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Yorkshire racking specialist Filplastic has doubled the storage capacity at a busy builders' merchant in less than two days.

Orkla’s purchase of L.G. Harris & Co. (‘Harris’) has now been completed.

Stairparts manufacturer Richard Burbidge has chosen Howarth Timber & Building Supplies in Newcastle-under-Lyme as its first Premier Centre.

PlumbStock, the dedicated heating and plumbing brand of the Ridgeon Group, has renovated its existing branch in Cromwell Road, Cambridge to provide an enhanced, customer-focused service. This will be delivered by a team with over 200 years' industry experience.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has opened its first Regional Centre of Excellence as part of a localisation programme designed to strengthen the organisation's regional presence and add to the support it offers members in their geographic area.

Mark Rayfield, chief executive of Jewson, says that, with an estimated 1.65m people in the UK currently unemployed, it seems absurd that one of the construction industry’s biggest challenges is the lack of skilled men and women available to make up trade workforces.

A manifesto for fire safety has been produced by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Certifire fire door and doorset scheme, calling upon government to significantly improve the level of fire protection for building users within UK legislation.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) have agreed to work more closely in a number of areas that will benefit the members of their respective organisations.

The new Tudor Griffiths Builders’ Merchants branch in Bridgnorth.

Staff at Tudor Griffiths Group has opened the doors to its new branch at Chartwell Park in Bridgnorth.

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland has just been announced as the supporting winner of the Green Apple Award for Built Environment and Architectural Heritage.

MRA managing director Lucia Di Stazio.

MRA Marketing has joined the Construction Products Association (CPA) as an associate.

British manufacturer QRL Radiator Group has launched a campaign for the introduction of an energy labelling system for radiators – similar to the one used for boilers, renewables, hot water cylinders and other household essentials.

A 20 point plan, drawn up last week by the Royal Institute of British Architects to address the housing crisis, has been welcomed by innovative pan European insulation company Actis.

MKM Building Supplies has arrived in the South West, creating 14 jobs with the opening of its 44th branch, located in Honiton.

LBS Builders' Merchants has raised £12,206 for cancer charity Macmillan Cymru by walking to the top of Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons.

Staff from NMBS recently swapped the office for canoes in aid of a worthy cause.

The latest sales figures from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel, released on 23 August, by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI), show sales in Q2 2016 through the UK’s general builders’ merchants were up both on the last quarter and on the same quarter in 2015.

IKO UK Group has signed a mandated supplier agreement with Willmott Dixon. This includes IKO Polymeric for the supply of Spectraplan TPE and Armourplan PVC single ply membranes. IKO will supply its range of bituminous roofing systems Permatec hot melt, Permaphalt mastic asphalt and IKO Polimar cold applied liquids.

Timbmet, a UK supplier of timber and panel products, is inviting the trade to an Open Day on Thursday 22 September at its Stonehouse Depot in Gloucestershire.

West Brom midfield star Craig Gardner recently visited Midlands trade supplier, Stax Trade Centres, to present a signed shirt on behalf of the club following a charity raffle.

As part of Champion Timber's new Weybridge branch, Richard Burbidge's FUSION commercial stairparts have been fitted to provide a stylish and secure staircase for its customers.

Kevin Gardiner who leads the TG Enviro team at Tudor Griffiths Group.

A family-owned Shropshire firm has completely transformed one of its most important divisions.

With the first full month of post-Brexit figures in the books it was the infrastructure sector that experienced a decline, with the value of contracts for July decreasing to £1.5bn, a drop of 20% compared to June based on a three month rolling average.

Russell Roof Tiles has invested £5.7m in new capital equipment over the last five years, with almost £1m invested so far this year.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) have agreed a strategic partnership that will enhance the support both organisations offer their members.

EH Smith has acquired a new site as it continues its investment in its branch network. The Solihull-based business has bought a site in Castle Bromwich, with plans to open in early 2017.

VIP Polymers is pleased to announce that the company has recently joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) as a supplier member.

LBS Builders’ Merchants has completed the acquisition of Talbot Timber, its largest acquisition to date.

Reynaers has outgrown its existing office and warehouse facilities in Birmingham, thanks to significant growth over recent years. The new headquarters is a major investment of £6m for Reynaers.

New apprenticeship funding proposals announced today by the government look like a ‘fair settlement for small employers’, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Selco Builders Warehouse has created 50 jobs in Portsmouth with the opening of a new branch in Northarbour Road, which is due to open for trading in September. Three of the vacancies have been filled by candidates attending an employability and customer service course run by the college in partnership with Portsmouth and Cosham job centre.

If businesses are to be hit with new regulation to combat poor air quality in London, proposals for a new diesel vehicle scrappage scheme, and another boiler scrappage scheme, are the sensible way forward, according to the Builders Merchants' Federation (BMF).

Naylor has achieved the Gold Investor in People (IiP) standard in its 2016 assessment.

Howarth Timber Harrogate's first birthday.

Customers at Howarth Timber and Building Supplies in Harrogate have been treated to offers, giveaways and tasty food at the store's first birthday party.

Border Merchant Systems will be hosting two Customer User Meetings in September.

EH Smith has opened a new Porotherm Training and Demonstration centre in Olton, West Midlands. The merchant, a distributor of the clay block walling system produced by Wienerberger, uses the new centre to highlight its benefits through demonstration days and corporate training in how to lay Porotherm.

Three of the National Buying Group's (NBG) merchant members have endorsed the group, revealing how membership can benefit an independent merchant business, regardless of scale.

Travis Perkins and British Military Fitness, a provider of outdoor fitness classes, are celebrating a year-long partnership.

Tarmac, a UK provider and producer of cement, has reached the milestone of 10m bags of packed cement sold in the UK this year.

Hundreds of football-mad youngsters who play for Eldwick Juniors FC in West Yorkshire have celebrated the grand unveiling of their new changing facilities, which was funded by a £5,000 investment the club won in a national competition run by Gibbs & Dandy.

NMBS has launched a new app to enable users to search for their nearest branches across all NMBS members.

JP Corry has opened its 16th branch in the heart of Andersonstown. The expansion represents significant investment by the company with six new jobs created, including a branch manager, yard operatives, admin support and sales assistants.

Ibstock has published its results for the six months ending 30 June 2016. The business, which has operations in the United Kingdom and the United States, reports that group revenue has increased by 3.3% to £210m.

Breedon Group has completed its acquisition of Hope Construction Materials, creating one of the UK’s largest independent construction materials group in a deal worth £336m.

Elmhurst Energy has expressed its disappointment at the latest government statistics, which show that the number of households in fuel poverty has risen from 2.35 to 2.38 million.

The National Buying Group (NBG) “Hub”, an IT platform for the buying group industry, has been improved to provide NBG partners and suppliers with more business benefits and convenience.

August marks the 30th anniversary of the first shipment made from super quarry Glensanda, located in the centre of a peak in Morvern Peninsula, near Oban on the west coast of Scotland.

Customers at Howarth Timber and Building Supplies in Scunthorpe have been treated to three days of offers, competitions and giveaways at a celebration of the newly refurbished store.

Hanson UK has launched a free online training portal to help merchants and their staff improve their knowledge of cement and in turn improve the service they offer to their customers.

Following the creation of the department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the appointment of Rt Hon Greg Clark MP as Secretary of State, the full list of ministerial responsibilities within the department has now been confirmed.

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