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Spread a Smile, the hospital entertainment charity, hosted over 300 young people, their siblings and family members at an extra special winter party on Sunday 5 November at the Marriott London Regents Park Hotel.

Tim Cleverley, Area Sales Manager presenting the voucher to Dan Coombes, Assistant Manager at Elliots.

Earlier this year, Long Rake Spar conducted a customer survey within the builders’ merchant sector to ascertain the company’s customer service levels and performance as an independent decorative aggregate supplier.

The Construction Products Association’s (CPA’s) Construction Trade Survey for Q3 shows that despite rising costs and diverging performance across sectors, the industry extended its run of growth to 18 quarters.

The Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) latest website, launched in April, has been selected as the best in Europe in the annual Awards run by the worldwide software company ASI.

Kent Blaxill has opened its new 3,500 sq ft store on Erica Road, Stacey Bushes Trading Centre in Milton Keynes.

With the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) set to be implemented in May 2018, the UK’s SME community remains unsure about a number of related issues, including what ‘personal data’ really means; their customers’ new and extended rights, and whether the permissions they currently have to contact customers will meet the requirements of GDPR.

Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland has completed the acquisition of Scotframe, accelerating its involvement in the off-site manufacturing and closed panel construction market.

Robin Beal, Managing Director and Founder of The IPG.

The IPG’s first ever conference took place at Mercedes-Benz-World on 3 November, 2017.

Workwear brand Scruffs has scooped two industry awards for the second year running.

With the Autumn Budget due to be announced in just three weeks time, the ECA and the BESA have called on Chancellor Philip Hammond MP to take action to support small and medium sized businesses in the construction industry.

Following a recent cycling accident, Paul McLaughlin is stepping down as Chief Executive of the Building Engineering Services Association.

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has increased rates to 0.5%. The MPC had cut the base interest rate to an historic low of 0.25% in August 2016, two months after the EU referendum.

Conex Bänninger industrial and specification valves are helping keep water flowing and the landscape green at some of Dubai’s most prestigious infrastructure projects.

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) north east team has joined the Construction and Housing Employment and Skills Pledge (CHESP), launched in September 2017, with the aim of working to overcome the major skills shortages and gaps in skills provision within the construction industry.

With a variety of products catering to a host of different landscaping solutions, Natural Paving Products has created the Talasey Group corporate entity under which Natural Paving and all of its sub brands now sit.

Ridgeons, an idependent timber and builders’ merchants, has launched a major recruitment drive to highlight the wide range of new roles and career opportunities it is offering as the business invests in further development and growth.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) launched its third Regional Centre of Excellence in the South West region this week at Garador’s ultra modern production facility in Yeovil, Somerset. The BMF now have 16 of these Regional Centres, which provide members with appropriate training and meeting venues in various locations around the UK.

Worcester, Bosch Group, is urging the European Commission to take a “common-sense approach” and reconsider bringing spare part circulating pumps under the Energy-Related Products (ErP) Directive by 2020.

Wayne Brooks, who works for RGB Building Supplies’ Wellington branch, completed the Great West Run in Exeter on Sunday 15th October and raised £225 for Children’s Hospice South West.

H&B Group has announced that it has recruited one of the UK’s largest independent builders’ merchants – Bradfords Building Supplies.

Hitachi Koki Co, a leading manufacturer of power tools and life-science equipment, has announced today (1 November, 2017) that the company will change its corporate name to Koki Holdings Co, effective June 1, 2018, and will rebrand its full line of power tools known as HITACHI and/or Hitachi Koki under the new HiKOKI name, effective October 1, 2018.

Methven has been appointed as a preferred supplier by Places for People, one of the UK’s largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies.

NMBS has maintained its track record of staging one of the biggest and best social events for the independent merchanting sector.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is getting ready to reveal the UK’s highest performing registered companies and suppliers of 2017.

The Chichester branch of Covers Timber & Builders Merchants is proud to announce that they will once again support the Ovation Rock Show at the Minerva Theatre.

