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A survey following a series of in-depth presentations at the recent Housebuilders’ Fire Protection Seminar – hosted by SIG – has revealed that there may be a knowledge gap amongst housebuilders regarding the correct specification and installation of fire-stopping measures.

WernerCo, manufacturer of professional ladders and access towers, has invested over £1.2m into its Maldon UK facility, in an effort to strengthen its position in the market.

Russell Roof Tiles is recognising and rewarding staff who have had a long and successful career at the firm with the launch of its long service awards.

ROCKWOOL is the latest supplier member to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) installed six new Liverymen at its recent Election Court General. 

Seventeen teams of competitive karters sweltered on the hottest day of the year so far, as they battled to win a trophy at the 2016 Rainy Day Trust Karting Challenge.

Julia Evans is chief executive of BSRIA.

BSRIA sees the government’s new apprenticeship levy as an incentive for both the CITB, industry, and government, to work together on delivering vital apprenticeship training.

Within days of this year’s National Buying Group (NBG) conference and AGM being announced, the event is already sold out.

National Buying Group (NBG) has signed up a new merchant partner. The latest recruit is Surrey-based Condell, a timber and builders’ merchant with two branches in Sutton.

The inaugural CRASH Charity Sailing Cup took place on 9 June, 2016, in celebration of the charity's 20th anniversary.

Throughout May and early June, Grant UK held a series of events in England, Scotland and Wales where installers were invited to learn more about Grant’s latest products. Engineers and merchants from up and down the country attended the installer evenings and feedback received on the night and afterwards indicates that the events were popular and useful.

Simon Sutton, IAI North and Borders Branch chairman.

A new branch of the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) has been set up to support door hardware professionals in the northernmost regions of England.

MKM Building Supplies Ripon kitchen specialist Sally Moore and branch director Simon Baldwin.

MKM Building Supplies is extending its reach into the luxury interior design market with the launch of a kitchen and bathroom showroom in Ripon.

Mandy Hickson will be speaking at this year's BMF Members Day.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has confirmed a highflying keynote speaker for the BMF Members Day in September.

JP Corry’s new branch is expected to open in August 2016.

Local building supplier JP Corry has announced plans to strengthen its presence in Belfast with the opening of a new branch in Andersonstown, West Belfast in August this year.

A new report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that small firms are unfairly carrying the cost of cyber crime in an increasingly vulnerable digital economy.

RGB Building Supplies officially opened its newest branch on 25 May, when the Executive Lead for Business at Torbay Council cut the ribbon at the builders' merchant’s new Torquay location.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published today show that construction output rebounded in April by 2.5% month-on-month, though remained down 3.7% compared with one year earlier.

Adhesive firm Gorilla Glue Europe is backing an initiative that will see brickwork academies rolled out across Britain.

An elite team from Plumb and Parts Center and other Wolseley UK brands are about to take part in the Yukon River Quest - one of the top 10 toughest races in the world.

Construction United, a coalition of some of the construction industry’s key stakeholders which aims to change perceptions of the sector, has recently welcomed UK construction and regeneration group, Morgan Sindall, to its ranks.

Williams & Co, the Southern-based independent, trade-only plumbing and heating wholesaler, is opening another store in early July, bringing its total number of branches to 31.

Growth in apprenticeship numbers in Scotland could be scuppered unless the Scottish government commits to ring-fencing the new UK-wide Apprenticeship Levy for training, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland has warned.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has pledged to help address unemployment and poorly paid employment among young women by signing up to the Young Women’s Trust employer pledge.

Boiler manufacturer Baxi is leading the way in developing customer relationships by being the only company of its kind to exhibit at this year’s Trade Talks, hosted by Plumb Center.

Harlow Timber’s recently redeveloped showroom in Derby.

Stairparts specialist Richard Burbidge has launched a nationwide network of Premier Centres, consisting of merchant partners offering retail excellence.

Wolseley Group's third-quarter trading update has reported slowing growth and weaker demand across a number of its markets.

Following major expansion at its head office, Sydenhams Builders Merchant has relaunched its flagship kitchen and bathroom showroom in Bournemouth.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched Turning Pro, a new rewards scheme specifically designed for students and apprentices.

Jewson employees from Yorkshire have started a mammoth challenge for charity, with the goal of running more than 520 miles in just five days for Cancer Research UK.

Chandlers Building Supplies is delighted to announce the launch of its brand new Graduate Management Training Programme, which gives young people the chance to develop a career in the builders merchants industry.

IBC, the buying group for independent builders’ merchants, has re-launched its brand to coincide with a raft of changes to the business.

Champion Timber is set to open its 10th branch in Weybridge, Surrey, on 28 June.

Cubis Industries (Cubis) has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire the entire share capital of MCL Group Industries (MCL) for an undisclosed sum.

Smith Brothers Stores’ (SBS) Bristol branch is relocating to Unit B St Vincents Trading Estate, Feeder Road, Bristol, BS2 0UY.

Nigel Cox, managing director of Timbmet.

Timbmet managing director Nigel Cox has joined the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) as the expert for timber and panel products.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has teamed up with mobile-app developers, Crosby Associates, to introduce the BMF Employee Engage App. Downloaded onto a smartphone or tablet, the App brings a company's information to the employee’s fingertips.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was recently invited by Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell MP, to join him and other party spokesmen at the Labour Party’s State of the Economy conference at Imperial College in London on 28 May.

On Friday 8 and Saturday 9 July, Frank Howard Tools & Fixings, based in Essex, will be hosting its annual tool show at the Chelmsford City Racecourse.

Worcester, Bosch Group has unveiled significant plans to redevelop and expand the training and assessment facilities at its headquarters to further enhance the support on offer to industry professionals.

No sport is as competitive as F1. To succeed, you need teamwork, clear decision-making and outstanding technology.

Embrass Peerless has been named Plumbing Supplier of the Year for the second time in succession by the Plumbing & Heating Group (PHG), voted for by its members across the country.

Chandlers Roofing Supplies’ Rainham branch is holding a free open morning on Friday 10 June to celebrate the company’s move to the new premises.

Builders’ merchants could benefit from a landmark ruling by the Court of Appeal which states that visible signage can prevent unauthorised parking from becoming a legal right, according to law firm Gordons.

Stair parts manufacturer Cheshire Mouldings has opened a new multi-million pound distribution centre, dedicated purely to its core independent and national merchant customers.

Trade showrooms still play a vital role in the decision making process and are breaking down old stereotypes in a bid to attract a harder to please younger audience, a new study from Origin reveals.

More than 14,000 new homes were registered to be built in the UK in April according to NHBC’s latest registration statistics – an increase of 17% compared to a year ago.

Somerset-based timber supplier demonstrates aggressive growth with a new purpose built timber yard and a recruitment drive for additional staff.

Jewson has announced the finalists for the Building Better Communities 2016 competition. The winners will share a prize fund of £250,000 and will be announced at a ceremony on 4 July at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham.

Meyer has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and will also host the next BMF Timber Forum at its state of the art training centre in Stoke on Trent on 29 November.

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