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Load Builder from Wienerberger is a new service for builders’ merchant customers that has been designed to help them address two of their most important challenges – maximising their product offering with limited space and minimising capital costs of stock.

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps MP has said the Help to Buy scheme is benefitting all parts of the UK housebuilding industry as the government prepares to roll out the second phase.

Next year's International Hardware Fair (Eisenwarenmesse) in Cologne will be showcasing the latest offerings from the European tools, fasteners and fixings sector.

Altecnic is reporting an increase in the number of non-compliant products flooding the UK and Irish market.

A new scheme launched by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will provide a welcome credit lifeline to smaller companies in the building trade by enabling them to secure additional credit from their local builders’ merchant and bypass the need for bank lending.

Knauf Insulation is warning the government not to ignore the long-term picture, amid claims that it is planning to extend the deadline for energy companies to fulfil their responsibilities under the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO), in a bid to lower fuel bills.

Recommind, a specialist in unstructured data management, analysis and governance technology, has announced that Wolseley has installed Axcelerate® Early Case Assessment & Collection with the capability to deploy across all of its trading operations worldwide.

BSS Industrial has launched its ‘Five Star Capital Service’ initiative in London.

BSS Industrial has launched a ‘five star’ service initiative, which includes extended access to products and branch expertise to cater for the growing demands of London’s industrial sector.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is working with Miller Homes to identify a regional network of BMF merchant members with the capacity to supply the national housebuilder, which spends around £30m a year with merchants and distributors on building materials.

Travis Perkins has announced sales growth of 8.6% as the merchant sees positive growth continue for the third quarter of 2013.

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched a new eTrade counter service, which allows users to order from the merchant’s Always Available range 24/7.

L-r: HazardCo's Keith Boyd, Howarth Timber's Neale Brewster, HazardCo's Mark Potter and Mark Copsey.

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies is continuing to provide its customers with a comprehensive service after signing an exclusive agreement with on-site health and safety provider HazardCo.

Stelrad is offering a number of its products to be used as part of BIM.

Stelrad Radiators is embracing Building Information Modelling (BIM) and now has a number of products on BIMStore ready for architects, engineers and contractors to integrate into future projects.

Employers in the UK are facing a skills shortage with engineering and manufacturing companies amongst the worst affected, according to new research published by City & Guilds.

In the week that several banks launched 95% loans under the second phase of the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme, Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) managing director John Newcomb welcomed the government’s efforts to address the housing shortfall – but said they have to reach the right balance between demand and supply.

SCA and selected builders' merchants visited schools last month to spread the sustainability message.

Builders’ merchants from Jersey to Warrington and South Wales to Sleaford have planted trees in schools with SCA, in celebration of FSC Friday at the end of September.

This year, the Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence is joining with the Rainy Day Trust to offer merchants the chance to win a terrific prize while raising money for a worthy cause.

L-r: Wolseley UK graduates - Ben Hughes, Charlie Palmer, Tatenda Dunn, Matthew Hunter, Laura Begbie, Daniel Soile, Stas Ellinas, Greg Bissell, Matthew Horner and Razi Abbas.

Ten talented graduates have started work after fighting off fierce competition to gain a place on Wolseley UK’s new Management Training programme.

A builders’ merchant has been sentenced after a man fell through the roof of its Blackburn warehouse.

Fiona Woolf is to be the new Lord Mayor of London.

Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants' (WCoBM) honorary member Fiona Woolf CBE was elected to become the new Lord Mayor of London on 30 September.

The Travis Perkins Group has been commended by CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) for its approach to the disclosure of climate change information.

Rinnai has opened a new London sales office in response to escalating demand for its condensing and high efficiency gas-fired continuous flow water heaters in the capital and south east region.

Two outstanding merchant apprentices have been honoured with BMF Apprentice of the Year Awards, which acknowledge exceptional candidates enrolled on the BMF Apprenticeship (NVQ Level 2) and Advanced Apprenticeship (NVQ Level 3) schemes.

The Green Deal is financially “unattractive” and needs simplifying, according to the latest report from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Excellence in the Built Environment.

