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Viessmann Photovoltaik GmbH has come to an agreement with Schüco International KG to take over Schüco's photovoltaics business, subject to consent from supervisory authorities.

Site waste from all Jewson branches is now converted to energy.

Jewson has released its annual Sustainable Development Review for 2013, detailing the merchant’s proactive approach to its environmental, economic and social agenda.

Global cement manufacturing businesses Lafarge and Holcim have announced their intentions to merge, creating a global business with combined sales amounting to EUR 32bn (£26.4bn).

Travis Perkins has united with Recipro to support the online exchange company’s efforts to direct surplus stock and any re-usable materials from customer sites to worthy causes.

Interior building products distributor CCF has opened a new 38,000 sq ft branch in Newcastle-under-Lyme in response to growing demand from contractors within the Staffordshire area.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has greeted news of a new construction payment charter proposed by members of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) as a welcome first step, but fears it is unlikely to work unless it is backed by enforcement and mandatory disclosure of corporate payment practices.

Kelkay has seen a 76% increase in its aggregate sales.

Dedicated to providing quality aggregates, Kelkay’s offering has never been better. The proof is in the pudding as like for like sales for the October to April period are up 76% on the same period the previous season.

The long-awaited domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is officially launching today, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed.

Merchants and suppliers from across the industry met last night (8 April) at a Gala Dinner event ahead of today's annual National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) exhibition for independent merchants.

BSW Timber’s customers across London and the South-East can now benefit from next day delivery, following the opening of a new distribution centre in Tilbury, Essex.

Worcester, Bosch Group is now offering a more flexible way for installers to achieve Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation, ahead of the forthcoming Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) launch.

The Chancellor’s decision to exempt Combined Heat and Power (CHP) from the “carbon floor price” as part of the 2014 Budget review has been welcomed by a commercial and industrial heating manufacturer.

The UK’s construction industry and its supply base is walking a tightrope over CE markings for construction products, according to an industry supplier.

Ariston has moved to a new UK headquarters in High Wycombe.

Following a sustained period of growth and success, Ariston moved to a brand new UK headquarters on 4 April.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced ACO Academy as the main sponsor for Members Day, and confirmed 'Accelerating Growth' as the theme for this year's event, which takes place on 16 and 17 September at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire.

Having opened a year ago this month, Chandlers Bathrooms’ Villeroy & Boch showroom in Lewes has already generated in excess of £100,000 worth of sales, exceeding all targets that were set.

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has announced the launch of NFB Business & Skills, its dedicated skills and development arm.

npower has announced a strategic partnership with Greenworks, part of the Saint-Gobain Group, together with its sister brands, Jewson, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant, Minster and Gibbs and Dandy, for the delivery of external wall insulation, part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

VADO, the bathroom brassware manufacturer, has joined the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA).

After an extensive tender process, Graham and Jewson have been appointed by the Places for People Group, one of the largest property management, development and regeneration companies in the UK.

Bence Roofing Supplies has opened a new company in Cheltenham, with its official opening taking place on 20 March. The new site was opened by Martin Horwood MP.

The St Neots branch of Ridgeons will be holding a two-day power tool trade event starting from Wednesday 16 April.

Amersham Dec has thanked Crown Paints for a successful year at its new site.

Amersham Decorating Supplies has seen record sales during its first year at its new site on the Corinium Industrial Estate in Amersham.

Door hardware manufacturer PC Henderson has stressed the importance of considering the interior detail of a project to cater for all generations.

RFU star Tom Croft with EH Smith Leicester staff.

The latest £100,000 redevelopment at EH Smith’s Enderby, Leicester branch was launched last week by John Parker, company chief executive officer and chair of the Fortis buying group.

The new Travis Perkins Regional Distribution Centre in Warrington.

Travis Perkins has begun operations from its brand new Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) in the Appleton area of Warrington.

Wolseley UK has bought Fusion Provida and Utility Power Systems (UPS), two trading businesses of Fusion Group, it was announced today (1 April 2014).

Suggestions that Scotland's Green Homes Cashback Scheme will not be extended beyond today (31 March) have been met with concern by the National Insulation Association (NIA).

Government proposals to match SMEs that have had applications for finance turned down by the banks with alternative lenders have been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Independent merchant buying group IBC has welcomed Arnold Laver Timber Merchant, bringing further strength and experience to the group.

RGB Building Supplies is launching its new plumbing and heating centre at its Exmouth branch, with a programme of events running between Monday 7 and Friday 11 April.

Breedon Aggregates has been presented with the Best Construction & Materials award in the 2014 Stock Market Awards, run by Shares magazine in association with KPMG.

Judges of the bi-annual 2014 British Gypsum National Trophy competition have awarded six innovative projects for excellence in design and application.

Michelmersh Brick Holdings, the specialist brick, land development and landfill company, has announced its audited final results for the year ended 31 December 2013.

Greg Durn joins Rudridge as an apprentice.

Rudridge has recently launched a new apprenticeship scheme at its Farnham branch, run in conjunction with the National Merchant Buying Society, and has already taken local resident Greg Durn under its wing.

Winning photos in ADEY's #ShowUsYourSludge competition.

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has recently announced two new winners of its #ShowUsYourSludge competition.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has recently introduced its new electrical range, encompassing everything from fuses and connectors to switches and cables.

IronmongeryDirect enjoyed a successful 2013 with record year-end results, showing significant increases in both turnover and profit.

Finding better ways of doing business was the focus of the recent Ridgeons Group 'Meet the Merchant' event and seventh Ridgeons Supplier of the Year Awards.

IronmongeryDirect has made ordering the latest products from its range even easier by extending its customer call centre opening hours.

Buck & Hickman, distributor of tools, maintenance and health and safety products, has launched its Mobile Centre of Excellence, offering construction sector customers the chance to experience its product and service offering for themselves.

Ravenheat has announced a two-year agreement with NMBS to include its range of boilers and heating controls on the buying society’s supply list.

Ridgeons’ Norwich-based branch has recently undergone a revamp as a result of customer feedback.

Left to right: Stephen Batten and Neil Peaper.

Specialist interior building products distributor Nevill Long has opened a new branch in the South East.

Alex Goodfellow, group managing director of Stewart Milne Timber Systems.

The construction industry needs to keep its eye on the horizon and make sure preparations are underway for zero carbon legislation due to come into effect in 2016, says Alex Goodfellow, group managing director of Stewart Milne Timber Systems.

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) is urging the government to throw a lifeline to its beleaguered Green Deal scheme, as the latest statistics revealed there were just 33 new Green Deal plans signed last month.

Left to right: Kieran Wells and Joe White next to the construction that Mr White built which had an Olympic flame theme.

The Ringmer branch of Chandlers Building Supplies was a proud sponsor of Sussex Downs College’s Skill Build competition, which saw students from across the bricklaying department complete a work-related challenge in five hours.

The series of storms from October until early March have meant that the UK is now subject to a long-term fence panel shortage, says Forest Garden.

Transport Supplier of the Year was presented by Janet Cooke of London TravelWatch to Kieran Griffin, managing director of Keyline (centre), accompanied by writer and broadcaster Giles Brandreth (right).

The Travis Perkins Group has claimed the title of ‘Transport Supplier of the Year’ at the London Transport Awards for the safe and efficient delivery of materials to the Crossrail infrastructure project.

Geberit will be visiting merchants up and down the country to promote its latest product innovations.

With the latest innovations in piping systems and sanitary solutions on board, Geberit will be going On Tour again this spring, taking to the roads in the UK and Ireland determined to seek out more installers than ever before.

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