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Rental equipment and integrated services provider Speedy, has launched a new 24/7 ‘In Case of Emergency’ (ICE) number to help the utilities sector avoid costly delays and disruption this winter.

A team from merchant PTS raised over £15,000 for charity by performing their own pantomime version of Scrooge's Christmas Carol.

Premier Forest ROI has purchased the former Brooks Thomas facility in Dublin, in a move to prove its confidence in the long-term industry prospects in the Republic of Ireland.

Saint-Gobain Weber has won an award.

Saint-Gobain Weber’s Loyalty Rewards campaign has won first place in the Best Digital Campaign category at this year’s Construction Marketing Awards. The judges’ feedback acknowledged the success of the loyalty scheme in achieving high levels of customer engagement and product sales.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has increased its property investment portfolio with the acquisition of two commercial office units, which neighbour its HQ at Coventry Business Park.

A Green-i product from CP Electronics.

Newey & Eyre is extending its energy efficiency offer further through a partnership with CP Electronics.

Screwfix has reported sales growth of almost 22% over the last 13 weeks and an uplift of nearly 12% based on like-for-like sales from this time last year*.

The new Graham showroom will display the latest innovations from Ideal Standard.

Ideal Standard has teamed up with Graham to create a new showroom experience.

Following the recent acquisition of Borderstone from Aggregate Industries, Kelkay is now focusing on the key product areas moving forward.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has negotiated a collective membership agreement with a fourth major buying group, LIMA.

As part of its on-going commitment to delivering outstanding customer service, Altecnic has significantly invested in a new consolidated business platform to improve communications with its customers.

British Gypsum has taken on 15 apprentices from plaster contractors across the country to complete a qualification in drylining.

Heatrae Sadia has launched a free online training academy to help installers, specifiers and electrical wholesalers increase their knowledge and understanding of water heating products in a fast, flexible and convenient way.

Elliott Blakeley, SkillPIPE 2013 winner.

BSS Industrial has shown its support for the next generation of industry stars after providing products for the final round of SkillPIPE 2013.

L to r: Edward Naylor (CEO), Bridie Warner-Adsetts (COO) and David Fletcher (non-executive chairman) at the International Track 200 awards.

A major capital investment programme is underway at Barnsley-based construction products manufacturer Naylor Industries.

The Independent Buying Consortium (IBC) is celebrating the end of another successful year.

Penney Poyzer, TV presenter and campaigner, Dave Hall, technical academy manager at British Gypsum, and David Peirpoint, CEO of CORE and sponsor of the award.

British Gypsum has been awarded a prestigious accolade for its Green Deal training package for installers.

SBS has released three new animated videos.

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, has released three LABC-registered animations to demonstrate how to meet efficiency regulations for a series of new and traditional building methods.

L-r: Mike Rigby, owner of MRA Marketing and Mark Mallinder, marketing director at EH Smith being presented with their award.

EH Smith has picked up another award for its ‘Proper Builders’ campaign which has delivered a 30% increase in customer visits to its eight branches across the UK and prompted the opening of a ninth in Olton in the West Midlands.

Travis Perkins’ shares have risen by 50% over the past 12 months, meaning employees who have been members of the company’s ‘Save As You Earn’ Sharesave scheme for five years could see profits in the region of £50,000, if the share price remains at its current level.

L-r: Christine Harding, BMF marketing manager, John Newcomb, BMF managing director and Antony Considine, SCA’s consortia manager, plant trees for European Forests Week at the BMF’s HQ in Coventry.

European Forests Week, which promotes sustainable forestry in Europe, saw the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and SCA Timber Supply come together on 9 December at the BMF’s headquarters to plant trees for the future.

SIG Distribution - the distribution division of FTSE-listed construction supplies firm SIG plc - formally opened its new £2m Tyneside 'supercentre' on 5 December, 2013.

Reaction to the Autumn Statement was mixed, with a positive response for measures to support housebuilding but widespread feeling that the promises must be followed by action.

Industry reaction to Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement last week was mixed, with a positive response to the increased commitment to infrastructure but widespread feeling that the promises made by government must be followed by action.

Neil Lawrence, managing director of The Local Merchant Group.

