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UK first safety drive for Speedy

Speedy claims to have become the first tool and equipment hire company in the UK to have its entire national depot portfolio accredited ‘silver’ under the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

NHBC reacts to Ed Miliband’s policy agenda

The National House-Building Council’s chief executive Mike Quinton has welcomed Ed Miliband’s policy agenda, which was announced as part of his speech at the Labour Conference on Tuesday (23 September).

Merchants and suppliers compete in h&b Activity Day

Arrows sped from bows and shotguns fired among the pinewoods at h&b’s annual Activity Day, held at Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort, Brough.

Drakes' open evening in Whitstable is a big success

Drakes Plumbing Supplies recently held an open evening to celebrate its acquisition of A&C Plumbing, creating its eighth branch.

Bridging the skills gap

The impact of a skills gap on the growth of the industry has become more apparent with the results of the latest Markit CIPS index.

Have you got the skills?

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) are once again challenging merchants across the country to pick up their tools and compete in the Practical Building Skills Challenge event 2014.

Metal’s bad reputation

Most organisations now avoid buying products made out of metal, according to workplace supplier Slingsby.

NFB manifesto 2015: smarter building for Britain

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has launched its manifesto for the 2015 general election at this year’s party conferences. The manifesto outlines NFB members’ key priorities for the next government and proposals for how these can be achieved.

Triton supports best of British

Triton, The Great British Shower Company has joined the Made In Britain Campaign.

Worcester tops the 2014 Which? boiler report

Worcester, Bosch Group has once again come out on top in the Which? boiler report, having been awarded Which? Best Buys for the fourth year running across its complete Greenstar gas fired boiler range.

BMF Members' Day Awards celebrate success

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) celebrated a broad spectrum of training and career development achievements at its annual Members Day Awards Dinner on 16 September, 2014.

MKM opens new Green Room

MKM Building Supplies has invested a five-figure sum in launching a new Green Room that specialises in all forms of renewable energy and sustainable technology, aimed at the building trade and consumers alike.

Triton questions revised Consumer Rights Bill

The government’s ‘one solution fits all’ approach to its new Consumer Rights Bill has been criticised by a spokesperson for Triton Showers.

BMFConference headline speaker announced

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced the first headline speaker for the All Industry Conference 2015.

BOSS is brought to life at BSS training room

BSS Industrial has invested in a dedicated BOSS training room to support customers wishing to become familiar with the brand’s solutions.

NMBS acquires two new suppliers

Crystal Direct and Active Products UK have both become suppliers for the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS).

NMBS hits 3,000 branch milestone

NMBS now has over 3,000 member branches within the UK, which is more than any national merchant, twice as many as McDonalds and three times as many as Starbucks.

North East entrepreneur opens third branch

John Savage, the entrepreneur behind Flame Heating Spares, has chosen his hometown of South Shields as the site of his third heating trade counter.

Ridgeons opens its doors in Hitchin

Ridgeons has expanded its reach across the Eastern region with the launch of a branch in Hitchin, taking the group's merchant branch network to 26.

And Swansea makes five

LBS Builders Merchants has opened its fifth plumbers’ merchant in Swansea, Wales.

Two weeks of celebration at Graham’s Croydon branch

Graham is hosting daily trade events in branch until 22 September to celebrate the launch of its new Croydon branch.

Viessmann celebrates 25th anniversary in UK

Viessmann celebrated 25 years in the UK with an event held at the company’s Telford headquarters on 9 September.

BSS to stock at historic drainage location

BSS Drainage has set up a branch at a new Park Royal location under the banner of BSS Drainage Winser.

Independents get the exclusive treatment with Baxi launch

Baxi has launched Baxi MainEco, a new range of combi, system and heat-only boilers available exclusively from independent merchants.

Velux sheds light on home renovation at SelfBuild

Velux is returning to the SelfBuild & Improve Your Home Show in Ireland on 12 to 14 September.

Ariston Thermo acquires ATAG Heating

Ariston Thermo has announced the acquisition of ATAG Verwarming, the Dutch boiler manufacturer represented in the UK by ATAG Heating.

