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Wolseley UK creates new businesses

Wolseley UK is creating two business areas – one specialising in above-ground drainage and the other in below-ground drainage – for the civils and utilities markets.

CCF opens branch in Belvedere

CCF has opened a new branch in Belvedere. Its extensive warehouse and trade counter supports a comprehensive product portfolio and offers excellent stock availability to meet demand from contractors in the south east London and Kent regeneration zone.

BMF actions initiatives from “best ever conference”

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is to build on what has been widely acclaimed as the industry’s “best ever conference”, by developing initiatives which stem directly from two of the guest speakers’ presentations at the event in Portugal last month.

Alpha Heating Innovation encourages sector to ‘remain unified’

Alpha Heating Innovation has recently responded to the take-up of boiler cashback under the Green Deal.

Knauf Insulation welcomes Construction Products Regulation

Knauf Insulation is ready for the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), which came fully into force yesterday (1 July), replacing the current Construction Products Directive. The CPR is valid within the European Economic Area (EEA).

BMF announces first buying group membership scheme

As part of its drive to fully represent the merchant industry, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has agreed its first buying group membership scheme with IBC.

‘Trade store of the future’ unveiled in Hull

Ideal Standard and PTS have joined forces and responded to customer demand to create an exciting new ‘trade store’ concept for plumbing and heating installers in Hull.

HSS acquires UK platforms from Haulotte Group

HSS Hire Services Group (HSS) has acquired UK Platforms (UKP), the powered access specialist, from the Haulotte Group.

Ashford Heating Supplies joins NBG

Ashford Heating Supplies is the latest plumbing and heating specialist to join the National Buying Group (NBG).

MKM to offer free Wi-Fi across its branches

MKM Building Supplies has signed a deal with The Cloud to offer customers free Wi-Fi across all of its 39 branches.

Saint-Gobain calls for action to address Green Deal and retrofit concerns

Dr Peter Hindle MBE, general delegate for Saint-Gobain in the UK, Ireland and South Africa, has undersigned a letter to all three of the main political parties setting out concerns with current retrofit policy and calling for action to address these issues.

Tailored Heating Supplies gets £40k from development fund

Carlisle-based Tailored Heating Supplies plans to grow its sales team and IT infrastructure with £40k funding from Access to Finance.

New construction product regulations

From today (1 July) it is now mandatory for construction products to be tested against harmonised technical standards known as European product standards (hENs) or European Technical Assessments (ETAs).

Ford announces new nationwide training for young drivers

Ford Motor Company has announced the introduction of its Ford Driving Skills for Life programme in the UK, as latest statistics confirm that road accidents remain one of the leading causes of death in young people.

B&Q shuts Barnsley store

B&Q’s store on Bleachcroft Way in Barnsley is set to close and be converted into a Sainsbury’s supermarket.

Travis gets green light for Warrington distribution centre

The Travis Perkins Group's planned £35m distribution centre in Warrington has been granted planning permission.

Chancellor sounds the death knell for domestic RHI

The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Comprehensive Spending Review has effectively cancelled the introduction of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), according to a leading heating industry figure.

First official Green Deal figures released

The first official Green Deal (GD) figures have been released by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) amid suggestions that the general public is failing to take up the funding options available.

Low-carbon spending snub leaves builders on critical list

There is scant encouragement for beleaguered construction small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Comprehensive Spending Review, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), which argues more needs to be done to support investment in low-carbon refurbishment.

Kirby Sebastian targets growth with expanded distributor network

Kirby Sebastian (KS Bathrooms) has expanded into Scotland and Ireland for the first time, following the appointment of two new distributors.

Bristan bags two Cemco awards

Shower and taps company Bristan has triumphed at the annual Cemco Lightside Supplier of the Year awards, winning both Bathroom Supplier of the Year and overall Supplier of the Year.

Kingfisher anticipates DIY revival

Financial assistance for first-time homebuyers is likely to prompt a resurgence of DIY spending after several years of decline, Kingfisher's chief executive Ian Cheshire has said.

Baxi scoops double win at Cemco awards

Baxi has been crowned Heating Supplier of the Year for a second time at the Cemco supplier awards.

Signs look good for SK Sales

SIG has acquired SK Sales, a UK supplier of specialist air-handling products.

