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The government's Enterprise Bill aiming to increase to three million by 2020 the number of apprenticeships has been praised by Deborah Services (DSL), provider of non-mechanical construction equipment.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced that Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) will be its nominated charity partner for 2016.

Grohe has launched a 2015 installer training program aimed at providing hands-on technical training for installers to stay ahead of competitors.

Robert Price Builders’ Merchants has staged a summer roofing training programme that welcomed selected employees from its south Wales branches to complete a ‘Redland Roofing’ residential course.

With radiant heating and cooling technologies – especially underfloor heating (UFH) – becoming increasingly more popular across both the domestic and commercial markets, Uponor UK has launched a dedicated aftersales service to ensure its heating systems continue to operate as efficiently as possible throughout their operational lifetime.

Phil Bell, managing director at ATAG Heating UK.

ATAG Heating UK is to focus its business towards commercial boiler sales and the domestic boiler newbuild specification market.

Tom Elliott is managing director of Elliotts.

Elliotts is to move its timber yard operations to Southampton from Fort Fareham industrial estate to cater for its growing customer base.

The government has restructured the Construction Leadership Council, reducing the number of members and drawing representatives from leading construction firms including Laing O’Rourke and Bouygues UK, as well as Ministers.

MKM's Norwich branch won the 2015 BMF MasterMerchant trophy, beating 17 other teams of merchants and suppliers after a weekend of team building in the Lake District.

Origin has ordered £300,000 worth of new machinery to ‘future-proof’ its business and keep abreast of the continued demand for its products. 

Government proposals aiming to provide simplified planning and development procedure contains an unexpected U-turn on the zero carbon homes policy, according to Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) managing director John Newcomb.

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) has spoken of the importance of raising young people's awareness of careers with builders merchants after it exhibited at this year's City Livery Schools Link conference.

Insulation provider URSA has been acquired by global investment firm KKR, strengthening the manufacturing business’ brand, product range and service offering.

Family-run Midlands business General Building Plastics has been crowned ‘Britain’s Best Small Business’ in the Red Ribbon Awards.

The government’s decision to remove zero carbon standards for new homes will boost the supply of housing via small and medium-sized (SME) house builders, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB)'s head of external affairs.

SCA has been ranked among the Ethisphere Institute's ‘World’s Most Ethical Companies’ for the eighth year in a row.

A new kitchen and bathroom showroom opening was celebrated at RGB Building Supplies’ South Molton branch on 1 July, an occasion that also marked the branch’s 10th anniversary.

Three young kitchen designers are soon to begin a dedicated course at Parker Building Supplies’ kitchens showrooms, with five new trainees also joining the company’s heavyside branches as a result of a Trade Federation Apprenticeship scheme link with Sussex Coast College, Hastings.

The government's decision to scrap the 2016 increase in newbuild energy efficiency standards is likely to lead to fuel bill increases, the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) has said.

There are still spaces available for the CRASH Windsor Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 27 September. 

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has won the ‘Membership Success of the Year Award’ and the ‘NCFE Skills Development Award’ at the 2015 Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards.

Sweeping planning reforms have been announced, which the government claims will speed up UK housebuilding and make it easier for homeowners to extend their existing properties.

The Construction Products Association (CPA)’s State of Trade survey for the second quarter (Q2) of 2015 indicates construction product manufacturers’ sales increased for a ninth consecutive quarter.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies branches across the country are being refitted with LED lighting after the company secured funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Anglia Tool Centre has announced the opening of a new store in Colchester to add to its east of England presence. 

North West-based builders’ merchant Beesley & Fildes has completed the purchase of Radcliffe Building Supplies.

The Keystone Group has won the ‘Commercial Innovation of the Year’ award at the recent Construction News Awards for its IG Brick Slip Masonry Support System.

An increase in the Living Wage and lack of support for energy efficiency schemes in the Chancellor’s July Budget are cause for concern for the construction industry, two senior industry figures have warned.

Corporate downsizing and a desire for greater job satisfaction are leading to a rising number of graduates switching to careers as tradesmen and women, according to an annual industry survey.

Widnes Tool Hire Express.

A-Plant, the tool, plant and equipment hire company, has opened a new Tool Hire Express store on Teal Business Park in Widnes, Cheshire.

Commenting on today’s (8 July) Summer Budget, John Newcomb, managing director of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), said the following:

There has been a mixed response from the construction industry to today's Budget by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

The first Conservative-only Budget since 1996 was delivered today by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

Gibbs & Dandy builders’ merchant is to open a new branch in Leeds to cater for growing demand in the region.

Nigel Cox, UK managing director, Timbmet.

The Timbmet Group has had a second consecutive year of improving both its gross and net profitability and stabilising revenues. To build on the secure business platform now in place, Timbmet is planning for further growth.

MKM Building Supplies has become an approved supplier to the public sector in Scotland, receiving accreditation from local government procurement body Scotland Excel after a rigorous assessment process.

Bence Builders Merchants attended a private garden party at 10 Downing Street, hosted by David Cameron and George Osborne, in recognition of their Small Business Campaign backing.

Small builders are to receive a £100m cash boost in recognition of their role in keeping the country building, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has announced today (6 July).

An open letter was today sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, urging the government to affirm their support of current VAT rules that permit a reduced rate of VAT on energy saving products.

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS) is calling on the industry to keep awareness of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) high on the agenda by proactively encouraging greater levels of installer training and mentorship support.

Barbara Richmond, group finance director of Redrow, will join the line-up of keynote speakers chosen to speak at the Builders Merchants Federation Members’ Day in September.

Keyline has been awarded sole distributor status for the G-Tech Composite Coper.

An increase in the granting of permissions for newbuild homes is no guarantee of a greater number of houses being built, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is expanding its product training portfolio with the re-launch of MOL’s specialist product knowledge courses.

Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) technical manager Douglas Masterson has been voted onto the CEN task group for lever handles.

Saint-Gobain Building Distribution has appointed Regent Samsic to clean more than 350 building materials distribution sites across the UK.

The Chertsey branch of Chandlers Building Supplies.

The Chertsey branch of Chandlers Building Supplies is holding a free breakfast demonstration morning on Monday 6 July where customers will be able to see demonstrations and talk to experts about a number of different products.

Plans to implement a nationwide ‘solar revolution’ by Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Amber Rudd, have been welcomed by a renewable energy equipment manufacturer.

The opening of a first high street showroom in Kidlington has added to John Nicholls Trading's Oxfordshire outlets.

Work has begun on a site expansion by hand tool manufacturer Richard Carter, with the purchase of machinery contributing to new investment in the Huddersfield site worth £250,000.

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