Grant UK has sponsored a local children’s charity’s Winter Ball, joining the fundraising efforts for Julia’s House, which will be opening a new hospice in Devizes, Wiltshire, where Grant has its headquarters.

Bond It has lent its support to a fundraising initiative staged by The Lighthouse Club. The Lighthouse Club John O’Groats to Land’s End Run is a biennial road rally, which sees participants raising sponsorship by driving from one end of the country to the other.

Customers, suppliers and staff from RGB Building Supplies raised £464 for Prostate Cancer UK during the company’s annual race day, held at Exeter Racecourse on 9 November.

A three-month competition involving 120 SIG Roofing branches, 500 cafes from across Britain and more than 25,000 public votes came to a conclusion in London on 22 November when the Super Sausage Cafe from Potterspury, Northampton was declared Britain’s Best Cafe.

To celebrate Black Friday, Worcester, Bosch Group is offering installers who have signed up to its Greenstar Rewards loyalty scheme reductions on workwear, power tools, and training courses – all of which they can claim using the points they have collected.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has awarded HSS Hire Service Group as the Most Considerate Supplier at this year’s National Awards.

Merchants and tradespeople across the UK are being invited to take part in a competition to see who can be the fastest to install Actis Hybris insulation in a timber stud wall.

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity will be celebrating its 60th anniversary at the Construction Industry Charity Christmas Lunch at the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster on 2 December.

Mira Showers has had its reputation for superb customer service bolstered recently with its in-house team winning Call Centre of the Year (Small) at the annual South West Contact Centre Awards.

RGB Building Supplies is asking customers to donate gifts, no matter how big or small, to its Christmas Present Appeal in aid of Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

Tembé DIY and Building Products has raised £11,000 for Children with Cancer UK, with the money going towards research into finding cures and providing care for children with cancer. For every promotional pack of HIPPO Heavy Duty Trade Wipes sold, Tembé donated 50p to Children with Cancer.

With tens of thousands of public votes cast and 500 cafes entering, SIG Roofing’s competition to find Britain’s Best Cafe is approaching its final stage with the announcement of its 14 regional winners.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies took its suppliers, customers and staff to an evening at the 2016 World Darts Supremacy.

On 2 and 3 December, Frank Howard Tools and Fixings will be hosting its annual End of Year Clearance at its Braintree branch.

City Plumbing Supplies customer Derek Gray, of Hi-Tech Heating, has triumphed to win a challenging 18-hole golf tournament at the TPC Golf Club in Las Vegas.

Covers in Burgess Hill will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of the opening of its Victoria Gardens depot on 11 November.

IKO’s #NoMorePotholes campaign has been shortlisted for two Construction Marketing Awards. Working with MRA Marketing, IKO’s ongoing campaign aims to raise awareness of the problems potholes cause, why repairs aren’t working, and the availability of solutions.

Knauf has been shortlisted in the Best Social Media Campaign category for the Construction Marketing Awards for a Facebook project that successfully grew Knauf’s online following.

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) has been shortlisted for two awards in this year’s Construction Marketing Awards (CMA). AWMS has been selected as a finalist in the categories Best Product Launch and Best Use of Press and Public Relations.

Dulux Trade has announced the 2017 Colour of The Year as part of the annual Colour Futures 2017 trend forecast.

Gibbs & Dandy branches have donated more than 800 high visibility vests to local schools as part of a campaign to help keep children safe this winter.

bcg has launched a new customer feedback survey to monitor and improve customer service levels.

The Crediton Operatic & Dramatic Society (CODS) is the latest winner of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund following a public vote where the local community was asked to show their support.

Kraig Seymour’s charity sky dive.

Kraig Seymour, yard sales manager of the Weybridge Champion Timber branch, has completed two jaw-dropping charity challenges in aid of children’s charity Shooting Star Chase.

The Guildford branch of Champion Timber is supporting local Guildford County School for its annual student award ceremony.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant named Andrew Crookes from Bristol as the winner of the merchant’s Give a Truck prize draw. He was the lucky name chosen from the thousands of entries to receive the brand new Nissan Navara.

Elliotts managing director, Tom Elliott, and his team ‘The Massif Skidmarks’, cheer on their teammate en route to the finish line.

