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End of Green Homes Cashback scheme could cost Scottish jobs, says NIA

Suggestions that Scotland's Green Homes Cashback Scheme will not be extended beyond today (31 March) have been met with concern by the National Insulation Association (NIA).

FMB welcomes plans to match SMEs with alternative lenders

Government proposals to match SMEs that have had applications for finance turned down by the banks with alternative lenders have been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

IBC welcomes Arnold Laver to the group

Independent merchant buying group IBC has welcomed Arnold Laver Timber Merchant, bringing further strength and experience to the group.

RGB to unveil new plumbing and heating centre

RGB Building Supplies is launching its new plumbing and heating centre at its Exmouth branch, with a programme of events running between Monday 7 and Friday 11 April.

Breedon wins Best Construction & Materials Company Award

Breedon Aggregates has been presented with the Best Construction & Materials award in the 2014 Stock Market Awards, run by Shares magazine in association with KPMG.

Winners of British Gypsum National Trophy competition revealed

Judges of the bi-annual 2014 British Gypsum National Trophy competition have awarded six innovative projects for excellence in design and application.

Michelmersh celebrates a strong 2013

Michelmersh Brick Holdings, the specialist brick, land development and landfill company, has announced its audited final results for the year ended 31 December 2013.

Rudridge launches new apprenticeship scheme

Rudridge has recently launched a new apprenticeship scheme at its Farnham branch, run in conjunction with the National Merchant Buying Society, and has already taken local resident Greg Durn under its wing.

ADEY declares two ‘sludge’ winners

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has recently announced two new winners of its #ShowUsYourSludge competition.

Bright sparks at Graham

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has recently introduced its new electrical range, encompassing everything from fuses and connectors to switches and cables.

A successful year for IronmongeryDirect

IronmongeryDirect enjoyed a successful 2013 with record year-end results, showing significant increases in both turnover and profit.

Ridgeons works with suppliers to find 'better ways of doing business'

Finding better ways of doing business was the focus of the recent Ridgeons Group 'Meet the Merchant' event and seventh Ridgeons Supplier of the Year Awards.

IronmongeryDirect extends its contact centre opening hours

IronmongeryDirect has made ordering the latest products from its range even easier by extending its customer call centre opening hours.

Buck & Hickman launches Mobile Centre of Excellence

Buck & Hickman, distributor of tools, maintenance and health and safety products, has launched its Mobile Centre of Excellence, offering construction sector customers the chance to experience its product and service offering for themselves.

Ravenheat announces NMBS agreement to target independents

Ravenheat has announced a two-year agreement with NMBS to include its range of boilers and heating controls on the buying society’s supply list.

New look for Ridgeons’ Norwich branch

Ridgeons’ Norwich-based branch has recently undergone a revamp as a result of customer feedback.

Nevill Long opens Maidstone branch

Specialist interior building products distributor Nevill Long has opened a new branch in the South East.

Building code changes ease immediate pressure – but zero carbon is still on the agenda

The construction industry needs to keep its eye on the horizon and make sure preparations are underway for zero carbon legislation due to come into effect in 2016, says Alex Goodfellow, group managing director of Stewart Milne Timber Systems.

Government must throw a lifeline to Green Deal, urges UK-GBC

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) is urging the government to throw a lifeline to its beleaguered Green Deal scheme, as the latest statistics revealed there were just 33 new Green Deal plans signed last month.

Future tradesmen rewarded by builders’ merchants

The Ringmer branch of Chandlers Building Supplies was a proud sponsor of Sussex Downs College’s Skill Build competition, which saw students from across the bricklaying department complete a work-related challenge in five hours.

Winter storms lead to national timber and fence panel shortage

The series of storms from October until early March have meant that the UK is now subject to a long-term fence panel shortage, says Forest Garden.

Travis Perkins Group claims Crossrail award

The Travis Perkins Group has claimed the title of ‘Transport Supplier of the Year’ at the London Transport Awards for the safe and efficient delivery of materials to the Crossrail infrastructure project.

Geberit On Tour around UK and Ireland

With the latest innovations in piping systems and sanitary solutions on board, Geberit will be going On Tour again this spring, taking to the roads in the UK and Ireland determined to seek out more installers than ever before.

