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Many workplaces unaware of legislation instructing waste handlers in England and Wales to collect recyclable materials separately are missing an opportunity, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby.

Two Selco Builders Warehouse branches are reducing the price of some products to 1990 levels to celebrate their anniversaries this month.

Russell Roof Tiles has staged a charity fundraiser Zumba class at its Burton on Trent head office, with proceeds going to the Help for Heroes military charity.

Dulux Trade has launched its Masters Series contest to recognise outstanding decorating work as part of the company’s Champions of Colour initiative, launched this September.

Broadening its number of branches located throughout the UK, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has opened new branches in Swansea and Leamington Spa this summer.

Yorkshire-based Naylor Industries has been named as a UK National Champion in The European Business Awards.

Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants (PPHM) will open seven days a week from October 2015 to meet demand from tradespeople across London.

Easier access to finance for small and medium enterprise (SME) house builders must be made a government priority, to capitalise on recent signs of improvement observed in the Federation of Master Builders' (FMB) latest survey of small housebuilders.

L-r: Mike Leeming and Adam Callow.

Expert Trades has partnered with Ethan Mason Paving and will work together to build an industry leading installer network.

Lifestyle Wall provides greater durability as well as improved design and installation flexibility.

British Gypsum has unveiled Lifestyle Wall, a brand new drylining system featuring Gyproc Habito plasterboard at its core.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference starting in Paris this November could mark a renewed focus on energy efficiency in the United Kingdom, a renewable energy consultancy, training and accreditation provider says.

Worcester, Bosch Group is furthering its commitment to making the Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive as easy as ABC, by holding a second ErP Week dedicated to ensuring installers are up to speed with what will be expected of them once the regulations come into force.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has agreed group membership terms with the H&B Buying Group, one of the largest co-operative buying organisations for independent merchants.

Prestressed concrete lintel manufacturer Naylor Concrete Products has opened a new manufacturing facility in Barugh Green, Barnsley.

Business Minister Anna Soubry visited CEMEX's Rugby cement plant, the largest cement in the UK, on 3 September to review the contribution that energy-intensive industries, such as cement production, make to the UK economy.

Howarth Timber Engineered Solutions’ Fairford factory.

Howarth Timber Engineered Solutions has acquired a fourth factory, extending its reach into the South West, having completed the purchase of Gloucestershire-based Paul Timber Engineering.

Lords Builders Merchants in has become an Ealing Trailfinders sponsor for the forthcoming Greene King IPA 2015/2016 Championship season.

British Gypsum has invited entries to its 10th National Trophy Awards 2015, prizes for which are to be given at a ceremony in Prague next year.

HighJump, a provider of supply chain management solutions, has announced its acquisition of Wesupply, a provider of supplier enablement and B2B integration solutions across multiple industries including retail, building, CPG, energy and manufacturing.

Mayor of Pendle Cllr Nawaz Ahmed opened the Plumbase Colne with staff and customers.

The Mayor of Pendle, Councillor Nawaz Ahmed, officially opened the new kitchen and bathroom showroom at Plumbase Colne.

'Trusted, relevant, respected and delivering services valued by its members' – that’s the message from the latest Member Survey conducted by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Bond It has opened a dedicated training facility in West Yorkshire to help the company deliver high levels of customer service and support.

Selco Builders Warehouse is celebrating two branch anniversaries by giving charities and community groups the chance to build a brighter future as part of a competition.

Paul Taylor, managing director of Filplastic, has seen a 22% increase in the company’s sales.

A Yorkshire-based company that considers itself a ‘barometer of the builders’ merchants industry’ has racked up a 22% increase in annual sales.

Prestressed concrete lintel manufacturer Naylor Concrete Products has announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Barugh Green, Barnsley.

BSRIA has launched its White Paper titled ‘Achieving Carbon Targets’, which asks what the construction industry needs from government to deliver and achieve the carbon targets over the next decade.

Construction output is predicted to increase 13.2% by 2017, with private house building expected to be a key driver of this growth, according to the latest forecasts from the Construction Products Association (CPA).

The latest sales figures from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel, released today (24 August) by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), show sales in Q2 2015 through the UK’s general builders’ merchants were at their highest since tracking began last July.

Sales through the UK’s general builders merchants in Q2 2015 were at their highest since tracking began last July, the latest figures from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel released by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) show.

Increased sales of smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms will be the result of forthcoming rental property legislation, but landlords should be encouraged by merchants to install more alarms than the new law will demand, a safety campaign advises.

Toolstation has celebrated 200 new branch openings since the company's 2003 launch with its Newton Abbot site, as part of an expansion programme that will see 210 stores trading in the UK by the end of the year.

The global baths market is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of just below five per cent until 2019, BSRIA’s Global Bathroom Market 2015 research has found.

Sixty six per cent of small construction companies admit to having been forced to turn down new business due to the skills shortage, according to a Federation of Master Builders (FMB) survey.

Stax Trade Centres has opened its first Glasgow branch, creating 81 jobs and predicting 100 more new posts within the next 12 months.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a new careers website to promote the wide range of employment opportunities offered by merchants and building materials suppliers.

Investment in staff training with the aim of delivering market-leading standards of knowledge and customer service has been jointly announced by City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) and Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS).

The Carbon Trust has awarded Knauf UK the Carbon Trust Standard for Carbon in recognition of its achievements reducing its carbon emissions.

Tarmac has announced that its Cement and Lime business has been awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating under BES 6001.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will celebrate its 150th supplier member when Weber, a manufacturer of industrial mortars, joins the Federation later this month.

RGB Building Supplies has announced the construction of a new branch and a re-location of another, as well as the planned opening of a new kitchen and bathroom studio and an increase in its head office space.

Managed Services has been contracted to improve the cost efficiency for housing association Magenta Living after it signed a five-year partnership deal with the Travis Perkins company.

Alutec has updated its IT systems to provide faster delivery times and improved customer service, the company says.

Jeld-Wen has announced its acquisition of Dooria A/S, Scandinavian manufacturer of wooden doors and provider of domestic and commercial doors in Sweden and Norway.

Siniat has been named a finalist for the 2015 Customer Experience Awards in September.

Pictured from left: Heart FM Breakfast Show presenter Jack the Lad; former Brighton and Tottenham defender Guy Butters; Parkers’ marketing manager Jamie Pierce; and financial and commercial director Stewart Pierce

Parker Building Supplies has hosted its Annual Parker Golf Day, raising over £15,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Kitchen manufacturer Regency Kitchens is the latest supplier to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

BeA Fastening Systems has invested in additional warehousing at its Woodmansey, East Yorkshire site to meet growing demand, the company says.

Stephen Djokic, Rebecca Hill and Adam Warriner.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies continues to invest in the training of its staff after three trainees completed an intensive training course designed to prepare them for life at the builders’ merchant.

Saint-Gobain in the UK and Ireland, in association with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), has launched its new Entrepreneurship Foundation.

IKO has achieved the environmental standard ISO 14001 for its bituminous and liquid membranes factory based in Wigan, Appley Bridge.

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