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MKM Building Supplies has reported outstanding growth in 2014/15. Revenue at the Hull-based group rose by 18% in the 12 months to September 2015, reaching £252m, up from £213m in the same period of the previous year. EBITDA and operating profit climbed further, both rising 27 per cent to £17.1m and £15.9m respectively.

The Builders’ Merchant Federation (BMF) is set to recruit at least 20 Ambassadors from the ranks of its members to support a national youth recruitment campaign, Builders Merchants Careers. They will help to promote the opportunities offered by the industry to students and young job seekers throughout the country.

Speedy Hire, the tools, equipment and plant hire services company, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the entire issued share capital of OHP (the OHP Group).

The Scottish Building Federation (SBF) has launched its policy manifesto for the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections by setting out a five pillar plan for sustainable growth in the Scottish construction sector.

The Construction Products Association’s (CPA) latest forecast estimates growth for the construction industry of 3.6% in 2016, which is a downward revision from the Autumn 2015 forecast of 3.8% primarily because of slower UK economic growth.

Slingsby warns that poorly stocked first aid kits are a common problem in workplaces across all industries and continually put employees at risk, meaning large numbers of employers are breaking the law.

A survey has revealed that mid-sized businesses, with between 50 and 249 employees, have seen greater savings in the their business from investing in digital innovation than smaller firms.

ST Group, St Helens.

Huws Gray continues to expand after acquiring three companies in St Helens; ST Group, Qualplas and Cornerstone Building & Landscaping Products.

Jewson's new branch on the Kings Heath Industrial Estate in Northampton is located alongside sister companies Graham, The Plumbers’ Merchant, and tile supplier, CTD.

Builders’ merchant Jewson has opened a new 22,000 sq ft branch in Northampton. The branch, located on the Kings Heath Industrial Estate, forms part of a new Trade Park, and is located alongside outlets of Jewson sister companies Graham, The Plumbers’ Merchant, and tile supplier, CTD.

BSRIA has applauded the announcement of the government commission into a major review of the construction labour market in its latest bid to reform the sector and enable it to help power economic growth and solve the current housing crisis.

Following a company restructure, ATAG Commercial has relocated to new UK headquarters in Basildon, Essex. The move follows the acquisition of ATAG by the Ariston Thermo Group, which already bases a number of its UK companies from the same south Essex offices.

MKM Building Supplies’ branch manager, Nigel Jackson, with kitchen specialist Joanne Smith, in the company’s new, luxury showroom in Grimsby.

MKM Building Supplies has opened a new luxury kitchen and bathroom showroom in Grimsby. The Hull-based company has invested £50,000 to create an inspirational showroom at its branch on Eleanor Street in the town.

Worcester's Greenstar i high efficiency gas boiler.

Following the launch of the London Boiler Cashback Scheme, Worcester, Bosch Group has pledged an additional £100 cashback to the successful recipients of the incentive’s £400 allowance when they elect to replace their inefficient boiler with one of its high-efficiency Greenstar models.

Boris Johnson: "I encourage everyone harbouring ancient boiler artifacts to sign up now and benefit from a new cost effective heating system.”

Homeowners in the capital will now be eligible for up to £400 cashback when they replace their old inefficient boiler (rated at 70% efficient or less) with a new ‘A-rated’ model or renewable heating system, the Mayor of London has announced.

Today’s announcement (2 February) by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, of a new Boiler Cashback Scheme to encourage Londoners to upgrade their old, inefficient boilers has been welcomed by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has continued to invest significantly in its network with a number of new branches, relocations and renovations.

Grafton Group plc, the builders merchanting and DIY Group with operations in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium, has completed the acquisition of Allsand Supplies, a single branch general builders’ merchant located in Larkfield, Kent, for an undisclosed sum.

New site starts in the construction industry fell 20% in the three-month period to the end of January, compared to the same period in 2014/15, according to the latest figures released on 1 February by Glenigan.

Parker Building Supplies has expanded its network of heavyside and timber branches with a new depot in Newhaven, East Sussex.

Jewson, construction industry supplier, is helping young people to build solid foundations for their future careers.

Smith Brothers Stores’ new premises on the Freeman’s Common Industrial Estate.

Smith Brothers Stores’ (SBS) Leicester branch is relocating after over 100 years. However, the company’s head office will remain on Batten Street until its new premises are complete.

