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A new £6 million Battle of Britain heritage site in London contains paving from Charcon.

The director of a construction firm has been disqualified for seven years after failing to pay the tax he owed.

Jonathan Trott (left) with Selco Chief Executive Howard Luft

A charity dinner with former England cricket player Jonathan Trott has raised £11,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

A penalty shoot-out has raised £389.73 for Children’s Hospice South West.

The high standard of member support provided by the Builders Merchants Federation has been recognised in the Association Excellence Awards.

Six major construction firms have issued profit warnings during the first half of the year, according to a new report by Ernst & Young.

A major capital project has delivered larger premises and given a builders merchant more space to showcase all of its products and offer improved customer service.

Barbara Res during the construction of Trump Tower.

If there is one woman who has stories to tell, it is Barbara Res.

UK fire testing regime is “not fit for purpose”, say insurers.

A team from Wirquin has raised money for charity by taking part in the St George’s Dragon Boat Race in Lakeside, Doncaster.

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Geberit in Warwick.

Construction sites that best collaborate with their suppliers the most effectively have been recognised in the National Ultra Site Awards.

Staff members who have served more than ten years at IronmongeryDirect have been recognised with awards.

A cash and carry operator which serves the building, heating and plumbing sector has changed its status to aid its expansion.

No progress has been made in achieving gender diversity in senior roles within the construction industry.

The Bognor Regis branch of Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has renewed its sponsorship of its local cricket club.

Offsite manufacturing offers merchants a “valuable” opportunity if they are prepared to be resourceful and take it.

The construction industry is getting back on its feet following a turbulent six months, according to a new report.

National industry body Made in Britain has welcomed Cistermiser Keralfo to its ranks.

Trade Hero Stephen Keenan (left) with TV star George Clarke

Five trade heroes and 32 regional projects have won a share of a £250,000 prize fund from Jewson.

Ibstock Kevington has launched a new brick clip cladding system.

Union’s keyPRIME reversible key cylinder system has been granted a second patent.

A £1 billion VAT bombshell will hit building supplies to the UK if builders’ merchants are forced to pay 20% VAT upfront on European timber and other materials.

Pictured (L-R) are Peter Hindle MBE (BMF Chairman), Pierre Krause, Kayleigh Sinclair, Trevor Mudd, Sean Sinclair, Allan Durning (IoBM President)

Chandlers Building Supplies scooped the BMF Mastermerchant trophy for the second year running.

Councillor Robert Nemeth, "Simon Cowell", Andy Penfold from Celeb FC, Paul Young from Off The Fence, and Big Brother winner Jason Burrill

Chandlers Building Supplies has raised £500 for a local charity by hosting a football-themed day at its Brighton branch.

Pictured (L-R) Mark Flint of Oakfield Construction, Marcellus Baz of Switch Up, and Bryer Wheatley

Oakfield Construction has hired an apprentice as part of its partnership with a Nottingham youth mentorship organisation.

Civils, drainage, utility and hire stock worth £1.5 million is now available at Keyline’s new Leeds site.

A raft of revised British Standards has prompted the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers to publish three new technical guides for door and window hardware specialists.

Heatrae Sadia has announced a fundraiser with a twist, as it brings all the excitement of the circus to Norfolk.

Rolawn’s continued support of the 2018 show season paid dividends for many of the show gardens at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, with six of its supported gardens scooping medals. With challenging conditions due to the continued dry weather, one of the benefactors of Rolawn supplying topsoil and Medallion turf was Southend Borough Council’s ‘A Place to Think’ garden, which earned a Silver.

Stuart Mason-Elliott (L) and Tom Elliott.

Elliotts is celebrating winning two awards over the weekend at the National Family Business Awards 2018.

The Builders Merchants Federation has confirmed that Peter Hindle MBE (pictured) will remain in post as Chairman until March 2020. The 12-month extension of his term of office will provide continuity at Board level as the BMF focuses on its next stage of development.

As one of the 13 trade associations that make up the membership of the EURIS Task Force, which collectively represents industry sectors with a combined turnover of £110 billion, the British Pump Manufacturers Association and its members have added their voice to this important communication.

Pictured (L-R) are Douglas Ross MP; Jeff Smith, MD KBM; Graham Bolton, BMF; and Kevin Mitchell, Director KBM.

Moray MP Douglas Ross visited KBM recently, meeting MD Jeff Smith, director Kevin Mitchell and BMF Regional Manager Graham Bolton.

It was a balmy summer evening as more than 400 guests arrived at the City Central Marquee at the Honorary Artillery Company in London for the annual Lighthouse Club Charity’s Summer Ball.

Chandlers Building Supplies is helping its Petworth branch manager raise money for the Construction Industry Helpline.

Another successful VADO Rally has raised over £90,000 for charity after 22 teams embarked on an epic adventure through some of Europe’s greatest cities in just four days.

Pictured (L-R) are Colin Clark MP, BMF Regional Manager Graham Bolton, GPH Director John Glover, GPH Director Ken Findlay, GPH Chairman Michael Macauley, and GPH MD Grant Shewan.

Colin Clark, MP for Gordon, visited the Inverurie premises of GPH on Friday.

Grafton Group's Selco store opening programme has helped it make a profit

The Grafton Group has revealed that its UK merchanting business grew its profits by almost 7% during the first half of the year.

Mark Bradley, Managing Director of Plumbase, will take over as Chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation’s Plumbing & Heating Forum from its next meeting in November.

The BrickWorks team

Gorilla Glue has joined forces with The Brick to donate its products and to host community events and training sessions for the charity.

A "transformational" £15 million investment programme has put growth on hold for Naylor Industries.

Dedication to reducing energy consumption and increasing efficiency has won Ibstock Brick an accolade at this year’s Business Green Leaders Awards.

A team from Anderton Concrete have raised £14,000 for charity Macmillan Cancer by climbing three mountains in 24 hours.

Construction output is reportedly on the rise again, but risks from the economic uncertainty around Brexit, post-Grenfell regulatory changes and the well-documented skills shortages in building trades are raising a lot of questions about the future for the builders’ merchants industry.

A Show Garden which won two awards at this year’s BBC Gardener’s World Live contained raised pond and edible beds.

A group of budding entrepreneurs have won a national award, with the help of shower manufacturer Roman.

Kit Malthouse is the new Housing Minister, replacing Dominic Raab.

Civils Expo will cover the largest infrastructure projects both in the UK and abroad and will feature exhibitors showcasing the very latest products and services for the sector.

A construction activity index report has shown a “disappointing” decline in projects starting in the last three months.

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