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Andrew Weiss has been named the new President of the Rainy Day Trust (RDT) at a recent Annual General Meeting.

Ideal Boilers' head office.

Ideal Boilers is transforming its manufacturing site by reusing and revitalising its land and buildings.

Vic Bowen, BM TRADA’s COO (left) presents the certificate to Rodney Scoles, financial director at T Brewer & Co.

Double certification to ISO14001 and ISO9001 was awarded to specialist timber merchant T Brewer & Co at its head office in Clapham on Wednesday 14 May.

Parker Merchanting is helping to speed up specification for busy customers with its new same-day delivery service.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is urging its members to take advantage of a government-backed Trade Credit Scheme to pump-prime new business.

Wolseley UK has invested in 10 new 'Euro 6' emission standard vehicles to improve the capability and performance of its fleet.

Trina Solar has called on the construction industry to give the development of solar energy more attention as the latest housebuilding figures show a 28% rise in registrations in 2013 compared to 2012.

The chicks that were found among the bricks.

The Ringmer branch of Chandlers Building Supplies received a very special and surprising delivery when a nest of chicks was found in a stack of bricks.

Travis Perkins has launched an exclusive partnership with Hippobag, which it says will offer a convenient waste collection service and better value to its customers.

Bruce Walker (left) with Michael Cochrane, landscaping advisor at the Inverurie GPH branch.

A north-east-based builders’ merchant has unveiled a series of sustainable sculptures.

Lafarge Tarmac has launched a new competition to celebrate the great work of builders' merchants.

Lorely Burt with John Parker, Mike Leonard and John Newcomb.

The government’s newly appointed “Women in Enterprise” champion, Lorely Burt MP, visited EH Smith’s flagship branch in Shirley, Solihull to find out more about the construction supply chain and the issues facing builders’ merchants in a rising market.

Shower manufacturer Roman, and shower tray manufacturer JT, have announced Burge and Gunson as the winner of their exclusive prize draw, which was held at the 'Meet the Merchant' Fortis conference on 29 and 30 April, 2014.

Buck & Hickman, a distributor of tools, maintenance and health and safety products, has shown its commitment to helping develop the UK’s skills base and supporting the tradespeople of the future.

The ribbon is cut at BSS Slough.

BSS Industrial has opened a new trade counter in Slough, providing a new customer base with unrivalled access to heating and pipeline supplies.

Blue Rock's board of directors (left to right): Glen Jewell, sales director; George Troullis, managing director; Lance Norton, commercial director.

Blue Rock Systems, a software reseller with hardware and support divisions based in Nottingham and Southampton, has acquired Soltec Computer Systems and RNS Computer Services in Brigg, Lincolnshire.

Belgrade Insulation opened its latest branch in Glasgow at the end of March, adding to its spread of branches in Leeds, Birmingham and Northampton.

There will be lots going on at Ridgeons' Colchester branch next Monday.

To celebrate recent improvements to its Colchester branch, Ridgeons is holding a one-day trade event on Monday 12 May 2014.

BSS Industrial has broken ground at its Magna Park National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Leicestershire, by extending its warehouse space by a further 38,500sq ft.

BSS Industrial has extended the warehouse space at its Magna Park National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Leicestershire by a further 38,500sq ft.

Places are still available for the 2014 Rainy Day Trust Karting Challenge – but you need to be quick!

In January, Wolseley staff completed 12,000 courses via the company’s Online Training Academy.

A new record has been set for the most online training courses completed in a month by Wolseley UK employees.

Ru Butler, sales and marketing director at Peppard Building Supplies.

Peppard Building Supplies is reporting an upsurge in interest in paving products after expanding its landscaping range.

Neil Schofield, head of government and external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group

The government’s new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been guardedly welcomed by Worcester, Bosch Group, with a spokesperson questioning whether lessons have been learnt since the original launch of the Green Deal scheme.

Uponor has teamed up with commercial heating and pipeline distributor, BSS Industrial, for its 2014 summer road show.

L-r: Simon Blaxill (managing director), David Jacobs (branch manager), Bill Hensley (Mayor) and Scott Spence (first customer).

