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Salamander Pumps is strengthening its commitment to customer service, innovation and product development, with an in-house apprenticeship programme that has seen its first student graduate into a permanent role, while seven of its staff are combining work with studying for qualifications.

Sales of building materials through UK builders merchants remained strong in Q3 2016, the first three months following the Brexit vote. The latest figures from the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) appear to buck the downward construction trend reported by the ONS earlier this month.

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has reached an agreement to acquire Integrity Software, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and its successful suite of products. This acquisition is a key strategic investment for KCS in South Africa.

A new report, that attempts to provide a roadmap for flood prevention in the UK, has been described as a ‘direct challenge’ to the government’s existing policy on sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS).

A call to embrace innovation to tackle the growing construction skills shortage, standardise quality and ensure the UK reaches its new build housing targets has been applauded by Actis insulation.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme and the National Federation of Builders (NFB) have formed a partnership to promote best practice and raise standards across construction industry SMEs.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond announced new housebuilding investments in his first Autumn Statement (23 November), along with new funds for roads and to improve the UK’s digital infrastructure.

At the recent Graham Plumbers’ Merchant annual conference, a number of staff and suppliers were recognised for their work in helping to provide the best possible service for customers.

IKO was one of many companies to support this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show.

IKO recently supported the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants’ (WCoBM) float at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show in November.

Pipe Center and Climate Center has completed the roll out of its new, streamlined product range as part of a £7m stock investment.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers (CIPHE) have agreed a strategic alliance that will see the two organisations collaborating in key areas.

Alumasc’s blue rain drops bring fun and colour to the Lord Mayor’s Show.

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) was among the many supplier brands supporting the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants’ (WCoBM) Float at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show.

The Rainy Day Trust has announced a 12-month partnership with Shelter to provide specialist advice to beneficiaries from the home improvement sector that have a housing need.

Bryan Clover, chief executive officer of the Rainy Day Trust, explains how the RDT uses the funds it raises.

Eurocell has initiated a technical apprentices scheme alongside its in-house Management Development Programme in order to underwrite a talent base for the future and ensure its leadership training is balanced across all workplace disciplines.

As a supplier to the builders' merchant industry, Barnsley-based clay and plastic pipe manufacturer Naylor Drainage has close links with City Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants. This year's Lord Mayor's show was held on Saturday 12 November, and included a float from the Livery Company which was sponsored by Naylor.

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland has teamed up with UK-GBC for its Learning and Development Programme. The partnership, which began in October, will continue throughout the rest of 2016 and into 2017.

The team at NMBS, the UK's largest buying society for independent builders', timber, plumbing and heating, and hardware merchants, are undertaking an epic bike ride in aid of charity.

Following months of preparation, a five-year logistics supply partnership between Eddie Stobart and Aggregate Industries has gone live.

Heather Wheeler, MP for South Derbyshire, has praised the entrepreneurial spirit of staircase manufacturer TwoTwenty during a visit to the company’s headquarters this week.

As a supplier to the builders’ merchant industry, Naylor Drainage has close links with City Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants. This year’s Lord Mayor’s show was held on 12 November, and included a float from the Livery Company which was sponsored by Naylor.

Builders’ merchant, Chadwicks, has undergone a major refurbishment as part of its business growth strategy.

The team at Galashiels open the doors to the building trade and general public.

MKM Building Supplies has arrived in the Scottish town of Galashiels, creating 13 jobs with the opening of its 45th branch.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has joined with the organisers of the National Apprenticeship Show to offer BMF members discounted exhibition space at the five apprenticeship shows taking place around the country next year.

For the second year in a row, Plumb Center has been named the number one rated bathroom brand in the Which? customer survey 2016. The survey rated Plumb Center 30% ahead of another well-known brand.

Knauf Insulation is delighted to announce that, for the fourth year running, it has been presented with the Supplier of the Year award in the roofing and insulation category, at the National Buying Group (NBG) Awards.

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) has recognised the educational achievements of the door hardware industry at its annual Education Awards.

Saniflo UK says its 2016 ‘Building better bathrooms’ roadshow has been so successful that it will take to the road again in 2017 visiting new venues with new products.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is planning a new format for the next BMF Members’ Day, which will take place on 20 September, 2017.

Merchants and stockists looking to offer professional decorators all the products, tools and materials they need for various decorating jobs can see the latest innovations and at this year's National Painting and Decorating Show.

Figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that construction output declined 1.1% in the third quarter of 2016.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has nominated the Teenage Cancer Trust as its charity partner for 2017. During the year the Federation will raise funds through four major events, with the proceeds being shared equally between the Teenage Cancer Trust and the merchant industry's own charity, the Rainy Day Trust.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is urging the Chancellor to cut VAT to 5% on household repairs, maintenance and improvements in the Autumn Statement next week.

The plumbers’ merchant market was worth an estimated £4 billion in 2015, having recovered strongly in recent years. Demand has increased since 2013, leading to greater demand for plumbing materials, bathroom and shower products, and the plumbers’ merchants market is forecast to grow by around 4% in 2016, according to a report by AMA Research.

A new tool, designed to help employers find apprenticeship training, has been launched by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

A study by IronmongeryDirect has found that homeowners are still impressed with the work that is being carried out by trade professionals, despite noticing that the numbers of tradespeople available are dwindling.

PlumbStock has announced a new trade counter in Bury St Edmunds, the latest of 16 new branches opened by the company throughout 2015 and 2016.

Allowing local authorities to borrow to build homes could both help tackle the housing crisis and mitigate any emerging economic uncertainty, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said ahead of the Autumn Statement.

The Brick Development Association (BDA) has called for a lifetime guarantee to be offered on newbuild homes, after reports that government ministers are planning to tackle the housing shortage by funding prefabricated homes

Worcester, Bosch Group, has taken to the streets with a brand new advertising campaign, driving around the UK in a giant knitted van to remind homeowners that they can #RelyOnWorcester to keep warm this winter.

A new partnership has been announced between HSS Hire Group and Kubota. Under the partnership, 200 new machines from Kubota will be available with next-day delivery within the Greater London area.

Moelven Wood AB chief executive Mikael Axelsson.

Moelven Wood in Sweden has announced the acquisition of DLH's Swedish operations. The company has said it provides a local presence in Skåne and the southern parts of Sweden.

Kellaway Building Supplies has purchased Worcester-based Premier Timber and Builders Merchant, which will become Kellaway’s 12th merchant branch.

A-Plant has placed its largest order this year with JCB in an investment totalling £35m. The company has purchased more than 1,200 new JCB machines, including a number of the company’s new JS130 13-tonne tracked excavators.

Young people examining their career prospects should be considering entering the building and construction industry, according to research by builders’ merchant Gibbs & Dandy.

A step change is needed in mind set and delivery on housebuilding, if the UK is to meet the government’s welcome ambition to build one million new homes by 2020, according a new CBI report.

Mapei UK has become the latest supplier member of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

The Construction Product Association’s (CPA’s) latest Construction Trade Survey, published last week, shows that the construction industry grew for a 14th consecutive quarter in Q3.

DART has launched a new website alongside a rebrand of the company, to improve functionality and strengthen the brand.

Travis Perkins has celebrated the graduation of 95 management apprentices this year. This commitment by Travis Perkins is intended to help develop future talent and close the skills gap in the construction sector.

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