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The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) has been closed to applications with immediate effect. DECC said the Fund had seen overwhelming popular demand and that the allocated budget has now been reached.

The Builders' Merchants Federation (BMF) claims the appetite shown by the public and the trade to take advantage of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) suggests the coalition government was right to mount a major publicity campaign.

The Scottish Building Federation (SBF) has today (24 July) welcomed new figures showing the average time taken to determine major planning applications was 12 days quicker in 2013/14 than during the previous year.

Customer Adam Hicks holding a giveaway t-shirt, with John Nicholls' trade counter assistant Alan Fuller.

Building and plumbing merchant John Nicholls has enjoyed a successful trade month event throughout June, which saw customers reap the benefits of special offers, giveaways and expert advice from top industry suppliers – not to mention free bacon rolls.

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has called for the excess cost savings of the reviewed Energy Company Obligation (ECO) to be invested in providing additional insulation measures for struggling households.

Snows Timber is supporting the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Wellness campaign with the launch of its ‘Active Summer’ picture board on Pinterest.

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has today responded to two policy announcements relating to green buildings from the government.

In response to the growing demands of the market, Wienerberger has stated its intention to increase brick capacity by 200 million bricks between January 2014 and January 2015.

Nick Cox graduated with distinction in July

Palladium Building Supplies branch manager Nick Cox attended a graduation ceremony at Bristol Cathedral in July for gaining a distinction in his foundation degree.

HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, has acquired Atlas Products International.

A second Scottish branch has been opened in Aberdeen.

Carpet & Flooring has opened a new regional base in Glasgow and celebrated with a branch open day. In addition to the Glasgow branch, a second Scottish branch has been opened in Aberdeen – Carpet & Flooring’s most northerly base to date.

Michelmersh Brick Holdings has announced its interim results for the six months ending June 30, 2014, seeing increased brick prices.

Manufacturers are being called to take part in a short survey to share their understanding of Building Information Modelling (BIM).

MKM Building Supplies’ Edinburgh branch has invested a five-figure sum in renovating its kitchen and bathroom showroom.

Baxi is working with policymakers to modify the current Green Deal system to increase interest and uptake among heating installers.

Graham is now a member of BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed Graham, The Plumbers' Merchant as a new member. The BMF now has a significant number of specialists in membership, and Graham will be involved in building the reputation and influence of the plumbing and heating sector.

The opportunity to join Wolseley UK’s workforce has become easier, thanks to the launch of the company’s new careers website.

L-r: Staff from Gorilla Glue - Simon Damp, Bonnie Winfield, Lindsey Ainscough and Karen Clarkson.

The UK arm of the US adhesive brand Gorilla Glue are celebrating a record breaking year of sales after taking the European DIY market by storm.

In response to extensive customer research, Baxi has announced a new name for its Interpart division - Baxi Genuine Parts.

Origin’s new factory at its headquarters in Buckinghamshire.

Origin Frames, a UK manufacturer of bi-folding doors, has opened a new production facility at its headquarters in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire as part of the company’s expansion plans.

Skills shortages in the building industry are affecting the economic recovery, according to a recent survey from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Plumbing and trades tutor Shane McCallum, has set up the South West Construction Academy with his wife Nikki to cater for the growing need for trained construction workers.

Almost a third of Wolseley UK employees have been nominated by their colleagues for special achievements over the last year through the 'Thanks for Making a Difference' scheme.

Left to right: Gary Riseborough and John Savage (Picture by Neil Denham).

Northeast firm Flame Heating Spares is to open a third heating trade counter in the region after growing its turnover to £1.4m.

Baxi - sponsors of this year's Gas Safety Week - is keen to remind people that gas safety is important throughout the year, and not just in Gas Safety Week.

Snows Timber has become the latest supplier member of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). The company has pledged its support for the BMF's Wellness Campain, which aims to make merchant's businesses and staff 'fit for the future'.

CRASH patrons celebrate their award wins

Patrons of CRASH gathered last week to recognise and celebrate the generosity shown to the construction and property charity for the homeless.

