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Symphony has picked up the Showroom Supplier of the Year award from long-term customer, Jewson. Having worked together supplying their own brand premium ‘By Design’ kitchen offer, showroom colleagues were asked to vote for their preferred supplier based on a number of criteria, with Symphony receiving 50% of the total votes - the next nearest receiving only 18%.

Bond It is celebrating its success after winning a coveted business accolade.

The latest Construction Products Association (CPA) State of Trade Survey reveals that UK construction product manufacturers are becoming increasingly pessimistic of future growth, as input costs rise and uncertainty grows.

In the builders’ merchant industry, the relationship between merchants and suppliers is crucial to get right to ensure the customer gets the best possible deal.

Gibbs & Dandy has unveiled a nationwide charitable partnership with children’s charity, Barnardo’s.

Somerset’s Joe Stradling has won the title of Redland Apprentice of the Year against stiff competition as one of ten of the country’s best roofing apprentices. In a West Country double, Cornishman Tom Knight was awarded Highly Commended.

AkzoNobel announced the acquisition of UK-based Flexcrete Technologies Ltd, whose products are primarily used for the protection and repair of concrete substrates.

A group of employees from TIMco have raised more than £4,500 for Claire House Children’s Hospice by completing a 50-mile Chester bike ride.

May saw the Christchurch branch of Elliotts builders merchants taking its first delivery of products from YBS Insulation.

Ridgeons has launched a new e-commerce website with click and collect from any of its 26 local branches within two hours of ordering and new incentives for customers to open accounts online.

Membership of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) continues to rise, with the Federation welcoming Cardiff-based FW Morgan as its 600th member on 1 July.

Worcester, Bosch Group is inviting installers to take on the Boiler Box Challenge, after taking ex-England stars Wayne Bridge and Kyran Bracken back to their roots for its 'Rely On' campaign.

Flame Heating Spares launches three new trade counters in Scotland, following a £300,000 investment.

Keyline staff member Scott Kilmer is being hailed a hero after saving the life of a man who suffered a major cardiac arrest.

Nine children’s community projects in Essex have entered a competition to win a £10,000 makeover of their premises. The projects include nurseries, infant schools and sports clubs, among them four from Colchester and two from Braintree.

Four years since its founding on 4 July 2013, Grown in Britain, the British-grown timber marketing campaign, has the support of nearly 200 organisations in 15 different sectors from construction companies to wildlife organisations.

Abode’s managing director Darren Holiday and two of his friends climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is supporting a new marketing qualification developed for those working in and around the construction industry by the world’s leading professional marketing body.

A team of golfers from Keyline, and one of its suppliers Wavin, took part in a Longest Day Golf Challenge and raised £2,000 for Prostate Cancer UK and also Macmillan Cancer Support.

Bostik has signed up as an official partner of iconic cycling event, the Tour de France. The new sponsorship agreement upgrades the firm’s previous participation as an official supplier in 2015 and 2016 and will run for the next two years. The event will be used as a platform to communicate and promote the Bostik brand to a large global audience.

An event in support of Essex children’s hospice Little Havens, featuring former West Ham players Tony Cottee and Tony Gale, has raised over £5,000 for the charity.

Actis have welcomed a report published stating that the government urgently needs to improve thermally inadequate homes to help it achieve its 2050 energy efficiency targets. Actis recommend one practical way to do this is by retrofitting loft insulation.

It's a sporting event that guarantees gasps of disbelief – the UK's Strongest Man 2017 takes place this summer, and once again it's being sponsored by groundworks and civil engineering distributor Rudridge.

Methven has appointed a new Area Sales Manager for its central region as it continues to strengthen its reputation as a market leader in shower design and spray technology.

A group of apprentices are building business skills for the future at timber and builders merchant Covers.

Students studying for qualifications in the construction sector have been presented with awards for their hard work during the Construction Prize Giving 2017 at Chichester College.

Use Wood Wisely’s website www.usewoodwisely.co.uk tackles environmental issues affecting the UK and the wider world, debating the pressing need for sustainable and renewable energy sources.

Ridgeons recently honoured the long service and achievements of 64 employees at its 20th annual Long Service Awards reception.

A System Group apprentice working for CEMEX UK is on the road to success after scooping a top prize at the Talent in Logistics Awards, reflecting her commitment to training as she pursues a career as a driver at one of the UK’s leading suppliers of building materials.

The Mayor of Winchester, Cllr David McLean, joined the Bishop’s Waltham community to celebrate the launch of the new, super-sized Elliotts branch last night.

The Boards of NBG and H&B have confirmed that they have ended discussions around a potential merger of the two organisations. This decision follows consultation with both memberships.

With the skills deficit continuing to grow, Aggregate Industries believes that breaking down gender barriers is vital to safeguarding the future of the construction industry – and has laid some firm foundations to encourage more women into its own workforce.

JT Dove Ltd, a North East-based builder’s merchants, have swapped tools for trainers for a series of charity fundraising efforts with the goal of raising £20,000 for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund at the Freeman Hospital.

Michelmersh has announced its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Carlton Main Brickworks Limited for a net consideration of £31.2 million.

Arthur McArdle, National Vice President of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), will present a builder's view of Brexit at the Builders Merchants Federation's (BMF) Members' Day in September.

An ingenious idea to help raise money for merchants' own local charities from Marsh Industries is now running successfully in more than 200 branches across the UK, raising thousands of pounds for worthy causes close to merchants' hearts.

Linda Clarke of MKM Building Supplies has been named ‘Woman of the Year (Large Business)’ at the Barclays Yorkshire Women in Business Awards.

Gibbs & Dandy is celebrating the official opening of the latest branch in its network, as it cuts the ribbon on its new Stevenage branch.

Joiners, carpenters and building professionals have the chance to win a weekend in a VW campervan with 50 runners up able to win an ‘Extreme’ branded hoodie, as part of a competition with JB Kind Doors.

As nominations open for the Geberit Awards 2017, last year’s winners enjoyed a tour of the new Geberit head office in Warwick and a meet and greet with one of the UK’s top darts players, Adrian Lewis.

More than 700 organisations and individuals have now signed an open letter to UK Prime Minister Theresa May, which challenges arbitrary deregulation of health and safety.

Dougal Driver (left) with John Newcomb.

With around a fifth of general merchant business comprising timber and wood products, maximizing sales opportunities in the category is key to profitability.

If government goes ahead with the introduction of Clean Air Zones, Ministers must act to support merchants to replace old vehicles with cleaner, greener models. That is the message from the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) to the new Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP.

With sustained growth being experienced throughout the construction sector, merchants from across the UK gathered earlier this month at the 20th Independent Builders’ Merchant Forum (IBMF) hosted by Ibstock, to garner advice on capitalising on the growth opportunity and share opinions on continuing the upward trend.

C&W Berry are looking forward to the Southport Flower show as it shows its interpretation of the theme: ‘The Curious Garden.’

The UK's housebuilding industry must do more to attract women and young people to avoid a workforce crisis, according to new research

The latest figures from the BMF's Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) showed builders' merchants' sales to builders and contractors were 6.3% lower than in April 2016, due to there being three fewer trading days.

Jon Culshaw and Conference host Gethin Jones.

The BMF has confirmed that a record sum of £71,531 was raised for charity during the Gala Dinner that concluded its All-Industry Conference in Budapest last weekend.

F&P, Primaflow and Connections has officially opened its new Southern regional distribution centre in Bedford, scaled to serve customers in the midlands and south of the UK, and make over 3,000 products available for next-day delivery.

Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has donated 25 high visibility vests to Court Lane Junior School in Portsmouth.

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