HRH The Princess Royal visits Kent Blaxill

HRH The Princess Royal chatted with directors, staff and customers during a visit to East Anglian building supplies company Kent Blaxill in Colchester last week (March 20).

SCA’S Sweden eleven

Eleven successful delegates from SCA’s 2013-14 timber product training course visited SCA’s facilities in Sweden from 14-17 March. The group included timber merchants, builders’ merchants, DIY timber specialists and two of SCA’s own recent recruits.

North east builders’ merchant celebrates a decade in business

GPH Builders Merchants will be hosting a two-day event on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 March to mark the 10th anniversary of its Westhill branch, and has launched a 10-day competition in the run-up to the date.

Wolseley installs solar panels

More than 8,000 solar panels have been installed on the roof of Wolseley UK's National Distribution Centre in Leamington Spa.

BMF welcomes Budget support for homebuilding

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed the Chancellor’s Budget for “makers, doers and savers” as broadly positive for the building supply industry.

Budget 2014: Construction industry responds

The construction industry is continuing to respond to today's Budget statement, in which Chancellor George Osborne set out his plans to "get Britain building again".

2014 Budget: Highlights

Updated: 19 March 5:15pm

IBC offers marketing support

IBC has launched a free online marketing support service, allowing members to create their own professional promotions.

New look for Ridgeons in Peterborough

The Peterborough branch of Ridgeons has recently been revamped as a result of feedback from customers, and will be holding a trade week starting today (Monday 17 March) to celebrate the new look.

BMF welcomes Rudridge into membership

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is continuing to grow its merchant membership as its most recent addition, H&B member Rudridge, joins on 1 April.

Exeter is crowned BSS Industrial ‘Branch of the Year’

BSS Industrial has recognised Exeter as its 2013 ‘Branch of the Year’.

Minster celebrates 10th anniversary

Minster Insulation and Dry Lining has begun its 10th anniversary celebrations this month.

NFB urges Chancellor to safeguard housing schemes and kick-start SME growth

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has called on the Chancellor to ensure that measures in the forthcoming Budget will ensure that the construction industry is able to boost the economy from the bottom up.

Polypipe doubles manufacturing capacity

Polypipe has more than doubled its Loughborough production capacity and workforce.

Hargreaves Ductwork expands

Ventilation specialist Hargreaves Ductwork has expanded its trade counter network with the addition of a new operation in Aberdeen.

UK-GBC urges government to prioritise energy efficiency as Budget approaches

The UK must retrofit 1m homes a year over the next 25 years if it is to end soaring energy bills and curb carbon emissions, the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has warned.

Deadline approaches for new health and safety poster

All UK workplaces must display the updated health and safety law poster from April, but many organisations are unaware that the new legislation is fast approaching, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby.

New postgraduate and Masters degree from BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is now offering members a new Senior Manager Development course that will award a Postgraduate Diploma in Merchant Leadership & Strategy, in partnership with Birmingham City University.

Chandlers hold second roofing demo day due to customer demand

Following the success of the Fibreglass Roofing Demonstration Day held by the Thanet branch of Chandlers Building Supplies earlier this year, customers are once again invited to chat to experts during a demonstration event on Tuesday 25 March.

RGB holds plumbing event at refitted bathroom display centre

The Okehampton branch of RGB Building Supplies is inviting tradesmen and women to its Plumbing Day at its newly refurbished bathroom display centre on Friday 14 March.

Government must slash refurb VAT to boost economy

A VAT reduction on housing renovation and repair could boost the UK economy by more than £15bn from 2015 to 2020 according to a new independent research report by Experian.

Full house for first BMF plumbing and heating meeting

There was a full house at the first BMF plumbing and heating meeting, with over 30 people present representing a cross section of the plumbing and heating supply industry.

New lending fund gives green light for rental sector improvements

Landlords and tenants are now able to access a new lending fund to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and properties.

Record profits for Heating Plumbing Supplies

Jewson customers rev up

Two lucky customers have driven away from their local Jewson branches in brand new cars.

Terex announces new West Midlands jobs

Global construction solutions provider Terex has announced the creation of 50 new jobs at its manufacturing site in Coventry.

Breedon Aggregates confirms sales revenue growth

Breedon Aggregates, the independent aggregates business, has announced its audited annual results for the year ended 31 December, 2013.