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Covers congratulates successful apprentices

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants has announced that it has employed three young people who successfully completed a special one-year apprenticeship scheme, operated by Covers in association with a number of national apprenticeship and workplace training providers, including Smart Training and Recruiting.

Government "deaf" to wood burning carbon emissions

The government has confirmed that burning wood to fuel power stations can create as much, or even more harmful carbon emissions as burning coal.

Howarth Timber staff celebrate diploma

Howarth Timber Windows and Doors continues to invest in its employees after 35 staff members successfully gained new qualifications.

Insulation experts welcome climate change report into overheating buildings

A recent report issued by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says the government is not doing enough to cope with the risks associated with extreme weather conditions.

Lafarge Tarmac meets with MP to improve cycle safety

Lafarge Tarmac has welcomed Shadow Transport Minister and MP for Birmingham Northfield Richard Burden to its Solihull headquarters to discuss the company’s commitment to improving cycle safety across Britain’s roads.

FMB claims 'Help to Build' could assist small house builders

The Labour Party's proposed 'Help to Build' scheme, which would provide government guarantees for loans to small & medium enterprise (SME) house builders, has been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) as a means to help more small house builders enter the housing market.

Ridgeons employees celebrate long service

Ridgeons recognised the long service of 52 employees at its annual Long Service Awards reception.

Success for BMF Foundation Degree students

The students taking the first ever BMF Foundation Degree have set the bar high as all four graduated with Distinction.

Industry responds to closure of Green Deal Fund

The industry has expressed its disappointment following the Department of Energy & Climate Change's (DECC) announcement of the closure of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), effective immediately.

Flood Re is "not good enough"

The property industry has urged government to rethink the scope of Flood Re after Ministers confirmed that millions of homeowners could be left out of the new scheme.

Nordic gets the CE Mark

Nordic Garden Buildings has secured the CE Mark for its range of freestanding double-glazed greenhouses, pavilions and orangeries.

DECC closes Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) has been closed to applications with immediate effect. DECC said the Fund had seen overwhelming popular demand and that the allocated budget has now been reached.

Green Deal incentive offer is a runaway success, says BMF

The Builders' Merchants Federation (BMF) claims the appetite shown by the public and the trade to take advantage of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) suggests the coalition government was right to mount a major publicity campaign.

Latest statistics point to growing pressure on local planning departments

The Scottish Building Federation (SBF) has today (24 July) welcomed new figures showing the average time taken to determine major planning applications was 12 days quicker in 2013/14 than during the previous year.

John Nicholls’ trade month is a success

Building and plumbing merchant John Nicholls has enjoyed a successful trade month event throughout June, which saw customers reap the benefits of special offers, giveaways and expert advice from top industry suppliers – not to mention free bacon rolls.

NIA calls on energy companies to reinvest green tax cuts in home insulation

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has called for the excess cost savings of the reviewed Energy Company Obligation (ECO) to be invested in providing additional insulation measures for struggling households.

Snows gets sporty

Snows Timber is supporting the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Wellness campaign with the launch of its ‘Active Summer’ picture board on Pinterest.

Government announcements signal green light for investment in low-carbon buildings, says UK-GBC

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has today responded to two policy announcements relating to green buildings from the government.

Wienerberger expands brick manufacturing output

In response to the growing demands of the market, Wienerberger has stated its intention to increase brick capacity by 200 million bricks between January 2014 and January 2015.

Palladium Building Supplies employee gains distinction in degree

Palladium Building Supplies branch manager Nick Cox attended a graduation ceremony at Bristol Cathedral in July for gaining a distinction in his foundation degree.

HighJump acquires Atlas Products International

HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, has acquired Atlas Products International.

Carpet & Flooring extends network

Carpet & Flooring has opened a new regional base in Glasgow and celebrated with a branch open day. In addition to the Glasgow branch, a second Scottish branch has been opened in Aberdeen – Carpet & Flooring’s most northerly base to date.

Michelmersh Brick Holdings announces interim results

Michelmersh Brick Holdings has announced its interim results for the six months ending June 30, 2014, seeing increased brick prices.

Manufacturers to be given voice in developing BIM opportunity

Manufacturers are being called to take part in a short survey to share their understanding of Building Information Modelling (BIM).

MKM gives Edinburgh showroom a makeover

MKM Building Supplies’ Edinburgh branch has invested a five-figure sum in renovating its kitchen and bathroom showroom.

