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Bristol council benefits from a single source of supply

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant and Jewson have, since 2013, combined forces to supply Bristol City Council’s in-house trade teams with materials for maintenance work, resulting in cost savings and improved resident satisfaction.

Jewson supports Bouygues to close the skills gap

With 19% of over 50s due to retire from the construction industry over the next five years, it’s important that Jewson play’s its part in bringing new talent into the sector.

Russell Roof Tiles welcomes Frank Bruno for anniversary bash

Celebrating half a century of manufacturing, Russell Roof Tiles is to host an event this September at St George’s Park Hilton, home of 24 England football teams and the National Football Centre.

Alumasc Group launches new brand

Alumasc Group has created Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS), a new brand that spearheads a business strategy that provides customers with integrated solutions in water management.

The latest Government cutbacks are ‘destroying the UK renewables industry’, says BSRIA chief executive

Comments made by the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change on the subject of energy saving schemes are of concern for the industry, according to The Building Services Research & Information Association (BSRIA).

Last places remaining for the CRASH 2015 Windsor Half Marathon

CRASH has just 40 places remaining for the 2015 Windsor Half Marathon, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Pipe and Climate Center opens its doors to next generation facility

Customers and suppliers recently gathered to mark the opening of Pipe and Climate Center’s new, purpose-built branch and fabrication facility in Basildon, Essex.

BSRIA disappointed that energy-saving materials no longer qualify for reduced rate VAT

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the UK has failed to comply with the VAT Directive as it has applied a reduced rate of VAT to the supply and installation of energy-saving materials for housing. The ruling was originally put in place in 2011.

Hanson publishes 2015 sustainability report

Hanson UK has published its 2015 performance and sustainability report, which sets out progress against a range of targets covering people, carbon, water, waste and raw materials.

Zero carbon announcement a welcome kick-start for housebuilders, says Worcester Bosch

The Treasury’s recent announcement on the future of zero carbon homes is expected to result in “fewer financial burdens” for the construction sector, according to Worcester, Bosch.

Government must work with industry for new regulation after cuts to Green Deal, says Worcester Bosch

The Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) decision to cease funding for the Green Deal should prompt renewed focus on smarter regulation, Worcester, Bosch Group head of governmental and external affairs has said.

New commissioner to tackle late payment culture

Proposals for a new Small Business Commissioner to lead a culture change in how small businesses resolve disputes with larger companies have been set out by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills.

Builders merchant invests in cloud computing

Builders merchant JT Atkinson & Sons has commissioned internet services provider Netplan to develop a cloud computing platform for an initial 36-month period, in a contract worth approximately £400,000.

SME workloads rising due to skills shortage, FMB survey suggests

Rising activity in the SME construction sector threatens to be undermined by the prevailing skills shortage, warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), despite the fact that the building industry has been booming for more than two years.

ForgeFix extends sales office opening hours

ForgeFix, one of the UK's leading distributors of fixings, fasteners and associated products, has extended the opening hours of its central sales office.

Government pulls Green Deal Finance Company funding

In light of low take-up and concerns about industry standards, there will be no further funding to the Green Deal Finance Company, the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) announced on 23 July, 2015.

'Room for improvement' in Scottish planning performance

There is still 'major room for improvement' in planning performance in Scotland, according to the Scottish Building Federation (SBF).

Interim results show 2015 pre-tax profit increase for Breedon Aggregates

Breedon Aggregates has announced an increase in its pre-tax profit of more than 90% compared to figures recorded over the same period in 2014, as part of its interim results for 2015.

Green Deal decision 'causing confusion', says BMF

The industry has been 'thrown into confusion' following the government's decision to give no more taxpayers' money to the Green Deal Finance Company, and to stop the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, according to the Builders' Merchants Federation.

RGB opens Barnstaple decorator centre

The Mayor of Barnstaple, Councillor Valerie Elkins, officially opened RGB Building Supplies’ new decorating centre at its Barnstaple branch on 13 July.

Ideal ready for ErP's September implementation

Ideal Boilers has declared itself ready for the EU's Energy related Products (ErP) directive, which will come into force on 26 September, 2015.

Gibbs & Dandy sign Whelan and Gray

Leeds United FC legends, Eddie Gray and Noel Whelan, have signed up to be the ambassadors of Gibbs & Dandy’s new Leeds branch, which will open on Monday 3 August.

FMB apprenticeship standards to be part of government programme

The government has granted permission to members of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) to develop two new apprenticeship standards in bricklaying and plastering to be part of its Trailblazer programme.

Selco expands with Coventry opening

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened the doors to its latest branch in Coventry, marking the company’s second new branch this year.

