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Purchasing activity in the construction supply chain has increased slowly, while the skills shortage damages delivery times and recruitment.

Polypipe has acquired Permavoid, a specialist designer and supplier of surface water management equipment.

As part of its “natural progression”, ERA is breaking into the electrical wholesale market by suppling its products to Electricbase.

The Builders Merchants’ Federation has welcomed a Government decision that ministers will allow BMF members to adopt postponed accounting for import Value-Added Tax on goods brought into the country after the United Kingdom leaves the EU in exactly seven months’ time.

Lord Andrew Stunell, the Liberal Democrat’s spokesperson on the Construction Industry, will speak at the Builders Merchant’s Federation’s annual Members’ Day Business Conference on 27 September.

Despite the difficult weather and the recent decline in construction activity, SR Timber has reported double-digit growth in sales of roofing batten.

One year on from facing closure, a builders’ merchant in Stevenage is celebrating its successful turnaround.

Charitable tradespeople have united to make an ex-builder with Motor Neurone Disease’s home and garden more wheelchair accessible.

Three representatives from the builders’ merchant sector will be sharing their career journeys with young people over the next few weeks.

A cement plant in Northern Ireland is celebrating 50 years of clinker and cement manufacturing.

Students from 13 different colleges across the UK will be battling it out to bring home the Apprentice of the Year trophy.

As the bee population declines by a third, award-winning designer Alexandra Froggatt has designed a new garden to attract them.

As the coating industry’s exports decline, it is “critical” that the government agrees a good Brexit deal.

An expert in the shower enclosures and showering market has joined the Builders’ Merchant Building Index panel.

The skills shortage is the reason behind the conduction industry’s rising pay rates, according to software and service supplier Engage.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has welcomed its first supplier partner to help “portray a positive image” of the industry.

"Increasing demand and popularity" for its products has prompted a Spanish natural slate supplier to expand its UK team.

More than a century and a half of service has been recognised at Naylor.

The supply chain, which is the “blood in the veins of the UK economy”, would suffer from a 'no-deal' Brexit, according to the Freight Transport Association.

Premiership rugby team the Exeter Chiefs have teamed up with Bradfords Building Supplies for the 2018-19 rugby season.

Thirteen hospices are set to benefit from a week of fundraising activities.

Hitachi Koki is changing its name to Hikoki next month, as the company says it looks to incorporate “Japanese wisdom” into its core.

Three internationally-recognised quality standards have been awarded to Spirotech.

Figures showing a drop in EU net migration are worrying for the construction sector, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Kingspan Environmental is changing its name to Kingspan Water & Energy.

Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby Team has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with Häfele.

Every day, five fork lift truck drivers are injured or killed – but a new campaign aims to to stop these tragic accidents happening.

Experts in fire door hardware are being consulted to help revise fire safety regulations for buildings.

Eligible builders' merchants should move quickly to capitalise on the benefits of London's new £10 million Cleaner Heat Cashback Scheme, according to an industry spokesman.

Mind Coach John Dabrowski, an expert on mental resilience, is the latest keynote speaker confirmed for the Builders Merchants Federation’s Members Day Annual Conference and Awards 2018 next month.

Civils are a bright spot on an otherwise dull horizon for construction, according to a recent report.

The Grafton Group has reported “excellent” growth across all its divisions in the first half of 2018.

The British Safety Council has welcomed the challenge to the government that a failure to address the risk to life posed by flammable external cladding, similar to that used on the Grenfell Tower, is a breach of human rights.

Sales through UK builders' merchants bounced back in the second quarter of this year, with the Builders Merchants Federation’s Builders Merchants Building Index reporting 7.2% growth in sales value on Q2 2017.

Charcon Hard Landscaping, a division of Aggregate Industries, has joined Birmingham’s Cycle Revolution by supplying 955l/m of its award-winning Cycle Kerb for the city’s new, multi-million pound cycle highway.

A new court judgment will have a major impact on disputes involving companies in liquidation, says construction consultancy MPG.

Students who have recently received their A-level results are being encouraged to consider a job in merchanting.

Work has begun on a Festool's new £10 million, solar-powered headquarters.

Callum Megarry has been crowned ‘Apprentice of the Year 2018’.

Bathroom manufacturers want to develop a universal standard to indicate the water efficiency of fittings and appliances.

Kent Blaxill is aiming to match its “discerning” customers’ requirements with a new branch in Norwich.

Gavin Slark, Chief Executive Officer of the Grafton Group

The Grafton Group is raising millions of pounds through an alternative form of financing.

Catnic has added seven new manufacturing lines to its German factory.

Russell Roof Tiles will be sponsoring Burton Albion Football Club for the third year running.

A Lincolnshire-based builders’ merchant has become the latest addition to the National Buying Group’s roster.

A former coaching inn has been renovated without losing its charm thanks to the teamwork of Dale Joinery and Jewson.

Travis Perkins has announced Prostate Cancer UK as the official charity to its golf tournament.

The government’s new Paper has been condemned as “pitiful” by MPs who want to see more money available for social housing.

A coastal walk to raise money for Cancer Research UK has a £10,000 target.

An art event involving 12,000 giant dominoes weaving their way through Hull was “an unforgettable spectacle”.

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