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It has been an exciting month for Midland Lead, which has won H&B group’s Supplier of the Year, and been shortlisted for two Burton Mail Business Awards.

FireAngel is joining with Mears Group to provide social housing tenants with a bespoke connected home management system.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant will be hosting a Dragon Boat Race later this week to raise funds for Barnardo's.

The prime minister is due to pledge an extra £2 billion funding for social housing today.

Experts are urging merchants to join in with an initiative to raise awareness of the importance of only allowing a qualified person to work on a gas installation.

An online poll has revealed that 50% of tradespeople do not feel confident in advising customers on fire door safety.

Charities were the winners of this year's Polypipe Regatta after the event raised £11,000 for good causes.

A promotional video for the Ryder Cup international golfing tournament featured products from London Reclaimed Brick Merchants.

A fire protection product has received a “significant” new CE Marking.

A musical and karaoke-themed car rally has raised £100,000 for mental health charity Mind.

H+H has officially opened its upgraded aircrete factory, giving it the capability to produce enough extra Celcon Blocks to build 5,000 houses a year.

“Ongoing leadership and hands-on support” are vital to support workers with mental health problems, according to Mates in Mind.

People who work in construction are being called on to help promote a positive image of the industry.

A premium kitchen worth £9,700 will be awarded to a school, charity or community group, as part of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Initiative.

The Door and Hardware Federation has doubled in size in the past five years, and so it has relocated to a bigger premises.

A builders’ merchant in Lancashire recently paid its respects to a regular customer by giving him a “last lap” in the firm’s yard.

Which? has named Grant’s boilers as Best Buys in its 2018 oil boiler survey for the second consecutive year.

Sir Lenny Henry is to host this year’s Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence.

Following a £1 million investment, a new builders’ merchant branch has opened in Morpeth, creating jobs for 11 people.

Charities and community groups could win £500 worth of building materials thanks to Selco Builders’ Warehouse.

Results from a major study of workplace wellbeing revealed half of respondents had experienced a mental health problem in their current job – but supportive managers made all the difference.

Material prices are rising in all sectors of construction, and plywood is the material with the biggest price increase.

Attracting more young people into the sector is top of the agenda for Arthur McArdle, the new National President of the Federation of Master Builders.

Two new builders’ merchant branches have opened following a £9 million investment.

A park on Blackpool’s seafront is being renovated following an £80 million investment.

Howarth Timber’s Wakefield branch will be reopening in October following a refurbishment.

BSRIA has relaunched its Soft Landings Framework – BG 54/2018 Soft Landings Framework 2018 – Six Phases for Better Buildings.

Landscaping professionals will be “empowered to bring their future projects to life” with a brand new training academy.

Two of CUPA PIZARRAS’ slate cladding systems are now BBA certified.

Dulux Trade has revealed its colour of the year – a warm amber tone called Spiced Honey.

The family who founded a steel tube supplier have bought it back after 55 years.

West London-based Lords Builders Merchants has acquired Kings Langley Building Supplies.

Young players at AFC Yorkshire will now be able to shower and keep warm when they come off the pitch, thanks to local tradespeople.

One of the busiest periods in its history has seen the Breedon Group generate 16% more revenue during the first half of this year.

Grenfell residents will get their prestigious boxing club back, plus a new community centre.

South Coast Building Supplies, which has just celebrated its tenth anniversary, is the latest member of the h&b buying group to join the Builders Merchants Federation. There are now more than 50 h&b merchants within the BMF’s membership.

Over the course of their career, builders spend an average of two and a half years at builders’ merchants, according to a new report.

Purchasing activity in the construction supply chain has increased slowly, while the skills shortage damages delivery times and recruitment.

Polypipe has acquired Permavoid, a specialist designer and supplier of surface water management equipment.

As part of its “natural progression”, ERA is breaking into the electrical wholesale market by suppling its products to Electricbase.

The Builders Merchants’ Federation has welcomed a Government decision that ministers will allow BMF members to adopt postponed accounting for import Value-Added Tax on goods brought into the country after the United Kingdom leaves the EU in exactly seven months’ time.

Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the Builders Merchant’s Federation’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.

Despite the difficult weather and the recent decline in construction activity, SR Timber has reported double-digit growth in sales of roofing batten.

One year on from facing closure, a builders’ merchant in Stevenage is celebrating its successful turnaround.

Charitable tradespeople have united to make an ex-builder with Motor Neurone Disease’s home and garden more wheelchair accessible.

Three representatives from the builders’ merchant sector will be sharing their career journeys with young people over the next few weeks.

A cement plant in Northern Ireland is celebrating 50 years of clinker and cement manufacturing.

Students from 13 different colleges across the UK will be battling it out to bring home the Apprentice of the Year trophy.

As the bee population declines by a third, award-winning designer Alexandra Froggatt has designed a new garden to attract them.

As the coating industry’s exports decline, it is “critical” that the government agrees a good Brexit deal.

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