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A vote among the principals and owners of some of the UK’s top independent builders merchants, carried out by National Buying Group (NBG), shows strong support for the United Kingdom to remain as a member of the European Union.

Seal It Services, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will be used by Bond It to open up increased export opportunities for its range across the North American continent.

Dimplex’s A-Class air source heat pump.

Heat pump manufacturer Dimplex has welcomed the government’s announcement that it is to keep the reduced VAT rate on energy-saving materials including heat pumps and solar panels.

Natural Paving Products has opened a new purpose-built warehouse to stock new product lines and enhance its customer service.

A radio and marketing campaign from Richard Burbidge, persuading homeowners to transform their halls, stairways and landings, has hit the airwaves from this week onwards.

Climate Center has invested heavily to respond effectively to the changes to the F-Gas regulations by ensuring the lower GWP R32 refrigerant is readily available for customers in all of its 45 branches nationwide, as an alternative to R410A.

The Fortis conference, which took place on 10 March at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham, with the aim of ‘maximising sales opportunities’, sought to recognise those companies who have added value for the Fortis merchant network.

Construction activity increased across the supply chain for a twelfth consecutive quarter during Q1 2016, according to the latest Construction Trade Survey from the Construction Products Association (CPA), but uncertainty prevails for the sector going forward.

The NMBS Golf Day took place on Thursday 5 May, 2016, showcasing that business and pleasure can mix in remarkable fashion.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has confirmed that Paul McNamara, technical director at Williams Advanced Engineering, will speak at BMF Members Day in September. In doing so, the BMF has underscored the motor racing motif behind the event’s overall theme, 'Together Towards Tomorrow'.

Norbord has been praised by a local politician for its apprenticeship programme. Norbord welcomed David Stewart, Labour list MSP for Highlands and Islands, to meet with apprentices at its Morayhill plant.

Travis Perkins has been fined £2m following the death of a customer at its Old Wolverton branch in Milton Keynes. The company pleaded guilty at Amersham Crown Court to two offences under the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974.

H-Mix, based at the former Alcan Lynemouth smelter site, is investing £400,000 into a new plant to service its growing order book.

The House of Lords has blocked the government's efforts to scrap the zero carbon homes standard. The government’s decision not to proceed with the scheme was announced in July 2015, but was met industry-wide concern.

Following its recent rebrand, QRL Radiator Group opened a dedicated product showcase at The Building Centre in London on 5 May.

Builders’ Merchants News is again supporting CRASH for the 2016 Windsor Half Marathon and, together, we’re asking the industry to enter a team for the event.

Ridgeons has been crowned ‘Supplier of the Year’ at the Norfolk Constructing Excellence Club Awards, which celebrates construction projects, organisations, individuals and companies who positively contribute to the built environment across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge.

City Plumbing Supplies has launched a new website for installers.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has strengthened its presence in Doncaster with the acquisition of Maltings Timber Merchants.

City Plumbing Supplies has celebrated the completion of its role in Travis Perkins’ pledge to 'build the best' plumbing and heating division in the UK. Marked with a celebratory event for customers, suppliers, and colleagues in the North East, the event marked a nationwide investment in City Plumbing Supplies branches.

House of Lords amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill, which would target small development sites for expensive affordable housing contributions and increase regulations and taxes on small builders, will stifle the supply of new homes at a time when they are needed most, warns Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Barnsley-based Naylor Concrete Products has acquired the Whites Concrete business of flooring manufacturer Longley Concrete.

Parker Building Supplies' marketing manager Jamie Pierce joined 38,000 other intrepid athletes on Sunday 24 April to run the London Marathon for charity.

MKM Building Supplies is the latest major partner of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and is celebrating the announcement with an opportunity to recognise the city’s community heroes.

Andy Williamson, group managing director of IKO plc.

IKO Plc has agreed terms with the shareholders of Pure Asphalt Company to acquire the company, which is based in Bolton, Lancashire. The shares are to be purchased subject to regulatory clearance, with completion expected within three months.

Salaries for small building firms are soaring as a result of the growing skills shortage, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Guy Malam, managing director of Doncaster-based Tembé DIY & Building Products completed the Virgin Money London Marathon for the first time on Sunday 24 April, alongside his fiancée Victoria Nicholson. Mr Malam was running to raise vital funds for Children with Cancer UK.

