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Cowboy builders costs UK economy £10bn, says FMB

£10 billion each year is being lost from the UK economy because homeowners are so fearful of hiring amateur or fake builders, that they simply don’t commission building work, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Selco raises half a million for Macmillan Cancer Support

Selco Builders Warehouse has raised over £500,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support due to a range of activities across its 60 branch network.

New product videos for P C Henderson

P C Henderson, has launched a new series of product focus videos to help merchants and its customers gain a better understanding of the products.

Jez Rose will be NMBS’ Conference host

Jez Rose is will be the keynote speakers at this years’ NMBS Conference in Italy.

Alumasc acquires Wade International

Alumasc Group has completed the acquisition of Essex-based drainage specialist, Wade International. This is for a strategic move to improve its Water Management division.

Keyline employees’ receive long-service awards

Keyline presented its long-service awards to those employees who have been with the company for a number of years.

Birmingham city centre builders’ merchants “will assist rapidly-growing city development”

EH Smith to open a Birmingham Central branch offering same-day delivery.

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland named Top Employer

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland, leader in construction materials markets, has been certified as a Top Employer in the United Kingdom for the sixth year running, and in Ireland for a third consecutive year.

The CIPHE offers support to Carillion apprentices

Following the demise of Carillion plc, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is offering apprentices affected by the company’s collapse complimentary Trainee Membership and proactive support in finding other potential employers.

Archwood Group renews its commitment to merchant customers

The Archwood Group has a new leadership team, helping to ensure a bright future for its merchant partners.

Grant UK donates £2,000 to local children’s charity

In 2017, the staff at Grant UK were busy organising fundraising events for Julia’s House. From bake sales through to raffles, Grant UK’s staff has helped to raise £2,000 for this children’s charity whose work is based in Dorset and Wiltshire.

Volunteers needed for sensory room building project

A couple in Great Bardfield in Essex is calling out for volunteers with building skills to help them build a sensory and therapy room at home for their young daughter who has severe disabilities.

It's time to ensure action on retentions, says NFB

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) and other trade federations with members most likely to be affected by the collapse of Carillion continue their push for action on retentions.

Even more IronmongeryDirect staff achieve Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) qualification

IronmongeryDirect, has announced that an additional four staff are now GAI qualified, enabling them to provide enhanced in-depth technical assistance and support to customers.

RGB donates Community Fund to village hall

Following a public vote, Lapford Victory Hall has been chosen as the latest winner of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund.

FMB’s skills shortage report underlines need to increase off-site volumes, says Actis

A report by the Federation of Master Builders, highlighting the fact that the shortage of construction workers has hit its worst ever levels, is the latest sign that offsite housing volumes must be increased to help tackle the housing crisis.

Women Installers Together Conference 2018

Following the success of last September’s WIT Conference event organisers Stopcocks Women Plumbers, together with event partner Polypipe Building Products, are delighted to announce the date, venue and headline speakers of the 2018 conference.

Parker Building Supplies employees graduate

Eighteen Parker Building Supplies employees have passed their exams with flying colours.

Warranty a key driver behind installer purchasing decisions

The length of warranty on a product plays a key part in purchasing decisions for the majority of installers, a survey by Redring has shown.

Carlton Manufacturing joins the Builders Merchants Federation

Carlton Manufacturing has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

30 years of service for Roman employee

Roman has celebrated their Contract Sales Director’s 30 years of service at Roman.

Chandlers Building Supplies is looking for 2018 charity partner

Chandlers Building Supplies is on the search for a charity to partner with for 2018.

Marble & Granite Designs joins KBBG as a new supplier

The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group (KBBG), part of DER KREIS, has extended its ever-growing list of suppliers, with the addition of Marble & Granite Designs.

Honeywell hits the road

Honeywell takes to the road again with its team to showcase its full range of smart heating controls and security products at plumbing and heating merchants across the UK until March 2018.

Plumbase partners with Viessmann

National independent plumber’s merchant, Plumbase, has announced a new partnership with heating systems manufacturer Viessmann that will significantly increase access to same day and next day spare parts availability this heating season.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant’s to give away a £10,000 prize

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant’s latest competition – the Graham College Refresh Scheme, which will see the merchant give a £10,000 prize.

The George Bence Group open its 4th Branch

The George Bence Group officially opened their 4th branch with a location outside the village of Bourton on the Water. Recently knighted, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, the long standing MP for the Cotswolds was present to cut the ribbon.

