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Ridgeons announces EACH as its partnered charity of 2017-2019.

Ridgeons has announced that its elected charity of 2017-2019 is East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Breedon Group has announced its audited annual results for the year ending 31 December 2016.

NYTimber’s mill manager Scott Harrison and warehouse supervisor trainee Dan Hulme, both based at the company’s manufacturing and distribution centre at Catterick, have achieved the certificate of proficiency in visual strength grading of softwood to British Standard 4978.

An employee at Rudridge in Farnham has celebrated the impressive milestone of 15 years of service at the business.

Responding to the Spring Budget, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed recognition by the Chancellor that Britain cannot overcome low productivity without reform of the existing system of technical qualifications.

A 15-year-old Olympic hopeful, and babies at the Neonatal Baby Unit at the Nottingham City Hospital, will benefit from a share of £4,225 following a successful fundraising event organised by The Frank Key Group.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies marked the reopening of its Doncaster branch with a three-day celebration complete with offers, competitions and giveaways.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) have agreed a strategic partnership designed to raise the profile of the decorative sector.

Eurocell – a UK manufacturer, distributor and recycler of window, door, conservatory and roofline products – has announced the acquisition of PVC-U Window and Door hardware distributor, Security Hardware Ltd.

Aggregate Industries has pledged its full support to the imminent arrival of the government’s Apprenticeship Levy – stating it is crucial in attracting new talent into the construction industry and helping to bridge the current skills gap.

As part of an ongoing expansion of its local network across the UK, Actavo is extending its Gateshead, Dundee, Manchester and Glasgow branches.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond has announced in his Spring Budget plans to reduce the tax gap between employed people and those who are self-employed, as well as changes to business rates and the introduction of T-Levels to address the skills shortage.

If the government goes ahead with the introduction of Clean Air Zones, ministers must bring forward steps to support merchants to replace old vehicles with viable and clean equivalents.

General Building Plastics (GB Plastics) and the Buddy Bag Foundation are joining forces this year to raise money for children in emergency care, through the Foundation’s Buddy Bag Appeal.

Plumbers, installers and Speedfit stockists have the chance to win up to £300 worth of prizes or a VIP British Superbike race ticket for two, as part of a competition with JG Speedfit.

A team of apprentices working on the £10m New Bolsover Model Village housing improvement programme have been given a range of brand new tools from builders merchant Travis Perkins.

LBS Builders' Merchants is named Business of the Year (150+ Employees) for the second year running at the 2017 Swansea Bay Business Awards.

East Anglian-based building supplies company Kent Blaxill is sponsoring this year’s Jock Wadley Cycle Road Race, which will feature top UK riders, including three-times Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy.

If the government goes ahead with the introduction of Clean Air Zones, ministers must bring forward steps to support merchants to replace old vehicles with viable and clean equivalents, according to the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Bryan Clover, chief executive officer of the Rainy Day Trust, is going to be walking the entire length of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in May to raise money for the charity.

Travis Perkins has raised over £38,000 for the Northampton and Warwickshire Air Ambulance Service - thanks to the hard work and dedication of fundraising by its colleagues in the IT department.

Data collected by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has found that builders’ merchants had a strong end to 2016, and anticipate increased growth this year, despite sector concerns about the impact of Brexit.

Ridgeons has raised £30,852 for Macmillan Cancer Support, the company’s elected charity of 2015 to 2017.

A Green Building Council report, stating that 25m UK homes need to be retrofitted between now and 2050, has been welcomed by Actis.

Addis Housewares has teamed up with the Rainy Day Trust to raise awareness and funds for the home improvement workforce and their families.

Rudridge has come to the rescue of Mayfair Farm Riding Stables after materials for their new paddock were stolen in a burglary last week.

The ROCKWOOL Group has unveiled its new brand identity together with a new “purpose” statement and corporate video.

We will be exhibiting at Ecobuild this year, drop by stand B100 within the Builders Merchants Federation Pavilion to say hello.

MKM Building Supplies, 3i Group, LDC and Bain Capital Private Equity have announced a binding agreement for the sale of 3i and LDC’s stakes in MKM to Bain Capital. Management will retain a significant shareholding in the business.

Jimmy Bell (front) with John Savage.

Flame Heating Spares is on track to more than double its turnover and workforce, with the launch of its latest branch in Newcastle upon Tyne.

JP Corry has presented a cheque for £8,970.09 to Multiple Sclerosis Northern Ireland and Alzheimer's Research UK following a fundraising drive.

General Building Plastics (GB Plastics) has announced two significant developments for its local branch and trade counter in Banbury.

Chandlers Building Supplies recently presented Halesowen Timber sales co-ordinator Sam Lock with its first Outstanding Contribution Award and Brighton branch timber distribution driver Premysl Vik with its Best New Starter Award.

John Savage, managing director of Flame Heating Spares, has been named BQ National Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, after competing against 12 other entrepreneurs from across the UK.

The team at TG Skip Hire – part of the Tudor Griffiths Group – has seen an increase in business of 15% up on last year.

Redland has announced a new manufacturing line for its plain-tile appearance product, DuoPlain, and large-format concrete tiles and slates.

Coventry-based veteran cyclist Mick Ives is set to ride the exact route of the 2017 Tour of Italy in a bid to raise vital funds for Barnardo’s, Rainbow Children’s Hospice, Padraic Sweeney Kidney Research and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice. The Giro d’Italia is 3,400km long and takes place over 21 days in May, with 2017 marking the 100th edition of the race.

Actavo Hire & Sales Solutions has opened a new branch in Uxbridge, West London. As part of the company’s expansion of its branch network across the UK and Ireland, it is also offering specialist shoring services.

Gibbs & Dandy has announced that it is increasing its minimum employee hourly rate of pay above that of the government’s National Living Wage.

A strong set of results for the final quarter of 2016 completes a further year of growth in sales of building materials through UK builders merchants. The latest figures from the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Builders Merchants Building Index Q4 report show that general merchants generated annual revenues in excess of £5.44bn with sales value growth of 5.2% on 2015.

MKM’s Honiton branch has celebrated its half-year anniversary, and launch of its new kitchen and bathroom showroom, with a special open evening.

CRASH is urging people throughout the merchant industry to take part in the Bear Grylls Survival Race 2017 to help raise money for the charity.

Bond It is set to build on the business with a further six figure investment into its business.

Southampton-based Independent Plumbing Supplies has become a member of buying group The IPG.

Huws Gray was created as a one-stop shop for all building products and materials – from below ground drainage to bricks and blocks, doors, windows and roofing materials. The company prides itself on fast and efficient customer service. That means loading and unloading lorries quickly, and efficiently moving materials on-site – activities that require a dependable, well-maintained forklift truck fleet.

The industry-wide, national campaign again gives builders and merchants alike the tools they need to maintain the Sterling job in 2017 and encourage sales

Following a successful 30th birthday year in 2015, 2016 also saw great results from the SterlingOSB brand campaign; sales increased by 24%.

Pegler Yorkshire has launched a campaign to support a number of initiatives throughout Doncaster and the UK to encourage awareness of career opportunities, inspire children to consider technical based GCSE’s, or give young adults the confidence to choose vocational courses and apprenticeships.

The IPG has welcomed member number 138, AC Bathrooms & Heating.

MAM Software is pleased to report the results of its annual customer satisfaction survey. After being asked questions regarding staff professionalism, knowledge and response times, the results show that a high percentage of MAM customers are satisfied with the service that they receive.

Staff at Russell Roof Tiles are raising money with the launch of a Strictly Come Dancing-style live ballroom dancing competition.

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