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Salaries for small building firms are soaring as a result of the growing skills shortage, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Guy Malam, managing director of Doncaster-based Tembé DIY & Building Products completed the Virgin Money London Marathon for the first time on Sunday 24 April, alongside his fiancée Victoria Nicholson. Mr Malam was running to raise vital funds for Children with Cancer UK.

The Dundee team.

Minster is set to open a brand new branch in Dundee on 3 May 2016, a move that will strengthen its offering and service in Scotland.

Peter Tom CBE, chairman of Breedon Aggregates, delivered a statement at the company's Annual General Meeting last week saying that trading in the first three months of 2016 was in line with the company's expectations, despite a slow start to the year in Scotland.

SCA Timber, manufacturer of wood-based products, with an annual production of 2.1 million cubic metres, has proven its sustainability credentials by being included in the world’s most credible and well-known indices.

In the face of major political, economic and technical changes coming the way of the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry, the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is making ‘risk’ the key theme of this year’s BWF Members’ Day.

Plumb Center’s Trade Talk 2016 roadshow is reportedly off to a great start. The free events bring together industry experts, installers, suppliers and local Plumb and Parts Center branch teams, and offer insight and tips for making installers’ businesses more efficient.

The Kinedo by Saniflo roadshow truck.

From May to October this year, the Kinedo by Saniflo ‘Building better bathrooms’ roadshow will be touring the UK; parking up daily at merchant customers with the aim of inviting installers along to installation demonstrations and product showcases.

On a recent trip to SCA’s facilities in Sweden, a group of customers from Huws Gray and Buildbase were given the opportunity to observe thye company's full supply chain. The aim of the trip was to give SCA's customers a unique insight into where the products they sell are produced.

Plumb Center’s Trade Talk 2016 roadshow is off to a flying start, with attendees praising the first events as “truly insightful”. The free events bring together industry experts, installers, suppliers and local Plumb and Parts Center branch teams, offering installers insight and tips for making installers' businesses more efficient.

Capital Drywall, an independent drylining and insulation specialist based in London, has completed a major business restructure while also making significant investment in its truck fleet.

MKM Building Supplies has signed a landmark deal with Kingspan Insulation as its exclusive supplier of Polyisocyanurate (PIR) insulation. MKM is the first independent builders’ merchant to partner exclusively with Kingspan.

The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) has agreed a two-year deal involving a 5% pay rise over two years. The announcement follows the successful conclusion of negotiations between the Federation of Master Builders, on behalf of SME construction employers, and Unite the union, on behalf of operatives.

Construction plays a major part in the UK economy, as well as providing much-needed housing and infrastructure to the country, but is that how the public sees the industry?

WernerCo has announced that it has become a member of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF); highlighting the brand’s commitment to strengthening its ties with the merchant sector.

Construction Products Association (CPA) chairman John Sinfield launched three new strategic objectives and a new logo for the Association, at its annual Spring Lunch on 19 April, 2016.

Despite the government promising to deliver 200,000 new homes by 2020, the latest survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has revealed that growth in the private housing sector slowed down considerably during the first quarter of 2016.

Newbuild housing cannot provide enough homes needed in London to help overcome today's housing crisis. Better use has to be made of existing buildings and building upwards to add extra storeys.

This year Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) is proud to be celebrating 40 years of providing innovative computer software solutions to the distribution sector.

John Newcomb has been elected as an officer of the Construction Products Association.

The Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF’s) managing director, John Newcomb, was elected as an officer of the Construction Products Association (CPA) at its AGM on 19 April, 2016.

BMBI's five industry experts.

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) has welcomed three new experts to its panel of industry commentators in the Q4 2015 report: Keith Ellis, commercial director of Hanson Cement, speaking for cement and aggregates, Derrick McFarland, managing director of Keystone Lintels, and Steve Halford, managing director of Crystal Direct, speaking for PVC-U windows and doors.

UK racking specialist Filplastic has completed a contract to help PGR Timber launch a new flagship depot. The depot, in Brentwood, Essex, consists of a trade counter and shop, warehouse and timber yard, and is situated on Hubert Road in the town.

Due to its recent growth, Williams & Co, the trade only plumbing and heating wholesaler is moving a mile from its current location of Claybank Road to Unit D1 Neville Shute Road.

The hire department of a builders’ merchant has marked its expansion across its UK network by taking a place on the grid for the British Superbike Championship in 2016.

