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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.

The increasing shortages of bricks and bricklayers will threaten future house building plans, warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

L-r: Rob Lankey from Aldermore; Bridie Warner-Adsetts, COO, and Edward Naylor, CEO from Naylor Drainage.

Barnsley-based clay and plastic pipe manufacturer Naylor Drainage has been named a British manufacturing champion after scooping two national business awards.

Honeywell is proudly supporting Wolseley’s 40-date ErP roadshow, which kicked off with its first event this week.

Richard Carter, managing director.

As Britain prepares itself for another General Election, one manufacturing firm is celebrating having been in business throughout every single political office, since the first British Prime Minister Sir Robert Warpole back in 1740.

As each political party broadcasts its Manifesto in the approach to the General Election, Knauf Insulation has reflected on the announcements so far.

The proposal for a new law to tackle fair payment, contained in the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) Manifesto, has been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Plumbing and heating merchant, Williams & Co, has been acquired by the company’s management team and staff for an undisclosed sum.

Bond It's new compounding plant.

To help facilitate its on-going success and expansion, Bond It has made two six figure investments with a total value of almost £1/2m into its production capabilities.

Wienerberger has sold the former site of its Baggeridge Brickworks to David Wilson Homes.

Wienerberger has recently sold the former site of its Baggeridge Brickworks to national housebuilder David Wilson Homes – a move that is set to bring 350 new jobs to the area.

L-r: Plumb and Parts Center’s product manager, Karl Baggott, Jason Donoghue, customer marketing manager – construction and Adrian Keats, national account manager for Honeywell Analytics.

‘A carbon monoxide alarm can save your life’ – this was the hard-hitting message to employees at the Leamington Spa HQ of Plumb and Parts Center, during an awareness day.

Chandlers Building Supplies will be carrying out flat roofing demonstrations at its Ringmer branch.

The Ringmer branch of Chandlers Building Supplies is inviting local tradespeople along to its showroom on Tuesday 28 April for a free demonstration about fibreglass roofing from Cure It.

L to r: Stephen Crabb, Mark Davies and Simon Hart.

The Rt Hon Stephen Crabb, Secretary of State for Wales, and Simon Hart, Conservative PPC for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, visited LBS Builders Merchants at its Pembroke Dock branch on 21 April to hear how the sector is ensuring a strong economic outlook for Wales.

Tradespeople will be offered an opportunity to promote their business to an audience of tens of thousands for free.

The NMBS Exhibition, which took place on 16 April, enjoyed record exhibitor numbers, record visitor levels and a record value for deals done on the day.

Polyco has invested in new equipment, which will help boost its activity and recruit new staff.

Newtown-based business Polyco, which was acquired by the W. Howard Group in 2009, has committed to expansion in the town by investing in new equipment, which will enable it to boost its activity and recruit new staff.

The Conservatives recently took the lead in a pre-election opinion poll conducted by UK Construction Week, despite 71% of respondents claiming that the needs of the construction industry have been ignored by the key political parties.

Leisure Sinks has invested in a new sink press at its factory in Long Eaton.

Leisure Sinks has increased its productivity thanks to a new £1.2m sink press at its factory in Long Eaton.

Following a strong year of growth in the rail sector, Burdens will be returning to Railtex from 12 to 14 May to share its latest news in product developments and project expertise.

John Newcomb, managing director of the BMF.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed proposals in the Liberal Democrats' manifesto, which announced an ambitious target to build 300,000 new homes each year, as well as recognising the need to expand and increase quality vocational training to achieve this.

The importance given to housing in the Conservative Party manifesto should be applauded, but it will be important for the next government to remain focused on housing supply as well as housing ownership, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Hope's current apprentices (l-r): Daniel Repton, Henry Wilde and Matthew Richardson.

Hope Construction Materials is on the lookout for top young talent to join its £300m business in Derbyshire, Yorkshire and the North East.

The Labour Manifesto, published yesterday (13 April), shows a welcome recognition of the economic and social importance of building more homes, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

AkzoNobel’s Decorative Paints business recently welcomed His Royal Highness the Duke of York to its offices in Slough.

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