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Champion Timber’s Edenbridge branch was delighted to donate plywood to support an event that aimed to inspire local youngsters to follow their dreams.

Lewis Benson after the shave.

A group of staff at Covers depots in Chichester, Gosport and Portsmouth have raised a total of £564 for Comic Relief after undertaking a range of activities, including bake sales and a sponsored shave.

Huws Gray Builders Merchants has announced its first acquisition in Yorkshire, having recently completed the purchase of James Wilby Builders Merchants.

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its second Regional Centre of Excellence in the North West, at Sentinel Performance Solutions' facility in Warrington.

The London Fire Brigade has tackled a huge fire at a builders' merchants in Brent Cross, London.

To celebrate the £7m refurbishment of its flagship Saffron Walden branch, Ridgeons, has handed lucky winner Darren Petchey, the keys to a brand-new Mercedes-Benz Vito van, worth over £21,000.

Trade association the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a new website at www.bmf.org.uk to serve its members across the industry.

NMBS – the UK's largest buying society for independent builders', timber, plumbing and heating, and hardware merchants – has staged another highly successful annual exhibition.

Staff from builders’ merchant Howarth Timber Group have thrown their hats in the ring for not one but two boxing challenges in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Darren Holliday, managing director of Abode is taking on the Mount Kilimanjaro Ascent Challenge in June, fundraising for ‘Hartlepool Families First’ charity. The charity enables disabled children in Hartlepool, to enjoy life to the full.

Carl Arntzen is the new chairman of the CPA.

The Construction Products Association (CPA) has named Carl Arntzen as its new chairman.

Buttle's has been identified by the Financial Times as one of Europe's fastest-growing companies.

L-r: Peter Collison (Badshot Lea FC), Mark Broad (Badshot Lea FC) and Paul Duke (Rudridge).

Rudridge has helped get renovations underway at the new Badshot Lea FC grounds in Westfield Lane, Farnham with work expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2018/19 football season.

L-r: Danny Byrne with John Savage.

Heating and plumbing merchant, Flame Heating Spares, is targeting further growth and job creation as it looks to expand its operation to serve the Scottish market.

The Construction Products Association’s (CPA) latest State of Trade Survey reports that UK construction product manufacturers registered an increase in sales and activity in the first quarter of 2017. This extends the industry’s period of growth to four years, despite a backdrop of increasing input cost pressures.

Local dignataries, company directors and employees gathered to mark the official opening of the new Geberit UK head office in Warwick last month.

The SCA Group is to become two listed companies: the forest products company SCA and the hygiene and health company Essity.

Sean Neary testing for the new season.

Bradfords Tool Hire has been announced as a sponsorship partner of the Zoek Racing Team competing in the 2017 British Superbike Championship Ducati Cup.

Sarah Sadler, Kohler Mira’s finance director handing a cheque of £92,000 to the CRUK fundraising team.

Staff at Kohler Mira have smashed its fundraising target for Cancer Research UK (CRUK), which has resulted in £92,000 being handed over to the charity this spring.

Mike Pollard of ForgeFix is running the Virgin London Marathon on 23 April, 2017, for Dementia Friends in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.

Together with Crown Paints, Kent Blaxill is launching its “All hands on Dec” campaign, to renovate a worthy community project in the local area.

1st Chulmleigh Scouts are the latest winners of RGB Building Supplies’ Well Built Community Fund following a public vote.

Gibbs & Dandy has opened a branch in Stevenage to carry on the legacy of a local builders’ merchant, Chas Lowe & Sons in Knebworth, which is due to close.

L-r: Emily, Claire, David and Mollie Young.

David Young, managing director of Bradfords Building Supplies, has raised over £1,000 for Macmillan by taking part in a ‘Brave the Shave’ headshave on 3 April.

Jeff House, regulatory marketing manager at Baxi.

Boiler manufacturer Baxi has joined Carbon Connect, an independent, cross-party forum that aims to inform and guide the transition to a low carbon future underpinned by sustainable energy.

L-r: Lee Williams, Iwan Vaughan Jones and Steven Robert Jones.

The Huws Gray head office team successfully completed the Liverpool Half Marathon, raising over £450 for the UK Sepsis Trust.

Energetic employees from Keyline will be jumping into the saddle to raise vital funds for charity by cycling from Dumfries to Inverness. The team will pedal the 300-mile route over four days this summer in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

The boards of NBG and H&B buying groups have announced that they are in discussions regarding a potential merger of the two organisations.

National Buying Group (NBG) merchant Partner TEC Supplies Group has scooped won KBB Review's Bathroom Retailer of the Year award.

The search is on to give one of Northern Ireland's nightmare bathrooms a much-needed upgrade

Jungheinrich UK has announced the launch of its new flagship ‘Forkcourt’ showroom and Business Hub concept to support local logistics-intensive businesses.

Lily Owsley, part of the Olympic gold-medal winning GB women’s hockey team from Brazil 2016, is opening the new EH Smith branch in Castle Bromwich, West Midlands.

The national campaign ‘Spotlight on…illegal workers’ has been launched by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

TEC Supplies Group has scooped KBB Review’s Bathroom Retailer of the Year award.

Lloyd Winter has joined Marley Plumbing and Drainage as technical services manager.

Due to an increased demand for design and technical advice, Marley Plumbing and Drainage has appointed Lloyd Winter as its new technical services manager, to provide unparalleled support to its customers.

Plumbase has brought back its programme of Innovation Nights, aimed at giving installers a first glimpse of some of the newest products on the plumbing and heating market.

Installers have been urged to take extra caution over their choice of boiler components and accessories, amid a growing number of controls and flue systems being sold on the internet as compatible with certain manufacturers’ boiler models.

Small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) are focusing on the potential of employee benefits to help boost productivity and improve company performance, according to new research from MetLife’s UK Employee Benefit Trends Study 2017.

Eurocell has announced a new initiative for 2017, which sees the company adopting two charities – one national and one local. The Eurocell board has also committed to augment approved employee efforts with corporate contributions.

Jewson has partnered with Henry Boot Construction as part of the ‘Better Barnsley’ project.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has teamed up with JCB to help make training courses more accessible to the Federation’s members in Staffordshire.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is building on its first appearance at UK Construction Week last autumn by once again hosting its own branded BMF Pavilion at this year’s exhibition, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 10 to 12 October.

Wolseley has announced that it will be changing its name to Ferguson and stepping away from its operations in the Nordic regions.

Jewson has announced the return of Building Better Communities for 2017, the competition where deserving causes, and tradespeople that make a difference in their local areas, can win a share of a £250,000 total prize fund.

Responding to today’s Article 50 announcement, the Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF) has urged Theresa May and Davis Davis to negotiate a mutually beneficial new customs agreement based on zero or low tariffs.

Knauf Insulation has entered into a long-term contract with Veolia, which will see £10m invested in a new glass cullet processing facility, next to its manufacturing plant in St. Helens.

Border Merchant Systems and Adra are inviting customers to join an online webinar entitled: How Adra can help CounterAct Software users improve efficiency, which will demonstrate how Adra can help your business achieve efficiencies in accounts reconciliation.

Oswestry-based General Buildings Plastics is running a free demonstration day for building trade professionals and DIYers looking to improve their flat roofing skills.

Over 200 veterans, along with their carers and partners, enjoyed a 'night to remember' when they attended 100: A Tribute to Dame Vera Lynn, thanks to a £10,000 donation made by civils and drainage solutions supplier Keyline.

Rudridge will be supporting the managing director of a long standing customer, who is raising awareness for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre, by helping him to raise funds for the cause.

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