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Painting a brighter picture for the construction industry

Today’s Autumn Statement (5 December) presents “a brighter picture for the UK economy and construction industry”, according to Allan Wilén, economics director at Glenigan.

City & Guilds: Autumn Statement puts apprenticeship system at risk

Support for an additional 20,000 higher apprenticeships was announced by Chancellor George Osbourne in today’s Autumn Statement. 

Plumb Center responds to Green Deal latest

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced plans to make the Green Deal more straightforward.

Petworth builders’ merchant completes refurbishment

The Petworth branch of Chandlers Building Supplies has recently completed a major refurbishment enabling the branch to triple its amount of retail space.

Jewson training programme builds on timber expertise

To further build on its experience and expertise when it comes to selecting and working with timber products, Jewson has implemented a new timber star performance programme, a timber and sheet material knowledge and sales based training programme.

Baxi re-opens training centre in Dartford

Baxi’s training centre in Dartford has re-opened following a complete refurbishment.

Urgent government action needed to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings

Government must act urgently to help UK businesses improve the energy efficiency of their buildings to avoid missing significant economic and environmental opportunities, a new report has warned.

'Supergroup' created for independent merchants

NMBS and Unimer have announced their intention to create a 'supergroup' for independent merchants.

Knauf Insulation challenges government cuts to green levies on BBC news

During an interview aired on the BBC’s News at Ten on Friday 29 November, Knauf Insulation has called on the government to introduce long term and viable plans to improve all of the UK’s housing stock as part of its review of green levies.

Minister’s Ibstock visit shines light on housebuilding’s return to form

Ibstock Brick hosted a visit from Housing Minister Kris Hopkins MP at its redeveloped Chesterton factory on 28 November.

Wales-based timber group acquires south west holding companies

Timber and panel importer Premier Forest Products has acquired the entire share capital of Ron Lewis Holdings.

Kelkay acquires Borderstone

Kelkay has today acquired Borderstone from Aggregate Industries.

Peckham Jewson relocates

The Jewson branch on Rollins Street in Peckham, London has moved, but not too far.

FMB slams MPs’ call to keep Code for Sustainable Homes

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has criticised the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee's recent report on the Housing Standards Review.

Chancellor must cut VAT on renovation work, argue campaigners

Britain’s financially squeezed households would benefit if Chancellor George Osborne cut VAT on housing renovation and repair work, according to a letter written to the Chancellor by campaigners.

Sustainable building breakfast morning at Chandlers

Those interested in sustainable building are invited to visit Chandlers Building Supplies for a breakfast morning where representatives from Porotherm will be on hand to discuss the benefits of using its blocks as opposed to traditional materials.

Building for a sustainable future

The new Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change has praised the work of Wolseley UK’s Sustainable Building Center (SBC) in a visit to Leamington.

Rexel UK introduces dedicated facilities management team

As part of an ongoing strategic focus, Rexel UK has announced a dedicated facilities management team with the rationale of ensuring best value and unrivalled support for those working in the sector.

Bostik gets a makeover

Adhesive specialist Bostik has unveiled a new visual identity today as part of its ongoing growth strategy.

Industry unites to celebrate success

Over 470 key figures from the UK builders’ merchant industry met in London last week to celebrate excellence in the face of economic adversity.

Burdens awarded Best Supplier

Burdens has been presented with a supply chain award from Optimise JV for providing exceptional levels of service to Thames Water.

Travis Perkins has ready-made solutions for new 2013 Part L regulations

The Travis Perkins Group has welcomed the government’s announcement of changes to Part L 2013 documents.

BMF agrees first plumbing group membership with PHG

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has agreed its first group membership scheme with a specialist plumbing and heating buying group.

Lorry collides with Jewson branch

Jewson’s Watford branch suffered damage last week when a lorry crashed into its warehouse.

GM Treble opens new branch in Derby

Pump specialist GM Treble has moved one of its highest-performing branches into new premises in Derby after it outgrew its former location.

Baxi issues Safety Alert

Baxi has issued a Safety Alert (number 013, Potterton Powermax HE - Flue/Condensate Connector Erosion) in conjunction with Gas Safe.

Worcester, Bosch Group opens new training centre in Wakefield

Worcester, Bosch Group has opened a brand new training facility in Normanton, near Wakefield, to provide better support and an improved training experience for installer, specifier and merchant customers based in the North of England.