As part of its drive to improve customer service, Aliaxis has invested £150,000 in an automated voice picking system within its warehouses, which has significantly modernised order fulfilment.

Considerate Constructors Scheme launched a single point of reference for construction activity across the UK and Ireland.

Children’s charity Chailey Heritage Foundation, which is based near Lewes in East Sussex, has received a donation of £500 from local business, Rudridge.

Following the announcement of Kohler Mira’s grant of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation in April; Liz Hazeldene, Managing Director, recently received the award on behalf of the company and its workforce from the Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire at Mira’s production facility in Hull.

West London-based Lords Builders Merchants has acquired the majority share capital in Hevey Building Supplies.

David Young, Managing Director of Bradfords.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is building on the success of its sector-related discussion and networking forums, with the launch of two new product category groups planned for 2018. One of the new Forums will be dedicated to Bricks, Blocks and Landscaping, and the second will focus on Civils and Drainage.

A Sussex-based builders’ merchant has launched a novel region-wide charitable initiative.

The finalists for the 16th annual BMN Awards have been announced. The Awards, which will be taking place on 24 November, 2017, at the Hilton Park Lane, London, celebrate the best in the merchant sector and is the ‘must attend’ event of the year!

Builders registered nearly 38,000 new homes in the UK during Q3 2017, according to NHBC’s latest new home registration statistics, the highest Q3 total since the recession.

BSRIA has responded to the recent government announcement that a Smart Meters Bill will be introduced to Parliament wherein every home and small business in the UK will be offered a smart meter by the end of 2020 in a bid to ensure consumers continue to get the most out of their smart meters and saving them “billions of pounds”.

One of the leading anti-knife crime charities in the UK, the Ben Kinsella Trust, will be joining the PHEX exhibition in Chelsea to raise money for its vital cause and raffle away a signed Chelsea shirt.

The new buying group for small- to medium-sized merchants formed by the acquisition of TBG by H&B has recruited its first new member.

Industry professionals and Icopal staff took to the greens at the prestigious Woburn Golf Club near Milton Keynes for the manufacturer’s largest annual golf day to date with the chance to win a BMW Convertible. The day also raised over £700 to help support The Christie Hospital in Manchester.

David Kilburn, Executive Chairman of MKM Building Supplies with the team at Leamington Spa.

MKM has opened its 50th branch in the spa town of Leamington. The milestone branch is now open and was marked with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by MKM’s founder and Executive Chairman, David Kilburn. 

Aggregate Industries Contracting has invested over £20,000 in ensuring every banksman is equipped with a state-of-the-art bodycam.

Worcester, Bosch Group has called on the country’s heating engineers to get their apprentices involved in a new, nationwide search for the industry’s best apprentice installer.

Robert Price Builders’ Merchants in South Wales is celebrating its 170th anniversary this year. To celebrate this milestone, the Robert Price Charity Challenge Team has embarked on a series of activities throughout the year, aiming to complete 170 Miles to mark 170 Years.

Dedicated staff from the Farnham branch of groundwork and civil engineering materials supplier Rudridge have been recognised for their fifteen years’ combined service.

The Alresford branch of Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has agreed a sponsorship deal with Alresford Town FC U13s for the 2017/2018 season.

The oldest surviving historic timber yard in the country, based on Pimlico Road in Belgravia.

On 31 October, a judicial review will decide the fate of Newson’s Timber Yard, the oldest surviving historic timber yard in the country. The review will determine if a decision made by Westminster City Council to allow The Grosvenor Estate to redevelop the timber yard is still valid.

Last month, Marie Stonall from F & P, Primaflow and Connections took part in a hair-raising fundraising event, ‘braving the shave’ to raise more than £1,400 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Growth among construction SMEs slowed in most parts of the UK in the third quarter of this year, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The Construction Marketing Awards is an event that recognises the marketing achievements of organisations and individuals in the construction industry.

BSS, the supplier of commercial and industrial pipeline and heating solutions, has acheived ISO 9001: 2015 certification.

To mark the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, Ibstock has launched a series of new videos to remind its employees about the importance of safety in the work place.

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