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Blanchford Building Supplies turns 75

This year, Oxfordshire-based timber and builders’ merchant Blanchford Building Supplies celebrates its 75th anniversary.

Taylor Wimpey reports strong start to year

Countering the gloom from recent growth figures, Taylor Wimpey has reported a strong start to the year and hailed the Government’s Help to Buy scheme as an interest-booster in the housing market.

Does the builder’s brew still cover it?

The traditional 'builder’s brew' is as British as cricket, fish and chips and the Queen, but is it still the British builder’s top choice? Covers Timber & Builders’ Merchants is aiming to find out with the launch of its Builders Brew Survey.

Soap star to launch TG Builders' Merchants' new stores

Michelle Collins is taking time out from pulling pints at the Rovers Return to instead pull in punters at the grand opening of TG Builders' Merchants' Dream Patios and Dream Kitchens & Bathrooms at Maesbury Road, Oswestry on Saturday 4 May.

Jackson introduces Advice, Supply and Install service

Following the launch of its Jackson Renewables website, Jackson Building Centres is now providing customers with an Advice, Supply and Install service.

NMBS goes solar

The National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) now has a trading agreement for LG solar panels with Zenex Solar.

Climate Center expands product range

Climate Center is dramatically expanding its product offering to become a one-stop shop for installers.

Construction industry needs “confidence”

Speaking to an audience of 500 senior industry leaders and government officials at the Construction Products Association’s Annual Lunch, chairman Geoff Cooper shared his optimism for market growth from 2014. However, he urged policymakers to provide greater confidence and certainty to business by addressing a number of key challenges facing the sector.

Business Minister supports Construction Products Association showcase

The Construction Products Association welcomed the Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Minister of State for Business & Energy, to an exhibition showcasing innovative and sustainable construction products manufactured in the UK.

HPS launches showroom and installer training days

Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) has opened a Renewable Energy Centre showroom and new training facility at its recently opened Maidenhead branch.

Ridgeons’ Sudbury branch hosts dedicated trade day

Ridgeons’ Sudbury branch is bringing together a number of leading industry suppliers to host a dedicated trade day tomorrow (24 April) between 8am and 4pm.

New bathroom and kitchen showroom at Jewson Fulham

Last week (16 April), the Jewson branch in Fulham welcomed customers to the unveiling of its new kitchen and bathroom showroom.

Travis Perkins Managed Services team awarded

Travis Perkins’ Managed Services team has received the Most Innovative Supplier title at the 2013 Housing Innovation Awards.

Travis Perkins to supply Northampton council

The Managed Services team of Travis Perkins Group has been appointed by Northampton Borough Council as the sole supplier to its Direct Labour Organisation for repair and maintenance materials.

Green Deal advertising “inadequate”

Communication and publicity of the Green Deal is "inadequate”, according to Travis Perkins' Matthew Wright.

Anglia Tool Centre hosts region’s biggest power tool demonstration

Anglia Tool Centre will be the host of East Anglia’s biggest power tool demonstration trade event this month, at Ridgeons' Greenlight Centre of Excellence & Training Academy in Pampisford, Cambridge.

Speedy Hire grows despite decreased UK revenues

Overseas revenues have driven growth at Speedy Hire.

MKM Building Supplies to open new branches

MKM Building Supplies is on target to open new branches this year.

Cemco acquires new lightside members

Dougfield Plumbers Supplies, Plumbplus Supplies and J & Bs are all to become members of the Cemco Merchant Network from 1 May.

Wolseley and Sustain launch energy efficiency scheme

Wolseley UK and Sustain will be partnering up to launch a new Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) service, bringing energy efficiency to homes across the country.

Wolseley celebrates Accelerated Development Programme

A new Accelerated Development Programme launched by Wolseley UK has seen 17 of its participants graduate.

Leeds to bring £80m Green Deal to market

Leeds city region is to go out to tender next month for a Green Deal retrofit programme worth £80m over the first three years.

BMF launches Safety Plus for merchants

The Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF) has partnered with Southall Associates to offer members a radically different health and safety business support service, which has been developed specifically for builders’ merchants.

