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Building Information Modelling (BIM) working group BIM4M2 has partnered with the Construction Products Association (CPA) to host an informative CPD event on 13 April in London, providing an overview of BIM requirements for manufacturers.

Lincoln Security has opened a new trade counter that showcases products from ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a specialist in door opening solutions.

House price inflation peaked last December ahead of an anticipated rush to beat buy-to-let tax rises. Rate of house price inflation is now predicted to slow as April’s stamp duty changes are introduced and more modest growth in property sales is projected following the buy-to-let rush, the latest survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has revealed.

Galway company, Topform, has won the Overall SFA National Small Business Award 2016 and the Exporter of the Year category in the SFA Awards held in the RDS Concert Hall on 3 March 2016.

Following its acquisition of Twyford Bathrooms last year and as part of Geberit’s ambitious growth plans, building work has begun on the manufacturer‘s new headquarters.

A safety programme, which has cut lost time manual handling accidents across the BSS branch network by 80% in one year, has been shortlisted for an award. The BSS LiFT programme has been shortlisted for the H&V News Awards 2016 in the Safety Initiative of the Year category.

Neil Schofield, head of external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group.

Neil Schofield, head of external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group, has called for the Chancellor George Osborne to ensure that any schemes introduced to improve domestic energy efficiency as part of next week’s Budget are as simple as possible for the nation’s homeowners to access.

Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize winner 2014.

Putting ethical trading at the centre of all it does, Natural Paving Products (UK) has partnered with Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize winner 2014, to improve the lives of Indian children near its quarries and new factory.

CBI economist Anna Leach will be one of the keynote speakers at the Builders' Merchants Federation (BMF) Members Day in September.

Breedon Aggregates has announced its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2015 and reports strong growth as well as promising forecasts for the future of the group.

Eurocell has announced the acquisition of Vista Panels from CorpAcq. Vista is a manufacturer of composite and PVC-U entrance doors, with a turnover of approximately £14m.

Breedon Aggregates has announced its audited annual results for the year ended 31 December, 2015.

SIG plc, a FTSE-250 leading European specialist supplier to the construction, building and industrial markets, has acquired SAS Direct & Partitioning Ltd (SAS Direct), an interiors distributor operating in the mid to high-tier partitioning sectors in the UK and Ireland.

The Higgins team, complete with Higgi Bears, are preparing to celebrate a century and a half of supplying the building trade.

Higgins Building Supplies is celebrating a major business milestone this year. The family owned builders’ merchant, which operates from a depot in Wellingborough and a second site in Irthingborough, is commemorating 150 years of trading.

RIBA award-winning zero carbon design and development business Zed Factory has unveiled the Zero Bills Home, which it says is a response to the housing crisis that aims to make home energy bills obsolete.

Plumb and Parts Center has announced the dates and locations for its latest series of events for the trade.

Three students scooped the top prize in a competition to devise a video and social media campaign to inspire young people to consider careers in the construction industry.

South-west based Hopkins Concrete is urging the haulage industry to find ways of encouraging more female drivers to help solve the severe driver shortage.

St Albans-based builders' merchant Buttle's has joined the London Stock Exchange Group's list of '1,000 companies to inspire Britain in 2016'.

Commercial law firm Myerson Solicitors LLP has advised Cheshire Concrete Products on its sale of Cornerstones Building and Landscaping Products to Huws Gray.

Travis Perkins, the builders’ merchant group, has released positive results for the financial year ended 31 December 2015, reporting strong growth amidst a swathe of new branch openings for several of the groups’ businesses.

Stelrad Radiators has been awarded a prestigious award by Grahams Plumbers Merchants.

The availability and expertise of City Heating Spares (CHS), already enjoyed by customers of City Plumbing Supplies (CPS), is now available in select branches of Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS) and Travis Perkins (TP).

Northern Ireland’s bathroom, heating and tile company, Bassetts, has announced major growth milestones, including new store openings, showroom expansions and reinvestment in the company following a period of significant growth.

Travis Perkins Managed Services has won Most Innovative Supplier in the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards, beating four other short-listed companies to the title.

Salamander Pumps is taking its key messages around innovation, technology and service directly to installers with the help of merchants around the UK.

FAKRO celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016, with a wealth of activities planned throughout the year to thank customers and staff that have helped the company get to where it is today.

Amid recent stories in the national press surrounding the security of personal data, a spokesperson for Worcester, Bosch Group has called on installers to place greater focus on how information is collected and treated by internet-connected heating controls.

Delivering up to minute news and information to tablets and smartphones, the new free app from BSS, distributor of heating and pipeline products and services, is packed with useful features to help customers.

Williams & Co has been listed by the London Stock Exchange (LSE) as one of 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain for the third time.

Wrekin Products has been listed on a report from the London Stock Exchange Group celebrating the achievements of the UK’s most inspiring and fastest-growing small to medium enterprises.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has reminded the roofing industry and housebuilding industry of the requirement to conform to building regulations.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has conducted its 14th Customer Score Survey with the results being extremely positive – and the highest score achieved to date.

Roof window manufacturer, the Velux Group, is on the road for the next four months to unveil its new white-painted roof window range to customers.

The latest sales figures from GfK's Builders Merchants Panel, released by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in the Builders Merchants Building Index, show sales in Q4 2015 through the UK's general builders' merchants were up on the same quarter in 2014.

RGB driver Keith Thomas raised £365 for charity by asking customers to donate and choose what colour he should dye his hair.

A speedier planning system that increases the quantity of homes will not reduce the quality of homes, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has stated, in light of a new House of Lords Committee report on the built environment.

Charles Ledigo, chairman of Reisser, has significantly funded the production of a new musical based on the lives and music of The Small Faces.

Kingspan Environmental has announced a rebranding of the business in order to better identify product lines and capitalise on the company’s positive image in the industry.

CRASH is now seeking entrants to run this year's Windsor Half Marathon on behalf of the charity, through which the UK construction and property industry supports the homeless.

Ibstock's Chesterton cutting centre.

Brick maker Ibstock has opened a new state-of-the-art cutting centre for its Chesterton brick works as part of its ongoing investment programme.

Sovini Trade Supplies, part of the Sovini Group, has launched a training facilities service at its warehouse in Liverpool.

Smiths Brothers Stores (SBS) are pleased to announce the development and opening of two new branches in the form of SBS Cardiff and SBS Heathrow, both now fully open for business.

Following the recent flooding which has caused devastation to homes and businesses across the North-east, an independent builders merchants is encouraging homeowners to give their property a health check as winter weather continues to hold sway across the UK.

Martyn Bridges, director of marketing and technical support at Worcester, Bosch Group claims that the recently unveiled 2015 boiler sales figures paint a true picture of how the market performs without short-term distortions.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies shared its expertise as an authority on fire door safety at a recent Fire Safety and Protection seminar hosted by Johnstone’s Trade.

Actavo Hire & Sales Solutions, a supplier of specialised building equipment for hire and sale, launched Actavo Direct in 2015 and now celebrates its first birthday.

The BMF has voiced concerns that builders’ merchants who are unwilling to take on apprentices may lose out when the UK government introduces the new Apprenticeship Levy in April next year.

The Edinburgh Albert Street branch of City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) has become the 200th to open a new bathroom showroom.

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