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Bassetts opens new Northern Ireland branch

Bassetts, a bathroom, heating and tile merchant based in Northern Ireland, has opened a new branch in Belfast to bring its total branch network in the region to 14.

Arnold Laver adds to its delivery vehicles

Timber merchant Arnold Laver has taken delivery of a new DAF CF2 6x2 rigid truck and the Palfinger F3 253 GT-S combination from Bennett Engineering.

TIMco reports strong sales

TIMco has reported an 18% increase in turnover to £16.1m.

Totally Shows are filling up

Brintex has confirmed that the 2015 Totally Shows have sold nearly 60% of their exhibition space so far.

Industry report says fuel cell smart power units can benefit most UK households

A recent report shows how fuel cell smart power units could act like "mini power stations" in more than 5.3 million UK homes, flats and small businesses by 2030.

Plumb Center launches 'Ton-up challenge' to support Gas Safety Week

Plumb Center is supporting Gas Safety Week by challenging its 520 branches to get at least 100 customers to sign an e-petition, which aims to stop needless carbon monoxide (CO) deaths.

Bristan’s ‘Shower to the People’ roadshow goes the extra mile

It would seem that there is no stopping Bristan’s nationwide roadshow, as the ‘Shower to the People’ van has now clocked up 10,000 miles.

Bond it forms joint venture with Indian piping giant

Bond It has entered into a joint venture agreement with one of India’s fastest growing manufacturers of pipes and piping systems, Astral Poly Technik.

Gledhill moves to Luton with its biggest depot

Gledhill has opened its largest ever depot at Luton. The company's investment in the new 6,000 sq ft 'depot of excellence' follows increasing market demand.

J.M.Blake Associates reveals kitchen product purchase behaviour

J.M.Blake Associates has put together an infographic based on research into the purchasing behaviours of 500 UK homeowners, all of whom had purchased a complete new kitchen.

LB Supplies director slams CE Marking “apathy”

Companies in the construction industry are failing to take CE marking laws seriously, according to Adrian Cooper at LB Supplies, which also trades as LB Roof Windows.

Selco to open Isleworth branch

More than 50 jobs have been created in and around Isleworth, as Selco Builders Warehouse prepares to open the doors to its 19th London branch on 1 September.

Sprue Safety Products pledges its support for Gas Safety Week

Sprue Safety Products will be using social media, competitions and online advice to raise awareness of gas safety and the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, as part of its support for this year’s Gas Safety Week (15 to 21 September).

Gibbs & Dandy launches a modern apprenticeship

Gibbs & Dandy has launched a new training scheme, 'A Modern Apprenticeship', to encourage the development of young talent in the industry.

Plumb Center responds to latest RHI figures

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has released the latest figures for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The numbers show that from April to July 2014, 7,418 homes have applied for payments under the domestic RHI.

Tim Pollard, Plumb and Parts Center's head of sustainability shares his view.

Olympia Tools goes the extra mile with new mobile showroom

Olympia Tools, which distributes the Roughneck brand of hand tools and workwear, has launched a new mobile showroom.

Dickies joins the BMF

Williamson-Dickie, one of the largest workwear suppliers in the world, has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Howarth expands in London

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has opened a new shop at its South East London base, as the firm continues to expand ahead of its 175th anniversary next year.

Jewson appointed by Denbigshire County Council

Jewson has been appointed as the main supplier for Denbigshire County Council (DCC) for the next three years.

Hanson takes steps towards 2020 sustainability targets

Hanson UK has released its 2014 performance and sustainability report highlighting major sustainability initiatives including the development of a solar farm at Ketton Cement Works in Rutland.

Wolseley UK acquires Fusion Provida UK and Utility Power Systems

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has approved Wolseley UK’s purchase of Fusion Provida UK and Utility Power Systems, as of today (20 August 2014).

Ideal takes training out of the classroom

Ideal Boilers is bringing its mobile unit to installers, so they can take advantage of free training courses.

Polypal lends a helping hand to Beers

Polypal has helped Beers Timber & Building Supplies give its Kings Dock Street premises in Liverpool a brand new look.

Yale and Union are brands of choice for Fortis

The Fortis Group has selected ASSA ABLOY brands Yale and UNION as its preferred suppliers of branded security.

Rising costs hinder construction despite Q2 growth

Construction activity rose in Q2 of 2014, while concerns continue to grow over rising costs and the impact this may have during the coming year.

RGB sponsors SelfBuild & Design Show

RGB Building Supplies is sponsoring this year’s SelfBuild & Design Show, which is taking place at Exeter’s Westpoint Arena on 13 and 14 September.

