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The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Electrical Distributors Association (EDA) have collaborated to create a new, industry specific Trade Supplier Apprentice Standard.

Kingsfold based builders merchant D.W. Nye will be helping to raise funds on behalf of Horsham charity Born Free with their fun, Christmas inspired competition ‘Guess how many sweets are hidden inside the Gingerbread House’.

Northern Ireland-based plumbing and heating supplier, Bassetts, has completed a £2 million investment programme and created 12 new jobs across its branch network.

The winning MRA team.

MRA Marketing celebrated a record five award wins at the Construction Marketing Awards (CMA), including the coveted Agency of the Year.

The Gosport depot of Covers Timber & Builders Merchant was delighted to donate materials to Motiv8 enabling the community support group to create a decking area in their garden.

UK timber window and door specialist Dale has rebranded to become Dale Joinery, better reflecting the range of high performance made to measure timber products the company offers.

Ventilation solutions provider Hargreaves Ductwork Ltd. has announced a name change to become MW Hargreaves as of 1 December 2017.

Allegion, a global security products and solutions provider, has agreed to acquire Qatar Metal Industries (QMI) through one of its subsidiaries. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018, subject to regulatory approvals.

Alleviating fuel poverty by reducing bills for end-users and cutting carbon emissions are two of the core aims of heat networks, yet current design practices are putting these ambitions at risk, according to a leading expert in the field.

National Buying Group (NBG) has welcomed its latest new partner, Surrey-based plumbing supplies and bathroom specialist DW Burn.

Malcolm Gough, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Talasey Group.

With a variety of products catering to a host of different landscaping solutions, Natural Paving Products (UK) has created the Talasey Group corporate entity under which Natural Paving and all of its sub brands now sit.

The Construction Marketing Awards, which were held on 30 November, showcased the construction industry’s creativity, innovation and effectiveness in marketing.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme’s industry survey has revealed that more needs to be done to change perceptions and encourage more women into construction.

Imperial Bricks’ traditional handmade bricks.

Imperial Bricks is now an approved supplier to all members of the NBG independent merchant buying group.

A Bristol-based timber company is relocating to Newport to pool resources and strengths with its parent company Premier Forest Products.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has signed a group membership agreement with Allied Merchants Buying Association (AMBA), an independent merchant buying group in Ireland.

Next year’s BMF Members’ Day will take place at St George’s Park, Tatenhill, Burton upon Trent on 26 and 27 September, 2018.

Kenneth (Ken) Howard Avery Smith, Chairman of EH Smith Builders Merchants, has sadly passed away at the age of 99.

Travis Perkins has taken over the Silverstone F1 pits from 28 until 30 November, 2017, to train up its apprentices.

Left to right: Graeme Bonas, John Savage, Simon Mann and Dr Bill Moir.

Flame Heating Group is celebrating the launch of its 1,500 sq ft bathroom showroom – Durham’s only 4D bathroom design experience.

The Fire Door Safety Week campaign has hit a five-year high in delivering its messages on the importance of fire doors in saving lives and protecting property, and landlords’ legal responsibilities for managing fire door safety.

Lakes Bathrooms has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) as a supplier member.

Breedon delivered another solid performance in the 10 months to 31 October. Both volumes and revenues were ahead of the prior year, including a full 10-month contribution from the former Hope Construction Materials business, which was part of the Group for only three months in the corresponding period of 2016.

After a positive summer for housebuilding with more than £7 billion of housing contracts awarded between June and August, the sector experienced a cooler autumn with figures decreasing by 10% and falling for the second month in a row.

The government and the construction sector, through the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), have agreed a sector deal to transform the productivity of the sector benefiting the wider economy.

The BMN Awards winners and sponsors celebrate at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel.

The builders’ merchant industry came together on 24 November to celebrate its achievements at the annual BMN Awards.

Twenty-year-old Jordan Picot has been crowned the 2017 SkillPLUMB champion after excelling in a three-day practical competition at The Skills Show.

The Chichester branch of Covers Timber & Builders Merchants raised just over £265 for Children in Need on Friday 17 November.

Knauf Insulation has taken home the roofing and insulation industry’s Supplier of the Year award at the National Buying Group (NBG) Conference Awards, for the fifth year running.

An expanding national builders’ merchant has chosen York as its destination to open its latest branch – creating 50 jobs in the city.

The Autumn Budget was delivered to the House of Commons on 22 November, with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, described the economy as: “continuing to grow, create jobs and confound expectations”.

Data released in the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) shows that builders' merchants Q3 2017 sales performed strongly for the quarter.

Over 1,000 people streamed through the doors of the Leeds United Conference Centre on Friday 10 November for the third annual Howarth Timber Trade Day – the biggest and best event to date.

RGB Building Supplies raised £2,150 for Children’s Hospice South West during its charity breakfast morning on Friday 3rd November.

The National Buying Group (NBG) Awards evening saw TIMco take the coveted title of ‘Brand of the Year’ for the company’s dedication to extending product ranges, investing in technology to improve customer service operations as well as implementing innovative marketing support to raise awareness of new product ranges.

Plans to create an accreditation to protect and support the growth of the roofing industry were announced at the annual National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) Suppliers Conference.

Methven, the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, has announced the appointment of architect George Clarke as its first Brand Ambassador.

Fibo UK is now an approved supplier to all members of the FORTIS independent merchant buying group.

Wolseley has launched a new customer feedback system to improve the overall customer experience across the Wolseley UK-wide branch network.

Workloads in UK Construction and Infrastructure continued to rise in Q3 2017, according to the latest RICS UK Construction and Infrastructure Market Survey, with 22% more respondents seeing a rise in workloads of the quarter, with a steady pace of growth.

The Ridgeons 25 Club, which was established nearly 60 years ago as a network and support group for the company’s retired employees and to recognise colleagues who have been employed for 25 years or more with the company, has welcomed and presented awards to three new 25 Club members at an annual 25 Club dinner.

National independent plumber’s merchant, Plumbase, has invested in ten new delivery vans to join its fleet in a bid to meet demand from customers for quick and reliable product delivery.

Keyline has recently recognised a number of employees who have a combined 105 years of service to the company.

Sajid Javid announced that the number of houses built in England had increased from 189,650 in 2015/16 to 217,000 in 2016/17.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant is supporting the construction industry’s younger generation by offering an apprenticeship scheme that provides their first steps into the business. The 12-month scheme allows the apprentices to engage in various different tasks to gain valuable skills for the future.

Knauf has achieved third party certification from the British Board of Agrément (BBA) for the Knauf Aquapanel Exterior Render System.

Ragubir Hargun, Trade Marketing Manager at GROHE UK, and her daughter Parveen climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).

Travis Perkins has teamed up with Let’s Get Healthy to create a three-year, tailored and holistic approach to safety at work, that goes beyond the traditional, as they recognise the emotional and mental health of their employees is critical to their overall wellbeing and safety at work.

This year’s National Buying Group (NBG) Conference was held in Liverpool and was a two-day event of exhibitions, talks, networking, and celebrating the last year of NBG.

The House of Common’s Home Affairs’ Select Committee has released a report that says the UK Government has insufficient resources to deal with millions more customs’ checks that will be necessary when the UK leaves the EU Customs’ Union.

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