The Mayor of Huntingdon, Bill Hensley, cut the ribbon to officially open a new Kent Blaxill decorating materials branch in the town last week (May 1), the company’s ninth store.

For the launch of PHEX+ at the Alexandra Palace in May 2014, the exhibition has teamed up with some of the leading industry manufacturers and suppliers to provide a comprehensive training programme throughout the two days of the exhibition.

Industry has responded to yesterday’s announcement of a Green Deal Home Improvement Fund with cautious optimism.

A new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been launched to provide more money for households carrying out energy efficiency improvements.

After the success of the ‘Accidents – Zero Tolerance (AZT)’ safety campaign at the three UK Norbord plants in 2007, a "rebranding" exercise has been completed so that employees are reminded of the message.

The government’s new £525m Builders Finance Fund will improve access to finance for some small housebuilders, but the minimum threshold of 15 units will exclude many small and micro-housebuilders, warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The team at Travis Perkins Harvey Reeves Road branch launch the 7am until 7pm opening times.

Two Northamptonshire branches of Travis Perkins have broken with tradition to open from 7am until 7pm, Monday to Thursday.

Independent buying group IBC has launched the 2014/15 Supplier of the Year initiative.

Andy McEwan: "By stocking the most popular sizes, we can offer customers immediate availability for CHP units."

Pipe Center has announced plans to become a major player in the combined heat and power (CHP) sector.

Travis Perkins Group’s Environmental Improvement Scheme has seen positive results, with £5m saved in waste disposal costs.

L-r: James Kelly MSP, Graham Bolton (BMF) and Gordon Banks MP.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) met the Scottish Labour Party to hear direct from representatives about ideas they are formulating ahead of important elections and to explain the role of merchants and the Federation itself in the building materials’ supply chain.

Gibbs & Dandy is hosting a free half-day event for self-build enthusiasts next month.

JCB is the latest member of the Builders Merchants Federation.

JCB has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), becoming its 450th member.

The bureaucracy associated with MCS – both for a manufacturer and its products, and the installer – is astonishing, says Worcester, Bosch Group.

Worcester, Bosch Group has criticised the number of barriers now in place for those looking to achieve Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation.

IBD has been appointed by several plumbers' merchants to provide their trade customers with Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) project design, commissioning and sign-off services.

Rudridge has supplied buff sandstone to the Horse Guards Parade.

Rudridge’s Brentford branch has assisted in the renovation of Horse Guards Parade in central London.

Charlie Mullins will be speaking at the BMF Members Day in September.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has added Britain’s richest plumber, Charlie Mullins, to a powerful line-up of speakers for BMF Members Day in September.

Will Davies of aspect.co.uk argues that the government should focus on building affordable housing.

Will Davies, managing director of property maintenance firm aspect.co.uk, has criticised the government for not taking the ‘Get Britain Building’ fund seriously.

Now is the time for industry and political parties to address challenges facing the entire supply chain through the creation of a new manufacturing strategy, according to John Sinfield, new chairman of the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Eddy Hall will help launch a new awards scheme for RGB Building Supplies.

Britain’s ‘strongest man’ Eddy Hall is to join RGB Building Supplies at this month’s Toolfair event, to help launch a new awards scheme for RGB’s customers.

Talis UK, the valve, meterbox and water fitting specialist, has announced ambitious new plans to see it become the leading supplier in the industry.

Saint-Gobain PAM UK has launched Watershed Issues, a channel that will share industry expertise and enable people to discuss matters challenging the water and building industries.

Hundreds of independent merchants headed to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 9 April for the 2014 NMBS Exhibition.

(L to r): TV presenter Pollyanna Woodward, Paul Gallacher, sales director at Pop-Up Products, Paul Rogers, product manager at Pop-Up Products and Mark Rogerson MBE, CEO of Speedy Services.

Speedy celebrated its leading suppliers and praised their ongoing support and commitment at The Speedy Supplier Awards 2014.

The Construction Products Association's (CPA) latest forecasts predict activity in the construction sector will grow 18% by 2017.

Ebac's Tony Hird.

The long-term savings offered by the government’s domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme has the potential to revolutionise home efficiency, says Ebac.

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