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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.

This year Baxi is celebrating its 150th year anniversary, and to mark the occasion, heating engineers, consumers, employees, merchants, suppliers and partners from across the UK are being asked to share their special memories of the company.

Southern-based Williams & Co has increased its total number of branches to 30, with the opening of a new branch in Romford.

The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has announced new guidance for its members on the sales of marine plywood in the UK.

Continuing its support of both suppliers and individuals within the merchant industry, the Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) is delighted to welcome Snows Timbers as its latest member, as a Supplier Partner.

Knauf Insulation has been named Supplier of the Year in the insulation and plasterboard category at the 2016 Fortis Conference.

2016 is off to an award-winning start at Jewson with another prize for Supplier of the Year, this time from the UK housebuilder, Barratt Developments.

New research reveals that 14% of homeowners are considering making improvements to their home. The survey, commissioned by Gocompare.com Money, found that 5% of homeowners have decided to extend their current home rather than move house. Fitting a new kitchen, building an extension, installing a new bathroom, and a garden makeover top homeowners' renovation wish lists.

Cembrit Group has introduced a completely new visual identity, including a new website, logo, and strapline to mark the beginning of a new era for the nearly 90-year-old building materials group.

Electrorad, distributor of electric radiators, controls and towel rails, has expanded its head office in Leeds to meet increased demand for its heating products.

Iain Wright, MP for Hartlepool returned to Knauf Insulation’s Hartlepool plant on Friday 1 April to view the newly completed facilities, following a seven-figure investment.

Norcros has announced its acquisition of Abode Home Products for a total of £4.8m. £3.9m has been settled in cash and £0.9m is payable in March 2019.

Symphony is delighted to announce that they have been named Lightside Supplier of the Year by regional builders’ merchants, Ridgeon’s, for the third year running.

Smith Brothers Stores’ (SBS) Leicester is relocating after over 100 years, although the company’s head office will remain located at Batten Street until their new premises are complete.

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) hosted its fifth City & Awards luncheon last month at the City’s historic Saddlers’ Hall.

Today (1 April 2016), the new National Living Wage (NLW) will come into force. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is calling on small firms to make sure they act on this new legal requirement to avoid heavy penalties.

Following the decision by the government to scrap the zero carbon target, Zero Carbon Hub has announced that it ceased operations on 31 March, 2016. 

Jewson has opened nominations for its 2016 Building Better Communities competition, which seeks to transform community projects across Great Britain.

The latest campaign from JELD-WEN is supporting merchant sales by promoting timber windows that are the natural choice for every environment, from conservation properties in the UK to sub-zero temperatures in the Antarctic.

The High Sheriff of Leicestershire visited the Ibstock factory in Leicestershire on 30 March as the factory continues its multi-million pound investment.

Customers at Howarth Timber and Building Supplies branches around the UK can now purchase home lifts after the timber company signed an agreement with the award-winning lift manufacturer Aritco.

With the recent National Apprenticeship Week aiming to encourage more young people to go down the apprentice route, the Halesowen branch of Chandlers Roofing Supplies is keen to highlight what a positive experience it can be.

Knauf has made further investments into its manufacturing facilities in Immingham.

Increased demand for plasterboard in the UK and Ireland has prompted a significant investment from Knauf into its manufacturing facilities in Immingham, a testament to the company’s commitment to UK manufacturing.

NMBS member PHC Parts is taking a leaf out of Sir Alan Sugar’s book when it comes to motivating and rewarding staff.

FloPlast is the latest plumbing supplier to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). Plumbing and heating is now one of the fastest growing areas of BMF membership, with 200 merchant and supplier members operating in this sector.

Liberty House has secured an agreement to acquire the Tata Steel plants at Dalzell and Clydebridge.

Liberty House has secured an agreement with Scottish government Ministers to acquire the TATA Steel plants at Dalzell and Clydebridge.

Builders’ merchant Jewson has named Carley Doolan as the winner of its Young Tradesperson of the Year competition.

The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) is celebrating its 173rd anniversary today (24 March).

Low wages, low prospects, low education and dirty work – it’s fair to say that the construction industry in the UK has something of an image problem.

Former employees at Rolle Quay in Barnstaple, where RGB was first established and operated as Rawle, Gammon & Baker.

RGB Building Supplies, which was established in 1850, is asking tradesmen and women to help it collate a record of its 166-year history.

Jewson and Street League, a national charity that uses football to tackle youth unemployment, have announced a UK-wide partnership to create hundreds of job opportunities across the country.

Michelmersh Brick Holdings is pleased to report its audited final results for the year ended 31 December 2015, reporting a strong performance and continued progress.

Ridgeons recently hosted its annual ‘Meet the Merchant’ day, which incorporated the ‘Supplier of the Year’ awards and also featured a format change this year encouraging less formal interaction and more social networking.

AkzoNobel, the parent company of professional paint brand Dulux Trade, has today launched the UK’s first academy for painters and decorators, with an official opening by the Minister of State for Employment, Priti Patel.

The new branch locator app from the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will help tradespeople find a convenient outlet anywhere in the country. BMF merchants operate almost 4,500 branches across the UK and they can all be found on the new app.

Elliotts has announced the launch of Elliotts Living Spaces, a collection of kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, flooring, landscaping and finishing touches.

Selco Builders Warehouse has revealed it will continue its strong growth strategy, revealing more new branches planned for 2016 and beyond.

Richmonds Plumbing & Heating Merchants is delighted to announce the opening of its first Edinburgh branch.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, gave his Budget Statement to Parliament yesterday (16 March) and John Newcomb, managing director for the Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF), gives his initial reaction to those aspects most directly relevant to Federation members.

Yesterday (16 March), Chancellor George Osborne delivered the 2016 Budget, announcing a variety of measures concerning topics from soft drinks to oil and gas, but the Chancellor had relatively little to say on housing this year.

Chancellor George Osborne today (16 March) set out the 2016 Budget amid what he described as a “turbulent” global economic outlook.

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM) fully endorses the position of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) that firms unwilling to take on apprentices will lose out when the government’s new Apprenticeship Levy comes into effect in April.

L-R: Dave Beach, branch director; John Boulby, kitchen specialist; Mark Taylor, kitchen specialist, and; Mark Jackman, branch director at MKM Building Supplies’ new Sheffield showroom.

MKM Building Supplies is bringing luxury to Sheffield’s building sector with the launch of a new showroom.

Plumb Center and Parts Center have unveiled a new floor plan at a branch in Purley to improve customers’ in-branch experience.

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IOBM) has endorsed the Builders' Merchants Federation's (BMF) view that firms unwilling to take on apprentices will lose out when the government's new Apprenticeship Levy comes into effect in April.

Construction output in January 2016 fell by 0.2% compared to the previous month, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, but the sector has still seen growth in new orders.

Construction output in Scotland reached £14.5bn in 2015 - a new record output for the year, according to full-year figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Crystal Group is the latest supplier to join the BMF.

Crystal Group, the manufacturer of made to measure PVC-U windows, doors and conservatories, is the latest supplier to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Independent plumbing and heating supplier Pochin has opened a new outlet in Corby, its first in Northamptonshire.

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