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SBS teams up with Bostik to offer EWI training

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, is now offering an installer and surveyor training course for External Wall Insulation (EWI) after working with its official training partner PPL to secure a relationship with Bostik.

On The Level looks ahead

British wetroom designer and manufacturer On The Level is looking forward to expansion and the recruitment of new staff.

Plumb Center fires up the imagination

Plumb Center has devised an online showroom featuring its new Theatre range, as Ofcom research suggests that families are returning to the living room with autumn on the approach.

BWF smashes new membership target

Successful lobbying and extensive technical and business services are attracting large numbers of joinery manufacturing firms to join the British Woodworking Federation (BWF).

Jewson supports Pathway to Construction 2013

Jewson recently supported Pathway to Construction, a free family event showcasing opportunities within the construction industry and the built environment.

Huws Gray continues growth strategy

Anglesey-based building materials company Huws Gray has added two new branches to its portfolio this August.

Simpson & Allinson triumph at BMF Master Merchant 2013

For the second year in succession a team from Simpson & Allinson was crowned BMF Master Merchant champions, following two days of closely contested physical and mental challenges in the Lake District.

Rainy Day Trust gains another partner

The DIY and housewares industry charity the Rainy Day Trust has welcomed another partner, IKO, in its 170th birthday year.

In-depth study shows improved heat pump performance

A new study from the Energy Saving Trust has found that the performance and efficiency of heat pumps has improved, following recommendations made in 2010 regarding design, installation and operation.

Construction expert warns of ‘skills time bomb’

A construction expert has warned of a ‘skills time bomb’ waiting to explode if the industry does not start looking to the future.

A PhD in Catnic lintels

Catnic has invested in an academic study of the thermal performance of steel lintels.

Worcester, Bosch Group welcomes Part L decision as “sensible outcome”

The long-awaited update to the Building Regulations’ Part L has been welcomed by Worcester, Bosch Group.

Livis selects Keyline to streamline supply chain

Livis, the UK-based civil engineering and construction specialist, has consolidated its supplier base with a new agreement with Keyline.

Culligan to supply merchants after three-year absence

Culligan UK recently announced that its extensive range of water treatment products will be made available through builders’ merchants for the first time in three years.

Lafarge celebrates 50th anniversary

Lafarge Tarmac has celebrated a milestone anniversary at its landmark Dunbar Plant.

BMF and NBG agree group membership scheme

The National Buying Group (NBG) has announced that all of its partners will become members of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) following a landmark group membership agreement between the two organisations.

Association forecasts housing growth to drive construction recovery

The Construction Products Association has published its latest forecasts and anticipates construction output growth of 2.2% in 2014 and 4.5% in 2015. The recovery will be led primarily by private housing in the short-term, with infrastructure expected to further boost activity in the medium-term.

Industry tees off for NMBS golf day

Representatives from across the building, plumbing, heating, hardware and timber industries recently assembled for the 2013 NMBS Golf Day, which was held on the 25 July, 2013, at the Forest of Arden course.

HBXL in partnership deal with Jewson

Building software specialist company HBXL has linked up with Jewson to offer a streamlined estimating service for its customers.

Glowing report for new suds service from SBS

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, has partnered with Geo Environmental Sciences Limited (GESL) to offer a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) design and installation service which is already garnering positive reviews.

Jewson helps deliver the Warrington Standard

Jewson has been developing its long-term relationship with Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) through the supply of solar systems and the creation of a new training academy.

Barlo sales success for independent merchants

The relaunch of the retro radiator brand Barlo has proved so successful for independent merchants that sales are 50% ahead of its own manufacturer targets in the first year alone.

Valvestock relocates and invests in new products

Valvestock, the specialist valve and actuator arm of Pipe Center, has moved to new premises and significantly expanded its offering following a major investment.

Dunlop launches Trade Zone referral scheme

Dunlop Adhesives has revealed that its major re-brand – which included the launch of a contemporary and bold new look across its website, logos and packaging – has been a triumph amongst the trade, with a subequent 86% increase in new Trade Zone registrants.

Nu and improved spares stock

Nu-way’s recent move to new premises in Droitwich has given it the opportunity to further increase its stock of spares.

Ridgeons expands offering at three branches

Independent timber and builders’ merchant Ridgeons has opened a dedicated heating and plumbing centre and counter at its Nuffield Road and Rocklands branches, respectively, as well as new kitchen and bathroom showrooms at its Norwich and Rocklands branches.

