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Michelmersh Brick Holdings is pleased to report its audited final results for the year ended 31 December 2015, reporting a strong performance and continued progress.

Ridgeons recently hosted its annual ‘Meet the Merchant’ day, which incorporated the ‘Supplier of the Year’ awards and also featured a format change this year encouraging less formal interaction and more social networking.

AkzoNobel, the parent company of professional paint brand Dulux Trade, has today launched the UK’s first academy for painters and decorators, with an official opening by the Minister of State for Employment, Priti Patel.

The new branch locator app from the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will help tradespeople find a convenient outlet anywhere in the country. BMF merchants operate almost 4,500 branches across the UK and they can all be found on the new app.

Elliotts has announced the launch of Elliotts Living Spaces, a collection of kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, flooring, landscaping and finishing touches.

Selco Builders Warehouse has revealed it will continue its strong growth strategy, revealing more new branches planned for 2016 and beyond.

Richmonds Plumbing & Heating Merchants is delighted to announce the opening of its first Edinburgh branch.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, gave his Budget Statement to Parliament yesterday (16 March) and John Newcomb, managing director for the Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF), gives his initial reaction to those aspects most directly relevant to Federation members.

Yesterday (16 March), Chancellor George Osborne delivered the 2016 Budget, announcing a variety of measures concerning topics from soft drinks to oil and gas, but the Chancellor had relatively little to say on housing this year.

Chancellor George Osborne today (16 March) set out the 2016 Budget amid what he described as a “turbulent” global economic outlook.

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM) fully endorses the position of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) that firms unwilling to take on apprentices will lose out when the government’s new Apprenticeship Levy comes into effect in April.

L-R: Dave Beach, branch director; John Boulby, kitchen specialist; Mark Taylor, kitchen specialist, and; Mark Jackman, branch director at MKM Building Supplies’ new Sheffield showroom.

MKM Building Supplies is bringing luxury to Sheffield’s building sector with the launch of a new showroom.

Plumb Center and Parts Center have unveiled a new floor plan at a branch in Purley to improve customers’ in-branch experience.

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM) has endorsed the Builders' Merchants Federation's (BMF) view that firms unwilling to take on apprentices will lose out when the government's new Apprenticeship Levy comes into effect in April.

Construction output in January 2016 fell by 0.2% compared to the previous month, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, but the sector has still seen growth in new orders.

Construction output in Scotland reached £14.5bn in 2015 - a new record output for the year, according to full-year figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Crystal Group is the latest supplier to join the BMF.

Crystal Group, the manufacturer of made to measure PVC-U windows, doors and conservatories, is the latest supplier to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Independent plumbing and heating supplier Pochin has opened a new outlet in Corby, its first in Northamptonshire.

Best known for its advanced ideas in roof window design, Keylite has applied its innovative thinking to a new rewards promotion, which benefits not only the installer but also the merchant.

Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) has announced record sales and profits for 2015. Sales for the period comprising January to December 2015 were £53.1m up from £48.1m reported in 2014, whilst profits were £4.4m up from £3.7m in 2014.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) working group BIM4M2 has partnered with the Construction Products Association (CPA) to host an informative CPD event on 13 April in London, providing an overview of BIM requirements for manufacturers.

Lincoln Security has opened a new trade counter that showcases products from ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a specialist in door opening solutions.

House price inflation peaked last December ahead of an anticipated rush to beat buy-to-let tax rises. Rate of house price inflation is now predicted to slow as April’s stamp duty changes are introduced and more modest growth in property sales is projected following the buy-to-let rush, the latest survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has revealed.

Galway company, Topform, has won the Overall SFA National Small Business Award 2016 and the Exporter of the Year category in the SFA Awards held in the RDS Concert Hall on 3 March 2016.

Following its acquisition of Twyford Bathrooms last year and as part of Geberit’s ambitious growth plans, building work has begun on the manufacturer‘s new headquarters.

