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WCoBM Master Stephen Turner.

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) is introducing a new bursary to support individuals in small, independent builders’ merchants in training and education. 

The prosecution of a high street retailer, for selling fake charger kits, used Electrical Safety First’s expertise to make its case.

Baxi has launched a charity calendar for 2017 featuring children’s drawings that send a serious message to grown-ups. The calendar features 12 different pictures, drawn by children of Baxi colleagues. Each one offers a safety tip designed to make sure their parents come home safely.

The National Buying Group (NBG) has awarded TIMco the title of ‘Supplier of the Year’ in the Painting, Decorating, Ironmongery, Hardware, Electricals & Fixings Category at this year’s awards ceremony.

Buying group The IPG continues to grow at a swift rate and has welcomed Keystone Contracts as its latest member.

The team at MKM Sharston opens the branch to the public and trade.

MKM Building Supplies has landed in Sharston, south Manchester, creating 14 jobs with its 46th branch opening.

Worcester, Bosch Group has launched an online advent calendar to give installers the chance to win daily prizes, as part of its very own 12 days of Christmas.

Travis Perkins has been awarded second place in the Building Suppliers category of ‘Britain’s Most Admired Companies’ (BMAC) 2016 awards.

To ease the stress of emergency Christmas callouts, Plumb Parts and Drain Center is extending its opening hours even further this year.

Ideal Standard has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), further strengthening the Federation’s plumbing and heating sector.

Polypipe’s newest Professional Development Centre, offering training across a range of Polypipe products, has been extended to include domestic ventilation.

The PHG buying group has announced that Sussex Plumbing Supplies will join the membership from 1 January, 2017.

Joinery sales have risen for the 10th successive quarter but increasing labour and material costs are taking their toll, according to the latest Joinery State of Trade Survey released by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF).

Full service agency MRA Marketing has won two awards at the Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs) for its work with Solidor and Alumasc Water Management Solutions.

The Builders Merchants Federation’s Young Merchants Group has elected, Victoria Fiddies, regional sales manager at Catnic - Tata Steel, as chair and Glenn Paddison, branch director at MKM Building Supplies, as vice chair.

Aggregate Industries has invested £15m into a new manufacturing facility within the grounds of Drax power station in Selby, North Yorkshire.

Manufacturing company Springfarm Architectural Mouldings (SAM) has announced its acquisition of Lincolnshire-based Select Timber Products, in a deal which will see turnover at the Northern Irish firm increase by 20%.

Three new recruits will strengthen the sales team at International Timber, as the company undergoes a period of growth. George Roberts, Jermaine Metz and Graeme Shannon join the team at the Trafford Park headquarters.

Elmhurst Energy has welcomed the latest house building figures, which show that the government is on target to build 1m homes in this parliament. Figures published by the House Builders Federation show that nearly 200,000 homes were added to the housing stock in the last year.

Civil engineering and groundwork specialist Rudridge will donate the £500 it would normally spend on Christmas cards and postage to charity, following the tragic death of one of its employees.

The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) is asking for donations to its Christmas Appeal, which aims to support people going through hard times this festive season.

National Buying Group (NBG) has further expanded its merchant Partner membership with the addition of Bathroom & Plumbing Superstore to its ranks.

Herne Bay Plumbing and Bathroom Supplies has joined The IPG.

Herne Bay Plumbing and Bathroom Supplies has become a member of The IPG.

Bathroom & Plumbing Superstore is NBG’s latest member.

National Buying Group (NBG) has further expanded its merchant partner membership with the addition of Bathroom & Plumbing Superstore to its ranks.

On 30 November, Saint-Gobain Building Distribution exchanged contracts and completed the acquisition of Benchmark Building Supplies.

IronmongeryDirect is on the hunt for graduates to join its Graduate Management Scheme, as expansion across the business continues.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has continued to extend its network by investing in a number of relocations and new branches.

Breedon announced it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire the Sherburn Minerals Group for a total consideration of up to £15.7m.

NBG is launching Merchant Pages, a new online product data service for its merchant partners and suppliers. 

ASSA ABLOY has hosted a locksmith apprentice open day at its Portobello site in the West Midlands for the second year running.

Keyline has partnered with the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) Construction Joint Venture as new works contractor and Aberdeen Roads as principal contractor to supply drainage and heavy building materials throughout the construction phase of the AWPR/B-T, a new bypass for the north east of Scotland. Work on the AWPR/B-T started last year and the project is planned to open to traffic by winter 2017.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies held its Trade Day at Elland Road in Leeds on 24 November, where exhibitors had the chance to meet more than 1,000 visitors from across the industry.

Abloy UK has presented Crothers Security with the Locksmith of the Year award at the recent Irish Security Institute Association (ISIA) Awards 2016.

Greenworks is inviting Jewson Live visitors to attend a guest speaker slot by commercial director Marcus Jefford and Martin Taylor from Local Authority Building Control, who will be explaining building compliance and addressing the pitfalls that those involved in housebuilding can encounter.

Robin Beal, managing director of The IPG.

Buying group The IPG recently held its annual Members' Dinner at the Alexandra House Hotel in Wiltshire.

The Plumbing and Heating (P&H) division of Travis Perkins, which includes City Plumbing Supplies and PTS along with six other brands, has joined the Builders Merchants Federation.

The builders’ merchant industry has come together to celebrate its achievements at the annual BMN Awards.

A spokesperson for Worcester, Bosch Group has called on the industry to ‘learn its lesson’ from the London Boiler Scrappage scheme and simplify initiatives aiming to encourage homeowners to upgrade their inefficient boilers.

Salamander Pumps is strengthening its commitment to customer service, innovation and product development, with an in-house apprenticeship programme that has seen its first student graduate into a permanent role, while seven of its staff are combining work with studying for qualifications.

Sales of building materials through UK builders merchants remained strong in Q3 2016, the first three months following the Brexit vote. The latest figures from the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) appear to buck the downward construction trend reported by the ONS earlier this month.

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has reached an agreement to acquire Integrity Software, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and its successful suite of products. This acquisition is a key strategic investment for KCS in South Africa.

A new report, that attempts to provide a roadmap for flood prevention in the UK, has been described as a ‘direct challenge’ to the government’s existing policy on sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS).

A call to embrace innovation to tackle the growing construction skills shortage, standardise quality and ensure the UK reaches its new build housing targets has been applauded by Actis insulation.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme and the National Federation of Builders (NFB) have formed a partnership to promote best practice and raise standards across construction industry SMEs.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond announced new housebuilding investments in his first Autumn Statement (23 November), along with new funds for roads and to improve the UK’s digital infrastructure.

At the recent Graham Plumbers’ Merchant annual conference, a number of staff and suppliers were recognised for their work in helping to provide the best possible service for customers.

IKO was one of many companies to support this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show.

IKO recently supported the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants’ (WCoBM) float at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show in November.

Pipe Center and Climate Center has completed the roll out of its new, streamlined product range as part of a £7m stock investment.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers (CIPHE) have agreed a strategic alliance that will see the two organisations collaborating in key areas.

Alumasc’s blue rain drops bring fun and colour to the Lord Mayor’s Show.

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) was among the many supplier brands supporting the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants’ (WCoBM) Float at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show.

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