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H+H is facing the uncertainties around the Brexit referendum with a resounding vote of confidence in the UK market.

Sales expectations in the construction sector over the next six months are at their lowest level since 2011 as the market shows signs of slowing down, although newbuild housing and the London market remain relatively healthy, according to a report.

From L-r: Kevin Borein, Gordon Ridgeon (club vice president), Rachel Anderson (club president) Johnnie Sam (deputy chairman) and Greg Benson.

Ridgeons recently celebrated its employees reaching impressive milestones within their Ridgeons’ careers.

NMBS has staged another successful annual Dinner Dance. Over 1,000 people attended the event, which took place on 22 October at the 5-star Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Graham Bolton (BMF regional manager), Angus Robertson MP (SNP Deputy Leader) and Brett Amphlett (BMF policy manager).

New policies from the Scottish government and changes at the top of the party took the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) to the Scottish National Party Conference in Glasgow last week.

Homeowners in Northern Ireland are spending approximately 150% more on bathrooms than a decade ago and the market continues to grow, according to customer data from Bassetts.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has been shortlisted in two categories of the UK Associations Awards, organised by Associations Network.

Sika has transformed the basement of its Preston centre into a new training conference room. The five-figure refurbishment at Sika House includes an interactive showroom area where visitors can discover a range of Sika products.

Knauf Insulation has released its latest Sustainability Report, Insulation Matters, which highlights the manufacturer’s achievements.

Worcester, Bosch Group’s training facilities have been awarded Approved Training Centre status by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

Players from Exeter Chiefs were the VIP guests at the official opening of RGB Building Supplies’ new Okehampton branch on 20 October.

The Encon Group has been ranked 94th in The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 League Table.

Energy demand in new homes could be halved if more focus is put on the shape and form of housing being built, the latest report from the NHBC Foundation has found.

BPC Building Products has announced a £500,000 investment project to upgrade and expand its Wakefield warehouse and manufacturing facility, creating up to 10 jobs in the process.

October saw the official foundation of the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) Northern Ireland Region, and the Federation is boosting support for its growing membership in Northern Ireland in a number of ways.

Winter weather has hit the headlines this month, with experts forecasting an imminent onslaught of snow, storms and sub-zero temperatures.

The findings of a new YouGov survey – commissioned by damp-proofing expert Safeguard Europe – into the UK’s experience of damp problems, reveals an ongoing market opportunity for builders’ merchants and RMI contractors.

Actis off-site construction.

Government incentives, which include encouraging more off-site construction to help reduce the housing shortage, has been welcomed by insulation manufacturer Actis.

Origin has launched a brand new showroom in Warrington, Cheshire, showcasing its aluminium bi-folding and residential doors, windows and blinds.

With the first three months of post-Brexit figures in the books, construction sector contracts across September reached a total of £5.6bn, a minor increase on August, and after a summer wobble the industry seems to have stabilised.

ASSA ABLOY has acquired Trojan Holdings, a supplier of residential door and window hardware into the door and window fabricator market.

Travis Perkins has released its trading update for Q3 2016, showing total sales growth of 3.4% across the business, despite significant losses in the plumbing and heating side of the group.

On 12th November, Knauf Insulation will be joining the Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants' (WCoBM) float to parade the streets of London as part of the Lord Mayor's Show.

Keystone Group has announced an ambitious investment plan as part of its aim to increase turnover to £100m.

The roll out of the Builders Merchants Federation's Regional Centres of Excellence is continuing to gain momentum, with three new centres launched in less than 10 days.

Neil Schofield, head of government and external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group, believes the Committee on Climate Change’s ‘Next steps to UK heat policy’ report offers clear direction for the heating industry to follow in its bid to green Britain’s heating supplies.

MRA Marketing has been shortlisted for a record 17 awards in this year’s Construction Marketing Awards (CMA). A category winner 11 times, MRA’s latest shortlisting adds to a long list of industry accolades achieved during the agency’s 25-year history.

Confidence among Scottish construction employers has recovered by 21 points to +2 after slumping to a three-year low in the wake of the Brexit vote in June.

