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Jackson Building Centres launches ‘Jackson Renewables’ app

Jackson Building Centres has launched a ‘Jackson Renewables’ app for the iPad.

The race is on at GPH Builders’ Merchants

A group of female employees at a local builders’ merchant are swapping their safety shoes for running trainers in aid of charity this month.

IBC celebrates 150th member

After only four years of trading, buying group IBC is celebrating Builder Store becoming its 150th member.

£91m fund to refurbish housing

Communities minister Don Foster recently announced that £91m is to be spent in England to refurbish and bring back into use 6,000 empty and derelict houses and commercial premises.

Jewson partners with Anglian Home Improvements

Jewson has entered into a new partnership with Anglian Home Improvements to supply Lafarge Tarmac Cement & Lime’s ready-to-use tubs to the company’s installation teams across the UK.

WindowMaster delivers ‘truly fit for purpose’ buildings

WindowMaster, provider of natural comfort and smoke ventilation solutions, has presented important research findings on the energy consumption of ventilation systems at a CIBSE Technical Symposium.

Ridgeons employees celebrate over half a millennium of service

Ridgeons recently recognised the long service achievements of 46 employees at its annual Long Service Awards reception, held at the group's Pampisford branch, Cambridge.

The clock is ticking for OSAT course funding

As more grants are available for On-Site Assessment and Training (OSAT) courses, the BWF WITForum is encouraging employers to register candidates quickly as some funding is due to expire by the end of 2013.

IronmongeryDirect takes on new apprentices

IronmongeryDirect, online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products to the trade, has started a new apprenticeship scheme.

Pochin receives Outstanding Achievement Award

Plumbing and heating trade supplier Robert Pochin has been presented with Leicester College’s Outstanding Achievement Award for its support of the college and its learners.

MPs support Superglass

Alex McLeod, chief executive of Superglass Insulation, recently welcomed Labour MPs Iain Wright and Gordon Banks to the company's plant in Stirling.

GI Energy welcomes rise of RHI tariffs

GI Energy, supplier of air and ground source heat pumps, has welcomed the government’s proposal to raise the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs for non-domestic ground source heat pump installations.

CE marking comes to bathrooms

Major changes in the labelling of bathroom products marketed throughout Europe will take place on 1 July 2013.

Changes to the CBA

Stuart Mason-Elliott will be standing down as the CBA’s chairman.

‘BIM for the Terrified’ publication launched

In response to a government initiative requiring all central government building procurement contracts to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) from 2016, the Construction Products Association (CPA), together with the NBS, has launched a guide for manufacturers entitled: ‘BIM for the Terrified’.

Wolseley buys its Worcester distribution hub

Wolseley UK has purchased its 18,500 square metre distribution warehouse on the Berkeley Business Park in Worcester, from real estate investment manager, Valad Europe, for an undisclosed sum.

Biomass TV - Euroheat brings wood heating to life

Euroheat has launched a range of short films designed to make understanding biomass easier for installers and end users.

MKM and Jewson owed by Bespoke Oak Supplies

MKM and Jewson are among the creditors of Wisbech construction business, Bespoke Oak Supplies.

Sika acquires Everbuild Building Products

Sika has acquired Everbuild Building Products, manufacturer of sealant, adhesives and construction chemicals.

NIA welcomes Scottish government funding

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has welcomed the news that the Scottish government will be providing almost £50m of funding to help make homes cheaper to heat.

Connecting learning to life at Jewson

Jewson recently took part in a new education initiative that introduces work-related learning into primary schools - the Yes Programme.

Free app helps homeowner and tradesman relationship

TrustMark, the government-endorsed quality mark to help people find reputable tradesmen, is calling on homeowners and tradesmen to have an open conversation at the start of every job to ensure a successful working relationship.

Plumb Center and Parts Center release apps for Android

Plumb Center and Parts Center have released apps for Android phones, putting a range of features at customers’ fingertips.

Deepings boosts range with garden landscaping offers

Following five successful years of supplying trade customers, builders’ merchant Deepings Building & Plumbing Supplies has launched a free delivery service for DIY enthusiasts and gardeners in Rutland, South Lincolnshire and Peterborough.

Building recovery puts Travis in FTSE

Following yesterday's announcement, Travis Perkins and housebuilder Persimmon have been accepted onto the FTSE 100 index.

Travis Perkins expected to join FTSE 100

National builders’ merchant Travis Perkins and housebuilder Persimmon are both expected to join the FTSE 100 when the index holds its quarterly review tomorrow (12 June), according to financial industry analysts.