The Dundee team.

Minster is set to open a brand new branch in Dundee on 3 May 2016, a move that will strengthen its offering and service in Scotland.

Peter Tom CBE, chairman of Breedon Aggregates, delivered a statement at the company's Annual General Meeting last week saying that trading in the first three months of 2016 was in line with the company's expectations, despite a slow start to the year in Scotland.

SCA Timber, manufacturer of wood-based products, with an annual production of 2.1 million cubic metres, has proven its sustainability credentials by being included in the world’s most credible and well-known indices.

In the face of major political, economic and technical changes coming the way of the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry, the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is making ‘risk’ the key theme of this year’s BWF Members’ Day.

Plumb Center’s Trade Talk 2016 roadshow is reportedly off to a great start. The free events bring together industry experts, installers, suppliers and local Plumb and Parts Center branch teams, and offer insight and tips for making installers’ businesses more efficient.

The Kinedo by Saniflo roadshow truck.

From May to October this year, the Kinedo by Saniflo ‘Building better bathrooms’ roadshow will be touring the UK; parking up daily at merchant customers with the aim of inviting installers along to installation demonstrations and product showcases.

On a recent trip to SCA’s facilities in Sweden, a group of customers from Huws Gray and Buildbase were given the opportunity to observe thye company's full supply chain. The aim of the trip was to give SCA's customers a unique insight into where the products they sell are produced.

Plumb Center’s Trade Talk 2016 roadshow is off to a flying start, with attendees praising the first events as “truly insightful”. The free events bring together industry experts, installers, suppliers and local Plumb and Parts Center branch teams, offering installers insight and tips for making installers' businesses more efficient.

Capital Drywall, an independent drylining and insulation specialist based in London, has completed a major business restructure while also making significant investment in its truck fleet.

MKM Building Supplies has signed a landmark deal with Kingspan Insulation as its exclusive supplier of Polyisocyanurate (PIR) insulation. MKM is the first independent builders’ merchant to partner exclusively with Kingspan.

The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) has agreed a two-year deal involving a 5% pay rise over two years. The announcement follows the successful conclusion of negotiations between the Federation of Master Builders, on behalf of SME construction employers, and Unite the union, on behalf of operatives.

Construction plays a major part in the UK economy, as well as providing much-needed housing and infrastructure to the country, but is that how the public sees the industry?

WernerCo has announced that it has become a member of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF); highlighting the brand’s commitment to strengthening its ties with the merchant sector.

Construction Products Association (CPA) chairman John Sinfield launched three new strategic objectives and a new logo for the Association, at its annual Spring Lunch on 19 April, 2016.

Despite the government promising to deliver 200,000 new homes by 2020, the latest survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has revealed that growth in the private housing sector slowed down considerably during the first quarter of 2016.

Newbuild housing cannot provide enough homes needed in London to help overcome today's housing crisis. Better use has to be made of existing buildings and building upwards to add extra storeys.

This year Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is proud to be celebrating 40 years of providing innovative computer software solutions to the distribution sector.

John Newcomb has been elected as an officer of the Construction Products Association.

The Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) managing director, John Newcomb, was elected as an officer of the Construction Products Association (CPA) at its AGM on 19 April, 2016.

BMBI's five industry experts.

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) has welcomed three new experts to its panel of industry commentators in the Q4 2015 report: Keith Ellis, commercial director of Hanson Cement, speaking for cement and aggregates, Derrick McFarland, managing director of Keystone Lintels, and Steve Halford, managing director of Crystal Direct, speaking for PVC-U windows and doors.

UK racking specialist Filplastic has completed a contract to help PGR Timber launch a new flagship depot. The depot, in Brentwood, Essex, consists of a trade counter and shop, warehouse and timber yard, and is situated on Hubert Road in the town.

Due to its recent growth, Williams & Co, the trade only plumbing and heating wholesaler is moving a mile from its current location of Claybank Road to Unit D1 Neville Shute Road.

The hire department of a builders’ merchant has marked its expansion across its UK network by taking a place on the grid for the British Superbike Championship in 2016.

Parker Building Supplies has enrolled three senior staff members in the Builders' Merchants Federation Foundation Degree.

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