Södra Wood joins Builders Merchants Federation

Södra Wood has become a member of the Builders Merchant Federation.

Renewable energy is the way forward, says

Environmental experts at a Shropshire company have unveiled a brand-new addition to the business following an investment of £4.5 million.

Marketing forum helps NBG members share best practice

The latest NBG Marketing Forum has inspired marketeers from across the independent merchant sector with new ideas, best practice and concepts to take back to their respective businesses.

BMF assesses Carillion impact on materials supply chain

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has undertaken an initial survey of its members following the collapse of Carillion to assess the potential impact of the company’s liquidation further down the building supply chain.

Vince Cable to speak at BMF Members Day

Sir Vince Cable, the leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Twickenham, is the first headline speaker to be confirmed for BMF Members’ Day in September, which takes the theme “The Future Belongs to the Bold”.

Redrow teams up with academic institutions to launch UK’s first dedicated housebuilding degree

Redrow in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Coleg Cambria have established the UK’s first dedicated Housebuilding Degree. LJMU have also validated the qualification.

Banks must show leniency to Carillion's SME supply chain, says FMB

Banks must show leniency to the thousands of SMEs in Carillion’s supply chain, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Travis Perkins plc employees presented with Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award

Five employees from across Travis Perkins plc have secured a prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE). All five completed the programme in 2017 and were presented with their certificates on 17 January 2018 at St James’s Palace on behalf of HRH The Earl of Wessex.

The 12th annual Executive Hire Show

The Executive Hire Show has become a hub for the hire industry and year on year the show increases in size and visitors to the event can always guarantee plenty of brand new products on display

Decking firm’s anniversary year milestones

Dorset-based metal decking company SMD Ltd is looking ahead to a successful year after celebrating a number of significant milestones during 2017.

Rupa Huq MP visits Lords Builders’ Merchant

“With local elections in all London Boroughs in May, political parties should remember that housing is not built, nor are homes improved, without London’s builders, plumbers and timber merchants,” says Lords Builders’ Merchant to Rupa Huq MP when she visited the 33-year old business in Park Royal, Ealing.

EH Smith appoints new Chairman

EH Smith has announced the appointment of its current Chief Executive, John Parker, as company Chairman following the death of longstanding chairman Ken Smith in November.

Carillion's demise raises concerns among industry

News of Carillion's liquidation has left industry asking what the impact on SME subcontractors will be, and what changes need to be made to public sector construction contracts.

Construction Industry Helpline provides £705,000 of financial support to construction families in need

In 2017, the Construction Industry Helpline supported over 1,500 construction families in crisis, with over 400 families granted £705,000 of emergency financial help.

Covers acquires OTBS Builders Merchants

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants has acquired Orpington Timber & Building Supplies (OTBS) in Bexleyheath, Kent, strengthening its portfolio of branches in the South East to 15 depots.

Carillion goes into liquidation

Construction giant Carillion is to enter compulsory liquidation with immediate effect, following months of speculation and a number of profit warnings.

BMF wins UFEMAT Best Practice Award for second year running

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was delighted to win the Best Practice Award for the second year running at the recent UFEMAT AGM held in Stockholm. UFEMAT is the European Association of National Builders’ Merchants Associations and Manufacturers.

PageGroup hosts latest BMF Regional Centre of Excellence

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of PageGroup. The growing network of BMF Regional Centres of Excellence is making training courses and regional meetings more accessible to BMF members around the country.

Wavin invests in training with new Doncaster learning centre

Wavin has officially opened its new Doncaster Learning Centre.

VADO announce the VADO Rally for 2018

VADO have announced the return of the VADO Rally for June 2018. Competing to raise money for the Rainy Day Trust and Variety charities, members of the kitchen, bedroom and bathrooms industry will be teaming up once again to rally through some of Europe’s greatest cities and scenery.

Four community causes to benefit from £500 each

Kingsfold builders’ merchant D.W. Nye has launched its ‘Proud to be Local’ campaign, which will give away £500 each to four community groups and good causes in the area during 2018.

Scape Group comments on ONS’s ‘Output in the construction industry’ report

Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, comments on ONS Output in the Construction Industry statistics

New branch opening for Builders’ Merchant Company

Builders’ Merchant Company are pleased to announce its new Rotherham branch will be open on the 1st March, situated on The Barbot Industrial Estate, Rotherham.