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Customers can enhance their industry knowledge through Worcester's new Online Training Academy.

Worcester, Bosch Group is making it easier for installers to enhance their industry knowledge through the launch of its Online Training Academy.

Ridgeons’ Ipswich branch marked the completion of its recent refurbishment by raising nearly £300 for the Group’s chosen charity of the year: the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The new-look Travis Perkins branch.

Travis Perkins has unveiled a brand new branch on Neachells Lane, Willenhall in Wolverhampton, which has been developed following extensive research into how tradespeople navigate branches and select products.

Mike Rigby will be speaking at the NMBS Conference next week.

The National Builders’ Merchants Buying Society (NMBS) has asked MRA Marketing’s Mike Rigby to give a presentation on marketing and branding at the industry at the Conference next week (19 to 22 June).

Bob Summers is an external sales advisor at GPH Builders Merchants.

It might seem that sales and football don’t have a strong connection, but a GPH Builders Merchants employee has found his ball skills have helped him score at work.

L-r: Chris Bennett (college lecturer, Exeter College), Chris Whitaker (head of construction, Exeter College), Steve Owen (national training manager, Baxi), Mark Lovegrove (Training officer, Baxi).

Baxi has opened its 12th satellite training centre in partnership with Exeter College of Construction to encourage and train the next generation of installers.

Chandlers Building Supplies has a new website to make selecting bricks easier for its customers.

Chandlers Building Supplies has unveiled its new brick selector website, which gives customers the chance to view available stock and make online enquiries.

SBS has launched a new environmental service.

Travis Perkins Group, led by its Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS) brand, has entered into an exclusive partnership with Geo-Environmental Sciences.

L-r: Mike Marshall, managing director at Cromar and Mike Jackson, partner at BHP

Yorkshire-based Cromar Building Products has smashed its targets, turning over £13.5m during the last 12 months, up from £10.8m in the previous year.

L-r: Daniel Eastwood with branch manager Merv Penne.

BSS Industrial has launched its own management apprenticeship scheme to nurture home-grown talent and attract external applicants, securing the next generation of highly skilled and knowledgeable staff across its branch network and central support functions.

New legislation, announced today as part of the Queen’s Speech, has attracted criticism from industry for scaling back measures to achieve zero carbon by 2016.

Kitchen specialist Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has continued to invest in its Howarth at Home brand following the opening of a new showroom in Barrowford.

A member of staff from Jewson’s Aberystwyth branch has received a Tool Hire Hero Award for saving his own branch and several local businesses from fraud.

The team at Siniat demonstrate their best bull impressions as the ‘Beef Up’ campaign proves a success.

Merchants supplying Siniat’s high-performance thermal boards have seen around a 45% increase in sales, thanks to a cheeky promotional offer and some bold in-store marketing.

Plumbase Industrial has added nine new branches to its network as part of ambitious plans to achieve national coverage by the end of 2014.

Breedon Aggregates has acquired Huntsman’s Quarries, an aggregates company based in the North Cotswolds, for a cash consideration of £15m.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced its final speakers for the BMF Members Day in September, who will offer advice on how to perform under pressure.

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) has launched an online training portal to help builders’ merchant staff access the latest training and development resources from its supply partners.

The Ground Source Heat Pump Association has welcomed the launch of the revised Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs for the non-domestic RHI.

Ibstock will be sharing the latest innovations in brick and unique services for merchants as it hosts its 17th annual Independent Builders Merchant Forum (IBMF) next week.

Kerridge has revealed that its 2014 UK Customer Conference will be held on Wednesday 11 June at the De Vere Staverton Park Hotel.

Andy Sagar, national sales director for the construction division at Close Brothers Asset Finance.

Two fifths (41%) of construction companies in the UK believe the industry will face a serious skills shortage as the economy continues to recover over the next five years, a survey has revealed.

Left to right: Lawrence Young, Suzannah Nichol and Andrew Carpenter.

The Structural Timber Association (STA) is encouraging its members to sign up to the Supply Chain Payment Charter, published by the Construction Leadership Council.

Judith Ozcan, a senior director of the British Business Bank, has been announced as the latest keynote speaker at BMF Members Day in September.

