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Leisure Sinks to supply PHG buying group

Leisure Sinks has signed an agreement with specialist plumbing and heating buying group PHG, which will allow the company’s wide range of sinks and taps to be supplied to a growing UK merchant network.

Wolseley rolls out green technology training

Wolseley UK has set up a national training course on green technology for staff at Pipe Center and Climate Center.

Wolseley UK achieves Carbon Trust Standard recertification

Wolseley UK has achieved Carbon Trust Standard recertification in recognition of its work to measure, manage and reduce carbon emissions.

Ceram releases CE marking video

International materials technology company Ceram has released a video which discusses how it can test products to the relevant standards and help guide manufacturers through the process of CE-marking their construction products.

Jewson CPD events are a success

Jewson has hosted a series of CPD events with Local Authority Building Control (LABC) at its Newbury, Sunderland, Stockport, Birkenhead, Lincoln and Peterborough branches.

Home insulations down 97 percent, claim latest figures

Industry figures have revealed that installations of cavity wall insulation were down by 97 percent in April compared with the same month last year, signalling a blow to the Coalition’s Green Deal scheme.

Tudor Griffiths completes major acquisition in Wales

Tudor Griffiths has acquired four established ready-mix concrete plants in Mid and North Wales from CEMEX UK.

New Caerphilly showroom helps installers go green

Plumbers and installers have welcomed the launch of a dedicated resource for expert advice and easy access to renewable energy products.

Green Deal provider in administration

Green Deal provider Enact Energy Renewables has gone into administration.

New tariffs for non-domestic RHI

Office blocks, factories and community centres could be among a number of buildings across Great Britain to benefit from more cash for renewable heat under proposals recently set out by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Cementone launches online Cortexa training for Plasterer’s Stabilising Primer

Cementone has launched a new Cortexa online training module for its Plasterer’s Stabilising Primer.

Selco serves up a Wimbledon opening

Selco Builders Warehouse is set to continue its growth by opening a new branch in Wimbledon and has secured the ‘signing’ of a local football hero to cut the ribbon.

A shift away from DIY is affecting retail trading

Merchants with substantial retail sales will not be encouraged by analysts’ prediction of another fall in sales when B&Q owner Kingfisher reports on trading for the past three months this week.

Jewson saves overboard yachtsman

A builders’ merchant in land-locked mid-Devon helped rescue a yachtsman who went overboard off the French coast.

Builders’ merchant has got football covered

As a proud supporter of all things local, Covers Timber & Builders Merchants is delighted to be one of the main sponsors of the new Portsmouth FC shirt.

Wolseley UK crowned Employer of the Year

Wolseley UK has been presented with the prestigious New Employer of the Year award by the National Mentoring Consortium, following its involvement in the organisation’s Ethnic Minority Undergraduate Scheme (EMUS).

New BSRIA guide helps construction professionals pass their air-tightness test

Stricter energy targets are pushing air leakage down to ever-lower levels. Carrying out remediation work and retests when a building fails can be a serious problem, leading to delays to the project. BSRIA’s new guide provides architects, main contractors and subcontractors with an understanding of how to design and construct buildings in order to achieve air-tightness targets.

All to play for as JOSB Done confirms final tour dates

JOSB Done has announced the dates of the final two stops of its Points on the Board tour, which sees builders from across the country pit their football skills against an 8ft by 4ft oriented strand board (OSB) panel.

CBI calls for end to infrastructure delays

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) recently responded to the latest UK economic assessment report published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

IBC launches new and improved website

Buying group IBC recently marked its fourth birthday by launching a brand new website.

Increase in money-off vouchers available under RHPP

Householders across the UK will be able to get even more cash for renewable heating products, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) recently announced.

Tim Pollard responds to fuel poverty figures

Plumb Center's Tim Pollard has commented on the fuel poverty annual report and statistics for 2011, recently released by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

NMBS Gala Dinner offers taste of past, present and future

With 2013 marking its 50th trading anniversary, it is perhaps befitting that this year's NMBS Gala Dinner proved to be one of the most successful yet for the independent merchants' buying society.

NMBS exhibition breaks new records

This year’s NMBS exhibition for independent merchants saw members and suppliers come together to make the day a huge success.

George Bence opens Primera Eco showroom

Gloucestershire-based builders' merchant George Bence has opened a new showroom, giving installers and the general public the opportunity to experience some of the latest energy-saving products and technologies.