Kirby Sebastian supports Carver rebuild with new showroom

Kirby Sebastian is showing its support to Carvers in Wolverhampton, which was devastated by a fire in 2012.

Parker Merchanting wins Scotland Excel contract

Parker Merchanting, a brand of Rexel, has been awarded PPE supplier to all Scotland Excel members after receiving the highest ranking in multiple categories.

Big Hit Challenge returns to Silverstone

Following the success of last year’s event, Stanley will again be hosting its Big Hit Challenge at the upcoming British MotoGP at Silverstone, granting one lucky winner the chance to go on a VIP trip to the final race of the season in Valencia, Spain.

Knauf Insulation achieves zero waste to landfill

Knauf Insulation has announced that from August 2013, all four of its UK manufacturing plants will be sending zero waste to landfill.

Higher energy bills as government backtracks on green policy

Industry has reacted with disappointment as the government decided to “water down” and delay the requirements for newly built homes to meet more ambitious energy standards.

Hope Construction Materials recognised by World Economic Forum

Hope Construction Materials, the independent supplier of concrete, cement, aggregates and asphalt has become the UK’s first construction firm to join the World Economic Forum’s Global Growth Companies (GGC) community.

New DIY store in Ross-on-Wye

A new DIY store is to open in Ross-on-Wye on the site of the former Focus store.

Lords at Lords

West London-based Lords Builders Merchants was recently asked to take a prime banner site on the Lords Cricket ground for the second Ashes test match on 18 to 21 June.

Minster Royston sets high standards for local customers

Minster Royston along with some of the industry’s leading suppliers held an open day for local customers, giving them an opportunity to view product showcases and gain a practical insight on product application methods.

Wates wins £200m Green Deal work

A team including contractor Wates has won the contract to deliver the £200m Green Deal scheme for local authorities in Newcastle.

SBS offers fast track to Green Deal certification

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, is offering customers the opportunity to fast track their Green Deal PAS 2030 accreditation for gas and oil heating.

Future of zero carbon homes uncertain as government drops Part L changes

As the government drops plans to implement changes to Part L of the Building Regulations in 2013, Knauf Insulation is warning that there will be grave implications for the drive towards zero carbon homes.

Government boosts Green Deal

A £20m Green Deal Communities scheme to help local authorities drive street-by-street delivery of the Green Deal has been announced.

h&b Group: 'Here we grow again'

Independent merchants buying group h&b has welcomed four new associate members this summer, and is still looking for suitable members – especially heating and plumbing merchants – to strengthen its numbers and buying power.

Jewson announced as National Business Awards finalist

Jewson has been shortlisted in the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Sustainable Business category at this year’s National Business Awards.

Northamptonshire builders complete training in support of Green Deal

A group of Northamptonshire builders, plumbers and contractors, all customers of merchant Travis Perkins, have completed an exclusive 10-day course to become New Entrant Green Deal Domestic Advisors (Assessors).

Off-Grid Guide

It’s never been easier for installers working in areas off the mains-gas network to find the solutions they need – thanks to Plumb and Parts Center’s new Off-Grid Guide.

BMF drives forward with new-look Members' Day event

The Builders Merchants Federation has a new venue and a new format for its Members’ Day event on 17 and 18 September.

National Lighting expands its branch network

Lighting merchant National Lighting is expanding its network of branches with the opening of three new trade counters.

Clark-Drain signs dual supply status with NBG

Clark-Drain has signed a dual supply agreement with the National Buying Group (NBG) for its linear channel series of products, further reinforcing a relationship that has continued for over 10 years.

Darts legend steps in at Farr & Harris

Darts legend Eric Bristow, five-times World Champion darts player and former I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! contestant, recently visited plumbers’ merchant Farr & Harris in Shrewsbury.

Gorenje appoints new logistics partner

Gorenje, the Slovenian home appliance manufacturer, has appointed Sprint Deliveries GB as its new distribution partner.

Twyford Bathrooms and Plumb Center team up in football shirt offer

Following on from last year’s success, Twyford Bathrooms has teamed up with Plumb Center once again to offer its customers the opportunity to claim a free football shirt.

One CO death is too many

One death from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is one too many – this was the clear message from a major conference recently staged by the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM).