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L-r: Norman Baker, Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes, Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and Phil Barnard, head of sustainability at Chandlers Building Supplies.

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey MP, visited Chandlers Building Supplies’ Lewes branch on 13 November to officially open the Sustainable Building Solutions Centre.

The Builders Merchants Federation has held its first Timber Forum to support members and suppliers in the timber and wood products market.

Deco-Pak, UK supplier of aggregates and landscaping products, has invested more than £1m in its stock and transport systems for the coming season, to ensure even higher levels of service and customer satisfaction will be achieved.

Industry and government can work better together to develop policies that give greater certainty and confidence to industry and encourage investment, innovation and growth, according to a report from the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Godwin Mgombane from Pipe and Climate Center.

Wolseley UK has recently updated its flexible benefits scheme, ‘Your Benefits, Your Choices’, to introduce a broader range of options – including a cycle-to-work scheme.

Since moving to a new UK headquarters in April 2014, Ariston has continued to invest in business development, ensuring a sustained period of growth and success.

SIG Distribution has urged the construction industry to be vigilant in ensuring materials are compliant with European standards.

David Gale, managing director of Bulk Builders Merchants, Katie Berry, director at Myers Group, Paul Gale, director at Bulk Builders Merchants, and James Berry, managing director of Myers Group.

Building products and services company, the Myers Group, has acquired Bulk Builders Merchants in Leeds for an undisclosed sum.

Exhibitor space for the 2015 NMBS Exhibition has sold out in record-breaking time, as just three weeks after being made available to building industry suppliers, all 290 stands and vehicle space for next year’s show have been taken.

Jewson’s Pro Build Training Tour will be visiting branches up and down the country.

The Jewson Pro Build Training Tour has been launched to provide vital support for trade professionals. 

The National House-Building Council (NHBC) Foundation is publishing two new guides today, designed to help housebuilders and designers understand what is needed to comply with Part L.

The JCW Acoustic Supplies team.

Since its formation in 2005, Bolton-based JCW Acoustic Supplies, has grown to become one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of soundproofing and sound absorption products, with a £4m turnover.

Hope Construction Materials has won a prestigious health and safety award, the Mineral Products Association’s (MPA) John Crabbe Award.

Bathroom specialist Mandy Davis with branch manager Mike Bilboa.

Gibbs & Dandy's St Neots branch is hoping to help tradesmen cook up more business, following the opening of its new flagship kitchen, bathroom and tile showroom.

BSS Industrial’s new spacious branch stocks a comprehensive range of products.

BSS Industrial customers in Birmingham are enjoying all the benefits of a bigger and better branch, packed with more products and with expert staff on hand to offer the very best advice.

John Nicholls (Holdings) is pleased to announce its acquisition of J&B's plumbing supplies.

Left to right: Chris Chapman; George Potts; Stuart Lees; Ray Stenton; Gareth Mobley; Jon Pickering; Carlton Hopley.

NorthEdge Capital, the private equity firm focused on investing in businesses in the north of England, has invested in Stoke-based Solidor.

BBS Plumbing & Heating Supplies has opened a branch on the Locksbrook Road Trading Estate in Bath.

BBS Plumbing & Heating Supplies has announced the opening of its first remote branch.

Carvers Building Supplies is now in the final stages of its rebuild programme, after two and a half years of recovery following a fire that devastated its Littles Lane premises in 2012.

Cornsilk Sandstone.

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2014, Natural Paving Products (UK) has enjoyed its most successful year to date – with an unprecedented growth in sales, significant expansion of its Indian supply chain and a string of medal wins during the show garden season.

EH Smith Sustainable Products has announced a distribution agreement with Enphase Energy, the solar microinverter systems company.

There is great concern being expressed across the industry of a major change to the treatment of VAT and Prompt Payment Discounts.

L-r: Tim Allen, chairman of NMBS, and managing director Chris Hayward, receiving the special recognition award from Andy Williamson, managing director of IKO plc, on behalf of the Rainy Day Trust.

L-r: Tim Allen, chairman of NMBS, and managing director Chris Hayward, receiving the special recognition award from Andy Williamson, managing director of IKO plc, on behalf of the Rainy Day Trust.

NMBS' continued commitment to the Rainy Day Trust (RDT), a major industry charity, has been acknowledged with a formal award.

NMBS celebrated a record-breaking 2014 in style at the annual Dinner Dance on 25 October.

