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Manufacturing company Springfarm Architectural Mouldings (SAM) has announced its acquisition of Lincolnshire-based Select Timber Products, in a deal which will see turnover at the Northern Irish firm increase by 20%.

Three new recruits will strengthen the sales team at International Timber, as the company undergoes a period of growth. George Roberts, Jermaine Metz and Graeme Shannon join the team at the Trafford Park headquarters.

Elmhurst Energy has welcomed the latest house building figures, which show that the government is on target to build 1m homes in this parliament. Figures published by the House Builders Federation show that nearly 200,000 homes were added to the housing stock in the last year.

National Buying Group (NBG) has further expanded its merchant Partner membership with the addition of Bathroom & Plumbing Superstore to its ranks.

Civil engineering and groundwork specialist Rudridge will donate the £500 it would normally spend on Christmas cards and postage to charity, following the tragic death of one of its employees.

The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) is asking for donations to its Christmas Appeal, which aims to support people going through hard times this festive season.

Herne Bay Plumbing and Bathroom Supplies has joined The IPG.

Herne Bay Plumbing and Bathroom Supplies has become a member of The IPG.

Bathroom & Plumbing Superstore is NBG’s latest member.

National Buying Group (NBG) has further expanded its merchant partner membership with the addition of Bathroom & Plumbing Superstore to its ranks.

On 30 November, Saint-Gobain Building Distribution exchanged contracts and completed the acquisition of Benchmark Building Supplies.

IronmongeryDirect is on the hunt for graduates to join its Graduate Management Scheme, as expansion across the business continues.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has continued to extend its network by investing in a number of relocations and new branches.

Breedon announced it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire the Sherburn Minerals Group for a total consideration of up to £15.7m.

NBG is launching Merchant Pages, a new online product data service for its merchant partners and suppliers. 

ASSA ABLOY has hosted a locksmith apprentice open day at its Portobello site in the West Midlands for the second year running.

Keyline has partnered with the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) Construction Joint Venture as new works contractor and Aberdeen Roads as principal contractor to supply drainage and heavy building materials throughout the construction phase of the AWPR/B-T, a new bypass for the north east of Scotland. Work on the AWPR/B-T started last year and the project is planned to open to traffic by winter 2017.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies held its Trade Day at Elland Road in Leeds on 24 November, where exhibitors had the chance to meet more than 1,000 visitors from across the industry.

Abloy UK has presented Crothers Security with the Locksmith of the Year award at the recent Irish Security Institute Association (ISIA) Awards 2016.

Greenworks is inviting Jewson Live visitors to attend a guest speaker slot by commercial director Marcus Jefford and Martin Taylor from Local Authority Building Control, who will be explaining building compliance and addressing the pitfalls that those involved in housebuilding can encounter.

Robin Beal, managing director of The IPG.

Buying group The IPG recently held its annual Members' Dinner at the Alexandra House Hotel in Wiltshire.

The Plumbing and Heating (P&H) division of Travis Perkins, which includes City Plumbing Supplies and PTS along with six other brands, has joined the Builders Merchants Federation.

The builders’ merchant industry has come together to celebrate its achievements at the annual BMN Awards.

A spokesperson for Worcester, Bosch Group has called on the industry to ‘learn its lesson’ from the London Boiler Scrappage scheme and simplify initiatives aiming to encourage homeowners to upgrade their inefficient boilers.

Salamander Pumps is strengthening its commitment to customer service, innovation and product development, with an in-house apprenticeship programme that has seen its first student graduate into a permanent role, while seven of its staff are combining work with studying for qualifications.

Sales of building materials through UK builders merchants remained strong in Q3 2016, the first three months following the Brexit vote. The latest figures from the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) appear to buck the downward construction trend reported by the ONS earlier this month.

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has reached an agreement to acquire Integrity Software, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and its successful suite of products. This acquisition is a key strategic investment for KCS in South Africa.

A new report, that attempts to provide a roadmap for flood prevention in the UK, has been described as a ‘direct challenge’ to the government’s existing policy on sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS).

A call to embrace innovation to tackle the growing construction skills shortage, standardise quality and ensure the UK reaches its new build housing targets has been applauded by Actis insulation.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme and the National Federation of Builders (NFB) have formed a partnership to promote best practice and raise standards across construction industry SMEs.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond announced new housebuilding investments in his first Autumn Statement (23 November), along with new funds for roads and to improve the UK’s digital infrastructure.

At the recent Graham Plumbers’ Merchant annual conference, a number of staff and suppliers were recognised for their work in helping to provide the best possible service for customers.

IKO was one of many companies to support this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show.

IKO recently supported the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants’ (WCoBM) float at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show in November.

Pipe Center and Climate Center has completed the roll out of its new, streamlined product range as part of a £7m stock investment.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers (CIPHE) have agreed a strategic alliance that will see the two organisations collaborating in key areas.

Alumasc’s blue rain drops bring fun and colour to the Lord Mayor’s Show.

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) was among the many supplier brands supporting the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants’ (WCoBM) Float at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show.

The Rainy Day Trust has announced a 12-month partnership with Shelter to provide specialist advice to beneficiaries from the home improvement sector that have a housing need.

Bryan Clover, chief executive officer of the Rainy Day Trust, explains how the RDT uses the funds it raises.

Eurocell has initiated a technical apprentices scheme alongside its in-house Management Development Programme in order to underwrite a talent base for the future and ensure its leadership training is balanced across all workplace disciplines.

As a supplier to the builders' merchant industry, Barnsley-based clay and plastic pipe manufacturer Naylor Drainage has close links with City Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants. This year's Lord Mayor's show was held on Saturday 12 November, and included a float from the Livery Company which was sponsored by Naylor.

The team at NMBS, the UK's largest buying society for independent builders', timber, plumbing and heating, and hardware merchants, are undertaking an epic bike ride in aid of charity.

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland has teamed up with UK-GBC for its Learning and Development Programme. The partnership, which began in October, will continue throughout the rest of 2016 and into 2017.

Following months of preparation, a five-year logistics supply partnership between Eddie Stobart and Aggregate Industries has gone live.

Heather Wheeler, MP for South Derbyshire, has praised the entrepreneurial spirit of staircase manufacturer TwoTwenty during a visit to the company’s headquarters this week.

Shanker Patel, CEO of the Lords Group, will be taking part in an Industry Forum at next year's BMF All-Industry Conference in Budapest.

Glen Sabin, managing director of Polypipe, and Shanker Patel, chief executive officer of the Lords Group have been confirmed as two of the speakers taking part in a stimulating Industry Forum at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Budapest in June 2017.

As a supplier to the builders’ merchant industry, Naylor Drainage has close links with City Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants. This year’s Lord Mayor’s show was held on 12 November, and included a float from the Livery Company which was sponsored by Naylor.

Builders’ merchant, Chadwicks, has undergone a major refurbishment as part of its business growth strategy.

The team at Galashiels open the doors to the building trade and general public.

MKM Building Supplies has arrived in the Scottish town of Galashiels, creating 13 jobs with the opening of its 45th branch.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has joined with the organisers of the National Apprenticeship Show to offer BMF members discounted exhibition space at the five apprenticeship shows taking place around the country next year.

For the second year in a row, Plumb Center has been named the number one rated bathroom brand in the Which? customer survey 2016. The survey rated Plumb Center 30% ahead of another well-known brand.

Knauf Insulation is delighted to announce that, for the fourth year running, it has been presented with the Supplier of the Year award in the roofing and insulation category, at the National Buying Group (NBG) Awards.

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) has recognised the educational achievements of the door hardware industry at its annual Education Awards.

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