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Wolseley UK joins forces with BFRS

Wolseley UK has partnered with the British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) to bring former military personnel looking for employment in a civilian role into its workforce as part of its strategy to recruit from the widest possible talent pool and attract the best candidates.

NHBC's new home registrations continue to rise

According to the latest statistics from warranty and insurance prodvider NHBC, the number of new homes registered across the country remains up corresponding to 2013 statistics.

Robert Price hosts its annual Building Bonanza

Over 500 visitors and customers enjoyed a fantastic day and evening at the 2014 Robert Price Building Bonanza, hosted at its Newport branch.

Reisser chairman to be bestowed Legends of Industry Award

Variety, the Children’s Charity has recognised Reisser’s chairman Charles Ledigo as a leading example in his industry, and will present him with a ‘Legends of Industry Award’ at a black-tie dinner at the Hilton Hotel, Manchester on 12 November 2014.

Akzonobel’s investment signals overhaul for Dulux Decorator Centre

As part of AkzoNobel’s investment across its trade paint division, Dulux Decorator Centre is unveiling a brand new-look for its nationwide network of stores.

Geberit crowned Supplier of the Year by BSS Industrial

BSS Industrial has named Geberit as its ‘Supplier of the Year 2014’ at its annual Supplier of the Year event, with Pegler Yorkshire taking home the award for ‘Most Improved Supplier 2014’.

NIA calls for major retrofitting programme

The National Insulation Association (NIA), as part of a coalition of 20 organisations, is calling on government to commit to a major retrofitting programme of 1m homes by 2020 as a national infrastructure priority.

Planning ahead is discussion of the day for independent builders' merchants

The importance of planning ahead to ensure the successful completion of construction projects was the key theme discussed at this year's Independent Builders Merchant Forum hosted by UK brick maker Ibstock.

Bond It continues major investment programme

Bond It, the manufacturer of sealants, adhesives and other building chemicals, has made another major investment into its business.

F & P Wholesale’s mobile bathroom showroom success

The F & P Wholesale mobile bathroom showroom has now completed its tour of the UK, having made pit stops at the company’s nine distribution centres nationwide allowing customers to explore the new bathroom product collections first hand.

BMF steps up political campaigning with new Policy Manifesto

With less than a year to go until the General Election, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is stepping up its campaigning activity with the publication of its own Policy Manifesto outlining how it would like to see the supply chain and government working together.

MAM Software and RNH Solutions report a successful InfoDay

MAM Software and RNH Solutions have reported having a successful InfoDay, which was held at the Red Cow Moran Hotel in Dublin on June 11.

TIMco opens new warehouse to manage demand for its products

TIMco has built a new 21,000sq ft warehouse at its head office site in Nantwich, Cheshire. The new facilities will help the company manage the growing demand for its products and create new jobs.

Ideal open day at Reading Training Centre of Excellence

Ideal Boilers is welcoming local plumbing and heating engineers to its Reading Training Centre of Excellence on 26 and 27 June from 9.30am until 12.30pm.

Fernox names the latest winner in its £50,000 promotion

Chris Robinson, an installer from Lancashire, is the latest winner in Fernox's 50th Anniversary promotion.

Worcester, Bosch Group endorses Queen’s zero-carbon homes stance

Martyn Bridges, director of marketing and technical support at Worcester, Bosch Group, has sympathised with the disappointment surrounding the Queen’s speech on zero-carbon homes, but ultimately considers the announcement commonsensical for the nation’s construction sector.

Bosch leads CHP workshop for young engineers

Young members of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) have attended a guest lecture from a Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating representative, gaining an insight into how to reap the benefits of combined heat and power (CHP).

Howarth staff appointed as IoBM governors

Two Howarth Timber and Building Supplies employees have been appointed to the board of governors at the Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) and will work on a voluntary basis to further the aims of the Institute.

h&b Group signs supplier agreement with Wrekin

Wrekin Products has recently signed a two-year agreement to supply h&b Group with geosynthetics.

EH Smith reports 200% + surge in solar sales

EH Smith is seeing sales of photovoltaic (solar) panels soar by more than 200%. In fact, the firm has sold more solar panels for both domestic and commercial use in the first quarter of 2014 than during the whole of 2013.

A new face at the BMF

A senior manager from GPH Builders Merchants has joined the board of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

IBC celebrates its 200th member

Independent merchant buying group IBC has acquired its 200th member in only five short years.

Mersey Building Supplies opens in Anfield

Mersey Building Supplies has opened in Anfield with ambitions to take on established national firms based in and around the city.

Kilsaran joins h&b Group’s ranks

Concrete and paving specialist Kilsaran International has officially been appointed as a recommended supplier of the h&b Group.

