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CDP commends Travis Perkins for climate change disclosure

The Travis Perkins Group has been commended by CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) for its approach to the disclosure of climate change information.

Rinnai opens new London sales office

Rinnai has opened a new London sales office in response to escalating demand for its condensing and high efficiency gas-fired continuous flow water heaters in the capital and south east region.

BMF names Apprentice of the Year winners

Two outstanding merchant apprentices have been honoured with BMF Apprentice of the Year Awards, which acknowledge exceptional candidates enrolled on the BMF Apprenticeship (NVQ Level 2) and Advanced Apprenticeship (NVQ Level 3) schemes.

APPG report calls to “review and simplify” Green Deal

The Green Deal is financially “unattractive” and needs simplifying, according to the latest report from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Excellence in the Built Environment.

Key industry sectors join forces to launch REAPs

Some of the construction industry’s key manufacturing sectors of clay bricks and blocks, precast concrete and ready-mixed concrete, have joined forces to launch several new Resource Efficiency Action Plans (REAPs).

Second Help to Buy phase launched early

The second phase of the government’s Help to Buy initiative was launched on Tuesday, providing homebuyers with a £12bn mortgage guarantee scheme.

Heating engineers enjoy Pochin’s trade show

More than 100 heating installers and engineers got the lowdown on new products from key suppliers at a Leicester trade exhibition by Pochin.

CITB responds to APPG Green Deal report

CITB has commented on ‘Re-energising the green agenda’, the report published yesterday by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Excellence in the Built Environment.

Grafton provides direct access to TCEFG

Builders, electricians, plumbers, other trade professionals and small construction firms are set to benefit, as Grafton Merchanting GB becomes the first national builders’ merchant to give tradesmen direct access to the government’s Trade Credit Enterprise Finance Guarantee (TCEFG) scheme.

Huws Gray acquisition sees expansion into England and Wales

Huws Gray’s latest acquisition of FJ Williams sees the Anglesey-based company expand right on top of the historic border between England and Wales.

Nicholls & Clarke acquires Colchester Tile Supplies

Nicholls & Clarke has announced that it has acquired Colchester Tile Supplies.

Job opportunities on Elephant & Castle regeneration

Construction firms from the London Borough of Southwark are being offered the chance to win work on Lend Lease’s £1.5bn Elephant & Castle regeneration, at a Supplier Engagement Day on 17 October 2013.

EH Smith strikes partnership with SolarWorld

EH Smith has become the first builders’ merchant in the UK to partner with photovoltaic manufacturer SolarWorld.

UK-GBC welcomes all-party group report on Green Deal

The UK Green Building Council has welcomed a report by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment which calls for additional incentives to boost the Green Deal.

Sektor opens new showroom

Sektor, the own-brand range of professional interior solutions from CCF, has opened a comprehensive product showroom at its existing Heathrow branch.

House sales hit four-year high

The number of homes sold in the UK hit an almost four-year high last month as the housing market recovery continues to gather pace, according to the September RICS Residential Market Survey.

Capita wins major contract with Wolseley UK

Capita Managed IT Solutions has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by Wolseley UK.

Impulse Bathrooms and Our Sanitary Ware set to close

The sanitaryware division of the Imperial Ware Group – Ours Sanitary Ware, Impulse Bathrooms, Imperial Bathroom Products and Imperial Ware Australia – has been reviewed at a recent meeting in Hong Kong.

NASC safety report shows overall fall in accidents

A new 2013 Safety Report has been launched by the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC), documenting the statistics for scaffolding safety in 2012 for all of its contracting member companies.

IronmongeryDirect celebrates staff achievements

IronmongeryDirect staff have achieved Level One and Level Two accreditations from the prestigious Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI).

Schneider Electric opens Safety Centre

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, celebrated the official opening of its brand new Safety Centre last month at Westwood Business Park, Coventry.

Special CounterAct user meeting

Border Merchant Systems planned to hold its annual user meeting for its northern customers in November, but due to the company’s recent acquisition by Shuttleworth Business Systems, it has now decided to make the event available to all users.

Wolseley profits rise following growth of US market

Building and heating materials group Wolseley has seen its profits more than double, driven by its US division.

