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Bond It has opened a dedicated training facility in West Yorkshire to help the company deliver high levels of customer service and support.

Selco Builders Warehouse is celebrating two branch anniversaries by giving charities and community groups the chance to build a brighter future as part of a competition.

Paul Taylor, managing director of Filplastic, has seen a 22% increase in the company’s sales.

A Yorkshire-based company that considers itself a ‘barometer of the builders’ merchants industry’ has racked up a 22% increase in annual sales.

Prestressed concrete lintel manufacturer Naylor Concrete Products has announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Barugh Green, Barnsley.

BSRIA has launched its White Paper titled ‘Achieving Carbon Targets’, which asks what the construction industry needs from government to deliver and achieve the carbon targets over the next decade.

Construction output is predicted to increase 13.2% by 2017, with private house building expected to be a key driver of this growth, according to the latest forecasts from the Construction Products Association (CPA).

The latest sales figures from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel, released today (24 August) by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), show sales in Q2 2015 through the UK’s general builders’ merchants were at their highest since tracking began last July.

Sales through the UK’s general builders merchants in Q2 2015 were at their highest since tracking began last July, the latest figures from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel released by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) show.

Increased sales of smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms will be the result of forthcoming rental property legislation, but landlords should be encouraged by merchants to install more alarms than the new law will demand, a safety campaign advises.

Toolstation has celebrated 200 new branch openings since the company's 2003 launch with its Newton Abbot site, as part of an expansion programme that will see 210 stores trading in the UK by the end of the year.

The global baths market is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of just below five per cent until 2019, BSRIA’s Global Bathroom Market 2015 research has found.

Sixty six per cent of small construction companies admit to having been forced to turn down new business due to the skills shortage, according to a Federation of Master Builders (FMB) survey.

Stax Trade Centres has opened its first Glasgow branch, creating 81 jobs and predicting 100 more new posts within the next 12 months.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a new careers website to promote the wide range of employment opportunities offered by merchants and building materials suppliers.

Investment in staff training with the aim of delivering market-leading standards of knowledge and customer service has been jointly announced by City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) and Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS).

The Carbon Trust has awarded Knauf UK the Carbon Trust Standard for Carbon in recognition of its achievements reducing its carbon emissions.

Tarmac has announced that its Cement and Lime business has been awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating under BES 6001.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will celebrate its 150th supplier member when Weber, a manufacturer of industrial mortars, joins the Federation later this month.

RGB Building Supplies has announced the construction of a new branch and a re-location of another, as well as the planned opening of a new kitchen and bathroom studio and an increase in its head office space.

Managed Services has been contracted to improve the cost efficiency for housing association Magenta Living after it signed a five-year partnership deal with the Travis Perkins company.

Alutec has updated its IT systems to provide faster delivery times and improved customer service, the company says.

Jeld-Wen has announced its acquisition of Dooria A/S, Scandinavian manufacturer of wooden doors and provider of domestic and commercial doors in Sweden and Norway.

Siniat has been named a finalist for the 2015 Customer Experience Awards in September.

Pictured from left: Heart FM Breakfast Show presenter Jack the Lad; former Brighton and Tottenham defender Guy Butters; Parkers’ marketing manager Jamie Pierce; and financial and commercial director Stewart Pierce

Parker Building Supplies has hosted its Annual Parker Golf Day, raising over £15,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Kitchen manufacturer Regency Kitchens is the latest supplier to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

BeA Fastening Systems has invested in additional warehousing at its Woodmansey, East Yorkshire site to meet growing demand, the company says.

Stephen Djokic, Rebecca Hill and Adam Warriner.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies continues to invest in the training of its staff after three trainees completed an intensive training course designed to prepare them for life at the builders’ merchant.

Saint-Gobain in the UK and Ireland, in association with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), has launched its new Entrepreneurship Foundation.

IKO has achieved the environmental standard ISO 14001 for its bituminous and liquid membranes factory based in Wigan, Appley Bridge.

Tim Vine has been announced as the host for the 2015 Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence. The actor, presenter and comedian, twice winner of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival funniest joke prize, will entertain guests and present Awards at the ceremony.

LBS Builders Merchants has completed the acquisition of Mendhams Building Supplies of Aberdare. The new branch is the first for LBS in the Welsh Valleys and is the 16th location across South and West Wales.

Travis Perkins has seen a surge in revenue in the first-half of the year.

Builders’ merchant group Travis Perkins has posted robust results for the first-half of the year, despite continued struggles in its plumbing and heating division.

Saint-Gobain has urged collaboration between construction workers at every stage of development to combat overheating in homes.

A High Court decision to strike down exemptions from affordable housing contributions for small developments will exacerbate the housing crisis, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant and Jewson have, since 2013, combined forces to supply Bristol City Council’s in-house trade teams with materials for maintenance work, resulting in cost savings and improved resident satisfaction.

With 19% of over 50s due to retire from the construction industry over the next five years, it’s important that Jewson play’s its part in bringing new talent into the sector.

Celebrating half a century of manufacturing, Russell Roof Tiles is to host an event this September at St George’s Park Hilton, home of 24 England football teams and the National Football Centre.

AWMS is the new joined-up rain-to-drain brand for proven water management.

Alumasc Group has created Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS), a new brand that spearheads a business strategy that provides customers with integrated solutions in water management.

Comments made by the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change on the subject of energy saving schemes are of concern for the industry, according to The Building Services Research & Information Association (BSRIA).

CRASH has just 40 places remaining for the 2015 Windsor Half Marathon, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Andy Wighton, managing director of Pipe and Climate Center, opens the new branch and fabrication facility in Basildon, Essex.

Customers and suppliers recently gathered to mark the opening of Pipe and Climate Center’s new, purpose-built branch and fabrication facility in Basildon, Essex.

Julia Evans is chief executive of BSRIA.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the UK has failed to comply with the VAT Directive as it has applied a reduced rate of VAT to the supply and installation of energy-saving materials for housing. The ruling was originally put in place in 2011.

Hanson UK has published its 2015 performance and sustainability report, which sets out progress against a range of targets covering people, carbon, water, waste and raw materials.

The Treasury’s recent announcement on the future of zero carbon homes is expected to result in “fewer financial burdens” for the construction sector, according to Worcester, Bosch.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) decision to cease funding for the Green Deal should prompt renewed focus on smarter regulation, Worcester, Bosch Group head of governmental and external affairs has said.

Proposals for a new Small Business Commissioner to lead a culture change in how small businesses resolve disputes with larger companies have been set out by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills.

Builders merchant JT Atkinson & Sons has commissioned internet services provider Netplan to develop a cloud computing platform for an initial 36-month period, in a contract worth approximately £400,000.

Rising activity in the SME construction sector threatens to be undermined by the prevailing skills shortage, warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), despite the fact that the building industry has been booming for more than two years.

ForgeFix, one of the UK's leading distributors of fixings, fasteners and associated products, has extended the opening hours of its central sales office.

In light of low take-up and concerns about industry standards, there will be no further funding to the Green Deal Finance Company, the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) announced on 23 July, 2015.

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