Baxi hone in on improvements to Green Deal

Baxi is working with policymakers to modify the current Green Deal system to increase interest and uptake among heating installers.

Graham joins the Builders Merchants Federation

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed Graham, The Plumbers' Merchant as a new member. The BMF now has a significant number of specialists in membership, and Graham will be involved in building the reputation and influence of the plumbing and heating sector.

Wolseley unveils careers website

The opportunity to join Wolseley UK’s workforce has become easier, thanks to the launch of the company’s new careers website.

Gorilla Glue exceeds profit expectations in record year

The UK arm of the US adhesive brand Gorilla Glue are celebrating a record breaking year of sales after taking the European DIY market by storm.

Baxi spearheads safety in spares with Baxi Genuine Parts

In response to extensive customer research, Baxi has announced a new name for its Interpart division - Baxi Genuine Parts.

Origin grows UK manufacturing operations with new factory

Origin Frames, a UK manufacturer of bi-folding doors, has opened a new production facility at its headquarters in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire as part of the company’s expansion plans.

Skills shortages affecting building industry, warns FMB

Skills shortages in the building industry are affecting the economic recovery, according to a recent survey from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

New skills academy in South Gloucestershire

Plumbing and trades tutor Shane McCallum, has set up the South West Construction Academy with his wife Nikki to cater for the growing need for trained construction workers.

Wolseley employees rewarded for 'making a difference'

Almost a third of Wolseley UK employees have been nominated by their colleagues for special achievements over the last year through the 'Thanks for Making a Difference' scheme.

Growing Flame

Northeast firm Flame Heating Spares is to open a third heating trade counter in the region after growing its turnover to £1.4m.

Baxi committed to promoting gas safety all year round

Baxi - sponsors of this year's Gas Safety Week - is keen to remind people that gas safety is important throughout the year, and not just in Gas Safety Week.

Snows Timber joins Builders Merchants Federation

Snows Timber has become the latest supplier member of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). The company has pledged its support for the BMF's Wellness Campain, which aims to make merchant's businesses and staff 'fit for the future'.

Industry celebrates involvement with charity CRASH

Patrons of CRASH gathered last week to recognise and celebrate the generosity shown to the construction and property charity for the homeless.

Major investment programme for Hoppe UK

Hoppe UK hopes the major investment programme in its Wolverhampton warehouse will encourage continued expansion.

Catching up with JOSB Done winners

Carpentry apprentices Greg Law from Glasgow and Harry Halligan from New Milton were crowned Apprentice of the Year in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Ridgeons shorlisted in Private Business Awards 2014

Ridgeons has been shortlisted from over 1,000 entries in the Family Business of the Year category of the Private Business Awards, sponsorded by PwC.

Anglia Tool Centre opens its doors in Norwich

Anglia Tool Centre, part of Ridgeons group, is opening a new store in Norwich.

Major rebrand for SIG Roofing & Roofline

After months of in-depth market and customer research, SIG Roofing & Roofline has announced a corporate rebrand and restructure to its operations.

Independent builders’ merchants unite with trade experts

Online trade register I Need An Expert has made several updates to its website, including extending its service to independent builders’ merchants.

Frank Howard offers family fun day

Frank Howard Tools & Fixings is inviting customers to attend its upcoming ‘family fun day’ and trade show, which will take place at the company’s Braintree branch on Saturday 12 July between 9am and 4pm.

Government fund can help diversify the house building industry, says FMB

According to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the new £150m government fund to help finance plots for custom build housing is good news for both homebuyers and the house building industry.

Award win for Pegler Yorkshire employee

An employee from plumbing and heating manufacturer, Pegler Yorkshire, has won an award for his commitment to the Young Enterprise Scheme - an enterprise and education charity offering extracurricular business programmes to young people across the UK.

Another successful year for Daikin Europe N.V

By continuing to invest in new technology and emerging markets, Daikin Europe N.V has sustained growth in 2013-14. The company's consolidated turnover was €1,902 million for the financial year 2013, up 4% on the previous year, with profit growing by 17% compared with 2012.

Four-year procurement partnership for Trafford Housing Trust and Travis Perkins

Trafford Housing Trust and Travis Perkins have officially opened a new joint distribution facility at Trafford Park in Greater Manchester.

Covers beat their record for number of family members employed

Across 13 branches and 396 staff members, 43 staff now have a member of their family also working for Covers.