Worcester awarded for manufacturing excellence

Worcester, Bosch Group, has been recognised for its manufacturing excellence after claiming two coveted crowns at the 2013 Best Factory Awards (BFA).

BMF’s scheme is given the go ahead

The BMF’s pilot Trade Credit Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme is now ready to go ahead after contract delays by government lawyers have now been cleared.

Customer visits up 30% at EH Smith

The introduction of fixed prices at EH Smith has been rewarded with a 30% increase in customer visits across the group’s eight branches.

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies purchases Northern Timber

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies is continuing to expand and invest in its business by purchasing the assets and trade of Northern Timber.

Major re-brand for Aggregate Industries

Aggregate Industries has announced a major re-brand which will consolidate 25 of its businesses under the Aggregate Industries name.

Pegler Yorkshire reports export growth

Pegler Yorkshire’s 2012 financial results indicate a growth in export sales, while turnover in the UK has decreased.

New acquisition seals S&D’s growth

S&D Sealants has continued a year of growth with the acquisition of one of the West Midlands leading mastic companies.

Travis Perkins celebrates contract with British housebuilder

Travis Perkins has been appointed by British housebuilder Crest Nicholson as the sole supplier of building materials for its southwest region.

Government support for self-build homes "increases options"

New measures announced by the government to help more people build their own home will increase choice and affordability in the housing market, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

BMF responds to Labour Party on housing and planning

Ed Miliband’s pledge to build new homes on “a grand scale” was the focus of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) at this year’s Labour Party Conference, held in Brighton.

Toolbank takes to the road

Toolbank is enjoying another successful run of autumn trade shows.

Green deal is helping to make energy-efficient homes

Green Deal assessments are continuing to help people make their homes more energy efficient, according to research published last week by the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Fermacell invests €30m in new factory

Fermacell has invested €30m in opening a new factory for gypsum fibreboards that will supply the UK market.

Robert Price officially opens 18th branch

Robert Price marked the official opening of its new branch in Barry, South Glamorgan by holding a Building Bonanza exhibition.

PHG acquires 21st member

Plumbers’ merchant Woodhouse & Sturnham is to join the Plumbing & Heating Group (PHG) next month, becoming the 21st member of the buying group.

Eco-building incentive needed, says FMB

The government must include financial incentives for householders adding energy-efficiency measures to their homes, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said.

Keyline launches managed services for rail sector

Keyline has launched a managed services solution to help contractors within the rail sector to reduce operational overheads, have better access to critical resources and materials and react better to customer requirements.

Green Deal ‘tinkering’ will not deliver long-term success, warns Knauf

As the latest statistics show that only 12 homes have had Green Deal measures installed, Knauf Insulation has welcomed moves by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to widen the scope of the Green Deal cashback incentive, but warns that the proposed changes still do not go far enough.

MKM Building Supplies opens 40th branch

MKM Building Supplies is proving life begins at 40 with the opening of its latest branch.

BMF and Peugeot drive members’ business forward

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has negotiated a Vehicle Affinity Scheme with Peugeot Contract Hire (PCH) that will ease fleet costs and help boost the business of BMF members.

NHBC foundations app launched to help reduce annual claims

The National House-Building Council (NHBC) has launched an app to aid builders calculate the correct foundation depths when building near trees.

Tradesmen set to ‘Feel the benefit’ with TradePoint

Tradesmen across the UK can soon take advantage of a new government-backed scheme aimed at securing affordable heating to energy-poor homes.

HBXL helps builders comply as HSE crackdown targets refurb sector

Builders involved in refurbishment work are being advised to make sure their paperwork is up-to-date or face risking an untimely fine from Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Ridgeons celebrates employee achievements

Ridgeons celebrated employees’ extraordinary achievements at its 2013 Recognition Awards last week.

A strong outlook for Ridgeons

A year on since Ridgeons opened four new sites in the eastern region, managing director Angela Rushforth has confirmed that trading is on the up and the group is looking forward to a strong 2014.

Carillion rings up training partnership with Knauf

Ten college leavers from Kent are benefiting from apprenticeships in drylining offered in a collaboration between Carillion, one of the UK's leading support services companies, and its plaster and drylining products supplier Knauf.

Suppliers boost BMF membership

In its drive to represent the building materials supply industry, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is gaining support from manufacturers as well as merchants, with three new supplier members joining already this month.