln Training Group.

Plumbase York unveils new showroom

The managing director of Plumbase marked the opening of a new kitchen and bathroom showroom with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the York branch, raising just over £200 for charity.

Burgess Hill business to celebrate move with week of freebies

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Burgess Hill is offering customers a week of opening offers and freebies to celebrate relocating its depot to new and improved premises in Victoria Gardens on the Victoria Industrial Estate.

Huws Gray acquires Minera Building Supplies

Huws Gray has completed the purchase of Minera Building Supplies for an undisclosed sum.

Stonemarket Road Show

Building on the success of the Stonemarket Event in the Midlands over the last two years, this year sees the start of the new and improved Stonemarket Road Show.

RGB donates £1,000 worth of materials to Exeter

RGB Building Supplies is delighted to announce that Exeter Foyer is the latest beneficiary of its Well Built Community Fund.

Marketing forum helps NBG members share best practice

Marketeers from some of the UK’s leading independent merchants have attended a marketing forum run by National Buying Group (NBG).

Ridgeons unveils ‘Plumbstock’ in its Diss branch

Independent timber and builders’ merchant Ridgeons is set to unveil its new brand dedicated to heating and plumbing – PlumbStock – at its branch in Diss, Norfolk on 10 November, 2015.

Wienerberger celebrates Keymer brand at the Tower of London

To celebrate the recent acquisition of Keymer - the roof tile brand that has supplied quintessentially English, handmade clay roof tiles since 1588 - Wienerberger recently hosted an event at the Tower of London.

Flame expands into new head office to support growth

Flame Heating Spares has opened a new head office on Tyneside, doubling its floor space, to support ambitious growth.