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Wolseley profits rise following growth of US market

Building and heating materials group Wolseley has seen its profits more than double, driven by its US division.

Worcester awarded for manufacturing excellence

Worcester, Bosch Group, has been recognised for its manufacturing excellence after claiming two coveted crowns at the 2013 Best Factory Awards (BFA).

BMF’s scheme is given the go ahead

The BMF’s pilot Trade Credit Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme is now ready to go ahead after contract delays by government lawyers have now been cleared.

Customer visits up 30% at EH Smith

The introduction of fixed prices at EH Smith has been rewarded with a 30% increase in customer visits across the group’s eight branches.

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies purchases Northern Timber

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies is continuing to expand and invest in its business by purchasing the assets and trade of Northern Timber.

Major re-brand for Aggregate Industries

Aggregate Industries has announced a major re-brand which will consolidate 25 of its businesses under the Aggregate Industries name.

Pegler Yorkshire reports export growth

Pegler Yorkshire’s 2012 financial results indicate a growth in export sales, while turnover in the UK has decreased.

New acquisition seals S&D’s growth

S&D Sealants has continued a year of growth with the acquisition of one of the West Midlands leading mastic companies.

Travis Perkins celebrates contract with British housebuilder

Travis Perkins has been appointed by British housebuilder Crest Nicholson as the sole supplier of building materials for its southwest region.

Government support for self-build homes "increases options"

New measures announced by the government to help more people build their own home will increase choice and affordability in the housing market, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

BMF responds to Labour Party on housing and planning

Ed Miliband’s pledge to build new homes on “a grand scale” was the focus of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) at this year’s Labour Party Conference, held in Brighton.

Toolbank takes to the road

Toolbank is enjoying another successful run of autumn trade shows.

Green deal is helping to make energy-efficient homes

Green Deal assessments are continuing to help people make their homes more energy efficient, according to research published last week by the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Fermacell invests €30m in new factory

Fermacell has invested €30m in opening a new factory for gypsum fibreboards that will supply the UK market.

Robert Price officially opens 18th branch

Robert Price marked the official opening of its new branch in Barry, South Glamorgan by holding a Building Bonanza exhibition.

PHG acquires 21st member

Plumbers’ merchant Woodhouse & Sturnham is to join the Plumbing & Heating Group (PHG) next month, becoming the 21st member of the buying group.

Eco-building incentive needed, says FMB

The government must include financial incentives for householders adding energy-efficiency measures to their homes, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said.

Keyline launches managed services for rail sector

Keyline has launched a managed services solution to help contractors within the rail sector to reduce operational overheads, have better access to critical resources and materials and react better to customer requirements.

Green Deal ‘tinkering’ will not deliver long-term success, warns Knauf

As the latest statistics show that only 12 homes have had Green Deal measures installed, Knauf Insulation has welcomed moves by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to widen the scope of the Green Deal cashback incentive, but warns that the proposed changes still do not go far enough.

MKM Building Supplies opens 40th branch

MKM Building Supplies is proving life begins at 40 with the opening of its latest branch.

BMF and Peugeot drive members’ business forward

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has negotiated a Vehicle Affinity Scheme with Peugeot Contract Hire (PCH) that will ease fleet costs and help boost the business of BMF members.

NHBC foundations app launched to help reduce annual claims

The National House-Building Council (NHBC) has launched an app to aid builders calculate the correct foundation depths when building near trees.

Tradesmen set to ‘Feel the benefit’ with TradePoint

Tradesmen across the UK can soon take advantage of a new government-backed scheme aimed at securing affordable heating to energy-poor homes.

HBXL helps builders comply as HSE crackdown targets refurb sector

Builders involved in refurbishment work are being advised to make sure their paperwork is up-to-date or face risking an untimely fine from Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Ridgeons celebrates employee achievements

Ridgeons celebrated employees’ extraordinary achievements at its 2013 Recognition Awards last week.

A strong outlook for Ridgeons

A year on since Ridgeons opened four new sites in the eastern region, managing director Angela Rushforth has confirmed that trading is on the up and the group is looking forward to a strong 2014.