Some of the construction industry’s key manufacturing sectors of clay bricks and blocks, precast concrete and ready-mixed concrete, have joined forces to launch several new Resource Efficiency Action Plans (REAPs).

The second phase of the government’s Help to Buy initiative was launched on Tuesday, providing homebuyers with a £12bn mortgage guarantee scheme.

(l-r) Pochin managing director David Pochin with Andy Warren and Dean Oram of Robert J Dutton.

More than 100 heating installers and engineers got the lowdown on new products from key suppliers at a Leicester trade exhibition by Pochin.

CITB has commented on ‘Re-energising the green agenda’, the report published yesterday by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Excellence in the Built Environment.

Mark Kelly, Grafton Merchanting GB's chief executive officer.

Builders, electricians, plumbers, other trade professionals and small construction firms are set to benefit, as Grafton Merchanting GB becomes the first national builders’ merchant to give tradesmen direct access to the government’s Trade Credit Enterprise Finance Guarantee (TCEFG) scheme.

Huws Gray’s latest acquisition of FJ Williams sees the Anglesey-based company expand right on top of the historic border between England and Wales.

Colchester Tile Supplies has been acquired by Nicholls & Clarke.

Nicholls & Clarke has announced that it has acquired Colchester Tile Supplies.

Construction firms from the London Borough of Southwark are being offered the chance to win work on Lend Lease’s £1.5bn Elephant & Castle regeneration, at a Supplier Engagement Day on 17 October 2013.

John Cave (EH Smith) and Scott McDaniel (SolarWorld) outside EH Smith’s solar-powered headquarters in Solihull.

EH Smith has become the first builders’ merchant in the UK to partner with photovoltaic manufacturer SolarWorld.

The UK Green Building Council has welcomed a report by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment which calls for additional incentives to boost the Green Deal.

Sektor's new showroom.

Sektor, the own-brand range of professional interior solutions from CCF, has opened a comprehensive product showroom at its existing Heathrow branch.

The number of properties sold in the UK has hit a four-year high.

The number of homes sold in the UK hit an almost four-year high last month as the housing market recovery continues to gather pace, according to the September RICS Residential Market Survey.

Capita Managed IT Solutions has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by Wolseley UK.

The sanitaryware division of the Imperial Ware Group – Ours Sanitary Ware, Impulse Bathrooms, Imperial Bathroom Products and Imperial Ware Australia – has been reviewed at a recent meeting in Hong Kong.

A new 2013 Safety Report has been launched by the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC), documenting the statistics for scaffolding safety in 2012 for all of its contracting member companies.

IronmongeryDirect staff have achieved Level One and Level Two accreditations from the prestigious Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI).

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, celebrated the official opening of its brand new Safety Centre last month at Westwood Business Park, Coventry.

Border Merchant Systems planned to hold its annual user meeting for its northern customers in November, but due to the company’s recent acquisition by Shuttleworth Business Systems, it has now decided to make the event available to all users.

Wolseley has seen early signs of recovery in the UK but continued weakness elsewhere in Europe.

Building and heating materials group Wolseley has seen its profits more than double, driven by its US division.

Bob Murdoch, manufacturing director at Worcester, accepts the award for Best Engineering Plant from Ashley Maile, managing director at PEME Process Control.

Worcester, Bosch Group, has been recognised for its manufacturing excellence after claiming two coveted crowns at the 2013 Best Factory Awards (BFA).

The BMF’s pilot Trade Credit Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme is now ready to go ahead after contract delays by government lawyers have now been cleared.

The introduction of fixed prices at EH Smith has been rewarded with a 30% increase in customer visits across the group’s eight branches.

Terry Egan, managing director of Northern Timber (right).

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies is continuing to expand and invest in its business by purchasing the assets and trade of Northern Timber.

Aggregate Industries has announced a major re-brand which will consolidate 25 of its businesses under the Aggregate Industries name.

Phill Jackson, Pegler Yorkshire’s marketing and business development director.

Pegler Yorkshire’s 2012 financial results indicate a growth in export sales, while turnover in the UK has decreased.

S&D Sealants has continued a year of growth with the acquisition of one of the West Midlands leading mastic companies.

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