Image, innovation and confidence to boost the construction industry

The future of the construction industry in the UK is dependent on an image overhaul, increasing innovation and more confidence, according to a group of industry experts who gathered for the recent Chartered Institute of Marketing Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG) chairman’s debate in Central London.

Plumb Center responds positively to Green Deal figures

The Green Deal is gathering momentum, according to figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Plumb Center’s head of sustainability Tim Pollard has found this update “really encouraging”.

Breedon Aggregates acquires assets for over £50m

Breedon Aggregrates recently acquired Scottish assets from Aggregate Industries for £34m, and has also reached agreement to purchase assets from Marshalls for an initial consideration of £17.5m.

Green Deal gets extra finance

The Government has put £50m towards financing its flagship Green Deal scheme as part of its £244m initial funding package announced last month.

Total Plumbing opens first branch

LBS Builders' Merchants has opened its first dedicated plumbers’ merchant branch in Port Talbot, Wales.

Jewson’s got roofing covered

Trade professionals can now take advantage of the latest specialist roofing branches from Jewson in Bristol, Carmarthen, Hertford, Watford and Wheatley.

Selco opens Old Kent Road branch

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened its 17th branch in Marlborough Grove, London, just off Old Kent Road.

Jewson boosts recycling with Biffa partnership

Jewson has committed to diverting all its residual waste from landfill by the end of 2014. Currently, over 40 percent of Jewson’s waste is diverted from landfill.

EH Smith celebrates sixth RoSPA Gold

EH Smith Builders Merchants has won its sixth successive Gold Award in the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2013.

Planning Minister tells BMF ‘more homes in the countryside’

Voters in England must accept the building of homes on undeveloped land for the sake of younger generations, Planning Minister Nick Boles MP has told the Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF).

Shutl partners with Jewson

Shutl yesterday (9 April) announced that Jewson has launched the world’s “fastest, most convenient delivery service”, from six of its London branches.

Darlaston Builders Merchants secures refinancing deal

Black Country-based Darlaston Builders Merchants plans to expand following a property restructuring package.

Travis Perkins expands tool hire range

Customer research undertaken by Travis Perkins Hire shows that extending the range of new equipment boosts tool hire business.

BMF joins in debate on Permitted Development Rights

The Government’s proposals to extend Permitted Development Rights in England have been welcomed by the Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF).

Consumer awareness is key to carbon reduction

Increased consumer awareness for sustainable solutions and their benefits, better regulation and financial incentives are likely to have the most impact on the UK’s ability to meet its carbon reduction targets, according to a recent survey conducted by Saint-Gobain.

New renewables training centre for NI installers

A new training centre for Northern Ireland heating installers that focuses on renewable technologies is set to open in Portadown in County Armagh.

Products are now always available at Graham

Plumbers’ merchant Graham has launched a new Always Available service to ensure that professional plumbers and installers can gain immediate access to products they need.

Jewson owed by failed Hewlett group

Jewson is owed £197,000 by contractor Hewlett Group, which collapsed owing £11.6m to trade creditors and around £4.4m to its bank.

The future is omni-channel

Kingfisher is developing online sales with an omni-channel approach while also reducing shop floor space.

Bradford lorry rolls out of yard

A Bradford Building Supplies lorry recently rolled out of the merchant’s yard and crashed through a fence, before stopping at a garage.

Jackson Renewables site is launched

Jackson Building Centres has now launched its renewable technologies site, Jackson Renewables.

Screwfix expands for European customers

Screwfix is continuing its ongoing expansion, having recently launched a European shipping service.

BMF launches new-look website

To coincide with its move to Coventry, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) website has had a complete makeover.

H+H wins Barratt Supplier Excellence Award

H+H has received a 2012 Barratt Supplier Excellence Award, as part of Barratt Developments’ Supplier Conference in February 2013.

B&Q keeps Irish store after lease renegotiation

B&Q Ireland’s Athlone store will remain open after the company gained improved lease terms on the unit.

VADO becomes part of Norcros

Brassware specialist VADO has been acquired by Norcros.

Nick Clegg joins Kent Blaxill celebrations

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg recently made a surprise visit to Kent Blaxill’s 175th anniversary celebration.