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Portherm Clay Blocks.

Chandlers Building Supplies is inviting tradespeople to attend their sustainability training sessions that are taking place in April and May.

L-r: Elliotts’ managing director Tom Elliott, Harry Redknapp, Elliotts’ chairman Stuart Mason-Elliott, and Christchurch branch manager John Tague.

Elliotts, the independent supplier of building products for the trade and public, is set to open a new branch in Dorset on 20 April.

The Alfa Laval training was completed in BSS' BOSS training room.

Distributor BSS Industrial has teamed up with Alfa Laval, one of its diamond status suppliers, to provide in-depth product training on gasketed plate heat exchangers (GPHE) to ensure the best possible solutions are passed on to customers.

Paul Bence and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

George Bence & Sons has extended its presence beyond Cheltenham with the opening of a new kitchen and bathroom showroom and decorating centre in Bourton-on-the-Water.

Deliveries from Wolseley UK distribution centres to branches are becoming more efficient than ever, thanks to the introduction of geofencing digital mapping technology.

MKM Building Supplies has launched what the company believes is Glasgow's largest landscaping display.

Long Rake Spar has announced its appointment as preferred decorative aggregate supplier to NBG and Bradfords groups.

Wolseley UK has rejoined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). The distributor of plumbing and heating products formally became a member on 1 April, 2015.

L-r: CFO Brian Beausang, chairman Tony Mullins and CEO David Kerr.

Following Quinn Radiators’ recent acquisition, its new management team is re-launching the business – unveiling a fresh vision for the future and reaffirming the company’s leading position in the heating sector.

Metsä Wood UK’s attitude towards forklift safety has been highly commended by the materials handling industry in the Fork Lift Truck Association’s (FLTA) Annual Awards for Excellence.

The Walsall Wheelbarrow Company has invested more than £1.2m in its manufacturing facilities.

Bristol-based Siniat is upping its recruitment efforts following a string of new business wins.

The Green Party has pledged to cut VAT on housing repairs and renovations.

TIMco has achieved more than 1m sales through its new website, which was launched less than six months ago.

Kingfisher Group has announced that it will close around 60 B&Q stores – 15% of its UK space – as part of a number of “sharp decisions” as it reorganises the company.

Pagets Builders' Merchants has become an accredited Living Wage employer.

Kris Robinson, national sales manager presenting the new SLIM shower waste.

Wirquin has announced more dates for its breakfast mornings held in plumbers’ merchants nationwide.

The new decorating centre at Gibbs & Dandy’s St Ives branch.

The St Ives branch of builders' merchant Gibbs & Dandy has opened a specialist decorating centre after partnering with ICI Paints Akzo Nobel.

The Institute of Builders Merchants has elected Allan Durning as its new president.

The Institute of Builders Merchants (IoBM) is gearing up for a year of growth and increased engagement with the election of a new president.

The Plumb and Parts Center team, led by branch manager Aled Parry, at the new Anglesey branch.

Plumb and Parts Center has opened a new branch on Anglesey which means customers no longer have to cross the Menai Bridge to visit their nearest branch.

The team at Vecta Sales Solutions are celebrating once again after picking up another award for its VECTA combined Sales Analytics & CRM service at the recent 2015 IT Europa awards ceremony.

Tate Britain won an Award

Tate Britain has won the Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards 2015, with architectural ironmongers Allgood and architect Caruso St John jointly scooping the top prize.

The Symphony Group, one of the UK's largest privately-owned fitted furniture manufacturers, has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Kelkay, a leading manufacturer and distributor of aggregates, paving, fountains and garden features, has become a supplier member of the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS).

Kelkay, a leading manufacturer and distributor of aggregates and paving, has made a £1m investment in new machinery. The investment completes the commissioning of its Pollington, East Yorkshire plant, and has been made to enable Kelkay to increase efficiency, improve its products and enhance customer service.

Nicholls & Clarke (N&C) has announced its sponsorship of the prestigious 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup GB championship, as part of its 140-year anniversary celebrations.

Saint-Gobain, in association with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is launching a new Entrepreneurship Foundation to help small businesses embrace sustainable building.

Wolseley UK’s 2015 Management Training programme is now open for applications.

Neil Hill with a JB Red roof batten.

John Brash & Co has invested £500,000 in a new computerised scanning technology.

Travis Perkins recently received a visit from Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, to celebrate the launch of its new Range centres.

A wage increase for apprenticeships, frozen fuel duties and help for first-time buyers were among the key spending plans outlined by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, in yesterday's Budget.

Robert Foden of Builders Supply West Coast has been honoured with an Achievement Award from the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants (WCoBM).

Branch manager Stuart Harm (left) with Richard Fuller MP (right).

Trade professionals in Bedford can now see a wide range of eco-friendly systems at the new Sustainable Buildings Showroom in Gibbs & Dandy’s Bedford branch.

The plumbing and heating division of Travis Perkins Group plc has announced a major programme that is transforming the way its two merchant brands, City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) and Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS), serve customers.

For the second consecutive year, JG Speedfit has accepted two Wolseley Supplier of the Year Awards – one for Plumb Center (Pipe, Valves, Fittings) and one for bcg Distribution.

Join CRASH and BMN at this year's Windsor Half Marathon to raise money for charity in beautiful surroundings

Jewson is now providing a pre-ordering service for Hyndburn Homes, further developing its relationship with the housing association.

The annual Business Superbrands list has placed Jewson among the UK’s strongest business-to-business brands for 2015.

A survey by LB Roof Windows asked 12,000 installers and builders whether they think the future is bright for their profit margins.

Keyline is to open a new branch in Lincoln, to provide an increased product range to customers in the heavy building materials, rail, utilities, civils and drainage sectors.

General Building Plastics is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

April 2015 is a milestone date for General Building Plastics as it marks the start of the 25th anniversary year for the company.

Worcester, Bosch Group has officially opened the doors of its new £9m Bosch Distribution Centre.

Worcester, Bosch Group was joined by local MP, Robin Walker today (13 March), to officially open the doors of its new £9m Bosch Distribution Centre, located on Wainright Road, Warndon in Worcester.

Minister for Housing and Planning, Brandon Lewis MP, presents a 25-year service award to yard and warehouse operative, Clive Alfonso, at Buildbase Lincoln. Looking on is Lyndon Johnson, Buildbase divisional director for the eastern division.

The Buildbase Lincoln branch is growing its business locally to meet the demands of a changing market for regional building and maintenance work.

Representatives from Chandlers Building Supplies and Porotherm gave students from Sussex Downs College a lesson in sustainable building on 24 February.

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has confirmed to its membership that merger talks with the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) have been suspended.

Triton, The Great British Shower Company, has achieved zero waste to landfill status two years ahead of schedule.

Triton, The Great British Shower Company, is celebrating the achievement of zero waste to landfill status two years ahead of schedule.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has introduced a new Charter that commits its members to providing the highest standards of customer service throughout the building materials supply chain.

Archwood, which operates under the Richard Burbidge, Masons Timber Products and Atkinson & Kirby brands, is investing in a new group commercial centre and improved centralised warehousing and distribution operations, to deliver further service improvements to customers nationwide.

Mira Showers has relaunched its long-standing apprenticeship scheme.

Mira Showers is backing the best of new manufacturing blood with the relaunch of its long-standing apprenticeship scheme, starting with the employment of four hopeful starters in September this year.

Grafton Group plc, the builders’ merchanting and DIY Group with operations in the UK, Ireland and Belgium, has enjoyed a strong 2014 - posting a 56% increase in its pre-tax profits - growing to £101.2m for the year.

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