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Menu moves manufacturing from China to UK is to start manufacturing 25% of its products in the UK. The decision to move to domestic manufacturing means the online company can now take products from design through to production in just six weeks.

Green Deal mark misused

Over 60 firms have been disciplined for misusing the Green Deal quality mark over the last year, the Green Deal Oversight & Registration Body has reported.

Border acquired by Shuttleworth

Shuttleworth Business Systems has announced the acquisition of Border Merchant Systems, specialist supplier of computer software for builders’ and plumbers’ merchants.

GPH Builders Merchants sponsors show

Inverurie-based GPH Builders Merchants is sponsoring the appearance of TV builder Tommy Walsh at this year’s Scottish Home Show.

Conservatory tax legal challenge fails

A judge has rejected a legal challenge against the government’s decision to scrap plans for a “conservatory tax”, which would have boosted the retrofit market.

Travis supports supply chain degree

Travis Perkins has signed up as sponsor of a new Novus Logistics and Supply Chain BSc degree, joining companies such as B&Q, Sainsbury’s and DHL.

Merchant framework deal signed by Re:allies

Re:allies has awarded its first merchant framework agreement to Integrated Services, a division of Wolseley UK.

More vigilance needed on labelling, warns MARC

Inflated heat outputs on product packaging are defrauding resellers, installers and consumers, the Manufacturers’ Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC) has warned.

Green Deal boosts boiler sales

The number of Green Deal plans signed has reached 36, but virtually all cash-back incentives paid are for boiler replacements, according to the latest Green Deal statistics published by the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Travis leads pension auto-enrolment

Travis Perkins has automatically enrolled around 9,000 of its employees into a pension scheme, contributing to the millionth UK employee that has been auto-enrolled to date.

Graham secures contract with Melin Homes

Following an extensive selection process, Melin Homes in Wales has appointed Graham to supply plumbing and heating materials as well as a range of renewable technologies.

Pegler Yorkshire investment increases production capacity

Pegler Yorkshire has invested millions into its two Yorkshire sites in order to double production capacity to cope with the expected demand in its range of metal push-fit fittings.

Bag yourself a van in £20,000 Knauf promotion

Knauf is reprising its popular Golden Ticket competition from last year with another prize promotion worth over £20,000. Top of the prize list is a VW Caddy Van, which retails at over £14,000. Runner up prizes include Fein Drywall Guns – worth £400 each – Stanley trowels and dozens of Knauf measuring tapes.

Nine more merchants join the BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has recruited nine new merchant members since the All Industry Conference at the end of June.

Ours Sanitary Ware closes Chinese factory

Ours Sanitary Ware has now closed its Chinese production facility, transferring all manufacturing to Middlewich.

Ecodan van launched by Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric has launched a new mobile display vehicle to help carry the renewable message to the furthest reaches of the country, and bring the benefits of low running costs and reduced emissions to even more off-gas households.

Centurion extends its online free delivery offer

Centurion Europe, the DIY and hardware expert, is making its free delivery on all orders placed online a permanent offer across its whole range. And, there is no minimum order value required.

Ridgeons says thank you for staying in touch

Independent timber and builders' merchant Ridgeons recently held its biannual luncheon to celebrate the work of the Ridgeons Link Scheme volunteers, who help the company to stay in touch with retired employees.

Hanson reopens mothballed brickworks

Hanson Building Products is opening its Claughton brickworks after mothballing the Lancashire plant three years ago.

BM TRADA’s new global rebrand

Major certification body BM TRADA has undergone a global corporate rebrand that will, for the first time, unite its different divisions under a shared name and visual identity.

Four new apprentices join Kestrel

Kestrel is helping to tackle youth unemployment in Scunthorpe by recruiting four new apprentices at its head office and manufacturing facility based in the town.

A new company with a single-source approach

Xylem Water Solutions UK, Lowara and Flow Control have merged to become one single business in the UK.

Cardiff distribution centre to enhance Travis Perkins service strategy

Travis Perkins has announced that it will open a new Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) in Cardiff. The investment supports the strategy of making its service available to even more customers, from the larger contractors down to the smaller tradesmen.

Actis praises DECC's decision to act on insulation overheating concerns

Insulation firm Actis has welcomed the fact that a recent report issuing a Green Deal warning has been taken on board by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

IronmongeryDirect acquired by Manutan Group

IronmongeryDirect has been acquired by Manutan Group, a European mail-order supplier to business and local authorities.

