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IronmongeryDirect launches new graduate programme

IronmongeryDirect has launched a new graduate scheme designed to recruit and fast track the brightest management graduates across the company.

Richard Burbidge signs contract with Fortis

Stairparts and moulding specialist Richard Burbidge has signed a contract with Fortis, the timber, building and lightside merchant purchasing group.

BMF and Fortis agree group membership

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has agreed terms for a group membership scheme with Fortis, which will see all Fortis members joining the BMF from 1 April 2014.

Jewson gives garden a boost

Jewson’s Nuneaton branch has donated fence panels and fixtures for a garden fence in need of improvement.

Burdens staff member hailed a hero

Peter Craven, team supervisor at Burdens Colchester, has been hailed a hero by Essex Police after he helped save the lives of a mother and baby in a house fire.

Travis Perkins’ new website launches

Travis Perkins has launched its new website, created by Amaze, to support the presentation of the Group’s 2013 full-year results by new chief executive officer John Carter.

Building firms should be required to take on apprentices, say homeowners

Seventy percent of UK homeowners believe that building firms with a turnover of more than £500,000 should be required to take on an apprentice each year, according to recent research conducted by the Travis Perkins Group.

h&b’s successful speed dating sessions

Martin Mansfield, commercial manager of independent merchants’ group h&b, and Michelle Cronje and Bernie Bates from the NMBS, recently arranged nearly 1,800 ‘dates’ between h&b members and suppliers at three special ‘Supplier Business Development’ days.

Huws Gray claims to beat the brick shortage

The recent housing revival has faced brick producers with the challenge of meeting the surge in demand, confronting builders’ merchants and developers with potential lead times of up to six months.

Industry urges government to push ahead with zero-carbon non-domestic buildings

Government must urgently push ahead with plans to ensure all new non-domestic buildings are built to zero-carbon standards from 2019, a report from a UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) industry task group has warned today (27 February).

Totally Shows help give market a confidence boost!

A combination of key retail visitors, a bigger show with plenty of fresh content and positive messages from industry commentators about the future, combined to give this year’s Totally Shows a real lift.

IPG is here

A new buying group has been born. The Independent Plumbing Group (IPG) was launched on 2 January with just a few members and suppliers, but is already building fast.

Plumb and Parts Center campaigns to cut CO deaths across UK

Plumb and Parts Center is calling on the government to extend tough laws on audible carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to the whole of the UK, ahead of its annual Wise up to CO campaign.

Jewson voted Business Superbrand 2014

Jewson has officially been awarded Business Superbrand status for 2014.

Paving specialist launches new division

Concrete and paving manufacturer Kilsaran International has set up a brand new division to specialise in the external wall insulation market.

Deepings drives good customer relationships

Lincolnshire-based builders' merchant Deepings Building & Plumbing Supplies has held a successful teambuilding event for staff and key customers at Teamworks Karting in Peterborough.

Wolseley UK searches for this year’s graduates

Wolseley UK’s 2014 Management Training programme is now open for applications.

Help floods in from Toolstation

Toolstation has held a major fundraising day to assist the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Flood Rescue Team – a highly trained unit which specialises in search and rescue work in fast-moving flood water across the UK.

Travis Perkins Hire gets serious about waste management

The hire service of Travis Perkins has launched a range of waste management solutions.

Masonite acquires Door-Stop International

Door manufacturer Masonite International has bought Door-Stop International.

Jewson assists animal sanctuary following floods

Jewson has donated sandbags to the Nuneaton Wildlife Sanctuary after the recent wet weather resulted in flooding.

Ridgeons wins IOBM Skills Challenge

A team from Ridgeons has won this year’s Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM) Practical Skills Challenge.

Marshalls lands Keyline’s Supplier of the Year award

Keyline has chosen Marshalls as Supplier of the Year at its annual conference held earlier this month.

BDA’s brick is awarded an EPD

The Brick Development Association’s (BDA) generic brick has been awarded an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), following a Life Cycle Assessment carried out by the BRE for Sustainable Products.

MKM customer hits the road in new van, courtesy of Hanson

Builder David Richardson, a regular customer at MKM in North Hykeham, Lincoln, has won a £15,000 Ford Transit 2.2tdci van in a national competition run by building materials company Hanson.

BMF welcomes its latest member at Totally Tools

The Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) demonstrated its intent to make it the “go to” trade body for every sector of the merchanting industry while exhibiting at the Totally Tools show at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry this month.

Bradstone Assured announces 2014 investment plans

Bradstone announced significant 2014 investment plans at its first national conference for Bradstone Assured installers at St George’s Park, Burton-on-Trent this month.

Milton Keynes site named Keyline Branch of the Year

Keyline has named its Milton Keynes site as Branch of the Year, after it recorded a huge year-on-year growth in sales for 2013.

Selco sales advisor wins company competition

A trade counter sales advisor from Selco Builders Warehouse is celebrating after winning £1,000 worth of holiday vouchers.

Lord Newby visits Pochin

Lord Newby, the government’s Treasury spokesman, recently visited Pochin’s Leicester showroom.

BMF calls on BIS to break late payment culture

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has called on the government to tackle poor payment practices between businesses by enforcing the Late Payment Code.

NIBE expands distribution with Travis Perkins Group

NIBE Energy Systems has significantly increased its distribution of renewable heating technologies, following a new agreement with the Travis Perkins Group.

Demonstration morning at Exeter builders’ merchant

The Exeter branch of RGB Building Supplies is inviting local tradespeople to its free demonstration morning on Thursday 27 February.

Peppard expands online

Peppard Building Supplies is strengthening its web presence after reporting a sharp rise in traffic.

Greg Barker visits Grant UK

Greg Barker, Minister of Energy & Climate Change, recently toured Grant Engineering UK, where he also announced an additional £150,000 of funding for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) voucher training scheme.

Buildbase helps Somerset residents fight floods

Builders’ merchant Buildbase is working with its network of suppliers and customers to donate urgent flood relief to Somerset residents.

Princess Anne to visit Kent Blaxill

Princess Anne will be visiting Kent Blaxill in Colchester on 20 March, it has been confirmed in the Royal Diary.

Lafarge Tarmac bags Marketing Excellence Award

Lafarge Tarmac took home a prize last night at the Marketing Excellence Awards, hosted by the Chartered Institute for Marketing.

BMF marks 50th IBC group member

Six months after agreeing its first group membership scheme with IBC, the Builders Merchants Federation celebrated the 50th IBC member – Highland Industrial Supplies – joining the Federation, by presenting the buying group with a framed British Lions rugby shirt signed by Austin Healey.

Tudor Griffiths offers free sand

With the threat of more severe flooding in the Welshpool and Oswestry areas, the Tudor Griffiths Group is offering 40 tonnes of free sand to local householders so that they may try to protect their properties with sandbags.

Spring-cleaning time for builders’ merchants

Spring is the traditional time for having a clear-out, and Steve Clarke, marketing manager for The Fuelcard People, has said that builders’ merchants should begin with their old fuel cards.

BSW Timber creates jobs at Carlisle and Dalbeattie sawmills

BSW Timber is to create up to 60 new operational jobs at its sawmills in Carlisle and Dalbeattie as demand for UK timber rises.

Terms and conditions are crystal clear with Baxi

Baxi’s warranty terms and conditions have been given the Crystal Mark seal of approval.

Ridgeons unveils new bathroom collection

New for 2014, Ridgeons is offering the new bathroom collection from Laura Ashley.

Mike Rigby to hold marketing and merchandising masterclass

The Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) has invited MRA Marketing’s Mike Rigby to give a masterclass on marketing and merchandising at its first Branch Managers’ Forum.

Grafton Group acquires Belgian merchanting business

Following approval from the Belgium Competition Authority, Grafton Group has acquired Binje Ackermans SA, a six branch builders’ merchanting business.

Howarth Timber continues to spread the green message

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is continuing to invest in sustainability, having trained ‘Green Champions’ in each of its 28 branches across England.

Energy Secretary called to "overhaul" ECO

Energy Secretary Ed Davey is being called on to "overhaul" the way the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme is administered.

Knauf Insulation joins the Sustainable Energy Association

Knauf Insulation has joined the Sustainable Energy Association to take an active role in developing the policies that matter to the energy-efficiency and low-carbon sectors.

Class B shortage eased by Engineering Quality bricks

Independent brickmaker Edenhall has stepped up production of its Engineering Quality concrete bricks as clay brick makers struggle to satisfy demand for Class B engineering bricks from merchants, housebuilders and groundworkers in the civils sector.