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BMF website wins European Award

The Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) latest website, launched in April, has been selected as the best in Europe in the annual Awards run by the worldwide software company ASI.

Kent Blaxill opens doors in Milton Keynes

Kent Blaxill has opened its new 3,500 sq ft store on Erica Road, Stacey Bushes Trading Centre in Milton Keynes.

Much work still to be done before UK SMEs fully prepared for GDPR

With the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) set to be implemented in May 2018, the UK’s SME community remains unsure about a number of related issues, including what ‘personal data’ really means; their customers’ new and extended rights, and whether the permissions they currently have to contact customers will meet the requirements of GDPR.

Saint-Gobain acquires Scotframe

Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland has completed the acquisition of Scotframe, accelerating its involvement in the off-site manufacturing and closed panel construction market.

The IPG speeds into action

The IPG’s first ever conference took place at Mercedes-Benz-World on 3 November, 2017.

Scruffs does a double take at industry awards

Workwear brand Scruffs has scooped two industry awards for the second year running.

Trade bodies urge chancellor to support SMEs in budget

With the Autumn Budget due to be announced in just three weeks time, the ECA and the BESA have called on Chancellor Philip Hammond MP to take action to support small and medium sized businesses in the construction industry.

Paul McLaughlin steps down as BESA Chief Executive for health reasons

Following a recent cycling accident, Paul McLaughlin is stepping down as Chief Executive of the Building Engineering Services Association.

Interest rate rise could help SMEs claw back late payments, says NFB

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has increased rates to 0.5%. The MPC had cut the base interest rate to an historic low of 0.25% in August 2016, two months after the EU referendum.

Conex Bänninger industrial valves keep water flowing and the Dubai landscape green

Conex Bänninger industrial and specification valves are helping keep water flowing and the landscape green at some of Dubai’s most prestigious infrastructure projects.

NFB joins pledge to transform construction skills shortages

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) north east team has joined the Construction and Housing Employment and Skills Pledge (CHESP), launched in September 2017, with the aim of working to overcome the major skills shortages and gaps in skills provision within the construction industry.

Natural Paving Products introduces Talasey Group in line with company growth

With a variety of products catering to a host of different landscaping solutions, Natural Paving Products has created the Talasey Group corporate entity under which Natural Paving and all of its sub brands now sit.

Ridgeons launches major recruitment drive with careers Open Days

Ridgeons, an idependent timber and builders’ merchants, has launched a major recruitment drive to highlight the wide range of new roles and career opportunities it is offering as the business invests in further development and growth.

BMF launches third South West Regional Centre at Garador

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) launched its third Regional Centre of Excellence in the South West region this week at Garador’s ultra modern production facility in Yeovil, Somerset. The BMF now have 16 of these Regional Centres, which provide members with appropriate training and meeting venues in various locations around the UK.

Worcester Bosch urges “common sense approach” to ErP and spare parts

Worcester, Bosch Group, is urging the European Commission to take a “common-sense approach” and reconsider bringing spare part circulating pumps under the Energy-Related Products (ErP) Directive by 2020.

RGB employee completes Great West Run in aid of children’s hospice

Wayne Brooks, who works for RGB Building Supplies’ Wellington branch, completed the Great West Run in Exeter on Sunday 15th October and raised £225 for Children’s Hospice South West.

Bradford Building Supplies joins H&B Group

H&B Group has announced that it has recruited one of the UK’s largest independent builders’ merchants – Bradfords Building Supplies.

Hitachi Koki Announces Brand Name Change to “HiKOKI”

Hitachi Koki Co, a leading manufacturer of power tools and life-science equipment, has announced today (1 November, 2017) that the company will change its corporate name to Koki Holdings Co, effective June 1, 2018, and will rebrand its full line of power tools known as HITACHI and/or Hitachi Koki under the new HiKOKI name, effective October 1, 2018.

Methven appointed by Places for People

Methven has been appointed as a preferred supplier by Places for People, one of the UK’s largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies.

NMBS celebrates at annual Dinner Dance

NMBS has maintained its track record of staging one of the biggest and best social events for the independent merchanting sector.

National Awards for the UK’s most considerate construction companies and suppliers

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is getting ready to reveal the UK’s highest performing registered companies and suppliers of 2017.

Covers rock sponsorship of Chichester charity show

The Chichester branch of Covers Timber & Builders Merchants is proud to announce that they will once again support the Ovation Rock Show at the Minerva Theatre.

Automated fulfilment system delivers improvements for Aliaxis

As part of its drive to improve customer service, Aliaxis has invested £150,000 in an automated voice picking system within its warehouses, which has significantly modernised order fulfilment.

First interactive map of construction in UK and Ireland launched by Considerate Constructors Scheme

Considerate Constructors Scheme launched a single point of reference for construction activity across the UK and Ireland.

Rudridge donates £500 to children’s charity

Children’s charity Chailey Heritage Foundation, which is based near Lewes in East Sussex, has received a donation of £500 from local business, Rudridge.