Industry challenges DCLG plans to axe sustainable homes policies

A report published by MPs has urged the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to reconsider axing measures that support renewable energy in new homes.

BMF discusses housing with the SNP

Merchants have nothing to fear from an independent Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP) has said.

Latest figures show eco is not ready to be scrapped yet

As the latest figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that more than 300,000 measures have been completed under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), Knauf Insulation is calling on the government to resist pressure from the ‘big six’ energy companies and to continue driving the scheme forwards.

NBG strives for success at 2013 Conference

This year's National Buying Group (NBG) Conference saw the buying group celebrate its 10th anniversary, bringing independent merchants and suppliers together to make plans for the new year and celebrate a successful 2013. 

Wolseley UK wins award for talent management

Wolseley UK has won an HR award for its work on attracting, developing and retaining employees.

Cutting ‘green levies’ could endanger thousands of construction jobs

More than 10,000 construction and insulation jobs could be lost – many as early as Christmas – if the government decides to cut ‘green levies’ on energy bills, the UK Green Building Council has warned.

Knauf Insulation celebrates in the Lord Mayor’s Show

On Saturday 9 November, Knauf Insulation paraded the streets of London in the Lord Mayor’s Show, celebrating ‘merchanting through the ages’ as part of the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants float.

Michelmersh triumphs at the Brick Awards 2013

Michelmersh Brick Holdings (MBH), the specialist brick, land development and landfill company, had a successful evening at the recent Brick Awards 2013, taking home one third of the awards.

ECO scheme must be retained

A report published by the National Audit Office has predicted that consumers will face 20 years of price increases in household utility bills to pay for new infrastructure.

Condensing biomass boilers get RHI boost

Condensing biomass boilers are now to be eligible for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) when it launches in spring 2014, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria of the scheme.

Sektor experts offer free product training

Sektor, the own-brand range of interior solutions from CCF, is now offering free product training at its showroom in Heathrow.

Kilsaran International partners with Beatsons to extend Scottish presence

Kilsaran International has signed an agreement with Beatsons Building Supplies as the latest addition to the paving company’s growing distribution network.

Wolseley UK employees ‘log in’ to increase performance

Wolseley UK has launched a new suite of IT training courses for its employees as part of an expansion of its Online Training Academy.

Ridgeons celebrates employees’ continued service

Ridgeons recently welcomed 10 employees to its esteemed ‘25 Club’ in recognition of their continued service.

PTS celebrates Athletes’ Village success

Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS) is celebrating the completion of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village in Glasgow, after successfully supplying a range of essential heating and plumbing products to the City Legacy consortium over a two-year period.

Higgins Building Supplies opens new branch

After trading for over 140 years in the town of Wellingborough, Higgins Building Supplies has opened a new branch in Irthlingborough.

Lytag opens new lightweight aggregate facility

A new Lytag lightweight aggregate (LWA) manufacturing facility has been opened in the Drax Power Station, North Yorkshire, significantly increasing access to the material for project teams throughout the UK.

Association chairman: confidence to invest is critical

The Chancellor’s upcoming Autumn Statement is an opportunity for government to address key challenges facing the construction products industry, said chairman Geoff Cooper at the Construction Products Association’s Autumn Lunch.

GAI Education Awards lunch 2013

Yet another successful awards lunch was held in London on 6 November to celebrate the success of the new Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) Diploma holders and other special award winners resulting from this year’s examinations.

Employers turn their backs on academic qualifications

Nearly three-quarters (72%) of employers see vocational qualifications (VQs) as essential for improving the skills of young people and preparing them for work, with over half (53%) rating VQs as more valuable than academic qualifications.

Last few seats for Builders' Merchants Awards for Excellence

With just under two weeks to go, there are now only a few places available for the 2013 Builders' Merchants Awards for Excellence annual luncheon.

Pump industry lobbying forces Green Deal U-turn over circulators

Pump industry lobbying has forced a U-turn by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) with circulator pumps set to be finally included in the government’s Green Deal programme.

Sprue Safety Products welcomes government review on CO regulations

Sprue Safety Products has welcomed the recent announcement in the House of Lords that there will be a government review of current regulations on carbon monoxide (CO), with particular focus on the safety of tenants in rented accommodation.