The cyclists taking part in the Massif Challenge from Elliotts, the independent supplier of building products for the trade and public, have returned from France after their participation in the event.

Now that autumn is here, Sadolin is rolling out its latest promotion, inviting all stockists registered to participate in its popular ‘Golden Ticket’ campaign to boost their premium woodcare sales with a timely customer giveaway.

The Dulux Academy witnessed wallpaper wonders as eight teams battled it out in front of four adjudicators and two judges to try and beat the Guinness World Record attempt for hanging three sheets of wallpaper perfectly and in the fastest time.

Riders of the sixth annual Tour de Jewson have raised over £30,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK and National Air Ambulance to beat the fundraising target for this year’s event. The charity bike ride sees Jewson employees, customers and suppliers come together to raise money for good causes.

As part of a complete refurbishment, Vokèra worked with the Ecotechnicians Co-operative, which promotes quality heating projects and organises free installations for good causes, to install a new boiler and control solution for a family in need.

Covers Timber & Builders Merchant in Chichester has donated £1,500 to Children on the Edge after three of the team successfully completed the Chichester Half Marathon for a third consecutive year.

SIG Roofing’s search for Britain’s Best Cafe – organised to recognise the value local cafes throughout the UK bring to their community – went rocking and rolling in Wolverhampton city centre recently as part of the competition.

EH Smith recently held a fundraising day at its Enderby, Leicester branch, encouraging local builders, plumbers, decorators and other trades to raise money to help make the dreams of some of Leicestershire’s most poorly children come true. The event, in aid of Regent Road, Leicester-based charity Wishes 4 Kids, raised more than £700.

Throughout the 2016 decking season, Snows Timber’s decking customers, via their regular orders, have been contributing towards a donation of SnowGrip anti-slip decking for Calvert Trust Exmoor, the adventure holiday centre for the disabled.

This year’s Lord Mayor’s Show will be held on 12 November, and once again the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants is organising a float, supported by Naylor. This year, the theme is ‘Builders’ Merchants: Supplying Britain’s Building Needs’ – demonstrating the importance of builders’ merchanting to the UK economy.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched a major new in-store promotion. From 1 October until 31 December, installers who purchase a Boiler Replacement Pack in any of the merchant’s branches will receive a scratch card.

The Weybridge branch of Champion Timber is supporting its local college with a special project. Brooklands College, which is minutes away from the branch, is currently in the process of creating a sensory garden for the supported learning department.

Boston Manor Park’s path and nature trail has undergone much needed renovations thanks to help from Rudridge.

Gibbs & Dandy is giving trade professionals the chance to enjoy a refreshing drink after a hard day of work with its new beer promotion, as a reward for their purchases in branch.

Last month 124 people packed into 37 vividly decorated cars and gathered together in Dover for the start of the gruelling four-day VADO rally across Europe.

Staff, suppliers and customers of Kent Blaxill who took part in a 120-mile cycle ride at the end of June have raised over £7,000 for the company’s two chosen charities.

Join The Dulux Academy and Graham & Brown to set a new world record during International Wallpaper Week, which runs from 3 to 9 October.

Russell Roof Tiles has raised over £5,500 recently at its annual charity golfing day, for its nominated charity of the year, Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes (SSBB).

A team from Solarlux Systems has recently undertaken a cycling journey from their UK office in Welwyn Garden City to the company’s new headquarters in Melle, Germany. The ‘The Crazy British Cycling Tour’ saw the Solarlux team begin on 3 September, reaching their final destination in Germany on 6 September.

The Swansea branch of Selco Builders Warehouse staged its annual golf day at the Gower Golf Club, raising more than £7,000 in aid of the company’s nominated charity Macmillan Cancer Support.

The construction industry’s hopeful football stars will be able to swap their toolboxes for their shin pads and show off their skills at this year’s UK Construction Week, in a football tournament held by Construction United.

Renovations are now complete at Nottinghamshire’s HOPE Community Services thanks to the work of CRASH and its supporting companies.

Brett Martin Plumbing & Drainage has announced that the overall winner of its Footie Mad competition is Drain Depot in Swindon, the lucky recipient of a £1,500 season ticket prize fund for the 2016-2017 football season.

Schoolchildren from across Shropshire will perform the official opening of the new Bridgnorth branch of Tudor Griffiths.

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