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The team at Vecta Sales Solutions are celebrating once again after picking up another award for its VECTA combined Sales Analytics & CRM service at the recent 2015 IT Europa awards ceremony.

Tate Britain won an Award

Tate Britain has won the Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards 2015, with architectural ironmongers Allgood and architect Caruso St John jointly scooping the top prize.

The Symphony Group, one of the UK's largest privately-owned fitted furniture manufacturers, has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Kelkay, a leading manufacturer and distributor of aggregates, paving, fountains and garden features, has become a supplier member of the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS).

Kelkay, a leading manufacturer and distributor of aggregates and paving, has made a £1m investment in new machinery. The investment completes the commissioning of its Pollington, East Yorkshire plant, and has been made to enable Kelkay to increase efficiency, improve its products and enhance customer service.

Nicholls & Clarke (N&C) has announced its sponsorship of the prestigious 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup GB championship, as part of its 140-year anniversary celebrations.

Saint-Gobain, in association with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is launching a new Entrepreneurship Foundation to help small businesses embrace sustainable building.

Wolseley UK’s 2015 Management Training programme is now open for applications.

Neil Hill with a JB Red roof batten.

John Brash & Co has invested £500,000 in a new computerised scanning technology.

Travis Perkins recently received a visit from Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, to celebrate the launch of its new Range centres.

A wage increase for apprenticeships, frozen fuel duties and help for first-time buyers were among the key spending plans outlined by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, in yesterday's Budget.

Robert Foden of Builders Supply West Coast has been honoured with an Achievement Award from the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants (WCoBM).

Branch manager Stuart Harm (left) with Richard Fuller MP (right).

Trade professionals in Bedford can now see a wide range of eco-friendly systems at the new Sustainable Buildings Showroom in Gibbs & Dandy’s Bedford branch.

The plumbing and heating division of Travis Perkins Group plc has announced a major programme that is transforming the way its two merchant brands, City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) and Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS), serve customers.

For the second consecutive year, JG Speedfit has accepted two Wolseley Supplier of the Year Awards – one for Plumb Center (Pipe, Valves, Fittings) and one for bcg Distribution.

Join CRASH and BMN at this year's Windsor Half Marathon to raise money for charity in beautiful surroundings

Jewson is now providing a pre-ordering service for Hyndburn Homes, further developing its relationship with the housing association.

The annual Business Superbrands list has placed Jewson among the UK’s strongest business-to-business brands for 2015.

A survey by LB Roof Windows asked 12,000 installers and builders whether they think the future is bright for their profit margins.

Keyline is to open a new branch in Lincoln, to provide an increased product range to customers in the heavy building materials, rail, utilities, civils and drainage sectors.

General Building Plastics is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

April 2015 is a milestone date for General Building Plastics as it marks the start of the 25th anniversary year for the company.

Worcester, Bosch Group has officially opened the doors of its new £9m Bosch Distribution Centre.

Worcester, Bosch Group was joined by local MP, Robin Walker today (13 March), to officially open the doors of its new £9m Bosch Distribution Centre, located on Wainright Road, Warndon in Worcester.

Minister for Housing and Planning, Brandon Lewis MP, presents a 25-year service award to yard and warehouse operative, Clive Alfonso, at Buildbase Lincoln. Looking on is Lyndon Johnson, Buildbase divisional director for the eastern division.

The Buildbase Lincoln branch is growing its business locally to meet the demands of a changing market for regional building and maintenance work.

Representatives from Chandlers Building Supplies and Porotherm gave students from Sussex Downs College a lesson in sustainable building on 24 February.

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has confirmed to its membership that merger talks with the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) have been suspended.

Triton, The Great British Shower Company, has achieved zero waste to landfill status two years ahead of schedule.

Triton, The Great British Shower Company, is celebrating the achievement of zero waste to landfill status two years ahead of schedule.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has introduced a new Charter that commits its members to providing the highest standards of customer service throughout the building materials supply chain.

