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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.

The Pink Training Academy was launched in July

The opening of a specialised training facility for women in Derby attracted visitors from around the UK at its official launch in July.

Drakes Plumbing Supplies has recently added an eighth branch to its Kent and Sussex network, following the acquisition of A&C Plumbing Supplies in Whitstable.

Responding to the growing demands of the market, Wienerberger has announced a significant expansion of its brick manufacturing output.

Flame Heating Spares is launching an equipment lease service helping installers to avoid unnecessary downtime.

A survey by Close Brothers Business Barometer has revealed almost a third (32%) of UK construction businesses are in favour of zero-hours contracts despite the widespread controversy surrounding them.

The Holsworthy branch of RGB Building Supplies is holding a demonstration day in Waldon Way, Holsworthy Industrial Estate on Tuesday 19 August between 8am and 4pm.

This August marks the 10-year anniversary of Tembé DIY and Building Products. To celebrate, the company - named after an African game reserve - will be offering competition prizes including a safari holiday and five iPad Mini's.

At the heart of this year's Timber Expo is the Timber Buyers and Specifiers Forum - a dynamic environment for building business networks and bringing exhibitors together with the most relevant buyers in the timber market.

The Builders’ Merchants Federation (BMF) and Builders’ Merchants News are pleased to announce the inaugural Dorian Dugmore Wellness Award, celebrating employees who have gone the extra mile with a commitment to their personal or corporate wellbeing.

Travis Perkins has again proven the benefit of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill by supporting Merseyside-based Wallasey Gymnastics Club via its partnership with Recipro.

The construction industry will grow by 10% over the next two years, according to the Construction Products Association's (CPA) summer forecast, released today. This, the CPA said, will add nearly £11 bn to the overall UK economy.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched a Youth Recruitment Campaign aimed at 16-19 year olds.

Stand-up comedian and broadcaster Ian Stone.

BT Sport presenter Ian Stone, ‘Elvis Presley’, a comedy magician and 36 manufacturers came together for Buttle’s annual trade show in St Albans in July.

JB Kind sales director Simon Johnson presents winner Robert Cook with his new TV.

The winners of JB Kind’s football sweepstake have been announced.

The Viessmann Group has acquired Project Service and Valve (PSV).

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants has announced that it has employed three young people who successfully completed a special one-year apprenticeship scheme, operated by Covers in association with a number of national apprenticeship and workplace training providers, including Smart Training and Recruiting.

The government has confirmed that burning wood to fuel power stations can create as much, or even more harmful carbon emissions as burning coal.

Staff celebrate their achievements.

Howarth Timber Windows and Doors continues to invest in its employees after 35 staff members successfully gained new qualifications.

A recent report issued by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says the government is not doing enough to cope with the risks associated with extreme weather conditions.

Lafarge Tarmac has welcomed Shadow Transport Minister and MP for Birmingham Northfield Richard Burden to its Solihull headquarters to discuss the company’s commitment to improving cycle safety across Britain’s roads.

The Labour Party's proposed 'Help to Build' scheme, which would provide government guarantees for loans to small & medium enterprise (SME) house builders, has been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) as a means to help more small house builders enter the housing market.

Ridgeons recognised the long service of 52 employees at its annual Long Service Awards reception.

The students taking the first ever BMF Foundation Degree have set the bar high as all four graduated with Distinction.

The industry has expressed its disappointment following the Department of Energy & Climate Change's (DECC) announcement of the closure of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), effective immediately.

The property industry has urged government to rethink the scope of Flood Re after Ministers confirmed that millions of homeowners could be left out of the new scheme.

Nordic Garden Buildings has secured the CE Mark for its range of freestanding double-glazed greenhouses, pavilions and orangeries.

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.

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