A safety programme, which has cut lost time manual handling accidents across the BSS branch network by 80% in one year, has been shortlisted for an award. The BSS LiFT programme has been shortlisted for the H&V News Awards 2016 in the Safety Initiative of the Year category.

Neil Schofield, head of external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group.

Neil Schofield, head of external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group, has called for the Chancellor George Osborne to ensure that any schemes introduced to improve domestic energy efficiency as part of next week’s Budget are as simple as possible for the nation’s homeowners to access.

Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize winner 2014.

Putting ethical trading at the centre of all it does, Natural Paving Products (UK) has partnered with Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize winner 2014, to improve the lives of Indian children near its quarries and new factory.

CBI economist Anna Leach will be one of the keynote speakers at the Builders' Merchants Federation (BMF) Members Day in September.

Breedon Aggregates has announced its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2015 and reports strong growth as well as promising forecasts for the future of the group.

Eurocell has announced the acquisition of Vista Panels from CorpAcq. Vista is a manufacturer of composite and PVC-U entrance doors, with a turnover of approximately £14m.

Breedon Aggregates has announced its audited annual results for the year ended 31 December, 2015.

SIG plc, a FTSE-250 leading European specialist supplier to the construction, building and industrial markets, has acquired SAS Direct & Partitioning Ltd (SAS Direct), an interiors distributor operating in the mid to high-tier partitioning sectors in the UK and Ireland.

The Higgins team, complete with Higgi Bears, are preparing to celebrate a century and a half of supplying the building trade.

Higgins Building Supplies is celebrating a major business milestone this year. The family owned builders’ merchant, which operates from a depot in Wellingborough and a second site in Irthingborough, is commemorating 150 years of trading.

RIBA award-winning zero carbon design and development business Zed Factory has unveiled the Zero Bills Home, which it says is a response to the housing crisis that aims to make home energy bills obsolete.

Plumb and Parts Center has announced the dates and locations for its latest series of events for the trade.

Three students scooped the top prize in a competition to devise a video and social media campaign to inspire young people to consider careers in the construction industry.

South-west based Hopkins Concrete is urging the haulage industry to find ways of encouraging more female drivers to help solve the severe driver shortage.

St Albans-based builders' merchant Buttle's has joined the London Stock Exchange Group's list of '1,000 companies to inspire Britain in 2016'.

Commercial law firm Myerson Solicitors LLP has advised Cheshire Concrete Products on its sale of Cornerstones Building and Landscaping Products to Huws Gray.

Travis Perkins, the builders’ merchant group, has released positive results for the financial year ended 31 December 2015, reporting strong growth amidst a swathe of new branch openings for several of the groups’ businesses.

Stelrad Radiators has been awarded a prestigious award by Grahams Plumbers Merchants.

The availability and expertise of City Heating Spares (CHS), already enjoyed by customers of City Plumbing Supplies (CPS), is now available in select branches of Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS) and Travis Perkins (TP).

Northern Ireland’s bathroom, heating and tile company, Bassetts, has announced major growth milestones, including new store openings, showroom expansions and reinvestment in the company following a period of significant growth.

Travis Perkins Managed Services has won Most Innovative Supplier in the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards, beating four other short-listed companies to the title.

Salamander Pumps is taking its key messages around innovation, technology and service directly to installers with the help of merchants around the UK.

FAKRO celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016, with a wealth of activities planned throughout the year to thank customers and staff that have helped the company get to where it is today.

Amid recent stories in the national press surrounding the security of personal data, a spokesperson for Worcester, Bosch Group has called on installers to place greater focus on how information is collected and treated by internet-connected heating controls.

Delivering up to minute news and information to tablets and smartphones, the new free app from BSS, distributor of heating and pipeline products and services, is packed with useful features to help customers.

Williams & Co has been listed by the London Stock Exchange (LSE) as one of 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain for the third time.

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