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The UK's housebuilding industry must do more to attract women and young people to avoid a workforce crisis, according to new research

The latest figures from the BMF's Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) showed builders' merchants' sales to builders and contractors were 6.3% lower than in April 2016, due to there being three fewer trading days.

Jon Culshaw and Conference host Gethin Jones.

The BMF has confirmed that a record sum of £71,531 was raised for charity during the Gala Dinner that concluded its All-Industry Conference in Budapest last weekend.

F&P, Primaflow and Connections has officially opened its new Southern regional distribution centre in Bedford, scaled to serve customers in the midlands and south of the UK, and make over 3,000 products available for next-day delivery.

Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has donated 25 high visibility vests to Court Lane Junior School in Portsmouth.

A family-owned Shropshire business has joined forces with a local college to boost the skills of future international athletes.

Jason Skitt from Walsall College has been named as Dunlop’s Multi-Skill Champion 2017 after succeeding in a number of construction tests.

BSI has launched a new standard for the ‘circular economy’, BS 8001: 2017: Framework for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organizations – guide.

SR Timber is entering a team for a charity car rally to Monte Carlo this September, which will take them through ten European countries in just four days in a road-legal car that costs less than £500 to buy.

Travis Perkins employees across the UK show support for the Armed Forces.

A local celebration to show appreciation for the work of the Armed Forces was held in Northampton on 19 June to mark the beginning of Armed Forces Week.

F & P, Primaflow and Connections has opened its new southern regional distribution centre in Bedford, scaled to serve customers in the Midlands and south of the UK, and make over 3,000 products available for next-day delivery.

A group of Keyline staff, customers and suppliers raised in excess of £8,500 for Prostate Cancer UK when they replaced their hard hats for cycle helmets and completed a gruelling biking challenge on 3 June.

Ridgeons has announced that it has formed an Operations Board to draw on the skills and experience of existing colleagues and support the company’s continued growth.

Independent plumbing and heating merchant Pochin has expanded into a new product category, stocking boiler spares for a range of the most popular boiler brands.

The International Timber Trafford Park facility has introduced a fully integrated production system.

A recent quiz night organised by the Keyline Projects Team in Honiton raised a fantastic £1,117 for Prostate Cancer UK.

Polypipe has confirmed a three-year partnership with Armed Forces charity Help for Heroes, which will see the manufacturer of plastic piping, rainwater systems, and underfloor heating help raise funds to support those with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces.

The new legislation relating to carbon monoxide and smoke alarms requires all landlords to fit and maintain working CO alarms. Testing the alarms can be difficult as the most accurate way to test is using a safe level of gas to test the alarm.

The construction industry has responded to yesterday's Queen's Speech, welcoming the government's commitment to industrial strategy.

Queen’s Speech to Parliament today set out the government’s legislative programme for the next two years. The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed the government's plans on housing and industrial policy.

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) has taken up the challenge to enter the Pavestone Rally in aid of The Rainy Day Trust and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Parker Building Supplies has become official partner of the Kent County Cricket Club as part of a three-year deal.

Employees are increasingly recognising the value of their workplace benefits as financial pressures increase, new research from MetLife’s UK Employee Benefit Trends Study 2017 shows.

Ten of the country’s best roofing apprentices are gearing up for the two-day final that will see one of them awarded the title of Redland Apprentice of the Year.

The South East may have been enjoying a heatwave, but builders visiting DW Nye on Monday were getting ready for winter by finding out about the latest products on offer.

Carvers Building Supplies managing director, Henry Carver, has won Business Person of the Year Award at the Express and Star Business Awards.

NMBS has made it easier for its merchant members to embrace mobile technology to market their businesses with a Special Offers App.

Macmillan Cancer Support is uniting with six companies from the building and construction sector, to raise awareness of cancer and encourage men to get support.

Chandlers Building Supplies celebrated the completion of Chailey Heritage Foundation's Patchwork Farm project by donating its final fundraising efforts to the Foundation. The money donated is part of the merchant's ongoing support of the Foundation.

Södra Wood, formerly Crown Timber, is relocating its UK and Irish operations to a new flagship HQ in the Office Park in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The move will see more than 40 staff working in an integrated environment.

Keyline, a UK supplier of civils and drainage solutions, has received a gold Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Award for the second year in a row.

At the conclusion of the successful 2017 BMF Conference, the location for next year’s industry Conference was announced.

Macmillan Cancer Support is uniting with six companies from the building and construction sector, to raise awareness of cancer and encourage men to get support.

Chandlers Building Supplies celebrated the completion of Chailey Heritage Foundation’s Patchwork Farm project by donating its final fundraising efforts to the Foundation. The money donated is part of the merchant’s ongoing support of Chailey Heritage Foundation.

APP Plumbing and Heating has been named Supplier of the Year by heating and plumbing merchant Plumbase.

General Building Plastics won the Midlands Family Business of the Year Champions 2017.

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) has completed a series of new point-of-sale literature to help merchants sell the benefits of its ranges of rainwater and drainage solutions.

Aurora Lighting has carried out a complete front and back of house lighting retrofit for Gibbs & Dandy Luton, part of the Saint-Gobain group, resulting in a reduced number of fittings and equipment, and increased annual energy savings of almost £20,000.

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI), a brand of the BMF, has been shortlisted for another award, this time for the 'Best Practice Awards 2017' organised by the Trade Association Forum (TAF).

Hoskins Brick, the wholly owned distributor of Vandersanden bricks in the UK, has announced a full rebrand and unveiled its new corporate identity.

Border Merchant Systems has announced its partnership with Robert Price Builders’ Merchants Borders as the newest CounterAct software user.

MKM Building Supplies has been commemorated with a sand sculpture at the Redcar Sand Sculpture Festival in recognition of its continued support of the event.

In the wake of one of the most unpredictable election results in recent years, the Builders Merchants Federation wants to see the new government focus on two major issues: building more homes and developing proper industrial policy. This will be a way promote economic growth across the UK.

VELUX has won Marketing Team of the Year at the Marketing Society Star Awards for its work on two campaigns that helped grow its share of the roof window market.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is backing Local Music Live, a new initiative aimed at putting new talent on the radio.

Kingsfold-based DW Nye will be hosting a free demo day on 19 June, 2017.

Since the election, there has been a lot of speculation about the short and long term effects the Conervative minority government will have on policy.

Justin Hunter, Managing Director of aluminium systems supplier Reynaers at Home, was the star guest at the launch of a £100,000 showroom this month.

JP Corry’s Springfield Road and Castledawson branches have been awarded the environmental certification, ISO14001. This accreditation demonstrates JP Corry’s pledge to reducing environmental impact and improving environmental management efforts.

James Akrigg, Head of Technology for Partners at Microsoft, will share his expertise with delegates at the Builders Merchants Federations (BMF) Members’ Day in September.

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