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Chris Hayward, managing director of NMBS, has joined up with Stephen Gould, managing director of Everards Brewery, to provide a 'Speedy Speakers' session to local school Fullhurst Community College.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has teamed up with AkzoNobel to host its latest Regional Centre of Excellence, alongside announcing the launch of a new Decorating Forum to bring together members with responsibility for paint and decorative products.

Lucia Di Stazio, managing director of MRA Marketing.

For the third time, MRA Marketing has taken the top spot in the Construction Marketing Awards (CMA) Agency League of over 60 agencies working in construction.

The skills shortage in the construction industry is getting worse and has now spread beyond bricklayers and carpenters to other key trades, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Ben Terry, owner of BTS Plumbing & Heating, won a £1,500 holiday voucher.

Two more lucky Graham Plumbers’ Merchant customers have won holiday vouchers with the Scratch & Win Promotion. The winners, from Cumbernauld near Glasgow and Redditch in Worcestershire have each received a £1,500 holiday voucher to help them jet off to a destination of their choice.

Coleg Meirion Dwyfor students with Armon Williams from Huws Gray.

Huws Gray recently welcomed construction students from Coleg Meirion Dwyfor to its Timber Mill, Roofing Centre and Truss & Easi-Joist departments at its Llangefni site in Anglesey.

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) has joined the Construction Products Association (CPA) as an affiliate member. Invited to join by the CPA chairman, AWMS’ membership sits alongside other prominent construction brands.

Bristan has announced the winners of its recent ‘Put Yourself in the Driving Seat’ promotion with Plumbase. The overall winning installer, Dave Warner from Warner Plumbing & Heating, has won a trip to the Monaco Grand Prix in May 2017.

The construction industry has welcomed the government's new Industrial Strategy proposals, praising its support for business and plans to boost skills.

Following a year of record turnover in 2016, Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) is nearing a fundraising milestone in its continued support of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Timbmet, a supplier and processor of timber and panel product ranges, has been acquired by Hadleigh Timber Group.

The IPG has grown its membership with the announcement that Caerphilly-based Plumb Wales has joined the buying group.

Jewson has teamed up with Quest TV to give you the chance to win a host of top prizes, including £10,000 in cash.

Staff at Russell Roof Tiles have raised an impressive £24,000, enabling two Blood Bikes charities to buy two new motorbikes.

The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) has been awarded £8,790 by the Big Lottery through its Awards for All scheme to support the Trust's work with older people. The grant will be spent on expanding the help given by its volunteers, as well as expanding the telephone counselling and legal advice service.

From Insight DIY’s Steve Collinge, talking on digital retailing futures, to the Hawley Collection Trust of Sheffield’s Kellham Island Museum, the 2017 speaker programme for Totally DIY & Tools covers wide-ranging subjects, offering down-to-earth methods, inspiration and aspiration to DIY, homeware and hardware retailers.

In a divestment process at the end of 2016 (which came into effect 4 January 2017), scaffolding and access solutions brand Palmers was sold to businessman Colin Butt by previous owners XERVON GmbH, who were looking to off-set some of their non-EU businesses, post-Brexit.

The Best Practice Hub has produced an e-learning course about vulnerable road users. Launched on 9 January, the course is designed to increase knowledge and understanding of the risks construction activity can pose to vulnerable road users, and provides practical methods that can be adopted to minimise these risks.

Marsh Industries has unveiled a campaign to help its UK merchant network raise money for local charities and community groups.

Catnic has opened a new training centre in Caerphilly, Wales for its SSR2 Roofing and Cladding system.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed one of the largest independent timber merchants in Scotland, MGM Timber (Scotland) into membership.

The National Buying Group (NBG) has launched a new website which is the flagship for the Group’s new emphasis on open two-way communication with its partners and suppliers.

Independent materials trading group GRS has announced its second acquisition of the year just days after completing the purchase of Cornish company Maen Karne.

West Midlands-based Plumbing World has become the 135th member of buying group, The IPG.

NBG’s latest marketing forum saw the largest ever gathering of NBG marketing professionals to learn about, demonstrate and debate, the issue of online selling for independent merchants.

SIG Insulation now has more than 30 specialist branches nationwide.

The last 60 years have seen some monumental changes come to pass in the construction industry, but 2017 also marks 60 years of continuous service from SIG Insulation, the UK’s specialist distributor of insulation.

The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) has announced a new emergency winter fuel payment of £50.00 towards heating costs, because of the UK's current bout of cold weather.

Justin Lawless, chief executive officer of Intact Software.

Intact Software has finalised its acquisition of UK-based technology firm, Ramtac Computer Systems.

Honeywell is taking its team of experts on the road, and showcasing its full range of smart heating controls, electrical and security products at plumbing and electrical merchants across the UK until March 2017.

Two forklift truck operators from Travis Perkins are celebrating success after qualifying as finalists in RTITBS’s 2016 Forklift Operator of the Year competition.

Allegion UK plans to use its central Birmingham HQ as an industry meeting hub for door, building and architectural professionals.

The new construction minister has been appointed at a crucial juncture in the industry’s history, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the announcement that Lord Prior has taken over responsibility for the construction portfolio at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Norden Heating & Plumbing Supplies, based in Surrey, has joined national buying group NBG.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme – the national scheme to improve the image of the construction industry – has announced a new Monitors’ Checklist.

Lord Prior of Brampton has been named as the government's new construction minister.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published today (11 January) show that construction output declined again 0.2% in November 2016. 

Drayton launched its annual ’12 Days of Christmas’ campaign at the end of 2016 with the aim to raise money for its chosen charity, Centrepoint. The controls manufacturer was delighted to be able to hand over a cheque for the grand total of £1,000.

Lampard Community School in Barnstaple is the latest winner of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund following a public vote.

Some 70% of UK builders have seen an increase in material prices due to the depreciation of the pound, new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed.

Sales in the UK construction products manufacturing market continued to climb for a fifteenth consecutive quarter in Q4 of 2016, according to figures published in the Construction Products Association's (CPA) latest State of Trade Survey.

The strength and influence of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) continues to grow with 578 companies now in membership, the highest number since 1995.

Flame Heating Spares is set to cross the border and expand into Scotland. The firm has appointed an experienced development director for Scotland, as it seeks to acquire a number of sites and develop the Flame brand north of the border.

Grant UK has announced that Julia’s House is its chosen charity for 2017. A variety of fundraising activities will be organised by the Devizes-based company throughout the year to help support the work of this local charity, which supports seriously ill children in Wiltshire and Dorset who do not have access to the level of care and support that they need. This year Julia’s House will also be opening a new hospice in Devizes, the first of its kind in the county.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is gearing up for a big year of fundraising and campaigning after Cancer Research UK was named as the firm's charity partner for 2017/18.

West London-based Lords Builders Merchants has acquired the share capital of E Hussey and Sons Ltd, t/a Hussey and Saunders.

Independent materials trading group GRS has expanded its business with the acquisition of Maen Karne for an undisclosed sum.

Ridgeons’ redeveloped Saffron Walden branch.

Ridgeons has opened the doors of its flagship Saffron Walden branch.

The Business Programme at BMF Members’ Day on 20 September 2017, takes the theme “Building Beyond Brexit”.

MKM’s Crewe team opens the new branch.

MKM Building Supplies has opened its doors in Crewe, creating 17 new jobs in the Cheshire town.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) celebrated the New Year by welcoming Forterra as its 200th supplier member.

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