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£150m investment to benefit construction SMEs

There is to be £150m invested in the UK construction sector over the next five years, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Technology Strategy Board recently announced.

Moores Turf & Top Soil fined over worker death

A Kent aggregate company has been ordered to pay more than £180,000 in fines and costs after a worker was killed by dangerous lifting equipment on a tipper lorry.

PTS puts service first for spares customers

PTS is ready to support heating engineers through the busy heating season by boosting its late-night ordering and next-day delivery for its spares customers.

CPS makes Gas Safety Week a priority this September

City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) is pledging its support to Gas Safety Week, which will be begin on 16 September, through efforts to raise awareness among staff and customers on how they can eliminate dangers and safeguard their loved ones by taking care of their gas appliances.

Norbord sponsors timber engineering scholarship

Norbord is sponsoring a postgraduate scholarship to support students studying for an MSc degree in timber engineering at Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Engineering and the Built Environment.

Hanson sets new sustainability targets towards 2020

Hanson UK’s 2013 Performance and Sustainability report shows many ongoing positive achievements in the company’s sustainability performance against a backdrop of falling production volumes and a tough operating climate.

'Best of the Best' rating for Axor

Bathroom specialist Hansgrohe has cause to celebrate after its Axor Starck Organic collection won a Red Dot Design award.

New certification offering completes SBS Green Deal

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, has chosen NICEIC as its certification body of choice, completing its Green Deal offering which already included product solutions, advisor and installer membership, technical guides and training.

Speedy invests over £2m to support Liverpool’s construction sector

Speedy, the provider of equipment rental and support services, has boosted its Liverpool presence to meet the needs of the city’s thriving construction sector.

Sylva Group snaps up Crocodile Timber Frame

Bespoke design and build solutions provider, Sylva Group has acquired part of Crocodile Timber Frame’s business operations.

bcg launches first Bathroom Book

bcg has launched its first standalone Bathroom Book, which offers a comprehensive guide to the company’s entire bathroom product range.

Go Geothermal secures distribution deal with REHAU

Specialist renewable energy merchant Go Geothermal has signed a distribution deal with global building solutions company REHAU.

Merchants praise NMBS apprenticeship initiative

Less than six months after its launch, the NMBS 'Apprenticeship Youth Enterprise 50' campaign is receiving strong praise from independent builders’ timber, plumbing and heating and hardware merchants.

Bricks and blocks trend should trigger strategic questions

The increase in demand for bricks and blocks should serve as a trigger for building products organisations to review their customer relationship and sales strategies, Carol Kelly of KSA Sales Solutions has said.

Plumb Center leads the debate on energy efficiency

Plumb Center has brought together policy makers, senior civil servants, think tank representatives, academics and industry experts to discuss how to encourage the UK public to invest in energy efficiency measures.

Slingsby highlights the importance of following first aid legislation

Many organisations are failing to meet first aid legal requirements, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby.

Double celebration for Twyford

Twyford Bathrooms has been crowned the winner of Plumb Center’s “2013 L3 Regional* Supplier of the Year” award for its excellence in product quality and services. In addition to this award, Twyford has been accredited the “5 Star Supplier” status for the fifth year running by PTS.

Chepstow business seals deal with national construction giant

S&D Sealants has agreed a new partnership with national construction company Wates.

BSW Timber invests in new customer sales centre

BSW Timber has bolstered its customer service offering with the opening of a new sales centre based at the Carlisle sawmill.

Five years of successful trade targeting at Plumbfix

It is just over five years since Plumbfix was launched to offer Screwfix customers from the plumbing trade an exclusive trade offering.

Ridgeons supports college construction awards

Ridgeons has sponsored Cambridge Regional College’s (CRC) Construction Awards for the fifth year running.

Pipe Center invests in Fabrication facility to grow the business

Pipe Center is investing in its specialist pipe work Fabrication facility in order to extend its capabilities and offer customers an even better service.

NMBS sales boost – with new Makita 4 Amp Battery

NMBS managing director, Chris Hayward, was pleased to take the first delivery of the new Makita 4 Amp Battery from Barry Smart, national sales manager of Makita UK.

BMF backs British manufacturing at Thomas Dudley

Thomas Dudley recently welcomed Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) managing director, John Newcomb, to its foundry and plastics plant in the West Midlands.

Jewson rewards students’ success

Recognising the importance of working with colleges and their students, Jewson has donated a bucket of tools and a Makita site radio to each winning student of the year receiving their National Diploma at the South & City College award ceremony in Birmingham.

Jewson helps social landlord improve

Since appointing Jewson as its supply chain partner in 2012, Welsh registered social landlord Cartrefi Conwy has made significant improvements to its day-to-day processes. The merchant's involvement has helped to ensure that ongoing maintenance and improvements are carried out as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

MKM lands multi-million pound contract with council contractor KWL

MKM Building Supplies is to provide building materials to maintain Hull’s entire social housing stock after landing a three year, multi-million pound contract. The company has been appointed as sole supplier to Kingstown Works (KWL), which is responsible for the maintenance and repair of Hull City Council’s housing stock and other private sites.