Queen’s Award for Enterprise is a Hull of a boost for Kohler Mira

Following the announcement of Kohler Mira’s grant of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation in April; Liz Hazeldene, Managing Director, recently received the award on behalf of the company and its workforce from the Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire at Mira’s production facility in Hull.

Lords Group acquires majority share in Hevey Building Supplies

West London-based Lords Builders Merchants has acquired the majority share capital in Hevey Building Supplies.

BMF launches product Forums for Bricks, Blocks and Civils

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is building on the success of its sector-related discussion and networking forums, with the launch of two new product category groups planned for 2018. One of the new Forums will be dedicated to Bricks, Blocks and Landscaping, and the second will focus on Civils and Drainage.

Build-it-purple bags funds for charity

A Sussex-based builders’ merchant has launched a novel region-wide charitable initiative.

The BMN Awards finalists

The finalists for the 16th annual BMN Awards have been announced. The Awards, which will be taking place on 24 November, 2017, at the Hilton Park Lane, London, celebrate the best in the merchant sector and is the ‘must attend’ event of the year!

NHBC reports highest third quarter new home registrations in a decade

Builders registered nearly 38,000 new homes in the UK during Q3 2017, according to NHBC’s latest new home registration statistics, the highest Q3 total since the recession.

Smart meters bill introduced to Parliament: BSRIA response

BSRIA has responded to the recent government announcement that a Smart Meters Bill will be introduced to Parliament wherein every home and small business in the UK will be offered a smart meter by the end of 2020 in a bid to ensure consumers continue to get the most out of their smart meters and saving them “billions of pounds”.

Ben Kinsella Trust joins #PHEXGives for Chelsea

One of the leading anti-knife crime charities in the UK, the Ben Kinsella Trust, will be joining the PHEX exhibition in Chelsea to raise money for its vital cause and raffle away a signed Chelsea shirt.

H&B recruits its first member into its TBG development group

The new buying group for small- to medium-sized merchants formed by the acquisition of TBG by H&B has recruited its first new member.

Driving in style with Icopal’s biggest golf day at Woburn

Industry professionals and Icopal staff took to the greens at the prestigious Woburn Golf Club near Milton Keynes for the manufacturer’s largest annual golf day to date with the chance to win a BMW Convertible. The day also raised over £700 to help support The Christie Hospital in Manchester.

MKM opens 50th branch in Leamington Spa

MKM has opened its 50th branch in the spa town of Leamington. The milestone branch is now open and was marked with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by MKM’s founder and Executive Chairman, David Kilburn. 

Aggregate Industries contracting banksmen get bodycams in £20,000 plus investment

Aggregate Industries Contracting has invested over £20,000 in ensuring every banksman is equipped with a state-of-the-art bodycam.

Worcester launches search for country’s best apprentice

Worcester, Bosch Group has called on the country’s heating engineers to get their apprentices involved in a new, nationwide search for the industry’s best apprentice installer.

Robert Price Charity Challenge team completes 170 Miles to celebrate 170 Years of trading

Robert Price Builders’ Merchants in South Wales is celebrating its 170th anniversary this year. To celebrate this milestone, the Robert Price Charity Challenge Team has embarked on a series of activities throughout the year, aiming to complete 170 Miles to mark 170 Years.

Farnham firm rewards long service by valued staff

Dedicated staff from the Farnham branch of groundwork and civil engineering materials supplier Rudridge have been recognised for their fifteen years’ combined service.

Covers sponsors Alresford Town FC U13s

The Alresford branch of Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has agreed a sponsorship deal with Alresford Town FC U13s for the 2017/2018 season.

One week until court ruling on historic Belgravia timber yard

On 31 October, a judicial review will decide the fate of Newson’s Timber Yard, the oldest surviving historic timber yard in the country. The review will determine if a decision made by Westminster City Council to allow The Grosvenor Estate to redevelop the timber yard is still valid.

Primaflow’s Marie braves the shave for Macmillan Cancer Support

Last month, Marie Stonall from F & P, Primaflow and Connections took part in a hair-raising fundraising event, ‘braving the shave’ to raise more than £1,400 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Warning signs for construction as growth slows, says FMB

Growth among construction SMEs slowed in most parts of the UK in the third quarter of this year, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Construction Marketing Awards finalists announced

The Construction Marketing Awards is an event that recognises the marketing achievements of organisations and individuals in the construction industry.

BSS awarded ISO 9001 certification

BSS, the supplier of commercial and industrial pipeline and heating solutions, has acheived ISO 9001: 2015 certification.

Health and safety remains key for Ibstock

To mark the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, Ibstock has launched a series of new videos to remind its employees about the importance of safety in the work place.

New National Sales Director for Alpha

Alpha Heating Innovation has welcomed Brendan Fenerty to the role of National Sales Director.

JCB Paint announce the worldwide launch of a Supertough, Supersafe, Superversatile paint

JCB Paint has created a paint which has been formulated to make it easy to use on almost any exterior surface and engineered to provide protection against the toughest conditions, like no other paint in the market.

MKM Kirkcaldy makes special delivery for poppy appeal

MKM Building Supplies has stepped in as the local distributor for Poppyscotland after discovering the charity had no way of delivering hundreds of collection boxes for the 2017 appeal.