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Insulation company Actis has launched a range of bite-size ‘how to’ video guides to help builders tackle specific installation issues in seconds.

Andy Hartshorn, Trevor and Ivet King.

J Kelsall Builders Merchants has launched its new website, showcasing its wide range of building supplies, kitchens and bathrooms.

Edward Naylor and Paul Parker, formerly of Raglan.

Naylor Drainage has acquired the business and assets of plastic raw material processor Raglan.

Covers Timber and Builders Merchants unveiled its new 14,000sq ft hardwood shed on 16 January with the Mayor of Chichester, Councillor John Hughes, on hand to cut the ribbon.

Builders’ merchant Gibbs & Dandy has won a contract to be a preferred materials supplier for Building and Technical Services (BTS), which is the trading arm of Luton Borough Council.

Government and industry must collaborate to build at least 200,000 homes a year by 2020 in order to tackle the housing crisis, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

As part of its strategy to connect its brand with the consumer, Ideal Standard is launching a cash back promotion aimed at generating consumer interest and driving footfall into their independent showroom network.

Velux has established a partnership with TrustMark to help consumers find trusted installers when looking to carry out installations on their properties.

Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating saw significant growth last year, with its year-on-year sales increasing by 28% and six new industry specialists added to its national sales team.

British Gypsum is making it easier for specifiers and architects to identify environmental performance with the launch of seven new Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), covering nine products.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed another high profile supplier into membership, with Hanson Cement joining the Federation from 1 February.

Nicholas Howarth, managing director of Howarth Timber.

The Howarth Timber Group is celebrating its landmark 175th anniversary in 2015 and has got an exciting line-up of events, competitions and roadshows planned to mark the occasion in style.

An independent builders’ merchant in Nottinghamshire is celebrating success after being named sales champions by ArtificialGrass.com.

Bradstone’s new Mode paving in textured beige.

Bradstone announced significant investment in a multi-media consumer strategy at its second national conference for Bradstone Assured installers at Mallory Park racing circuit in Leicestershire on 23 January.

Builders’ merchant Keyline has opened a national rail sales office for Scotland, dedicated to supporting customers working on all Scottish rail contracts including major improvement schemes currently underway.

Patrick McLoughlin MP with Andy Williamson.

Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport for the Derbyshire Dales, recently paid a visit to IKO PLC’s new mastic asphalt and hot melt factory at Grangemill Quarry, Derbyshire, which opened at the end of 2014.

L-r: Paul Turner, Matthew Hancock MP and Richard Jayne.

As part of a tour of the area looking at business growth, the Minister of State for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Matthew Hancock MP, made a visit to the Penzance branch of RGB Building Supplies on 9 January.

First load ready for delivery at DTE Warrington. Left to right: Andy Kennedy, Mick Hart, Mike Carruthers, Billy Gibbons, Karl O’Neill, Dave Laff, Paul Marriot and Mark Rowbottom.

Truss manufacturer Donaldson Timber Engineering (DTE) has made a positive start to the year with the opening of a new branch in the north west of England.

Roger Hastie is divisional director at Deborah.

Deborah Services Limited (Deborah) – a specialist in the provision of non-mechanical construction equipment – is investing £6m in its hire and sales division to re-model its 28 branches and open four new branches across the UK and Ireland over the next two years.

William Sinclair Holdings PLC has released its audited preliminary results for the past year.

Saint-Gobain is marking its 350th anniversary with a series of events and activities to celebrate the company’s history and confidence in the future.

In an upbeat British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) forum on 15 January, 2015, Ian Preedy, group commercial director at Travis Perkins entertained a sell out audience of BHETA members on the opportunities in the Group, outlining the different approaches to its brands – in particular Travis Perkins, Wickes and Toolstation.

L-r James Berry, managing director of Myers Group, Katie Berry, director Myers Group, Kris Hopkins MP.

Keighley MP Kris Hopkins visited Myers Building Supplies in Silsden on 16 January, 2015 to hear about the challenges facing the construction industry.

