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John Nicholls (Trading) is set to strengthen its position within Bicester and Oxfordshire by opening a new “Supersite” in early 2016.

John Nicholls (Trading) has announced the opening of its first 'Supersite', planned for early 2016.

Jewson has celebrated the opening of its new Customer Experience Centre in Binley. 

Three quarters of UK business owners struggle to find the right employees according to a new survey.

Jewson's Management Trainee Scheme has been accredited by the Institute of Builders' Merchants (IoBM).

Liverpool company Sovini Trade Supplies, part of the Sovini Group, has donated thousands of pounds worth of products to build a community for war veterans as part of a DIY SOS build.

GPH Builders' Merchants is inviting people to enjoy tea and home-made cake in its branches as part of a national fundraising event.

Chris Hayward, managing director of NMBS, has been elected president of Euro-Mat, the leading European cooperation of independent builders' merchants.

The Saint Gobain Weber team taking part in the CRASH half marathon.

A recent half-marathon for industry charity CRASH has raised over £19,000 for the homeless.

Ringlink Scotland’s intern programme has entered its third year, and GPH Builders Merchants has endorsed it by continuing its support of the project.

Worcester, Bosch Group recently held its second annual conference for influencers in the social housing sector, aimed at managing warmth in UK housing stock.

Ringlink's interns collect their goods from GPH in Stonehaven.

Ringlink Scotland’s successful intern programme has entered its third year, and GPH Builders Merchants is proud to continue its support of the project.

The Scottish Government has revealed it will retain the “Grandfathering” guarantee under the Renewables Obligation for green electricity, in contrast to England and Wales.

Knauf Insulation has welcomed the new edition of Section 6 (energy) of the Technical Handbooks, which were released at the beginning of this month by the Scottish Government.

Rod Stewart has been persuaded to perform at Hull’s KC Stadium by MKM executive chairman David Kilburn, a concert that will coincide with the company’s 21st anniversary next year.

Shares in Wolseley plc fell yesterday after the company posted its financial results for the year ended 31 July, 2015.

Selco Builders Warehouse will open three more new branches before the end of the year, taking the total number of outlets opened in 2015 to five, the company has revealed.

Pipe and Climate Center has invested £180,000 into streamlining the offering at its Kings Cross facility in central London, responding to an increase in demand for its essential product lines, the company says.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched its search for a 'customer hero’, as part of its Graham Heroes Awards, in order to reward employees who have demonstrated exceptional customer service.

The Construction Youth Trust charity has launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging young people to look at careers in the built environment.

Despite the dip in figures seen in August, the number of new home registrations across the three months from June to August has risen compared with the same period in 2014.

Nine Huws Gray employees recently took on a tandem sky dive at Whitchurch to raise essential funding for Hope House Children's Hospices.

In celebration of the Rugby World Cup, builders' merchant Jewson has created a giant cup of its own.

The winner of the inaugural RIBA Journal Microarchitecture Award, which sought to reward the design of an “ideal mini-building” to be constructed predominantly using Norbord SterlingOSB panel, has been named at a ceremony held at the Institute’s London headquarters.

Russell Roof Tiles has celebrated its 50th year along with 220 distinguished guests, who gathered at St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent to mark the firm’s half century.

The Kent Blaxill Decorating Skills Centre has opened the doors to its first cohort of students at the Colchester Institute Sheepen Road site, in time for the start of the new term. 

The Barnstaple branch of RGB Building Supplies is holding a special launch event for its new Tool Centre between 29 September and 1 October.

A statement asking the European Commission for tightened rules on illegal timber use has been signed by timber-dependent businesses across Europe, with a separate WWF poll suggesting that 76% of UK consumers want them.

TV sports presenter and reporter Hayley McQueen put Glasgow’s tradesmen to the test at Stax Trade Centres’ latest store launch this week.

The Government’s ambition to build one million homes over the next five years must be backed up by a comprehensive housing strategy, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Installers are being encouraged to play an active role in promoting awareness of the importance of hot water safety measures, ahead of this year’s National Burn Awareness Day.

Buildbase has launched Paintbase, a specialist offering to support the growing professional painter and decorator trade.

Chandlers Building Supplies has announced the appointment of Danny Spokes as its roofing trading director.

Elliotts has announced plans to recruit seven new apprentices this year after appointing four local candidates into full time employment during 2014-15.

Employees from Howarth Timber recently completed the Ben Nevis Challenge, raising more than £11,000 for the company’s partner charity, Caudwell Children.

Knauf UK has announced it is to enter a team of seven employees to run the Windsor Half Marathon on 27 September, raising money for CRASH, the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless people.

City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) has cut the ribbon at its 300th trade outlet, which includes an improved bathroom showroom.

Reynaers this summer opened a new training centre in Halesowen, allowing both practical and theoretical training, ensuring that its products are installed to a high standard, the company says.

Travis Perkins and Keyline have rejoined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). Both companies became members on 1 September 2015, boosting the BMF’s growing membership to 500 companies.

Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) has backed the management buyout of shower specialist Aqualisa from RBS and Sankaty Advisors.

Tarmac has unveiled a state-of-the-art asphalt plant inside the M25 at Harper Lane, Hertfordshire. 

The value of projects being put on hold has increased by almost 30% in the past 12 months, new data has revealed, despite a resurgent construction industry.

Ridgeons has unveiled PlumbStock - a new brand for the heating and plumbing market.

As well as helping about 120,000 people purchase a new home, the Government’s Help to Buy scheme is also boosting the housing market by stimulating housebuilding and increasing housing supply, according to government statistics.

Naylor Scotland's Fife factory has celebrated the commissioning of its new twin wall drain line in an unveiling ceremony attended by Fife MSP David Torrance.

Anglia Tool Centre has opened a new Milton Keynes branch, extending its east of England presence.

Huws Gray’s recent acquisition – R.W. Almond Builders Merchants in Formby.

After two years of internal focus and consolidation, Huws Gray is back on the acquisition trail.

Rich Welch from Go Green and Mark Walters from Howarth Timber.

Howarth Timber’s Scunthorpe branch has set a benchmark for sustainability after a waste management overhaul led to over 96% of waste being diverted away from landfill.

Fifty-three per cent of employees who replied to a recent survey have admitted to not knowing how to spot a faulty fire door, while 28% didn’t know it was illegal to prop open a fire door without a specially designed device approved by the fire authority.

Ideal Commercial Boilers has extended its sales force in the north of England after signing a contract with Compheat, a sales agency in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) sector.

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