Digital marketing not fully understood by small businesses, IronmongeryDirect says

Entrepreneurs hoping to promote their business are being failed by the giants of digital communication, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, according to a study by IronmongeryDirect.

E H Smith aims high in Occupational Health and Safety Awards

Builders’ merchant E H Smith is once again a winner at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

DSL praises government apprenticeship target

The government's Enterprise Bill aiming to increase to three million by 2020 the number of apprenticeships has been praised by Deborah Services (DSL), provider of non-mechanical construction equipment.

BMF commits support to wounded veterans charity

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced that Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) will be its nominated charity partner for 2016.

Grohe launches installer training program

Grohe has launched a 2015 installer training program aimed at providing hands-on technical training for installers to stay ahead of competitors.

Robert Price employee roofing course embraces professional development

Robert Price Builders’ Merchants has staged a summer roofing training programme that welcomed selected employees from its south Wales branches to complete a ‘Redland Roofing’ residential course.

Uponor UK launches dedicated UFH support offering

With radiant heating and cooling technologies – especially underfloor heating (UFH) – becoming increasingly more popular across both the domestic and commercial markets, Uponor UK has launched a dedicated aftersales service to ensure its heating systems continue to operate as efficiently as possible throughout their operational lifetime.

Change of focus for ATAG Heating UK

ATAG Heating UK is to focus its business towards commercial boiler sales and the domestic boiler newbuild specification market.

Boom in timber sees need for yard relocation for Elliotts

Elliotts is to move its timber yard operations to Southampton from Fort Fareham industrial estate to cater for its growing customer base.

Government restructures Construction Leadership Council

The government has restructured the Construction Leadership Council, reducing the number of members and drawing representatives from leading construction firms including Laing O’Rourke and Bouygues UK, as well as Ministers.

MKM wins MasterMerchant challenge

MKM's Norwich branch won the 2015 BMF MasterMerchant trophy, beating 17 other teams of merchants and suppliers after a weekend of team building in the Lake District.

Origin invests in new machinery

Origin has ordered £300,000 worth of new machinery to ‘future-proof’ its business and keep abreast of the continued demand for its products. 

BMF director expresses disappointment at government zero carbon U-turn

Government proposals aiming to provide simplified planning and development procedure contains an unexpected U-turn on the zero carbon homes policy, according to Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) managing director John Newcomb.

WCoBM promotes careers with builders merchants at London schools conference

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) has spoken of the importance of raising young people's awareness of careers with builders merchants after it exhibited at this year's City Livery Schools Link conference.

URSA acquisition strengthens brand and product range

Insulation provider URSA has been acquired by global investment firm KKR, strengthening the manufacturing business’ brand, product range and service offering.

GB Plastics named Red Ribbon 'best small business'

Family-run Midlands business General Building Plastics has been crowned ‘Britain’s Best Small Business’ in the Red Ribbon Awards.

Decision to abandon carbon-neutral regulations a positive step, FMB says

The government’s decision to remove zero carbon standards for new homes will boost the supply of housing via small and medium-sized (SME) house builders, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB)'s head of external affairs.

SCA retains position in world's most ethical companies rankings

SCA has been ranked among the Ethisphere Institute's ‘World’s Most Ethical Companies’ for the eighth year in a row.

RGB celebrates 10 years in South Molton with showroom opening

A new kitchen and bathroom showroom opening was celebrated at RGB Building Supplies’ South Molton branch on 1 July, an occasion that also marked the branch’s 10th anniversary.

Apprenticeship scheme sees Parkers welcome Hastings college trainees

Three young kitchen designers are soon to begin a dedicated course at Parker Building Supplies’ kitchens showrooms, with five new trainees also joining the company’s heavyside branches as a result of a Trade Federation Apprenticeship scheme link with Sussex Coast College, Hastings.

Government scraps zero carbon homes plans

The government's decision to scrap the 2016 increase in newbuild energy efficiency standards is likely to lead to fuel bill increases, the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) has said.

Sign up and support CRASH

There are still spaces available for the CRASH Windsor Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 27 September. 

BMF picks up pair of best practice awards

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has won the ‘Membership Success of the Year Award’ and the ‘NCFE Skills Development Award’ at the 2015 Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards.

Planning reforms to 'speed up housebuilding'

Sweeping planning reforms have been announced, which the government claims will speed up UK housebuilding and make it easier for homeowners to extend their existing properties.

CPA survey reveals increase in manufacturers' product sales

The Construction Products Association (CPA)’s State of Trade survey for the second quarter (Q2) of 2015 indicates construction product manufacturers’ sales increased for a ninth consecutive quarter.

Howarth branches install energy-saving LED lighting with aid of government funding

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies branches across the country are being refitted with LED lighting after the company secured funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.