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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.

Construction output falls in Q3 but prospects remain bright

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, released today (27 October), highlighted a decline in construction activity during Q3.

Kent Blaxill to host roofing demonstrations

Free demonstrations on how to install Cure It roofing systems are to be held at the Bury St Edmunds branch of building supplies company Kent Blaxill on 6 November, 2015.

Ridgeons celebrates employee loyalty

Ridgeons recently welcomed four employees to its esteemed ‘25 Club’ in recognition of their continued service.

Naylor Industries recognised at Barnsley & Rotherham Business Awards

Barnsley-based Naylor Industries played a prominent role at this year's Barnsley and Rotherham business awards.

Expert knowledge at Graham

In order to assist its customers even further, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has assigned 33 ‘product experts’ across its plastics, heating spares and smart controls divisions.

Construction SMEs tend to consider wider variety of financing options, BBI survey suggests

Businesses in construction are likely to consider a diverse range of options when seeking finance or information to expand their business, including turning to friends and family, Business Banking Insight (BBI) has found.

H&B members join the BMF

Four members of the H&B Buying Group have become the first to take advantage of the group membership terms agreed with the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) last month.

BMF meets Scottish National Party in Aberdeen

Fresh initiatives on new housing, existing homes and property taxes were on the agenda when the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was in Aberdeen last week.

Hanson Building Products becomes Forterra as part of rebrand

Hanson Building Products has changed its company name to Forterra, following a recent divestment by former owners HeidelbergCement.

GAI exam success for IronmongeryDirect staff

Seven employees from IronmongeryDirect have achieved a Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) qualification in architectural hardware, the ironmongery supplier based in Basildon has said.

Jewson goes live

Jewson is launching its first ever UK-wide event for construction professionals, showcasing the latest developments in products and techniques across the industry.

Casting Services division bought from administrators

The manhole cover and pipeline divisions of Casting Services Ltd have been purchased from administrators Leonard Curtis, after the business went into administration earlier this year.

CRASH celebrates Half Marathon runners

CRASH hosted its Windsor Half Marathon Awards Ceremony at the Saint-Gobain Innovation Centre in London on 19 October.

Anxious consumers avoid £6bn of building work, FMB survey suggests

The UK economy is missing out on more than £6 billion a year because of consumers’ anxiety about hiring shoddy tradespeople, a new survey has suggested.

Second Queen's Award claimed by Ancon

The 2015 Queen’s Award for International Trade has been presented to Ancon Building Products at the company’s manufacturing site in Deeside, North Wales.

Howarth Timber scoops prestigious Yorkshire award

Howarth Timber has been recognised by the Yorkshire Awards with a Business Enterprise award.

New manufacturing plant can help meet housebuilding target, Cemex says

Cemex UK has opened a new flooring production plant at Rochester in Kent that it says could help the Government achieve its target of one million new homes by 2020.

Selco Builders Warehouse extends London presence with new store

The opening of a New Southgate branch of Selco Builders Warehouse has been completed, taking the total number of the companies’ UK outlets to 38.

SCA achieves Investors In People standard

SCA Timber Supply has announced that it has been awarded the Investors In People (IIP) Standard Accreditation.

Bangers and cash: Parkers raises money for charity

An assistant branch manager at Parker Building Supplies has found an innovative way to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Pear Stairs gets arty with new livery

Pear Stairs, based in Welshpool, Wales, has introduced a new art-inspired livery to three of its delivery lorries.

Three-fifths of installers fail to report non-compliant electrical products, survey suggests

Trade association NAPIT says it has increased its efforts to reduce the impact non-compliant, defective, suspicious or counterfeit products have on electrical installers, as a survey suggests 60% of tradespeople fail to report products that contravene regulations.

Selco supports Slough training centre with free materials

Selco Builders Warehouse has donated materials in support of a training centre offering free courses, a move the builders' merchant has said will help develop tradespeople of the future.

Energy efficiency company hit by government cuts is acquired by BillsaveUK

Mark Group’s former management team has acquired the new homes division of Mark Group, and will focus on providing loft and cavity insulation for new homes. 

Housing association gets its own Jewson branch

Jewson has announced the opening of a new dedicated branch for a housing association in Coventry.