Guilty or not guilty – decide at mock trial

Companies from the construction industry are being invited to give their verdict on a fictitious health and safety prosecution in a mock trial.

Parker Building Supplies starts work on Bexhill

Work has begun on the Bexhill branch of Parker Building Supplies to demolish some of the older warehouse buildings, with the help of regular customer Best Demolition of Heathfield, East Sussex.

Cross-party focus will deliver jobs and industry growth

Cross-party consensus on how best to deliver new housing and infrastructure projects would result in 200,000 new jobs in the construction sector, according to the industry’s leading organisations.

Dulux Trade helps decorators brush up on their skills

This autumn, Dulux Trade is holding a series of workshops across the country to help painters and decorators take their skills and knowledge to the next level.

Honeywell signs up to BMF

Honeywell is the latest company to join the Builders' Merchants Federation (BMF).

Mersey Building Supplies secures two-year £1m framework

Independent business merchants, Mersey Building Supplies (MBS), has secured a two-year framework agreement with Heyrod Construction with a value of £1m.

Selco celebrates new branch opening

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened its 35th branch in the UK in Isleworth, creating more than 50 jobs in the process.

Revised roofing standard aims to boost security

BS 5534, the code of practice for slating and tiling, has been revised to make UK roofs more secure in the face of increasingly extreme weather events, and will be mandatory from the end of February 2015.

Lawsons joins Fortis

Fortis Merchants has announced that Lawsons has joined the independent mixed merchant buying group as of 1 September, 2014.

Design a dinner and become a winner!

Creativity is the name of the game as Covers Timber and Builders’ Merchants, working in partnership with Spirit FM, have launched a new competition in which entrants could win a Sheraton kitchen, worth £10,000.

Breedon expands into mid-Wales through joint venture

Breedon Aggregates has acquired a 50% interest in H V Bowen & Sons (Holdings), the owner and operator of Tan-y-Foel quarry near Welshpool. The investment has been funded in cash from the group’s own resources.

Wavin UK announces major investment programme

Wavin has announced a multi-million pound investment programme to create two dedicated manufacturing facilities in Doncaster and Chippenham.

New order process introduced by Michelmersh

Michelmersh Brick Holdings has announced the launch of a bespoke 'Select Order Process' for customers, due to the recent increase in demand for bricks.

Owlett-Jaton announces distribution agreement with PennEngineering

Owlett-Jaton, UK supplier of fasteners and fixings to the distributor and merchant trade, has announced an agreement with PennEngineering to distribute the PEM Brand of products in the UK, supported by the launch of its new PEM brand self-clinch fasteners catalogue.

Grafton Group acquires Direct Builders' Merchants

Grafton Group plc has completed the acquisition of Direct Builders' Merchants Ltd, a Kent-based general merchanting business.

Travis Perkins prepares to crown the sharpest tool in the box

HOLDON hand tools has been on a mission this year to test the sawing skills of the nation’s tradesmen, in a competition exclusive to Travis Perkins.

Baxi welcomes ‘Baxi Customer Support’

Baxi has announced the rebranding of heateam to ‘Baxi Customer Support’.

Lagan cements BMF membership

Lagan Cement Products is the latest supplier member of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

BSS Distribution Centre extension nears completion

BSS Industrial is only weeks away from opening the brand new 38,500sq ft extension on its established Magna Park National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Leicestershire.

NHBC new home registrations show modest increase on last year

New figures released today by insurance provider for new homes, NHBC, show that the number of new homes being registered across the UK remains slightly ahead of corresponding statistics for last year.

Bassetts opens new Northern Ireland branch

Bassetts, a bathroom, heating and tile merchant based in Northern Ireland, has opened a new branch in Belfast to bring its total branch network in the region to 14.

Arnold Laver adds to its delivery vehicles

Timber merchant Arnold Laver has taken delivery of a new DAF CF2 6x2 rigid truck and the Palfinger F3 253 GT-S combination from Bennett Engineering.

TIMco reports strong sales

TIMco has reported an 18% increase in turnover to £16.1m.

Totally Shows are filling up

Brintex has confirmed that the 2015 Totally Shows have sold nearly 60% of their exhibition space so far.