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Michelmersh Brick Holdings has reported a strong trading performance in advance of the group's final results for the year ending 31 December 2014, which is scheduled for release on 23 March, 2015.

In recognition of outstanding service from a number of its staff and suppliers, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has announced a number of awards following its recent annual conference at Leeds Armouries.

During the last 12 months, building materials from CEMEX UK have contributed to 25,000 new homes, 22% of the total number of new homes built in the UK. To further assist the house building industry, particularly in the South East, CEMEX has opened a new block facility at Haughley in Suffolk.

As part of its Wellness Programme, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is running an exclusive Wellness Day Experience at St George's Park in Burton Upon Trent, the home of the English Football Association.

Ed Miliband MP has expressed support for the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) stance on the question of late, part or non payment of bills.

The National House-Building Council (NHBC) has announced details of its new Standards Chapter to improve the quality and build of basements.

The team at Deco-Pak, UK supplier of decorative aggregates, is celebrating what has been another successful year.

Bradstone is investing further in its Bradstone Assured scheme, with the launch of a new guarantee and a redesign of its customer-facing online presence.

The £24m fund set aside for solid wall insulation has run out.

Up to £24m worth of funding for solid wall insulation has been allocated to households in England and Wales through the second release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), which was launched on Wednesday 10 December.

The UK Green Building Council has responded to the announcement that funding for solid wall insulation under the second phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been fully allocated, just over 24 hours since it was launched.

Weather forecasters predict that the UK may be facing its wettest winter for 30 years and businesses should be prepared for the devastating impact of floodwater.

At a recent Installation ceremony, Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants (WCoBM) welcomed a record 12 new Liverymen. The prestigious ceremony took place in London at Mansion House, home to The Lord Mayor of London.

Today has seen the return of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), which was originally launched in June and retracted a month later.

One of the displays at RGB Building Supplies’ new kitchen showroom.

RGB Building Supplies has recently opened a new kitchen showroom at its Porthleven branch and is inviting tradespeople along to view the new range of kitchen displays, and enjoy a complimentary mince pie and coffee!

In an industry generally perceived as male dominated, Ridgeons’ Hitchin branch manager Gwen Bergius is proud to be bucking the trend.

Despite predictions of UK economic growth in this year’s Autumn Statement, the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has warned that some of the key areas in helping the joinery industry to grow sustainably were not delivered.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme recently invited members of the industry to a drinks reception at the Imperial War Museum, to support the launch of the Construction Industry Helpline by the Lighthouse Club.

International Timber, part of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution, has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

The UK Green Building Council has responded to the announcement that the government will allocate a further £30m to boost its Green Deal energy efficiency scheme.

Nine driver apprentices have started on the first ever CEMEX Driver Apprentice scheme. The one-year scheme is run in conjunction with Systems Training and, at the end of the year, they will achieve a DGV apprentice qualification, as well as learning about one of the leading building materials suppliers, CEMEX UK.

Former England rugby captain, Phil Vickery MBE, will front a Heatrae Sadia campaign to re-launch its commercial drinking water offering.

Heatrae Sadia has announced a partnership with Phil Vickery MBE, which will see the former England rugby captain front a campaign to re-launch its commercial drinking water offering.

A new team has been appointed to lead the Builders' Merchants Federation's (BMF) Young Merchants Group for the next two years.

NMBS and the Building Materials Golf Society (BMGS) have announced the introduction of a new all-industry golf event to take place on 30 April, 2015.

Gibbs & Dandy’s well-earned reputation for customer service has been recognised at the 2014 B2B Marketing Awards.

Stewart Hosie MP, the new SNP Deputy Leader, and Graham Bolton (BMF regional manager).

Changes in party leadership and emerging policy thinking after the Scottish Independence Referendum were two of the reasons the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) was in Perth last month.

The Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement has been met with mixed reaction from the construction industry.

Announcements made by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander MP yesterday, as part of the publication of the National Infrastructure Plan, place housing at the heart of the government’s long-term plan, and shows a welcome emphasis on the importance of small sites for housing delivery, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said.

Figures published recently by the Construction Products Association show a forecasted growth in the industry of 23% by the end of 2018, with private housing starts expected to grow by 10% in 2015. This is great news according to Rudridge, the independent supplier of groundwork, drainage and civil engineering materials.

