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Rudridge will be supporting the managing director of a long standing customer, who is raising awareness for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre, by helping him to raise funds for the cause.

An employee at Rudridge in Gravesend has celebrated the impressive milestone of 10 years service at the business.

Covers in Chichester has raised £332 for the Aldingbourne Trust by taking part in the charity's Wear It Green Day.

Sharples Davies Limited has sadly announced the passing of managing director Jeff Hulme, after being diagnosed with cancer in June 2016. Mr Hulme passed away on 7 March, 2017, aged 61.

The Independent Plumbing Group (IPG) has announced it has created two steering groups to focus and drive key areas of the business.

Bradfords Building Supplies has announced the acquisition of Crockers, a general builders’ merchant operating from one branch in Dawlish, South Devon.

Talent Development is the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) new leadership and team development programme to help builders’ merchants to grow existing and future leaders.

A new six-week induction programme launched by Champion Timber has been designed to give new employees “a great entry into the industry”.

Baxi is aiming to build on its reputation for being top of the class when it comes to training by opening two new facilities in 2017.

Debbie Pierce is one of two new recruits to join Coram Group UK.

Coram Group UK has announced the appointments of Debbie Pierce to sales office manager and Stephen Woolsey to the role of business development manager, as part of a Group strategy to drive sales across their key brand areas.

Berhams Plumbing Supplies has joined The IPG, making it member 141 for the independent buying group.

Wolseley UK has announced that it is opening its 2017 graduate scheme to fill 15 positions.

Cowal Building & Plumbing Supplies has strengthened its presence in Western Scotland with the acquisition of Reddance Building Supplies in Dalry, Ayrshire.

A toddler who was struck down with a virus that left him paralysed from the neck down was gifted a specially-built home after the Southampton community pulled together to raise funds.

Wienerberger is continuing its ongoing sponsorship of the Guild of Bricklayers competitions in 2017. The sponsorship, which has been in place for a number of years, will see Wienerberger donate to a series of regional competitions, along with the national final.

Coomers Timber & Building Supplies presented The Haslemere and District Committee of Macmillan Cancer Support with a cheque for £3,551.64 following a raft of fundraising events.

Russell Roof Tiles raised £3,000 at its first Strictly Come Dancing-style live ballroom dancing competition, Dancing on the Tiles.

Stuart Yates, president of the Painting and Decorating Association, cut the ribbon to officially open a new Kent Blaxill decorative store in Market Harborough on 16 March, which will serve both the professional decorator and home DIY markets.

Selco has opened its latest branch in Beckton, east London.

Selco has opened its 48th branch in Beckton, east London.

The government has made the right decision to row back on its plan to hike up National Insurance Contributions for the self-employed, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said.

The government has announced a reversal of plans to increase National Insurance Contributions (NIC) from the self-employed by 2% over the next two years.

Keyline has donated £10,000 of tickets to give over 200 deserving veterans, along with their partners and carers, the chance to attend a tribute show to honour ‘Forces’ Sweetheart’ Dame Vera Lynn, who turns 100 next week, and raise funds for her legacy charity – The Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity.

Ibstock has achieved ISO 14001 accreditation for its environmental management system at its Ibstock-Kevington factory in Sharpthrone – meaning all Ibstock’s UK production sites now hold the standard.

JP Corry has launched a new website to improve functionality and strengthen relationships with its brand.

EH Smith is currently refurbishing its warehouse and store in Castle Bromwich.

EH Smith believes that its new warehouse and store in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, shows “great potential for local builders” as it prepares to open in the spring.

IKO plc has begun construction work on a 470,000sq ft PIR insulation factory in Cambridgeshire.

Recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show that construction output in January fell by 0.4%, but rose by 2.0% compared with one year earlier. In addition, new orders in Q4 were 2.8% lower than Q3 and flat compared to a year ago.

RGB Building Supplies has announced the company’s acquisition of Bodmin builders’ merchant TecBuild.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its first Regional Centre of Excellence in Wales at Rockwool’s training academy in Bridgend.

Steel Van Hoff leads the sprint for the finish line.

The fastest ever edition of Colchester Cycling Club’s Jock Wadley race was decided this year in a full-blooded bunch sprint with Steele Von Hoff overhauling triple Olympic champion Ed Clancy who slipped back to 4th.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its first Regional Centre of Excellence in Wales at ROCKWOOL’s Training Academy in Bridgend.

Ridgeons announces EACH as its partnered charity of 2017-2019.

Ridgeons has announced that its elected charity of 2017-2019 is East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Breedon Group has announced its audited annual results for the year ending 31 December 2016.

NYTimber’s mill manager Scott Harrison and warehouse supervisor trainee Dan Hulme, both based at the company’s manufacturing and distribution centre at Catterick, have achieved the certificate of proficiency in visual strength grading of softwood to British Standard 4978.

An employee at Rudridge in Farnham has celebrated the impressive milestone of 15 years of service at the business.

Responding to the Spring Budget, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed recognition by the Chancellor that Britain cannot overcome low productivity without reform of the existing system of technical qualifications.

A 15-year-old Olympic hopeful, and babies at the Neonatal Baby Unit at the Nottingham City Hospital, will benefit from a share of £4,225 following a successful fundraising event organised by The Frank Key Group.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies marked the reopening of its Doncaster branch with a three-day celebration complete with offers, competitions and giveaways.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) have agreed a strategic partnership designed to raise the profile of the decorative sector.

Eurocell – a UK manufacturer, distributor and recycler of window, door, conservatory and roofline products – has announced the acquisition of PVC-U Window and Door hardware distributor, Security Hardware Ltd.

Aggregate Industries has pledged its full support to the imminent arrival of the government’s Apprenticeship Levy – stating it is crucial in attracting new talent into the construction industry and helping to bridge the current skills gap.

As part of an ongoing expansion of its local network across the UK, Actavo is extending its Gateshead, Dundee, Manchester and Glasgow branches.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond has announced in his Spring Budget plans to reduce the tax gap between employed people and those who are self-employed, as well as changes to business rates and the introduction of T-Levels to address the skills shortage.

If the government goes ahead with the introduction of Clean Air Zones, ministers must bring forward steps to support merchants to replace old vehicles with viable and clean equivalents.

General Building Plastics (GB Plastics) and the Buddy Bag Foundation are joining forces this year to raise money for children in emergency care, through the Foundation’s Buddy Bag Appeal.

Plumbers, installers and Speedfit stockists have the chance to win up to £300 worth of prizes or a VIP British Superbike race ticket for two, as part of a competition with JG Speedfit.

A team of apprentices working on the £10m New Bolsover Model Village housing improvement programme have been given a range of brand new tools from builders merchant Travis Perkins.

LBS Builders' Merchants is named Business of the Year (150+ Employees) for the second year running at the 2017 Swansea Bay Business Awards.

East Anglian-based building supplies company Kent Blaxill is sponsoring this year’s Jock Wadley Cycle Road Race, which will feature top UK riders, including three-times Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy.

If the government goes ahead with the introduction of Clean Air Zones, ministers must bring forward steps to support merchants to replace old vehicles with viable and clean equivalents, according to the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

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