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Breedon Aggregates continues to trade strongly, with product volumes in the first 10 months ahead of the comparable period in both England and Scotland.

More than 1,000 visitors and 60 leading brands helped Howarth Timber Group celebrate its 175th anniversary at a trade day that recently took place at Elland Road in Leeds.

Breedon Aggregates has announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement with Cortolina Investments S.à.r.l. to acquire Hope Construction Materials (Hope) for £336m.

Builders’ merchant, Jewson, will be offering guidance and career advice at The Skills Show (19-21 November), the UK’s skills and careers event.

BSS managing director Chris Hufflett (centre left) and Frank Elkins, divisional CEO of Travis Perkins contract merchanting division (centre right) cut the ribbon at the new Boss Court HQ.

BSS Industrial has staked its future in Leicester this autumn with the formal opening of its new flagship headquarters (HQ) in Enderby.

From the left: Andy Wighton, Dave Woodberry, John Davies, Louise Powell, Martin Cook, Chris Banner

Five long-standing employees of Pipe Center and Climate Center, demonstrating a combined service of more than 150 years, have been awarded Hall of Fame status for their outstanding contribution to the business and industry.

After 36 years, independent business Forestrall Timber & Fencing Merchants has opened a second depot in Kent.

Mayor of Burgess Hill Anne Jones MBE and the team at Covers Burgess Hill.

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Burgess Hill has moved to new and improved premises at Victoria Gardens based on the Victoria Industrial Estate.

City Heating Spares (CHS) has welcomed five new recruits onto its apprenticeship scheme after two former participants graduated into full-time employment.

Ridgeons has opened the third branch of its new PlumbStock heating and plumbing brand in Diss, Norfolk.

Gorilla Glue Europe has become a partner of the Rainy Day Trust charity.

Hansgrohe Ltd has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), further strengthening the Federation's plumbing and heating sector.

The government needs to revise its plans for a one-size-fits all Apprenticeship Levy or risk exacerbating the growing skills crisis in the building industry, warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) ahead of the Spending Review.

Tarmac has been awarded a five-year, £30m highways maintenance contract with Knowsley Council.

Four intrepid explorers from F & P have conquered Mount Snowdon to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Research.

NMBS, the largest independent Buying Society and electronic trading platform in the UK, recently played host to Australian Buying Group Natbuild, as part of its continued development and exchange programme with other buying groups.

Knauf Insulation has again been named Supplier of the Year for the roofing and insulation category, for the third year running at this year’s National Buying Group (NBG) awards.

NBG merchant member PGR Builders and Timber Merchants is expanding its Essex-based branch network with the opening of a new outlet in Brentwood. The new branch is part of the company’s strategic expansion and growth plans, and will be followed by another new site in the region next year.

Travis Perkins has been highly commended at the East Midlands final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2015.

City Heating Spares will offer flexible next day deliveries until Christmas Eve.

City Heating Spares (CHS), the specialist spares offering of City Plumbing Supplies (CPS), has pledged to support time-pressured customers this festive season by offering flexible next day deliveries until Christmas Eve; making it possible to place orders up to 8pm on Wednesday 23 December for delivery at 8am the next day.

Manufacturers and distributors of construction products run thousands of training programmes for builders and tradespeople who install their products. An opportunity exists to put that training on a formal footing with nationally recognised qualifications, according to a report from the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) recently invited key architects, specifiers, engineers, contractors and builders’ merchants to debate the UK’s water management problem on a journey to the Thames Barrier.

Cllr Forbes visited JT Dove to meet staff, apprentice graduates and the management team to discuss the future of the industry.

Cllr Nick Forbes, the leader of Newcastle City Council, recently visited JT Dove Builders’ Merchant at its head office and main branch in Newburn, Newcastle, to meet with eight graduates from the company’s trainee scheme and present awards to two long serving employees.

As part of a number of key service improvements Flexseal has introduced to its customers this year, the coupling manufacturer now offers online tracking for the delivery of its orders.

