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Jewson is owed £197,000 by contractor Hewlett Group, which collapsed owing £11.6m to trade creditors and around £4.4m to its bank.

Kingfisher is developing online sales with an omni-channel approach while also reducing shop floor space.

A Bradford Building Supplies lorry recently rolled out of the merchant’s yard and crashed through a fence, before stopping at a garage.

Jackson Building Centres has now launched its renewable technologies site, Jackson Renewables.

Screwfix is going European.

Screwfix is continuing its ongoing expansion, having recently launched a European shipping service.

To coincide with its move to Coventry, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) website has had a complete makeover.

H+H managing director Mark Oliver with the Partnership and Innovation award.

H+H has received a 2012 Barratt Supplier Excellence Award, as part of Barratt Developments’ Supplier Conference in February 2013.

B&Q Ireland’s Athlone store will remain open after the company gained improved lease terms on the unit.

Brassware specialist VADO has been acquired by Norcros.

Nick Clegg talking to Simon Blaxill (centre) and Colchester MP Bob Russell.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg recently made a surprise visit to Kent Blaxill’s 175th anniversary celebration.

SAM Mouldings has won a four-year £10m contract to provide Wickes with primed MDF mouldings, wood veneer mouldings, skirting boards and architraves. SCA will distribute the products.

Police are investigating the theft of £10,000 worth of power tools stolen from Travis Perkins in Cheltenham.

Winners of Ridgeons’ Supplier of the Year Awards.

Over 30 of Ridgeons’ key suppliers recently met with the group’s trading managers and sales representatives at a dedicated ‘Meet the Merchant’ event, with the aim of driving business development and improvement opportunities across the group’s 25 branches.

Ian Stares, PTS product director for renewable energy products.

Following last week’s announcement, Plumbing Trade Supplies' (PTS) Ian Stares has commented on the RHI delay.

Trade Plumbing has unveiled new corporate branding and major improvements to its homepage which will remain ongoing for 2013.

Superglass Insulation has received the award for Insulation & Plasterboard Supplier of the Year from the Cemco Merchant Network at its recent heavyside and timber supplier awards dinner.

Kingfisher, owner of B&Q, is discussing with retailers about sub-letting space in branches to cut its rent bill.

Grafton Merchanting has bought the trade and certain assets of Thompson Building Centres and Thompson Associated Plumbing Supplies.

Combilift celebrates 15 years of business.

Combilift is celebrating 15 years of business this year.

The Builders' Merchants Federation (BMF) has said that Business Minister Michael Fallon MP’s recent announcement is indeed only the start.

ADEY's new conference centre.

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has opened the doors to its new £1m conference and training centre.

The Government this week announced a delay of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) until April 2014.

Wolseley is planning redundancies at the former Burdens business it bought for £30m last Autumn.

Wolseley’s half-year results show pre-tax profits down 20 percent after one-off charges and sales down by 8 percent to £6.3bn.

Pipe Center and Climate Center's new site in Slough.

Pipe Center has won a prestigious and exclusive supply contract with NG Bailey.

James Hargreaves (Plumbers Merchants) is spending £2m adding more branches in Lancashire.

Kingfisher has posted a big fall in profits after what it described as "a tough year".

eBuildingSupplies has recently been acquired by The Lords Group of Companies. As part of the transaction, Unimer will continue to retain its existing minority stake in the business.

George Clarke at Practical Installer.

Architect and TV presenter George Clarke yesterday opened Plumb Center’s Practical Installer Arena at and called for every home in the land to have an MOT.

Travis Perkins’ Managed Services team has been appointed by Northampton Borough Council as the sole supplier to its Direct Labour Organisation for repair and maintenance materials.

Wolseley UK and Grafton Builders’ Merchants are among construction companies to sign up to the Government’s Prompt Payment Code.

Carvers, whose premises were destroyed by fire a year ago, will be fully rebuilt by the end of the year.

The Westin Excelsior Hotel, Rome.

The Wales v Italy Six Nations rugby match in Rome on 23 February 2013 proved to be a big success, not only for the Welsh team but also for LBS Builders’ Merchants of south west Wales, who took 200 customers and their partners on a customer-targeted Export Opportunities Event to Rome.

JOSB Done campaign spreads the word about OSB.

JOSB Done, the industry campaign promoting the use of OSB, is going on a tour of Britain’s merchants to encourage builders to ‘get on board’ by taking part in a football shoot-out competition.

Chandlers is sponsoring Team Pannell again.

Chandlers Building Supplies is continuing sponsorship for a second season of Northchapel based British Sidecar Motocross pair, Team Pannell.

Peppard Building Supplies has launched a new website. The builders’ merchant says the move will help it compete with industry bigger names.

A “LinkedIn” style network for buildings has been launched in the UK by Honest Buildings.

Rowlinson Timber has announced details of its prize draw for 2013.

Wickes will remove products containing neonicotinoids, chemicals linked to the decline in the bee population. B&Q has also pledges to follow suit.

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