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A South Wales aggregates and ready mix concrete business has lost its transport licence after the Traffic Commissioner for Wales said innocent people were far more likely to be injured or killed when such little regard was given to safety rules.

The first ever Women Installers Together Conference will be held at London’s Hellenic Centre on 13th September 2017. The free event will celebrate the achievements and skills of the UK’s female plumbing and heating installers.

Three employees at Keyline in Peterborough have celebrated the impressive milestone of a combined 109 years of service at the business.

A golf day at The Bristol Golf Club, organised by Kellaway Building Supplies, has raised £1,500 for a local children's hospice.

Irwin Tools, a manufacturer in hand tools and power tools accessories, is celebrating the UK and Ireland’s trade professionals with the return of its National Trade Appreciation Day.

Growth prospects for the construction industry in 2018 have been downgraded as the UK prepares to leave the EU, according to the latest forecasts by the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Fancy a weekend getaway this autumn? To celebrate the arrival of Covers’ ‘Bread & Butter’ catalogue, which lists over 450 daily essential accessories, the timber and builders merchant is giving one lucky customer the chance to win a B&B getaway of their choice worth £250.

Local builders’ merchant JP Corry continued its local investment programme with a complete refurbishment of its most recent branch; Coleraine-based timber and building supplier, H & T Bellas.

EH Smith Builders Merchants Ltd has been awarded its tenth Gold Medal in a row, at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Awards, recognising the firm’s commitment to occupational health and safety. In honour of this achievement, EH Smith also received the President’s Award.

Staff from a family-owned Shropshire company are taking its show on the road this summer.

As part of its ongoing growth strategy, National Buying Group (NBG) is welcoming the latest member to its growing community of independent merchants with the addition of Kent-based Trade Distribution Limited (TDL).

New research by Gas Safe Register suggests that homeowners are more concerned about food poisoning than they are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning when it comes to barbecuing. Here, Adrian Keats from Honeywell’s Home Safety business comments on the research.

The Construction Products Association (CPA) has welcomed an independent review of building safety and regulations in high-rise residential buildings by the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Travis Perkins has announced its sponsorship of the first Inspire Women in UK Construction, Property and Engineering summit. The summit is taking place on the 6th of September 2017, in Manchester.

Covers Timber and Builders Merchant in Gosport will be hosting a free Trade Day on Monday 7th August.

General All-Purpose Plastics (GAP), the Blackburn manufacturer, stockist and distributor of PVC-U roofline, doors and windows, has announced the acquisition of SIG Building Plastics and SIG Windows from SIG UK Exteriors.

Midlands construction firm Besblock today unveiled a record turnover, bucking the national trend which reported a 9% drop nationwide.

In 2010 SIG Construction accessories launched the first dedicated Merchant Centre in Maidstone covering London and the south east as a specialist division.

Fire Door Safety Week campaigners have renewed calls for a publicly available register of Responsible Persons to increase accountability in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The commissioning of an independent review of Building Regulations has been welcomed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Wickes has launched a new loyalty programme exclusively for trade customers – called Wickes TradePro – offering 10% off purchases in-store or online throughout the year, with no minimum spend.

Breedon has announced its completed acquisition of Humberside Aggregates Limited for a total consideration of £9 million, subject to completion adjustments.

A third of small building firms say that soaring material prices are squeezing their margins and almost a quarter have had to pass these price increases onto consumers, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Selco Builders Warehouse has continued to expand with opening of a new branch in Poole, Dorset. That takes the number of Selco branch openings in 2017 to eight, with the promise of more to come in the shape of Basildon and Hemel Hempstead.

In September, the BMF and First Event will be taking part in the Pavestone Rally 2017 to help raise money for The Teenage Cancer Trust and The Rainy Day Trust.

SAS, the leader in analytics, has helped the UK’s leading chain of builders’ merchants optimise decision-making as to what products to stock in each branch, without cumbersome number-crunching.

Ridgeons has raised over £8,000 for East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) in support of the charity’s EACHfest fundraising initiative.

IKO has joined the Construction Products Association (CPA) as a company member.

SIG Distribution has opened a new 144,000sq ft distribution branch, which will ensure quicker deliveries and a wider selection of products available to the construction sector. This will be SIG’s biggest trade branch in the UK.

Glass mineral wool insulation manufacturer, Isover UK, has invested in a new integrated campaign – The Sound Good Factor – to drive demand for its range of acoustic solutions.

The BMF will again present a Supplier Engagement Award at this year’s Members’ Day Awards Dinner on 20th September. The finalists from more than 200 suppliers in BMF membership are: ACO, Crystal Direct, Encon Insulation, Fakro, JCB, Marsh Industries and Monument Tools.

The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP, has published the government’s long-awaited plan to improve air quality by tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide pollution from diesel engines.

The collection which has been created specifically for UK merchants and heating installers, is now available nationwide and offers value on designer radiators, towel rails and accessories in a wide variety of sizes from stock.

Gower Timber’s merchant yard.

Now with a network of 22 branches, Robert Price has acquired Gower Timber for an undisclosed sum.

Driven by environmental policy uptake and increasing “gasification” in Asia, the domestic boiler market grew in 2016 to 12.7 million units with China recording the most dynamic market uptake.

Baxi Heating’s has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Society after being voted for by the employees.

CRASH Charity honoured its Patron Companies at their Annual Reception & Above and Beyond Awards.

The Bristol branch of Keyline raised £700 for Prostate Cancer UK during its annual charity golf day.

Mira Showers has become a brand partner with charity: water. Every year, Mira associates choose a charity to support. This year, the decision was made to fundraise for two – charity: water, working on a global scale; and continuing for a second year to support Cancer Research UK at a ‘local’ level. Mira is one of the first UK businesses to partner with charity: water in this way.

Voting has officially opened in the search to find Britain’s Best Cafe 2017 and this year’s hopeful entrants are calling on the trade and the public to support them in their quest to win the coveted title.

Builders Merchants’ Federation’s (BMF) has announced Simon Weston to be the keynote speaker at the BMF Members’ Day in September.

The SME construction sector grew in the second quarter of 2017, although at a slower rate than the first three months of the year, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Roof systems manufacturer Marley Eternit is urging all merchants to implement sun safety measures for building and timber yard staff, following new research which shows construction workers have a greater risk of skin cancer than any other occupation.

Imperial Bricks has announced its membership to the Builders Merchant Federation (BMF). Imperial offers a wide range of handmade bricks from a single source and is experiencing strong growth with merchants. Thy have now made the logical step to become part of the BMF.

The Howarth at Home showroom in Wakefield.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is continuing its programme of investment with a new look for its Howarth at Home kitchen, bedroom and bathroom showroom in Wakefield.

Staff from Selco Builders Warehouse walked from four of the company’s Birmingham branches to the Edgbaston Stadium - the cricket venue for Birmingham Bears’ NatWest T20 Blast clash against Northamptonshire Steelbacks.

Former Liverpool, Aston Villa and Wales footballer Dean Saunders was part of a team from RGB Building Supplies’ Porthleven branch that won the builders merchant’s annual charity golf day.

The Howarth Timber and Building Supplies team put its best foot forward to complete the Relay for Life to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey CBE has sent a good luck message to a team from SR Timber as they embark on a charity fundraising car rally to Monte Carlo.

Fernox customers, partners and suppliers joined the leading chemical water treatment manufacturer at its 8th charity Golf Day, hosted at Whitefield’s Golf Club in Rugby, Warwickshire.

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