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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.

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.

Staff at Grant UK have raised over £350 for local children’s charity Julia’s House with a raffle held in September.

Ridgeons has announced a series of major new investments and changes to its Cambridge branches, with the renovation and expansion of its existing Nuffield Road branch, the opening of a new flagship branch in Norman Way and the closure of the existing Cromwell Road branch in April 2018.

Aggregate Industries has provided the platform for the newly created National College for High Speed Rail, located in the centre of Birmingham.

A major initiative within the builders’ merchant sector is set to boost fire safety knowledge and the installation of properly certificated fire doors in a huge range of building projects, large and small.

Visqueen has opened a dedicated training academy, at its headquarters in Heanor, Derbyshire.

The Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) is launching BMF IT Solutions Plus to help its members to utilise digital technology to enhance their service and improve productivity.

Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, is pleased to announce the launch of its new corporate video which allows potential and existing customers to gain an insight into the company, the people and the products.

A team from SR Timber has raised more than £3450 for charity after completing a car rally that took them through ten European countries in four days, ending in Monte Carlo.

Two stalwarts of the South West, Exeter Chiefs and Bradfords Building Supplies, have joined forces for the 2017-18 rugby season.

JCB Finance pledges its support to SMEs.

JCB Finance is launching a campaign to provide additional support for SMEs in the construction sector when taking out external funding.

The latest data from the BMBI Report shows builders' merchants' sales are in good health. Despite media speculation, sales increased again in July, with a 7.0% increase compared with July 2016.

Left to right: Dawn Gracie and Trish Aylmore.

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants welcomed vintage entertainer and singer Dawn Gracie to its Chichester depot last week for a charity ‘Builders’ Bake Off’.

Howarth Timber gets set for another charity dinner.

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies is hosting a star-studded Sportsman’s Dinner in support of its 2017 charity partner Cancer Research UK.

A major survey of 2,000 UK adults in support of Fire Door Safety Week, 25 September – 1 October, has shown an alarming lack of general public awareness of the essential role of fire doors, which are a legal requirement in all commercial, public and multi-occupancy buildings.

Theresa May has addressed the issue of Brexit in a landmark speech delivered in Florence on 22 September.

Travis Perkins paid a visit to Northampton Academy this week to share their coding expertise with its Year 10 students as part of UK-wide ‘National Coding Week’.

Gibbs & Dandy is getting a kick out of its latest sponsorship deal, as it supports one of the UK’s largest martial arts events, which takes place this weekend.

The Welsh Government’s announcement that £30m will be pumped into the Wales Property Development Fund to improve access to finance for small Welsh construction firms will help to increase house building, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Cymru.

IronmongeryDirect has partnered with supplier TIMco to donate a pallet full of fastenings and fixings which is being sent to hurricane torn Barbuda in the Caribbean.

As the colder months draw closer and heating systems are turned back on, it’s the time of the year where heating engineers are more frequently called out for essential servicing.

A group of employees from Elliotts Builders Merchant will ride 550 miles across France this month to raise money for cervical cancer charity, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

John Nicholls (Trading) has announced the opening of its latest Plumbing & Heating branch at Top Angel, Buckingham Industrial Estate, Buckingham.

Two employees from the Farnham branch of Rudridge have completed the challenge of a lifetime and raised £3,200 by cycling from Paris to Geneva in memory of a much-missed former colleague.

Ridgeons in Bury St Edmunds is donating £1,000 worth of construction materials and building tools to a Barbuda appeal to help people on the island rebuild homes following Hurricane Irma.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has nominated Variety, the Children’s Charity, as its charity partner for 2018. Variety works to improve the lives of children and young people throughout the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged.

Border Merchant Systems, a supplier of dedicated merchant software, will be hosting a series of Customer User Meetings in November.

Elliotts, an independent supplier of building products for the trade and public, has joined in with the effort to help re-build Barbuda following Hurricane Irma.

Housing and Planning Minister, Alok Sharma has welcomed plans by Ibstock, the UK’s largest brick manufacturer, to invest £50m in a new factory in Leicestershire.

The Crystal Clear Group has confirmed a three Conference sponsorship arrangement with the Builders Merchants Federation. Crystal will be the Headline Sponsor for the BMF All Industry Conference in 2019, 2021 and 2023.

A survey of over 200 trainee roofers by Redland has revealed that fear of injury or death is the biggest concern for 43% of them. Of the 212 surveyed, 63 said that they were most worried about falling from height, 12 cited health and safety issues, 11 said injuries and five said they feared death.

New research from Worcester, Bosch Group has revealed that homeowners are putting themselves at risk by failing to commit to simple gas safety checks.

Industry charity the Rainy Day Trust is set to receive nearly £78,000 from the Pavestone Rally, which took place in early September.

Watts Water Technologies, global manufacturer and supplier of water and heating technology, has joined the BMF as a Supplier Member.

This year your Christmas donation can create places that care for people who are homeless or in a hospice.

The London Assembly’s proposal to focus on building offsite manufactured homes to help it deliver the 50,000 new dwellings it needs every year has been welcomed by pan European insulation specialist Actis.

Biomass opposition is constantly stepping up as Norbord and other wood-using industries join forces with environmental charities to urge Government to limit support for subsidies.

The Viessmann Group, a international manufacturer of heating and cooling systems has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Builders Qwik Qwote has been over a year in the making, evolving from a number of conversations with builders’ merchants and builders.

Local builders’ merchant Travis Perkins offered a free breakfast to residents and commuters in Belgravia to celebrate their heritage in the local area and to raise awareness around a planning request which threatens the historic Travis Perkins branch in Pimlico.

Ibstock, is playing its part in ensuring construction students are equipped with the materials needed to hone their skills, by donating 12,000 of its bricks as part of an ongoing partnership between the brick manufacturer and the Construction Skills Village.

Generous customers, suppliers and staff from Keyline raised a fantastic £625 for Prostate Cancer UK during Perth Racecourse’s annual Carnival Day on Saturday 19th August.

The Portsmouth branch of Covers Timber and Builders Merchants will be sponsoring Baffins Milton Rovers FC during the 2017/2018 season.

This year the Rainy Day Trust partnered with Pavestone to run a banger rally to the French Riviera in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Off mains drainage specialists Marsh Industries put themselves in the driving seat, being the first team to drive into Monte Carlo after a four-day drive passing through eight countries along the way.

Hemel Hempstead has become the 10th branch to open this year as Selco Builders Warehouse continues its rapid expansion plans.

Employees at the Farnham branch of groundwork and civil engineering company Rudridge have been recognised for the impressive milestone of 20 years of combined service at the business.

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