Archwood, which operates under the Richard Burbidge, Masons Timber Products and Atkinson & Kirby brands, is investing in a new group commercial centre and improved centralised warehousing and distribution operations, to deliver further service improvements to customers nationwide.

Mira Showers has relaunched its long-standing apprenticeship scheme.

Mira Showers is backing the best of new manufacturing blood with the relaunch of its long-standing apprenticeship scheme, starting with the employment of four hopeful starters in September this year.

Grafton Group plc, the builders’ merchanting and DIY Group with operations in the UK, Ireland and Belgium, has enjoyed a strong 2014 - posting a 56% increase in its pre-tax profits - growing to £101.2m for the year.

It would seem that the show must certainly go on for Bristan’s ‘Shower to the People’ nationwide tour as it continued throughout March to visit Selco branches across the country.

Fortis Merchants has announced that JT Dove will join the buying group from 1 April, 2015.

Derek Mackay, Transport Minister, at BSW Fort William.

Transport Minister Derek Mackay recently visited BSW Timber’s sawmill in Fort William to mark the successful launch of a shipping service that is helping the company boost sales in the south of England.

Speedy has opened a flagship national distribution centre (NDC) in Tamworth.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is celebrating the start of the new financial year with another supplier member - Makita - who will join the Federation on 1 April.

Chandlers Building Supplies has been named as a finalist in the Sussex Super Growth 2015 awards, which celebrates companies in the county that are achieving sustainable growth, creating jobs and helping to build up the economy.

As the UK celebrates National Apprenticeship Week (9 to 13 March), Lafarge Tarmac has launched its annual recruitment programme to find 75 new apprentices.

JW Grant & Son Ltd has become accredited as a Living Wage employer.

Deborah Services, specialist in the provision of non-mechanical construction equipment, has launched two BoSS sales centres in Peterborough and Rotherham, with the help of Youngman.

Iain McIlwee is chief executive of the BWF.

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has again urged the government to put support for small businesses and skills growth in the UK at the centre of its financial plans for the year, while demanding more sustainable action to boost housebuilding after the next Election.

The Bedford branch of Gibbs & Dandy will open a specially created Sustainable Buildings Showroom, packed with environmentally-friendly products and technologies.

His name is Ashley Myatt and by mid-April he could be one of the UK’s most unusual world champions.

The Conservative Party’s plan to deliver 200,000 new homes for first-time buyers is a welcome ambition but needs to be delivered by a range of builders to ensure good quality design and diversity, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

MKM Building Supplies has reported a 31% increase in sales for the 12 months to 30 September 2014, compared with the same period in the previous year.

Keyline is extending its product range in a network of branches across the UK to provide specialist strategic support to its utilities customers.

In anticipation of National Apprenticeship Week 2015, which runs from today (9 March) until Friday 13 March, Gordon Birtwistle MP recently paid a visit to Travis Perkins and City Plumbing Supplies branches to find out more about the company’s apprenticeship schemes.

QS Supplies, an independent wholesaler and retailer of bath and sanitaryware, has opened a new showroom in Leicester.

L-r: Tony Pearson (southern business development manager for ILM), Ian Ridland, Dan Heath, Jonothan Thrumble, Kevin Simper, Max Russell, Francis Blewitt, Philip Champion (managing director Champion Timber).

Champion Timber has announced that six of its staff has completed the Level 3 Leadership & Management certificate from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), as part of its ongoing training and development programme for its 195-strong workforce.

The Overall Supplier of the Year award was won by Meyer Group. L-r: Stewart Ellis, sales manager at Meyer Group with Angela Rushforth MD at Ridgeons.

Ridgeons recently held a ‘Meet the Merchant’ event at its Pampisford site on 25 February.

Sydenhams’ new branch in Abingdon.

Sydenhams has opened a new branch in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, having bought builders’ merchant F Knight & Sons for an undisclosed sum.

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