Under 200 homes signed up for Green Deal

Fewer than 200 homes have signed up for the government’s flagship Green Deal scheme, according to the BBC and national newspapers.

F&P Wholesale scoops Cemco award

F&P Wholesale has been named as the Cemco Merchant Network Lightside Distributor of the Year.

TradePoint launches revamped website

TradePoint’s new transactional website offers over 18,000 products available to buy online.

Wolseley UK launches graduate scheme

A new Management Training programme has been launched by Wolseley UK in order to attract the very best graduates to the construction industry.

CBA moves forward

Following the recent departure of a number of CBA companies to join Cemco, the CBA buying group is set to continue, according to remaining members AW Lumb, Beesley and Fildes, James Burrell, John A Stephens, Robert Price, and Tippers.

Quinn Radiators delighted with EC ruling defeat

Radiators with high output and low water content are the perfect emitters for low-temperature systems, according to Quinn Radiators’ managing director Nick Whitwell, who recently welcomed the defeat of a European proposal to label radiators as unsuitable for use with heat pumps.

PTS' Spares sees significant increase in calls

PTS’ Spares hotline team has seen an increase in calls of 30 percent during the 2012-2013 heating season.

Leisure Sinks to supply PHG buying group

Leisure Sinks has signed an agreement with specialist plumbing and heating buying group PHG, which will allow the company’s wide range of sinks and taps to be supplied to a growing UK merchant network.

Wolseley rolls out green technology training

Wolseley UK has set up a national training course on green technology for staff at Pipe Center and Climate Center.

Wolseley UK achieves Carbon Trust Standard recertification

Wolseley UK has achieved Carbon Trust Standard recertification in recognition of its work to measure, manage and reduce carbon emissions.

Ceram releases CE marking video

International materials technology company Ceram has released a video which discusses how it can test products to the relevant standards and help guide manufacturers through the process of CE-marking their construction products.

Jewson CPD events are a success

Jewson has hosted a series of CPD events with Local Authority Building Control (LABC) at its Newbury, Sunderland, Stockport, Birkenhead, Lincoln and Peterborough branches.

Home insulations down 97 percent, claim latest figures

Industry figures have revealed that installations of cavity wall insulation were down by 97 percent in April compared with the same month last year, signalling a blow to the Coalition’s Green Deal scheme.

Tudor Griffiths completes major acquisition in Wales

Tudor Griffiths has acquired four established ready-mix concrete plants in Mid and North Wales from CEMEX UK.

New Caerphilly showroom helps installers go green

Plumbers and installers have welcomed the launch of a dedicated resource for expert advice and easy access to renewable energy products.

Green Deal provider in administration

Green Deal provider Enact Energy Renewables has gone into administration.

New tariffs for non-domestic RHI

Office blocks, factories and community centres could be among a number of buildings across Great Britain to benefit from more cash for renewable heat under proposals recently set out by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Cementone launches online Cortexa training for Plasterer’s Stabilising Primer

Cementone has launched a new Cortexa online training module for its Plasterer’s Stabilising Primer.

Selco serves up a Wimbledon opening

Selco Builders Warehouse is set to continue its growth by opening a new branch in Wimbledon and has secured the ‘signing’ of a local football hero to cut the ribbon.

A shift away from DIY is affecting retail trading

Merchants with substantial retail sales will not be encouraged by analysts’ prediction of another fall in sales when B&Q owner Kingfisher reports on trading for the past three months this week.

Jewson saves overboard yachtsman

A builders’ merchant in land-locked mid-Devon helped rescue a yachtsman who went overboard off the French coast.

Builders’ merchant has got football covered

As a proud supporter of all things local, Covers Timber & Builders Merchants is delighted to be one of the main sponsors of the new Portsmouth FC shirt.

Wolseley UK crowned Employer of the Year

Wolseley UK has been presented with the prestigious New Employer of the Year award by the National Mentoring Consortium, following its involvement in the organisation’s Ethnic Minority Undergraduate Scheme (EMUS).

New BSRIA guide helps construction professionals pass their air-tightness test

Stricter energy targets are pushing air leakage down to ever-lower levels. Carrying out remediation work and retests when a building fails can be a serious problem, leading to delays to the project. BSRIA’s new guide provides architects, main contractors and subcontractors with an understanding of how to design and construct buildings in order to achieve air-tightness targets.