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The number of Green Deal plans signed has reached 36, but virtually all cash-back incentives paid are for boiler replacements, according to the latest Green Deal statistics published by the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Travis Perkins has automatically enrolled around 9,000 of its employees into a pension scheme, contributing to the millionth UK employee that has been auto-enrolled to date.

Following an extensive selection process, Melin Homes in Wales has appointed Graham to supply plumbing and heating materials as well as a range of renewable technologies.

The new presses at Pegler Yorkshire.

Pegler Yorkshire has invested millions into its two Yorkshire sites in order to double production capacity to cope with the expected demand in its range of metal push-fit fittings.

The top prize is a VW Caddy Van worth over £14,000.

Knauf is reprising its popular Golden Ticket competition from last year with another prize promotion worth over £20,000. Top of the prize list is a VW Caddy Van, which retails at over £14,000. Runner up prizes include Fein Drywall Guns – worth £400 each – Stanley trowels and dozens of Knauf measuring tapes.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has recruited nine new merchant members since the All Industry Conference at the end of June.

Ours Sanitary Ware has closed its Chinese production facility.

Ours Sanitary Ware has now closed its Chinese production facility, transferring all manufacturing to Middlewich.

The Ecodan van will be visiting various fairs and exhibitions across the UK to spread the renewable message.

Mitsubishi Electric has launched a new mobile display vehicle to help carry the renewable message to the furthest reaches of the country, and bring the benefits of low running costs and reduced emissions to even more off-gas households.

Centurion Europe, the DIY and hardware expert, is making its free delivery on all orders placed online a permanent offer across its whole range. And, there is no minimum order value required.

Ridgeons keeps in touch with retired employees via its Link Scheme.

Independent timber and builders' merchant Ridgeons recently held its biannual luncheon to celebrate the work of the Ridgeons Link Scheme volunteers, who help the company to stay in touch with retired employees.

Hanson Building Products is opening its Claughton brickworks after mothballing the Lancashire plant three years ago.

Major certification body BM TRADA has undergone a global corporate rebrand that will, for the first time, unite its different divisions under a shared name and visual identity.

L-r: David Costello; Max Martin; Elliott Bench and Jamie Cook.

Kestrel is helping to tackle youth unemployment in Scunthorpe by recruiting four new apprentices at its head office and manufacturing facility based in the town.

Duncan Lewis, managing director for Xylem Water Solutions UK.

Xylem Water Solutions UK, Lowara and Flow Control have merged to become one single business in the UK.

Travis Perkins has announced that it will open a new Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) in Cardiff. The investment supports the strategy of making its service available to even more customers, from the larger contractors down to the smaller tradesmen.

Actis UK's David Curtis says the right type of insulation keeps a house warm in winter and cool in summer.

Insulation firm Actis has welcomed the fact that a recent report issuing a Green Deal warning has been taken on board by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

IronmongeryDirect has been acquired by Manutan Group, a European mail-order supplier to business and local authorities.

Jewson's vehicles are being fitted with Safe-T-Drop barriers to act as fall restraints and guards.

Jewson is rolling out a new health and safety system across its fleet of heavy commercial vehicles.

Uponor UK has launched a new website with improved accessibility and a wider array of information on Uponor’s product ranges and heating and plumbing solutions.

Ian Greenfield of Deepings and Helen Jones of Larkfleet Homes at Larkfleet Group's walk-in information display at Waterside Garden Centre.

Deepings Building & Plumbing Supplies is making its landscaping products available to the public via a third-party stockist.

A recent blaze at Edwards Buildbase in Elm Road, Wisbech has been described as an accident by the fire brigade.

Householders could get paid hundreds of pounds a year for heat generated by solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps, Energy & Climate Change Minister Greg Barker confirmed today.

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Last week’s announcement from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), confirming tariff levels for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), has been largely welcomed by industry.

From left: Graham Toomey from PGR Timber with Paul Rogers from NatWest at the new site in Egham.

PGR Timber & Builders Merchants has opened a new site in Egham, Surrey, thanks to funding from NatWest and the bank’s asset finance division, Lombard.

NMBS has joined forces with Your Green Deal Provider (Your GDP) to help NMBS members engage with trade customers by offering a Green Deal and ECO facility.

The National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) has revamped and relaunched its online presence. Officially unveiled on 4 July, the new site promises members and suppliers more information, more features and more ways to interact.

Stax Trade Centres' new Leeds showroom.

