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Sustainability showroom to open at Gibbs & Dandy Bedford

The Bedford branch of Gibbs & Dandy will open a specially created Sustainable Buildings Showroom, packed with environmentally-friendly products and technologies.

Builders’ merchant driver could be the next world crane champion

His name is Ashley Myatt and by mid-April he could be one of the UK’s most unusual world champions.

Federation of Master Builders welcomes Conservative housing plans

The Conservative Party’s plan to deliver 200,000 new homes for first-time buyers is a welcome ambition but needs to be delivered by a range of builders to ensure good quality design and diversity, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

MKM sees sales grow by 31%

MKM Building Supplies has reported a 31% increase in sales for the 12 months to 30 September 2014, compared with the same period in the previous year.

Keyline extends range at certain branches

Keyline is extending its product range in a network of branches across the UK to provide specialist strategic support to its utilities customers.

Gordon Birtwistle MP voices support for “vitally important” apprenticeships

In anticipation of National Apprenticeship Week 2015, which runs from today (9 March) until Friday 13 March, Gordon Birtwistle MP recently paid a visit to Travis Perkins and City Plumbing Supplies branches to find out more about the company’s apprenticeship schemes.

QS Supplies opens new showroom

QS Supplies, an independent wholesaler and retailer of bath and sanitaryware, has opened a new showroom in Leicester.

Champion Timber promotes excellence in staff leadership

Champion Timber has announced that six of its staff has completed the Level 3 Leadership & Management certificate from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), as part of its ongoing training and development programme for its 195-strong workforce.

Ridgeons meets the merchant event a big hit with suppliers

Ridgeons recently held a ‘Meet the Merchant’ event at its Pampisford site on 25 February.

Sydenhams adds to its branch network

Sydenhams has opened a new branch in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, having bought builders’ merchant F Knight & Sons for an undisclosed sum.

Wienerberger reopens Ewhurst brick factory

Wienerberger has reopened its Ewhurst brick factory in Surrey, following its pledge to invest £25 million in the UK's economy and help to alleviate the housing shortage.

Excellence in paving is celebrated at Brett Landscaping awards

Excellence in paving installation was rewarded by Brett Landscaping and Building Products at the company’s annual Approved Installer Awards, which celebrates the achievements of paving contractors who are members of its Brett Approved Installer (BAI) scheme.

Grafton Group acquires TG Lynes

Grafton Group plc, the builders' merchanting and DIY Group with operations in the UK, Ireland and Belgium, has completed the acquisition of TG Lynes, a distributor of mechanical engineering products for use in commercial and public sector buildings, apartments and industrial processes.

Optimism builds in the construction sector

More than half of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in the UK construction sector say that trading conditions are improving, with 52% saying that they will invest in their business during 2015.

Official opening of MoCoCo House

Last Friday (27 February) marked the official opening of MoCoCo House, a Cheshire-based homelessness charity that CRASH and its Patron companies have been working with.

Wolseley UK backs up National Apprenticeship Week with extended scheme

National Apprenticeship Week is nearly upon us, and Wolseley UK is showing its support by extending its flagship apprenticeship scheme.

BMF’s Supplier Forum proves a success

BMF supplier members turned out in force for a new-style dedicated Supplier Forum.

Howarth Timber Group’s 175 celebrations are up and running

The Howarth Timber Group continues to celebrate its 175th anniversary in style with a dinner for the great and good of the British building industry.

New strategy for F & P simply delivers more

F & P has launched its new look brand and strapline, highlighting the wholesaler’s service focused strategy and promise to ‘simply deliver more’ for its customers.

New IAI chairman announces award winners

The Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) has announced the winners of its awards, which were presented at its AGM.

Jewson conference recognises employee achievements

Jewson has held its annual conference combined with its largest supplier exhibition to date.

Ridgeons’ Rushforth to speak at BMF Members Day

Angela Rushforth, group managing director of Ridgeons Group has joined the growing list of impassioned speakers for the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) Members Day in September.

Brick capacity increase bolsters production capability

Michelmersh Brick Holdings has completed an expansion project to increase manufacturing capacity by 6m bricks at its Sussex-based Freshfield Lane brickworks.

Management buyout at JB Kind

JB Kind has been acquired by its management team for an undisclosed sum in a deal led by Springboard Corporate Finance.

Q4 merchant sales reflect seasonal change

Q4 sales in the merchant sector during 2014 show a -5.2% fall, when adjusted for seasonal trading days, according to the latest sales figures released by rthe GfK Builders' Merchant Panel.

