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BSS Industrial has invested in a dedicated BOSS training room to support customers wishing to become familiar with the brand’s solutions.

Chris Hayward with Steve Halford.

Crystal Direct and Active Products UK have both become suppliers for the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS).

NMBS now has over 3,000 member branches within the UK, which is more than any national merchant, twice as many as McDonalds and three times as many as Starbucks.

Founder John Savage (left) with Matt Lindley, who has been employed to help establish the new South Shields branch of Flame Heating Spares.

John Savage, the entrepreneur behind Flame Heating Spares, has chosen his hometown of South Shields as the site of his third heating trade counter.

Ridgeons has expanded its reach across the Eastern region with the launch of a branch in Hitchin, taking the group's merchant branch network to 26.

LBS Builders Merchants has opened its fifth plumbers’ merchant in Swansea, Wales.

Graham is hosting daily trade events in branch until 22 September to celebrate the launch of its new Croydon branch.

Viessmann celebrated 25 years in the UK with an event held at the company’s Telford headquarters on 9 September.

BSS Drainage has set up a branch at a new Park Royal location under the banner of BSS Drainage Winser.

Baxi has launched Baxi MainEco, a new range of combi, system and heat-only boilers available exclusively from independent merchants.

Velux is returning to the SelfBuild & Improve Your Home Show in Ireland on 12 to 14 September.

Ariston Thermo has announced the acquisition of ATAG Verwarming, the Dutch boiler manufacturer represented in the UK by ATAG Heating.

Companies from the construction industry are being invited to give their verdict on a fictitious health and safety prosecution in a mock trial.

Work has begun on the Bexhill branch of Parker Building Supplies to demolish some of the older warehouse buildings, with the help of regular customer Best Demolition of Heathfield, East Sussex.

Cross-party consensus on how best to deliver new housing and infrastructure projects would result in 200,000 new jobs in the construction sector, according to the industry’s leading organisations.

This autumn, Dulux Trade is holding a series of workshops across the country to help painters and decorators take their skills and knowledge to the next level.

Honeywell is the latest company to join the Builders' Merchants Federation (BMF).

Independent business merchants, Mersey Building Supplies (MBS), has secured a two-year framework agreement with Heyrod Construction with a value of £1m.

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened its 35th branch in the UK in Isleworth, creating more than 50 jobs in the process.

BS 5534, the code of practice for slating and tiling, has been revised to make UK roofs more secure in the face of increasingly extreme weather events, and will be mandatory from the end of February 2015.

Fortis Merchants has announced that Lawsons has joined the independent mixed merchant buying group as of 1 September, 2014.

Creativity is the name of the game as Covers Timber and Builders’ Merchants, working in partnership with Spirit FM, have launched a new competition in which entrants could win a Sheraton kitchen, worth £10,000.

Breedon Aggregates has acquired a 50% interest in H V Bowen & Sons (Holdings), the owner and operator of Tan-y-Foel quarry near Welshpool. The investment has been funded in cash from the group’s own resources.

Brent Nicholls, Wavin’s managing director for south west Europe.

Wavin has announced a multi-million pound investment programme to create two dedicated manufacturing facilities in Doncaster and Chippenham.

Michelmersh Brick Holdings has announced the launch of a bespoke 'Select Order Process' for customers, due to the recent increase in demand for bricks.

Owlett-Jaton, UK supplier of fasteners and fixings to the distributor and merchant trade, has announced an agreement with PennEngineering to distribute the PEM Brand of products in the UK, supported by the launch of its new PEM brand self-clinch fasteners catalogue.

Grafton Group plc has completed the acquisition of Direct Builders' Merchants Ltd, a Kent-based general merchanting business.

HOLDON hand tools has been on a mission this year to test the sawing skills of the nation’s tradesmen, in a competition exclusive to Travis Perkins.

Baxi has announced the rebranding of heateam to ‘Baxi Customer Support’.

Lagan Cement Products is the latest supplier member of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

BSS Industrial is only weeks away from opening the brand new 38,500sq ft extension on its established Magna Park National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Leicestershire.

New figures released today by insurance provider for new homes, NHBC, show that the number of new homes being registered across the UK remains slightly ahead of corresponding statistics for last year.

Bassetts, a bathroom, heating and tile merchant based in Northern Ireland, has opened a new branch in Belfast to bring its total branch network in the region to 14.

Timber merchant Arnold Laver has taken delivery of a new DAF CF2 6x2 rigid truck and the Palfinger F3 253 GT-S combination from Bennett Engineering.

TIMco has reported an 18% increase in turnover to £16.1m.

Brintex has confirmed that the 2015 Totally Shows have sold nearly 60% of their exhibition space so far.

A recent report shows how fuel cell smart power units could act like "mini power stations" in more than 5.3 million UK homes, flats and small businesses by 2030.

Plumb Center is supporting Gas Safety Week by challenging its 520 branches to get at least 100 customers to sign an e-petition, which aims to stop needless carbon monoxide (CO) deaths.

It would seem that there is no stopping Bristan’s nationwide roadshow, as the ‘Shower to the People’ van has now clocked up 10,000 miles.

Bond It has entered into a joint venture agreement with one of India’s fastest growing manufacturers of pipes and piping systems, Astral Poly Technik.

The showroom at Gledhill's new Luton depot

Gledhill has opened its largest ever depot at Luton. The company's investment in the new 6,000 sq ft 'depot of excellence' follows increasing market demand.

J.M.Blake Associates has put together an infographic based on research into the purchasing behaviours of 500 UK homeowners, all of whom had purchased a complete new kitchen.

Companies in the construction industry are failing to take CE marking laws seriously, according to Adrian Cooper at LB Supplies, which also trades as LB Roof Windows.

More than 50 jobs have been created in and around Isleworth, as Selco Builders Warehouse prepares to open the doors to its 19th London branch on 1 September.

Sprue Safety Products will be using social media, competitions and online advice to raise awareness of gas safety and the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, as part of its support for this year’s Gas Safety Week (15 to 21 September).

Gibbs & Dandy has launched a new training scheme, 'A Modern Apprenticeship', to encourage the development of young talent in the industry.

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has released the latest figures for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The numbers show that from April to July 2014, 7,418 homes have applied for payments under the domestic RHI.

Tim Pollard, Plumb and Parts Center's head of sustainability shares his view.

The Roughneck mobile showroom will tour the UK and Ireland

Olympia Tools, which distributes the Roughneck brand of hand tools and workwear, has launched a new mobile showroom.

Williamson-Dickie, one of the largest workwear suppliers in the world, has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has opened a new shop at its South East London base, as the firm continues to expand ahead of its 175th anniversary next year.

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