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Travis Perkins Group helps installers looking to benefit from the RHI

Leading names from the Travis Perkins Group, including merchants Travis Perkins, CCF, City Plumbing Supplies (CPS), and Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS), backed by the expertise of Sustainable Building Supplies (SBS) and Solfex, have announced they are “RHI ready” thanks to a combination of services which have been developed to support installers and builders.

BMF celebrates Burns Night in style

The Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Scottish region celebrated in style on 24 January, with over 200 members and suppliers attending a Burns supper at Glasgow’s Trades Hall.

BWF launches new and improved U-Value service for windows

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has re-launched its basic U-value calculation service to bring it in line with the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).

BDA defends brick production

The Brick Development Association (BDA) has rejected claims by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors that a fall in UK construction output is partly due to a brick shortage.

Time to wise up to water drainage, experts warn

Experts have warned that the overly idealistic interpretation of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) as natural above-ground drainage is holding back progress.

Deco-Pak acquires Living Stone’s national sales team

Deco-Pak has confirmed that the company recently acquired the Living Stone national sales team, following the announcement that Living Stone had gone into administration.

Energy Minister praises renewables training academy

Fergus Ewing MSP - the Scottish Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism – officially opened Scotland’s first HETAS-accredited renewables training academy on 22 January.

FMB gives Green Deal 'must try harder' report card

The Green Deal has scored just two out of five in a one-year anniversary ‘report card’ from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), which says the government must try harder to broaden the appeal of its flagship policy.

Best practice training with Fernox

Fernox has released its new training dates and venues for 2014.

Grange Fencing joins BHETA

Grange Fencing is the latest home and garden improvement company to join the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA).

Williams & Co. is one of the ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’

Williams & Co., the independent, trade-only plumbing and heating wholesaler, has been identified in a report by London’s Stock Exchange as making an extraordinary contribution to economic growth and employment.

Government extends BMF Trade Credit Scheme

Following an early review, the government has agreed to extend the Trade Credit Enterprise Finance Guarantee pilot scheme, which the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has made available to its members.

Chandlers employee to chair water efficiency masterclass

Phil Barnard, from Chandlers Building Supplies, is to chair a University of Brighton Water Efficiency in Building Network masterclass, which will take place at the BRE Trust in Watford on Wednesday 5 February.

Golden anniversary of the concealed cistern

This year will see Geberit celebrate the anniversary of the launch of its concealed cisterns.

Pochin acquires Plumbwares

Independent plumbing and heating merchant Pochin has acquired the West Midlands merchant Plumbwares.

BMF chairman steps down

Terry Parker is to step down as chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in March, following the completion of his successful five-year term of office.

An ideal UNION for MKM and ASSA ABLOY

MKM Building Supplies and UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, have been working together to strengthen the builders’ merchant’s security offering.

Fluidmaster acquires Kolektor Liv

Fluidmaster, the manufacturer of toilet tank components, has acquired Kolektor Liv, based in Postojna, Slovenia.

£1m up for grabs in Selco Predictor

Selco Builders Warehouse is giving tradespeople, customers and employees the chance to become an instant millionaire in its latest campaign with talkSPORT.

Tradefix Direct reports 56% online revenue increase

Tradefix Direct has revealed that it has achieved a 56% increase in online sales revenue in 2013.

Carvers is on the road to recovery

Carvers Building Supplies is another step closer to getting back on track, with the final phase of its £4m ‘Bigger and Better’ rebuild now under way.

Builders’ merchant invites tradesmen to roofing demonstration

The Thanet branch of Chandlers Building Supplies is inviting local tradespeople along to the showroom on Wednesday 22 January for a free demonstration about fibreglass roofing.

DRU rebranded as DG Fires

DRU Verwarming BV’s wood fires and stoves have been rebranded as DG Fires in the UK.

Knauf Insulation takes centre stage

Knauf Insulation, in partnership with CRASH - the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless people - has donated its Rocksilk Universal Slab insulation to a project undertaken by performing arts charity, Cardboard Citizens.

Online builders’ merchant launches new mobile website

Independent builders’ merchant, Distributor, has launched a mobile friendly version of its website in order to ensure that its customers are able to browse and buy with ease from a mobile phone.

