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A motor racing enthusiast has demonstrated the importance of value-added partnerships by using a rebate agreement to fund his racing team, with the support of Burdens.

The number of new homes registered across the UK continues to outperform 2014 levels, according to the National House-Building Council (NHBC).

Peter Stone of Bheta (centre) officially opened the new showroom with Centurion managing director, Paul Kantecki (left) and director, David Geczi, (right).

Centurion Europe’s new showroom was declared ‘open for business’ recently when Peter Stone, executive director of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (Bheta) officially cut the ribbon at the wholesaler and distributor’s newest facility.

A new treatment plant has been introduced by Ridgeons Forest Products’ at its 12-acre timber mill site in Herringswell, Suffolk.

John Newcomb is managing director of the BMF.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed several elements of the legislative programme that was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 27 May, 2015.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has been shortlisted in a third category of the Trade Association Forum (TAF) ‘Best Practice’ award.

P&R Roofing won a Makita Jobsite Radio at the GRP roofing road show.

Eurocell’s Banbury branch may only have been open a few weeks, but it’s already proving a firm favourite with local traders.

Allister Frost, an expert in digital marketing communication, will speak at the BMF Members’ Day in September.

Allister Frost, an expert in digital marketing communication, will share his expertise with delegates at the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) Members’ Day in September. In addition to his keynote presentation at the event, he will also lead a workshop on digital marketing later in the day.

In order to help the customers of Travis Perkins understand whole house insulation solutions, Knauf Insulation has been working closely with the merchant to provide technical support, displays and tools for its newly refurbished flagship Northampton branch.

F & P, the distributor of plumbing, heating and bathroom products, has launched a new service focused strategy and promise to ‘simply deliver more’ for its customers.

Managing director Tom Elliott is presented with the Southampton Business Success Award by Mayor of Southampton, Linda Norris.

Elliotts, the independent supplier of building products for the trade and public, has been handed a prestigious business award and is shortlisted for another trio of gongs.

L-r: Dave Robertson, partnering director and Roy Mason, sales director (both Grafton Merchanting GB), with Altaf Khan, homes plus manager, Incommunities.

Grafton Supply Chain Solutions (GSCS) has been crowned Supplier of the Year at the Housing Excellence Awards 2015.

L-r: Pochin’s Glynn Barrington and Ben O’Keefe.

Independent plumbing and heating merchant Pochin has won an award for its pioneering work giving ex-offenders and the homeless a chance to gain work experience and a reference to help them find a job.

David Tutton will take over from Lorna Fellowes as managing director of Triton.

Triton is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and following 17 years of consistent growth under the leadership of its present managing director, Lorna Fellowes, has announced the appointment of business development director, David Tutton, to the position of managing director from July 2015.

John Savage, managing director of Flame Heating Spares

North East trade supplies firm Flame Heating Spares has identified the site of its fourth branch as it continues its branch expansion.

Ridgeons, a leading independent timber and builders' merchant in the East of England, has announced that Macmillan Cancer Support will be its chosen charity until the end of 2017.

For the third time running, Jungheinrich UK has achieved accreditation to the Investors in People standard – a management framework for driving high performance through people.

Professional decorating supplies company Hamilton is celebrating 10 years of its college training programme.

Dulux Decorator Centre has been awarded the Investors in People Champion Gold status.

Dulux Decorator Centre has recently been awarded the Investors in People Champion Gold status for the second time running. The prestigious award is the highest level of Investors in People accreditation, and is in recognition of continuing excellent standards in people management.

Rachel Hackett, of the Beckenham & Penge Sea Cadet Corps, is presented the Leading Cadet award by Dr Andrew Parmley

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WcoBM) recently hosted its fourth City & Awards luncheon at Vintners’ Hall in London.

Professional decorating supplies company Hamilton recently staged the first of three 2015 decorators panels at Construction Training Specialists’ head office in Norwich.

Managed Services First Wessex store opening.

Managed Services, part of Travis Perkins, which provides maintenance materials and supply chain planning for public sector organisations, has opened a new store in Aldershot, exclusively for housing association First Wessex.

