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.

Warwickshire’s cricket stars warmed up for this weekend’s big domestic cup final appearance at Lord’s by delivering a masterclass to primary school children.

Dunlop has announced the winner of its #wheresdunlopman photography competition.

Knauf sent two teams to take part in the Construction Cup in early September, a charity football tournament organised for the Construction Youth Trust.

Ridgeons shares a milestone anniversary with Macmillan Cancer Support, its elected charity, as both celebrate turning 105 years old.

A group of Jewson employees after tackling the Tour in 2015.

Builders’ merchant Jewson is welcoming riders in its sixth annual Tour de Jewson charity bike ride, which sees the company’s employees, customers and suppliers come together to raise money for charity.

Kraig Seymour, yard sales manager of the new Weybridge Champion Timber branch is readying himself for his second and final charity fundraising challenge of the summer.

Stax Trade Centres has given fans of the Scottish Premier League (SPL) the chance to turn their football knowledge into top prizes, with the launch of a free-to-play predictor game.

Some of the strongest men from across the UK went head to head in a battle of strength and endurance at the Rudridge Ultimate Strongman Giant event in Belfast over the recent bank holiday weekend.

Landscape installer, Dan Grimes of Winslade Landscapes, is the final winner to be announced in a national competition to mark the 60th anniversary of hard landscaping manufacturer, Bradstone.

L-r: Anne Jones, Carl Jenner, Jonathan Wade, Jonathan Hill, Nick Scully, Claire Husband, Brett Simms, Martin Simpson, Alan Sweap and Karen Dixon.

Customers of buildings supplies company Kent Blaxill raised £2,136 for Macmillan Cancer Support at a recent charity auction held in Colchester.

As part of its 150th anniversary celebrations, Baxi has already beaten its £150,000 fundraising target for its national charity partner Marie Curie.

Grant UK has confirmed that it will be continuing as a business partner of Bath Rugby for the new 2016-17 season, as well as becoming a new shirt sponsor for the team.

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants will be aiming to raise £25,000 to help local hospices.

A team from Chandlers Building Supplies is taking part in September’s Vado Rally 2016 and will be driving across Europe for three days in an old banger to raise money for the Rainy Day Trust.

Macmillan Cymru is very close to the heart of LBS and its employees. Last year was a difficult time for LBS, with three of its colleagues sadly lost due to cancer. Early in 2016 several branches suggested money should be raised to support Macmillan’s in memory of their lost colleagues and the whole company got behind the idea.

For any installers previously unsure of where to find Plumb and Parts Center on Twitter, it has officially relaunched itself as @plumbcenterUK.

Are you an electrician, builder, technician or plumber? Would you like to win £250,000, a car, a motorbike, a boat and a whole lot of other goodies? Then the UK Worker of the Year competition is just what you are looking for.

Barnsley-based pipe and concrete product manufacturer Naylor recently held a successful golf day and raised £2700 for charity.

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