Top DIY tips are only a Tweet away

Lafarge Tarmac is offering DIYers the chance to get tips and tricks from an industry expert during an upcoming live Q&A session on Twitter.

Roca backs the BMF for plumbing and heating

Roca UK is the latest supplier member to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). The manufacturer includes sanitaryware, baths, shower trays, shower columns, taps, bathroom furniture and ceramic tiles among its product portfolio.

Armstead Trade tour brings smart choices to decorators

AkzoNobel, the company that manufactures Dulux Trade paints, has celebrated the launch of its newest brand - Armstead Trade with a UK-wide campaign.

Greenworks sees golden opportunity to keep Britain’s homes warm

Greenworks Training Academy has announced its support of the government’s plans to tackle fuel poverty, following confirmation of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme’s extension until 2017.

Timber merchant team rides to beat blood cancer

Acrelane Timber in London has put together a team to cycle 52 miles, raising funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

UK housing market ‘pauses for breath’

The UK housing market pauses as buyer demand flatlines and sales growth moderates

MRA Marketing sponsors Supplier of the Year at BMN Awards

MRA Marketing is once again a category sponsor for this years' Builders' Merchants News Awards for Excellence.

Triton eyes zero waste to landfill status

Triton, The Great British Shower Company, has set its sights on achieving zero waste to landfill having introduced a number of environmental enhancements at its factory in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

Transport projects dominate UK government construction pipeline

According to an analysis of the government's construction pipeline by KPMG, transport projects dominate construction spend at £66.2bn, accounting for half of the total pipeline value.

Mayor delivers £195m repair and retrofit funding for affordable housing

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has announced a major funding boost to help improve affordable homes in poor condition and support energy-saving works to thousands of homes across London.

FAKRO seals new NBG supply deal

FAKRO has announced the signing of a new three-year agreement with the National Buying Group (NBG) for roof windows, blinds and installation accessories, extending the company’s long-standing relationship with the Group.

Jewson recognised across Wales for apprentice success

Jewson has won an Employer of the Year award from Welsh apprenticeship training provider and youth support charity, Rathbone.

Dulux Decorator Centre launches Pitch2Win competition

Dulux Decorator Centre's 2014 Pitch2Win competition has been launched to find the most ambitious painters and decorators. The competition rewards the person who has all the right characteristics to successfully set up their own painting and decorating business.

Jewson announced as a finalist in the Finance for the Future Awards

Jewson has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2014 Finance for the Future Awards in the 'Innovative New Idea' category. The awards recognise the role that finance teams play in creating sustainable business models and economies.

Selco Predictor King crowned

Rob Burrough, a postman from Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, has scooped the top prize in the Brazil edition of the Selco Predictor competition, run in conjunction with talkSPORT.

Pink Training Academy launch a success

The opening of a specialised training facility for women in Derby attracted visitors from around the UK at its official launch in July.

Drakes opens eighth branch

Drakes Plumbing Supplies has recently added an eighth branch to its Kent and Sussex network, following the acquisition of A&C Plumbing Supplies in Whitstable.

Wienerberger to create extra jobs with brick capacity increase

Responding to the growing demands of the market, Wienerberger has announced a significant expansion of its brick manufacturing output.

New lease service from Flame to help installers avoid downtime

Flame Heating Spares is launching an equipment lease service helping installers to avoid unnecessary downtime.

Almost a third of construction firms back zero-hours contracts

A survey by Close Brothers Business Barometer has revealed almost a third (32%) of UK construction businesses are in favour of zero-hours contracts despite the widespread controversy surrounding them.

Demonstration day at Holsworthy

The Holsworthy branch of RGB Building Supplies is holding a demonstration day in Waldon Way, Holsworthy Industrial Estate on Tuesday 19 August between 8am and 4pm.

Tembé DIY and Building Products celebrates 10th anniversary

This August marks the 10-year anniversary of Tembé DIY and Building Products. To celebrate, the company - named after an African game reserve - will be offering competition prizes including a safari holiday and five iPad Mini's.

Timber Expo: Helping You Build A Better Business

At the heart of this year's Timber Expo is the Timber Buyers and Specifiers Forum - a dynamic environment for building business networks and bringing exhibitors together with the most relevant buyers in the timber market.

New BMF/BMN Award celebrates 'wellness'

The Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF) and Builders’ Merchants News are pleased to announce the inaugural Dorian Dugmore Wellness Award, celebrating employees who have gone the extra mile with a commitment to their personal or corporate wellbeing.