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Hitachi’s cordless tools enabled the caving team to climb steep walls and tunnels deep underground.

Hitachi Power Tools has provided its cordless power tools to a caving expedition team intent on exploring new underground systems in Spain.

Graham Plumbers' Merchant has taken on 10 new apprentices throughout a number of its branches.

Working with its partner - Intec Business colleges, Graham Plumbers' Merchant has recently appointed 10 new apprentices throughout a number of its branches across the UK.

The Scottish government's new £30m Small Developers Scheme, which will form part of Help to Buy (Scotland), will increase growth in the small housebuilding sector, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Ecodhome, one of the UK's newest home automation providers, has agreed a deal with buying group IPG.

Richard Stewart, regional sales and operations manager at Wrekin Products.

With the Scottish construction industry’s latest output figures approaching pre-recession levels, keeping sufficient stocks of construction products in Scotland is vitally important according to Wrekin Products’ regional sales and operations manager Richard Stewart.

Wolseley UK is helping employees deliver better customer service by installing new technology across its branch network. New telephones, faster network connections, WiFi and upgraded computers are all being rolled to better equip branches for the future.

After running for nine years, the JOSB Done campaign is drawing to a close.

Hope Construction Materials has invested £14m to boost production at its Hope Works cement plant.

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is holding its next member forum on 15 January, featuring Ian Preedy, group commercial director of Travis Perkins.

Elliotts will now open its Southampton and Totton branches from 7am.

Elliotts, the Hampshire-based independent builders’ merchant has announced that it will open earlier as part of its drive to keep the county building.

Host Bob Warman with directors Neil Kendrick, Henry Carver and Bryan Purslow.

Carvers Building Supplies enjoyed a successful relaunch event last month, marking the merchant’s return after a devastating fire in 2012.

This year, the construction industry will need to take further steps to improve its image and address the widening skills gap, according to Richard Threlfall, KPMG’s head of infrastructure, building and construction.

MX is back up and running following a recent fire.

Contrary to some rumours that have been filtering their way through to MX Group, all of the shower manufacturer’s products, apart from its gel coat shower trays, are unaffected by the fire that took place in November 2014.

MKM Building Supplies' Glasgow branch has raised nearly £1,000 for charity to celebrate its first year of trading.

Local plumbers’ merchants are hosting Wirquin breakfast mornings for their customers to learn more about the sanitary equipment specialist’s wide range of products including the Macdee Motion universal dual flush siphon.

Confidence within the Scottish construction industry has hit a new high as 2014 draws to a close, according to the latest Scottish Construction Monitor, a quarterly survey of the membership of trade body the Scottish Building Federation (SBF).

New home registrations across the UK remain ahead of last year’s figures, with the latest rolling quarter revealing an 8% increase on the same period in 2013, according to new figures released by the National House-Building Council (NHBC).

GfK has launched the first robust sales tracking insights for the builders' merchant sector.

Production has started at CEMEX UK’s South Ferriby plant, thanks to significant work by its 150 workforce and over 400 contractors during the past year, following the flooding in December 2013.

CRH has sold Ibstock to Bain Capital.

CRH, the international building materials group, has announced that it has reached an agreement to dispose of its clay and concrete businesses in the UK and its clay business in the US to private equity giant Bain Capital for £414m.

Pimlico Plumbers has opened its new plumbing merchant enterprise.

Origin, British manufacturer of bespoke bi-fold doors, windows and made-to-measure blinds, recently celebrated the production of its 100,000th bi-fold door with a giant ‘Origin Home’ cake, shared with all the staff at its Buckinghamshire factory.

‘People, Purpose & Passion’ is the theme of BMF Members’ Day 2015, which will take place on 16 and 17 September at Carden Park in Cheshire.

The government’s flagship Starter Homes initiative launched yesterday (15 December) by the Prime Minister has been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), with a number of FMB housebuilders already pledging their support.

The new EVOCUT diamond blades are designed for cutting hard materials, universal concrete and building materials.

With increasing sales, an expanding workforce, new products and quality dealer support, a family business specialising in the production and supply of diamond core drills, is predicting a bumper 2015.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed another leading timber products supplier into membership. Pasquill, the trussed rafter supplier, is the latest company to join following the formation of the BMF Timber Forum to serve this important sector.

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.

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