Roofers from across the UK and throughout Europe are invited to take part in the IFD FAKRO Winter Olympics, which are being held from 5 to 7 February in the picturesque ski resort of Muszyna in Poland.

British Gypsum is calling for all budding plasterers from across the country to submit examples of their best work to be in with a chance of winning one of five PS4s.

Wolseley UK has launched an apprenticeship scheme for large goods vehicle (LGV) drivers.

The Water Label has now launched and will start to be seen on bathroom fittings that are available at Chandlers’ Lewes branch.

The future of the construction industry hangs in the balance following today’s government announcement on apprenticeship funding reforms, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Jewson has been granted the right to supply Pinewood and Shepperton Studios with a range of building materials to service the studio's on-site requirements. 

Hitachi’s cordless tools enabled the caving team to climb steep walls and tunnels deep underground.

Hitachi Power Tools has provided its cordless power tools to a caving expedition team intent on exploring new underground systems in Spain.

Graham Plumbers' Merchant has taken on 10 new apprentices throughout a number of its branches.

Working with its partner - Intec Business colleges, Graham Plumbers' Merchant has recently appointed 10 new apprentices throughout a number of its branches across the UK.

The Scottish government's new £30m Small Developers Scheme, which will form part of Help to Buy (Scotland), will increase growth in the small housebuilding sector, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Ecodhome, one of the UK's newest home automation providers, has agreed a deal with buying group IPG.

Richard Stewart, regional sales and operations manager at Wrekin Products.

With the Scottish construction industry’s latest output figures approaching pre-recession levels, keeping sufficient stocks of construction products in Scotland is vitally important according to Wrekin Products’ regional sales and operations manager Richard Stewart.

Wolseley UK is helping employees deliver better customer service by installing new technology across its branch network. New telephones, faster network connections, WiFi and upgraded computers are all being rolled to better equip branches for the future.

After running for nine years, the JOSB Done campaign is drawing to a close.

Hope Construction Materials has invested £14m to boost production at its Hope Works cement plant.

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is holding its next member forum on 15 January, featuring Ian Preedy, group commercial director of Travis Perkins.

Elliotts will now open its Southampton and Totton branches from 7am.

Elliotts, the Hampshire-based independent builders’ merchant has announced that it will open earlier as part of its drive to keep the county building.

Host Bob Warman with directors Neil Kendrick, Henry Carver and Bryan Purslow.

Carvers Building Supplies enjoyed a successful relaunch event last month, marking the merchant’s return after a devastating fire in 2012.

This year, the construction industry will need to take further steps to improve its image and address the widening skills gap, according to Richard Threlfall, KPMG’s head of infrastructure, building and construction.

MX is back up and running following a recent fire.

Contrary to some rumours that have been filtering their way through to MX Group, all of the shower manufacturer’s products, apart from its gel coat shower trays, are unaffected by the fire that took place in November 2014.

MKM Building Supplies' Glasgow branch has raised nearly £1,000 for charity to celebrate its first year of trading.

Local plumbers’ merchants are hosting Wirquin breakfast mornings for their customers to learn more about the sanitary equipment specialist’s wide range of products including the Macdee Motion universal dual flush siphon.

Confidence within the Scottish construction industry has hit a new high as 2014 draws to a close, according to the latest Scottish Construction Monitor, a quarterly survey of the membership of trade body the Scottish Building Federation (SBF).

New home registrations across the UK remain ahead of last year’s figures, with the latest rolling quarter revealing an 8% increase on the same period in 2013, according to new figures released by the National House-Building Council (NHBC).

GfK has launched the first robust sales tracking insights for the builders' merchant sector.

Production has started at CEMEX UK’s South Ferriby plant, thanks to significant work by its 150 workforce and over 400 contractors during the past year, following the flooding in December 2013.

CRH has sold Ibstock to Bain Capital.

CRH, the international building materials group, has announced that it has reached an agreement to dispose of its clay and concrete businesses in the UK and its clay business in the US to private equity giant Bain Capital for £414m.

Pimlico Plumbers has opened its new plumbing merchant enterprise.

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