Stax Trade Centres has recently unveiled its new kitchen and bathroom showroom at its 80,000sq ft branch in Leeds.

Neil Marshall, NIA's chief executive.

Neil Marshall, chief executive of the National Insulation Association (NIA), has commented on the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) recently published ‘Meeting Carbon Budgets Annual Progress Report’, and the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) statistics, which were published by DECC at the end of June.

Phil Warren, managing director of Warmer Energy Services, with Steve Selfe, head of sales operations – north at Integrated Services.

Warmer Energy Services has appointed supply chain and procurement specialist Integrated Services – a division of Wolseley UK – to provide a dedicated stores management facility at the company’s head office in Liverpool.

Debbie Coley, general manager UK for Firebird Heating Solutions.

Firebird UK has altered its name to Firebird Heating Solutions, to reflect the growing product portfolio as the heating market adapts to change and embraces new technologies to provide a coordinated and economical solution to home heating.

Franke Washroom Systems, also known as Franke Sissons, Chesterfield, is one of the first manufacturers to conform to the latest round of CE compliance legislation.

HPS sales are up 16.2% in the first half of 2013 (1 January to 30 June) against the same period in 2012. Encouragingly, excluding the new branches, the existing branches were up 8.8% in the same period.

A joint strategy named Construction 2025 was launched last week, setting out how industry and government will work together to put Britain at the forefront of global construction over the coming years.

SIG Roofing Supplies warns of rust-risk slates that are being badged and sold as T1 slate.

An increase in incorrectly marked, inferior slate coming into the UK market poses a worrying threat to merchants and contractors, SIG Roofing Supplies has warned.

Kitsons and GRM have been been re-launched as SIG Technical Insulation.

Two of the leading thermal insulation, industrial H&V and high temperature materials suppliers – SIG-owned Kitsons Thermal Supplies and GRM Distribution – have been officially re-launched as SIG Technical Insulation.

Hanson products are now all certified with the new mandatory Construction Products Regulation (CPR) CE mark.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has initiated a Trade Credit Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme, which will enable merchants to offer credit to trade customers that fall outside their normal risk profile, or have reached their credit limit.

Ridgeons, along with other employers in Cambridge, recently talked to students from six schools at two events arranged by the Cambridge Area 14-19 Partnership. The events were designed for students wanting to start work following their GCSEs.

Travis Perkins, Saint Gobain, Wolseley and Chandlers’ Building Supplies have joined a scheme to label products that help consumers identify the water efficiency of taps, showers and baths.

Small and medium-size builders have reported a rising workload for the first time since 2007, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Grafton Group has withdrawn its proposed issue of Sterling Retail Bonds, blaming interest rate volatility and market uncertainty during the offer period.

The MKM Building Supplies team outside the company’s head office in Hull.

MKM Building Supplies has announced ambitious expansion plans ahead of the opening of its 40th branch.

As part of its Chandlers £50k Challenge, Chandlers Building Supplies, has launched an online silent auction to help reach its £50,000 target.

The new labelling will help customers identify the water efficiency of a range of bathroom fittings.

DIY retailers, builders’ merchants and manufacturers are to implement a voluntary labelling scheme, to help consumers identify the water efficiency of bathroom fittings such as taps, showers, WCs and baths.

Andrew Minson, executive director MPA - The Concrete Centre and Patrick Declerk, president of BIBM presenting the award to Martin Glynn, area sales manager Lafarge Tarmac Cement & Lime.

Lafarge Tarmac has scooped the British Precast Concrete Association's "Sustainability Champions 2013" award for the company's Automatic Tyre Inflation System (ATIS).

Mark Hoban MP, Minister of State for Employment today (4 July) signed a Partnership Agreement with the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) which pledges that both parties will do all they can to boost employment and training in the SME construction sector.

RenewableUK has welcomed new official government statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) showing that renewable electricity generation was 12.4 TWh in 2013 Q1, an increase of 10% on the same period the previous year.

Homeowners are losing confidence in British tradesmen, according to a warning from TrustMark, the government-endorsed quality mark for firms in the home repair, maintenance and improvement sector.

A Jackson delivery vehicle displaying the Woldmarsh Preferred Supplier badge.

Jackson Building Centres has been formally recognised by agricultural buying group Woldmarsh Producers as its preferred supplier.

Steve Ashmore, managing director of Wolseley UK.

Wolseley UK is creating two business areas – one specialising in above-ground drainage and the other in below-ground drainage – for the civils and utilities markets.

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