The Local Merchant Group, the division of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution which includes Gibbs & Dandy, DHS, Normans and Frazer, has successfully held a national conference for a hundred of its leading suppliers.

Ridgeons has secured a place in Cambridge News’ top most 125 influential businesses.

Steven Heath: "We urgently need a sustainable policy framework that drives renovation of all our housing stock."

Following yesterday's Autumn Statement from Chancellor George Osborne who promised to reduce household energy bills by £50 per year, Knauf Insulation is asking what the true cost of these savings will be for the insulation industry.

Today’s Autumn Statement (5 December) presents “a brighter picture for the UK economy and construction industry”, according to Allan Wilén, economics director at Glenigan.

Support for an additional 20,000 higher apprenticeships was announced by Chancellor George Osbourne in today’s Autumn Statement. 

Tim Pollard, head of sustainability at Plumb and Parts Center

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced plans to make the Green Deal more straightforward.

The refurbished Petworth branch of Chandlers Building Supplies.

The Petworth branch of Chandlers Building Supplies has recently completed a major refurbishment enabling the branch to triple its amount of retail space.

The new timber programme reinforces Jewson’s commitment to training and to delivering the best possible service to customers.

To further build on its experience and expertise when it comes to selecting and working with timber products, Jewson has implemented a new timber star performance programme, a timber and sheet material knowledge and sales based training programme.

Baxi recently held an open day at its refurbished training centre in Dartford, Kent.

Baxi’s training centre in Dartford has re-opened following a complete refurbishment.

Government must act urgently to help UK businesses improve the energy efficiency of their buildings to avoid missing significant economic and environmental opportunities, a new report has warned.

NMBS and Unimer have announced their intention to create a 'supergroup' for independent merchants.

Steven Heath: “The government must look at improving all of our housing stock, not attempting to insulate cavity walls one year and solid walls the next.”

During an interview aired on the BBC’s News at Ten on Friday 29 November, Knauf Insulation has called on the government to introduce long term and viable plans to improve all of the UK’s housing stock as part of its review of green levies.

Colin Richardson, director of manufacturing development at Ibstock, Kris Hopkins MP and John Lambert, regional production director at Ibstock.

Ibstock Brick hosted a visit from Housing Minister Kris Hopkins MP at its redeveloped Chesterton factory on 28 November.

Premier Forest director Terry Edgell (right)with senior corporate banking manager Mike Kear from HSBC (who led the deal).

Timber and panel importer Premier Forest Products has acquired the entire share capital of Ron Lewis Holdings.

Kelkay has today acquired Borderstone from Aggregate Industries.

The Jewson branch on Rollins Street in Peckham, London has moved, but not too far.

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has criticised the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee's recent report on the Housing Standards Review.

Britain’s financially squeezed households would benefit if Chancellor George Osborne cut VAT on housing renovation and repair work, according to a letter written to the Chancellor by campaigners.

Natural clay Porotherm blocks in use.

Those interested in sustainable building are invited to visit Chandlers Building Supplies for a breakfast morning where representatives from Porotherm will be on hand to discuss the benefits of using its blocks as opposed to traditional materials.

Jonathan Reynolds MP (left) meets Tim Pollard, head of sustainability at Plumb Center.

The new Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change has praised the work of Wolseley UK’s Sustainable Building Center (SBC) in a visit to Leamington.

Wayne Bridgehouse, head of facilities management at Rexel UK.

As part of an ongoing strategic focus, Rexel UK has announced a dedicated facilities management team with the rationale of ensuring best value and unrivalled support for those working in the sector.

Adhesive specialist Bostik has unveiled a new visual identity today as part of its ongoing growth strategy.

The Awards bring together some of the most influential merchants and suppliers to make new connections and strengthen existing customer relationships.

Over 470 key figures from the UK builders’ merchant industry met in London last week to celebrate excellence in the face of economic adversity.

Burdens has won an award for its service to Thames Water.

Burdens has been presented with a supply chain award from Optimise JV for providing exceptional levels of service to Thames Water.

The Travis Perkins Group has welcomed the government’s announcement of changes to Part L 2013 documents.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has agreed its first group membership scheme with a specialist plumbing and heating buying group.

Jewson’s Watford branch suffered damage last week when a lorry crashed into its warehouse.

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