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Winter weather has hit the headlines this month, with experts forecasting an imminent onslaught of snow, storms and sub-zero temperatures.

The findings of a new YouGov survey – commissioned by damp-proofing expert Safeguard Europe – into the UK’s experience of damp problems, reveals an ongoing market opportunity for builders’ merchants and RMI contractors.

Actis off-site construction.

Government incentives, which include encouraging more off-site construction to help reduce the housing shortage, has been welcomed by insulation manufacturer Actis.

Origin has launched a brand new showroom in Warrington, Cheshire, showcasing its aluminium bi-folding and residential doors, windows and blinds.

With the first three months of post-Brexit figures in the books, construction sector contracts across September reached a total of £5.6bn, a minor increase on August, and after a summer wobble the industry seems to have stabilised.

ASSA ABLOY has acquired Trojan Holdings, a supplier of residential door and window hardware into the door and window fabricator market.

On 12th November, Knauf Insulation will be joining the Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants' (WCoBM) float to parade the streets of London as part of the Lord Mayor's Show.

Keystone Group has announced an ambitious investment plan as part of its aim to increase turnover to £100m.

The roll out of the Builders Merchants Federation's Regional Centres of Excellence is continuing to gain momentum, with three new centres launched in less than 10 days.

Neil Schofield, head of government and external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group, believes the Committee on Climate Change’s ‘Next steps to UK heat policy’ report offers clear direction for the heating industry to follow in its bid to green Britain’s heating supplies.

MRA Marketing has been shortlisted for a record 17 awards in this year’s Construction Marketing Awards (CMA). A category winner 11 times, MRA’s latest shortlisting adds to a long list of industry accolades achieved during the agency’s 25-year history.

Confidence among Scottish construction employers has recovered by 21 points to +2 after slumping to a three-year low in the wake of the Brexit vote in June.

David Kilburn, founder of MKM Building Supplies, has received the Business Leadership Award at the Insider Growth 100 Awards 2016, in the latest in a string of successes for the Hull-based firm.

There are few signs that Brexit has negatively impacted the construction industry, according to the latest figures from the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI). The new figures show sales up by 13.1%, with heavy building materials up by 14.1% and timber and joinery products up 11.8%. Overall like-for-like sales (allowing for two extra trading days) were up 2.8%. Year to date sales grew 5.4%.

JELD-WEN held a ‘Big On’ biscuit dunking competition at Travis Perkins branches. The challenge was part of a wider Big On windows campaign, promoting the performance benefits of timber windows.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant is sponsoring the Plumber of the Year category at this year’s On The Tools Awards. Graham joins Saint-Gobain brands Jewson – the headline sponsor – and British Gypsum in supporting the awards.

RA Tech UK has been announced as joint-winners in the inaugural Travis Perkins Innovation Awards for its product range including hotun, hotun hiflo and hotun shield.

Russell Roof Tiles has invested in its first combined Technical Training and Research Centre. The new training facility at Russell’s factory in Burton was opened by local Member of Parliament Andrew Griffiths, who also took the opportunity in trying his hand at fixing some roof tiles.

Building and construction trade professionals remain overwhelmingly optimistic about the future of the industry, according to a survey undertaken by Gibbs & Dandy.

Phoenix Plumbing Supplies is the latest company to join The IPG.

Swansea-based Phoenix Plumbing Supplies has joined The IPG, bringing its total number of members up to 130.

The head office team from NMBS has gone to impressive lengths in support of a number of different charities, by completing the Wolf Run challenge.

Biomass power plants already receive government support, but the industry wants more. However, the type of technology used to convert coal-fired power stations to biomass is not currently eligible to bid for the new subsidies.

Smith Brothers Stores has launched an app, now available on either Google Play and the Apple Store, just search ‘Smith Brothers Stores’ on either platform to download the app.

Baxi Heating’s customer service division has scooped an accolade at the UK Customer Experience Awards.

Keyline has opened a new rail and geotechnics division in Leeds. This investment will reportedly deliver increased accessibility and support to those contractors who will be working on the upcoming High Speed Two (HS2) project.

The Geberit Awards 2016 is in its third year, and installers from throughout the bathroom, plumbing and heating industries will battle it out to be crowned the best in the business.