Jewson pledges £100K for community regeneration projects

Builders’ merchant, Jewson, is asking tradespeople up and down the country to put forward local community projects that are in need of a transformation.

ABC Depot MD nominated for Young Entrepreneur of the Year award

Prakash Patel, managing director of builders’ merchant ABC Depot, has been nominated for the title of Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the upcoming Asian Voice Political & Public Life Awards.

Vecta CRM & Analytics – four category finalist in European IT Awards

UK software solution specialist Vecta Sales Solutions is celebrating after achieving finalist status, this time in four separate categories, for the 2015 European IT Awards for Software Excellence.

Hire-It’s unrivalled level of service goes national

The Hire-It service from BSS Industrial will achieve national coverage by May 2015 with its exclusive Hire Centres available in all of the distributor’s branches.

Business gains for Grange thanks to storm management

Fencing and decorative garden structures expert, Grange, has reported considerable business gains across the merchant and garden centre sectors, thanks to its positive handling of the storm damage crisis in 2014.

Polypipe acquires Ferrob ventilation business

Polypipe Ventilation has acquired the good will and assets of Ferrob - now trading as a new company called Ferrob Ventilation.

Combilift announces €40m investment in new manufacturing facility

Combilift is to invest €40m over the next two years in a new manufacturing facility, which will also create 200 additional jobs over the next five years.

Sydenhams builds sensory garden for Hospice

The Southampton branch of Sydenhams has completed a new sensory garden for Countess Mountbatten Hospice in Southampton.

Latest figures show rise in construction output

Output in the construction industry is estimated to have risen by 7.4% from 2013 to 2014, according to the most recent findings by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Crackdown on illegal plywood imports 'long overdue'

New efforts to crack down on illegally sourced plywood imported from China into the UK have been backed by the Wood Panel Industries Federation (WPIF).

Lords completes first phase of branch transformation

Lords Builders Merchants has completed the first phase of its works to the former Burdens 2.5-acre site in Hayes, following 12 months of planning delays.

Flame increases offer to heating engineers

Growing trade supplies firm Flame Heating Spares is now supplying Speedfit underfloor heating products, as well as stocking Press Fit piping and fittings for commercial installers and engineers.

Government proposes to abolish energy ratings for over 50,000 public buildings

The government has announced proposals which could see Display Energy Certificates (DECs) for 54,000 public buildings in England and Wales abolished.

Jon Cruddas MP supports merchant’s independent living solutions

Jon Cruddas MP recently visited Nicholls & Clarke as part of the Builders Merchants Federation’s industry and parliamentary programme, to see the merchant’s approach to adapting housing so that elderly and disabled people can remain at home, rather than be in hospital.

Flagship kitchen and bathroom showroom opens in Aylesbury

Grant & Stone has opened a new kitchen and bathroom showroom in Kempson Road, Aylesbury.

New IKO factory achieves ISO 14001 and BES 6001

IKO plc has achieved the environmental standards ISO 14001 and BES 6001 for its new mastic asphalt and hot melt factory in Derbyshire.

CricketForce bats its way to Scotland

In partnership with Cricket Scotland, Jewson has launched Jewson CricketForce Scotland.

Rudridge sold to Travis Perkins Group

Independent merchant Rudridge has been sold to the Travis Perkins Group.

LBS wins 'Retailer of the Year'

LBS Builders' Merchants has been awarded 'Retailer of the Year' at the 'West Wales 2015 Business Awards'.

Manufacturers boosted by rising sales and falling fuel costs

Construction product manufacturers ended 2014 with continued sales growth, according to the latest State of Trade Survey from the CPA.

Daikin relocates its office and training centre

Daikin UK has opened a new 2,100 sq ft office for the Midlands region in Birmingham Business Park, which is also home to a new 2,000 sq ft training centre.

Travis Perkins Group invests in spares expertise

Brands within the Travis Perkins Group, including Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS), Direct Heating Spares (DHS), and City Heating Spares (CHS), have continued to invest in its range of spares services by launching its first dedicated spares apprenticeship.

Stricter energy efficiency rules for rented homes

New government plans will make it illegal for private landlords to rent out properties that don't meet minimum efficiency standards.

Pipe Center opens new distribution centre

Pipe Center has officially opened its new distribution centre in Measham, Derbyshire. The site becomes the most technologically advanced distribution facility in the company's supply chain.

West Midlands property sector 'set for boom'

It is set to be a landmark year for commercial property in the West Midlands, according to findings from Barbour ABI, a chosen provider of construction data to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the government.