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In a galaxy not so far away, employees from Keyline will morph into their favourite characters from Star Wars, Doctor Who and The X Files as they jump behind the wheel and drive across Europe to raise vital money for Prostate Cancer UK.

The steady increase in UK-manufactured brick deliveries has continued in line with rising industry demand, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Kym Tuckwell has joined Balcas Timber as sales executive and will be covering the sales territory of south Wales, the West Midlands and south/south west of England.

Private equity house Key Capital Partners (KCP) has acquired a majority stake in online retailer of building materials, Construction Materials Online (CMO), which operates retail sites supplying DIY builders and small building contractors.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has published a new Training Solutions Prospectus, which details the full programme of specialist training support available for merchants and their suppliers.

Independent merchant buying group The IPG has announced its first conference and exhibition.

Neil Schofield, head of external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group has praised a new incentive designed to encourage homeowners and landlords in Scotland to make energy and money-saving improvements to their properties.

Harry Redknapp launched the new and improved Elliotts’ Fordingbridge branch at a customer event recently.

Staff at Dorset-based SMD are steeling themselves for a series of charity efforts this summer.

To celebrate the first anniversary of The Room Works, a kitchen and bathroom showroom from RGB Building Supplies based in Exeter battled it out with Exeter City FC and the Exeter Chiefs rugby team during a charity bake-off on 4 May.

Elliotts Living Spaces designer Emma Knight has been crowned Sottini Showroom Designer of the Year after her 3D bathroom design was selected by a judging panel made up of industry experts.

The classic bacon sandwich is the breakfast of choice for our nation’s tradespeople, with new research suggesting it is their favourite secret indulgence.

At the Timber Trades Benevolent Society’s (TTBS) Annual General Meeting, held on 11 May, Ivan Savage, the Society’s general manager since 2011, was also appointed as the national president for 2017 and 2018, succeeding Robert Bruce of MH Southern & Co.

JELD-WEN has sponsored and presented the Jewson Best Young Tradesperson of the Year 2017 competition, 18–24 category, which was awarded to winner Jack Allen, a carpenter from Glasgow.

IKO PLC has been awarded an International Safety Award for Manufacturing by the British Safety Council. The award reflects the company’s commitment to protecting all its employees from the risk of injury and ill health at work.

Grafton Group plc, the builders’ merchanting and DIY Group with operations in the UK, Ireland and Belgium has issued its trading update for the period 1 January 2017 to 30 April 2017.

Small and medium sized housebuilders across the UK are concerned that clay brick shortages could significantly delay construction projects, as we move through the year.

Mike Pollard from ForgeFix has successfully completed the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon for charity.

Nu-Heat has secured investment from new shareholders as part of plans for continued growth.

John Nicholls Building and Plumbing Merchants has won the Established Business Award at the Cherwell Business Awards.

The industry reported a strong start to 2017 with increases in sales, output and workloads in Q1 driven by increased demand, according to the Construction Products Association’s (CPA) Construction Trade Survey Q1, which also painted a positive picture for 2017 with companies reporting an optimistic outlook for the year ahead.

Wirquin is celebrating 40 years in business this year and has pledged to have a year of madness, which the company is sharing across its social media platforms.

In response to demand, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its new Stockist Search app – the easy way to find a local BMF stockist.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has written to each of the major political parties in the run up to the general election asking them to commit to supporting Britain’s builders’ merchant industry in their manifesto.

Travis Perkins has unveiled its winning entry for a school art competition it held in London to mark the company’s signature of the Armed Forces Covenant in March.

Parker Building Supplies is celebrating the university success of eight employees.

Arnold Laver & Co has been awarded a Grown in Britain chain of custody licence, enabling British-grown timber and wood products in its range to be positively identified and promoted.

ForgeFix has donated a portrait of David Bowie, created using 4000 of the company's ForgeFast elite performance woodscrews, for sale at a charity auction.

Richard Stone and Jason Lumley from SR Timber raised the money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) after making it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro – which stands at just shy of 6,000m tall.

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and the Considerate Constructors Scheme have launched a new initiative to help support the mental health agenda in the construction industry.

Olympic Fixings Group is all set for growth after a £6m combined investment from PHD Equity Partners and Secure Trust Bank.

Selco Builders Warehouse has launched a series of branch openings, opening its 49th UK branch in Crayford.

Lucia Di Stazio, managing director of MRA Marketing, has been shortlisted in two categories for the prestigious Institute of Directors (IoD) South West Awards: Director of the Year and Young Director of the Year.

The Independent Plumbing Group (IPG) has welcomed two new members - Carman Heating Supplies and Unique Plumbing Supplies.

RGB Building Supplies and its sister company, The Room Works, are delighted to announce their sponsorship of an elite women’s cycling team as part of south west community project Cycle Engage UK.

Andrew Harrison of Travis Perkins, Shanker Patel of Lords Group and Ian Haldane of the Haldane Shiells Group have been elected to the Board of the Builders Merchants Federation with effect from 1 July, 2017.

NBG has held a series of sell out Supplier Workshops, helping its suppliers to build better business with NBG merchants, by improving communication and optimising the opportunities to grow sales presented by its Hub system.

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has reached an agreement to acquire IQ Retail, based in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Dozens of Knauf employees have pledged their commitment to the charity, Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) at a recent joint event at the Knauf plant in Sittingbourne.

Mark Northway, director at Beatsons Building Supplies, will be cycling 400-miles in aid of two charities.

Mark Northway, director at Beatsons Building Supplies, is back on his bike again raising money for charity.

JP Corry has been awarded the CORE Standard by Business in the Community Northern Ireland. This achievement recognises JP Corry as an accredited leader in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

More than 42,000 new homes were registered in the UK by the National Housebuilding Council (NHBC) in the first three months of the year, according to NHBC’s latest new home registration statistics.

Benchmarx Kitchen and Joinery, part of the Travis Perkins Group, is supplying Leicestershire children’s charity Wishes4Kids with a new kitchen completely free of charge.

On Thursday night at the European Business Excellence Awards, London-based business JJ Roofing Supplies took the title for Best Wholesaler.

John Newcomb, managing director of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), has been shortlisted in the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Director of the Year Awards.

Following the success of SIG Roofing’s national competition to find Britain’s Best Café in 2016, the 2017 campaign is now underway.

Belgrade Insulations is proud that the business has been featured in Yorkshire’s Fastest 50 Awards.

Worcester, Bosch Group is celebrating 25 years as part of the Bosch Group, with a programme of activities planned throughout 2017.

Sir Keir Starmer (left) with Brett Amphlett.

“We want to negotiate to ensure there are no new customs burdens when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in two years’ time,” was the message from Sir Keir Starmer MP to the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) yesterday (25 April).

The Keystone Group has been crowned Materials Supplier of the Year at the Construction News awards.

The Keystone Group has won Materials Supplier of the Year at a recent Construction News event held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.

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