Gatic national sales manager Steve Mascall.

Independent specialist drainage distributor Stanley John Ltd (SJL) based in Greenham is one of the largest merchant stockists of Filcoten, the channel drain system from Gatic Civil Drainage. SJL added Filcoten Self, Filcoten Tec and Filcoten Pro to its range 12 months ago and is experiencing good sales.

The Bathroom Showroom team showing an installer the displays.

The Bathroom Showroom has launched a new rewards programme to offer loyal City Plumbing Supplies trade account holders the chance to earn points on showroom product purchases and business referrals.

Starrett is bringing its expertise in band saw machines and blades to a new demonstration zone in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. Based on the Newton Trading Estate, within the facility of engineering distributor Tewkesbury Saw, the showroom will exhibit Starrett’s range of band saw machines. The area will be open to the public six days a week from 23 November.

Plumb and Parts Center has launched an online shower selector tool for installers.

MKM Building Supplies has climbed 69 places in the rankings of the latest Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250.

The doors are now open to Kent Blaxill’s new decorating centre in Chelmsford.

A new Kent Blaxill decorating centre in Chelmsford opened its doors last week, with Neil Ogilvie, chief executive of the Painting and Decorating Association, cutting the official ribbon in front of company customers, staff and suppliers.

An aerial shot of the Simmons of Stafford site.

Huws Gray has confirmed the recent acquisition of two companies, further expanding its branch portfolio.

Andy Williamson, group managing director of IKO PLC.

IKO PLC has completed its acquisition of Pure Asphalt Company, in Bolton, Lancashire, following regulatory clearance. The business is now being fully integrated into IKO.

Four Ashes Plumbing Supplies has joined the IPG, bringing the total number of members up to 129. The IPG works closely with its broad network of suppliers to negotiate deals, which ensure lower prices, lower minimum orders, group offers and improved terms for merchants.

Allan Orr, a sales coordinator at SIG Interiors in Glasgow, has recently become the first person to receive a diploma in British Gypsum Products and Systems Knowledge after completing both British Gypsum’s e-Learning for Resellers and the Pure Practical course with a score of 100%.

Naylor Industries plc, a Barnsley-based manufacturer of construction products, has pledged its commitment to a new venture to help Barnsley's youth become better learners and better workers of the future.

The Sutton branch of Champion Timber, one of the South East's leading timber suppliers, has once again invested in its local football team, Sutton United. The company is sponsoring the team's white and red away kit for the new 2016/2017 season.

The chief executive of trade-only builders' merchant Selco Builders Warehouse has revealed it will have more than 50 branches across the UK by the middle of next year.

Independent Welsh builders' merchant LBS has seen sales of SterlingOSB increase as a direct result of Norbord's recent promotional campaign.

PlumbStock, the dedicated heating and plumbing brand created by the Ridgeon Group, continues to expand its offering with the launch of a new standalone trade counter in Luton, Bedfordshire.

Every two years, construction materials manufacturer Naylor Industries holds a Safety, Health, Energy and Environment (SHEE) Day, with training sessions on topics as diverse as manual handling and fire prevention and aimed at spreading best practice across the Naylor group.

John Nicholls has strengthened its position as a leading independent builders' and plumbers' merchants in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire by opening its first supersite.

Specialist supplier Direct Heating Spares (DHS) is investing in a new Chorley-based head office and small parts pick warehouse to expand its stockholding and enhance availability to installers.

Tarmac's building products division has announced that it is to boost manufacturing of Durox aerated blocks by reopening the second of its two existing factories at Linford, Essex, due to open in late 2017.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies reports huge numbers of people registering for the merchant’s trade day at Elland Road on 24 November.

The h&b buying group reported strong individual results at its largest ever annual supplier event last week.

Architects, specifiers, building contractors, clients and their architectural ironmongery advisers and suppliers across the world can nominate projects for the 2016/17 Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards from now until 28 October.

New research has revealed that commercial buildings are more likely to be breaking fire door safety regulations and putting people at risk.

Covers Timber and Builders Merchants in Chichester celebrated the launch of its renewed timber mill on 16 September.

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