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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 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.

A family-owned Shropshire business has joined forces with a local college to boost the skills of future international athletes.

Jason Skitt from Walsall College has been named as Dunlop’s Multi-Skill Champion 2017 after succeeding in a number of construction tests.

SR Timber is entering a team for a charity car rally to Monte Carlo this September, which will take them through ten European countries in just four days in a road-legal car that costs less than £500 to buy.

BSI has launched a new standard for the ‘circular economy’, BS 8001: 2017: Framework for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organizations – guide.

Travis Perkins employees across the UK show support for the Armed Forces.

A local celebration to show appreciation for the work of the Armed Forces was held in Northampton on 19 June to mark the beginning of Armed Forces Week.

F & P, Primaflow and Connections has 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.

A group of Keyline staff, customers and suppliers raised in excess of £8,500 for Prostate Cancer UK when they replaced their hard hats for cycle helmets and completed a gruelling biking challenge on 3 June.

Ridgeons has announced that it has formed an Operations Board to draw on the skills and experience of existing colleagues and support the company’s continued growth.

Independent plumbing and heating merchant Pochin has expanded into a new product category, stocking boiler spares for a range of the most popular boiler brands.

The International Timber Trafford Park facility has introduced a fully integrated production system.

A recent quiz night organised by the Keyline Projects Team in Honiton raised a fantastic £1,117 for Prostate Cancer UK.

Polypipe has confirmed a three-year partnership with Armed Forces charity Help for Heroes, which will see the manufacturer of plastic piping, rainwater systems, and underfloor heating help raise funds to support those with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces.

The new legislation relating to carbon monoxide and smoke alarms requires all landlords to fit and maintain working CO alarms. Testing the alarms can be difficult as the most accurate way to test is using a safe level of gas to test the alarm.

The construction industry has responded to yesterday's Queen's Speech, welcoming the government's commitment to industrial strategy.

Queen’s Speech to Parliament today set out the government’s legislative programme for the next two years. The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed the government's plans on housing and industrial policy.

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) has taken up the challenge to enter the Pavestone Rally in aid of The Rainy Day Trust and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Parker Building Supplies has become official partner of the Kent County Cricket Club as part of a three-year deal.

Employees are increasingly recognising the value of their workplace benefits as financial pressures increase, new research from MetLife’s UK Employee Benefit Trends Study 2017 shows.

Ten of the country’s best roofing apprentices are gearing up for the two-day final that will see one of them awarded the title of Redland Apprentice of the Year.

The South East may have been enjoying a heatwave, but builders visiting DW Nye on Monday were getting ready for winter by finding out about the latest products on offer.

Carvers Building Supplies managing director, Henry Carver, has won Business Person of the Year Award at the Express and Star Business Awards.

NMBS has made it easier for its merchant members to embrace mobile technology to market their businesses with a Special Offers App.

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