Representatives from the building industry are being sought to join the Board of TrustMark, the government-endorsed scheme for all trades in and around the home.

NMBS has once again shown that business and pleasure can mix. On 30 April 2015, the buying society for independent merchants staged its annual Golf Day. This year, the day was held as a joint-event with the Building Materials Golf Society.

L-r: Mike Rigby and Andrew Pine.

Two well-known industry names - Andrew Pine and Mike Rigby - have got together to provide builders’ merchants with a complete solution for strategy and business development, new formats and branch improvement.

Consumers are set to benefit from a new partnership between B&Q Homefit and NICEIC.

SIG Distribution celebrated the launch of its new specialist business at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on 30 April, 2015.

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released today (11 May 2015) reveal that 464m bricks were produced in the UK during the first quarter of 2015, a rise of 22m bricks or 5% from the same period in 2014.

Following the introduction of the new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015 earlier this month, TrustMark is providing support and advice to help builders comply with the significant health and safety requirements which now apply to all home improvements and building work.

Tippers Builders' Merchants has announced it will open a new branch based in Rugely, Staffordshire.

Rexel has announced that 100 branches across the country will take part in the ‘Nest Pro Tour’ - the UK-wide roadshow that will see a dedicated Nest training team visit partners across the country in a mission to educate and evangelise installers across the country.

HSS, the tool and equipment-hire company, has acquired All Seasons Hire (All Seasons), a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning hire company in the UK, for a total cash consideration of £11.4m.

John Newcomb, managing director of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), has issued the following statement following the Conservative Party's victory in the General Election.

Wienerberger has announced its continued sponsorship of the Guild of Bricklayers competitions in 2015. Once again, the sponsorship will see the manufacturer donate bricks to a series of regional competitions and the national final.

L-r: Mark French, PHG’s category director, Craig Rendall, Bristan’s national sales manager, and David Pochin, PHG’s chairman.

Bristan is celebrating its success at this year’s Plumbing and Heating Group (PHG) Awards, collecting the Bathroom Supplier of the Year Award.

An artist impression of the new Glasgow branch.

Stax Trade Centres recently announced at its Supplier Conference that it will open a sixth branch in Glasgow at the end of August this year.

Mayor Jeremy Punchard cuts the ribbon to open the new Kent Blaxill store in Fakenham with store staff, guests and customers.

Mayor Jeremy Punchard recently cut the ribbon to Kent Blaxill’s new decorative store in Fakenham.

Siniat has been named Supplier of the Year 2014 by Buildbase.

Merchants and their suppliers have the chance to spend a day together blasting clay pigeons out of the sky at the inaugural Bob Beaver Memorial Charity Shoot on Wednesday July 15, 2015.

Toolstop has boosted its profits by 750%.

Having developed a strong online presence, hardware company Toolstop has boosted its profits by 750% - just in time for its 50th year in business.

Skin cancer (malignant melanoma) is the fifth most common cancer in the UK. With diagnosis rates rising faster than any of the current top 10 cancers in the UK, men, particularly those who work outdoors like builders and construction workers are at even greater risk of developing the disease.

Woodford Building & Plumbing Supplies has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2015 E3 Business Awards, which will be held at the Macron Stadium in Bolton on 11 June.

A week before the General Election, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne, visited George Bence & Sons in Cheltenham with the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Alex Chalk, as part of his South West campaign trail.

Elliotts is helping to make the south a greener place by reducing its carbon footprint.

Directors and managers of Buttle's enjoyed a change of scenery by holding their first quarterly management meeting of 2015 at Kilsaran International in County Meath, Ireland.

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions is the latest supplier company to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

BSS' National Distribution Centre at Magna Park.

BSS Industrial has announced that the expansion of its Magna Park National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Leicestershire is complete, giving customers access to £50m worth of stock and delivery options that no one else on the market can offer.

Hope Construction Materials plans to recruit 30 HGV drivers to operate its new fleet of trucks.

Hope Construction Materials is searching for 30 HGV drivers to operate its new fleet of Renault trucks.

Ridgeons is celebrating after being awarded Gold standard for Investors in People (IIP).

The Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants (WCoBM) has welcomed five new Freemen to its Livery.

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