New distribution centre at Hoppe in Wolverhampton

Hoppe UK hopes the major investment programme in its Wolverhampton warehouse will encourage continued expansion.

Harry Halligan, 2013's winner.

Carpentry apprentices Greg Law from Glasgow and Harry Halligan from New Milton were crowned Apprentice of the Year in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Ridgeons has been shortlisted from over 1,000 entries in the Family Business of the Year category of the Private Business Awards, sponsorded by PwC.

Anglia Tool Centre, part of Ridgeons group, is opening a new store in Norwich.

After months of in-depth market and customer research, SIG Roofing & Roofline has announced a corporate rebrand and restructure to its operations.

Founder Adam Callow.

Online trade register I Need An Expert has made several updates to its website, including extending its service to independent builders’ merchants.

A past trade show organised by Frank Howard.

Frank Howard Tools & Fixings is inviting customers to attend its upcoming ‘family fun day’ and trade show, which will take place at the company’s Braintree branch on Saturday 12 July between 9am and 4pm.

According to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the new £150m government fund to help finance plots for custom build housing is good news for both homebuyers and the house building industry.

Shane Jefferson of Pegler Yorkshire receives his award from Kevin Donnelly, Young Enterprise manager South Yorkshire

An employee from plumbing and heating manufacturer, Pegler Yorkshire, has won an award for his commitment to the Young Enterprise Scheme - an enterprise and education charity offering extracurricular business programmes to young people across the UK.

By continuing to invest in new technology and emerging markets, Daikin Europe N.V has sustained growth in 2013-14. The company's consolidated turnover was €1,902 million for the financial year 2013, up 4% on the previous year, with profit growing by 17% compared with 2012.

Trafford Housing Trust and Travis Perkins have officially opened a new joint distribution facility at Trafford Park in Greater Manchester.

Across 13 branches and 396 staff members, 43 staff now have a member of their family also working for Covers.

Wolseley UK has partnered with the British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) to bring former military personnel looking for employment in a civilian role into its workforce as part of its strategy to recruit from the widest possible talent pool and attract the best candidates.

According to the latest statistics from warranty and insurance prodvider NHBC, the number of new homes registered across the country remains up corresponding to 2013 statistics.

A fine day in more ways than one!

Over 500 visitors and customers enjoyed a fantastic day and evening at the 2014 Robert Price Building Bonanza, hosted at its Newport branch.

Variety, the Children’s Charity has recognised Reisser’s chairman Charles Ledigo as a leading example in his industry, and will present him with a ‘Legends of Industry Award’ at a black-tie dinner at the Hilton Hotel, Manchester on 12 November 2014.

As part of AkzoNobel’s investment across its trade paint division, Dulux Decorator Centre is unveiling a brand new-look for its nationwide network of stores.

Geberit has been crowned ‘Supplier of the Year 2014’ at BSS Industrial’s annual Supplier of the Year event.

BSS Industrial has named Geberit as its ‘Supplier of the Year 2014’ at its annual Supplier of the Year event, with Pegler Yorkshire taking home the award for ‘Most Improved Supplier 2014’.

The National Insulation Association (NIA), as part of a coalition of 20 organisations, is calling on government to commit to a major retrofitting programme of 1m homes by 2020 as a national infrastructure priority.

The importance of planning ahead to ensure the successful completion of construction projects was the key theme discussed at this year's Independent Builders Merchant Forum hosted by UK brick maker Ibstock.

To keep pace with growing demand for its products, Bond It has made a six-figure investment into a new cartridge filling, packing and labelling plant.

Bond It, the manufacturer of sealants, adhesives and other building chemicals, has made another major investment into its business.

The F & P Wholesale mobile bathroom showroom has now completed its tour of the UK, having made pit stops at the company’s nine distribution centres nationwide allowing customers to explore the new bathroom product collections first hand.

With less than a year to go until the General Election, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is stepping up its campaigning activity with the publication of its own Policy Manifesto outlining how it would like to see the supply chain and government working together.

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