Eurocell’s Aberdeen branch gets a makeover

As part of an ongoing programme of investment and improvements, the Eurocell Building Plastics branch on Denmore Industrial Estate, Aberdeen, has undergone a complete refurbishment.

Chandlers exhibits ‘green’ building products at Eco show

Chandlers Building Supplies is inviting those who are interested in sustainable and environmentally friendly building techniques to speak to their experts at the Eco Technology Show, which takes place at The Brighton Centre on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 June.

Baxi welcomes Green Deal Home Improvement Fund launch

Baxi has welcomed the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), which was officially launched on Monday (9 June).

Worcester launches online training academy

Worcester, Bosch Group is making it easier for installers to enhance their industry knowledge through the launch of its Online Training Academy.

Accomplishments at Ridgeons, Ipswich

Ridgeons’ Ipswich branch marked the completion of its recent refurbishment by raising nearly £300 for the Group’s chosen charity of the year: the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Travis Perkins unveils new branch layout

Travis Perkins has unveiled a brand new branch on Neachells Lane, Willenhall in Wolverhampton, which has been developed following extensive research into how tradespeople navigate branches and select products.

Mike Rigby to speak at NMBS Conference

The National Builders’ Merchants Buying Society (NMBS) has asked MRA Marketing’s Mike Rigby to give a presentation on marketing and branding at the industry at the Conference next week (19 to 22 June).

GPH Builders Merchants is on the ball

It might seem that sales and football don’t have a strong connection, but a GPH Builders Merchants employee has found his ball skills have helped him score at work.

Baxi opens new training centre in Exeter

Baxi has opened its 12th satellite training centre in partnership with Exeter College of Construction to encourage and train the next generation of installers.

Chandlers launches new brick selector website

Chandlers Building Supplies has unveiled its new brick selector website, which gives customers the chance to view available stock and make online enquiries.

Travis Perkins Group partners with Geo-Environmental Sciences

Travis Perkins Group, led by its Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS) brand, has entered into an exclusive partnership with Geo-Environmental Sciences.

Cromar exceeds ambitions

Yorkshire-based Cromar Building Products has smashed its targets, turning over £13.5m during the last 12 months, up from £10.8m in the previous year.

BSS Industrial secures future skills through apprenticeship scheme

BSS Industrial has launched its own management apprenticeship scheme to nurture home-grown talent and attract external applicants, securing the next generation of highly skilled and knowledgeable staff across its branch network and central support functions.

New bill leaves zero-carbon target “in tatters”

New legislation, announced today as part of the Queen’s Speech, has attracted criticism from industry for scaling back measures to achieve zero carbon by 2016.

Howarth invests in Barrowford showroom

Kitchen specialist Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has continued to invest in its Howarth at Home brand following the opening of a new showroom in Barrowford.

Jewson employee warns locals of scam

A member of staff from Jewson’s Aberystwyth branch has received a Tool Hire Hero Award for saving his own branch and several local businesses from fraud.

‘Beefed up’ profit margins for merchants

Merchants supplying Siniat’s high-performance thermal boards have seen around a 45% increase in sales, thanks to a cheeky promotional offer and some bold in-store marketing.

Plumbase Industrial 'to create national branch network'

Plumbase Industrial has added nine new branches to its network as part of ambitious plans to achieve national coverage by the end of 2014.

Breedon Aggregates expands with acquisition of Huntsman’s Quarries

Breedon Aggregates has acquired Huntsman’s Quarries, an aggregates company based in the North Cotswolds, for a cash consideration of £15m.

Lesson in pressure management tops BMF Members Day

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced its final speakers for the BMF Members Day in September, who will offer advice on how to perform under pressure.

IoBM launches training portal for merchant staff

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) has launched an online training portal to help builders’ merchant staff access the latest training and development resources from its supply partners.

Non-domestic RHI tariff review provides great hope for GSHPs

The Ground Source Heat Pump Association has welcomed the launch of the revised Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs for the non-domestic RHI.

Ibstock to share expertise with merchants at industry forum

Ibstock will be sharing the latest innovations in brick and unique services for merchants as it hosts its 17th annual Independent Builders Merchant Forum (IBMF) next week.

Kerridge announces Customer Conference

Kerridge has revealed that its 2014 UK Customer Conference will be held on Wednesday 11 June at the De Vere Staverton Park Hotel.

UK construction firms fear major skills shortage

Two fifths (41%) of construction companies in the UK believe the industry will face a serious skills shortage as the economy continues to recover over the next five years, a survey has revealed.

STA supports Fair Payment Charter

The Structural Timber Association (STA) is encouraging its members to sign up to the Supply Chain Payment Charter, published by the Construction Leadership Council.