Siniat opens Bristol laboratory

Siniat has invested more than £250,000 in the construction of a new laboratory facility at its flagship manufacturing plant in Portbury, Bristol.

Shadow Housing Minister calls for "an army of small builders"

Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds has called for "an army of small builders" to help deliver the number of new homes needed to address the housing crisis, in a speech to the National House Building Council.

BMF membership at a five year high

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) starts 2014 with membership at a five year high. In January, membership exceeded the 400 mark for the first time since 2009, now standing at 425.

H+H issues technical update for Celcon Blocks

H+H has produced a technical update for the new Approved Document Part L, which comes into effect on 6 April 2014.

Years of growth predicted despite monthly decline

The latest forecast from the Construction Products Association (CPA) puts private housebuilding, infrastructure work and commercial activity at the centre of the industry's recovery over the next four years, despite Office for National Statistics data which shows output declined in November 2013.

Saint-Gobain’s employees achieve postgraduate diploma

Employees from Saint-Gobain’s Building Distribution businesses have successfully completed a postgraduate diploma in Multi-Unit Leadership and Strategy at Birmingham City University.

Plumbfix sets up shop in Northern Ireland

Plumbfix is launching its first four trade counters in Northern Ireland. Situated in Screwfix stores, the Plumbfix counters will open in Ballymena, Belfast and Newtownabbey on 13 January, 2014, and in Bangor on 27 January.

Worcester survey reveals homeowner heating habits

Worcester, Bosch Group has commissioned a survey to reveal the UK’s heating habits.

Grafton Group’s revenue is on the up

Grafton Group’s trading update for the year ending 31 December 2013 confirms that its recovery is continuing to grow.

FTSE 100 CEO heads BMF Members’ Day line-up

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced its first keynote speaker for Members Day 2014, Lord Wolfson, the chief executive of Next plc.

A new force in pitched roofing

A new trade association representing the interests of manufacturers involved in the pitched roofing industry has been formed.

Parker Building Supplies helps damaged school

Parker Building Supplies' Uckfield branch manager, Dave Chapman, has offered support to a local school damaged by the recent storms.

Moving on up

Independent merchant Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) has continued its recent run of success, with year-end 2013 sales up 17% at £47.4m, up from just over £40m in 2012.

RENOLIT and Minster agree exclusive distribution for Flexsom

Minster Roofing and Roofline has signed an exclusive contract with RENOLIT for the distribution of FLEXSOM.

Tarmac Building Products advises a plaster rethink for flood risk areas

Local authorities and landlords have been advised that traditional gypsum plasters offer virtually no protection for properties at risk from flooding.

Merlin Business Software becomes approved NMBS supplier

Merlin Business Software has been accepted by the NMBS board as a member and appointed as an approved supplier.

Plumb Center welcomes Help To Buy bathrooms boost

Plumb Center has welcomed the positive impact that the first phase of the Help To Buy scheme has made to the newbuild housing market.

Obituary: Joe Inzani

Joe Inzani, managing director of Lawsons, was involved in a fatal car accident on Christmas Eve and passed away, surrounded by his family, in the early hours of Christmas morning.

Wolseley closes TapOutlet.com

Wolseley has closed its online business TapOutlet.com.

BMF Branch Managers Forum to promote best practice

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is putting the spotlight on branch performance in 2014 with a brand new two-day event for branch managers on 30 April and 1 May.

CCF Flooring extends support service

CCF is now offering support for 11 hours a day, providing greater flexibility for customers who require quotations and orders outside of the traditional ‘nine to five’ trading hours.

BSS Industrial partners with Keyline

BSS Industrial has opened a new branch in Inverness. The trade counter, which is BSS Industrial’s 64th location, sits alongside an existing branch of builders’ merchant Keyline.

Isover opens 2014 student design competition

Saint-Gobain Isover has opened its annual Multi-Comfort House Student Contest for entry.

Award win for CRH forklift initiative

Forticrete, part of CRH Group, has won an award at the Mineral Products Association (MPA) Health & Safety Conference and Awards 2013.

Hope Construction Materials celebrates successful first year

Entrepreneur Amit Bhatia, who is chairman of Hope Construction Materials, has told of his optimism for the future as the firm celebrates its first anniversary.