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Growth in apprenticeship numbers in Scotland could be scuppered unless the Scottish government commits to ring-fencing the new UK-wide Apprenticeship Levy for training, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland has warned.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has pledged to help address unemployment and poorly paid employment among young women by signing up to the Young Women’s Trust employer pledge.

Boiler manufacturer Baxi is leading the way in developing customer relationships by being the only company of its kind to exhibit at this year’s Trade Talks, hosted by Plumb Center.

Harlow Timber’s recently redeveloped showroom in Derby.

Stairparts specialist Richard Burbidge has launched a nationwide network of Premier Centres, consisting of merchant partners offering retail excellence.

Wolseley Group's third-quarter trading update has reported slowing growth and weaker demand across a number of its markets.

Following major expansion at its head office, Sydenhams Builders Merchant has relaunched its flagship kitchen and bathroom showroom in Bournemouth.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched Turning Pro, a new rewards scheme specifically designed for students and apprentices.

Jewson employees from Yorkshire have started a mammoth challenge for charity, with the goal of running more than 520 miles in just five days for Cancer Research UK.

Chandlers Building Supplies is delighted to announce the launch of its brand new Graduate Management Training Programme, which gives young people the chance to develop a career in the builders merchants industry.

IBC, the buying group for independent builders’ merchants, has re-launched its brand to coincide with a raft of changes to the business.

Champion Timber is set to open its 10th branch in Weybridge, Surrey, on 28 June.

Cubis Industries (Cubis) has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire the entire share capital of MCL Group Industries (MCL) for an undisclosed sum.

Smith Brothers Stores’ (SBS) Bristol branch is relocating to Unit B St Vincents Trading Estate, Feeder Road, Bristol, BS2 0UY.

Nigel Cox, managing director of Timbmet.

Timbmet managing director Nigel Cox has joined the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) as the expert for timber and panel products.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has teamed up with mobile-app developers, Crosby Associates, to introduce the BMF Employee Engage App. Downloaded onto a smartphone or tablet, the App brings a company's information to the employee’s fingertips.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was recently invited by Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell MP, to join him and other party spokesmen at the Labour Party’s State of the Economy conference at Imperial College in London on 28 May.

On Friday 8 and Saturday 9 July, Frank Howard Tools & Fixings, based in Essex, will be hosting its annual tool show at the Chelmsford City Racecourse.

Worcester, Bosch Group has unveiled significant plans to redevelop and expand the training and assessment facilities at its headquarters to further enhance the support on offer to industry professionals.

No sport is as competitive as F1. To succeed, you need teamwork, clear decision-making and outstanding technology.

Embrass Peerless has been named Plumbing Supplier of the Year for the second time in succession by the Plumbing & Heating Group (PHG), voted for by its members across the country.

Chandlers Roofing Supplies’ Rainham branch is holding a free open morning on Friday 10 June to celebrate the company’s move to the new premises.

Builders’ merchants could benefit from a landmark ruling by the Court of Appeal which states that visible signage can prevent unauthorised parking from becoming a legal right, according to law firm Gordons.

Stair parts manufacturer Cheshire Mouldings has opened a new multi-million pound distribution centre, dedicated purely to its core independent and national merchant customers.

Trade showrooms still play a vital role in the decision making process and are breaking down old stereotypes in a bid to attract a harder to please younger audience, a new study from Origin reveals.

More than 14,000 new homes were registered to be built in the UK in April according to NHBC’s latest registration statistics – an increase of 17% compared to a year ago.

Somerset-based timber supplier demonstrates aggressive growth with a new purpose built timber yard and a recruitment drive for additional staff.

Jewson has announced the finalists for the Building Better Communities 2016 competition. The winners will share a prize fund of £250,000 and will be announced at a ceremony on 4 July at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham.

Meyer has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and will also host the next BMF Timber Forum at its state of the art training centre in Stoke on Trent on 29 November.

BSS has won an award in recognition of its contribution towards health and safety from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). RoSPA honoured the company with the Silver Achievement Award in its 2016 Health & Safety Awards.