Jewson puts Safe-T first

Jewson is rolling out a new health and safety system across its fleet of heavy commercial vehicles.

Uponor UK leads from the front in global web re-launch

Uponor UK has launched a new website with improved accessibility and a wider array of information on Uponor’s product ranges and heating and plumbing solutions.

Deepings showcases products at local garden centre

Deepings Building & Plumbing Supplies is making its landscaping products available to the public via a third-party stockist.

Fire at Edwards Buildbase

A recent blaze at Edwards Buildbase in Elm Road, Wisbech has been described as an accident by the fire brigade.

DECC announces domestic RHI tariff levels

Householders could get paid hundreds of pounds a year for heat generated by solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps, Energy & Climate Change Minister Greg Barker confirmed today.

Confirmation of domestic RHI tariffs gives 'green light' for market growth

Last updated: 17 July 2013

PGR Timber & Builders Merchants constructs a future in Surrey

PGR Timber & Builders Merchants has opened a new site in Egham, Surrey, thanks to funding from NatWest and the bank’s asset finance division, Lombard.

NMBS partners with Your Green Deal Provider

NMBS has joined forces with Your Green Deal Provider (Your GDP) to help NMBS members engage with trade customers by offering a Green Deal and ECO facility.

NMBS unveils revamped website

The National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) has revamped and relaunched its online presence. Officially unveiled on 4 July, the new site promises members and suppliers more information, more features and more ways to interact.

New Stax showroom opens

Stax Trade Centres has recently unveiled its new kitchen and bathroom showroom at its 80,000sq ft branch in Leeds.

NIA responds to Green Deal/ECO Statistics and CCC Report

Neil Marshall, chief executive of the National Insulation Association (NIA), has commented on the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) recently published ‘Meeting Carbon Budgets Annual Progress Report’, and the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) statistics, which were published by DECC at the end of June.

Integrated Services to provide a stores management facility for Warmer Energy Services

Warmer Energy Services has appointed supply chain and procurement specialist Integrated Services – a division of Wolseley UK – to provide a dedicated stores management facility at the company’s head office in Liverpool.

What’s in a name

Firebird UK has altered its name to Firebird Heating Solutions, to reflect the growing product portfolio as the heating market adapts to change and embraces new technologies to provide a coordinated and economical solution to home heating.

CE compliance ‘must be policed’

Franke Washroom Systems, also known as Franke Sissons, Chesterfield, is one of the first manufacturers to conform to the latest round of CE compliance legislation.

Good news for HPS

HPS sales are up 16.2% in the first half of 2013 (1 January to 30 June) against the same period in 2012. Encouragingly, excluding the new branches, the existing branches were up 8.8% in the same period.

Construction Products Association has high hopes for new industrial strategy

A joint strategy named Construction 2025 was launched last week, setting out how industry and government will work together to put Britain at the forefront of global construction over the coming years.

SIG roofing urges contractors to be vigilant when choosing slate

An increase in incorrectly marked, inferior slate coming into the UK market poses a worrying threat to merchants and contractors, SIG Roofing Supplies has warned.

Kitsons and GRM re-launch as SIG Technical Insulation

Two of the leading thermal insulation, industrial H&V and high temperature materials suppliers – SIG-owned Kitsons Thermal Supplies and GRM Distribution – have been officially re-launched as SIG Technical Insulation.

Hanson products get the CE mark

Hanson products are now all certified with the new mandatory Construction Products Regulation (CPR) CE mark.

Government backs BMF Trade Credit Scheme

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has initiated a Trade Credit Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme, which will enable merchants to offer credit to trade customers that fall outside their normal risk profile, or have reached their credit limit.

Ridgeons helps students

Ridgeons, along with other employers in Cambridge, recently talked to students from six schools at two events arranged by the Cambridge Area 14-19 Partnership. The events were designed for students wanting to start work following their GCSEs.

Merchants join water-efficiency scheme

Travis Perkins, Saint Gobain, Wolseley and Chandlers’ Building Supplies have joined a scheme to label products that help consumers identify the water efficiency of taps, showers and baths.

Small builders see recovery

Small and medium-size builders have reported a rising workload for the first time since 2007, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Grafton abandons bond issue

Grafton Group has withdrawn its proposed issue of Sterling Retail Bonds, blaming interest rate volatility and market uncertainty during the offer period.

MKM’s 40th branch to spearhead national expansion plans

MKM Building Supplies has announced ambitious expansion plans ahead of the opening of its 40th branch.