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National Apprenticeship Week is nearly upon us, and Wolseley UK is showing its support by extending its flagship apprenticeship scheme.

BMF supplier members turned out in force for a new-style dedicated Supplier Forum.

More than 200 guests attended Howarth Timber Group’s anniversary dinner in Manchester.

The Howarth Timber Group continues to celebrate its 175th anniversary in style with a dinner for the great and good of the British building industry.

F & P has launched its new look brand and strapline, highlighting the wholesaler’s service focused strategy and promise to ‘simply deliver more’ for its customers.

Winners of the IAI Awards 2015.

The Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) has announced the winners of its awards, which were presented at its AGM.

Jewson has held its annual conference combined with its largest supplier exhibition to date.

Angela Rushforth will be speaking at the BMF’s Members Day in September.

Angela Rushforth, group managing director of Ridgeons Group has joined the growing list of impassioned speakers for the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) Members Day in September.

Michelmersh Brick Holdings has completed an expansion project to increase manufacturing capacity by 6m bricks at its Sussex-based Freshfield Lane brickworks.

JB Kind has been acquired by its management team for an undisclosed sum in a deal led by Springboard Corporate Finance.

Q4 sales in the merchant sector during 2014 show a -5.2% fall, when adjusted for seasonal trading days, according to the latest sales figures released by rthe GfK Builders' Merchant Panel.

Builders’ merchant, Jewson, is asking tradespeople up and down the country to put forward local community projects that are in need of a transformation.

Prakash Patel, managing director of builders’ merchant ABC Depot, has been nominated for the title of Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the upcoming Asian Voice Political & Public Life Awards.

UK software solution specialist Vecta Sales Solutions is celebrating after achieving finalist status, this time in four separate categories, for the 2015 European IT Awards for Software Excellence.

The Hire-It service from BSS Industrial will achieve national coverage by May 2015 with its exclusive Hire Centres available in all of the distributor’s branches.

Fencing and decorative garden structures expert, Grange, has reported considerable business gains across the merchant and garden centre sectors, thanks to its positive handling of the storm damage crisis in 2014.

Polypipe Ventilation has acquired the good will and assets of Ferrob - now trading as a new company called Ferrob Ventilation.

Combilift is to invest €40m over the next two years in a new manufacturing facility, which will also create 200 additional jobs over the next five years.

The Southampton branch of Sydenhams has completed a new sensory garden for Countess Mountbatten Hospice in Southampton.

Output in the construction industry is estimated to have risen by 7.4% from 2013 to 2014, according to the most recent findings by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

New efforts to crack down on illegally sourced plywood imported from China into the UK have been backed by the Wood Panel Industries Federation (WPIF).

Lords Builders Merchants has completed the first phase of its works to the former Burdens 2.5-acre site in Hayes, following 12 months of planning delays.

Growing trade supplies firm Flame Heating Spares is now supplying Speedfit underfloor heating products, as well as stocking Press Fit piping and fittings for commercial installers and engineers.

The government has announced proposals which could see Display Energy Certificates (DECs) for 54,000 public buildings in England and Wales abolished.

Jon Cruddas MP recently visited Nicholls & Clarke as part of the Builders Merchants Federation’s industry and parliamentary programme, to see the merchant’s approach to adapting housing so that elderly and disabled people can remain at home, rather than be in hospital.

Grant & Stone has opened a new kitchen and bathroom showroom in Kempson Road, Aylesbury.

IKO’s new Grangemill site with ISO 14001 logo.

IKO plc has achieved the environmental standards ISO 14001 and BES 6001 for its new mastic asphalt and hot melt factory in Derbyshire.

L-r: Nadia Wheeler, Preston Mommsen and Clare Harding.

In partnership with Cricket Scotland, Jewson has launched Jewson CricketForce Scotland.

Independent merchant Rudridge has been sold to the Travis Perkins Group.

LBS Builders' Merchants has been awarded 'Retailer of the Year' at the 'West Wales 2015 Business Awards'.

Construction product manufacturers ended 2014 with continued sales growth, according to the latest State of Trade Survey from the CPA.

Daikin UK has opened a new 2,100 sq ft office for the Midlands region in Birmingham Business Park, which is also home to a new 2,000 sq ft training centre.

Brands within the Travis Perkins Group, including Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS), Direct Heating Spares (DHS), and City Heating Spares (CHS), have continued to invest in its range of spares services by launching its first dedicated spares apprenticeship.

New government plans will make it illegal for private landlords to rent out properties that don't meet minimum efficiency standards.

L-r: New Zealand rugby team's former captain Sean Fitzpatrick, Andy Wighton, Steve Ashmore.

Pipe Center has officially opened its new distribution centre in Measham, Derbyshire. The site becomes the most technologically advanced distribution facility in the company's supply chain.

It is set to be a landmark year for commercial property in the West Midlands, according to findings from Barbour ABI, a chosen provider of construction data to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the government.

Finland’s oldest company, Fiskars, is the latest member to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), bringing the total membership to 472.

Builders’ merchant Frazer – specialist in civils and utility supplies – kicked off 2015 with its annual award ceremony, celebrating last year’s achievements.

L to r: Ed Sturgess of 247 Power, Tom Elliott of Elliotts and Simon Smith and Ryan Berryman of 247 Power.

Elliotts, the Hampshire-based independent supplier of building supplies to the trade and public has acquired yet another local business as part of its drive to boost its sustainable offering.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has agreed to provide a full secretariat service for the Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM), in a move that further strengthens the relationship between the two organisations.

Johnstone’s Paints is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

Heating expert Grant UK is bringing its new display van to a number of RGB Building Supplies branches in February, giving customers the opportunity to ask questions and see demonstrations of its oil and biomass boilers.

Selco Builders Warehouse has started 2015 with a bang by opening its 36th branch in the UK.

CEMEX Aggregates has secured a major contract with Wickes to supply their northern branches with bagged aggregates.

L-r: Terry Owen (managing director), Dafydd Hughes (marketing), Eluned Yaxley and Sarah Kearsley-Wooller (Hope House Children's Hospices), Chris Roberts (marketing), John Llewelyn Jones (chairman).

Huws Gray has marked its 25th birthday by donating £25,000 to children's hospices.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has joined the Trade Association Forum.

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.

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