Grafton to raise £50m with bonds

Grafton Group hopes to raise at least £50m by offering bonds directly to retail investors. Chief executive Gavin Slark said the firm aims to diversify its funding and extend the maturity of its debts. Investec is managing the issue.

Green Deal take-up in Birmingham low

Take-up figures for the Birmingham Green Deal programme show that out of 680 house assessments, only one home signed up to a Green Deal plan.

Jewson launches mobile friendly site

Jewson customers have been quick to take advantage of the recently launched Jewson Tools website (www.jewsontools.co.uk), which is now mobile friendly for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Firm foundation from the GAI

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) is launching a new development in its education programme: a new Foundation Module in Hardware.

Jackson Building Centres launches ‘Jackson Renewables’ app

Jackson Building Centres has launched a ‘Jackson Renewables’ app for the iPad.

The race is on at GPH Builders’ Merchants

A group of female employees at a local builders’ merchant are swapping their safety shoes for running trainers in aid of charity this month.

IBC celebrates 150th member

After only four years of trading, buying group IBC is celebrating Builder Store becoming its 150th member.

£91m fund to refurbish housing

Communities minister Don Foster recently announced that £91m is to be spent in England to refurbish and bring back into use 6,000 empty and derelict houses and commercial premises.

Jewson partners with Anglian Home Improvements

Jewson has entered into a new partnership with Anglian Home Improvements to supply Lafarge Tarmac Cement & Lime’s ready-to-use tubs to the company’s installation teams across the UK.

WindowMaster delivers ‘truly fit for purpose’ buildings

WindowMaster, provider of natural comfort and smoke ventilation solutions, has presented important research findings on the energy consumption of ventilation systems at a CIBSE Technical Symposium.

Ridgeons employees celebrate over half a millennium of service

Ridgeons recently recognised the long service achievements of 46 employees at its annual Long Service Awards reception, held at the group's Pampisford branch, Cambridge.

The clock is ticking for OSAT course funding

As more grants are available for On-Site Assessment and Training (OSAT) courses, the BWF WITForum is encouraging employers to register candidates quickly as some funding is due to expire by the end of 2013.

IronmongeryDirect takes on new apprentices

IronmongeryDirect, online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products to the trade, has started a new apprenticeship scheme.

Pochin receives Outstanding Achievement Award

Plumbing and heating trade supplier Robert Pochin has been presented with Leicester College’s Outstanding Achievement Award for its support of the college and its learners.

MPs support Superglass

Alex McLeod, chief executive of Superglass Insulation, recently welcomed Labour MPs Iain Wright and Gordon Banks to the company's plant in Stirling.

GI Energy welcomes rise of RHI tariffs

GI Energy, supplier of air and ground source heat pumps, has welcomed the government’s proposal to raise the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs for non-domestic ground source heat pump installations.

CE marking comes to bathrooms

Major changes in the labelling of bathroom products marketed throughout Europe will take place on 1 July 2013.

Changes to the CBA

Stuart Mason-Elliott will be standing down as the CBA’s chairman.

‘BIM for the Terrified’ publication launched

In response to a government initiative requiring all central government building procurement contracts to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) from 2016, the Construction Products Association (CPA), together with the NBS, has launched a guide for manufacturers entitled: ‘BIM for the Terrified’.

Wolseley buys its Worcester distribution hub

Wolseley UK has purchased its 18,500 square metre distribution warehouse on the Berkeley Business Park in Worcester, from real estate investment manager, Valad Europe, for an undisclosed sum.

Biomass TV - Euroheat brings wood heating to life

Euroheat has launched a range of short films designed to make understanding biomass easier for installers and end users.

MKM and Jewson owed by Bespoke Oak Supplies

MKM and Jewson are among the creditors of Wisbech construction business, Bespoke Oak Supplies.

Sika acquires Everbuild Building Products

Sika has acquired Everbuild Building Products, manufacturer of sealant, adhesives and construction chemicals.

NIA welcomes Scottish government funding

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has welcomed the news that the Scottish government will be providing almost £50m of funding to help make homes cheaper to heat.

Connecting learning to life at Jewson

Jewson recently took part in a new education initiative that introduces work-related learning into primary schools - the Yes Programme.

Free app helps homeowner and tradesman relationship

TrustMark, the government-endorsed quality mark to help people find reputable tradesmen, is calling on homeowners and tradesmen to have an open conversation at the start of every job to ensure a successful working relationship.