SIG joins the BMF

The surge in new members continues at the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), with the announcement that SIG, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of specialist building products, is to join the BMF from September 1.

Jewson achieves Novus Supply Chain accreditation

Jewson has become the first supplier to be awarded a Novus Property Solutions Supply Chain Pledge Accreditation, after the company was able to demonstrate its beneficial work in four key areas; environment, workplace, marketplace and community.

Häfele set to inspire with new website launch

Häfele UK has launched a new website providing homeowners and trade professionals with a one-stop-inspiration-shop offering ideas for living, and creating an intelligent home.

Offering the best in the business

Window Ware, a distributor of hardware components and ancillary items to the window, door and conservatory industry has relaunched its trade counter, with products by Kestrel proving a popular choice.

Government plans to phase out the Code for Sustainable Homes

Commenting on the government’s plan to remove the Code for Sustainable Homes, Paul Hicks, sustainability and design manager at VELUX, said: “It is very interesting to see that the government is planning to phase out the Code for Sustainable Homes as part of its shake up to slash red tape for housing developers.

Pipe Center in multi-million pound supply partnership with Lorne Stewart

Pipe Center is delivering a major supply contract for Lorne Stewart as part of the final phase of a project to modernise accommodation for service personnel across the UK.

Plumbase Industrial offers engineering solutions to commercial market

Mechanical and industrial contractors can now benefit from Plumbase Industrial’s new value engineering solutions to fulfill the needs of the commercial heating market.

Cut red tape to boost housebuilding, says FMB

Moves to cut red tape by streamlining housing standards would be a major boost to Britain’s small- and medium-sized housebuilders, and will help to increase the supply and choice of new homes, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Icons for Innovations

Salamander has introduced a series of icons to help customers identify, ‘at a glance’, exactly what its products can do.

A positive start for PHG

David Pochin, chairman of the Plumbing Heating Group (PHG), has expressed his delight at the buying group’s progression, having passed the halfway point of its first year in business.

BSS extends availability of cast-iron drainage range

BSS Industrial has introduced an extensive range of Saint-Gobain’s Ensign cast-iron drainage solutions, including its EEZI-FIT push-fit range, to a further four BSS Drainage trade counters, extending availability to customers outside of London for the first time.

Cabinet Office reveals future construction contracts worth £109bn

Barbour ABI, provider of construction intelligence services, has recently published details of government construction contracts worth £109bn on behalf of the government.

Haemmerlin "Sees Why IBC"

UK wheelbarrow manufacturer Haemmerlin has recently acquired 35 new stockists after becoming a supplier to independent buying group IBC.

“No excuse" for unsafe low-level platforms, says PASMA

The Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA), the trade body representing the mobile access tower industry, has launched PAS 250, a new safety standard for the design of low-level work platforms.

Jewson helps burger factory get the power

The Burger Manufacturing Company in Builth Wells, Mid Wales, has received an energy boost thanks to the installation of Saint-Gobain’s PowerMax Strong system, supplied by Jewson.

British Gypsum launches blog for construction professionals

Plaster and drylining manufacturer British Gypsum has launched ‘In the Mix’, a new blog designed for construction professionals.

Knauf Insulation supports Centrica’s calls to widen scope of ECO

As Centrica’s chief executive, Sam Laidlaw, calls on the government to rethink its Energy Company Obligation (ECO) policy, branding it as complicated and expensive, Knauf Insulation continues to press for a broader focus on energy efficiency across the retrofit market.

BMF HQ is the new base for the IOBM

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) will be based at Elliott Court, the Coventry head office of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), from September.

NMBS announces major developments for 2014 exhibition

After seeing its best ever exhibition in 2013, NMBS has recently announced plans to raise the bar still further in 2014.

Geberit systems and solutions go On Tour

Having clocked up more than 6,000 miles over 10 weeks, the Geberit Land Rover and trailer is putting the pedal to the metal as it continues On Tour, to promote the benefits of its sanitary solutions at venues around the country.

Stuart Turner pumps now available at Screwfix and Plumbfix

UK shower pump manufacturer Stuart Turner has announced its comprehensive range of pump products will be available through all Screwfix and Plumbfix outlets from September 2013.

NIA challenges Ed Davey’s SWI installers comment

Chief executive of the National Insulation Association (NIA) Neil Marshall has responded to recent reports that Ed Davey, Secretary of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change, has suggested that a lack of solid wall insulation (SWI) installers could be holding back the Green Deal.

BMF and TTF strike membership deal

In a reciprocal membership promotion, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is offering a 10% discount on its current subscription year membership to any member of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) that joins the BMF between 1 September 2013 and 31 March 2014.