Wrekin Products has signalled its commitment to workplace skills by opening the Wrekin Academy, a training centre for demonstrating best practice when it comes to highway ironwork installation, specifically developed to meet the needs of industry professionals including builders’ merchants.

Geoff Spencer and Chris Plant.

Hope Construction Materials and DB Schenker Rail UK have laid solid foundations for their future partnership by signing a five-year contract for comprehensive transport services.

The event encouraged over 1,000 young people from across the region to investigate their career options.

To help encourage young people to explore the roofing industry as a career prospect, Sandtoft - the roofing brand of Wienerberger – attended a training day following an invite from the Lincoln Training Group.

The managing director of Plumbase marked the opening of a new kitchen and bathroom showroom with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the York branch, raising just over £200 for charity.

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants in Burgess Hill is offering customers a week of opening offers and freebies to celebrate relocating its depot to new and improved premises in Victoria Gardens on the Victoria Industrial Estate.

Minera Building Supplies, Wrexham.

Huws Gray has completed the purchase of Minera Building Supplies for an undisclosed sum.

Building on the success of the Stonemarket Event in the Midlands over the last two years, this year sees the start of the new and improved Stonemarket Road Show.

L-r: Bill Wheeler (maintanence worker at Exeter Foyer), Debbie Brimacombe (project manager at Exeter Foyer), Paul West (RGB Exeter branch manager) and Jenny Lightfoot (senior support officer at Exeter Foyer).

RGB Building Supplies is delighted to announce that Exeter Foyer is the latest beneficiary of its Well Built Community Fund.

Marketeers from some of the UK’s leading independent merchants have attended a marketing forum run by National Buying Group (NBG).

Pete Diamant, head of plumbing, heating and sanitaryware, Ridgeons.

Independent timber and builders’ merchant Ridgeons is set to unveil its new brand dedicated to heating and plumbing – PlumbStock – at its branch in Diss, Norfolk on 10 November, 2015.

Ian Martinson constructs a clay ‘Beefeater’.

To celebrate the recent acquisition of Keymer - the roof tile brand that has supplied quintessentially English, handmade clay roof tiles since 1588 - Wienerberger recently hosted an event at the Tower of London.

Managing director John Savage and fellow director Gary Riseborough at the new head office.

Flame Heating Spares has opened a new head office on Tyneside, doubling its floor space, to support ambitious growth.

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, released today (27 October), highlighted a decline in construction activity during Q3.

Free demonstrations on how to install Cure It roofing systems are to be held at the Bury St Edmunds branch of building supplies company Kent Blaxill on 6 November, 2015.

Ridgeons recently welcomed four employees to its esteemed ‘25 Club’ in recognition of their continued service.

The Naylor Industries team.

Barnsley-based Naylor Industries played a prominent role at this year's Barnsley and Rotherham business awards.

Graham’s product experts.

In order to assist its customers even further, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has assigned 33 ‘product experts’ across its plastics, heating spares and smart controls divisions.

Businesses in construction are likely to consider a diverse range of options when seeking finance or information to expand their business, including turning to friends and family, Business Banking Insight (BBI) has found.

Four members of the H&B Buying Group have become the first to take advantage of the group membership terms agreed with the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) last month.

Fresh initiatives on new housing, existing homes and property taxes were on the agenda when the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was in Aberdeen last week.

Hanson Building Products has changed its company name to Forterra, following a recent divestment by former owners HeidelbergCement.

Seven employees from IronmongeryDirect have achieved a Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) qualification in architectural hardware, the ironmongery supplier based in Basildon has said.

Jewson is launching its first ever UK-wide event for construction professionals, showcasing the latest developments in products and techniques across the industry.

The manhole cover and pipeline divisions of Casting Services Ltd have been purchased from administrators Leonard Curtis, after the business went into administration earlier this year.

CRASH hosted its Windsor Half Marathon Awards Ceremony at the Saint-Gobain Innovation Centre in London on 19 October.

The UK economy is missing out on more than £6 billion a year because of consumers’ anxiety about hiring shoddy tradespeople, a new survey has suggested.

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