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Spanning 27,000 square feet and featuring full-size show houses, the Express bi-folding doors showroom The Home Space is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. To mark the occasion, a grand opening weekend will be held from 16 to 17 September, with exclusive discounts for attendees.

Voting is now underway in SIG Roofing’s national Britain’s Best Café competition. Customers of SIG Roofing, together with members of the public, are being encouraged to vote for their favourite local café.

Take one very cheap Ford Fiesta, add four grown men in fancy dress and drive 1,278km to Monte Carlo, via eight countries, in just three days. 

Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland has launched its 2014/15 corporate social responsibility (CSR) review, hosted online in a new customisable format.

Boosting the quality and quantity of apprenticeships through construction SMEs will be the key focus of the new national president of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Last week, architectural ironmongers, builders’ merchants and door hardware students across the world discovered whether they have succeeded in gaining industry qualifications from the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI).

Worcester, Bosch Group's Technical Support department.

Worcester, Bosch Group is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Technical Support department, showcasing the heroes and stories behind its service.

L-right: Bob Muddimer - ARP, Lady Gretton, Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lord Hazlerigg, Dr Jonathan Castleman - chairman of Norman and Underwood, Katie Beckett and Richard Muddimer, ARP.

Aluminium Roofline Products (ARP) held an opening ceremony on 11 August to launch its new conveyorised wet paint spraying line.

Neil Schofield, head of government and external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group.

Continuing delays to the long awaited Bonfield Review, which is investigating the home energy efficiency sector, are leaving the heating industry in limbo, according to one boiler manufacturer.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has opened its first Regional Centre of Excellence in Scotland. This is part of a localisation programme designed to strengthen the organisation's regional presence and add to the support it offers members in their geographic area.

The Vokèra Trade Vehicle is back on the road and touring the length and breadth of Great Britain following an extensive refit. The vehicle, which has been with the company since 2011, has visited a vast number of merchants and events over the years and was in need of a refurbishment.

Commenting on government plans to increase tax on solar panels, Mike Cherry, national chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, said that the inclusion of renewable technology investment in the business rates calculation would further discourage small business investors, many of whom may already have been impacted by recent changes to low carbon subsidies.

Two thirds of SME housebuilders are yet to see any significant changes to their project pipelines in the wake of Brexit, new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed.

A family-owned company has invested over £150,000 in a major refurbishment programme for one of its key North Wales sites.

Procuring plumbing, heating and drainage products in one go will now be far easier as Plumb and Parts Center embraces fellow Wolseley UK brand Drain Center.

Richard Burbidge is proud to announce Howarth Timber & Building Supplies in Newcastle-under-Lyme as its first Premier Centre.

BSRIA has welcomed government plans to launch a multi-billion pound funding package aimed at tackling the housing crisis.

The Builders Merchant Building Index's (BMBI) new website is now live. Visitors to the new website can access the latest monthly and quarterly indexes, download past reports, read the BMBI Expert comments and get in touch with the Experts directly.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is to have its own branded BMF Pavilion at the Ecobuild exhibition, which takes place at Excel, London from 7 to 9 March, 2017.

Murdock Builders' Merchants, which has branches across Northern Ireland and in Dublin, has acquired the merchanting division of FR Cathcart in Enniskillen, bringing its total number of branches to 12.

Alongside its sponsorship of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth, Travis Perkins gave two college photography students the opportunity to be its official event photographers.

Yorkshire racking specialist Filplastic has doubled the storage capacity at a busy builders' merchant in less than two days.

Orkla’s purchase of L.G. Harris & Co. (‘Harris’) has now been completed.

Stairparts manufacturer Richard Burbidge has chosen Howarth Timber & Building Supplies in Newcastle-under-Lyme as its first Premier Centre.

PlumbStock, the dedicated heating and plumbing brand of the Ridgeon Group, has renovated its existing branch in Cromwell Road, Cambridge to provide an enhanced, customer-focused service. This will be delivered by a team with over 200 years' industry experience.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has opened its first Regional Centre of Excellence as part of a localisation programme designed to strengthen the organisation's regional presence and add to the support it offers members in their geographic area.

Mark Rayfield, chief executive of Jewson, says that, with an estimated 1.65m people in the UK currently unemployed, it seems absurd that one of the construction industry’s biggest challenges is the lack of skilled men and women available to make up trade workforces.

A manifesto for fire safety has been produced by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Certifire fire door and doorset scheme, calling upon government to significantly improve the level of fire protection for building users within UK legislation.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) have agreed to work more closely in a number of areas that will benefit the members of their respective organisations.

The new Tudor Griffiths Builders’ Merchants branch in Bridgnorth.

Staff at Tudor Griffiths Group has opened the doors to its new branch at Chartwell Park in Bridgnorth.

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland has just been announced as the supporting winner of the Green Apple Award for Built Environment and Architectural Heritage.

MRA managing director Lucia Di Stazio.

MRA Marketing has joined the Construction Products Association (CPA) as an associate.

British manufacturer QRL Radiator Group has launched a campaign for the introduction of an energy labelling system for radiators – similar to the one used for boilers, renewables, hot water cylinders and other household essentials.

A 20 point plan, drawn up last week by the Royal Institute of British Architects to address the housing crisis, has been welcomed by innovative pan European insulation company Actis.

MKM Building Supplies has arrived in the South West, creating 14 jobs with the opening of its 44th branch, located in Honiton.

LBS Builders' Merchants has raised £12,206 for cancer charity Macmillan Cymru by walking to the top of Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons.

Staff from NMBS recently swapped the office for canoes in aid of a worthy cause.

The latest sales figures from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel, released on 23 August, by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI), show sales in Q2 2016 through the UK’s general builders’ merchants were up both on the last quarter and on the same quarter in 2015.

IKO UK Group has signed a mandated supplier agreement with Willmott Dixon. This includes IKO Polymeric for the supply of Spectraplan TPE and Armourplan PVC single ply membranes. IKO will supply its range of bituminous roofing systems Permatec hot melt, Permaphalt mastic asphalt and IKO Polimar cold applied liquids.

Timbmet, a UK supplier of timber and panel products, is inviting the trade to an Open Day on Thursday 22 September at its Stonehouse Depot in Gloucestershire.

West Brom midfield star Craig Gardner recently visited Midlands trade supplier, Stax Trade Centres, to present a signed shirt on behalf of the club following a charity raffle.

As part of Champion Timber's new Weybridge branch, Richard Burbidge's FUSION commercial stairparts have been fitted to provide a stylish and secure staircase for its customers.

Kevin Gardiner who leads the TG Enviro team at Tudor Griffiths Group.

A family-owned Shropshire firm has completely transformed one of its most important divisions.

With the first full month of post-Brexit figures in the books it was the infrastructure sector that experienced a decline, with the value of contracts for July decreasing to £1.5bn, a drop of 20% compared to June based on a three month rolling average.

Russell Roof Tiles has invested £5.7m in new capital equipment over the last five years, with almost £1m invested so far this year.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) have agreed a strategic partnership that will enhance the support both organisations offer their members.

EH Smith has acquired a new site as it continues its investment in its branch network. The Solihull-based business has bought a site in Castle Bromwich, with plans to open in early 2017.

VIP Polymers is pleased to announce that the company has recently joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) as a supplier member.

LBS Builders’ Merchants has completed the acquisition of Talbot Timber, its largest acquisition to date.

Reynaers has outgrown its existing office and warehouse facilities in Birmingham, thanks to significant growth over recent years. The new headquarters is a major investment of £6m for Reynaers.

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