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The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has won the ‘Membership Success of the Year Award’ and the ‘NCFE Skills Development Award’ at the 2015 Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards.

Sweeping planning reforms have been announced, which the government claims will speed up UK housebuilding and make it easier for homeowners to extend their existing properties.

The Construction Products Association (CPA)’s State of Trade survey for the second quarter (Q2) of 2015 indicates construction product manufacturers’ sales increased for a ninth consecutive quarter.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies branches across the country are being refitted with LED lighting after the company secured funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Anglia Tool Centre has announced the opening of a new store in Colchester to add to its east of England presence. 

North West-based builders’ merchant Beesley & Fildes has completed the purchase of Radcliffe Building Supplies.

The Keystone Group has won the ‘Commercial Innovation of the Year’ award at the recent Construction News Awards for its IG Brick Slip Masonry Support System.

An increase in the Living Wage and lack of support for energy efficiency schemes in the Chancellor’s July Budget are cause for concern for the construction industry, two senior industry figures have warned.

Corporate downsizing and a desire for greater job satisfaction are leading to a rising number of graduates switching to careers as tradesmen and women, according to an annual industry survey.

Widnes Tool Hire Express.

A-Plant, the tool, plant and equipment hire company, has opened a new Tool Hire Express store on Teal Business Park in Widnes, Cheshire.

Commenting on today’s (8 July) Summer Budget, John Newcomb, managing director of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), said the following:

There has been a mixed response from the construction industry to today's Budget by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

The first Conservative-only Budget since 1996 was delivered today by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

Gibbs & Dandy builders’ merchant is to open a new branch in Leeds to cater for growing demand in the region.

Nigel Cox, UK managing director, Timbmet.

The Timbmet Group has had a second consecutive year of improving both its gross and net profitability and stabilising revenues. To build on the secure business platform now in place, Timbmet is planning for further growth.

MKM Building Supplies has become an approved supplier to the public sector in Scotland, receiving accreditation from local government procurement body Scotland Excel after a rigorous assessment process.

Bence Builders Merchants attended a private garden party at 10 Downing Street, hosted by David Cameron and George Osborne, in recognition of their Small Business Campaign backing.

Small builders are to receive a £100m cash boost in recognition of their role in keeping the country building, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has announced today (6 July).

An open letter was today sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, urging the government to affirm their support of current VAT rules that permit a reduced rate of VAT on energy saving products.

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS) is calling on the industry to keep awareness of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) high on the agenda by proactively encouraging greater levels of installer training and mentorship support.

Barbara Richmond, group finance director of Redrow, will join the line-up of keynote speakers chosen to speak at the Builders Merchants Federation Members’ Day in September.

Keyline has been awarded sole distributor status for the G-Tech Composite Coper.

An increase in the granting of permissions for newbuild homes is no guarantee of a greater number of houses being built, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is expanding its product training portfolio with the re-launch of MOL’s specialist product knowledge courses.

Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) technical manager Douglas Masterson has been voted onto the CEN task group for lever handles.

Saint-Gobain Building Distribution has appointed Regent Samsic to clean more than 350 building materials distribution sites across the UK.

The Chertsey branch of Chandlers Building Supplies.

The Chertsey branch of Chandlers Building Supplies is holding a free breakfast demonstration morning on Monday 6 July where customers will be able to see demonstrations and talk to experts about a number of different products.

Plans to implement a nationwide ‘solar revolution’ by Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Amber Rudd, have been welcomed by a renewable energy equipment manufacturer.

The opening of a first high street showroom in Kidlington has added to John Nicholls Trading's Oxfordshire outlets.

Work has begun on a site expansion by hand tool manufacturer Richard Carter, with the purchase of machinery contributing to new investment in the Huddersfield site worth £250,000.

The one-year anniversary of independent builders merchants Amaroc, which supplies the external wall insulation, rendering and plastering trade, is being celebrated at its Swindon site.

Knauf Insulation has won the ‘Supplier of the Year’ award at this year’s Green Deal and ECO Awards, after demonstrating outstanding service to customers, the local community and the environment.

Confidence within the Scottish construction industry has hit a new record peak of +35, up six points on the first quarter of 2015, according to the Scottish Construction Monitor (SCM) survey.

IBC has announced the launch of a new IBC Garden division – working with garden and lifestyle centres to assist and add value to their procurement process.

Dulux Decorator Centre is highlighting the latest wallpaper designs with a new look area in each of its 188 stores across the UK, where professional painters and decorators can direct customers for inspiration.

42% of tradespeople use business-to-business publications to learn about new products.

Despite the dominance of the internet and the widespread use of smartphones, builders and builders’ merchants still get most of their new product information from trade magazines.

The five-star Princesa Yaiza Hotel in Lanzarote.

Lanzarote will be the location for the NMBS Conference 2016, Chris Hayward, managing director announced at the BMF All-Industry Conference in Malta.

Frank Key Group has completed the purchase of C Bancroft Group, along with its two trading subsidiaries, Banson Tool Hire and Charles Watson (Ironmongers).

The installation of solar panels one year ago at Wolseley UK’s national distribution centre has generated the equivalent electricity to power 522 medium usage UK homes.

In May of this year, the BBC’s DIY SOS team came calling on Parker Kitchens in Tonbridge for their 'Big Build' series. 

Bradite's full range of protective coatings is now available from family-owned merchant, Kent Blaxill. 

Jane Collins, Chris Wood (Farrow & Ball) and Ron McConnachie with the winner’s certificate.

Decorative materials supplier Kent Blaxill has won a Farrow & Ball award for Best In-store Presentation – against international competition.

The Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) has welcomed elements of the forthcoming Enterprise Bill that will give a positive boost to apprenticeships.

Vicaima Group has announced the purchase of its current leased site with plans to refurbish and extend the facility.

L-r: Paul Andrews, Tom Elliott and Howard Hackney of Howard Hackney LLP.

It’s been handed down from generation to generation for 173 years and now Elliotts has been named the best family business in the UK’s property and construction industry.

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS) has announced it is to sponsor the Local Authority Building Control’s (LABC) Building Awards of Excellence, alongside providing customer training at LABC seminars.

Northamptonshire Cricket League (NCL) is to be sponsored for a further three years by Northampton-based Hevey Building Supplies, it has been announced.

Forest Garden has opened what it says is the largest indoor product display in the UK garden and landscape sector in Worcestershire.

Economist Vicky Pryce will be speaking at the BMF Members’ Day in September.

One of the UK’s leading economists, Vicky Pryce, is to speak at the BMF Members’ Day in September.

Plumbers’ merchants nationwide are inviting customers to Wirquin breakfast mornings and BBQs throughout the summer.

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