Managing director Mike Chaldecott receiving the ISO 50001:2011 certification.

British Gypsum has achieved certification to ISO 50001:2011, the energy management system standard.

Stonemarket showcased its range of landscaping products to over 150 builders' merchants, at an exclusive event last week.

Twyford Bathrooms is the latest supplier member to join the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Wolseley UK's head office has created a meadow to encourage wildlife.

Wolseley UK has achieved an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating for the building management of its head office, which features a bio-diverse meadow to aid plant growth and nurture wildlife.

Jewson has announced that it will be the lead sponsor for the Landscape Gardening and Carpentry competitions at The Skills Show 2014. In addition, Jewson’s HR director Mike Warner will take to the floor to offer real insight into a rewarding career with a builders’ merchant.

The Hire-It service from BSS Industrial has been awarded the Safe Hire Private Standard accreditation by Hire Association Europe in recognition of its ability to provide the best possible standards of equipment, safety, training, and customer service across its 27 dedicated tool and equipment hire trade counters.

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) and the Modern Masonry Alliance (MMA) have worked together to produce a suite of 250 registered masonry construction details, designed to minimise heat loss through the weak junction points in a building’s outer envelope.

Blue Rock Systems has again met the necessary criteria to become a Gold ERP software partner.

MKM Building Supplies has been listed in the Sunday Times’ Grant Thornton Fast Track 250 for the first time, after delivering a first-class financial performance last year.

Ideal Boilers is out on the road visiting all the UK branches of City Plumbing Supplies.

Ideal Boilers is taking its mobile training centre to all 32 UK branches of City Plumbing Supplies, starting yesterday (20 October) at Ellesmere Port and finishing on 15 December in Folkstone.

A brand new personalised van is up for grabs.

Mira Showers is offering Plumbase customers the chance to win a personalised Fiat Doblo sign-written van worth £10,000.

The construction industry will grow 23% by the end of 2018 and contribute £12 billion to the UK economy over the next two years alone, according to the Construction Products Association (CPA) Autumn Forecasts, which were released today.

Parker Building Supplies comes to the rescue after millstone theft.

City Plumbing Supplies has launched a Renewables Training Programme in a bid to seize RHI business benefits.

City Plumbing Supplies has launched an internal Renewables Training Programme to provide colleagues from City Plumbing Supplies, and across the Travis Perkins Group, with greater knowledge of the breadth of renewable technologies now available in the UK.

The Labour Party’s Lyons Housing Review provides a long overdue blueprint for increasing the capacity and output of small and medium sized (SME) housebuilders to help build the much needed 200,000 new homes a year, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

L-r: Peter Doyle and Beverley Whitehead from AkzoNobel, Apprentice of the Year winner, Abs East with lecturer Phil Jubb from North West Kent College.

Painting and decorating students across the UK will once again have the opportunity to pitch their skills against each other as Dulux Decorator Centre’s competition opens for entries.

Housebuilding is leading the growth in the SME construction sector, but the industry has a long way to go to recover to pre-recession levels, according to the latest research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The demand for sophisticated technology and gadgets within the home is on the rise, paving the way for the next big thing – the smart home.

Nearly a third of UK homeowners are looking to carry out work on their home in the next three years, with up to £6bn* in projected works planned annually over the next three years, according to a new study from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Matt Richardson, Henry Wilde and Daniel Repton.

Three young people have taken their first steps towards a career in engineering in the construction industry, after becoming the latest apprentices on Hope Construction Materials’ Apprenticeship Academy programme.

Winner Ray Cormack is presented with his prize by Buttle’s operations director Phil Norton.

When you’re fishing for business, a rod and reel aren’t usually of much help – but the Buttle’s annual fishing day has hooked many new customers and strengthened relationships with others.

Hexstone's head office.

Bristol-based builders’ merchant Kellaway Building Supplies has consolidated its entire fastener and fixings range to Owlett-Jaton, doubling turnover of this product range over the last 12 months.

Ten graduates have started work after winning a place on Wolseley UK’s Management Training programme.

Andy Clark (left) and David Aisher with the Drakes birthday cake.

Drakes Plumbing Supplies’ Uckfield branch recently celebrated its 25th birthday with a trade open evening.

The government has agreed to extend the Trade Credit Enterprise Finance Guarantee pilot scheme, which the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has made available to its members.

Trade-only plumbing and heating merchant Williams & Co has implemented the Living Wage for its workforce.

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