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Vaillant has announced its partnership with Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of Travis Perkins Plumbing & Heating division, marking a concerted drive to make more of its energy efficient products available to the market.

Attracting young people into construction and new home quality are among the areas of focus to be discussed by industry experts at this year’s NHBC Building for tomorrow roadshows – ‘Future Skills, Future Standards, Future Quality.’

Citizens Advice may be out of a job soon as results from a recent survey reveal that the nation’s builders are shovelling out advice on everything from parenting to finance.

Polypipe Ventilation, manufacturer energy-saving domestic ventilation systems, has been reborn as Domus Ventilation, with a larger sales network, new branding, and a new management and customer services team.

An employee at Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Brighton has celebrated the impressive milestone of 25 years of service at the business.

Flame Heating Group is set for another strong year as it aims to launch an additional six branches during 2018.

Norbord Europe Ltd was presented with the ‘Best Overall Supplier 2017’ award by Jewson at Jewson Live in December, the UK’s biggest builders’ merchant show, “for ensuring the availability of its products across all our branches, despite difficult market conditions”.

Staff at Russell Roof Tiles have pulled out all the stops and raised an amazing £32,500 to help local vital services – close to its factories. Staff from Burton on Trent and Lochmaben have danced, hiked, run and quizzed their way to raising the cash.

Wolseley has made another step forward in bringing together its heating, plumbing, drainage, mechanical and cooling specialisms by re-branding its Twitter feed to @wolseleyUK.

An independent family builders’ merchant has celebrated 50 years in business.

Rudridge has recognised two employees at its Gravesend branch for their long service to the company.

Ridgeons has raised over £4,600 for East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) in support of the charity’s 'EACHmas' fundraising initiative.

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) has welcomed the findings and recommendations of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and Dame Judith Hackitt’s interim report, ‘Building a Safer Future’.

The Colchester branch of Keyline has donated materials to The Sick Children’s Trust to enable the charity to build a shelter for outdoor toys kept at Acorn House, which is based in the grounds of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

Ehrco has celebrated its 25th year in business by achieving an 18% rise in turnover.

Open to members of the Talasey Group's Landscaping Professionals Scheme, the annual Landscaping Professional Awards recognise some of the most striking and innovative projects that were completed with the company's products during the course of the year.

Following the success of its inaugural event in 2017, Redland has announced the launch of the 2018 Apprentice of the Year: but with a twist.

Employees at Yeovil based garage door manufacturer, Garador, have been busy in the run up to Christmas.

Carvers Timber Engineering has joined Södra Wood’s engineered wood products distribution network to help the housebuilding industry more easily access the fast supply of I-joist floor kits using Masonite Beams.

NMBS has launched a new website that has been designed to deliver greater added value and also be easier to navigate and use.

Rolawn is delighted to announce that it has moved into its new purpose-built head office.

Sika Liquid Plastics is celebrating its success in winning the Liquid Roofing Project of the Year (under 1000m2) Award at the inaugural Liquid Roofing & Waterproofing Association (LRWA) Awards & Gala.

The latest Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report has shown that builders’ merchants have experienced continued strong sales value growth in the third Quarter (Q3) of 2017.

The Graham Plumbers’ Merchant 2017 Conference was recently held in Birmingham. The event incorporated an awards evening to acknowledge suppliers and colleagues for their outstanding performance throughout the year and dedication to the highest levels of customer service.

One of Yorkshire’s most beloved heritage sites has received a makeover with the help of MKM's Ripon branch.

The Construction Products Association (CPA) has welcomed the publication of the interim report from Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.

An eight-year-old from Warrington has swapped the school classroom for the manager’s chair of a branch of a builders’ merchant as a surprise treat.

Södra and Statkraft have made a decision to invest in a new demo facility for fossil-free fuel. The investment will be made through the joint company Silva Green Fuel AS, in partnership with technology provider Steeper Energy Aps and Norwegian financing partner Enova.

At a time of continued growth, Russell Roof Tiles is about to start a half a million pound investment programme at its Lochmaben factory.

RGB Building Supplies is thanking its customers for donating gifts to its 2017 Christmas Present Appeal. All presents have now been given to Children’s Hospice South West to pass on to the children and families it supports.

Six months ago, Howarth Timber and Building Supplies launched Local Music Live - a UK-wide search to find the next big thing in live music.

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has won the ‘In-House Team of the Year’ at the Public Affairs Awards 2017 for its lobbying on behalf of small building firms.

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 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.

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