Green Deal could stall without SME support

Small building companies need fairer access to the Green Deal (GD) market if the shortage of installers is to be addressed, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned in response to the latest statistics from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Green Deal assessments continue to increase

The number of Green Deal assessments carried out in April rose 28 percent to 9,522, the Government has said. Since the launch, 18,816 assessments have been made.

Jewson sponsors York rugby

The Jewson logo features on the front of York Acorn’s rugby jerseys under a new sponsorship deal.

Professionals support sustainable development

Research conducted by CareerStructure.com has found that 78 percent of professionals believe that a greater focus on sustainability within the built environment could help to boost overall industry growth.

HSS Hire allies with Carey Group

HSS Hire recently announced the signing of an exclusive agreement with Carey Group as preferred suppliers of small tools and access equipment, following a competitive tender process.

Jewson offers new online service

Jewson has responded to customer feedback and is now offering an online account management service to all its account holders.

Larkfleet launches Green Deal ECO demonstration house

Larkfleet has retrofitted a house with Green Deal and ECO measures to showcase the technologies and applications available through the Government's flagship scheme.

BMF welcomes extra support for apprenticeship training

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed the National Merchant Buying Society’s (NMBS) 50th Anniversary pledge to bring at least 50 new apprentices into the industry.

Gaining a PAS 2030 qualification with Greenworks

Greenworks is one of the first merchant training providers to offer trade professionals an EWI (External Wall Insulation) Upskill course, giving existing plasterers and renderers the opportunity to gain an NVQ Level 2 Diploma and reach the minimum standards required for PAS 2030.

BC Profiles stocks Kestrel products

Wakefield-based supplier BC Profiles is among the latest stockists of high-quality roofline products from PVC-U and PVC-UE-manufacturer Kestrel.

Local plumbers’ merchant opens a new and improved showroom

The updated bathroom showroom at local plumbers’ merchant Graham in Eastbourne has opened its doors to customers.

Duff & Phelps complete sale for remaining WTB Trading depots

Following the sale of other branches, the sale of the Redruth, Penrith and Sittingbourne WTB Trading depots was finally completed on 12 April 2013 to Civils Store.

TENMAT wins its second Queen's Award

Manchester-based TENMAT has won the Queen's Award for the second year running.

Wolseley companies launch campaign against CO poisoning

Stopping the silent killer in its tracks is the aim of a nationwide campaign in more than 500 Plumb Center and Parts Center branches throughout May.

PTS launches Renewables Design Service

To meet the needs of a fast-paced and complex market, PTS has launched a brand new Renewables Design Service. A dedicated team is now on hand to provide support from design to delivery for installers across the UK.

Banks penalising healthy construction firms with poor lending decisions

Lack of funding is proving the real killer in the construction industry as the main lenders continue to fail one of the most important contributors to the UK economy.

Government and industry paint different Green Deal pictures

The Government is “under-promising and over-delivering” on its Green Deal, according to Energy Minister Greg Barker.

Ridgeons helps college to train

Ridgeons is working with West Suffolk College to provide training about sustainable technologies.

B&Q stays open in Ireland

The Irish High Court has approved the examiner's recommendations for DIY chain B&Q Ireland. Under the scheme, which sees over EUR2.4m in new investment by parent company Kingfisher, B&Q Ireland will continue to trade at eight stores.

Benchmark Building Supplies launches new construction roadshow for unemployed youngsters

Benchmark Building Supplies has launched a new initiative, designed to introduce unemployed young people from deprived areas into the world of construction.

Government Minister praises Keystone Group as he opens new HQ

The Keystone Group has been praised for its drive, ambition and innovation on the opening of its new UK headquarters.

NMBS rewards Professional Points scheme members

As part of its ongoing commitment to offering members the best possible deals, offers and terms, the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) has revamped its Professional Points loyalty scheme.

Travis Perkins on how to survive the perfect storm

Alan Duncan, director of product supply at Travis Perkins, will deliver the opening presentation at this year’s Supply Chain Standard 1-2-1 Summit in Birmingham on 18 June.

BMF marks opening of new HQ

At the open day for the BMF’s new Coventry HQ building, chairman Terry Parker introduced the official proceedings by reflecting on the past and looking to the future.

Travis Perkins helps with award-winning renovation

Travis Perkins played a key role in supporting the £1.5m conversion and renovation of Little Halden Oast House in Rolvenden, winning praise from contractor S Harlow Period Oak.