David Kilburn, founder of MKM Building Supplies, has received the Business Leadership Award at the Insider Growth 100 Awards 2016, in the latest in a string of successes for the Hull-based firm.

There are few signs that Brexit has negatively impacted the construction industry, according to the latest figures from the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI). The new figures show sales up by 13.1%, with heavy building materials up by 14.1% and timber and joinery products up 11.8%. Overall like-for-like sales (allowing for two extra trading days) were up 2.8%. Year to date sales grew 5.4%.

JELD-WEN held a ‘Big On’ biscuit dunking competition at Travis Perkins branches. The challenge was part of a wider Big On windows campaign, promoting the performance benefits of timber windows.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant is sponsoring the Plumber of the Year category at this year’s On The Tools Awards. Graham joins Saint-Gobain brands Jewson – the headline sponsor – and British Gypsum in supporting the awards.

RA Tech UK has been announced as joint-winners in the inaugural Travis Perkins Innovation Awards for its product range including hotun, hotun hiflo and hotun shield.

Russell Roof Tiles has invested in its first combined Technical Training and Research Centre. The new training facility at Russell’s factory in Burton was opened by local Member of Parliament Andrew Griffiths, who also took the opportunity in trying his hand at fixing some roof tiles.

Building and construction trade professionals remain overwhelmingly optimistic about the future of the industry, according to a survey undertaken by Gibbs & Dandy.

Phoenix Plumbing Supplies is the latest company to join The IPG.

Swansea-based Phoenix Plumbing Supplies has joined The IPG, bringing its total number of members up to 130.

The head office team from NMBS has gone to impressive lengths in support of a number of different charities, by completing the Wolf Run challenge.

Biomass power plants already receive government support, but the industry wants more. However, the type of technology used to convert coal-fired power stations to biomass is not currently eligible to bid for the new subsidies.

Smith Brothers Stores has launched an app, now available on either Google Play and the Apple Store, just search ‘Smith Brothers Stores’ on either platform to download the app.

Baxi Heating’s customer service division has scooped an accolade at the UK Customer Experience Awards.

Keyline has opened a new rail and geotechnics division in Leeds. This investment will reportedly deliver increased accessibility and support to those contractors who will be working on the upcoming High Speed Two (HS2) project.

The Geberit Awards 2016 is in its third year, and installers from throughout the bathroom, plumbing and heating industries will battle it out to be crowned the best in the business.

Gatic national sales manager Steve Mascall.

Independent specialist drainage distributor Stanley John Ltd (SJL) based in Greenham is one of the largest merchant stockists of Filcoten, the channel drain system from Gatic Civil Drainage. SJL added Filcoten Self, Filcoten Tec and Filcoten Pro to its range 12 months ago and is experiencing good sales.

The Bathroom Showroom team showing an installer the displays.

The Bathroom Showroom has launched a new rewards programme to offer loyal City Plumbing Supplies trade account holders the chance to earn points on showroom product purchases and business referrals.

Starrett is bringing its expertise in band saw machines and blades to a new demonstration zone in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. Based on the Newton Trading Estate, within the facility of engineering distributor Tewkesbury Saw, the showroom will exhibit Starrett’s range of band saw machines. The area will be open to the public six days a week from 23 November.

Plumb and Parts Center has launched an online shower selector tool for installers.

MKM Building Supplies has climbed 69 places in the rankings of the latest Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250.

The doors are now open to Kent Blaxill’s new decorating centre in Chelmsford.

A new Kent Blaxill decorating centre in Chelmsford opened its doors last week, with Neil Ogilvie, chief executive of the Painting and Decorating Association, cutting the official ribbon in front of company customers, staff and suppliers.

An aerial shot of the Simmons of Stafford site.

Huws Gray has confirmed the recent acquisition of two companies, further expanding its branch portfolio.

Andy Williamson, group managing director of IKO PLC.

IKO PLC has completed its acquisition of Pure Asphalt Company, in Bolton, Lancashire, following regulatory clearance. The business is now being fully integrated into IKO.

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