Parker Building Supplies has enrolled three senior staff members in the Builders' Merchants Federation Foundation Degree.

Over 600 people representing independent builders' merchants and industry suppliers gathered for the NMBS Gala Dinner on 12 April, 2016.

Climate Center has increased its stockholding by 50% compared to the same period last year, following unprecendented demand for its products during 2015.

Colleagues from the IT team at Travis Perkins Plc have helped Northampton-based St Luke's CEVA Primary School to renovate its school garden and to build a new play area.

NMBS' annual exhibition has again been a resounding success. This year's event, which took place on the 13 April at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, attracted 906 merchant visitors – the highest ever figure in the show's 48-year history.

The construction industry's greatest headaches.

Travis Perkins has revealed the industry’s biggest headaches as part of its pledge to support customers by promoting and encouraging innovation.  

Tudor Griffiths (left) and Kevin Gardner take a look at the Bridgnorth plans.

Up to 20 jobs are to be created by Tudor Griffiths Group as it is set to open a brand new branch in July. 

Wolseley UK is pleased to announce the launch of its 2016 sales graduate programme designed to bring the best fresh talent into the heating and plumbing industry.

The spring bank holiday is the perfect time for consumers to think about home improvement projects, but with This is Money statistics showing nearly £150 per household is spent on botched DIY jobs each year, it’s really time they called in the professionals.

Architectural ironmongers across the world are jumping online to pursue British qualifications through the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers’ (GAI) new online Education Hub.

Understanding more about the behavioural psychology of consumers will be just as important to reducing carbon emissions as innovative technologies, says Andrew Keating, marketing director UK and Ireland for Baxi Heating, who was speaking at a major industry event this week.

The shareholders of DUO Industries S.A.S., owners of the CDH Group of companies, have completed the sale of 100% of the company’s shares to WernerCo Holdings France SAS.

EOS Facades is pleased to announce that the company has been acquired by the prominent dry construction solutions company, Siniat.

MX Group has welcomed the arrival of its new shower tray production factory. The new factory is capable of producing 200 shower trays an hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – adding up to 1.68 million shower trays a year at full capacity.

Thorncliffe Building Supplies has been named in the London Stock Exchange’s list of 1,000 Companies To Inspire Britain.

Marley Eternit has announced its acquisition of John Brash & Co. The deal will see the creation of an unparalleled roofing solutions player in the UK.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has completed its Phase 1 review of Breedon’s proposed acquisition of Hope Construction Materials (Hope), concluding that there is a realistic prospect of a substantial lessening of competition in a limited number of local ready-mixed concrete markets in England and Scotland.

The Glen Dimplex Group has announced the acquisition of Ability Projects – a specialist in the design, manufacture and supply of fan coil units (FCU’s) and digital control technology.

MKM Building Supplies Grimsby branch manager, Nigel Jackson, with kitchen specialist Joanne Smith, in the branch’s new showroom, part of a strategy of product and knowledge specialisation.

MKM Building Supplies cooked up a storm in February, exceeding £1m in kitchen sales in a single month for the first time.

A fresh chapter for steelmaking in Scotland begins as senior Liberty House representatives begin work on the re-opening and recovery of the two mothballed plate operations at Dalzell and Clydebridge.

Research carried out by National Buying Group (NBG) among its merchant partners has shown that that not only does membership make a considerable positive impact on turnover and profitability of a merchant business, it also adds further benefits including the sharing of best practice and personal growth opportunities.

Builders' Merchant Co's new branch in Hull.

Builders' Merchant Co has announced the opening of its second branch in Hull.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has partnered with leadership and strategy development specialists QuoLux to offer LEAD, a practical 10-month programme to help owners and senior personnel in small- and medium-sized builders' merchants to enhance their leadership skills.

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has warned that a 'Brexit' in June would be catastrophic to the UK's housing market and construction industry.

Graeme Thomson (sales executive, Dumfries Timber Group), Rt Hon David Mundell MP (Secretary of State for Scotland) and Donald Young (managing director, Dumfries Timber Group).

The Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell MP, visited Dumfries Timber Company Group on 6 April to discuss the role of builders’ merchants in the construction supply chain and the wider economy.

NIBE has diversified its national distribution network following a new listing partnership with Grafton Merchanting GB. The manufacturer’s range of air source and ground source heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal systems is now available in more than 380 branches of Plumbase, Buildbase and Secon.

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