A key part of the recent National Buying Group (NBG) Partner Day was the presentation of surveys carried out among both partners and suppliers. The surveys were designed to benchmark NBG’s performance against a series of business KPIs and against other buying groups and nationals.

More than 80% of bosses of small construction firms will overwhelmingly base their decision to remain or leave the EU on their broader personal beliefs instead of their business interests, according to a new poll by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The winners of the Wienerberger Brick Awards 2016 have been announced, in the following categories: Residential Use, Public Use, Re-Use, Urban Infill, and Special Solution. In total, more than 600 projects from 55 countries had been submitted, a new record participation. An independent pre-jury panel narrowed down the submissions to 50 nominations and, from this shortlist, a jury of four architects selected the winners.

This month, research in The Independent revealed that solar panels can increase a property’s value by almost a fifth. Rexel is reminding the industry that the financial case for solar still holds a huge appeal regardless of cuts to the Feed-in Tariff.

Ibstock Brick will increase its capacity to produce an additional 100m bricks a year thanks to a major project delivered by G F Tomlinson.

TFC Supplies has opened it’s doors this month, supplying both the trade and public with products from timber, fencing and cladding to stables, gates and concrete products. Located at the Moorfields Industrial Estate, Cotes Heath, Stafford, TFC Supplies has also launched an ecommerce site offering nationwide delivery.

MP Moran turned to Abacus Manufacturing Group to help create a display at one end of its new Flow Luxury Bathroom showrooms. Created at MP Moran's head office in Kilburn, the showroom was officially opened by television personality, Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Pland Stainless is continuing to grow its apprenticeship scheme, which started 20 months ago. The company now has apprentices across many disciplines in the business, who are able to contribute to Pland’s continuous development. The apprentices are seen as strategic to Pland’s development and are an important part of the succession plan for the company.

David Pochin, PHG's chairman addresses the audience.

Plumbing & Heating Group (PHG) recently held its second Supplier Day and Supplier Awards at the Carden Park Hotel & Golf Resort in Cheshire.

The latest sales figures from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel, released by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in the Builders Merchants Building Index, show sales in Q1 2016 through the UK’s general builders’ merchants were up both on the last quarter and on the same quarter in 2015.

On 19 May, Stamford Mayor John Dawson cut the ribbon to Kent Blaxill’s new decorative store in the town.

The team at Burdens’ Aberdeen branch.

For the first time ever, civils supplier Burdens has brought its portfolio of infrastructure brands under one roof - in Aberdeen - as part of a wider strategy to offer a one-stop-shop approach to civils, groundworks, utilities and hire.

Graf UK’s Scotland team.

After three years of significant growth, water management specialist Graf UK has further strengthened its presence in Scotland, with the opening of a dedicated branch in Glasgow.

In a bid to encourage individuals to get into construction and engineering trades, Russell Roof Tiles has launched a £10,000 bursary for youngsters.

Knauf Insulation is the latest to join the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) panel of experts. Managing director for Northern Europe, John Sinfield, will be the voice of mineral wool Insulation.

Eurocell has just seen 11 members of staff successfully emerge as the inaugural graduates of its in-house Management Development Programme. The 11 staff had completed the Level One developed for new managers – people who have just been promoted into a management position or relatively inexperienced managers looking to build their skills.

Subcontractors, material suppliers and construction industry consultants from the East of Scotland are being invited to a free Meet the Buyer event run by Constructionline on 19 May to find out about upcoming work in the area.

The Scottish Government HEEPS Loan Scheme for energy efficiency measures is now open, offering owner-occupiers, private tenants and registered private sector landlords an interest free loan of up to £15,000 for installing a variety of measures.

City Heating Spares, part of the Group Spares division of Travis Perkins plc, has completed the roll-out of its award-winning 'Drop Box' service in City Plumbing Supplies branches across its network.

ONS figures published on 13 May show that construction output in March fell by 3.6% month-on-month, and by 4.5% compared with one year earlier.

Rapidly growing independent merchant Huws Gray has acquired Shropshire Building Supplies for an undisclosed sum.

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