The ONS reported today that UK GDP rose by 0.5%. Within this, construction output was marginally weaker, by 0.1%, its second consecutive quarterly fall following the third quarter’s 1.9% decline.

George Lines, an independent civils merchant based in West London, has become part of Lords Builders Merchants.

BSRIA has announced that it is in support of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) announcement that Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards have been revoked after an investigation into fraudulent activity at five test centres showed more than four thousand construction workers paid cash to pass the test.

Howarth Timber is pleased to announce that two of its managers have graduated from a Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) Post Graduate Diploma.

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is calling for more apprentices as it releases new figures today that forecast an annual average growth of 2.5% for the next five years – and a massive 232,000 jobs to be created.

F&P has revealed the results of its latest research project, which set out to explore the attitudes of customers towards doing business and purchasing products online.

L-r: Stewart Hill, John Cameron and John Newcomb with the painting that raised £1,600 for Walking for the Wounded.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) raised over £4,000 for its nominated charity, Walking with the Wounded, at its annual Burns Supper held in Edinburgh on 22 January.

Investcorp, a global provider and manager of alternative investment products, has sold Icopal to GAF, a roofing manufacturer in North America, for approximately €1bn.

Bradstone has announced the winners of its national installer awards scheme, celebrating the achievements of its Assured members over the last year.

The Confederation of Timber Industry (CTI) and Proskills have launched an employer skill survey into the UK's timber industry supply chain.

Sales of construction products slowed in the fourth quarter of 2015, but optimism still remains for the future, according to the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Fergus Ewing MSP, Scotland’s minister for business, energy and tourism, opened a new asphalt plant at Daviot quarry near Inverness, which represents a £2.2m investment in the area by Breedon.

Breedon, UK aggregates and building materials company, has been awarded a £10m contract to supply drystone, ready-mixed concrete and asphalt to the first stage of the A9 dualling project.

British Gypsum is introducing a series of e-learning modules to give builders’ merchants and distributors the information and knowledge they need to advise customers on the correct products and systems to use.

AKW is now an approved supplier to FORTIS.

AKW has been chosen as an approved supplier to the independent merchant buying group FORTIS.

Workloads for small builders across the country took a downward turn towards the end of last year, the Federation of Master Builders' (FMB) latest State of Trade Survey has revealed, amid worries over wider economic uncertainty.

The value of total construction contracts in the UK reached £74bn in 2015, a year-on-year increase of 16%, thanks to an influx of mega projects being commissioned.

BSRIA is encouraged by a recent wave of house building announcements, but is concerned with how they will be executed due to the industry skills shortage.

Eastleigh MP, Mims Davies, has helped to highlight the increasing need for more skilled workers in today’s construction industry with a visit to a specialist training centre within Eastleigh College, Hampshire

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has sadly announced the death of Michael Lee, BWF membership director, after a short battle with illness.

Sektor, interior solutions brand exclusive to CCF, has invested in two new showrooms to help London-based contractors, specifiers, and architects envisage the application of each Sektor solution.

Having recently turned a quarter of a century old, HiB is preparing for a new era of even greater success with the reveal of a new brand identity and strap line – making bathrooms beautiful.

TenderSpace, a new suite of web-based tools for the property and construction industries, has launched as of January 2016.

An on-site beach, a juice bar, and ‘Keith Lemon’ were just some of many talking points at Jewson’s first live event, which welcomed over 1,750 attendees.

Dr Mark Jenkins, author and professor of business strategy at Cranfield School of Management will speak at the Builders Merchants Federation's (BMF) Members’ Day in September.

InSinkErator, the food waste disposer and tap company, has moved to new offices with a new showroom and demonstration area to encompass its increasing product portfolio. 

Wolseley plc has announced today that Ian Meakins, chief executive officer (CEO) is intending to retire on 31 August 2016. Mr Meakins was appointed CEO in July 2009 and during his tenure he has significantly reshaped the group into a focused plumbing, heating and building products distribution business operating in leading markets.

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) is challenging merchants across the country to pick up their tools and compete in the Practical Building Skills Challenge event.

Chandlers Roofing Supplies, the roofing division of Chandlers Building Supplies, has opened a new branch in Rainham, Essex.

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