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Brent Nicholls, Wavin’s managing director for south west Europe.

Wavin has announced a multi-million pound investment programme to create two dedicated manufacturing facilities in Doncaster and Chippenham.

Michelmersh Brick Holdings has announced the launch of a bespoke 'Select Order Process' for customers, due to the recent increase in demand for bricks.

Owlett-Jaton, UK supplier of fasteners and fixings to the distributor and merchant trade, has announced an agreement with PennEngineering to distribute the PEM Brand of products in the UK, supported by the launch of its new PEM brand self-clinch fasteners catalogue.

Grafton Group plc has completed the acquisition of Direct Builders' Merchants Ltd, a Kent-based general merchanting business.

HOLDON hand tools has been on a mission this year to test the sawing skills of the nation’s tradesmen, in a competition exclusive to Travis Perkins.

Baxi has announced the rebranding of heateam to ‘Baxi Customer Support’.

Lagan Cement Products is the latest supplier member of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

BSS Industrial is only weeks away from opening the brand new 38,500sq ft extension on its established Magna Park National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Leicestershire.

New figures released today by insurance provider for new homes, NHBC, show that the number of new homes being registered across the UK remains slightly ahead of corresponding statistics for last year.

Bassetts, a bathroom, heating and tile merchant based in Northern Ireland, has opened a new branch in Belfast to bring its total branch network in the region to 14.

Timber merchant Arnold Laver has taken delivery of a new DAF CF2 6x2 rigid truck and the Palfinger F3 253 GT-S combination from Bennett Engineering.

TIMco has reported an 18% increase in turnover to £16.1m.

Brintex has confirmed that the 2015 Totally Shows have sold nearly 60% of their exhibition space so far.

A recent report shows how fuel cell smart power units could act like "mini power stations" in more than 5.3 million UK homes, flats and small businesses by 2030.

Plumb Center is supporting Gas Safety Week by challenging its 520 branches to get at least 100 customers to sign an e-petition, which aims to stop needless carbon monoxide (CO) deaths.

It would seem that there is no stopping Bristan’s nationwide roadshow, as the ‘Shower to the People’ van has now clocked up 10,000 miles.

Bond It has entered into a joint venture agreement with one of India’s fastest growing manufacturers of pipes and piping systems, Astral Poly Technik.

The showroom at Gledhill's new Luton depot

Gledhill has opened its largest ever depot at Luton. The company's investment in the new 6,000 sq ft 'depot of excellence' follows increasing market demand.

J.M.Blake Associates has put together an infographic based on research into the purchasing behaviours of 500 UK homeowners, all of whom had purchased a complete new kitchen.

Companies in the construction industry are failing to take CE marking laws seriously, according to Adrian Cooper at LB Supplies, which also trades as LB Roof Windows.

More than 50 jobs have been created in and around Isleworth, as Selco Builders Warehouse prepares to open the doors to its 19th London branch on 1 September.

Sprue Safety Products will be using social media, competitions and online advice to raise awareness of gas safety and the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, as part of its support for this year’s Gas Safety Week (15 to 21 September).

Gibbs & Dandy has launched a new training scheme, 'A Modern Apprenticeship', to encourage the development of young talent in the industry.

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has released the latest figures for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The numbers show that from April to July 2014, 7,418 homes have applied for payments under the domestic RHI.

Tim Pollard, Plumb and Parts Center's head of sustainability shares his view.

The Roughneck mobile showroom will tour the UK and Ireland

Olympia Tools, which distributes the Roughneck brand of hand tools and workwear, has launched a new mobile showroom.

Williamson-Dickie, one of the largest workwear suppliers in the world, has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has opened a new shop at its South East London base, as the firm continues to expand ahead of its 175th anniversary next year.

Jewson has been appointed as the main supplier for Denbigshire County Council (DCC) for the next three years.

Solar farm at Ketton Cement Works

Hanson UK has released its 2014 performance and sustainability report highlighting major sustainability initiatives including the development of a solar farm at Ketton Cement Works in Rutland.

Wolseley UK's MD Steve Ashmore.

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has approved Wolseley UK’s purchase of Fusion Provida UK and Utility Power Systems, as of today (20 August 2014).

Ideal Boilers is bringing its mobile unit to installers, so they can take advantage of free training courses.

The new trade counter installed by Polypal at Beers Timber & Building Supplies’ premises at Kings Dock Street in Liverpool.

Polypal has helped Beers Timber & Building Supplies give its Kings Dock Street premises in Liverpool a brand new look.

The Fortis Group has selected ASSA ABLOY brands Yale and UNION as its preferred suppliers of branded security.

Construction activity rose in Q2 of 2014, while concerns continue to grow over rising costs and the impact this may have during the coming year.

RGB Building Supplies is sponsoring this year’s SelfBuild & Design Show, which is taking place at Exeter’s Westpoint Arena on 13 and 14 September.

Lafarge Tarmac is offering DIYers the chance to get tips and tricks from an industry expert during an upcoming live Q&A session on Twitter.

John Newcomb is delighted that Roca is joining the BMF.

Roca UK is the latest supplier member to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). The manufacturer includes sanitaryware, baths, shower trays, shower columns, taps, bathroom furniture and ceramic tiles among its product portfolio.

AkzoNobel, the company that manufactures Dulux Trade paints, has celebrated the launch of its newest brand - Armstead Trade with a UK-wide campaign.

Greenworks Training Academy has announced its support of the government’s plans to tackle fuel poverty, following confirmation of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme’s extension until 2017.

Acrelane Timber in London has put together a team to cycle 52 miles, raising funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

The UK housing market pauses as buyer demand flatlines and sales growth moderates

MRA Marketing is once again a category sponsor for this years' Builders' Merchants News Awards for Excellence.

Triton has introduced a number of environmental enhancements at its factory.

Triton, The Great British Shower Company, has set its sights on achieving zero waste to landfill having introduced a number of environmental enhancements at its factory in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

According to an analysis of the government's construction pipeline by KPMG, transport projects dominate construction spend at £66.2bn, accounting for half of the total pipeline value.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has announced a major funding boost to help improve affordable homes in poor condition and support energy-saving works to thousands of homes across London.

FAKRO has announced the signing of a new three-year agreement with the National Buying Group (NBG) for roof windows, blinds and installation accessories, extending the company’s long-standing relationship with the Group.

Jewson has won an Employer of the Year award from Welsh apprenticeship training provider and youth support charity, Rathbone.

Last year's winners of Pitch2Win

Dulux Decorator Centre's 2014 Pitch2Win competition has been launched to find the most ambitious painters and decorators. The competition rewards the person who has all the right characteristics to successfully set up their own painting and decorating business.

Jewson has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2014 Finance for the Future Awards in the 'Innovative New Idea' category. The awards recognise the role that finance teams play in creating sustainable business models and economies.

Postman Rob Burrough has won the top prize in the Brazil Selco Predictor competition.

Rob Burrough, a postman from Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, has scooped the top prize in the Brazil edition of the Selco Predictor competition, run in conjunction with talkSPORT.

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