Acheson & Glover has announced that its two trading companies have been acquired by a new company, owned by A&G's former chief executive Raymond Acheson.

Poores of Chorleywood has been sold to the Lords Group of Companies.

A&G (Acheson & Glover) has announced that its two trading companies have been acquired by a new company owned by their former chief executive, Raymond Acheson.

Gail van Dijk with CO alarms.

Every installer is being urged to back a campaign, which aims to save lives by changing the law on carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

Steve Peach, electrical craftsman at Hope Construction Materials’ Hope Cement Works (right) working with a group of current apprentices at the site.

Hope Construction Materials is on the lookout for new talent to join its £300m business in the Derbyshire and Yorkshire area.

Showerlux Linear Touch Single Door Slider and side panel.

As Ideal Bathrooms’ re-launch of Showerlux continues to show successful growth, additional marketing support has been invested in the brand.

Jim Williams, VADO UK's managing director

VADO has joined the Plumbing & Heating sector of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Andrew Weiss has been named the new President of the Rainy Day Trust (RDT) at a recent Annual General Meeting.

Ideal Boilers' head office.

Ideal Boilers is transforming its manufacturing site by reusing and revitalising its land and buildings.

Vic Bowen, BM TRADA’s COO (left) presents the certificate to Rodney Scoles, financial director at T Brewer & Co.

Double certification to ISO14001 and ISO9001 was awarded to specialist timber merchant T Brewer & Co at its head office in Clapham on Wednesday 14 May.

Parker Merchanting is helping to speed up specification for busy customers with its new same-day delivery service.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is urging its members to take advantage of a government-backed Trade Credit Scheme to pump-prime new business.

Wolseley UK has invested in 10 new 'Euro 6' emission standard vehicles to improve the capability and performance of its fleet.

Trina Solar has called on the construction industry to give the development of solar energy more attention as the latest housebuilding figures show a 28% rise in registrations in 2013 compared to 2012.

The chicks that were found among the bricks.

The Ringmer branch of Chandlers Building Supplies received a very special and surprising delivery when a nest of chicks was found in a stack of bricks.

Travis Perkins has launched an exclusive partnership with Hippobag, which it says will offer a convenient waste collection service and better value to its customers.

Bruce Walker (left) with Michael Cochrane, landscaping advisor at the Inverurie GPH branch.

A north-east-based builders’ merchant has unveiled a series of sustainable sculptures.

Lafarge Tarmac has launched a new competition to celebrate the great work of builders' merchants.

Lorely Burt with John Parker, Mike Leonard and John Newcomb.

The government’s newly appointed “Women in Enterprise” champion, Lorely Burt MP, visited EH Smith’s flagship branch in Shirley, Solihull to find out more about the construction supply chain and the issues facing builders’ merchants in a rising market.

Shower manufacturer Roman, and shower tray manufacturer JT, have announced Burge and Gunson as the winner of their exclusive prize draw, which was held at the 'Meet the Merchant' Fortis conference on 29 and 30 April, 2014.

Buck & Hickman, a distributor of tools, maintenance and health and safety products, has shown its commitment to helping develop the UK’s skills base and supporting the tradespeople of the future.

The ribbon is cut at BSS Slough.

BSS Industrial has opened a new trade counter in Slough, providing a new customer base with unrivalled access to heating and pipeline supplies.

Blue Rock's board of directors (left to right): Glen Jewell, sales director; George Troullis, managing director; Lance Norton, commercial director.

Blue Rock Systems, a software reseller with hardware and support divisions based in Nottingham and Southampton, has acquired Soltec Computer Systems and RNS Computer Services in Brigg, Lincolnshire.

Belgrade Insulation opened its latest branch in Glasgow at the end of March, adding to its spread of branches in Leeds, Birmingham and Northampton.

There will be lots going on at Ridgeons' Colchester branch next Monday.

To celebrate recent improvements to its Colchester branch, Ridgeons is holding a one-day trade event on Monday 12 May 2014.

BSS Industrial has broken ground at its Magna Park National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Leicestershire, by extending its warehouse space by a further 38,500sq ft.

BSS Industrial has extended the warehouse space at its Magna Park National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Leicestershire by a further 38,500sq ft.

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