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Apprentices are the solution to addressing the UK’s skills gap, say 82% of UK SMEs in results obtained from the Close Brothers Business Barometer, a quarterly survey that questions over 900 UK and RoI SME owners and senior management across a range of sectors and regions.

Sage, the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems has joined the Builders Merchant Federation (BMF).

Recent developments in the housebuilding industry look set to stimulate the market for timber frame construction.

A hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic would be damaging to the NI construction sector, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Following the seven-figure capital investment by Business Growth Fund (BGF) earlier this year Ultra Finishing is accelerating its programme of reviews and improvements across its business and infrastructure, in particular its brand realignment, which commenced recently with the establishment of ROXOR Group Limited, the holding company for all of the company’s UK and overseas businesses.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released the government’s Clean Growth Strategy, and many throughout the industry have praised it.

Left to right: Nick Lander and Allan Durning shake on the deal.

The h&b Group has acquired the Timber Buying Group (TBG), as part of its new strategy to support the industry’s small- to medium-sized merchants.

Final preparations are underway for Howarth Timber’s third annual Trade Day Bonanza.

One of the heating industry’s boiler manufacturers has given a ‘cautious welcome’ to the government’s new Clean Growth Plan.

Ben Kay MBE and Geordan Murphy, two Leicester Tigers legends, were the special guests for the Grand Opening launch event of BSS’ new branch in Thurmaston, Leicester.

It is estimated that the UK builders and plumbers merchants’ market will see growth of 2% in 2017, compared with 2016, in value terms.

The Rudgwick branch of Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has agreed a three-year sponsorship deal with Rudgwick Junior FC.

Distributor of fixings, fasteners, power tool accessories and hardware, ForgeFix looks set to repeat its success in using an unique form of art to raise money for charity.

Ibstock Brick hosted a visit from the Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United Kingdom on Friday 6 October.

Following GAP’s announcement in August of the acquisition of SIG Building Plastics & Windows, the company has been working non-stop to welcome all their new team members and customers on board.

Metador has launched its new brand and website after a move to further solidify its position within the steel door market.

The UK’s leading creative agency for brands competing in the built environment, CMDi, has just launched the sector’s first communications effectiveness test.

A new CEMEX brand of high performance aggregates, neogem has just been launched in the UK.

With Fire Prevention Week now upon us, Honeywell’s Home Safety business is reminding people of the importance of ensuring homeowners are adequately protected against the dangers of fire and smoke.

New data released by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) presents a direct contrast with the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) Construction Index data.

An NMBS member with ten branches across Merseyside and North Wales is celebrating after being named one of the most inspirational businesses in the UK.

Kitchen and bathroom wall panel manufacturer Fibo UK has joined the Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF) as a supplier member.

With just a few weeks remaining before the third annual Howarth Timber and Building Supplies’ Trade Day Bonanza, the event already looks set to surpass the success of last year.

Supplier of timber and construction materials, Arnold Laver, has expanded its presence in North London after opening a state-of-the-art depot in Borehamwood, as part of a £1.5 million investment that has initially created 12 jobs in the local area.

Migration Watch UK is wrong to suggest that there is no need for EU workers, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

A team of seven Kent Blaxill cyclists from Colchester have completed a three-day, 519-mile challenge in France to raise more than £3,200 for three charities.

An extra £2 billion allocation of funding for affordable housing, such as council and social housing, has been announced by Prime Minister Theresa May in her speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.

Robert Bosch UK Holdings has become a minority shareholder in BOXT, based in Leeds.

Family run sanitary equipment manufacturer, Wirquin, has held a special family factory tour and party to raise funds and celebrate their 40th birthday.

Aico, manufacturer of residential Fire and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms in the UK, has raised over £19,000 in donations for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) with a charity bike ride from Aico’s premises in Shropshire to its parent company Ei Electronics in Shannon, Ireland; a journey of 247 miles.

It’s amazing how quickly time flies! There are only 50 days until this year’s BMN Awards, which is taking place on 24 November at the Hilton Park Lane, London.

Last week many companies, including Garador, brought in cakes and coffee for the Macmillan Cancer Support’s Big Coffee Morning.

On 1 October, as the Conservative Party Conference kicked off in Manchester, the Government announced an extension of Help to Buy for new build homes with an extra £10 billion of funding over five years.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies’ programme of expansion and investment has continued, with a series of new showrooms and branches officially opened this summer.

Durham’s first-ever 4D bathroom design showroom is officially open for business, following a £100,000 investment by the North East’s fastest growing Heating & Plumbing merchant.

HRH the Duke of Kent has formally opened a new factory extension for Naylor Industries. The £5m investment will allow the construction products company to make larger diameter pipes to carry big volumes of surface water, helping protect Britain against flooding from extreme weather.

An upturn in the UK steel industry has contributed to a 73% increase in orders over the last 12 months for the industrial division of Wolseley, specialist supplier of industrial valves, pipe and fittings via annual supply contracts.

A rapidly expanding UK Builders Merchant is backing a gruelling kayak challenge undertaken by Heart West Midlands Breakfast presenter Gemma Hill.

LBS sweeps the board this September, with not one, but two National Awards.

Gillian Keegan, the Conservative MP for Chichester, cut the ribbon to officially open the newly refurbished Covers Home Ideas on Thursday 28th September.

Worcester, Bosch Group has reopened its flagship Training Academy after a £3.5 million investment programme.

Parker Building Supplies received the Builders Merchant Award at the recent Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Master Builder Awards, with EH Smith 'Highly Commended' for the same Award.

With the recruitment industry worth more to the economy than ever before (according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), £35.1 billion in 2016, the Hertfordshire based Courtney Smith Group celebrate their 14th year in business this month.

Peter Wilson, Sales and Marketing Director, and Alec Meadows, Operations Director, from Heating Plumbing Supplies Merchants presented the cheque during a recent visit to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

ecobuild owners, Futurebuild Events, have revealed more details about the futurebuild districts which have been created following feedback that the event had lost its way in previous years.

A new app designed to make planning and quoting jobs easier for tradespeople has been launched by Selco builders merchant.

Former Welsh athletics star Jamie Baulch has rekindled his sporting career to help a Cardiff business celebrate a landmark anniversary.

Elliotts Builders Merchant, the south’s leading independent supplier of building products to the trade and public, is celebrating 175 years of business, having been established since 1st October 1842.

The CITB has one last chance to fundamentally reform and start facilitating quality training en masse among the construction industry’s smaller firms, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

To help accelerate and strengthen their commercial development, The Builders Merchants Federation has appointed built environment brand specialists CMDi – based on the agency’s recent work for the Federation of Master Builders.

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