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The five-star Princesa Yaiza Hotel in Lanzarote.

Lanzarote will be the location for the NMBS Conference 2016, Chris Hayward, managing director announced at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Malta.

Frank Key Group has completed the purchase of C Bancroft Group, along with its two trading subsidiaries, Banson Tool Hire and Charles Watson (Ironmongers).

The installation of solar panels one year ago at Wolseley UK’s national distribution centre has generated the equivalent electricity to power 522 medium usage UK homes.

In May of this year, the BBC’s DIY SOS team came calling on Parker Kitchens in Tonbridge for their 'Big Build' series. 

Bradite's full range of protective coatings is now available from family-owned merchant, Kent Blaxill. 

Jane Collins, Chris Wood (Farrow & Ball) and Ron McConnachie with the winner’s certificate.

Decorative materials supplier Kent Blaxill has won a Farrow & Ball award for Best In-store Presentation – against international competition.

The Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) has welcomed elements of the forthcoming Enterprise Bill that will give a positive boost to apprenticeships.

Vicaima Group has announced the purchase of its current leased site with plans to refurbish and extend the facility.

L-r: Paul Andrews, Tom Elliott and Howard Hackney of Howard Hackney LLP.

It’s been handed down from generation to generation for 173 years and now Elliotts has been named the best family business in the UK’s property and construction industry.

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS) has announced it is to sponsor the Local Authority Building Control’s (LABC) Building Awards of Excellence, alongside providing customer training at LABC seminars.

Northamptonshire Cricket League (NCL) is to be sponsored for a further three years by Northampton-based Hevey Building Supplies, it has been announced.

Forest Garden has opened what it says is the largest indoor product display in the UK garden and landscape sector in Worcestershire.

Economist Vicky Pryce will be speaking at the BMF Members’ Day in September.

One of the UK’s leading economists, Vicky Pryce, is to speak at the BMF Members’ Day in September.

Plumbers’ merchants nationwide are inviting customers to Wirquin breakfast mornings and BBQs throughout the summer.

The Scottish government has shamed the UK government by prioritising the energy efficiency of existing buildings, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The IronmongeryDirect team celebrate at the ECMOD Direct Commerce Awards.

IronmongeryDirect has been recognised as the ‘Best Multi-Channel Brand’ at the ECMOD Direct Commerce Awards.

Promat UK’s new production plant in Heywood, Lancashire.

Promat UK has responded to the increasing demand for its passive fire protection products by relocating one of its production plants from West Yorkshire into larger premises in Heywood, Lancashire.

The Robert Price ‘Building Bonanza’ will take place on 18 June.

Robert Price, the independent builders’ merchant in South East Wales, will be hosting its annual ‘Building Bonanza’ event on 18 June at its branch on Lamby Way in Cardiff.

Phil Barnard, Chandlers head of sustainability

Chandlers’ Sustainable Solutions has been consulted in a workshop shaping the publication of the ‘Water Efficient House of the Future’ report, published by the UK Water Research & Innovation Partnership (UKWRIP) and water efficiency authority Waterwise.

Fundraising adventurer Dave Heeley has been confirmed as the latest speaker at the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Members’ Day in September.

Over half of trade businesses are being left behind by the digital revolution, allowing more tech savvy competitors to win new customers at their expense, according to a study by IronmongeryDirect.

Independent buying group IBC is pleased to announce that the winner of its first Supplier of the Year award is International Plywood Importers (Panel Supplies).

L-r: Ruth Moran (chief financial officer), Bridie Warner-Adsetts (chief operating officer) and Edward Naylor (chief executive officer).

Yorkshire-based Naylor Drainage has acquired the share capital of Congleton-based ADP Surface Solutions, a supplier of products designed to protect grass and gravel surfaces.

Five plastering apprentices have been announced as the winners of British Gypsum’s #BGShoutOut competition.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the UK contravened the EU VAT Directive in applying a reduced VAT rate to the supply and installation of energy-saving materials.

Kellaway Building Supplies has become a Lighthouse Club “charity champion” to demonstrate its commitment to local charities.

Bobby Singh in Nepal.

Bobby Singh, proprietor of Russell’s Trade & DIY, in Tooting, South London was so touched by the stories he heard about in the media following the earthquake in Nepal on 25 April, that he travelled to the country to help those in need.

The government needs to urgently introduce legislation for a national insulation programme to cover every UK home, a report issued by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has said.

Three free demonstration events will be hosted in June by RGB Building Supplies, welcoming tradespeople to chat with suppliers and discover new products.

(l-r) Brian Lambert, Rik Pepper, Crystal Harland, Steve Chuter, Marco Gabbiadini, Andy Arnold.

Sunderland AFC legend Marco Gabbiadini unveiled a new showroom for Plumbase, marking the first of several new launches the company expects to roll out across the UK this year.

Ridgeons, a leading independent timber and builders' merchant in the East of England, recently recognised the long service achievements of 64 employees at its annual Long Service Awards reception.

L-r: Mike Macaulay, Hamish MacDougall, Ian Masson and Mike MacLellan.

GPH Builders Merchants has strengthened its position following the acquisition of a Stonehaven company.

L-r: Huntley Thawe, Lisa Childs, Richard Hurst and Hayley Warren.

A ladies night held at a Worcestershire DIY store has proved a huge success that another event has been planned for later this year.

With the highly-anticipated arrival of the Energy related Products (ErP) Directive inching closer, Baxi is hitting the road on a nationwide tour with other Plumb and Parts Center suppliers in a bid to help ease the transition for installers.

Kellaway Group has been given the seal of approval on its fleet operation with bronze accreditation from the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

Anglia Tool Centre, part of the Ridgeons Group Company, is boosting its presence in the East of England with the opening of a new store in Ipswich.

Plumbing and Heating Supplies is set to open a new branch on the Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead on 22 June, 2015.

BeA managing director, John Mercer attributes the company’s on-going success and growth to a belief in continued evolution and improvement.

BeA is seeing continued growth in demand for its products. The business, which manufactures fastening tools and consumables, has shown strong performance for its last financial year with much of this success attributable to an increase in sales.

Air conditioning and air source heat pump supplier LG has moved to new headquarters from its former home in Slough.

Launching its ‘Easy as 1, 2, 3’ philosophy, Chandlers Building Supplies will attempt to show how simple it is to go green at the Eco Technology Show on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 June, 2015 at Brighton’s Amex Stadium.

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.

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