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Merchants can see where in the UK their customers are with a new list of the cities that provide the best opportunities for tradespeople.

A gala members’ dinner at the Belfry Hotel, the final celebration marking the Builders Merchants Federation’s Anniversary year, raised £6,000.

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The Centre for Digital Built Britain at the University of Cambridge has joined forces with the Manufacturing Technology Centre and Building Research Establishment to transform the way that infrastructure is designed, built and used.

You can raise awareness for construction industry charity CRASH by donning a garish Christmas jumper at work.

A prostate cancer survivor donned his running shoes for the charity that helped him through it.

A charity quiz night hosted by a roof manufacturer has raised thousands for local causes.

Regulations were laid in Parliament yesterday which will give legal effect to the combustible materials ban announced in the summer.

An amateur photographer from Carlisle has won a national competition with his picture of a Naylor drainage pipe.

The admission by the Committee on Climate Change that hydrogen is a viable option for the decarbonisation of heat in the UK has been welcomed by an industry spokesperson.

Increasing self-sufficiency in the UK housing market is boosting brick production, according to an expert.

A Yorkshire hospice’s hopes of creating a new dementia garden have moved a step closer to reality after a merchant donated building materials.

RGB Building Supplies has opened a brand new plumbing and heating branch in Devon.

A charity bike ride that saw just one team member left is coming to an end with a skydive to boost donations.

A football ground in Nottingham has been renamed the SR Timber Arena after the timber supplier signed a sponsorship deal with a local team.

MKM Building Supplies has opened a new branch in Burnley - its 56th nationally - creating 15 jobs in the Lancashire town.

The most inspiring, hard-working and talented people in the builders’ merchants sector have been honoured at this year’s Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence 2018.

Daring employees of CCF raised a whopping £32,615 for an Alzheimer’s charity by climbing the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Builders can get a free lunch at a nearby café while Elliotts Builders’ Merchant processes their order.

A supplier that says it goes the extra mile for both customers and employees has been recognised at the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s 2018 National awards.

A dedicated Kent Blaxill employee who has worked for the merchant for 40 years has been recognised for his commitment.

Members of the GMB union at Forterra's Newbury site are to vote on whether to strike over a pay gap within the company.

Fundraising activities hosted by a partnership of plumbing merchants have raised £2 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.

Russell Roof Tiles has won its largest single project in five years, delivering £1 million worth of pitched roof tiles and accessories for a £250 million Ministry of Defence development in Wiltshire.

Seven staff members have begun Howarth Timber’s Essential Foundations of Sales Management programme.

Bence Roofing Supplies’ new showroom has been opened by a local MP, who applauded its “planning, graft and vision”.

After a robust second quarter, sales through UK builders’ merchants continued to deliver value growth in Q3 2018, rising by 4.2% on the same period in 2017.

A Stoke-on-Trent builders’ merchant is the latest acquisition to join Huws Gray’s growing roster.

Fears about Brexit and the economy have led to the lowest levels of business optimism in almost six years, according to a new report.

A food and drink awards ceremony has recognised the workplace catering at Travis Perkins.

CRASH, a charity that assists homelessness and hospice charities with construction related projects, has launched a Christmas appeal to raise £75,000.

An eco-friendly composite decking company is the first of its kind to be invited to supply the National Buying Group.

John Smith, former Chairman of heating and plumbing merchant Smith Brothers Stores, has died aged 86.

The National Buying Group celebrated the stars of the sector in its Supplier Awards earlier this week at the climax of its annual conference.

Permaroof UK is set to make further investment in its head office in the New Year.

A year of celebration for the Builders Merchants Federation draws to a close with a special anniversary dinner to mark 40 years of the BMF itself and 110 years as a trade body. The guest speaker comes from another iconic organisation celebrating its own centenary this year - the RAF.

John Penrose, MP for Weston-Super-Mare, has visited local business Bradfords Building Supplies for a tour of their site and to meet staff.

Arnold Laver & Co has merged with The National Timber Group, creating the largest independent timber distribution company in the UK.

A multi-million pound project to build a new logistics centre for ROCKWOOL will create 65 new jobs.

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its 22nd Regional Centre of Excellence, and the third in Scotland, at Superglass Insulation in Stirling.

As the country marks 100 years since WW1, the 100th student has graduated from a course that teaches ex-service personnel construction skills.

Things turned spooky at the National Merchant Buying Society when it hosted a day of Halloween celebrations to raise money for charity.

The Institute of Builders Merchants has said no to a proposal for a merger with the Builders Merchants Federation.

The manager of a branch that lost 75% of its stock to a fire has warned merchants to check their insurance covers fire damage.

The Prime Minister has formed five new business councils to advise on how to create the best business conditions in the UK after Brexit.

Employees at Russell Roof Tiles are shedding the pounds to raise money for local causes.

Numbers of British bricks-and-mortar businesses have declined to a four-year low, according to a new report.

A competition to find the country’s dirtiest trade van will reward the winner with a free re-wrap of their offending van.

Holding company Roxor Group, which owns Ultra Finishing, Portabella Shaw, Shanghai PTB sanitary ware and Fireclay Factory, has doubled its size by acquiring a bathroom retailer.

A former Royal Air Force Sergeant will help Armed Forces leavers explore new job opportunities with Travis Perkins.

Guests at Rudridge’s charity pub quiz had their general knowledge put to the test, raising £1,000 for charity.

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