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Cistermiser Keraflo has unveiled a new brand corporate identity as it gears up for growth with an extended and enhanced product portfolio.

Almost a quarter (23%) of UK small business owners in the construction sector will miss Christmas celebrations this year due to business and work load commitments, according to new research from Ultimate Finance that is shining a spotlight on the personal strains that British SMEs are under.

Developers in London are likely to see an uptick in demand for mixed use developments in 2018 as local authorities seek to protect essential services, according to builders’ merchants Travis Perkins.

Breedon has agreed to acquire from Tarmac – a CRH company. Four quarries and an asphalt plant for a total consideration of £16.5 million, to be satisfied by the transfer to Tarmac of 27 of Breedon’s ready-mixed concrete plants and a payment of £4.9 million in cash.

Lakes Bathrooms has won ‘The Customer Intimacy Award’ at Graham’s annual conference in December.

A new PlumbStock business has opened ahead of schedule at the Ridgeons Nuffield Road branch in Cambridge to provide a specialist, customer-focused service for the plumbing and heating market.

Plumb Center has announced a proposal to close its distribution centre in Warwickshire, which could put 170 jobs at risk.

Brian Blanchard in his first speech as Master of the WCoBM.

On 27 October 2017, Brian Blanchard was installed as the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants (WCoBM). The installation ceremony was at Mansion House, home to The Lord Mayor of London and honorary member of WCoBM Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, whose one-year term as Lord Mayor ended in November.

Following a public vote, Torrington-based animal charity K9Focus has been announced as a winner of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund.

Altecnic has announced that its parent company Caleffi has acquired Cristina - an Italian firm working under the trademarks Cristina Rubinetterie and SILFRA that has been producing top-end taps and fittings since 1949.

IKO’s #NoMorePotholes campaign won ‘Best Social Media Campaign’ at the recent Construction Marketing Awards. Working with MRA Marketing, IKO PLC’s ongoing campaign raises awareness of the problems potholes cause, why repairs aren’t working, and that there’s a solution. 

Lakeview Computers, based in Dartford, Kent, has been acquired by Kerridge Commercial Systems.

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has reached an agreement to acquire Lakeview Computers (Lakeview), based in Dartford, UK.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published last week show that construction output in October fell by 1.7% and was 0.2% lower compared with one year earlier. New orders in Q3 rose 37.4% over the quarter and 25.5% on an annual basis.

Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity Christmas Lunch was held at the Park Plaza Hotel in London and raised £227,000 for construction families in crisis, which was a record amount for the event.

A new Trade Park on Royston industrial estate has created a number of new jobs for local residents, thanks to investment from builders’ merchant Jewson.

Rudridge will be donating the money they would normally spend on Christmas cards and postage to charity, and giving their customers and suppliers a fun free ‘game of groans’ to play.

Fernox has announced its support for the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) Installers First initiative. Its aim is to shape the future of Government regulation and policy, which affects the plumbing and heating industry, by listening to the opinions of installers and ensuring common sense is applied.

Elliotts Builders Merchant has welcomed six new apprentices into the business.

Consumers are twice as likely to be ‘very satisfied’ with the quality of their new home if it was built by a small and medium-sized (SME) house builder, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

NBG members continue to innovate and expand as the group’s members report strong trading conditions.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Electrical Distributors Association (EDA) have collaborated to create a new, industry specific Trade Supplier Apprentice Standard.

Kingsfold based builders merchant D.W. Nye will be helping to raise funds on behalf of Horsham charity Born Free with their fun, Christmas inspired competition ‘Guess how many sweets are hidden inside the Gingerbread House’.

Northern Ireland-based plumbing and heating supplier, Bassetts, has completed a £2 million investment programme and created 12 new jobs across its branch network.

The winning MRA team.

MRA Marketing celebrated a record five award wins at the Construction Marketing Awards (CMA), including the coveted Agency of the Year.

The Gosport depot of Covers Timber & Builders Merchant was delighted to donate materials to Motiv8 enabling the community support group to create a decking area in their garden.

UK timber window and door specialist Dale has rebranded to become Dale Joinery, better reflecting the range of high performance made to measure timber products the company offers.

Ventilation solutions provider Hargreaves Ductwork Ltd. has announced a name change to become MW Hargreaves as of 1 December 2017.

Allegion, a global security products and solutions provider, has agreed to acquire Qatar Metal Industries (QMI) through one of its subsidiaries. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018, subject to regulatory approvals.

Alleviating fuel poverty by reducing bills for end-users and cutting carbon emissions are two of the core aims of heat networks, yet current design practices are putting these ambitions at risk, according to a leading expert in the field.

National Buying Group (NBG) has welcomed its latest new partner, Surrey-based plumbing supplies and bathroom specialist DW Burn.

Malcolm Gough, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Talasey Group.

With a variety of products catering to a host of different landscaping solutions, Natural Paving Products (UK) has created the Talasey Group corporate entity under which Natural Paving and all of its sub brands now sit.

The Construction Marketing Awards, which were held on 30 November, showcased the construction industry’s creativity, innovation and effectiveness in marketing.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme’s industry survey has revealed that more needs to be done to change perceptions and encourage more women into construction.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has signed a group membership agreement with Allied Merchants Buying Association (AMBA), an independent merchant buying group in Ireland.

A Bristol-based timber company is relocating to Newport to pool resources and strengths with its parent company Premier Forest Products.

Imperial Bricks’ traditional handmade bricks.

Imperial Bricks is now an approved supplier to all members of the NBG independent merchant buying group.

Next year’s BMF Members’ Day will take place at St George’s Park, Tatenhill, Burton upon Trent on 26 and 27 September, 2018.

Kenneth (Ken) Howard Avery Smith, Chairman of EH Smith Builders Merchants, has sadly passed away at the age of 99.

Travis Perkins has taken over the Silverstone F1 pits from 28 until 30 November, 2017, to train up its apprentices.

Left to right: Graeme Bonas, John Savage, Simon Mann and Dr Bill Moir.

Flame Heating Group is celebrating the launch of its 1,500 sq ft bathroom showroom – Durham’s only 4D bathroom design experience.

The Fire Door Safety Week campaign has hit a five-year high in delivering its messages on the importance of fire doors in saving lives and protecting property, and landlords’ legal responsibilities for managing fire door safety.

Lakes Bathrooms has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) as a supplier member.

Breedon delivered another solid performance in the 10 months to 31 October. Both volumes and revenues were ahead of the prior year, including a full 10-month contribution from the former Hope Construction Materials business, which was part of the Group for only three months in the corresponding period of 2016.

After a positive summer for housebuilding with more than £7 billion of housing contracts awarded between June and August, the sector experienced a cooler autumn with figures decreasing by 10% and falling for the second month in a row.

The government and the construction sector, through the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), have agreed a sector deal to transform the productivity of the sector benefiting the wider economy.

The BMN Awards winners and sponsors celebrate at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel.

The builders’ merchant industry came together on 24 November to celebrate its achievements at the annual BMN Awards.

Twenty-year-old Jordan Picot has been crowned the 2017 SkillPLUMB champion after excelling in a three-day practical competition at The Skills Show.

The Chichester branch of Covers Timber & Builders Merchants raised just over £265 for Children in Need on Friday 17 November.

Knauf Insulation has taken home the roofing and insulation industry’s Supplier of the Year award at the National Buying Group (NBG) Conference Awards, for the fifth year running.

An expanding national builders’ merchant has chosen York as its destination to open its latest branch – creating 50 jobs in the city.

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