Free roofing demonstration to be held at Chandlers' Brighton branch

The Brighton branch of Chandlers Building Supplies has invited professionals that work in the trades to attend a free demonstration morning about fibreglass roofing from Cure It.

Installers warned to be wary of ‘copycat’ controls

A spokesperson for Worcester, Bosch Group has voiced his concerns over the growing presence of problematic non-accredited heating controls within the industry.

Labour MEP backs EU action to boost low carbon economy

The European Union action to renovate homes, boost the UK economy, create more than 100,000 jobs and lift millions out of fuel poverty, has received the backing of North West Labour MEP Afzal Khan.

Sales software provider agrees partnership with BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has partnered with sales intelligence software supplier sales-i to support the industry by extending use of its services.

Ridgeons launches Plumbstock in St Neots

Ridgeons this month opened its second branch in St Neots as part of its new PlumbStock brand dedicated to heating and plumbing.

Karndean Designflooring joins Fortis

Karndean Designflooring is now an approved supplier to independent merchant buying group, Fortis, in response to industry demand for its easy-fit product ranges.

NMBS Exhibition sees unprecedented demand for space, organiser says

All exhibition space at the NMBS Exhibition has been taken less than a fortnight after going on sale, both within the exhibition venue and for display vehicles, the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) has said.

Frank Key acquires Clower & Son

Frank Key Group has announced its acquisition of Clower & Son (Builders' Merchants).

Nicholls strengthens its position in Oxfordshire

John Nicholls (Trading) is set to strengthen its position within Bicester and Oxfordshire by opening a new “Supersite” in early 2016.

A Super launch for John Nicholls (Trading)

John Nicholls (Trading) has announced the opening of its first 'Supersite', planned for early 2016.

Jewson opens Customer Experience Centre in Binley

Jewson has celebrated the opening of its new Customer Experience Centre in Binley. 

Employers struggling to fill positions not considering apprenticeships, survey suggests

Three quarters of UK business owners struggle to find the right employees according to a new survey.

Jewson scheme receives IoBM accreditation

Jewson's Management Trainee Scheme has been accredited by the Institute of Builders' Merchants (IoBM).

Sovini Trade Supplies donates to DIY SOS

Liverpool company Sovini Trade Supplies, part of the Sovini Group, has donated thousands of pounds worth of products to build a community for war veterans as part of a DIY SOS build.

GPH gets involved in national charity event

GPH Builders' Merchants is inviting people to enjoy tea and home-made cake in its branches as part of a national fundraising event.

NMBS MD appointed president of Euro-Mat

Chris Hayward, managing director of NMBS, has been elected president of Euro-Mat, the leading European cooperation of independent builders' merchants.

CRASH half marathon brings fundraising to Windsor Castle

A recent half-marathon for industry charity CRASH has raised over £19,000 for the homeless.

GPH backs Scottish farm intern programme

Ringlink Scotland’s intern programme has entered its third year, and GPH Builders Merchants has endorsed it by continuing its support of the project.

Managing warmth in social housing the theme of Worcester conference

Worcester, Bosch Group recently held its second annual conference for influencers in the social housing sector, aimed at managing warmth in UK housing stock.

GPH encourages Ringlink’s interns to put their best foot forward

Ringlink Scotland’s successful intern programme has entered its third year, and GPH Builders Merchants is proud to continue its support of the project.

Scotland Build 2015 event will aim to harness positive Scottish renewables stance

The Scottish Government has revealed it will retain the “Grandfathering” guarantee under the Renewables Obligation for green electricity, in contrast to England and Wales.

Knauf praises Scottish commitment to reducing carbon emissions with new Technical Handbooks

Knauf Insulation has welcomed the new edition of Section 6 (energy) of the Technical Handbooks, which were released at the beginning of this month by the Scottish Government.

Rod Stewart agrees to perform MKM-backed Hull concert in June 2016

Rod Stewart has been persuaded to perform at Hull’s KC Stadium by MKM executive chairman David Kilburn, a concert that will coincide with the company’s 21st anniversary next year.

Wolseley plc publishes annual results

Shares in Wolseley plc fell yesterday after the company posted its financial results for the year ended 31 July, 2015.