Independent timber and builders' merchant Ridgeons has been placed 20th in this year's Cambridgeshire Ltd Top 100 2014, compiled by Grant Thornton.

Mark Weaver is project director for retrofit at Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland.

A recent YouGov poll by Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland has found that 54% of UK homeowners consider energy efficient improvements to the home a top priority.

David Butterfield is head of learning and development at Aggregate Industries.

Aggregate Industries has benefited from making a significant investment to its management training after introducing a new Management Development Programme (MDP) across its UK teams.

Andrew Hayward is managing director at Russell Roof Tiles.

Next year is going to be a memorable one for Russell Roof Tiles as the company celebrates a double anniversary for its two manufacturing plants in Lochmaben and Burton-on-Trent, as well as the start of a major investment programme.

Grafton Group plc, the builders' merchanting and DIY Group with operations in the UK, Ireland and Belgium, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Crescent Building Supplies Limited.

Following the recent investment in additional sawmill facilities, Forest Garden has announced that it will shortly be moving into a new group head office at its Worcestershire site.

New exhibitors have been added to the 2015 Totally DIY and Totally Tools shows, with many companies exhibiting for the first time.

More than 3,500 lines of discounted stock can be accessed by anyone at the click of a button, following the recent launch of Wolseley UK's Clearance Center website.

Supreme Concrete has announced a number of initiatives designed to make sure the company continues to meet customer requirements in the short and long term.

The government’s announcement that it will lower the threshold on the Builders Finance Fund to five units has been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

David Butterfield, Aggregate Industries' head of learning and development.

Aggregate Industries has introduced the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management (ISMM) programme to its UK sales division.

The annual NBG Conference came to a triumphant close earlier this week with the Supplier Awards. Winners were revealed at a Gala Dinner held at the Celtic Manor resort in Wales, where approximately 400 delegates gathered to celebrate the National Buying Group.

L-R: Trade counter staff Phil Morris and Richard Winstanley; Nick Perks – Branch Manager, Longbridge; Sinead Lynch – Assistant Branch Manager; Phil Yates – managing director; and John Parker – chief executive officer.

Builders merchant EH Smith has completed of a major redevelopment of its’ Longbridge branch, which first opened in 2008.

L-r: Keith Eames, joint branch director of MKM in Hull; David Coates, director at Midas Homes; Stephen Whitfield, operations manager at Midas Homes, and; Mike Thomas, joint branch director of MKM in Hull.

MKM Building Supplies has signed an exclusive contract with East Yorkshire housebuilder Midas Homes, 20 years after first starting work with the company.

L-r: Hall of Famers Eamonn Phelan, Pete Wardman, Keith Voller, Doug Forsdyke and Martyn Simpson.

Pipe Center and Climate Center have launched a Hall of Fame to honour and celebrate long-serving staff who make an outstanding contribution to the company and industry.

Paul Joyner.

With more than 13,000 accredited installations now registered for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), Sustainable Building Solution (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, is calling for the industry to proactively continue its support by offering easy access to services.

Gill Moore, executive chairman of builders’ merchant WJ Lewis, was installed as the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants (WCoBM) yesterday, marking her as the first female Master.

Chandlers Building Supplies is opening a new doors, floors and ironmongery showroom as part of the continued development of its Lewes branch.

For addressing the challenge of removing deforestation from its supply chain, the Travis Perkins Group has been recognised as the most improved company from 2013 in Industrials and Autos in CDP’s 2014 global forests report, ‘Deforestation-free supply chains: From commitments to action’.

The London School of Economics was the clear Supreme winner at this year's Brick Awards, as well as the winner of the Best Education Category and Innovative Use of Brick and Clay Products.

On 21 November, 2014, London’s Lancaster Hotel played host to almost 600 key figures from the UK builders’ merchant industry in a highlight of the annual merchant calendar.

L-r: Martin Bayfield, Christine Hunter, John Jefferies (President of the GAI), Neil Vann (ASSA ABLOY, sponsors of the Pinnacle Award).

The education achievements of a new generation of architectural ironmongers have been recognised and rewarded at the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) Education Awards.

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