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Gower Timber’s merchant yard.

Now with a network of 22 branches, Robert Price has acquired Gower Timber for an undisclosed sum.

Driven by environmental policy uptake and increasing “gasification” in Asia, the domestic boiler market grew in 2016 to 12.7 million units with China recording the most dynamic market uptake.

Baxi Heating’s has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Society after being voted for by the employees.

CRASH Charity honoured its Patron Companies at their Annual Reception & Above and Beyond Awards.

The Bristol branch of Keyline raised £700 for Prostate Cancer UK during its annual charity golf day.

Mira Showers has become a brand partner with charity: water. Every year, Mira associates choose a charity to support. This year, the decision was made to fundraise for two – charity: water, working on a global scale; and continuing for a second year to support Cancer Research UK at a ‘local’ level. Mira is one of the first UK businesses to partner with charity: water in this way.

Voting has officially opened in the search to find Britain’s Best Cafe 2017 and this year’s hopeful entrants are calling on the trade and the public to support them in their quest to win the coveted title.

Builders Merchants’ Federation’s (BMF) has announced Simon Weston to be the keynote speaker at the BMF Members’ Day in September.

The SME construction sector grew in the second quarter of 2017, although at a slower rate than the first three months of the year, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Roof systems manufacturer Marley Eternit is urging all merchants to implement sun safety measures for building and timber yard staff, following new research which shows construction workers have a greater risk of skin cancer than any other occupation.

Imperial Bricks has announced its membership to the Builders Merchant Federation (BMF). Imperial offers a wide range of handmade bricks from a single source and is experiencing strong growth with merchants. Thy have now made the logical step to become part of the BMF.

The Howarth at Home showroom in Wakefield.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is continuing its programme of investment with a new look for its Howarth at Home kitchen, bedroom and bathroom showroom in Wakefield.

Staff from Selco Builders Warehouse walked from four of the company’s Birmingham branches to the Edgbaston Stadium - the cricket venue for Birmingham Bears’ NatWest T20 Blast clash against Northamptonshire Steelbacks.

Former Liverpool, Aston Villa and Wales footballer Dean Saunders was part of a team from RGB Building Supplies’ Porthleven branch that won the builders merchant’s annual charity golf day.

The Howarth Timber and Building Supplies team put its best foot forward to complete the Relay for Life to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey CBE has sent a good luck message to a team from SR Timber as they embark on a charity fundraising car rally to Monte Carlo.

Fernox customers, partners and suppliers joined the leading chemical water treatment manufacturer at its 8th charity Golf Day, hosted at Whitefield’s Golf Club in Rugby, Warwickshire.

Breedon Group has announced its unaudited results for the six months to 30 June, 2017.

John Savage, Managing Director of Flame Heating Spares.

Flame Heating Spares is set for continued growth and expansion after more than doubling its turnover to record another successful year in business.

This year’s National Buying Group (NBG) Conference and AGM is set to be the biggest and best ever, with a record number of suppliers at the in-conference exhibition.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) have joined together to develop a one-day business forum for independent merchants.

In light of recent tragic events, UK Construction Week is launching free unbiased, factual workshops to anyone working in the industry.

The Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF) has called on Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to clarify his Department’s Clean Air Zone proposals and warns that they risk adding “disproportionate costs” to SME businesses.

“The Merchants of Menace” from Chandlers Building Supplies fought off the challenge from 22 teams, who pushed them all the way, to lift the 2017 BMF Mastermerchant Trophy, presented to the winners of the industry’s annual team building challenge.

The public have voted for Earls Colne Recreation Club to have a £10,000 makeover of its facilities as the winner of a competition sponsored by building and decorating supplies company Kent Blaxill and Crown Paints.

Islington’s once thriving Sea Cadets unit is a step closer to being revived, after a leading building materials supplier donated 13 fire doors.

Ladders, swings, mug holders, and dumbbells are just a few of the creative uses plumbers and merchants have found for Speedfit connections, as part of JG Speedfit’s ‘Flex Your Pex’ competition.

Hanson UK’s 2017 sustainability report charts a year of progress – capital investment is up 40% with a significant amount spent on projects to save energy, reduce emissions and improve its sites.

According to recent statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), based on a wide variety of industries, there were 137 workers killed at work in the UK in 2016/17.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) scooped a Special Prize at the 2017 Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards, winning the Skills Development Award for the second time - the first was in 2015.

As part of their ongoing support for Cancer Research UK (CRUK), staff at Kohler Mira recently staged a football fun day at Cheltenham Town FC to raise funds for the charity.

The Build Show, part of UK Construction Week, returns for the third year to the Birmingham NEC, 10-12 October, 2017.

Camden based charity, Spread a Smile, held their fundraising dinner on Wednesday 28 June at the London Marriott Hotel in Swiss Cottage.

On 30 June and 1 July, 1,000 visitors attended the Frank Howard Tool Show at Chelmsford City Racecourse.

Construction workers are being urged to “Cover Up, Mate” and protect themselves against ultraviolet (UV) damage as part of a new NHS campaign being supported by Jewson.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is continuing its programme of investment with a new, larger store in Tottenham and a full refurbishment at its Derby branch.

Following a public vote, Holsworthy Primary School has been announced as the latest winner of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund.

Jewson has announced the winners of its 2017 Building Better Communities competition, giving two Trade Heroes and 24 regional projects from across the UK a share of the £250,000 prize fund.

The Government’s decision to support the continuation of CITB, is the right decision for our industry, but only if it is subject to fundamental reform, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Jewson has announced the winners of its 2017 Building Better Communities competition, giving two Trade Heroes and 24 regional projects from across the UK a share of the £250,000 prize fund.

The Myers Group is pleased to announce the opening of its latest branch - Myers Building Supplies at Knaresborough.

The builders merchant opened the doors at South Cardiff – the company’s second branch in the Welsh capital – Thurrock and Warrington at the same time.

For the first time, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has partnered with the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) to reward some of the best merchants in the country, alongside the UK’s best builders in the Master Builder Awards.

Symphony has picked up the Showroom Supplier of the Year award from long-term customer, Jewson. Having worked together supplying their own brand premium ‘By Design’ kitchen offer, showroom colleagues were asked to vote for their preferred supplier based on a number of criteria, with Symphony receiving 50% of the total votes - the next nearest receiving only 18%.

Bond It is celebrating its success after winning a coveted business accolade.

The latest Construction Products Association (CPA) State of Trade Survey reveals that UK construction product manufacturers are becoming increasingly pessimistic of future growth, as input costs rise and uncertainty grows.

In the builders’ merchant industry, the relationship between merchants and suppliers is crucial to get right to ensure the customer gets the best possible deal.

Gibbs & Dandy has unveiled a nationwide charitable partnership with children’s charity, Barnardo’s.

Somerset’s Joe Stradling has won the title of Redland Apprentice of the Year against stiff competition as one of ten of the country’s best roofing apprentices. In a West Country double, Cornishman Tom Knight was awarded Highly Commended.

AkzoNobel announced the acquisition of UK-based Flexcrete Technologies Ltd, whose products are primarily used for the protection and repair of concrete substrates.

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