Carillion rings up training partnership with Knauf

Ten college leavers from Kent are benefiting from apprenticeships in drylining offered in a collaboration between Carillion, one of the UK's leading support services companies, and its plaster and drylining products supplier Knauf.

Suppliers boost BMF membership

In its drive to represent the building materials supply industry, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is gaining support from manufacturers as well as merchants, with three new supplier members joining already this month.

£150m investment to benefit construction SMEs

There is to be £150m invested in the UK construction sector over the next five years, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Technology Strategy Board recently announced.

Moores Turf & Top Soil fined over worker death

A Kent aggregate company has been ordered to pay more than £180,000 in fines and costs after a worker was killed by dangerous lifting equipment on a tipper lorry.

PTS puts service first for spares customers

PTS is ready to support heating engineers through the busy heating season by boosting its late-night ordering and next-day delivery for its spares customers.

CPS makes Gas Safety Week a priority this September

City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) is pledging its support to Gas Safety Week, which will be begin on 16 September, through efforts to raise awareness among staff and customers on how they can eliminate dangers and safeguard their loved ones by taking care of their gas appliances.

Norbord sponsors timber engineering scholarship

Norbord is sponsoring a postgraduate scholarship to support students studying for an MSc degree in timber engineering at Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Engineering and the Built Environment.

Hanson sets new sustainability targets towards 2020

Hanson UK’s 2013 Performance and Sustainability report shows many ongoing positive achievements in the company’s sustainability performance against a backdrop of falling production volumes and a tough operating climate.

'Best of the Best' rating for Axor

Bathroom specialist Hansgrohe has cause to celebrate after its Axor Starck Organic collection won a Red Dot Design award.

New certification offering completes SBS Green Deal

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, has chosen NICEIC as its certification body of choice, completing its Green Deal offering which already included product solutions, advisor and installer membership, technical guides and training.

Speedy invests over £2m to support Liverpool’s construction sector

Speedy, the provider of equipment rental and support services, has boosted its Liverpool presence to meet the needs of the city’s thriving construction sector.

Sylva Group snaps up Crocodile Timber Frame

Bespoke design and build solutions provider, Sylva Group has acquired part of Crocodile Timber Frame’s business operations.

bcg launches first Bathroom Book

bcg has launched its first standalone Bathroom Book, which offers a comprehensive guide to the company’s entire bathroom product range.

Go Geothermal secures distribution deal with REHAU

Specialist renewable energy merchant Go Geothermal has signed a distribution deal with global building solutions company REHAU.

Merchants praise NMBS apprenticeship initiative

Less than six months after its launch, the NMBS 'Apprenticeship Youth Enterprise 50' campaign is receiving strong praise from independent builders’ timber, plumbing and heating and hardware merchants.

Bricks and blocks trend should trigger strategic questions

The increase in demand for bricks and blocks should serve as a trigger for building products organisations to review their customer relationship and sales strategies, Carol Kelly of KSA Sales Solutions has said.

Plumb Center leads the debate on energy efficiency

Plumb Center has brought together policy makers, senior civil servants, think tank representatives, academics and industry experts to discuss how to encourage the UK public to invest in energy efficiency measures.

Slingsby highlights the importance of following first aid legislation

Many organisations are failing to meet first aid legal requirements, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby.

Double celebration for Twyford

Twyford Bathrooms has been crowned the winner of Plumb Center’s “2013 L3 Regional* Supplier of the Year” award for its excellence in product quality and services. In addition to this award, Twyford has been accredited the “5 Star Supplier” status for the fifth year running by PTS.

Chepstow business seals deal with national construction giant

S&D Sealants has agreed a new partnership with national construction company Wates.

BSW Timber invests in new customer sales centre

BSW Timber has bolstered its customer service offering with the opening of a new sales centre based at the Carlisle sawmill.

Five years of successful trade targeting at Plumbfix

It is just over five years since Plumbfix was launched to offer Screwfix customers from the plumbing trade an exclusive trade offering.

Ridgeons supports college construction awards

Ridgeons has sponsored Cambridge Regional College’s (CRC) Construction Awards for the fifth year running.

Pipe Center invests in Fabrication facility to grow the business

Pipe Center is investing in its specialist pipe work Fabrication facility in order to extend its capabilities and offer customers an even better service.