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The Builders Merchants Federation has appointed Perspectiva Consultants to act as government relations consultants in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The workloads of small and medium-sized construction firms grew slightly in the first three months of this year despite record numbers of builders reporting rising material prices, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Sales expectations in the construction sector for the next six months have dropped since April last year.

The overall winner in the fifth Octabuild Builders Merchant Awards Northern Ireland is JP Corry Lisburn, while JP Corry’s latest addition, Coleraine, scooped an award for Best Premises.

MKM’s branch in Anlaby is to feature on the BBC’s DIY SOS programme after donating to a project to help a local family.

Ibstock Brick's strategic approach to sustainability has won it a shortlisting for the 2018 BusinessGreen Leader Awards.

The Competition and Markets Authority has approved part of Breedon Group’s bid to acquire assets from Tarmac.

The Builders Merchants Federation has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence at Keystone in Swadlincote.

H&B has announced that North Wales builders' merchant Richard Williams will join the group on 1 May.

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants and the Rainy Day Trust have formed a partnership to provide support in training, education and career development for young people in the industry.

Recent branch openings in Kilmarnock and Newton Abbott continue the on-going expansion of Graham Plumbers’ Merchant, which has seen investment in 34 new branches in the last three years.

Markets for European Oak are facing increased pressure on price and availability. This was the key message at the European Oak Conference held in London last week.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday unveiled a new manufacturing line at Norbord's Inverness plant following a £95 million investment.

One of the best-known voices in football will host the business conference at BMF Members' Day, which takes place at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent - the home of England’s 28 national football teams.

A family affected by leukaemia and cerebral palsy, whose specially adapted home is to be featured on a BBC extreme home improvement show later this year, has been given a helping hand by insulation experts Actis.

More than half of small building firms say that rising material prices are squeezing their margins and the same percentage have had to pass these price increases onto consumers, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The UK’s largest buying society for independent builders’, plumbing and heating, timber, and hardware merchants held its 2018 event on Wednesday 11 April at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry and enjoyed record-breaking levels of success.

Keyline has recently recognised four of its employees for their dedication to the company by presenting long-service awards.

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) hosted its annual City & Awards luncheon in March at the City’s historic Vintners’ Hall.

John Newcomb CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is set to be the next President of Ufemat, the European Association of National Builders Merchants Associations and Manufacturers.

NBG Partner Chandler Material Supplies has capped off a highly successful six months with the opening of a brand-new shop and counter area at its Chelmsford depot.

Builders’ Merchant Company (BMCo) continue on its expansion plans by opening a third branch.

Macmillan Cancer Support is uniting Selco Builders Warehouse Travis Perkins and Wolseley and six other companies to be part of its with ‘Just Say the Word’ male cancer campaign.

Jewson has revealed the details of its fourth Building Better Communities competition, which gives tradespeople the chance to apply for a share of a £250,000 prize fund.

The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) has agreed a one year deal involving a 3.1% pay rise to come into effect in June 2018.

Gibbs & Dandy is saying “cheers” to its loyal customers this month with a pub voucher for those who spend on orders collected from branch in April.

The new Chair of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) should make it his priority to reform the CITB Board so it is more representative of the whole construction sector, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

A team of 33 colleagues from Covers Timber and Builders Merchants in Chichester will be taking part in St Wilfrid’s Hospice Moonlight Walk on Saturday 5 May in memory of a loyal colleague who sadly passed away in January.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has confirmed that Steve Backley OBE, a British athlete who has won medals at three different Olympic games, will speak at the first BMF Young Merchants Conference.

Huws Gray’s has acquired Penrith Building Supplies making this its first acquisition into Cumbria.

Stopgap founder John Ward has sadly passed away and his family invites friends and colleagues to attend a thanksgiving service in honour of Ward’s life.

H&B today have formally launched its TBG Development Group. The group offers small to medium-sized merchants the opportunity to join a buying group where traditionally they may have been considered too small to participate.

NMBS has successfully staged its annual Gala Dinner, which hosted almost 650 guests covering full spectrum of NMBS' 1000 plus merchant members and 600 plus supply partners.

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened its 62nd branch, and second in Leeds, on Roundhay Road, marking another milestone in the company’s fast paced expansion.

A group of staff, suppliers and customers from heavy building materials supplier Keyline are gearing up to take on the challenge of cycling from its Dumfries branch to its Inverness depot in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Representatives from all areas of the heating industry, along with trade bodies, consumer groups, housing associations and the media joined Baxi Heating at an event in Westminster to herald the introduction of Boiler Plus – changes to the Building Regulations that will increase the energy efficiency of domestic heating in existing homes in England only.

Plywood is one of the most popular timber products for Merchants and builders. However, there has been confusion and difficulties over the different technical use classes for interior or exterior applications.

ForgeFix donated a unique portrait created using its products for sale at a silent auction, which sold for £501.

David Redfern, founder of DSR Tax Claims, looks at some of the changes that will be in place this coming tax year.

Bristan has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), as a way to “show of support for its merchant partners.”

Sydenhams have acquired Tipadel Limited builders’ merchants based in Frome, Somerset.

Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in responded to the latest PMI data, which showed that snowy weather, rising costs and uncertainty relating to Brexit are to blame for the sharp drop in construction output.

Market surveillance by the Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) has revealed “significant quantities of substandard pre-assembled industrial extension leads” are on sale in the UK.

MKM Building Supplies has continued its nationwide expansion, this time cutting the ribbon on a 53rd branch.

Following on from the expansion of Ridgeons Nuffield Road branch, Ridgeons has now opened its new flagship branch in Norman Way.

Staffs Concrete complements Breedon’s existing mini mix businesses, 1stMix and Pro Mini Mix, which operate throughout the West and East Midlands and East Anglia. It will draw material from Breedon’s local ready-mixed concrete plants and extend the Group’s reach to the north of Birmingham.

Palladium Building Supplies donated a new pink Wheelbarrow and a range of Children's Gardening Tools to Kingsbridge Primary School Gardening Club.

Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has presented three local hospices with £16,950 of funds following a fundraising campaign to help charities in the community.

Chandlers Building Supplies has announced that the Construction Industry Helpline, run by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, is its charity focus for the coming year.

MKM’s branch in Kirkcaldy has won top prize for ‘Excellence in Customer Service’ at the Fife Business Awards ceremony.

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